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 '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.
THOMAS J. BASILE, ESQ. '97
From Wall Street to Baghdad to Washington and beyond, Tom Basile has been in the middle of the action on the biggest stories and hottest issues of the last decade. Through his work with Presidents, Popes, for-profit and non-profit entities and in challenging environments from Iraq to South Asia, Basile’s unique experience has made him a trusted, senior-level brand management strategist.
For more than 20 years he has provided strategic and crisis communications counsel to companies, policy organizations, government agencies, non-profits, advocacy campaigns and grassroots groups. From crafting effective messaging and content development to developing effective on-the-ground operations and managing crises in the media, Basile’s work has ensured his clients get noticed by customers, opinion leaders, policymakers and the press. His record of results has ensured the brand growth and development of organizations big and small. Basile’s strategies and hand-on approach have garnered international attention in the world’s most influential media outlets.
An Opinion Contributor to Forbes and SiriusXM Radio, his insights into the national political scene, public policy and foreign affairs have made him a sought-after lecturer and contributor in the media. In 2011, he was one of only two American conservatives featured as part of Time Magazine’s Person of the Year spread about citizen engagement around the world. Basile is an adjunct professor at Fordham University’ where he teaches earned media strategy at the graduate level.
His forthcoming book, Tough Sell: Fighting the Media War in Iraq (Potomac Books, 2017), will give readers his personal account of the Iraq mission during the critical first year after the fall of Saddam Hussein and the daily battle to communicate about the war to an American public increasingly opposed to the mission.
In 2013, Basile was elected Councilman of the historic Town of Stony Point, New York a suburb of New York City where he today also serves as Deputy Town Supervisor. As Councilman he is using pro-growth, fiscally-conservative policies to attract millions of dollars in investment capital for the Hudson River town.
From 2009-2011 he served as Executive Director of the New York State Republican Party. During his time as Executive Director, the GOP erased several cycles of losses at the local and county levels of government, recaptured its majority in the NYS State Senate and won more Congressional seats for the new Republican majority in the House of Representatives than any other state in the nation.
In 2007 PR Industry veteran Don Middleberg tapped Basile to serve as Managing Director of Middleberg Communications where he provided a range of counsel to companies in the consumer products, tech, environmental and legal sectors as well as businesses wishing to communicate about CSR programs. At the request of the State Department Basile has represented the office of the US Chief of Protocol to the Vatican Delegation during the visit of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI to New York and as a lead planner for the Department of State of the historic visit of former Presidents Bush and Clinton to the tsunami-ravaged areas of South Asia.
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 media operations. 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 Communications for the US Environmental Protection Agency in Washington where he managed the EPA Administrator’s public liaison operation and developed stakeholder outreach initiatives for a variety of environmental issues.
During the Bush Presidency, he was often called upon by the White House to help 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 Nation’s General Assembly and Bush’s visit to the Nazi concentration camps outside Krakow, Poland.
After serving as a consultant to the Republican National Committee during the 2004 Presidential election, he was named Press Secretary to the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies. In this role he supervised the media and public affairs operation for the 2005 Presidential Inauguration. He is one of a small group of Americans who has helped manage Presidential Inaugurations representing both the President and the Congress.
In 1997, he was named to the National Italian-American Foundation’s 100 Stars List of prominent young Italian-Americans. In 2010 Basile was named to The Capitol Newspaper’s 40 Under 40 list of New York political influencers. Basile sits on the Advisory Board of the Hofstra University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Hofstra University which honored him with its Young Alumnus Award in 2007.
He received his Juris Doctorate attending Fordham and Georgetown University Schools of Law and is a member of the New York Bar. He and his wife Carrie have three young children and a golden retriever named Brooke. They reside 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.
CHRISTOPHER J. CARUSO '97, '00
Christopher J. Caruso joined the law school’s administration in 2013. Chris is a graduate of the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University and the Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (B.A. Economics). Prior to his return to Hofstra, Chris practiced in the area of commercial bankruptcy. Most recently, he was a partner in the Business Reorganization, Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights and Corporate Trust practice groups of Moses & Singer LLP in New York City. He began his legal career in the New York office of Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP.
Since graduating Hofstra Law, Chris has remained actively involved with Hofstra Law and Hofstra University. From 2008 through 2013, he served as President of Hofstra Law’s alumni association and was active in restructuring the alumni board and establishing committees for alumni to work directly with different departments, including the Office of Career Services. Chris also served as Chairman of the Dean’s Advisory Board of the Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
As a student at Hofstra Law, Chris was the Managing Editor of Articles for the Hofstra Labor & Employment Law Journal, a participant in moot court and the recipient of the Distinguished Service to the School award.
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.
