Women In Leadership
Women in Leadership is a new initiative designed to highlight the accomplishments of the countless successful Hofstra alumnae. The group is expected to become a professional resource and powerful network for both alumnae and current students.
- JUDITH A. JEDLICKA
- MAUREEN P. KIEDAISCH
- DIANA E. LAKE
- TERRY LAMANTIA-CATALDO
- THERESE M. LENDINO
- TANYA LEVY-ODOM
- JACQUELINE O. LICALZI
- PAMELA MASTROTA
- MICHELE MEDAGLIA
- ESTELLA MENDES
- HILLARY NEEDLE
- THERESA PATIRI
- CONSTANCE PIZARRO
- JILL M. RABIN
- ARISLEYDA D. RIEHL
- MICHELLE L. ROBEY
- ELLEN SHEDLARZ
- KATHLEEN M. STANLEY
TRACEY ANT' 87
Tracey Ant is the Primary Casualty Placement Leader for the U.S. Tracey is responsible for leading and coordinating the placement operations for Primary Casualty Placements for all of Marsh's Global Risk Management and National Brokerage clients. She is a member of the U.S. Operating Committee.
Prior to her current role, Tracey served as the National Brokerage Placement Leader for the U.S. and was responsible for leading all Placement activity for the National Brokerage segment.
Tracey joined Marsh & McLennan in 1993 as a Casualty Broker in the National Broking Division. She has held various positions at Marsh with increasing responsibility over the past 17 years.
Prior to joining Marsh, Tracey was with The Hartford Insurance Company for six years in the Casualty Division. She has a BBA from Hofstra University in finance and an MBA in accounting from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
CELIA I. BERK '79
Chief Talent Officer
Young & Rubicam Group
Celia Berk is the Chief Talent Officer for Young & Rubicam Group. She works in close partnership with its leaders to attract, develop and retain the best talent and promote collaboration across a global network comprised of some of the most powerful brands in marketing communications.
Celia joined Young & Rubicam Brands from within one of those companies, Burson-Marsteller, a preeminent global public relations firm. She held the position of Managing Director, Human Resources Worldwide there for more than ten years, serving three Chief Executive Officers during a period of significant change for strategic communications companies and their clients. In that time, the Company was recognized in numerous industry competitions, surveys and rankings for the caliber of its talent worldwide.
Prior to joining Burson-Marsteller, Celia spent ten years at Reuters America. Her last position was as Senior Vice President, Organizational Planning, working with the company's first Chief Information Officer for the Americas. She joined Reuters from The Commonwealth Fund, where she was Administrator of the Harkness Fellowships.
Celia holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Hofstra University and serves on the school’s Women in Leadership initiative. She is a Founding Member of the Advisory Council of the National Executive Service Corps, and sits on the Global Advisory Board for the Future of Advertising Project, SEI Center for Advanced Studies in Management, The Wharton School. She also supports philanthropic ventures as a Trustee of the Nina Abrams Fund.
Celia began her professional life as a performing artist and is a member of the Screen Actors Guild, Actors Equity Association and the National Arts Club. She is actively involved in the cultural life of New York and can occasionally be spotted in and around the city singing the Great American Songbook.
JEANETTE BETANCOURT '80
Dr. Jeanette Betancourt is the Vice President for Outreach and Educational Practices at Sesame Workshop. Her responsibilities include the strategic branding and delivery of domestic and international outreach initiatives to assure the greatest impact and visibility. She is conceptualizing, developing, and delivering compelling new models for the delivery of Outreach initiatives to a variety of diverse audiences and communities worldwide. In addition, she manages the versioning of these initiatives into multiple languages as well as the formative and summative research that accompanies each project. She works collaboratively with several Sesame Workshop divisions to assure that content, language, and educational strategies are appropriate for diverse ethnic and cultural groups.
Dr. Betancourt has overseen content development for the production, Sagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat and advised on the production, Dragon Tales. She is also the series content advisor for the award winning parenting programs, A Place of Our Own and Los niños en su casa in association with KCET, the PBS station in Los Angeles, California. She has been involved in Outreach efforts around Colombia and Healthy Habits as well as early literacy in Jamaica. Dr. Betancourt manages a large group of consultants that are writers, editors and translators. She also maintains and expands a comprehensive network of national organizations that are strategic partners within the educational community. She has directed Sesame Workshop Outreach projects in the areas of bilingual education, literacy, music, health and safety, resiliency, and child care.
Prior to joining Sesame Workshop, Dr. Betancourt was the Director for Project Visiones, a bilingual vocational training program for Latino child care professionals at the Institute for Urban and Minority Education, Teachers College, Columbia University. She also coordinated efforts for restructuring social services in several middle school projects.
Dr. Betancourt is a licensed bilingual speech and language pathologist and educational therapist, with a specialty in treating families and children with psychiatric disorders. She has consulted at several university hospitals, schools systems and private organizations. She has also served on boards and committees that service children and families, including Leake and Watts Services, Inc., New York City Association for Children and Families, 2010 Alliance, United Way of New York, The Sub-Committee on Hispanic Education, Pfizer Health Journal Roundtable, Child Care Reads Campaign, Manhattan Community College Teacher Training Committee, Corporation for Public Broadcasting Hispanic Outreach Committee, National Council of La Raza Early Childhood Initiative, PSVRatings Board, and Anti-Defamation League Miller Early Childhood Initiative. She is a Board of Trustee for Our World Neighborhood Charter School and served as Chairperson for the School Leadership Team at P.S. 84 for three years.
Dr. Betancourt received her BA from Herbert H. Lehman College, City University of New York, an MA in Speech and Language Pathology from Hofstra University, an MS in Bilingual Reading/Special Education from St. John's University, and an Ed.D. in Special Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.
