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Dr. Gail O. Mellow (President)
President of LaGuardia Community College in NYC, one of the most ethnically diverse campuses in the U.S. LaGuardia is a two-year public college, serving 50,000 students from over 150 countries. Under her leadership, the College has won numerous awards. Dr. Mellow spearheads local economic development with LaGuardia’s Small Business Development Center, and NYDesigns, a business incubator for design professionals. Dr. Mellow is the co-author of three books and more than thirty articles. Her third book, Minding the Dream: The American Community College, was published in 2008. Dr. Mellow received an AA from Jamestown Community College, a BA from SUNY Albany, and her MA and PhD from The George Washington University.
Mr. Suresh L. Sani (Chair)
Mr. Sani is Vice President of First Pioneer Properties, Inc., a family-owned company, which manages commercial buildings and land owned by related entities across the United States. A graduate of Harvard College and New York University School of Law, Mr. Sani was formerly an associate in the Real Estate Department at Shea & Gould in New York City and is a current member of the New York Bar. Mr. Sani serves on the Dean’s Strategic Council at New York University School of Law and is also a member of the Compact Committee, an elected committee that oversees the curriculum at the Port Washington Public Schools.
Cecilia Briones (Vice Chair)
Ms. Briones is a retired executive from the Wealth Management Division of UBS AG serving Latin American clients. She was born in Santiago, Chile and immigrated to the U.S. in 1969. She has had an extensive career in the Wealth Management business working with Latin American countries at Marine Midland Bank, ABN Amro N.V. and Merrill Lynch. Ms. Briones has traveled extensively because of her work and enjoys visiting new countries and experiencing different cultures. She resides in Bayside, New York with her husband Gaston, who runs his own export business.
Joel Glasky (Treasurer)
Mr. Glasky is Senior Advisor at Financo, a boutique investment bank that serves the consumer sector. He joined in 2007 as Managing Director and was previously head of the Securities Division. He has over 35 years of investment banking experience. Prior to joining Financo, he was at JPMorgan for 15 years where he held a number of leadership roles, including heading the Private Placement and Ratings Advisory Groups, as well as having previously developed and managed the Firm's High Grade Capital Markets desk. He joined the Chase Securities' management team in 1991 and contributed to the growth of the capital markets businesses as the Firm evolved through mergers with Chemical Bank, JPMorgan, and Bank One. Prior to joining Chase, Mr. Glasky had been a Managing Director at Lehman Brothers where he directed its Private Placement Group. Mr. Glasky started his investment banking career at Citibank in the Corporate Finance Group. Mr. Glasky received his Bachelor of Science with distinction in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University and his Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School. He serves on the Board of the Harvard Business School Club of New York and the Advisory Council of Cornell CFEM Program.
Ms. Alexander is a retired executive and accomplished entrepreneur who built her own successful travel business in New York called Protravel International.
Ms. Alexander, a New Jersey native, fell in love with travel while studying at the Sorbonne in Paris. After returning to New York, earning a master’s degree at Columbia University and working in education, real estate and other fields, she switched gears and became a travel agent.
Over the years, Ms. Alexander has served on just about every advisory board established for the retail travel industry and has been frequently recognized by Travel + Leisure magazine in its A-List issue. She received a Travel Weekly Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009.
Dr. 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. Michael Baston
Dr. Baston is the Vice President for Student Affairs at LaGuardia Community College and is responsible for managing a student services portfolio that includes Admissions, International Student Services, Educational Planning and Testing, the Early Childhood Learning Center, Recreation and Intramural Programming, Student Life, Advocacy and Adjudication, the Registrar’s Office, the Mental Health Initiative, the Black Male Empowerment Initiative, the Enrollment Services Center, Student Financial Services (Financial Aid), Office of Students with Disabilities, Health Services, the Women’s Center and the Student Information Center. For the past 15 years Michael has served in various capacities in higher education including college legal counsel, adjunct faculty member and dean of students. A graduate of Brooklyn Law School where he earned his JD degree and Iona College where he earned a BA in Political Science, Michael currently is a doctoral student in executive leadership at St. John Fisher College.
Deborah Chan, Esq.
