HCLAS Dean's Advisory Board
The Dean's Advisory Board of the Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences consists of Hofstra College alumni and friends of Hofstra. They are responsible for advising administrators and providing input concerning educational programs, events, student opportunities, and facilities and operations. The Advisory Board is essentially responsible for ensuring that the College continues to excel and educate well rounded students in the Liberal Arts. The Advisory Board is also a networking tool for both students and alumni. Each Advisory Board member brings something unique to the College and we are proud to introduce each one of them to you.
- LORI GOLDMAN AMES
- HARRY ARMON
- THOMAS J. BASILE
- MARK L. BIBI
- HARINDER BINDRA
- STEFAN BODSTROM
- CHRISTOPHER J. CARUSO
- ROBERT D'ESPOSITO
- LOUIS F. DEMARS CPA, P.C.
- FRANK FABRICO
- THOMAS FAMIGLETTI
- CONSTANCE A. FRATIANNI
- CLAUDIA GABEL
- MICHAEL A. GARIBALDI
- ROBERT A. GERMINO, JR.
- JERRY N. GIOVANIELLO
- SHAWN M. HENRY
- KATHERINE A. HEPTIG
- DAWN HYNES
- JUDITH A. JEDLICKA
LORI GOLDMAN AMES '79
Lori Ames, who has been involved in book publishing and book publicity since the early eighties, grew up on Long Island, where she still resides. She founded ThePRFreelancer, Inc., in 2010, and specializes in publicity, marketing, and public relations for authors, artists, and small businesses.
After receiving her degree from Hofstra University in 1979, she began her publicity career at Jane Wesman Public Relations. After more than three years with the agency, Lori joined William Morrow, where she remained for six years, advancing to the position of publicity director. During her tenure with William Morrow, she worked with such authors as David Halberstam, John Irving, Gail Godwin, Richard Bach, and Tina Turner.
Returning to JWPR in 1991, she was named vice president a year later, and rose quickly to Executive Vice President, helping run the day-to-day business, overseeing all publicity campaigns, and working on strategic planning to stay on top of new media while driving clients' books to the country's bestseller lists. Over the years, Lori has handled books by such authors as William J. Bennett, former Secretary of Education; trend forecaster Faith Popcorn; journalist Bob Greene; bestselling novelists Lucian K. Truscott IV, Sandra Brown, and Howard Fast; and sports luminaries Bob Gibson, and Charles Haley, to name just a few. She left the agency in 2010 to care for her son who was diagnosed with a brain tumor, and start her own entrepreneurial journey.
In addition to serving on the Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean's Advisory Board, Lori is on the Board of Directors of Congregation Beth Sholom in Babylon. She is also passionate about promoting the Cancer Center for Kids at Winthrop University Hospital because of the wonderful care they have given her son.
HARRY ARMON '83
Harry Armon is the President of ARCAP Partners LL. Prior to forming ARCAP Partners, Harry was instrumental in the creation of an Estate Planning unit at MetLife designed to preserve and transfer wealth for ultra high-net worth families. Harry also focused on planning for high-income earners in order to accumulate and protect assets in the most tax-sheltered manner.
Formerly, Harry has over 25 years experience owning and managing privately held companies in various fields including defense electronics, media and investment banking. His career has involved designing and maintaining daily business operations, structuring private investment banking deals, and raising capital for business expansions or acquisitions. Harry has negotiated over $500 million of leveraged acquisitions, divestitures and financings. Harry’s first-hand knowledge and experience allow him to relate to, identify, and implement key solutions and strategies for his clientele. Harry graduated with a BA in Political Science from Hofstra University.
THOMAS J. BASILE, ESQ. '97
Throughout his career, Thomas J. Basile has served in a number of political, communications and public relations positions addressing a variety of high profile issues in both the public and private sector. He is founder and Principal of Empire Solutions Consulting, a strategic communications and public relations firm based in New York. He is also the Managing Director of the Middleberg Sustainability GroupTM a new PR firm that helps corporate clients develop and communicate eco-smart products, practices and workplaces.
In more than 20 states and from Washington to Rome and Iraq to South Asia, Basile's work has garnered attention in every major media market. His insights into Iraq, the War on Terrorism and the national political scene have made him a sought after contributor on both television and radio.
In 2005, he served as a lead planner for the Department of State of the historic visit by former Presidents Bush and Clinton to the tsunami ravaged areas of South Asia. In 2004 and 2005, Basile served under Senator Trent Lott as Press Secretary to the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies in Washington, where he supervised the media and public affairs operation for the 55th Presidential Inaugural Ceremonies. Prior to this position, he was a communications strategist for the U.S. Department of Defense where he focused on developing public and media outreach mechanisms for the Iraq reconstruction effort.