LAURIE J. BLOOM ’95
Laurie J. Bloom is Director of Marketing and Communications for the nationally prominent law firm Rivkin Radler LLP, where she is responsible for all aspects of the firm's initiatives and strategies with respect to marketing, communications, public and media relations, and client development. Laurie is a 1995 graduate of Hofstra’s School of Communication, where she received her Bachelors degree, cum laude, in Journalism, and minored in Fine Art. She currently serves as President of Hofstra University’ Alumni Organization (2008-2010). Prior to being elected President, she served two terms as First Vice President, chaired the Products and Services Committee, and also served on the Alumni Executive Council as an at-large member. Laurie has also served as a member of Hofstra’s CAN! Program. As a Hofstra student, Laurie was inducted into the Golden Key National Honor Society and Alpha Sigma Lambda’s Kappa Chapter. In 2005, she was honored to serve as the keynote speaker for the first Lambda Pi Eta Communications Honor Society Induction Ceremony.
In addition to her full-time position at Rivkin Radler, Laurie presently serves as an adjunct professor of Public Relations at Hofstra University’s School of Communication. She has also addressed numerous professional and student groups on an array of topics relating to issues and careers in public relations and marketing.
Laurie chairs Nassau/Suffolk Law Services’ Advisory Council and is a member of the Executive Board of Pet Peeves, Inc., "the voice of L.I. pets.” She is a past president of Public Relations Professionals of Long Island (PRPLI) and has served on the board of the International Association of Business Communicators/LI Chapter (IABC/LI). Laurie is also a member of the Long Island Press Club/Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ/PCLI).
In 2006, Laurie was named one of Long Island's 50 Most Influential Women in Business, by Long Island Business News. The same year, ExecuLeaders honored her with the ExecuLeadership Award for Marketing Leadership. The Long Island Business News named her among Long Island's Marketing Leaders in 2005, and in 2002, Laurie was named Top In-House Marketing Executive in a Large Firm, by the Long Island Business News and Long Island Advertising Club. Laurie was named Long Island’s Top Woman Businessperson, in August 2003, by Molloy College and has been inducted into Long Island Business News’ 40 Rising Stars Under 40, Class of 2002. Laurie received the “Partner in Justice” Award from Nassau/Suffolk Law Services and has received special recognition from The Capuchin Franciscans of the Province of St. Mary.
Laurie has written articles for American Lawyer Media's New York Lawyer magazine, and has developed newsletters, brochures and other promotional materials for the American Bar Association, New York County Lawyers Association, Nassau County Bar Association, and Nassau/Suffolk Law Services among others.
PINA M. CAMPAGNA ’00
Pina M. Campagna is a patent attorney at Carter, DeLuca, Farrell & Schmidt, LLP (CDFS), a law firm dedicated to advising clients in intellectual property matters. The firm has rapidly grown to be a leader in intellectual property law serving a large cadre of local, national, and international clients. CDFS is Long Island's largest IP law firm and an internationally recognized intellectual property boutique. Its success is attributable to providing excellence in the quality of legal services rendered while simultaneously offering highly competitive financial value to its clients. CDFS services a satisfied list of distinguished clients with a growing, experienced, and dedicated work force successfully integrating the engineering, scientific, and legal expertise demanded in today's IP business environment.
Pina's experience includes advising clients during all phases of strategic patent and trademark portfolio development, including: patentability investigations; due diligence investigations; product clearance (non-infringement) investigations and associated opinions; patent and trademark application preparation and prosecution before the US Patent and Trademark Office and related international application filings through a thoroughly developed network of trusted, highly qualified international associates. She has spoken before several groups on various topics of intellectual property.
Pina is a member of the New York bar. She is admitted to the U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts of New York and is registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office.
She is a member of the following organizations: New York Intellectual Property Law Association (NYIPLA), where she is the co-chair of the Trademark Law Committee International Trademark Association (INTA); American Intellectual Property Association (AIPLA), Committees on Chemical Practice, Trademark Law, and Patent Law; International Intellectual Property Society (IIPS); Nassau County Columbian Lawyer's Association; New York County Lawyers Association (NYCLA); The Women's Financial Group (TWFG); Albany Law School Mentoring program; and St. Francis Prep Legal Services Alumni Chapter.
Prior to joining Carter, DeLuca, Farrell & Schmidt, Pina was a patent consultant for Estee Lauder. She earned a bachelor's degree in biochemistry from Hofstra University in 2000 and a juris doctor degree from Albany Law School in 2004.
BETH CAREY ’94
Beth Carey is currently an Editorial Producer at HLN (formerly Headline News), on its highest-rated show, Nancy Grace. As a producer for cable's only legal analysis program, she is responsible for booking many of the top newsmakers featured on Nancy Grace.
Carey came to HLN's Nancy Grace from Court TV (later renamed truTV) where she developed a fascination for crime stories and a tremendous respect for the justice system. For almost seven years, she was a producer on their long-running legal news program, Catherine Crier Live. During her tenure at Court TV, she covered some of the biggest trials of our time including the cases against Scott Peterson, Michael Jackson, Robert Blake, and Andrea Yates.
Prior to Court TV, Carey worked for WNBC-TV's Health & Science Editor, Dr. Max Gomez. She wrote and produced daily pieces about innovative medical procedures and the latest consumer health news for their 5 o’clock newscasts.
A self-professed foodie, she launched her career at the Food Network where she worked on many of their popular cooking programs as well as their celebrity talk show, Bill Boggs Corner Table. While at Bill Boggs Corner Table, she traveled to some of the countries top restaurants and met high-profile celebrities including Sophia Loren, Robert Duvall, and Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York.
Carey has a B.A. in Communication Arts from Hofstra University. She resides in New Jersey with her husband Bill Niebuhr and their three-year-old daughter, Caitlin.
KIM M. CIESINSKI '86 '89
Ms. Ciesinski recently joined the law firm of DiMascio & Associates, LLP, located in Garden City, New York, which specializes in the practice of matrimonial law, after a nine year hiatus from the practice of law to pursue her philanthropic aspirations. Prior to returning to the practice of law Ms. Ciesinski devoted her time and attention to serving the needs of the underprivileged residents of Huntington Township.
