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  • Lance Leighton

    Lance Leighton earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Hofstra’s Frank G. Zarb School of Business in 2008. With a strong background in sales and marketing, Lance joined the midtown Manhattan office of Studley (now Savills Studley) in 2010 to apply his entrepreneurial business acumen to representing tenants with office space requirements. With an emphasis on new business development and servicing and maintaining existing client relationships, Lance works to provide his tenants with innovative, creative and analytical real estate solutions that enhance their business objectives.

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  • Erin Veltman

    Erin Veltman has served as the Executive Director of the Republican Legislative Campaign Committee (RLCC) since January 2011. The RLCC is part of the Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC), the largest caucus of Republican state leaders in the country and the only national organization whose mission is to elect down-ballot, state-level Republican officeholders.

    As Executive Director, Erin is responsible for raising funds to help elect Republicans to state legislative offices across the country. Erin manages all RLCC operations and reports directly to the RSLC's President. She has built and maintains relationships with Republican legislative leaders in all 50 states and serves as the primary liaison between those leaders and the RLCC's donors.

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  • Michael Marino

    Michael Marino is a principal of MG Engineering D.P.C., a New York City-based consulting engineering firm incorporated in 1991. The firm provides a full range of consulting services, including mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection and fire alarm systems design, to the commercial real estate community. Headquartered in Midtown Manhattan, the firm opened a satellite office in Hicksville, Long Island, to better serve its clientele. More recently, the firm launched its telecommunications group, MGE Unified Technologies Corp., to serve the IT infrastructure, cabling, audiovisual and security needs of the industry.

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  • Andrew Laine

    Andrew Laine is the founder and owner of the retailer Turn Up (, based in New York City. He graduated from Hofstra in 2013 with a BBA in entrepreneurship. During his last two semesters he was also on the Dean's List. While attending classes, working full time, and partaking in campus life he also co-founded the now defunct Dorm Delivery, which specialized in on-campus food delivery. Prior to his time at Hofstra University, Andrew attended Nassau Community College where he obtained an associate degree in business administration, served as a tour guide, was the president of the Transfer Club, and an influential member of the Creative Writing Club. It was during this time that he interned for a semester at Walt Disney Company in Orlando, Florida, and gained professional experience in customer service.

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  • Brian Flood

    Brian Flood, CPCU®, ARM™ (BBA, 1990), has spent more than 20 years in commercial risk management and risk transfer, working with mid-sized organizations, family offices, successful entrepreneurs, executives, athletes, and other high-profile individuals to implement risk reduction strategies.  Utilizing a personalized approach to personal risk management, Brian is highly regarded for developing creative risk management solutions and concepts unique to each individual or organization.

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  • Michael Schaeffer

    Michael Schaeffer (B.B.A. ’92, M.B.A. ’10) is the go to  “consultant” on a number of topics, offering strategic advice on accounting and financial reporting to clients. He is co-chair and treasurer at Talent in Transition, a group of diverse professionals who have come together to develop unique strategies for reaching out directly to the business community in order to promote the skills of its membership.  Most recently, he took a position as accounting manager at Blue Fin Payment Systems in October. During his free time, Michael is a devoted volunteer for Americorps. 

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  • Margot Puerta

    Margot Puerta (M.S. '02, M.B.A. '10) is the managing editor of Molecular Medicine, an international peer-reviewed biomedical publication focused on understanding disease pathogenesis at the molecular level. She plans, organizes and manages the staff and activities of the journal, and is responsible for strategically guiding the development of Molecular Medicine, including web and multimedia content. Margot also created and produces Mollie Medcast, a journal podcast available at iTunes.

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  • Jeffrey G. Marsocci

    Jeffrey G. Marsocci (B.B.A. ’92, J.D. ’94) founded The National Institute for Domestic Partner Estate Planning, an organization devoted to training attorneys, accountants and financial advisors on estate planning techniques for partners and other unmarried couples. In researching different areas of law, he found there was an extreme lack of focus and knowledge in helping members of the LGBT community create the same or similar rights as marriage. His law firm took a giant step forward in creating an estate planning system for domestic partners, and carried it further by making the Partner AB-SECURE Trust available through national trust education and document production companies. 

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  • Heather Cooper

    Heather Cooper (B.A. ’05, M.B.A. ’10) is a social marketing strategist and the co-founder of Integrate Social, a boutique social media marketing agency. After graduating with a B.A. in English and publishing studies in 2005, she began her career at McGraw-Hill in New York City. As a marketing manager, she developed online marketing and social media strategies for print and digital products, including the international bestsellers The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs, How to Talk to Anyone, Happier, Crack the Fat-Loss Code, and The No-Cry Sleep Solution. Her launch and growth of a product Facebook page for The Wisdom of John Wooden was recognized by the corporation as a top achievement in marketing in 2010.