In March, 2004 Basile returned from seven months in Baghdad, Iraq where he served at the request of the White House, as a Senior Press Advisor to the Coalition Provisional Authority. While in Iraq, he was a spokesperson and strategist for the Coalition's press operations. In this role, Basile aided Coalition officials in message development and communications planning and together with the Deputy Mayor of Baghdad initiated the first regularly scheduled press conferences at Baghdad City Hall for the new, burgeoning local Iraqi press corps. He was awarded the Joint Civilian Service Commendation Medal from the Department of Defense for his work with the Coalition.
Basile is also a former Director of the Office of Communications for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington. During his time at the Agency he managed the EPA Administrator's public liaison operation and developed media and stakeholder outreach initiatives for a variety of environmental issues.
He has often been called upon by the White House to plan significant meetings and events for President Bush including the memorial service for the Space Shuttle Columbia astronauts in Houston, the President's 2002 meeting with Pope John Paul II at the Vatican, activities surrounding the 57th United Nations General Assembly, and the 2003 visit to Nazi concentration camps outside Krakow, Poland.
A former candidate for public office himself, Basile has been involved in national, state and local campaigns for more than a decade. He served as a consultant to the Republican National Committee during the 2004 Presidential Election cycle and is an alumnus of the Bush-Cheney 2000 campaign where he planned numerous large-scale media events for then Governor George W. Bush. Basile has also held senior level campaign management positions for local and state-wide contests.
In 1997 he was named to the National Italian American Foundation's 100 Stars List of prominent, young Americans. A native of Rockland County, New York, Basile earned his Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from Hofstra University which recently honored him with its 2007 Young Alumnus Award. He received his Juris Doctor from the Fordham University School of Law. He is an adjunct professor at the Fordham University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, a lecturer for The Leadership Institute and a trainer for the International Republican Institute, a world-wide democracy-building organization. Basile is a member of the New York Bar, and the Foreign Policy Association. He resides in New York's historic Hudson Valley.
MARK L. BIBI '80
Mark L. Bibi is the General Counsel of Life Sciences Research, Inc., a New Jersey-based pharmaceutical safety testing company with additional research centers located in England. He graduated from Hofstra , magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa in 1980 and received a J.D. from the Columbia University School of Law in 1985.
Upon graduation from law school, Mark practiced mergers and acquisitions and corporate law in New York City for the law firms of Sullivan & Cromwell and Schulte Roth & Zabel. While at Schulte Roth, he served as outside counsel to Unilab Corporation, a publicly traded independent clinical laboratory company . He joined Unilab as its General Counsel in 1993 and remained in that role until 2000, when he became General Counsel of his current company, Life Sciences Research. His responsibilities at LSR include corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, financings, litigation oversight and health care law. He is a member of the New York Bar and the American Bar Association.
Mark endowed a scholarship at Hofstra in 2008 and is serving as Co-Chair of the Hofstra Class of 1980 30th Reunion. He resides with his wife and children in Scarsdale, NY.
STEFAN BODSTROM '11
Stefan Bodstrom began his career at Arkwin Industries in 2008 after graduating from Boston University
with a B.A. degree in Electrical Engineering. He began working at Arkwin Industries as Director of
Information Technology where he was responsible for transitioning the company to an Enterprise
Resource Planning system.
Stefan became the Treasurer and Vice President of Finance for the Berlin Family Foundation in 2010.
The foundation he works for provides grants for organizations on both Long Island and West Palm
Beach in the areas of education, health and children services. Stefan is responsible for all Berlin Family
Foundation relationships on Long Island which include; The Cradle of Aviation, Hofstra University and
North Shore LIJ. Stefan has worked with the Cradle of Aviation to start The Daniel Berlin Center for
Educational Excellence. This program works to encourage students to embrace science and technology
helping to create the next generation of scientists and engineers.
Stefan Bodstrom received his M.B.A. from the Hofstra University School of Business, with a major in
Finance in 2011.
Harinder, completed her education in India and immigrated to United States in the early eighties after her marriage to T.J Bindra. Mrs. Bindra is a devoted wife and mother and has dedicated her life for the betterment of her family. She is the epitome of a homemaker and has honed her talents to create a perfect setting for her family. She is a talented cook and has her recipes published in Newsday. With the graduation of her eldest child from college and the younger attending college, she now spends her time not only helping her husband in his company but also in his philanthropic activities. She is his confidante and advisor. She also volunteers her time to Interfaith Nutrition Network in Long Island, a non profit organization dedicated to the betterment of Humanity. Her family endowed the Sikh Chair at Hofstra University and also established the Guru Nanak Interfaith Prize for Religious Tolerance.
CHRISTOPHER J. CARUSO '97, '00
Christopher J. Caruso is a partner in the Business Reorganization, Creditor Rights and Bankruptcy practice of Moses & Singer. Mr. Caruso's practice focuses primarily on the representation of creditors' committees, Chapter 7 Trustees and individual creditors, including landlords. He also represents third-party acquirers of debtors or their assets.