The Junior Welfare League of Huntington, Inc. is a grass-root, non-profit organization dedicated to providing emergency financial assistance to residents of Huntington Township who experience unexpected severe financial crises, thereby preventing, otherwise certain financial devastation of a family. Ms. Ciesinski possesses a fervent belief that a community is only as strong as its weakest member. In furtherance of this steadfast belief, she served as a board member of the organization from 2000-2008 and as its President/Executive Director from 2006-2008. During her tenure as President, the fundraising endeavors instituted and led by Ms. Ciesinski more than tripled the organization’s yearly budget. Also during this time Ms. Ciesinski attended New York University in pursuit of her certification in Philanthropy and fundraising through the George H. Heyman, Jr. Center for Philanthropy. Simultaneously with these endeavors, she served as a board member at several of her children’s schools.
During the years 1993-1997, Ms. Ciesinski was a partner in the law firm of Barrocas, Ciesinski & Parker, L.L.P., a Garden City firm specializing in the practice of Matrimonial Law. Upon her departure from said firm, she founded and maintained the Law Offices of Kim M. Ciesinski, P.C., which was located in Melville, New York and also specialized in the practice of Matrimonial Law. Ms. Ciesinski maintained her practice until 2001 when she decided to pursue her other endeavors.
Ms. Ciesinski received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Hofstra University in l986 and her Juris Doctor from Hofstra University School of Law in l989. In l990 she was admitted to the New York State Bar in the Second Judicial Department. Ms. Ciesinski is a member of the Nassau County Bar Association and the Association of Fund Raising Professionals. In addition to her professional endeavors, Ms. Ciesinski is an aspiring Landscape artist.
Kim Ciesinski resides in Cold Spring Harbor, New York with her three daughters.
ELLEN B. DEUTSCH ’96
Ellen Deutsch is a business veteran who honed her skills in advertising before joining The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAIN) in 1996. Hain Celestial is the largest global marketer of natural and organic products, and Ellen was promoted to Senior Vice President/Chief Growth Officer in 2003, after serving in executive positions for the company leading marketing, sales, and strategic planning.
Having completed both her B.B.A. and M.B.A. studies at Hofstra University, Ellen has been a contributor to many industry publications, and has lectured at the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) marketing conference, FUSE, Natural Foods Expo, Food Innovation and Technology Forum, and NY/Women in Communications, among others. She has also appeared on the Television Food Network discussing trends in food, and has been instrumental in the launch of many consumer products. Companies she had previously worked with during her career in advertising include Nabisco Foods, MasterCard International, and Rexall/Sundown, among others, both in consumer and business-to-business marketing.
Ellen was a member of the Strategic Partnership Board of the Frank Zarb School of Business at Hofstra University for many years and has been honored as a distinguished alumnus. She is also a trustee of the Children’s Leukemia Research Foundation, as well as a classical pianist.
Ellen is married and resides in Merrick, NY with her husband and three children.
DONNA DIAMOND ’86
Donna Diamond is a Co Founder and the Chief Administrative Partner of Chernoff Diamond & Co., LLC, a nationally recognized and Long Island’s largest benefits consulting firm. Ms. Diamond has responsibilities that impact every aspect of the firm’s business including compliance, treasury functions, client services, staffing, human resources, consulting and facilities.
For more than 30 years, Donna Diamond has been instrumental in the development of the firm’s five primary practice areas as well as client services, technology and business practices. She has effectively integrated the evolving principles of business management while keeping her firm at the leading edge of the technology revolution. She is involved with the Chernoff Diamond Charity Classic, a unique annual event fully underwritten by the firm that provides funding to several charitable organizations. Ms. Diamond is also generous with her time and expertise, and is involved with numerous professional, civic and charitable.
Donna Diamond graduated in l986 from Hofstra University with a Master degree in Business Administration (MBA) with Concentration in Business Computer Information Systems.
CONSTANCE FRATIANNI '82
Ms. Fratianni, a partner in the Finance Group, Shearman and Sterling, has experience in many types of financing transactions, as well as bankruptcies and restructurings. She has represented lenders and borrowers in securitizations, structured financings, leveraged financings, debtor-in-possession financings, workouts and bankruptcy proceedings.
In addition, Ms. Fratianni has represented various parties in connection with the purchase and sale of assets in both distressed and non-distressed matters. Ms. Fratianni joined the firm in 1985 and became a partner in 2000.
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.
MARIA GRASSO ’86
Maria A. Grasso joined Flushing Savings Bank in 2006 as Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Corporate Secretary. Ms. Grasso is responsible for managing the Retail Bank, Small Business, Government Banking, Human Resources, Marketing, Sales and back office operations of the Bank.
Prior to joining Flushing Savings Bank, she held the title of Senior Vice President and Division Head of The Bank of New York for Long Island and Queens, overseeing an organization that served the personal and small business banking needs of customers throughout 102 branches.
Ms. Grasso has been in the banking business for 22 years, beginning her career with Chase Manhattan after graduating from Hofstra University with a BBA in Finance. She went on to receive her MBA in Marketing from Adelphi University in 1989.
Charitable organizations have benefited from Ms. Grasso’s leadership and support. An advocate of volunteerism, she has volunteered for the March of Dimes, Long Island Care, Bias Help of Long Island, Long Island Fund for Women and Girls, the American Cancer Society, Long Island Association for AIDS Care and Long Island Network of Community Services. In addition, she has raised thousands of dollars for organizations such as the Carol M. Baldwin, Breast Cancer Research Fund, Junior Achievement, Indian Hollow Primary School, Burr Intermediate School, Commack Middle School, Harbor Child Care, Long Island Museum and the YMCA of Long Island.
Currently, she serves as a chairperson of the Retail Banking Division Committee for the New York Bankers Association and as an executive board member for Long Island’s United Way. She is also a cabinet member for the Commack PTA and a recipient of their Founders Day Award.
Ms. Grasso has been honored by Cancercare of Long Island, Harbor Child Care, Long Island Museum, the YMCA and the Center for Business and Professional Women. Molloy College named her Businessperson of the Month in April 2005 and she is the recipient of the People’s Hope Award from Long Island’s United Way. She was selected as one of the 40 Rising Stars under the age of 40 in 2004 by Long Island Business News and is the recipient of the 2004 Alumni Achievers Award from Hofstra University. Ms. Grasso was selected as one of the top 50 Long Island women in 2006, and in 2007 was selected as one of the top 10 Business Women of the Year in Queens.
