Filomena Lombardi was born in Naples, Italy. She is one of eight children that immigrated to the United States in 1968 along with her parents.
She graduated from Sachem High School in 1986 within the top 5 percentile of her class. Filomena Lombardi then served as President of the Accounting Society while obtaining her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Dowling College in 1988. She continued her education and became a CPA in 1993.
Her professional background began within the hospitality industry. Filomena’s family has been in restaurant and catering services since 1976. It was then that the original family pizzeria opened and Filomena began to acquire the experience needed to operate a business at a very young age. In 1994, she returned to the family business, acting as Chief Financial Officer. She was instrumental in growing the Lombardi Family Enterprises over the next 18 years which would ultimately include the exquisite Villa Lombardi’s, Lombardi’s Gourmet Market, and Lombardi’s on the Sound.
Today, with a workforce of more than 500 employees, Filomena has played an integral part in creating the policies and procedures for all of the Lombardi Corporations in addition to successfully managing the financial well-being.
In 1997, Filomena was diagnosed with an incurable autoimmune disease, Multiple Sclerosis. With the passion that she had running the family enterprises, she was determined that this was not going to stop her from doing what she loves to do, serve her community! She traveled the world to meet those that were treating MS successfully without the typical pharmaceuticals that were being proposed to her. With the help of these industry professionals, she learned how to keep her mind, body, and soul in perfect harmony so that this disease could stop progressing and/or for others in the future potentially be eradicated. Over 17 years later, Filomena is living a very healthy and active lifestyle and focuses on things that will promote health and wellness.
In 2011, Filomena and her husband acquired the Long Island development rights to a popular California franchise, Jamba Juice. They have locations in Stony Brook and one in the Stony Brook Children's Hospital. The primary reason for investing in this endeavor was when Filomena experienced Jamba Juice while trying to find a healthy alternative to fast food. Jamba’s mission is to provide healthy, wholesome food choices. She wanted to bring that option to her friends and family on Long Island. The first of these locations opened in Stony Brook in 2012.
What really matters most to Filomena is serving the community. She has served as a member of the Stony Brook University Medical Center Development Council. Filomena also was on the search committee for the appointed Stony Brook Medicine’s CEO. She also serves as trustee on The Long Island Museum of American Art, History and Carriages in Stony Brook. She is a former board member of the AHRC Suffolk Foundation and serves on the advisory board for the Center of Cost Effective Government. Her interaction with business leaders and public officials confirms the importance of her involvement within the community. In recognition of her achievements, she was named Woman of the Year in Business by the Village Times Herald in 2012 and Woman of Honor, Humanitarian Award 2013 from Gaia,s Essence.
She has since created the Cure Multiple Sclerosis Foundation of New York in 2012 to help raise awareness and funds for research that will help introduce healthier medical treatments to individuals with MS that do no harm. Filomena has been instrumental in the creation of an innovative research study that relates to the use of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy to treat MS. She has partnered with local health and wellness organizations to further her study and it is currently a work-in-progress.
Then, in April 2014, all signs pointed Filomena to create Farm To Table, a full service catering company that offers fresh, seasonal and local food for any occasion. She offers fresh local produce and a full menu that can cater all tastes and diets to her clientele. With all of her knowledge and experiences, she is able to give her customers the knowledge needed to live healthier lives.
Always believing that at first one has a time to learn, then a time to earn, and ultimately a time to return, philanthropy is very close to Filomena’s heart. She resides on Long Island with her husband Scott Borland and is a loving mother to her daughters Victoria, Christina, Taylor, and her son Blake.