Mr. Caruso attended Hofstra University School of Law where he remains active as a member of the law school's alumni board and a volunteer coach for various moot court teams. He graduated from the School of Law with his J.D. in 2000 and from Hofstra University in 1997 with a B.A. degree. While in law school Mr. Caruso was the Managing Editor of Articles for the Hofstra Labor & Employment Law Journal, a competitor in the Wagner Moot Court and a recipient of the Service to School Award.
Mr. Caruso began his legal career at Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson. Mr. Caruso was admitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, in 2004, the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York in 2002, and the New York Bar in 2001.
ROBERT F. D'ESPOSITO '64
Dr. Robert F. D’Esposito’s career in medicine began nearly forty years ago with an internship at Nassau Hospital, now known as Winthrop University Hospital.
Dr. D’Esposito not only continued his practice at Winthrop but extends his experience, expertise and caring to support his peers in the medical community as well as in the education of medical students and the local school community. His hospital appointments also include North Shore University, Manhasset, New York.
Hofstra University provided the backdrop for achieving his pre-medical Bachelor of Arts in Biology Degree. Dr. D’Esposito earned his medical degree from The University of Padova, Italy in 1971. He became an attending physician in 1977 following residencies with the Departments of General Surgery and Urology at Winthrop UH and Bellevue Hospital, in NYC.
Dr. D’Esposito, is an Associate Clinical Professor at Stony Brook Medical School, teaching third year medical students in their clinical rotation in Urology at Winthrop UH. He is presently acting Vice Chief of the Department of Urology at Winthrop.
Extensive medical community involvement is demonstrated by Dr. D'Esposito's past and present affiliations with a variety of organizations. This includes his prior service as Chairman of the Winthrop Laser Safety Committee as well as his service on the Surgical Review and Quality Assurance Committees. He continued to serve his peers as Vice President (1990-94) and President (1994-97) of the Medical Staff Organization.
Dr. D’Esposito is a Fellow of The American College Of Surgeons, The New York Academy of Medicine and The Nassau Academy of Medicine. At the present time he serves as Trustee of The Nassau Academy of Medicine. He is the past President and present Governor of The American College of Surgeons where he has been active in the Brooklyn and Long Island Chapters. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors and past Chairman of Scientific and Continuing Education of the American College of Surgeons.
He is also a member of various societies including The American Fertility Society, The American Urology Association and The Society of Clinical Urologists. He is First Vice President of the Fraternal Order Of Police, New York Surgeons Lodge # 3.
Active in community service, Dr. D’Esposito as Medical Director for the Garden City School District, has served as physician involved both in various health issues as well as on-site medical doctor for the school district's sporting events from 1977 through 2009. He has been active in lecturing, research studies and publishing. He is a participating urologist of Prostate Awareness Week on Long Island.
In 2007, Winthrop UH awarded Dr. D'Esposito The Medical Staff Lifetime Achievement Award. In October 2009, he was also honored by Hofstra University for his continued involvement with Hofstra University Alumni. He also received the Physicians Award for Healthcare Heroes in 2009. Dr. D’Esposito continues in his private practice, Urological Surgeons of Long Island, located in Garden City, New York.
LOUIS F. DEMARS CPA, P.C. '84
Louis F. DeMars is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the States of New York and New Jersey.He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants, the National Society of Tax Professionals, the A.I.C.P.A. Division of Certified Public Accounting Firms, and the American Board of Forensic Accountants.
He has served as an adjunct faculty member at the School of Accountancy, C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University, and at the School of Business at Hofstra University.
His practice of accounting includes experience in areas of auditing, financial statement preparation, estate planning, Federal and multi-state tax examinations and appeals, individual and corporate taxation, bankruptcy, information systems, management advisory, business evaluation, wills and probates, financial reporting and trustee services.
He is a graduate of the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University, School of Professional Accountancy, and earned his M.B.A. from Hofstra University School of Business, with a major in Taxation. He is experienced in both public and private accounting.
He serves on the Board of Finance and Administration of the Garden City Community Church. He has also served as past Treasurer and past President of the Garden City Lions Organization, and has served two three year terms as a Director of the Garden City Chamber of Commerce. He has also served as a member of the Finance Committee for the Long Island Children's Museum, the Real Estate and Small Business Committees for the Long Island Association and the Garden City Men's Association. He is also an active volunteer in the Garden City Athletic Association and Boy Scout Organizations.