A resident of Smithtown, Ms. Grasso and her husband John have two children.
EVELYN HARRISON ’84
Evelyn Harrison joined Ophthotech in August 2007 as the Chief Operating Officer. She brings more than 21 years of management and clinical research experience.
Ms. Harrison's professional career began in clinical research at a major New York City teaching hospital. She then moved to Hoffmann La Roche, where she was Director of Clinical Operations responsible for the development and implementation of strategic programs for Roche's Oncology franchise.
From 2000 to 2006, Ms. Harrison was with Eyetech Pharmaceuticals, where she held the management positions of Vice-President and Senior Vice-President of Clinical Research and Development. During her stint at this company, she played a key role in the development and approval of Macugen(r) for Age-Related Macular Degeneration. Ms. Harrison continued to play a major role in the transition when Eyetech merged with OSI Pharmaceuticals to become OSI-Eyetech.
She has worked on all phases of global clinical trials and has extensive experience in multiple therapeutic areas such as bone-marrow transplantation, organ transplantation, oncology, and virology.
Ms. Harrison holds a B.A. degree in Biology from Hofstra University and the M.B.A. from Manhattan College.
CHRISTINE HOUSTON ’76
Christine Houston is the Founder and Managing Director of ESGI, a fully retained executive search firm specializing in senior level appointments in Asia for a select group of multi-national clients. The firm serves a range of diverse industry sectors, with the main areas of expertise in financial services, technology and real estate. In 2005, under Ms. Houston’s leadership, ESGI was ranked by Asia Money as one of the Top 10 Best Headhunting Firms in Asia.
Ms. Houston entered the executive search profession in 1986 when she joined Korn/Ferry International. She was a Partner in the New York office for five years, during which she led and managed cross-border searches with Asia. In 1990, she joined the New York office of TASA (now known as TMP Search); and in 1994 she became the Managing Partner of the Hong Kong office. During her tenure with TASA in Hong Kong, she headed the Financial Services and Technology Practices in Asia, including Japan.
Prior to entering the executive search profession, Ms. Houston was a Vice President and Managing Director of J. Walter Thompson – Japan. Her management positions at the corporate level include Director of Marketing for Revlon Japan, and executive positions with the International Division of Avon Products for the Japan and Latin American markets. Ms. Houston worked in Japan for seven years. During that time she was a founding member of Foreign Executive Women (FEW) in Japan.
Ms. Houston holds an MBA from Fordham University in New York, and a B.A. in Economics from Hofstra University.
DONNA IUCOLANO ’86, ’88, ’94
Donna Iucolano is the former Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Direct Group at New York & Company, a nationwide specialty retailer of fashionable, attractively-priced women’s apparel, accessories and beauty where she was responsible for leading the company’s direct-to-consumer efforts including maximizing the e-commerce business and managing customer relationship marketing, including a private label credit card, loyalty program, customer database management, and print and online direct marketing.
Donna has been at the forefront of innovation, e-business and business transformation since 1994. Prior to joining New York & Company in 2008, she spent 3 years as an independent consultant working with early-stage and well-established companies to develop next-generation digital business and e-commerce strategies through her company Spinach Candy, LLC. Prior to this, she served as CEO of North America for IMP/International Masters Publishers, a global specialty products publishing and direct marketing company. From 2000-2004, Donna was an Executive Vice President and Division President of e-Scholastic, the Internet Group at Scholastic Corporation, where she successfully launched and grew their e-commerce, and repositioned the company’s many content and community Internet initiatives under the customer-centric portal, Scholastic.com. And, from 1994-2004, she held a variety of roles with increasing responsibility at 1-800-FLOWERS where she was responsible for launching the company’s Internet-based e-commerce efforts and for leading and managing its Interactive Services Division. Her success in this role led to a company IPO as the re-named, 1-800-FLOWERS.COM.
A founding member of industry association, SHOP.ORG, and the recipient of numerous industry awards and much recognition for her work, Donna earned an A.A.S. from the Fashion Institute of Technology and a B.A., M.S., and M.B.A. from Hofstra University; and, supports both schools as an active alumnus. Donna was born, raised and educated in the New York City area where she resides.
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.
MAUREEN P. KIEDAISCH '93, '98
Maureen P. Kiedaisch is First Senior Vice President, Director of Human Resources & Training and Corporate Secretary for First National Bank of New York, where her responsibilities include oversight of payroll, benefits management, compensation review, salary budgets, employee recruitment, compliance with laws and regulations, training initiatives, communication between the Board of Directors, Executive Management, and/or shareholders, coordination with bank counsel and ensuring that corporate records are accurate and in accordance with law and compliance requirements. Maureen ably balances a number of additional responsibilities, which include assisting in the management of back office branch support and retail operations.
Ms. Kiedaisch has over 20 years experience in the banking industry holding various positions throughout her career. At New York Community Bank, she was Second Vice President & Training Director. She served as a member of the project management team charged with the responsibility of a successful merger of NYCB and Roslyn Savings Bank. In addition, Maureen managed the training department and was responsible for the implementation of a new account and teller systems software for 2,000 users at 144 branch locations.
Prior, while at the Roslyn Savings Bank, Ms. Kiedaisch was Assistant Vice President and liaison for the branch offices and administration, handling matters relating to: operations, human resources, compliance, investments, budgets and third party vendors. Maureen coordinated new branch openings and established a centralized Retail Training curriculum for the Bank. Prior to joining Roslyn Savings Bank, she began her career with the Roosevelt Savings Bank holding various Branch and Retail Administration positions, including being an integral member of the conversion team for the Initial Public Offering of the Bank.
Ms. Kiedaisch attended Hofstra University where she obtained her MBA in Banking and Finance in 1998 and her BBA in Accounting in 1993.
DIANA E. LAKE ’68, MD
Dr. Diana E. Lake is a medical oncologist with a practice that is devoted solely to the care of breast cancer patients. Dr. Lake's research interests involve all areas of breast cancer but focus mainly on the development of new therapies, prevention of cancer recurrence following surgery, and treatment of recurrent disease.
