The purpose of the Hofstra University Alumni Organization ("Alumni Organization") shall be to serve and promote the mission of the University and its alumni in a manner that enriches the quality of the institution and the lives of its members.
Alumni Organization Goals
The goals of the Alumni Organization are:
a. To increase the alumni volunteer base
b. To increase alumni participation and involvement in University activities
c. To increase alumni participation in fund raising activities
d. To promote pride, tradition and loyalty among both current students and former students
The Alumni Assembly consists of the leaders of all alumni affinity and regional groups throughout the United States. The Assembly meets at least twice each year to discuss issues that affect Hofstra alumni.
Alumni Organization Officers for 2014-2016:
Andrew F. Corrado '92
Vice President for Programs
Hillary Needle '89
Vice President for Services
Paul Flora '68
Christina Whitehurst '02
David Katzman '06
Immediate Past President
Tanya Levy-Odom '90
A.O. Committee Chairs for 2014-2015:
Ralph Provvisiero '02
Jim DePasquale '86
Council of Presidents
Tanya Levy-Odom '90
Fraternities and Sororities
Anita Ellis '88
Graduates of the Last Decade (G.O.L.D.)
Matt Wooden '11
Christian Braunlich '75
Andrew is a Senior Vice President and Group Director for Signature Bank. With more than 27 years in the financial services industry, he currently co-leads a team of bankers focused on commercial and middle market clients across the metropolitan NY area. Prior to joining Signature Bank, Andrew was the Market President for Capital One where he focused on continuously improving the customer experience, growing revenue and leveraging market opportunities. He played a critical role in overseeing and coordinating company resources to help ensure meaningful contribution to local communities. Andrew also served as Senior Vice President, heading Capital One’s Professional Services and Private Banking Division across the country.
In addition to his leadership and management roles at Signature Bank and Capital One Bank, Andrew is a long-time community advocate. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board for the Maurer Foundation for Breast Health Education and previously served as Secretary and Treasurer for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island. He continues to be an active member of Big Brothers Big Sisters and serves on the organization’s scholarship committee. Andrew is also involved in Virtual Enterprise International where he coaches and supports his local East Islip High School students.
Andrew is also an active alumnus at his alma mater, Hofstra University, where he graduated with his Masters in Business Administration. He served as the President of the Zarb School of Business Alumni Association from 2010 – 2012, and sits on the advisory council board for the Hofstra School of Medicine in conjunction with Northwell Health Systems.
Andrew also helped develop the Entrepreneurial Challenge Program at Hofstra. Working in conjunction with Hofstra’s Zarb School of Business and Capital One Bank’s Community Development Group, the unique program provides coaching and mentoring of Zarb business students, as well as a financial grant for their business startup in the form of seed capital. The program initiatives also extend to Uniondale High School, where Zarb business students and Capital One Bank’s Community Development Group coach and mentor students in their new business ventures.
Through his dedication and leadership roles, Andrew has been recognized and honored by many nonprofit organizations. In 2008, he was bestowed with the Thurman Munson Corporate Hero Award by AHRC for his business leadership and his charitable and philanthropic work within the local Long Island community. In 2009, he was honored with the Leadership of the Year Award from Harbor Child Care and in 2010 was recognized by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island as Man of the Year. More recently, Andrew was awarded the 2011 Alumni Achievement Award by Hofstra University for his support and avid involvement with the University.
Paul Flora ’68 has served as the Alumni Organization’s vice president for services for the past two years and will continue in that role. His prior role in the Alumni Organization was vice chair of the Scholarship and Fund Raising Committee.
Paul is an active, life member of the Hofstra Pershing Rifles. He was instrumental in establishing the Hofstra Veterans Alumni Association back in the 1980’s, is a life member, and currently is the Association’s treasurer. He was recently recognized as “Veteran of the Year” by the Hofstra University Veterans Alumni Association, and also received the Hofstra Pershing Rifles Alumni Association’s 2014 “Alumni of the Year” award. Paul also served as chairperson for his 1968 class reunion committee at Hofstra a few years ago.