CONSTANCE FRATIANNI '82
Some of her recent activities include:
• Quest Diagnostics in connection with a receivables transaction
• Viacom in structuring and implementing trade receivables securitization facilities
• Viacom Inc., DreamWorks L.L.C. and Paramount Pictures in the unwind of the DW Funding,
LLC film securitization and the leveraged financing of the sale of the related film library
• Major financial institutions in the production financing of domestically produced feature length
motion pictures and made-for-television movies
• HSBC Private Bank (UK) Limited/HSBC Bank USA, National Association in connection
with the structured refinancing of music assets for the Estate of Michael J. Jackson, secured by
Michael Jackson's own music (called the MiJac Catalog)
• Barclays Capital Inc. in a private placement of $300 million in asset-backed notes issued by
a bankruptcy-remote vehicle owning Michael Jackson's direct and indirect interests in music
copyrights, including the Beatles catalog
• John Deere in a $2.5 billion agricultural receivables securitization facility
• Citigroup in connection with the restructuring and bankruptcy of various distressed structured
financing transactions, including motion picture and student loan receivable securitizations
Ms. Fratianni received her B.A. from Hofstra University in 1982.
ROBERT A. GERMINO, JR.
Robert A. Germino, Jr. is a Financial Advisor in the Global Wealth Management Division of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney (MSSB). Before he joined the firm in February 2012, Robert served five years in the United States Marine Corps and one 13-month tour in Iraq with Regimental Combat Team 2. After his discharge from active military service, he worked for Nassau County via the “Warriors to Work” program.
Robert builds relationships around the same core values he learned as a U.S. Marine: honor, courage, and commitment. Clients deserve candid advice and a dedicated advisor to help them chart their financial future. These tenets dovetail with MSSB’s belief that every financial advisor must have an unparalleled commitment to the client.
Robert graduated from Hofstra University in 2002 with a B.A. in Philosophy. He was an avid triathlete and ran for school board during his college years. Robert stays involved in his community by being a member of local veteran and fraternal organizations. He currently resides in Glen Cove, N.Y.
DAWN HYNES '89
Dawn Hynes is founder and president of Hynes Associates, a market research firm conducting in-depth analysis of retirement and investment issues for major insurance and mutual fund companies.
Dawn Hynes has spent her career in the Retirement and Investment Business. Beginning her career in the Fortune 500 marketplace, Dawn headed up the retirement marketing efforts of a leading financial services organization. Prior to establishing Hynes Associates, Dawn was Vice President and head of the Small-Mid Market Retirement Plan Business for the MetLife Defined Contribution Group. She started the company's business in the under $30 million retirement plan marketplace and built it from the ground-up, delivering double and triple-digit sales growth. She was named to the company's small group of Chairman's Council Producers and Managers. And she was appointed by the Chairman to head up Enterprise efforts to integrate four of the firm's small to mid-market retirement businesses - an enterprise-wide undertaking to increase distribution potential in the small-mid market retirement marketplace.
Ms. Hynes is a Chartered Life Underwriter (C.L.U.). She holds: a NASD Series 6 and NASD Series 63 License, a Registered Principal designation, and a Life & Health license. Ms. Hynes also consults directly with business owners and company executives to establish retirement plans for their organizations, in the corporate, public and not-for-profit sectors.
Ms. Hynes graduated Hofstra University, cum laude, with High Honors in English in 1989.
Katherine A. Heptig is a Corporate Associate/Attorney, concentrating in tax law for Farrell Fritz, P.C.
Kate Heptig is a corporate associate at Farrell Fritz, P.C., in Uniondale, NY, concentrating on tax law, executive compensation, employee benefits and general corporate law. Prior to joining Farrell Fritz, Kate was the Human Resources Quality/Compliance Attorney at the Visiting Nurse Service of New York and from 2004 through 2010, Kate was a tax/executive compensation & employee benefits associate at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, in New York.
Kate earned her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2004, where she was a James Wilson Scholar, and her B.A. in both Political Science and Psychology, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Hofstra University in 2000, where she was the recipient of the Distinguished Academic Full-Tuition Merit Scholarship. Prior to attending law school, Kate also served as the Assistant/Acting Director of Institutional and Market Research at the Scott Skodnek Business Development Center at Hofstra University.
She resides with her family in Rockville Centre, NY.
JUDITH A. JEDLICKA '66, '76
Judith A. Jedlicka is the Managing Partner and founder of Solutions for Arts & Culture, a consulting firm serving the arts, cultural organizations and business, and for more than 25 years was the President of the Business Committee for the Arts, Inc. (BCA), a national not-for-profit organization founded in 1967 by David Rockefeller to bring business and the arts together. As an internationally-recognized authority on business-arts alliances, Ms. Jedlicka founded the International Network of Business Arts Associations in 1990. She, along with David Finn, wrote the book The Art of Leadership: Building Business-Arts Alliances (Abbeville Press, 1998). In 2000, she was among the 150 individuals invited to participate in the First Annual White House Conference on Culture and Diplomacy.
