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    Dr. Gail O. Mellow

    President of the College

    Dr. Gail O. Mellow has served as President of LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City, Queens since 2000.A member of the City University of New York (CUNY) system, LaGuardia is a recognized leader among community colleges for launching programs and teaching methods that have become pilots for the nation.
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    Melinda Katz

    Keynote Speaker

    Melinda Katz was elected on November 5th, 2013 to serve as the 19th Queens Borough President. She has been a dedicated public servant for nearly 20 years, serving in key governmental positions on both the city and state level.
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    Rachel Chambers

    Class Representative

    “I made a good decision by coming to LaGuardia because I’m finally tapping into my full potential,” says Rachel Chambers, a Liberal Arts: Social Science and Humanities major and soon to be alumna of LaGuardia’s Class of 2016.

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    is an attorney with extensive background in banking, real estate and commercial finance and a Brooklyn resident, who was nominated by Governor Cuomo andunanimously confirmed by the New York Senate as a member of the Board of TheCity University of New York in June 2012 to a term that ends June 2018.

    Mr. Obergfell is a senior partner in Emmet, Marvin & Martin LLP, the New York City law firm where he has worked since 1985. He is admitted to practice in New York State and, since 2010, in England and Wales. He graduated from Boston University with a B.S. in Communications in 1979 and from New York Law School with a J.D. in 1985.

    Mr. Obergfell has been a permanent trustee of the Heisman Trophy Trust since 2001, is a trustee of the Leake & Watts Children’s House since 2009, and served on the New York State Banking Board from 2007 through 2011. Mr. Obergfell was recently appointed to the new State Charter Advisory Board of the New York State Department of Financial Services in March 2012.

    Mr. Obergfell is Vice Chair of the Board’s Standing Committee on Facilities Planning and Management.

    Paul Arcario

    Dr. Paul Arcario is the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at LaGuardia Community College. As the chief academic officer for the College, Dr. Arcario supervises the creation, development and assessment of over 50 academic programs and majors.

    He is responsible for the recruitment, hiring and personnel management of more than 300 full-time faculty, 700 part-time faculty and over 100 professional and clerical staff. Dr. Arcario oversees faculty development programs, monitors the promotion and tenure process, and administers a divisional budget in excess of $40 million.

    Dr. Arcario serve as dean of the Division of Academic Affairs, having overall responsibility for divisional initiatives such as outcomes assessment and strategic planning as well as providing guidance for program development, electronic portfolios, advisement, faculty development, and first-year experience programs.

    A prolific grant writer, Dr. Arcario has obtained nearly $15 million in grants for the academic division. He has also taught in the Education and Language Acquisition Department at LaGuardia.

    He has a long-standing interest in technology-based pedagogy, having conducted workshops in teaching ESL with video and other media for the ESL master’s degree program at Teachers College, Columbia University as well as having produced educational videos for teaching ESL, including the first American English-language teaching video broadcast in the People’s Republic of China.

    He has authored language textbooks as well as articles on LaGuardia’s ePortfolio, First-Year Experience, and online advising programs. Dr Arcario’s work with first-year programs and learning communities led to him being recognized as an Outstanding First-Year Advocate by the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition in 2007. Dr. Arcario’s MEd and doctorate in TESOL are from Teachers College, Columbia University. He holds a BA and MA from New York University.

    Tiffany Lambert

    Tiffany Lambert is a vice president in the Securities Division at Goldman Sachs. Tiffany works within the Quantitative and Algorithmic Trading Strats group, where she focuses on interest rate products. Tiffany was a summer intern in 2008 and officially joined the firm in 2009 as an analyst in the Interest Rate Technology Group. She was named vice president in 2015.

    Tiffany serves on the board of The Carlito's Wish Foundation, as well as The Computer Science Advisory Board of LaGuardia Community College and works very closely with Girls Who Code in coordinating the summer emersion program at Goldman Sachs.

    Tiffany holds an Associates of Science in Computer Science from LaGuardia Community College and a Bachelor's of Science in Computer Science from Brooklyn College. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Tiffany was a .Net developer for the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation at the City College of New York..


    Frederick P. Schaffer

    Frederick P. Schaffer is General Counsel and Senior Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs of The City University of New York. In this position, he is responsible for providing legal counsel to the Board of Trustees, the Chancellor and the University on a wide range of issues and supervising a legal department of 20 lawyers. Mr. Schaffer also serves as General Counsel to the CUNY Construction Fund, a public authority that finances capital construction at the University.

    Before coming to CUNY, Mr. Schaffer was a litigation partner in the law firm of Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP, where he specialized in commercial and securities litigation and employment law. Earlier in his career, Mr. Schaffer served as Counsel to Mayor Koch, Chief of Litigation in the Office of the Corporation Counsel of the City of New York and Assistant U.S. Attorney in Manhattan. He also was an Associate Professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.

    Mr. Schaffer recently served as Chairman of the Legal Aid Society and is currently a Trustee of the Practising Law Institute. He has previously served as Chairman of NYC Public/Private Initiatives, Inc. and a Director of the University Settlement Society. He is also active in the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, where he has served as a member of a number of committees, including the Executive Committee, the Nominating Committee and as Chairman of the Committee on Education and the Law.

    Mr. Schaffer received his B.A. degree summa cum laude from Harvard College and his J.D. degree magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. Following law school, he clerked for the Honorable Francis L. Van Dusen, Circuit Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

    Mr. Schaffer was a recipient of one of the 2011 Awards for Excellence in Public Service from the New York State Bar Association.