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Colette Riccardi


I was born and raised in New Jersey where I received my bachelor's degree in fine arts from Fairleigh Dickenson University. After graduating I worked a number of jobs in merchandising and marketing, most recently specializing in email marketing.

While in school I met my future husband, a DNA Learning Center field trip alum! Although Long Island is a stone’s throw away, I never stepped foot on the island until I was 21 and took a trip out to visit my future in-laws; I can truly say it was love at first visit. After finishing school I moved to Cold Spring Harbor and then to Long Island City. After getting married, my husband and I decided to move back to our favorite town, Huntington. We bought a 100-year-old house and it has been an adventure ever since.

It’s been a wonderful experience working at the DNA Learning Center. As a kid, science was always one of the most exciting classes for me, and being here today and witnessing the excitement of students as they experience the center is very rewarding.

My spare time is spent restoring my 1920s home (I now have a true appreciation for the people on HGTV), cooking (I’m working on it), traveling (at any point in time I have at least five dream trips planned) and refereeing my puppy Maddie and cat L’Orange (L’Orange always wins). 

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