Prior to joining BCA, Ms. Jedlicka was the President of The National Corporate Fund for Dance, Inc., where she raised more than $3 million for major American dance companies. Her extensive career, spanning both business and the arts, began as an Executive Trainee with Ruder Finn Inc., and continued to include Account Executive with Batten, Barton, Durstine & Osborne, now the Omnicom, Group Inc.; Director of Public Relations for American Ballet Theatre and the Harkness Ballet Foundation; the Director of the Arts Administration Institute, Hofstra University, New York; and a trustee of the American Museum of Folk Art, New York. She was part of the 2003 National Endowment for the Arts and Society for the Arts in Healthcare National Symposium held to develop national guidelines for incorporating the arts in healthcare, wellness and palliative care. Ms. Jedlicka has been a consultant to an array of arts organizations such as: the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, the American Museum of the Moving Image, the American Association of Museums , The Heckscher Museum of Art and The Long Island Museum, and is a member of the Association of Theatrical Managers and Press Agents and the International Association for Professional Art Advisors. She also served as Vice President of the Board of Trustees of Planting Fields Foundation, Oyster Bay, New York, and was director of the Fort Foundation for Arts and Education in Sandy Hook, New Jersey. Currently she is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board for Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, a member of the Honorary Committee for Hofstra University’s 75th Anniversary Committee, is an Adjunct Professor at the C.W. Post campus of Long Island University and is a trustee of The Caumsett Foundation.
For her contributions to the development of the contemporary arts in America, Ms. Jedlicka received the Arts Salute Award in 1984. She is also an expert on American basketry, and was the guest curator for Woven for Work: American Baskets, an exhibition presented in the American Folk Art Museum, New York. She holds a B.A. in English and an M.A. in Humanities from Hofstra University, plus an A.A.S. in Horticulture from the State University of New York at Farmingdale.
Ms. Jedlicka has delivered presentations and lectures throughout the world – Europe, Japan, Australia – about business-arts alliances, has appeared on national radio and television programs, and has contributed to several books. Her articles about business-arts alliances, the performing arts, American basketry, folk art and horticulture, have appeared in many publications including The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, Newsday, Horizon, Playbill and Arts & Antiques.
SCOTT M. JEFFREYS '82
Scott Jeffreys is Vice President, Development and Engineering for the Internet Security Business Unit, a joint partnership between CA and HCL/America. He is responsible for leading an international development team in the development and delivery of the consortium’s entire Threat Management product portfolio including Integrated Threat Management, CA Anti-Virus, CA Pest Patrol, and CA/Host-Based Intrusion Prevention System. He led the creation of the Antimalware Software Development Kit and CA/HIPS Toolkit, two flexible product development kits designed to allow threat protection assets including malware protection, firewalls, sandboxes, and packet inspection security to be easily integrated into CA and third party solutions.
Prior to joining CA in 2005, Scott spent nineteen years in the financial services industry with Reuters America where he was Senior Vice President, Head of Regional Development, based in New York. He is well versed with the requirements in Equities, Treasury, Investment Banking, and Asset Management as well as integration with Financial Trading Room environments. Scott developed the Customer Technology Alliance program at Reuters which brought together the corporation’s Strategic Innovations with the top twenty Global International Accounts.
Scott graduated from Hofstra University in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics, Phi Beta Kappa honors, and dual minor degrees in Economics and Computer Science. While earning his Master’s Degree in Mathematics at Adelphi University in 1984, he was also part of the Adjunct Computer Science faculty at Hofstra University teaching courses in computer fundamentals. His research interests have led to patents in computer graphics processing and financial portfolio management and modeling. He is a noted author on topics impacting the national Harness Racing industry having been published many times over the last decade.Scott currently resides on Long Island with his wife, Cathleen, and has two children, Matthew and Katelyn, both currently attending to their collegiate studies.
EDWARD J. JOHNSEN '76
Edward Johnsen is a partner in DLA Piper's Corporate and Finance practice. Based in New York as part of the firm's Financial Services group, he concentrates on regulatory matters relating to broker-dealers investment advisers, hedge funds and other financial institutions. Prior to this Mr. Johnsen was a partner in the financial services practice group of Winston & Strawn LLP, concentrating on regulatory matters relating to broker-dealers and other financial institutions.
Mr. Johnsen has significant experience counseling clients on selling and trading securities and derivatives, risk arbitrage and proprietary trading, algorithmic and program trading, structured products, equity capital markets, and international and emerging market securities sales and trading. He has written supervisory procedures and compliance manuals for domestic and foreign broker-dealers, banks and hedge funds, including procedures for securities sales and trading, international trading, over-the-counter market making (stocks and options), equity derivatives sales and trading, program trading, handling of sensitive and non-public information, and soft dollars.
Mr. Johnsen has experience handling SEC, NYSE, NASD, and other regulatory examinations, working with compliance departments in the development of compliance programs, codes of conduct, information barriers and automated surveillance systems, and providing compliance training for broker-dealer personnel. He has worked closely with broker-dealers, banks and hedge funds in responding to new and existing regulatory requirements relating to short sales, securities delivery and regulatory reporting, and regularly advises clients with respect to sales of restricted and control securities, and the Securities and Exchange Commission's reporting requirements for institutional investment managers, corporate insiders, and holders of large positions.