SHAWN M. HENRY '87
As President of CrowdStrike Services, Shawn leads a world-class team of cybersecurity professionals who respond to computer network intrusions to mitigate substantial targeted threats. Shawn retired as FBI Executive Assistant Director (EAD) in March 2012, with responsibility for all criminal and cyber programs and investigations worldwide, as well as international operations and the FBI’s critical incident response.
Shawn served in multiple leadership positions relating to cyber intrusions since 1999, and is credited with boosting the FBI’s computer crime and cybersecurity investigative capabilities. During his tenure, he oversaw major computer crime and cyber investigations spanning the globe, from denial-of-service attacks, to substantial bank and corporate breaches, to nation-state sponsored intrusions. Shawn led the establishment of the National Cyber Investigative Joint Task Force (NCIJTF), a multi-agency center led by the FBI, which coordinates and shares information about cyber threat investigations.
Shawn was an original member of the National Cyber Study Group, which developed the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative (CNCI), the U.S. government’s national strategy to mitigate threats and secure cyberspace. Shawn has been a keynote speaker on a multitude of cyber issues in venues around the world. He has been featured on network television and radio, as well as numerous print and online publications.
Shawn’s professional recognition includes the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Executive for his leadership in enhancing the FBI’s cyber capabilities; identified by SC Magazine as one of the top industry pioneers who shaped the information security industry; named one of the most influential people in security by Security Magazine; received the Federal 100 Award as a government leader who played a pivotal role in the federal government IT community; and was selected as cybercrime fighter of the year by McAfee Inc.
Shawn earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Hofstra University and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University. He is a graduate of the Homeland Security Executive Leaders Program of the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security.
KATHERINE HEPTIG '00
Kate Heptig is a partner at Rivkin Radler, LLP, in Uniondale, NY, concentrating on tax law, executive compensation, employee benefits and general corporate law. Prior to joining Rivkin Radler, Kate was counsel at Farrell Fritz, P.C. In 2011, 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.
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.
LARRY KEIGWIN '94
Larry Keigwin is a native New Yorker and choreographer who has danced his way from the Metropolitan Opera to downtown clubs to Broadway and back. Larry is a proud graduate of Hofstra University where he received a BA in Dance in 1994. He founded KEIGWIN + COMPANY in 2003 and as Artistic Director, Keigwin has led the company as it has performed at theaters and dance festivals around the world. KEIGWIN + COMPANY presents Keigwin's electrifying brand of contemporary dance on a myriad of stages including, The Kennedy Center, The Joyce Theater, Works & Process at the Guggenheim, New York City Center, among others. Since his company's premiere performance at Joyce Soho in 2003, Keigwin has created dozens of dances for himself and his dancers, as well as for Paul Taylor's American Modern Dance, Royal New Zealand Ballet, The Martha Graham Dance Company, New York Choreographic Institute, The Juilliard School, Vail International Dance Festival, and many others. His work in musical theater includes choreography for the 2011 production of the musical "Tales of the City" at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, and the off-Broadway production of "Rent," for which he received the 2011 Joe A. Callaway Award from the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation. In 2013, Keigwin choreographed the Broadway musical "If/Then," starring Idina Menzel.
Keigwin has designed and choreographed special events including "Fashion's Night Out: The Show" in New York, which was produced by Vogue magazine and featured more than 150 of the industry's top models. Keigwin also has mounted several versions of Bolero, his acclaimed large-scale community project that has been commissioned by 12 communities across the country. Keigwin has created Keigwin Kabaret, a fusion of modern dance, vaudeville, and burlesque presented by the Public Theater at Joe's Pub and by Symphony Space. As a dancer, Keigwin has danced at the Metropolitan Opera in Doug Varone's "Le Sacre Du Printemps" and Julie Taymor's "The Magic Flute," in addition to his work with Mark Dendy (receiving a Bessie Award in 1998 for his performance in "Dream Analysis"), Jane Comfort, John Jasperse, Doug Elkins, Zvi Gotheiner, and David Rousseve. He appeared in the Broadway show "Dance of the Vampires," the Off-Broadway show "The Wild Party" and the Julie Taymor, Oscar nominated film "Across the Universe." He is a co-founder of the Green Box Arts Festival in Green Mountain Falls, Colorado, a multi-disciplinary festival designed to increase cultural opportunities in the region, as well as provide creative residencies to young, emerging choreographers.
LYDIA LEEDS '77
Lydia Leeds has executive produced and directed some 400 events over the past twenty five years as well as designed, developed and executed internal business communications strategies for many Fortune 500 companies.
Prior to starting L2K Communications, she was head of new business development for Todd Street Productions. Before that she served as Sr. VP Worldwide Production for Caribiner International, developing global resources, standardizing operating procedures, contracts, and elevating production standards company-wide.
Beginning her career as a classical actress who went on to direct, cast, and design lighting for many theater, television and film projects, Lydia brings a depth of experience to all the disciplines that come together under the banner of corporate communications production and business strategy.
