Board of Directors
Since its inception in 2003, the LaGuardia Community College Foundation has been bridging the financial gaps facing our students. The Foundation has raised more than $25 million in funding for student scholarships, emergency aid, and new initiatives aimed at enhancing student success.
Kenneth Adams, President
Kenneth Adams was appointed president of LaGuardia Community College by the Board of Trustees of the City University of New York on June 29, 2020. He assumed the role on August 17, 2020. Previously, he was dean of workforce and economic development at Bronx Community College (BCC) from 2016–2020—leading the departments of Adult and Continuing Education, Workforce Development, Career Services, Community and Economic Development, and the Center for Sustainable Energy.
Laura Bartovics, Executive Director
Laura Bartovics is Executive Director of Development at LaGuardia Community College overseeing all fundraising efforts of the College, including grants from public and private sponsors and gifts from private donors. She has been with CUNY since 2008, previously serving as Director of LaGuardia’s Grants Development Office and in various roles within CUNY City College's Office of the Provost and Division for Research. Ms. Bartovics has a background in environmental science, including over a decade of experience coordinating education and outreach programs focused on New York Harbor and the surrounding waterways and estuary.
Suzie Scanlon, Esq., Chair
Suzie Scanlon is co-founder and managing director of Bliss Lawyers, as well as managing partner of SRD Legal Group PLLC. She has also worked as a traditional attorney and press aide for the National Association of Securities Dealers and for Governor Mario M. Cuomo. Ms. Scanlon serves as a Trustee of NJ LEEP and Brewster Academy, is a member of the Leadership Advisory Board of The Ridgefield Playhouse, and is the founding Board Chairperson of the Danbury Hospital Associate Board.
Joel Glasky, Vice Chair
Joel Glasky is senior advisor at Financo, a boutique investment bank that serves the consumer sector. He joined the firm in 2007 and was previously head of their Securities Division. Mr. Glasky has over 35 years of investment banking experience, including 15 years at JP Morgan Chase. Mr. Glasky serves on the Board of the Harvard Business School Club of New York and the Advisory Council of Cornell CFEM Program.
Ernest M. von Simson, Treasurer
Ernest von Simson is a Trustee of The New York Landmark Conservancy, Landmark West, and a charitable foundation in Hawaii. Mr. von Simson is also co-founder of the Research Board. He earned his MBA from New York University, and 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.
Priscilla Alexander is a retired executive and entrepreneur who built her own successful travel business in New York called Protravel International. Over the years, Ms. Alexander has served on several advisory boards for the retail travel industry and has been frequently recognized by Travel + Leisure magazine in its A-List issue. She is also the 2009 recipient of a Travel Weekly Lifetime Achievement Award.
Dr. Paul Arcario (Provost)
Paul Arcario, Ed.D. has been an academic leader and faculty member at LaGuardia Community College/CUNY for more than 30 years and was appointed served as Interim President for the 2019-2020 academic year, before which he served as provost and senior vice president for seven years. Returning to this same position, he manages the Academic Affairs Division’s $40 million annual budget; leads faculty recruitment and development; and supervises the Student Affairs Division, which serves the College’s nearly 20,000 students pursuing associate degrees. Dr. Arcario is a Queens born leader who hails from Ozone Park.
Charles Boyce is founder and president of Boyce Technologies, which specializes in producing solutions for public safety and security communications systems such as MTA Help Points Kiosks. In 2016, Boyce Industries was ranked as #18 of NY’s fastest-growing companies. Prior to Boyce Technologies, he served as COO of E.A. Technologies, Inc where he designed integrated security and communications systems.
Marlene Debel is MetLife’s Chief Risk Officer and a member of the Executive Group. She previously served as Executive Vice President and Head of Retirement & Income Solutions and Chief Financial Officer of MetLife’s businesses in the United States. Before joining MetLife in 2011, she was global head of liquidity risk management at Bank of America and was with Merrill Lynch for two decades. Ms. Debel is on the board of the Women’s Forum of New York.