Mr. Johnsen previously served as Director and Head of Equities Compliance at Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., as Vice President and Associate General Counsel at J.P. Morgan Inc., and as Vice President and Counsel at Morgan Stanley & Co. Inc.
Mr. Johnsen has served as Chairman of the Nasdaq Market Operations Review Committee; as Chairman of the Market Regulation Committee of NASD Regulation Inc., and as a member of its Advisory Council; as a member of the Nasdaq Trading Rules Subcommittee; and as a member of the Securities Traders Association Compliance Subcommittee. Mr. Johnsen is a member of the ABA Section of Business Law Back to Business Law Advisory Board, and a member of the United States Council for International Business Banking Committee. He has written and spoken extensively on securities regulatory matters, including articles in the New York Law Journal and Dow Jones Market Watch and a series of webcasts for West LegalWorks.
Mr. Johnsen graduated Hofstra University with a Bachelor of Arts in History in 1976, and obtained his Juris Doctorate, magna cum laude, from New York Law School in 1986. He is a life-long Long Islander and resides in Merrick with his wife of 33 years, Jeanne, and their son Paul, a Hofstra student.
JON KAIMAN '84
Jon Kaiman brings to his office as Town of North Hempstead Supervisor, a distinguished record of public and private sector accomplishments. His two terms in office has been underscored by has continuation of the Town’s tradition of sound finances and good government.
North Hempstead is the seventh largest of approximately 1500 towns, cities and villages in the State of New York. Money Magazine ranked the Town number 46 in its 2008 listing of the “Best 100 Places to Live in America.” North Hempstead was one of three communities in New York State to make the list.
Since taking office on January 1, 2004, Kaiman has spearheaded a series of bold initiatives to update the Town’s infrastructure and incorporate modern management techniques in day-to-day operations.
Central to his efforts has been the establishment of a 311 Constituent Response System. This new technology provides North Hempstead residents greater access to government, while enhancing efficiency and accountability.
TownStat, another one of Kaiman’s key initiatives, is gaining momentum in the town. A performance measurement and management tool, TownStat tracks and reports performance in departments throughout the town with the goal of monitoring the efficiency and effectiveness of how constituents’ concerns are addressed.
Yet another of Kaiman’s initiatives focuses on partnerships with neighboring municipal entities—more than 100 exists within the town—to cut costs and help save taxpayer dollars. Since the formation in 2006 of the Office of Inter-municipal Coordination, the town has almost fifty inter-municipal agreements with various entities, including villages, special districts, school districts and associations.
As Supervisor, Kaiman has instituted North Hempstead’s annual Earth Day Program and Operation Clean Sweep—a month- long, top to bottom “Spring Cleaning” of the Town. During its five years of existence, the program has removed tens of thousands of tons of garbage and debris.Steering the town towards environmentally-friendly alternatives, he has engineered the establishment of a sweeping town-wide recycling initiative, a program that has located recycling containers in all the town’s buildings, its network of parks and eight of North Hempstead’s 11 school districts.
Kaiman’s mission to green North Hempstead also includes the purchase of over 20 hybrid and electric vehicles as well as the staging of various events, such as EcoFest, promoting environmental stewardship.
Another key component of Kaiman’s administration is the idea of Community Based Planning. Beginning in 2004, the Town has hosted scores of community-based meetings throughout North Hempstead to address local concerns relating to development projects, planning decisions, park and roadway improvements, and other local issues.
In Kaiman’s continuing quest to be responsive to the needs of the community, Kaiman has also initiated Project Independence, a town-wide program born from a pilot launched two years ago in New Hyde Park to help senior citizens “age in place” and access information on basic services such as health care, social worker assistance and community programming.
Kaiman serves also as the Chairman of the town’s Solid Waste Management Authority, Commissioner of the Great Neck North Water Authority, and board member of the Long Island Regional Planning Council. He also serves as chair of approximately nineteen non commissioner run special districts operating within the town’s borders.
He received a Juris Doctorate from Hofstra University Law School, and a Bachelor of Arts from Hofstra University. Jon was elected in 1999 to the Nassau County District Court, where for two consecutive years he received the highest rating possible from the Nassau County Bar Association’s Judicial Screening Committee.
Kaiman is a longtime resident of Great Neck, where he lives with his wife Kim, sons Shaun and Jared and daughter Iyana.