Ms. Chan is a 1982 graduate of LaGuardia Community College and she is currently a trust and estate attorney practicing in Lower Manhattan. Ms. Chan also now serves as the Board of Director of CMP, a community based organization works with new immigrants in job training and development; and serves as the Executive Officer of Mei Hua Society which supports many Asian American organizations serving in the areas of youth, family and women services. She was the former chairperson of the Chinatown Partnership Lower Development Corporation and had played a key role in the formation & success of the Chinatown Business District. Ms. Chan was given a Mission Award for Integrity by Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers for her outstanding leadership benefiting their Department of Community Medicine in 2008. Ms. Chan is also a speaker in planned & charitable giving seminars for many high net worth individuals & not-for-profits organizations in New York City. Ms. Chan’s extensive prior work experience and knowledge working in the youth and family services at YMCA, Chinatown Planning Council & Chinatown Health Clinic played a key role in her leadership development throughout her professional and volunteer services.
Mr. Dharia has been the CFO and Secretary of Steven Madden Corp. since 1992. He also served as a Board Director of the Company from 1993 through 2004. With an MBA in Finance, Mr. Dharia helped take the Company public in 1993 and oversaw the growth in annual sales revenues from $1 million in 1992 to 1.3 billion in the current fiscal year due to his strong financial leadership. Steve Madden is now the second largest company in Queens in both revenues and profitability. Away from Steve Madden, Mr. Dharia is very active in his community. He is serving as a trustee of Vaishnav Temple of New York and was a director of the Indian Chamber of Commerce in New York and is a committee member of Balasinor Association of America. Mr. Dharia served on the Internal Audit and Finance Committee and is a Trustee of the VRAJ temple of Pennsylvania. He is currently an Arthritis Foundation's Queens Leader Honoree. He is a passionate believer in Gujarati Community unity and serves as Trustee of Gujarati Samaj, NY. He is also serving as advisory board in senior citizens of New York organization and is an ardent believer in the activities and goals of LaGuardia Community College.
Michelle V. Francis, Esq.
Ms. Francis, the founder and principal at The FRANCIS COMPANY, an intellectual property advisory company, has 23 years of experience in intellectual property. Having worked with 50-plus companies in both the U.S. and abroad, Michelle has a unique perspective on business strategy: specifically, the important role intellectual property can play in achieving business objectives and aggressive revenue goals that can set a company apart from its competition.
Just prior to founding The FRANCIS COMPANY, Michelle served as Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for News Corporation, a Fortune 100 company and world leader in multi-media, where she headed up the intellectual property practice for over seven years and was charged with the global business strategy, management and protection of the intellectual property and Internet assets of News Corp and many of its operating and joint venture companies, including HarperCollins, the New York Post, News America Marketing and various satellite platforms, such as Sky in Italy and Tata Sky in India and various Sky branded satellite platforms in Latin America. She has also advised on IP matters for STAR TV in Asia, myspace.com, DirecTV and the various Fox companies.
Prior to this, Michelle worked at Fox Entertainment Group in Los Angeles handling worldwide film and television intellectual property enforcement matters. Michelle started her legal career in 1990, as a litigator in private practice in Los Angeles, focusing on general litigation, as well as entertainment and intellectual property law at Knapp Petersen and Clarke, and subsequently at Kulik Gottesman and Mouton.
Mark C. Healy
Mr. Healy is Owner and President of BGBY Investments, LLC, a Family Office Wealth Management practice. Mark was formerly President and Chief Executive Officer of American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC (AST) and Canadian Stock Transfer Company Inc. (CST) which together formed the AST Group, North America. Prior to the AST Group, Mark was Executive Vice President for National Financial Services, a Fidelity Investments Company. Mark was responsible for all of National Financial's Sales and Relationship teams — covering over 325 broker dealer clients nationwide, custody of almost $700 billion in assets and execution of over one million daily trades. Mark has held executive and senior roles with TD Securities, Swiss Bank Corporation and BGK Securities totaling over 34 years of experience in the financial services sector. Mark received the HeartShare Human Services of New York's 2011 Monsignor Thomas G. Haggerty Humanitarian Award and was a 2011 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist. In addition to the LaGuardia Foundation, Mark is also on the Board of Directors of Citizens Schools.