Sunil Gupta (VP of Adult & Continuing Education)
Sunil B. Gupta has 25 years of experience in higher education and is currently the VP of Adult Continuing Education & Workforce Development at LaGuardia. He previously held this role at Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY, where he oversaw more than $18.2 million in workforce training grants. VP Gupta is currently on the Boards of COMBASE and The Hispanic Educational Technology Services, and was past Board President of the National Council for Continuing Education & Training. Before BMCC, VP Gupta worked in Enterprise Learning as the Executive Director at NYU, and ran the Professional Training programs at the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. He has a B.A. from St. John’s University, an M.S. from NYU & is completing his Doctorate at St. John’s University.
Russell Horwitz works in the Office of the Chairman of Goldman Sachs and is also secretary to the Management Committee. Prior to joining the firm in 2004, Mr. Horwitz worked at the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and was a special assistant to the national economic adviser and deputy director of communications research at the White House from 1995 to 1998. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Children's Aid Society.
Gail Landis was most recently a managing principal and co-founder of Evercore Asset Management, LLC. Prior to Evercore, she held senior leadership roles with Alliance Bernstein and Credit Suisse Asset Management. Ms. Landis is a Director of Morningstar, Inc, on the Investment Committee of the St. Mark’s School of Southborough, and on the Investment Committee of The David Rockefeller Fund. She also serves on the board of the Wood River Women’s Foundation, is Chair, Emerita of Pro Mujer International, a member of the Women’s Forum of NY, and a founding member of the Idaho IWF.
Nicolas Nicolaou is the CFO of Max Finkelstein Inc. Previously he has served as the CFO of Mana Products and CFO of the Pepsi/Lipton Partnership at Unilever. Mr. Nicolaou started his career at Deloitte & Touche in New York after immigrating to the United States from Larnaca, Cyprus. He is currently the president of the Cyprus-US Chamber of Commerce, a non-profit organization with the mission of promoting trade between the US and Cyprus.
Dr. Henry Saltiel (VP of Information Technology)
Dr. Henry Saltiel is Vice President of Information Technology at LaGuardia and manages The Office of Institutional Research. Dr. Saltiel is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a Ph.D. in Education and NYU-Polytechnic with an MS in Information Systems Engineering. He brings to LaGuardia over 30 years of experience managing information technology in higher education.
Dr. Nireata D. Seals (Vice President of Student Affairs)
Nireata D. Seals, Ed.D. serves as Vice President of Student Affairs where she directs student services including registration, enrollment, financial aid, disability services, and career planning and placement. She also oversees services designed to help low-income students, such as an on-campus food pantry, health services, and subsidized daycare. For the past 25 years, Dr. Seals has led a distinguished career in student services, holding positions at the College of New Rochelle, New York University. Next, Queensborough Community College, and Hunter College. Dr. Seals earned her doctorate from Saint John Fisher College; her masters in student personnel administration from New York University; and her bachelors in behavioral science/social work from Concordia University.
Yifei Shen is Vice President in the Tangible Common Equity (TCE) allocation group in the Treasury department at Citi. Prior to this, he interned in the Global Risk Analyst Summer program at Citigroup and started his career in Risk Management at Citi. Mr. Shen emigrated from Shanghai, China to the United States after graduating high school and attended LaGuardia Community College, where he learned English and majored in Accounting. While at LaGuardia, Mr. Shen was in the first cohort of President’s Society and won the New York State Community College Math Contest in 2012 and 2013. He is also a graduate of Columbia University where he studied Financial Economics.
Marilyn Skony Stamm
Marilyn Skony Stamm is President and CEO of Stamm International Corporation. 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, UK; SF Ltd, UK; Powrmatic Lte, Canada; and Powrmatic Inc.
Larry F. Solomon
Larry 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 and Chief Operating Officer of Accenture. Across the years at Accenture, he served as HR Director for the Americas Government and Health Services Market Unit, Global Managing Director for Geographic Services, and Group Chief Operating Officer for Human Resources.
Eric Slovin is a writer and producer, working as an executive producer of Comedy Central's critically acclaimed, Broad City. 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. Mr. Slovin serves on the board of CASA-NYC, which advocates for children in New York City foster care.
William John Toppeta
Bill Toppeta served as vice chair of EMEA/Asia for MetLife, Inc until May 2012 and was President, International for the company until 2011. Prior, he was Senior Vice President to MetLife’s corporate reengineering department and President and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian operations, among other roles. Mr. Toppeta has served as a director of Business Council of New York State Inc, is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and serves as a director on Swiss Re Americas and Helen Keller International.