Working in conjunction with her colleagues on the Breast Cancer Medicine Service at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) and as the liaison in breast medicine to Cancer and Leukemia Group B (a national clinical trial cooperative research group sponsored by the National Cancer Institute), she is involved in clinical trials to develop better hormonal therapies and improved approaches to treatment before surgery.
Dr. Lake is a member of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Scientific Review Committee, and has previously served on the NIH Cooperative Group Review and its Cancer Education committees and has received the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center fellowship.
Dr. Lake holds a Bachelors of Science in Biology from Hofstra University and her Medical Degree from Chicago Medical School. Dr. Lake is a member of the Hofstra University Women in Leadership initiative. This group has provided transformational leadership and mentoring to female students and alumnae at the university. In addition, she has lectured to faculty and community members at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. Dr. Lake currently serves on the Hofstra University Board of Trustees.
In 2011, Dr. Lake was awarded the Hofstra University Annual Alumni Achievement Award in recognition of her incredible achievements in the field of medicine as well as the with the 51st Annual George M. Estabrook Distinguished Service Award.
Dr. Lake has led clinical trials and has published countless articles throughout her successful career in medicine.
TERRY LAMANTIA '83, '86
Terry Lamantia has been providing tax advisory, accounting and compliance services to the world's largest financial institutions for the past 23 years. In addition to her day to day global client responsibilities, Terry serves on KPMG's National Banking Industry Leadership Team which sets the strategic priorities for KPMG's financial services accounts.
Prior to joining KPMG, Terry spent 16 years with other Big 4 accounting firms. Terry also practiced tax, corporate trust and estate law with a New York City law firm and worked as a financial auditor with another Big 4 accounting firm. She is an active member of the Tax Professional Liaison Committee for KPMG at the Institute of International Bankers and is an active participant of the Bank Tax Institute.
Terry serves on the Executive Committee of the Board and is the Vice Chair of Fund Development of the Greenwich United Way. She is also the Sustainer Board Representative of the Fund Development Committee of the Junior League of Greenwich, CT. Terry received her BBA and JD degrees from Hofstra University. She currently resides in Greenwich, CT with her husband and 2 children.
THERESE M. LENDINO ’78
Therese M. Lendino currently serves as Administrator for the Grand Jury Bureau of the Queens County District Attorney’s Office. Ms. Lendino has served in this role since September 2008 where she screens all cases being presented to Grand Jury and develops a case strategy with assistant district attorneys from all bureaus in the Queens County District Attorney’s Office. In addition, Ms. Lendino conducts training sessions for dozens of assistant district attorneys and is also responsible for the felony waiver program and the preparation of hundreds of indicted cases for filing and arraignment in Supreme Court. Prior to this position, Ms. Lendino served as a Deputy Bureau Chief for two Supreme Court Trial Bureaus in Queens County from December 1998 through September 2008. There she supervised assistant district attorneys in all phases of practice, including plea negotiations, the preparation of cases for presentment to the Grand Jury, and the conduct of motion practice, pre-trial hearings, and trials.
Therese Lendino started her career with the Queens County District Attorney’s Office in 1983 and has ascended to positions with increased responsibility. While there, Therese has held the positions of Supervisor for the Narcotics Trials Bureau/Supreme Court Training Bureau, Trial Attorney for the Homicide Trial Bureau, Trial Attorney for the Special Victims Bureau, as well as Supreme Court Trial Assistant, where she prosecuted dozens of felony cases annually.
Ms. Lendino earned her J.D. at Fordham University School of Law and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Hofstra University. She is a member of and volunteers with the PTA in the Malverne School District on Long Island.
TANYA LEVY-ODOM ’90
Tanya Levy-Odom is a Vice President and Domestic Equity Analyst for Alliance Growth Equities, a subsidiary of Alliance Bernstein. She is currently responsible for equity forecasting and stock selection in the Consumer sector.
She graduated from Hofstra University with a degree in Banking and Finance in 1990 and joined Smith Barney Harris Upham’s Capital Management division. In 1991, she was promoted to the position of Marketing Coordinator. In 1993, she resigned her position at Shearson Smith Barney to join Alliance Capital Management’s Disciplined Growth team.
Mrs. Levy-Odom earned her MBA in 1999 at Fordham University while working full time at Alliance. After a brief stint as a Relationship Manager for the Alliance Institutional Website Project, Mrs. Levy-Odom was promoted to the position of Analyst in the Domestic Equity Research department in 2001 covering consumer staples companies. In 2004, Mrs. Levy-Odom was promoted to Vice President. Mrs. Levy-Odom continues in the capacity of Vice President and Domestic Equity Analyst for Alliance Growth Equities and since then her coverage has expanded to include agribusiness, food/drug retail and consumer discretionary companies.
Alliance Bernstein Holding LP is an investment management firm that provides services to public and private employee benefit plans, foundations, public employee retirement funds, pension funds, endowments, banks, insurance companies and high net worth individuals. Assets under management as of March 31, 2010 were $501 billion.
Mrs. Levy-Odom also serves as the President of the Hofstra University Black/Hispanic Alumni Association, Treasurer of the East Kings County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and a board member of the Brooklyn Chapter of Jack and Jill of America.
She has been married to Edward Odom for nearly 16 years; they have two children.
JACQUELINE O. LICALZI ’85
Jacqueline LiCalzi is a Managing Director and Director of Company Compliance at Morgan Stanley. She is also one of the Firm’s co-Primary Points of Contact with the Federal Reserve, and is a member of the Firm Operational Risk Working Group. Ms. LiCalzi is a member of SIFMA’s Compliance and Legal Division International Subcommittee. Ms. LiCalzi joined Morgan Stanley in 2006 from Credit Suisse where she was the Counsel to the Global Head of Compliance and the Director of Strategy and Operations for the department globally. Prior to that, she was an in-house litigator handling capital markets and class action litigation at UBS Financial Services and PaineWebber. She was previously a Litigation Associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell for five years, following a Clerkship for a federal judge in the Southern District of New York. She earned her JD degree from Fordham University School of Law and a BA from Hofstra University (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa).
