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Meryl R. Cosentino, J.D.
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Meryl R. Cosentino, JD - Vice President


Senior Director of Gift Planning
Stony Brook University

With 30 years of legal and gift planning experience, Meryl is currently the Senior Director of Gift Planning at Stony Brook University. Meryl joined the Stony Brook Advancement team after spending the past five years as the Director of Planned Giving for St. Francis Hospital. Prior to joining St. Francis, Meryl honed her philanthropic skills at The Nature Conservancy on Long Island.

As a practicing attorney, Meryl specialized in representing parents of children with disabilities and it was this work (tailoring estate plans to meet the specialized needs of her clients) that sparked her interest in pursuing a career in planned giving. As a member of the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning (PPP) Meryl will be a speaker at this year's National Conference in Orlando, Florida, and was previously a faculty lecturer at PPP’s 2011 National Conference. Locally, Meryl has served as Vice President for PPGGNY from 2013-2015, as the Programs Chair from 2011- 2014 and as the Co-Chair of Planned Giving Day in 2014 and 2015.  

Meryl received her B.A. from Indiana University (Go Hoosiers!) and her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School, where she was an editor of the Brooklyn Law Review. With a dramatically shortened commute Meryl now has time to spend with her family and enjoys quilting, baking and time in front of the TV cheering on the NY Giants and NY Rangers.

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