Computer Science Advisory Board

David AntarDavid Antar | Bio
Manav BhasinManav Bhasin | Bio
Luann BridgesLuann Bridges | Bio
Kenneth D. FaltischekKenneth D. Faltischek | Bio
Mireille GenadryMireille Genadry | Bio
Joe GoldbergJoe Goldberg | Bio
Hy GoldstoffHy Goldstoff | Bio
Jeremy KahnJeremy Kahn | Bio
Walden LeverichWalden Leverich | Bio
Narayan MenonNarayan Menon | Bio
Barbara PorterBarbara Porter | Bio
Phil RugilePhil Rugile | Bio
Dominic SpinosaDominic Spinosa | Bio
Patty SmithPatty Smith | Bio
Richard TeedRichard Teed | Bio
Paul TrapaniPaul Trapani | Bio
David Antar

David Antar is a true entrepreneur at heart, with over 30 years in the security industry. Over that time, he has started several successful high-tech companies based on a keen ability to understand the needs of his customers and the trends in the marketplace that drive business growth.  David founded A+ Technology & Security Solutions in 1989 and today it has grown into one of the largest providers of IP Video Surveillance throughout the New York metropolitan area.  A+ is headquartered in an 18,000 square foot facility in Bay Shore, New York with a 7,000 square foot New England operation in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

David has founded two additional technology companies that operate from the Bay Shore headquarters.  IPVideo Corporation is a security solutions manufacturer and software developer that sells award winning products like the HALO IoT Smart Sensor exclusively through a worldwide dealer network.  A+ STEM Labs is an innovator in STEM teaching solutions and has over 1,000 mobile science labs in the New York City school system. In 2012, all business units were combined under the umbrella of a single holding company, Advance Convergence Group (ACG).

David explains: “Having a customer centric philosophy is crucial to any successful business and it’s extremely important to stay on top of the latest technology in today’s changing marketplace. It’s all about exceeding your customer’s expectations each and every time.” David Antar’s success is a testament to the wisdom of this philosophy.

David was inducted into the LI Technology Hall of Fame in 2016, was honored at the 2019 LISTnet awards, and is involved with several boards and organizations to help make Long Island a better place to live and work.

Manav Bhasin

Manav Bhasin is a senior executive with over 20 years of experience within the information technology (IT) industry including over 12 years in senior management positions leading various IT organizations and business transformation programs. Manav has a proven history of delivering industry leading information technology solutions to business partners. These solutions have provided the foundation for revenue generation as well as cost containment decisions across both Fortune 100 large-scale and mid-size organizations. His ability to work collaboratively with business partners has proven to be successful in providing real business value.

Manav has served as a Managing Director at SVAM International for over 10 years where he is responsible for managing business development and delivery of complex projects for key clients.  Prior to joining SVAM, Manav served as Senior Director of IT for Avaya Inc., managing the business intelligence and data management teams across the enterprise. At Avaya he was able to establish their Enterprise Datawarehouse and Analytics strategies. Prior to joining Avaya, Manav served as the Director of IT at Motorola Inc. where he contributed in many different areas ranging from SAP ERP, business intelligence to architecture. During his 12-year tenure with Motorola/Symbol Technologies (acquired in 2007), Manav held various senior IT positions that involved management of multiple teams focused on the business application space, particularly within SAP. Manav also has extensive experience in establishing IT outsourcing programs and operationalizing such programs to ensure their long-term success and viability. Prior to his time at Motorola, Manav worked for Andersen Consulting (Accenture) and Ernst & Young covering Fortune 1000 clients such as Union Carbide during their global SAP implementation. Manav graduated from Hofstra University with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and a concentration in Computer Engineering.

Luann Bridges

Luann Bridges is currently the Director of IT Vendor Management at Henry Schein, Inc.  Luann is responsible for managing the IT Supplier Partner relationships, IT Procurement, Software Asset Management and Mobility functions.  In addition to these responsibilities, Luann oversees contracts negotiations, performance measurement, and risk management as it relates to IT Supplier Partners. Prior to joining Henry Schein, Inc., Luann spent over 20 years working in the vendor management field, consistently earning greater responsibilities in the areas of IT asset management/software asset management, technology governance, global business operations management, and financial management. Luann is a Certified Software Asset Manager (“CSAM”), member of the International Association of Information Technology Asset Managers (“IAITAM”) and a member of LISTnet. She holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Global Management. Her career spans across several large companies besides Henry Schein Inc., including CBS Corporation, CA Technologies, Shearman & Sterling LLP., Symantec, and American Express.

