• Board of Directors

  • Gail Mellow BioDr. 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.


    Suzie Scanlon, Esq. BioSuzie Scanlon, Esq. (Chair) 

    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.


    Joel Glasky BioJoel 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.


    Priscilla Alexander BioPriscilla Alexander

    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 BioDr. 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.


    Marlene Debel BioMarlene Debel

    Marlene Debel is executive vice president and head of Retirement & Income Solutions at MetLife. She was previously Chief Financial Officer U.S. with responsibility for the financial management of MetLife’s businesses in the U.S., including MetLife Holdings. She joined MetLife in 2011 as executive vice president and treasurer. Prior to joining MetLife, Debel was global head of liquidity risk management and rating agency relations for Bank of America , where she developed the global liquidity risk strategy for the company. She joined Bank of America with the acquisition of Merrill Lynch. She was previously assistant treasurer of Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc. In her 20 years at Merrill Lynch, Debel held a number of leadership positions across Global Treasury. Debel received an MBA in finance from Fordham University and graduated magna cum laude with a BS in finance from the State University of New York at Albany. She serves on the board of the Women’s Forum of New York and is a strategic advisor to the Financial Women’s Association.


    Russell Horwitz BioRussell Horwitz

    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.


    Gail Landis BioGail Landis

    Ms. Landis has had a 30-year career on Wall Street as an investor, a business leader, and an entrepreneur. Most recently, she was a Managing Principal and co-founder of Evercore Asset Management, LLC (a joint venture with Evercore Partners) and head of the firm's business development, marketing and client service efforts. Prior to Evercore, her career included senior roles on both the investing and business side of the asset management business. She was head of Americas Distribution for Credit Suisse Asset Management, leading both the institutional and retail businesses (2003 - 2005). From 1981 to 2002 Ms. Landis was with Sanford C. Bernstein & Co., Inc. and its successor company AllianceBernstein (AB). Over her 21-year career at AB she held a broad range of investing and business development roles. Ms. Landis is the Board Chair of Pro Mujer International - a leading women's development organization with 2,000 employees on the ground in five countries in Latin America. She is a Director of Morningstar, Inc. (NASDQ: MORN) serving on the audit and nominating/governance committees and a former Trustee of the St. Mark's School of Southborough, where she continues serve on the investment committee. Ms. Landis is a Senior Advisor of Trewstar Corporate Board Services, a member of the Women’s Forum of NY, and a founding member of the Idaho IWF.

    Susan Lyddon BioSusan Lyddon

    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.


    Nicolas Nicolaou BioNicolas Nicolaou

    Mr. Nicolaou has served as the 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.


    Frank (“Turtle”) Raffaele BioFrank (“Turtle”) Raffaele

    In 2012, Turtle founded the Long Island City-based philanthropic artisanal coffee company, Coffeed, which donates 3% to 10% of its sales to local charities, including urban farmers City Growers and social-services group the New York Foundling. Coffeed has more than a dozen locations in the New York area, from Bryant Park and Korea Town to Port Washington, L.I., and a branch in Seoul, South Korea.

    Turtle was an anthropology major at Yale. He earned this nickname in 1995 while working for New York City Parks Commissioner Henry Stern, who named him after a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle.

    Turtle, a former trader, left Wall Street in 2011, he wanted to do something socially responsible, and linked to what he knew growing up. Born in Howard Beach, Queens, he was raised in Coney Island. His father owned a soda factory, and his cousins ran Totonno’s pizza in Coney Island. “Coffee shops lend themselves to the charitable space,” he says.


    Dr. Henry Saltiel BioDr. 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.


    Marty L. Schmelkin, Esq. BioMarty L. Schmelkin, Esq.

    Marty Schmelkin represents employers in all aspects of employment law, advising on litigation strategy, leading workplace training programs, coordinating the implementation of policies and programs across multiple global jurisdictions, and counseling on recruitment, hiring, compensation, promotions, as well as disciplinary and termination activity. He brings a unique perspective to the practice, having served as an in-house counsel for 15 years at a leading global financial institution. Marty understands the legal and business challenges facing employers and has a particular in-depth experience with financial services firms, including investment banks, hedge funds, private equity firms, and asset managers. He counsels financial services firms on employment related FINRA arbitrations and regulatory filings.

    Prior to joining Jones Day, Marty worked for 15 years in the legal department of Goldman Sachs, where he was a managing director and associate general counsel in the employment law group. While there he spent time in the firm's Hong Kong office covering employment law matters throughout Asia and also had responsibility for employment law in non-U.S. offices in the Americas. Marty is a member of the board of the Cornell University School of Industrial & Labor Relations (ILR) Alumni Association.


    Marilyn Skony Stamm BioMarilyn 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 BioLarry F. Solomon

    Mr. Solomon is Senior Vice President of EPAM Systems, Inc., a leading provider of software product development services. Mr. Solomon previously served as a 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.
    Eric Slovin BioEric Slovin

    Eric Slovin is a writer and producer. He is an Executive Producer of Comedy Central's critically acclaimed, Broad City. Other recent credits include High Maintenance (HBO) and Crashing (HBO). Since 2006, he has served as Head Writer and Co-Executive Producer of Comedy Central’s (more recently HBO’s), Night of Too Many Stars, hosted by Jon Stewart to raise funds for Autism education and programs. Eric's many credits include three years as a staff writer for Saturday Night Live. He has been nominated for three Primetime Emmy Awards. Eric has a B.A. from Wesleyan University. Currently, he serves on the board of CASA-NYC, which advocates for children in New York City foster care.


    Ernest M. von Simson BioErnest M. von Simson

    Ernie is a Trustee of Austen Riggs, The New York Landmark Conservancy, Landmark West, and a charitable foundation in Hawaii. He was previously a director of a dozen private and public technology companies and continues to advise early stage firms. He was also co-founder of the Research Board where he directed the professional staff examining the evolution of business models, advanced technology, business applications and IT best practices. He holds a B.A. from Brown University and an M.B.A. from New York University. His articles have appeared in the Atlantic, Computerworld, Harvard Business Review, and many other publications. He is the author of The Limits of Strategy which recounts recurring turmoil in the IT sector.