Paul has over 40 years of experience in the internal audit profession primarily in the financial services industry. He spent 23 years between two major New York money center banks, and 14 years with a major life insurance company, also in New York City. Most recently he was the Chief Audit Executive at AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company, a major subsidiary of the global AXA Group. He retired from AXA in 2007 and started his own internal audit services consulting company, Quality Plus & Associates. His company provides educational and performance quality services to corporate internal audit departments, executive management, and boards of directors. Paul holds the professional designations of Certified Financial Services Auditor, Certified Trust Auditor, Certified Fraud Examiner, and Certified Construction Auditor. He has extensive experience dealing with corporate executive management and Boards of Directors, specifically the Audit Committee. Paul has served on the Audit Committee of the American Nurses Association for several years. He has also held various management positions in professional associations of which he is a member, and is a frequent speaker at conferences held by these associations. He also teaches courses on internal auditing and internal controls.
Paul was also active in the US Army Reserves as a Military Intelligence Officer for more than 28 years. He was commissioned in 1968 through Hofstra’s ROTC program. He retired in June 1996 as a Lieutenant Colonel. The majority of his reserve time was spent in various intelligence positions with the National Security Agency, Defense Intelligence Agency, and at the Pentagon. He served two years on active duty including a year in Vietnam where he received a Bronze Star and two Army Commendation Medals. During his reserve duty, Paul assisted Hofstra’s ROTC program by visiting local high schools to promote the benefits of ROTC and the Army to students, parents, and faculty.
David is a Senior Associate at Forest Hills Financial Group, a full service financial services firm with over $2billion in Client assets. David Specializes in financial, pension and insurance planning for professionals and small business. Prior to joining Forest Hills Financial Group, he co-founded Millennium Children's Therapy in Huntington, NY with his wife Faith, who still operates the thriving practice today.
In 2009, after volunteering to mentor some students transitioning to the workforce, David became involved in many student focused programs at the Zarb School of Business, including the Zarb Alumni Association's Career Series. In 2010 he became Director of Services for the Zarb Alumni Association, expanding the reach of the Career Series, Alumni Advisor Program, and alumni networking events. In 2012, David became Vice President of the Zarb Alumni Association, where he is tasked with increasing student and alumni engagement both on and off campus.
In 2013, he successfully launched a rotational internship focused on commercial lending, giving six students per semester an opportunity to learn all about the commercial banking process from origination to close. As a result of this program, 5 internships and 2 full time positions were offered to participating students.
David graduated from Hofstra University's Executive MBA program in 2006. He is currently serving as a member of the Board of Directors for the Risk Management Association's Long Island chapter, and volunteers at the Harry Chapin Food Bank.
Tanya Levy-Odom is the Director of Investor Relations for Time Inc., responsible for communicating with existing and prospective investors and key influencers including buy side and sell-side analysts as well as corporate governance contacts. Prior to joining Time Inc., she was a Vice President/Domestic Equity Analyst for Alliance Growth Equities, a subsidiary of Alliance Bernstein, responsible for equity forecasting and stock selection in the Consumer sector. She received her MBA in Finance from Fordham University and her undergraduate degree in Banking and Finance from Hofstra University.
Tanya Levy-Odom serves as Chair of the Council of Presidents, and served as President of the Hofstra University Alumni Organization from 2012-2014. She was the Vice President for Services from 2010 – 2012, and, previously, served as Parliamentarian/Historian.
Since graduating Hofstra University in 1990, Tanya has been an active alumna, returning frequently to campus to share career advice with students and serving as a member and officer of the Black Hispanic Alumni Association. In addition to serving as a member of Hofstra University’s Women in Leadership Initiative, Mrs. Levy-Odom currently serves as the Immediate Past President of the East Kings County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and Vice President of the Brooklyn Chapter of Jack and Jill of America. She has been married to Edward Odom for 20 years; they have two children.