Kenneth D. Faltischek

Since 2015, Kenneth D. Faltischek has served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Sandata Technologies,LLC, a leading provider of technology solutions to the home health care industry based in Port Washington, New York. Mr. Faltischek is responsible for leading efforts to execute the company’s strategic plan through the design, development, delivery and support of the company’s solutions used in the home health care market. In addition, Mr. Faltischek works closely with the executive management team and board of directors to define the company’s overall strategic growth plan and helped lead the sale of the business to Accel-KKR in 2019.
Mr. Faltischek is also the co-founder of Care Connect, an AI-enabled workforce management platform that is designed to optimize operational and financial efficiencies for healthcare providers by matching qualified and compliant caregivers with available shifts using proprietary algorithms. Prior to joining Sandata, Mr. Faltischek was COO and General Counsel to BEB Capital, where he provided strategic business and legal services for a family office primarily focused on managing and growing a portfolio of health care and real estate businesses. He began his career as a corporate associate at Katten Muchin Rosenman, a large multi-disciplinary law firm headquartered in Chicago.

Mr. Faltischek is also an active supporter of several community organizations. He is a Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Sunrise Association, a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to bring back the joys of childhood to children with cancer and their siblings world-wide, through the creation of Sunrise Day Camps, Year-Round Programs and In-Hospital Recreational Activities, all offered free of charge. Mr. Faltischek is also an active member of the Long Island Chapter of the Young Presidents Organization, the NYU Winthrop Hospital Board of Regents, the Long Island Software and Technology Network, and a past Board Member of Residents for a More Beautiful Port Washington, Temple Beth Israel and the Long Island Real Estate Group Next Gen Committee.

Mr. Faltischek earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona and Juris Doctor from Brooklyn Law School. Mr. Faltischek resides in Port Washington, NY with his wife and their two daughters.

Mireille Genadry

Mireille Genadry is a management consultant based in Minnesota, formerly an international banker and KPMG consultant, specializing in the study of business analytics and emerging digital technologies to assist firms in fully exploiting data assets. Mireille has experience in designing Excel-based predictive models and has professional certifications in business technology management, business analytics (customer, HR, accounting and operations analytics), data science methodology, IoT, wireless and cloud computing emerging technologies, digital innovation strategy, and structuring machine learning projects under AI initiatives.

She is on the board of directors of four Midwestern banks and provides consulting services to organizations in diverse industries. Mireille has a BA in social science from Hofstra University and an MBA in corporate finance and marketing from Columbia University.

Joe Goldberg

Senior Cloud Practice Manager, CCSI

Hy Goldstoff

Hy Goldstoff founded InterSoft in 1986, growing it from a one-person consultancy to the organization it is today. Hy’s technical staff is US-based and housed in InterSoft’s Lynbrook, NY office. Over the years he has found that working with a domestic staff yields far greater benefits for the success of a project than working with overseas personnel and is often less expensive on a project and life-cycle basis.

Throughout his career, Hy has been instrumental in the strategic vision, design, and development of numerous software solutions for industries such as book publishing, financial services, manufacturing, and health care, among others. His expertise in business management, workflow optimization, and decision-support analysis has been a major force in providing consulting services and successful software solutions to clients across a wide range of industries.

Hy holds degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science from New York University’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences.

Jeremy Kahn

Jeremy Kahn is an innovative technology consultant, CIO, and attorney with over 25 years of experience. His leadership and consulting experience has crossed the private, public and government sectors. Jeremy has spent the past few years building a consulting organization focused on cybersecurity focusing on the financial, healthcare, and hospitality vertical markets.

Jeremy is an attorney and member of the NY State Bar Association. He has spoken at a numerous industry events on cybersecurity, disaster recovery and enterprise architecture and conducted CLE classes on cybersecurity. He earned his JD from Brooklyn Law School and his BS in Policy Analysis from Cornell University. Jeremy currently lives outside of New York City with his wife and children where he serves on the school board as their "technology consultant" for the past 15 years.

Walden Leverich

Walden Leverich is the Founder and CEO of Tech Software, a Melville NY based provider of cloud solutions for research and clinical trial enterprises. Walden has over 30 years’ experience delivering enterprise solutions in the healthcare, financial services, and distribution industries. Today he spends most of his (non-management) time working with clients to deliver secure, reliable, user friendly solutions to their research and healthcare needs.

Narayan Menon

Narayan is VP of Wireless Technology at Siden, leading systems architecture and wireless innovation efforts, wireless network integration strategy, and technical engagements with ecosystem partners. Narayan is an engineering leader and technology expert in the wireless industry, having pioneered the development of core wireless technologies across multiple generations of wireless technology – ranging from 2G to 5G, and Wi-Fi.