Representative clients include: Wyndham Worldwide, Realogy, Cendant, Century 21, Coldwell Banker, EMC, Trilogy, Cendant, Hyatt Corporation, BTAlex.Brown, Goldman Sachs, Johnson & Johnson, Xerox, IBM, Lincoln Mercury Division, Ford Motor Company, ARAMARK, The Hartford, Coopers & Lybrand, Merrill Lynch, Weight Watchers, Pepsi, Parke Davis, American Airlines, and Warner Lambert, among others.
Representative headliners and guest speakers include: Bill Gates, Lou Gerstner, George H.W. Bush, John Major, Bob Dole, John Glenn, Jimmy Carter, Cal Ripken Jr., Lou Dobbs, Leeza Gibbons, Paul Newman, Tom Peters, Anthony Robbins, Dr. Joyce Brothers, Clint Black, Reba McEntire, Dolly Parton,. Liza Minnelli, Kenny Loggins, Hall and Oates, Donna Summer, Village People, Dom DeLuise, The Rockettes, Diana Ross, Bernadette Peters, Jay Leno, Louise Mandrell, Alabama, Natalie Cole, Gloria Estefan – to name a few…
Lydia is a member of Actors’ Equity, Screen Actors Guild, AFTRA and The Friars Club. She has served on the Board of Directors as Treasurer for Housing Works, Inc. and currently proudly serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board for Hofstra University's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
JOHN LETO, PhD ’91 and ’94
Dr. John Leto is a strategic, international Wealth Management executive with Fortune 50 and start-up experience. An expert in organizational development and sales effectiveness he has led several initiatives focused on growing and transforming Wealth Management businesses, as well as structuring organizations to optimize the effectiveness of human capital and sales management.
John is currently SVP and Head of National Sales for TD Wealth, serving the financial needs of high-net-worth individuals in the US.
Prior to joining TD Wealth, John was President and CEO of Standard Chartered Americas Private Bank and Chairman, President and CEO of StanChart Securities International. As part of Standard Chartered’s US Executive Committee he was responsible for all of Standard Chartered’s Wealth Management businesses in the US and Latin American.
John was also a Founding Partner of Alpha Capital Financial, a private equity group and de-novo private bank with a focus on servicing the needs of ultra-high net worth entrepreneurs in the US. Before entering into this private venture, among several executive roles at Citigroup, John was Managing Director and Chief Administrative Officer at the Citigroup Private Bank where he served the needs of the international ultra-high-net worth community and was also responsible for managing marketing, human resources, and public relations.
John received a Doctorate of Philosophy in Applied Research in Psychology, with distinction and a Master of Arts in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Hofstra University. He also received a Master of Science in Management from NYU's School of Engineering (Poly) and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering.
John is an avid sportsman. He was the recipient of a full athletic scholarship in soccer for his undergraduate studies and was recently inducted into his college hall of fame for goalkeeper. John and his wife Patricia are Garden City, NY residents and are the proud parents of twin sons.
JACQUELINE LICALZI '85
Jacqueline LiCalzi is a Managing Director, Global Head of Regulatory Relations and a member of the Firm’s Management Committee. She is also the Firm’s Senior Point of Contact with the Federal Reserve for its supervisory program. Ms. LiCalzi leads the day to day activities of the Enterprise Regulatory Oversight Committee and is also a member of the Firm’s Risk Committee, Global Franchise Committee, Operational Risk Oversight Committee, and Culture, Values and Conduct Committee.
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. 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 district judge in the Southern District of New York.
Ms. LiCalzi is a member of the Executive Committee of SIFMA’s Compliance and Legal Society, and co-chair of its Diversity Committee. She is the co-chair of the Morgan Stanley LGBT employee network. Ms. LiCalzi was one of the recipients of the Firm’s 2013 John J. Mack Leadership Award. She is also the recipient of the Council of Urban Professionals Catalyst: Change Agents 2015 in Law.
She earned her JD degree from Fordham University School of Law, and a BA from Hofstra University (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Woman of the Year), where she is a member of both the Women in Leadership and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Advisory Boards.
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.
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.
MITCH MEXLER '82
Mitch is a Partner with Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP (Fragomen Worldwide), the world’s largest immigration law firm. He manages the firm’s Los Angeles and Irvine, California offices. He has been practicing employment based immigration law for 30 years.
Mitch represents employers from start up to Fortune 500 companies in managing their visa/immigration programs and foreign national portfolios. He is a Specialist in Immigration & Nationality Law, certified by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization.
Mitch is a member of the firm’s national Executive Committee. He also a frequent lecturer and teaches an annual module on business immigration law at the University of California, Irvine Law School. Hofstra University, 1982, Southwestern University School of Law, 1985.