PAMELA MASTROTA ’87
Pamela Mastrota is a results driven and dedicated executive with more than 20 years of diversified experience in leading and growing not-for-profits through superb financial and operational management, strategic planning, fundraising, donor development and private sector experience in finance, human resources, public relations and marketing.
Specific strengths in board development, relationship building with key public and private sectors, including government, corporate, grant-making community and individual donors and volunteers. She has demonstrated superb management, organizational, and communication skills, and passion for making a difference in the lives of others through volunteer engagement.
Since beginning her tenure at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society's Long Island Chapter in 2003, our chapter has been on a fast track to success. In 2004, Pam hired 16 new staff members, reduced expenses by 15% and presided over the largest expansion of the chapter's programs and services since 1994.
In 2005-2006, she initiated a strategic planning process that has resulted in diversified corporate volunteer leadership; increased chapter visibility through improved community and public relations; increased major gift activity by 25% and an 11% overall growth in chapter and campaign income in the past three years. She’s received the highest performance rating from my chapter board for five years and has fostered a leadership style that is open to innovation, creativity and consensus building.
Prior to her position at the society, Pam worked for EPCO Plastics Corporation in Sea Cliff, a family business that specializes in precision machining for the aerospace industry. As a consultant and then CP/Contracts Administrator, she directed all operational and procurement activities, and developed a business plan that resulted in a 40% includes in company profitability the first year.
Pam Mastrota is a visionary. When she engaged in a family business several years ago, she knew nothing about the aerospace industry, and less about running a business in a predominately male-dominated industry. She prevailed through finding herself a mentor in the business, educating herself in best practices for machining plastic aircraft components and propelled the family business.
Pam has held positions as a Public Relations Administrator for the Medial Center of Delaware; Program Marketing Administrator for Health Management Resources and Outreach Manager for WGBH Educational Foundation in Boston.
In addition to overall strategic and leadership success at the Long Island Chapter, Pam’s business and other not-for-profit acumen has included strategic vision, leadership and executive oversight to foster collaboration amongst small aerospace businesses in Long Island, various medical centers for a major hospital system in Delaware and multiple health care centers in the Boston area. Results included reduced redundancies, increased capacity and a streamlining of processes across the various business practices. Effects of these results included improved health care delivery, diversified product development and implementation of shared services amongst small and disadvantaged businesses in Long Island.
Pam Mastrota earned a BA in Public Relations/Journalism from Hofstra University and Masters in Health Care Administration from West Chester University in Pennsylvania. Mastrota has been recognized by Long Island Business News 40 Under 40 (2005); and a finalist in the 2006 ExecuLeaders Not-For-Profit Award. She is a member of the Empire Who’s Who, Long Island Association of Fundraising Professionals and NYSAE.
Pam Mastrota is an active community partner in her sphere of not-for-profit leadership roles, mentoring experience and involvement with her local community.
Pam Mastrota currently serves on United Way’s Agency Executive Council, and volunteers her time to the Mentoring Partnership of Long Island. She is a member of the Long Island Association NFP committee, United Way Agency Executive’s Council, National Association of Women Business Owners and Association of Fundraising Professionals, Long Island Chapter.
She’s an active mentor in the annual Mentoring Partnership Program for high school students; provides in-service fundraising workshops to elementary school children on the North Shore (ie., her children’s elementary school was the top fundraising elementary school in Long Island for the 2007 and 2008 MS Walk) and promotes health and wellness to children with the use of yoga instruction and music.
She has more than 20 years experience in not-for-profit leadership, and has taken every obstacle and challenge as an opportunity for both personal and organization growth. Mastrota initiated a major federal funding project for small perinatal coalitions through New York that resulted in a thriving agency for women seeking perinatal services; since coming to the NMSS, Long Island Chapter in 2003, Mastrota initiated a wide range of programs and services which benefit thousands of people affected by MS throughout Long Island. Those programs include Respite to caregivers of people with MS; Social Recreation Programs for homebound Long Islanders; and partnerships with other health care agencies to provide a full day program for Nassau and Suffolk residents.
With more than 20 years experience providing vision, strategy and solutions for business and not-for-profits, her ‘can do’ attitude and strong desire to make a difference has been the key to her success.
MICHELE MEDAGLIA ’93
When Michele Medaglia became president of ACC Construction Corporation 18 years ago, she was determined to turn the firm into one of the most unique construction firms in New York. Her vision for ACC was not to be the biggest, but to be the best by providing exceptional service, building spectacular projects and making ACC a great place to work.
Today, ACC is one of the leading certified woman-owned general contracting and construction management firms in New York. During Michele's tenure, annual revenues have increased tenfold, and the firm has expanded from an office interiors specialist to a full-service company with broad expertise in areas ranging from interior fit-outs to core and shell construction. The firm serves significant clients such as SL Green Realty Corp., Paramount Group, Rudin Management, MTV Networks, Columbia University Medical Center, and Jones Lang LaSalle as well as other corporate, retail, healthcare, educational and hospitality clients.
With a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Hofstra University and over 20 years in the business, Michele is one of the most visible women in construction in New York City. Her persistence and community involvement have earned her numerous awards and recognition. Ms. Medaglia was a recipient of the prestigious 40-Under-40 award featured in Crain's New York Business in 2002, the Business Achievement Award from Professional Women in Construction, the Galaxy Award from the New York Women's Agenda, and the Special Volunteer Award from Dress for Success New York. She was also named Developer of the Year by the Associated Builders & Owners and one of the Top 50 Women Real Estate Leaders by Real Estate Weekly in 2004, and received the Women of Power and Influence Award from the National Organization for Women in 2005.
Ms. Medaglia has also been recognized as one of the Top 20 Women in New York Real Estate and Construction by Development New York. In 2006 she was awarded the Founder's Award presented by The Association of Real Estate Women and the Women of Valor Award from the Capuchin Food Pantry. She was recognized as one of 2007's Women of Influence by Real Estate New York. In 2008, Ms. Medaglia was the recipient of the Good Scout Award from the Greater New York Council Boy Scouts of America. She was the recipient of the Camillo Ricordi Humanitarian Award from the Diabetes Research Institute (DRI) in 2009. Ms. Medaglia was also the recipient of the 2012 Hofstra University Alumni Achievement Award.