PAUL LOWELL '73
Paul Lowell is a founding member and Managing Director of Topspin Partners, LP, a Roslyn Heights-based venture capital partnership. Topspin was founded in 2000 and is affiliated with Renaissance Technologies Corp., Stony Brook, NY. The fund primarily invests in early-stage, technology-based companies. Long Island-based companies that were funded by Topspin include: FatWire Corp., Cosmocom Inc., FalconStor Corp., Open Access, Inc., Terk Technologies Corp., Amplicon Corp. and Tiffen Corp. Prior to Topspin, Paul was founding member and Executive Managing Director of the Long Island Venture Fund, LP. Before moving to the venture capital industry, Paul was a Senior Vice President at Lehman Brothers, Inc., in the Bond Trading Dept., and later in the Private Client Group. Prior to joining Lehman Brothers, Paul was a Vice President at Goldman Sachs & Co. in the Bond Trading Dept. He began his Wall Street career at the Irving Trust Company, where he was an officer and managed the Bank's short-term liabilities and reserve position with the Federal Reserve Bank.
Paul is an active member of the National Venture Capital Association, New York Venture Group, Long Island Forum for Technology, and is a Director of the Long Island Capital Alliance and the NY Metro Capital Forum. He is also a director of a number of Topspin's portfolio companies and is Chairman of FatWire Corp.
Paul graduated from Hofstra University with a B.A. degree in Economics in 1973. He was born in Boston MA, and graduated from Newton High School in 1969.
Paul has been married to his wife, Barbara, for thirty-five years. Barbara (Winter) Lowell also graduated from Hofstra in 1973 with a BA degree in languages. Barbara currently teaches foreign languages in the Baldwin School District. Alexandra, their daughter, attends Sacred Heart High School in Hempstead.
Paul is a member of the American Red Cross (Disaster Recovery Team). He spent two weeks in Biloxi MS, as a part of the relief effort following Hurricane Katrina. He is a life-long competitive sailor and he has skippered yachts in many international events, including wins in the British-American Cup, Commodore's International Cup and the Rolex Offshore World Championship. He is a member of the Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club, Oyster Bay, and the New York Yacht Club.
JOSEPH D. MONTICCIOLO HON. ALM. '06
A nationally recognized expert in evaluating compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and a housing development consultant, Joseph D. Monticciolo, FAIA, is president of The Monticciolo Company, located in Woodbury, New York. His career as an architect began in 1960 with the USAF-Continental Air Command in Warner Robins, Georgia. From 1967 to 1987, he progressed from program manager for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, to New York area director, to Regional Housing FHA commissioner and, finally, to regional administrator for Region II. In 1988 he became president and chairman of the Board of Eagle Capital Group Ltd, a housing and commercial real estate organization in New York City.
Mr. Monticciolo is a lifetime fellow of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and has received numerous awards, including the AIA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001 and the Edward C. Kemper Medal in 1987. The NYS Association of Architects awarded him the Del Gaudio Award in 1977, Kideney Medal in 1981, and the President’s Award in 1986. He is president emeritus of the Italian Board of Guardians, Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides comprehensive social services to individuals in Brooklyn, New York, and member of the Order Sons of Italy in America and Columbus Citizens Foundation in New York City.
Mr. Monticciolo and his wife, Mary Ann, have been generous and active supporters of the Hofstra community since 1977, including establishing the Joseph and Mary Ann Monticciolo Endowed Scholarship. The Hofstra University Alumni Organization honored his years of philanthropic support by making him an honorary alumnus of Hofstra in 2006. Mr. Monticciolo also received an Honorary Doctor of Laws from The Graduate Center, The City University of New York.
Mr. Monticciolo has been a member of the Hofstra Pride Club and Hofstra University Advisory Board since 1977, including serving as its chair for the past 10 years. Under his leadership, Support Our Scholarships efforts have raised more than $1 million for student scholarships at Hofstra University.
A. PATRICIA MOORE '55, '74
JOHN S. NORBECK '73
In 2006, John S. Norbeck was appointed President and CEO of Old Westbury Gardens in Old Westbury, New York. The former country estate of financier John S. Phipps, Old Westbury Gardens is open to the public and consists of 200 acres of formal gardens, tree-lined walks, lakes, and grand allees.
Mr. Norbeck served as the Regional Director of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation from 2002 through 2006 where he was responsible for 35 parks, preserves, and historic properties, encompassing over 40,000 acres. The operating budget for the Long Island region was roughly $50 million and included more than 600 full-time staff including 70 officers in the State Park Police.
Prior to that, Mr. Norbeck served as General Manager of Arboreta, from 1998 - 2002, and from 1993 - 1998 he was the Executive Director of the Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay, the former estate of William R. Coe. The Planting Fields encompass 209 acres, 160 acres of gardens, plant collections, and green houses. For ten years prior to that, Mr. Norbeck served as the Director of the Jones Beach State Park in Wantagh, New York, a world-renowned 2,400 acre, 6.5 mile ocean front recreational facility visited by 7 to 9 million patrons annually.
After graduating from Hofstra University in 1973, Mr. Norbeck went on to receive an M.F.A. in 1976 from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York and then went on to various competitive management positions within the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preserve.