Mr. Horwitz works in the office of the Chairman of Goldman Sachs, where he helps manage the firm's external and internal communications strategy and global client engagement for the Executive Office. He is also secretary to the Management Committee. He joined Goldman Sachs in 2004 in the Executive Office and was named managing director in 2008 and partner in 2012.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Horwitz worked at the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) from 1998 to 2000. He served in various roles, including senior adviser to the chairman for policy. Before the SEC, he was special assistant to the national economic adviser and deputy director of communications research at the White House from 1995 to 1998.
Mr. Horwitz is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Children's Aid Society. He earned a BA from the University of Virginia in 1994.
A marketing and communications professional with over 17 years of experience, Ms. Lyddon is the Vice President for the Division of Institutional Advancement at LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City, Queens. Ms. Lyddon joined the College as director of Marketing and Communications in 2008. As vice president, Ms. Lyddon manages a team of 25 professionals in 3 offices: Marketing and Communications, College and Community Relations, and Development. In addition, she is the executive director of the LaGuardia Community College Foundation. Under her leadership, LaGuardia successfully completed a re-branding of the Institution as a national leader among community colleges. Additional projects completed include the development and launch of the College’s rebranded website and college-wide communications campaigns supporting new information systems software, as well as the development of fundraising campaigns that create scholarships for students. As former associate executive director of the 14th Street Y in New York City, Ms. Lyddon increased membership revenue from $730,000 to $1.35 million. In addition to teaching English in Japan, Ms. Lyddon also founded and served as CEO of the Apple School, an international language school in Jakarta, Indonesia that served students from 10 countries. Ms. Lyddon earned her B.A. in English from the University of Massachusetts.
Mr. Nicolaou is currently Chief Financial Officer at Mana Products, the world’s leading contract and private label cosmetics manufacturer, based in Long Island City. Previously, he worked for Unilever for 17 years and at his last position with Unilever he served the CFO of the Pepsi/Lipton Partnership, a $500 million joint venture between Unilever and Pepsi. Prior to Unilever, Mr. Nicolaou worked at Deloitte & Touche in New York City. Nicos was born and raised in Larnaca, Cyprus. In 1985, he came to the U.S. to pursue his college education. He attended LaGuardia Community College before receiving a BBA in Accounting from Baruch College and an MBA in International Finance from Saint John’s University. He is a licensed CPA in the state of New York.
Dr. Henry Saltiel
Dr. Saltiel is a member of the College’s executive management team responsible for guiding strategic planning and policy implementation initiatives related to technology infrastructure and the uses of technology in support of the College’s overall mission. Dr. Saltiel oversees the departments of Network Administration, Student Information Systems, End-User Support, and Instructional Media services. The Office of Institutional Research, which is responsible for maintaining and forecasting vital statistical data related to the College’s performance and historical trends, is also managed by Dr. Saltiel. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a PhD in Education, NYU-Polytechnic with an MS in Information Systems Engineering, and Adelphi University with a BS in Computer Science and Mathematics, Dr. Saltiel brings to LaGuardia over 30 years of experience managing information technology in higher education.
Suzie Scanlon, Esq.
Ms. Scanlon is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Bliss Lawyers, a virtual secondment enterprise providing businesses with legal services and recruitment alternatives. Ms. Scanlon worked as a traditional lawyer at Sullivan & Cromwell and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz before joining the virtual law firm of Berger Legal LLC as Senior Counsel for over 10 years. She was also a Press Aide for the National Association of Securities Dealers (predecessor to FINRA) and the New York State Executive Chamber of Governor Mario M. Cuomo. Ms. Scanlon earned her law degree—second in her class—from Fordham Law School, served as the Annual Survey Editor of the Fordham Law Review and received the American Jurisprudence Award for Torts and Criminal Law. She holds a B.A. in medieval studies with honors from Sarah Lawrence College. She is an alumna of LaGuardia Community College’s scholarship-based entrepreneurship program, 10,000 Small Businesses.