A famously friendly and compassionate woman, Medaglia tends to make a big impression. Her enthusiasm and drive make her a natural leader, and she has served on many boards and committees in the Real Estate Industry. From 2004 to 2005, Medaglia was president of the Association of Real Estate Women (AREW), one of the real estate industry's preeminent organizations, and one in which Medaglia is still active. She has participated in Hofstra University's Women in Leadership initiative and serves on the committee. She is also a member of Nontraditional Employment for Women Ambassador Council and serves as the Public Relations co-chair for the DRI Empire Ball.
Michele has twin 10 year olds and a supportive family who share her passion for the business. At the center of so much activity, she balances both family life and a busy work schedule and continuously keeps ACC at the forefront of the industry.
STELLA M. MENDES '09
Ms. Mendes is the President of First National Bank of New York . Ms. Mendes has been in the financial industry for over 25 years. Before becoming President, Ms. Mendes served as Executive Vice President and Chief Retail Banking Officer for Madison Bank that was acquired by First National Bank of New York . She was one of the principal architects of both the retail franchise and brand and is an inaugural member of the executive management team. Ms. Mendes was integral in every phase of planning for the new company; she established a core processing system, developed policies and procedures, established external and internal audit programs, interviewed, hired and trained all retail employees, grew the current branch network from zero to over $215 million, developed and implemented compliance and BSA standards and programs, and developed and implemented internal reporting. As President, Ms. Mendes is responsible for all day-to-day management of the organization. These responsibilities include, but are not limited to, strategic planning, budgeting, operations and retail functions. Ms. Mendes also serves as the Bank's Compliance & Bank Secrecy Officer and interfaces with all phases of the regulatory process and bodies governing that activity. She is on the Board of the Madison National Foundation and Education & Assistance Corporation (EAC). She is also a member of Hofstra's Women in Leadership and the New York Banker's Association (NYBA) Retail Executive Committee. Previously she served as Vice President and Regional Manager for 19 branch locations with 200 employees and over 900 million dollars in deposits for New York Community Bank. She also served at The Roslyn Savings Bank as a key member of the retail bank's administration and helped to ensure adherence to the institution's commitment to service and quality through a number of programs and projects. She achieved a track record of increasing branch deposits by as much as 110% and was a key participant in the smooth and successful openings of over 15 de novo branches. Ms. Mendes has helped to orchestrate the systems conversion of two successful bank mergers as well as shepherding the systems component of a mutual thrift to public company conversion. Ms. Mendes earned her Bachelor's Degree from Hofstra University.
HILLARY NEEDLE '89
Hillary Needle, President of Hillary Needle Events Inc., has more than 20 years of senior management expertise in event planning. Her experience includes serving as the Director of Development for the American Heart Association and then as an Executive Vice President for eight years at a prominent event planning corporation active in fundraising event management for not-for-profit organizations.
Clients value her unique ability to create exciting opportunities to generate revenue and gain recognition for their events. She brings organizational skills and staffing knowledge for a broad spectrum of special events that include large galas, golf outings, networking receptions, food tastings, fashion shows, art auctions and educational symposiums. Hillary is successful in developing and implementing strategies that help organizations brand and grow existing events in addition to building an event from concept to celebration.
Relationship building between corporations and not-for profit organizations is an important factor in the overall success of events. Hillary's experience in networking and developing good matches ensures business community involvement to support the events. In fact, she considers it one of the most satisfying parts of the assignment.
Whether it is planning a special event or public relations, creativity is what distinguishes a great event from a good event. Hillary has the professional ability to organize publicity, write speeches and newsletter articles, and create published materials and event journals. In addition to her not-for-profit background, she is accomplished in medical marketing and public relations.
Hillary is a cum laude graduate of Hofstra University with a BA in Communications/Journalism. She is proud to “give back” by serving as an active member of the Executive Committee for the Hofstra University Alumni Organization, Co-Chair, American Cancer Society “Choose You” Luncheon Committee, Mount Sinai Hospital Department of ENT/Oncology Golf Classic, Long Island Fund for Women & Girls, the Katz Women’s Hospital at North Shore-LIJ and is an active member of the Executive Women’s Golf Association of Long Island.
THERESA PATIRI ‘2000, ‘2004
Theresa Patiri is WE tv and Wedding Central’s Vice President of Production. Based in New York City, Patiri joined the cable network in 2001. She is currently responsible for the strategic oversight of all original productions; including deal negotiations, talent contracts, rights & clearances, show budgets, international & domestic program sales & royalties, network fiscal plan and the day-to-day production operations for all series, specials, documentaries, pilots, interstitials and demos. She also serves as a key member of the program development team and has been an integral part of the record breaking growth that WE tv has experienced over the past five years. During her tenure, key women's demo delivery has more than doubled; producing hit series like Bridezillas, Platinum Weddings, Secret Lives of Women, Amazing Wedding Cakes, My Fair Wedding, Raising Sextuplets, The Locator and Downsized.
Previously, Patiri worked at NBC News and Entertainment Operations. She coordinated and planned high profile events and specials, such as; Columbus Day Parade, Olympics 2000, Thanksgiving Day Parade, Christmas in Rockefeller Center, Decision 2000 and Saturday Night Live.
Prior to joining NBC, Patiri held several freelance production assignments in the New York City area.
Theresa is happily married with three children and resides in the New York City area.
CONSTANCE PIZARRO ’82
Connie Pizarro joined The Bank of New York (now The Bank of New York Mellon) in 1986 and is a Managing Director in the Technology Risk Management Division.
Connie has over 20 years of experience within technology and has managed IT professionals for the past 15 years. She has managed full project life cycle of in-house-developed software systems as well as vendor packages. In addition, Connie has a diverse banking background with detailed knowledge in the areas of Foreign Exchange Trading, American Depository Receipts (ADRs), Stock Transfer and agencies including DTC.