Mr. Norbeck is currently the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors, and Chair of the Philanthropy Committee, for the Peconic Land Trust and serves as a member of the American Public Garden Association, the Society of the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities, the Water Mill Museum, and the Caumsett Foundation. He is past secretary for the Nassau Land Trust, a past board member of the South Fork Natural History Museum, and a past member of the Board Advisory Committee of the Hecksher Museum.
Mr. Norbeck resides in Cold Spring Harbor and Water Mill with his wife, Connie.
STUART M. SAFT '68
Stuart M. Saft, chair of Dewey & LeBoeuf's Global Real Estate Department, is one of the leading lawyers in the financing, leasing, conversion, construction and restructuring of residential and commercial property throughout the US.
Mr. Saft has been selected into the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Law and Who's Who in the World. He was awarded the Theodore Small Award by the National Association of Workforce Boards for his work establishing the Family Centers after the September 11th terrorist attack and received the "Dedicated to the Industry Award" by the New York Association of Realty Managers. Mr Saft has been appointed Chairman Emeritus of New York City's Workforce Investment Board and was commended for his service in a letter written by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Mr. Saft is also the author of 35 books on real estate and several dozen articles on real estate, finance and economics. He is also the Vice Chairman of the National Cooperative Bank in Washington, the Chairman of the Council of New York Cooperatives and Condominiums, an Editor of the Real Estate Finance Journal, and a member of the Board of the Lawyers Alliance. Mr. Saft received a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law and a B.A. from Hofstra University.
DONALD M. SCHAEFFER, CPA, JD
DONALD M. SCHAEFFER, CPA, JD is an owner and President of Schaeffer & Sam, CPAs, P.C., where he specializes in representing families and their businesses utilizing his tax, accounting and legal skills as both a CPA and attorney. Mr. Schaeffer serves as a Trustee of The DeMatteis Family Foundation as well as numerous DeMatteis and other family trusts, and he is a member of the Board of Directors of a public corporation.
Mr. Schaeffer graduated from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania in 1972 and Columbia University School of Law in 1975. He practiced tax law in Philadelphia at the Schnader and Wolf Block law firms before moving to New York and joining a predecessor of his present firm. He and his wife, Joan, were married in 1972 and have a son in high school. He is active in various charitable organizations, and he and his wife are very committed to supporting education and music programs.
MIKE SEIMAN '01
Mike Seiman began what can be traced back as the earliest incarnation of CPX Interactive while still a freshman at Hofstra University. It was then that he began creating content-based websites and generating revenue by selling advertising and optimizing campaigns on those sites. By the time he graduated with a B.S. in Computer Science, in 2001, he had already leveraged his keen understanding of online advertising and his network of publishing relationships to create BUDS Inc., CPX's parent company. Mike Seiman's unique vision for the future of online advertising continues to drive the day to day business of CPX Interactive.
RONALD SHINDEL '96
Ron Shindel is currently the chief corporate security officer for the LeFrak Organization, which is headquartered in Manhattan on West 57th Street. He is responsible for strategic oversight of all corporate security functions and investigations for this privately held, family-owned company with commercial and residential real estate holdings in excess of 34 million square feet in 4 states, oil and gas holdings in 13 states, and considerable interests in music publishing, entertainment production, merchant banking, and equities. Recent acquisitions include property and buildings in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills. He is a direct report to the LeFrak Family.
Prior to his position at LeFrak, Ron served as Vice President for Public Safety at the Times Square Alliance, which is the business improvement district for the Times Square/Theater District area in midtown Manhattan. The constituent businesses within the district include such notable companies as The New York Times, Morgan Stanley, Lehman Brothers, ABC Studios, The Shubert Organization (owners of 18 Broadway Theaters), Reuters, Ernst & Young, Skadden Arps, Pillsbury Winthrop, Cravath, Swaine and Moore, and the NASDAQ Stock Market.
Ron was also once a Senior Vice President of the American Stock Exchange and headed the departments of security, property management, real estate, transportation, and business continuity. He was a member of the senior staff and also headed reintegration efforts to bring back important corporate functions after the sale of the exchange by its parent company, the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD), in 2005.
Prior to entering the corporate world, Ron retired as a Deputy Inspector from the New York City Police Department where his last assignment was Commanding Officer of a special recovery group at Operation Ground Zero at the World Trade Center following the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001.
He also held command positions at the 73rd Precinct (Brownsville, Brooklyn), the Brooklyn North Task Force (a specially trained and deployed riot/disorder/enforcement unit), the Mounted Unit (equestrian patrol and special events), and the Police Academy (all training, recruit and in-service).
Ron was personally decorated 31 times and his leadership was recognized when his unit was awarded the NYPD Unit Citation by then Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and Police Commissioner Howard Safir. He also received a commendation from the New York City Fire Department for life saving. Ron's enforcement and training programs have been featured in local and national media and in a monograph on innovative policing. These programs have received recognition from Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the Kings County District Attorney's office. Some of these programs are still in place within the NYPD.