Ms. Schulman is the Vice President of the Division of Adult and Continuing Education (ACE) at LaGuardia Community College, where she leads the Division’s senior leadership team. Last year ACE served over 35,000 adults, children and businesses in a wide variety of programs, courses and workshops. Serving at LaGuardia for over 30 years, Ms. Schulman has greatly contributed to making LaGuardia Community College a city, state and national model in the field of adult and continuing education. Over the years, she has secured grant funding of more than $25 million, and created and promoted numerous entrepreneurial programs that are responsive to the needs of individuals, businesses and the community. She is recognized by the New York State Department of Education as a leader in career development, and has authored training materials that have been implemented throughout the state. Ms. Schulman has spearheaded many successful initiatives, including the establishment of a Workforce1 Career Center on campus and strengthening the use of educational technology within ACE. Ms. Schulman educational background includes an undergraduate degree from SUNY at New Paltz and an MS in Guidance and Counseling from Brooklyn College.
Ms. Selz graduated from Goucher College with a BA in Latin. She worked at Manufacturers Hanover Trust and Tiffany and Co. before going to work in a small family business, which she eventually ran. Since 1993, Ms. Selz has helped manage the Selz Foundation with a focus on humanitarian, educational, geriatric, homeopathic, animal causes and the arts. She currently serves on the boards of the Allen-Stevenson School, The Ethel Walker School, Goucher College, The Nature Conservancy of New York, The Middle Patent Rural Cemetery Association and the Alumni Board of the Rippowam Cisqua School. She lives in Manhattan with her husband, Bernard, and their two sons.
Marilyn Skony Stamm
Ms. Skony Stamm is the Chief Executive Officer of Stamm International Corporation, a 75-year old privately held, mid-sized global manufacturer and distributor of heating, ventilation, air conditioning equipment, chimney and flues. Her career has encompassed global manufacturing operations, corporate restructurings, finance, acquisitions, accounting, tax, treasury management, foreign exchange trading, risk management, new market and product development, sales and marketing. Previous employers include Chase Manhattan Bank, Continental Grain Company, Marine Midland Bank and The First National Bank of Chicago. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Stamm International and its operating subsidiaries, Powrmatic, Ltd., U.K., SF Ltd., UK, Powrmatic Lte., Canada, and Powrmatic Inc., U.S. She served on the Advisory Council of PNC Bank, N.J. part of the NYSE listed PNC Financial Services Group. She is a member of Northwestern University’s Council of 100 and has served on the Boards of many professional and civic organizations. As a board member of the LaGuardia Community College Foundation, she launched LaGuardia’s annual Spring Into Action Scholarship Campaign in 2010, helping to raise over $700,000 in full tuition scholarships for LaGuardia students. She is the recipient of the 2013 LaGuardia Foundation Innovative Leadership Award. Ms. Stamm holds a B.A. in Political Science from Northwestern University and an M.A. in International Law and Finance from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy where she was a Celia M. Howard Fellow.
Larry F. Solomon
Mr. Solomon is a retired Senior Managing Director of Accenture and Chief Operating Officer in North America. He joined the company in 1986 after receiving a business administration degree from the State University of New York in Albany and worked in Accenture’s consulting practice, primarily for New Jersey’s Division of Taxation and then in practice management where he helped create the Northeast Strategic Services practice and served as Director of Administration. In the 1990s, Mr. Solomon worked in Accenture’s Pennsylvania Metro Office, responsible for practice management functions, and has since held a number of leadership positions in human resources (HR), including HR Director for the Americas Government and Health Services Market Unit, the Americas Business Integration HR Lead, and Global Geographic HR Director. Promoted to partner in 2000, he became the global managing director for Geographic Services in 2004, later becoming group Chief Operating Officer for Human Resources, where he managed all global HR operations. He has also been group chief operating officer of Accenture’s Health and Public Service Operating Group.
Ms. Yu, and her husband, Michael, were instrumental in the formation of Tommy Bahama, a men’s clothing company, which they sold recently. She is now Executive Vice President of Orange International., in New York. Ms. Yu, who is involved philanthropically in China and the United States, has made a generous contribution to the Foundation.
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