Prior to her recent move into Technology Risk Management she held various positions. Among them were: Asset Servicing Technology/Business Program Services. As the Test Group Manager, Connie was an expert/thought leader in the testing arena and managed the overall test function, including the testing team, methodologies and tools, test environments, resources, training and resource allocation to specific projects. Connie played a key role in the creation of the dedicated global testing group, the organizational model, the standardized test processes and methodologies that are currently utilized by the Testing Organization.
Group Manager for ACTION, the Bank’s Stock Transfer System. In this role, Connie reduced the number of post installation errors by 75%, reduced the number of “last minute” changes to requirements by 80% and facilitated the move of the programming staff from New York to West Paterson, New Jersey without lose of productivity. In addition, Connie developed eight programmers to become project leaders, three project leaders to become department managers and one department manager to become a group manager. In recognition for her outstanding work, she received eight letters of commendation for exceptional work from the Business area and Senior Management.
Connie serves as a mentor of The Bank of New York Mellon’s Women’s Initiative Network – Mentoring Program and as Co-Chairman of the Information Technology Diversity Council. In addition, Connie is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated where she serves on the International Membership Committee, representing the North Atlantic region, as well as serving as an Advisor to undergraduate members.
Connie holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Computer Science from Hofstra University. Currently Connie resides in Somerset, New Jersey with her husband of 24 years, Edward and their two daughters Candice and Crystal.
JILL M. RABIN ’75 MD, FACOG
Dr. Rabin is the Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, Associate Professor of Clinical Obstetrics, Gynecology & Women's Health at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Chief, Division of Ambulatory Care and Head of Urogynecology Long Island Jewish Medical Center-North Shore-LIJ Health System. Dr. Rabin graduated magna cum laude from Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York in 1975, and subsequently earned her MD from the State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center, in Brooklyn in 1981. She then served a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine until 1985, followed by a fellowship in Urogynecology at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center from 1989 to 1992.
A Diplomat of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr. Rabin is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Urogynecologic Society and the International Continence Society. In addition, she is an active researcher, consultant, frequently invited lecturer and media spokesperson. Dr. Rabin holds seven patents and one copyright for urogynecologic medical devices. Widely published, she has authored three books, including the recently released, ‘Mind Over Bladder’, a step-by-step guide to continence. She also acts as reviewer and editor for a number of journals, such as the International Journal of Urogynecology.
MICHELLE ROBEY, M.B.A., CIR, '93, '99
Michelle Robey, former secretary of the Alumni Organization and former chair of the Hofstra Suffolk County Club from 2005 through 2010, holds a bachelor's degree in accounting ('93) and an M.B.A. in finance ('99), both from Hofstra University. While an undergraduate student, she was very active in campus life, including serving as a resident assistant in the Netherlands. Additionally, Michelle was a member of the Beta Alpha Psi business fraternity and member/treasurer of Alpha Theta Beta sorority. Upon graduation, she began her professional career with KPMG and then returned to Hofstra to complete an M.B.A.
Michelle has spent the past 14 years as an executive recruiter specializing in the placement of accounting and finance professionals in the New York metropolitan area. She currently heads up the Long Island Division of the Solomon Page Group as senior vice president for accounting and finance. Prior to that, Michelle spent 12 years with a global search firm where, in addition to being an executive recruiter, she worked in the capacity of national corporate trainer and earned President's Club awards for outstanding performance. She has successfully passed the CPA exam and is a Certified Internet Recruiter.
ELLEN SHEDLARZ ’73
Ellen Shedlarz is SVP, Human resources for Ziff Brothers Investments. In this role she is responsible for all of human resources activities across the firm.
Before joining ZBI Ellen was at Morgan Stanley were she was Chief Operating Officer for the Global Talent Management Organization. In this role, Ellen set the direction for the Firm’s talent initiatives and helped to drive the Firm’s strategy with respect to attraction, retention and development of their talent.
For the prior four years, Ellen was the Chief Talent Officer at Hill & Knowlton, a worldwide public relations firm. In this role, she was responsible for ensuring that Hill & Knowlton’s programs and policies were consistent with attracting, developing and retaining an excellent staff. She played a key role in determining needs, approaches and resources for talent acquisitions, development, evaluation and retention of all staff. She was a member of the Worldwide Executive Committee.
Before joining H&K and for six years, Ellen was the Chief Administrative Officer of Mercer Delta Consulting, an organizational architecture firm. Prior to Mercer Delta, Ellen was an administrative partner of McKinsey and Company. In this role, Ellen was responsible for the administration and operations of six locations and served on many worldwide committees, which were responsible for recruiting, integrating, development and rewarding administrative and operational staff.
KATHLEEN M. STANLEY '91
Kathleen Stanley has spent more than 19 years in the financial services industry where she has worked as a customer service representative, an Assistant Branch Manager, Branch Manager and VP in charge of Branch Operations. Kathleen spent the last 10 years of her career in Cash Management as a business development / PR officer and department manager. In March of 2007, Kathleen wrote and published an article entitled “Using Cash Management Services to Prevent Fraud and Other Losses” for the CPA community. Kathleen was also instrumental in developing a work study program with Adelphi University, which enabled undergraduate students to work on strategic initiatives of a Long Island commercial bank, giving them the opportunity to work with employees and senior managers.
Kathleen is a board member of the National Association of Mother’s Centers, on the Executive Committee of the Hofstra Alumni Organization, a member of the Commerce and Industry Council for the Katz Women’s Hospital, a member of the President’s Council for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island, a member of the Treasury Management Association of New York and the Association of Financial Professionals. Ms. Stanley holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Hofstra University and is a “Certified Treasury Professional” (CTP) and an “Accredited ACH Professional” (AAP).
Most recently, Ms. Stanley was recognized as a member of the 2009 Class of the 40 Under 40 from Long Island Business News. In August of 2007 she was selected as a Women of Distinction for the 15th Assembly District of the State of New York for her commitment to her profession, her family and her community and in May of 2007 as a Women of Achievement in Banking and Finance by the Long Island Center for Business and Professional Women.
More importantly, Kathleen is married and the mother of three children; a 10 year old daughter and 6 year old twins (boy/girl). She resides in Hicksville with her husband, Bill, of 15 years.