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. Hillary created Hillary Needle Events Inc. in 2009 to bring her creativity, passion and dedication directly to her clients.
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.
In 2013, Hillary was named one of the “Top 50 Most Influential Women in Business” by Long Island Business News. This prestigious award recognizes the significant contributions of women professionals to the region’s economy and to the communities in which we do business.
Hillary is a cum laude graduate of Hofstra University with a BA in Communications/Journalism. She is proud to give back by serving as Vice President for Programs, Hofstra University Alumni Organization, past Co-Chair for Events on the Executive Board Committee and as Chair of the Hofstra University Women in Leadership (WIL) Campus Connections Committee.
Hillary was asked to co-present a workshop for her peers: “Cultivation Before and After the Event” for the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Long Island Chapter's Annual Philanthropy Day Conference. She also served as a presenter and panelist for the Jewish Community Relations Council - LI Leadership Program comprised of representatives from nonprofits and foundations located across Long Island. One of the highlights of her professional career was the production of the Inaugural and 2nd Annual Long Island Imagine Awards – an awards gala recognizing innovation and leadership in the not-for-profit sector where $25,000 in grants was distributed to top Long Island charities. Hillary was featured in Long Island Woman Magazine as the May 2014 “Meet this Long Island Woman.” She is an active member of the Nassau County Museum of Art Corporate Committee, a member of the Annual Achievers Gala for the Long Island Center for Business and Professional Women, the Executive Women’s Golf Association of Long Island, the Long Island Association and the Melville Chamber of Commerce.
Hillary served on the judging panel for the Capital One Bank Financial Literacy Challenge selection committee that awards grants to competing Long Island not-for-profits She enjoyed her roles as Co-Chair for the American Cancer Society “Choose You” Luncheon Committee and as the event producer for the Mount Sinai Hospital Department of ENT/Oncology Golf Classic. Hillary was formerly an active member of the Long Island Fund for Women & Girls annual breakfast committee and the Katz Women’s Hospital at North Shore-LIJ “Every Woman Matters Walk.”
Christina Whitehurst serves as secretary of the Alumni Organization. She is currently the Senior Controller/Acting CFO for Matrix Investment Group, a privately owned fully integrated real estate investment and property management company located in Port Jefferson Station, NY. Christina has been working as an auditor and accountant for more than 15 years. Before moving to Matrix Investment Group, she worked as Portfolio Accounting Manager at Real Estate Capital Partners for over 8 years. Prior to that she worked to build the internal audit department and implement SOX Compliance initiatives at Vornado Realty Trust. Personally and professionally, Christina has assisted companies of all sizes in fine-tuning their finances and operations to meet their business goals.
She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Public Accounting from Hofstra University. While at Hofstra she was a vigorous participant in all the campus has to offer by co-founding Collegiate Women of Color and serving as the organization's first programming director; a peer counselor and later head peer counselor for the university's New Student Orientation Program; pledging Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, where she served as treasurer and planned and executed several programs including the annual social action dinner; member of the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) and seminar presenter during the Career Opportunities in the Accounting Program (COAP) orientation; and engineer at radio station WRHU. She was even the Hofstra mascot for a time! She also served previously as vice-chair of the Alumni Organization’s Career Networking Committee.
Christina continues to be an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated through the Suffolk Alumnae Chapter. Her past notable past positions at the North Manhattan Alumnae Chapter include Second Vice President and Fundraising Committee Co-Chair from 2005 to 2008. She is a past member of the Eastern Region Economic Development Task Force of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.
Last but not least, Christina Whitehurst is an avid reader and lifetime learner. She is married to her college sweetheart, Ellis Whitehurst ’02, and resides in Suffolk County with her family including two daughters, Caila & Ella.