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.
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.
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.
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.
JON KAIMAN '84, '88
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.
JACQUELINE LICALZI '85
- Jacqueline LiCalzi is a Managing Director, Global Head of Regulatory Relations at Morgan Stanley, 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 also the co-chair of the Morgan Stanley LGBT employee network. Ms. LiCalzi was one of the recipients of the Firm’s John J. Mack Leadership Award. She was also the recipient of the Council of Urban Professionals Catalyst: Change Agents 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.
Steven Markowitz’s professional career began in Washington, D.C. as Economic Advisor and then Legislative Assistant to Texas Congressman Bob Eckhardt, a leader in the House on consumer protection and environmental issues and a prominent member of the Commerce Committee. In 1973 Steve and his family moved to New York when he became head of government affairs for The Continental Croup, Inc. (formerly the Continental Can Company), a Fortune 100 corporation. During that time he served on the boards or public affairs committees of many of the leading organizations linking government and business such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers, the Business Roundtable and the Public Affairs Council.
In 1984 he founded MultiState Associates Inc. which has grown to become the nation’s largest lobbying company. Steve served as Chairman of MultiState Associates until 2013 when he stepped down and became an advisor to the company.
When Steve and his family moved to Great Neck in 1975 he immediately became involved in local community, religious and political affairs. He is one of the longest serving members of the Great Neck Student Aid Fund, a past member of the Executive Committee of the Board of the Gold Coast Arts Center and is a long time member of the Board of Zoning Appeals of the Village of Great Neck. He has been a member of the Board of Trustees of Temple Israel of Great Neck for over 30 years and was Temple President 2001-2003. Steve has been the local Democratic Party leader for many years, and is President of the Great Neck Democratic Club and a Vice Chairman of the Nassau County Democratic Committee.
For the past fifteen years a major focus of Steve’s community activities has been the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County. Founded over twenty years ago by a small group of Holocaust survivors, the Center has grown to become the pre-eminent Long Island resource for the teaching of the history and lessons of the Holocaust. Located in Glen Cove, the Center includes a world class museum and library on the Holocaust, and an education institute where thousands of young people and adults learn both the history of one of the darkest periods of human existence and how it relates to the conduct of their lives today.
After serving on the Board of the Center for a number of years, Steve was elected as the third Chairman of the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center in 2012. Though it is a volunteer position, it is a full time job overseeing the important work undertaken by the staff of the Center and hundreds of volunteers, as well as raising the money to fund its operations.
Steven Markowitz and his family have lived in Great Neck for over 40 years. He attended Stuyvesant High School and did his undergraduate studies at Harpur College (now Binghamton University) and his graduate work in economics at George Washington University.
Steve and Trudy still live in the same home into which they moved in 1975 and are grateful to have their daughters, sons-in-law, and, most importantly, their four grandchildren, relatively close by.
CARLO MASSARO '93, ‘96
A proud double alumnus, Carlo earned his Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Juris Doctorate from Hofstra University.
Carlo is Vice President, Legal for PepsiCo’s North American Beverages Division, and has held various roles within the law departments of PepsiCo, Inc. and its largest bottler, The Pepsi Bottling Group, since 2000. Before joining the Pepsi system, Carlo practiced franchise law at the law firm of Buchanan Ingersoll, PC in Washington, DC; and as a law student and after graduation, Carlo was a member of the in-house legal department of Sbarro Restaurants in Melville, NY.
In his current position, Carlo manages legal services supporting PepsiCo’s U.S. Sales and Commercialization, Franchise, Strategic Alliance, Product Development and Marketing Teams. Carlo actively serves as a subject matter expert in a matrix organizational structure for the company’s beverage distribution and franchise relationships, providing thought leadership and strategic guidance. He has authored and routinely presents live in-person training seminars to various functional teams designed to promote knowledge sharing of non-compete restrictions and minimize barriers to commercializing all new beverage products intended for distribution in the U.S.
From 2011 to 2015, Carlo created and implemented his vision of a law student internship program for the company’s law department. The 10-week summer internship program provided first and second year law students a unique mentorship experience and the opportunity to work closely with in-house attorneys in a variety of practice areas.
In addition to serving on the Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean's Advisory Board, Carlo is an active alumnus of Chaminade High School in Mineola, NY, volunteering his time participating in community volunteer events, presenting at Junior Career Night, alumni career building events and individual mentoring.
A native of Long Island, Carlo’s first language was Italian and spent most of his childhood summers visiting Italy, including a short period of time when his family moved to Siena. He currently resides in Manhasset, NY with his wife and children.
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.
KRISTEN MULLARKEY '00
Kristen Mullarkey is the MTVU Distribution, Marketing and Affiliate Relation Sales Manager. MTVU, owned by Viacom, is MTV’s college channel broadcasting to nearly 700 schools. In this position, Kristen is responsible for the distribution and promotion of MTVU at colleges throughout the United States. She travels across the country to distribute MTVU programming to campuses and advocates opportunities for student involvement with the company. She uses these opportunities to engage with students and draw attention to new music broadcasted on the network.
Viacom has been Kristen's home for over 18 years and has provided personal and professional opportunities beyond comparison. She began her career at Viacom after an internship and was promptly hired into a full-time position after graduation. Prior to MTVU, she was the Executive Assistant to the Chairman and CEO of MTV Networks from 2000-2011. Working in an environment filled with music, entertainment, influencers and popular culture allowed for incredible exposure into areas that aligned with her passions.
Kristen graduated from Hofstra University with a Bachelors of Liberal Arts in 2000. Her focus was in English, History, and Psychology and after an inspiring internship, she embarked on a career in the media industry to pursue her passion of music and television. In 2005, she earned a Masters of Liberal Arts degree from The New School in Media Studies with a certificate in Media Management.
She is a Founding Board Member of the ATX Television Festival, a yearly event that celebrates the television medium. ATX showcases TV’s past, current, and upcoming series through screenings, Q&As, and panel discussions. She is also the Co-Creator of Super Saturday’s, a volunteer program for adult professionals that provides a safe place for New York City children to socialize and learn outside of school hours through the organization of team building activities focused on music, art, and fitness.
Kristen is passionate about music, playing soccer and traveling the world. S
he has run with the bulls in Pamplona, climbed Half Dome, and completed two marathons. She recently moved from New York City to Greenwich, CT with her husband and two sons and is excited about family adventures that the future holds.
MITCH WEXLER '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.