Previously, he was CTO and Engineering VP at Fon Wireless. Narayan was Founder and CTO of XCellAir (started in 2015), which pioneered cloud-based Wi-Fi network optimization (SON) technology. XCellAir’s team and product were acquired by Fon, and more recently, by Nokia. Prior to XCellAir, Narayan was VP of R&D at InterDigital, driving all next-generation wireless R&D initiatives – covering R&D and standards efforts in LTE and pre-5G areas, spectrum sharing, cellular - Wi-Fi integration and IoT. He has an Engineering bachelor’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, and an Executive MBA from Hofstra University, and has over 30 wireless patents.

In his spare time, Narayan teaches graduate and undergraduate data communications classes, plays chess, and avidly follows football, cricket, and soccer.

Barbara Porter

Barbara joined in January 2010 as the Chief Technology Officer. She is responsible for all aspects of technology within the organization (application development, hardware, handheld, network, telephony, virtual and cloud environments) and oversees the business intelligence and project management functions. She plays a major role in the operational evolution of the company – identifying opportunities for cost reductions and streamlining critical business flows.

Prior to joining she worked for for 10 years, initially as the Manager of Web Development, then as the Director of Customer Application Development (managing 13 ecommerce websites, a retail point of sale application, and a multi-brand call center application) before transitioning to the operations side of the organization as the Director of Enterprise Initiatives – chartered with identifying and sponsoring projects for operational improvements throughout the organization that would reduce costs and/or increase customer satisfaction.

Prior to 1800flowers she worked in the petroleum industry for 11 years in various roles including accounting, purchasing, marketing and administration.

Barbara has a Bachelor of Science in computer science with a minor in electrical engineering from the New York Institute of Technology, and an MBA from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst. She is currently enrolled in the Cyber Fellows program at New York University, pursuing a Master of Science in cybersecurity.  She is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Scrum Master (CSM) and is Six Sigma Black Belt trained. She is an adjunct business school professor, and an active volunteer as a technology adviser on PMI’s TechMAG, and with IEEE’s Long Island New York section as the Chair of the Computer Society, Vice Chair of the Technology and Engineering Management Society, and Vice Chair of the Women in Engineering affinity group.

Phil Rugile

Director and Human Capital Strategist, eGifter

Dominic Spinosa

Dominic is an Offensive Security Engineer on Facebook’s Red Team, where he plans, designs, executes and leads operations aimed at strengthening the company’s security infrastructure. As a red teamer, Dominic fully embraces the concept of adversary emulation and thinking. Before Facebook, he amassed seven years of experience at multiple cybersecurity consultancies, where he developed many of the skills he relies on today to perform red team operations.

Patty Smith

Patty Smith is Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer for Cox Automotive, the world’s leader in automotive software solutions for auto dealers, consumers, financial institutions and OEMs.  Cox Automotive is a subsidiary of Atlanta-based Cox Enterprises.  Patty was named to this position in June 2016.  She is responsible for developing and managing the security strategy for Cox Automotive, as well as all aspects of risk management & compliance, security engineering, security operations, vulnerability management and security culture & awareness.

Patty has spent over 17 years designing, building and managing information security and technology risk programs that focus on delivering innovative security solutions while partnering with the business to enable innovation and business success.

Prior to joining Cox Automotive, Patty held positions including Vice President of Information Security & Risk Management at Dealertrack, where she was a founding member of the internet startup. Dealertrack was acquired by Cox Automotive in October 2015. 

Prior to joining Dealertrack, Patty was an Internet Developer at Chase Auto Finance.  She began her career in 1996 at the American Institute of Physics as an Internet Publisher and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from St. John’s University in Jamaica, NY. Patty was born and raised on Long Island.  She, and her husband, Robert, currently reside on Long Island with their two children.

Richard Teed

Richard Teed is President and Chief Operating Officer of LBi Software.  He has over 30 years of application development and project management experience. Richard has managed several large HR ERP upgrades and installations.  He has also managed several large multi-year custom application projects in Sports Technology.  As COO and President Richard has led the transformation of LBi Software from a custom development shop to a product based firm, launching flagship solutions, LBi HR HelpDesk and LBi Dynasty. He is also a two-time graduate of Hofstra University, with a B.S. in Computer Science and MBA in Finance.

Paul Trapani

Paul Trapani is an entrepreneur and consultant experienced in executive management, software design and development, business operations, and technology planning and strategy. He is President of Long Island Software and Technology Network (LISTnet) and runs software consulting company PJT Consulting. LISTnet serves as a chamber of commerce for the tech industry on Long Island and works to create a strong technology ecosystem for all companies on Long Island. PJT Consulting helps clients translate business requirements into software. Paul holds a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Geneseo and master’s in Computer Science from Hofstra University. He enjoys food and cooking in his free time and helped to create the app Eat Everywhere.

Hofstra Faculty:

Philip ConiglioPhilip Coniglio
Director of the DeMatteis School Co-op Program | WWW
Krishnan PillaipakkamnattKrishnan Pillaipakkamnatt
Professor & Chair, Computer Science Dept.  | Bio