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  • Aaron Simon

    Aaron Simon (B.B.A. ’97) started a new division of ‘Artist Relations’ for Harman, a multi-billion-dollar audio/consumer electronics company in January 2011. Harman is the official sound company for the Grammys, the MTV Video Music Awards, Coachella Festival, American Idol, and many other television shows. Since his new role began, Aaron has brought in and worked very closely with artists such as Quincy Jones, Paul McCartney, Jennifer Lopez, Kayne West, Maroon 5, Tim McGraw, Tiesto (#1 DJ), and Linkin Park.

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  • Ronald Witkowski

    Ron Witkowski's (B.B.A. ’06) passion for beer began to blossom while he was obtaining his Bachelor of Business Administration. As with many college students, his passion revolved around expanding his palate and consuming beer, but the seed had been planted.

    Mr. Witkowski's professional career started in college selling knives for Vector Marketing (Cutco). A natural sales person, this job allowed him to experience sales first hand and gain some excellent experience and confidence in a direct sales position.

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  • Darren M. Morton

    Reverend Darren M. Morton (B.B.A. ’89) is a man of many talents, specifically in the areas of social action, urban ministry, college administration, student development, and leadership. He constantly works to strengthen families and enhance the lives of young people of all races and nationalities. He is heavily involved in civic and social endeavors specifically affecting youth and the underprivileged of all ages. Rev. Morton is the seventh pastor and religious leader of the Macedonia Baptist Church in Mount Vernon, New York, where he received his conversion and baptism. His love of God brought him to the pulpit in 1994, under the tutelage of the great Reverend Dr. Richard H. Dixon, Jr., and was ordained in 1997. In 2009, during a transition period for his home church, he accepted the request to serve as interim pastor while he also continued to serve with the Vacation Bible School and other church programs as needed. Previously he served as an associate minister and youth minister for 15 years, assistant Sunday school superintendent and executive director of the Macedonia Baptist Church Mentoring Program.

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  • Todd Zelnick

    Todd Zelnick (B.A. '77) is marking his 29th year working for the federal government, currently as an auditor with the US Department of Homeland Security in Washington, DC. Todd personally reviews reports in connection with disaster relief projects to determine if they are in accordance with the Federal Government's requirements. When an entity receives $500,000 or more in federal grants, a single audit needs to be performed in order to ensure that the money was spent and accounted for in accordance with Office of Management and Budget (OMB) guidelines. Todd is the person in Washington, D.C. who has to review this report for technical accuracy and also to determine whether the CPA firm's audit coverage was sufficient based on specific OMB guidelines.

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  • Tom Karlya

    Kevin E. Boston-Hill (B.B.A. '93) is an assistant principal at the Nassau BOCES Joseph M. Barry Career and Technical Education Center in Westbury, New York, helping students gain a head start on a career path with vocational or technical training. Kevin has served as an educator in New York state for more than 15 years, teaching science, social studies, math, English, and technology to students of all ages. He has also conducted professional development workshops in areas such as instructional technology and 21st century learning, for his staff as well as other individuals and groups, including his fraternity, Kappa Alpha Psi, where he is currently the Guide Right program director for his chapter and on the regional level. He has conducted a youth leadership program through the Toastmasters Club and is involved with The African American Museum of Nassau County in Hempstead, New York. He also speaks to high school students about college and career choices. In addition to his position as assistant principal, Kevin serves at the president and CEO of KBH Enterprises, Inc., a full-service public speaking company. He is also a voice actor and has recorded several audio and video projects that were used for professional development and training purposes. Most recently, Kevin has established the SAVe (Smart And Versatile) Scholarship to assist Hofstra students. In his spare time, Kevin can be found refereeing basketball or volleyball games or umpiring softball games. Kevin lives in West Hempstead, New York with his wife Donyshia and son, Keith.

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  • Margaret Brennan Bermel, M.B.A. '85

    Margaret Brennan Bermel, M.B.A. '85, chronicles her personal journey, while searching both for truth about the cancer industry and for inspiration about the purpose of life, in her new book, The Cancer Odyssey: Discovering Truth and Inspiration on the Way to Wellness. This is a blueprint to help others overcome the fear of cancer and return to wellness. It offers an approach to dealing with cancer from a new viewpoint; it empowers people to challenge the medical advice of chemotherapy that most people have unquestioningly accepted as the only option. The Cancer Odyssey encourages people to question and research, and to take their healthcare decisions into their own hands, because survival depends upon making the right decision. 

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  • Dr.  Jayme Renee Albin

    Dr. Jayme Renee Albin (B.B.A. ’95) is proof that you really can do anything with your degree. With a B.B.A. in Banking & Finance from Hofstra University, Dr. Albin is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Certified Yoga Instructor. She is a published author and motivational speaker. She has a private practice and behavioral/wellness consulting firm on the upper east side of Manhattan. She specializes in Cognitive Behavior Therapist (CBT), Yoga/Biofeedback Therapy, and Executive Coaching. Since 2003, Dr. Albin has provided more than 16,000 hours of therapy and consulting services to children, adolescents and adults as individuals, couples or groups. Dr. Albin specializes in the treatment of anxiety, somatic complaints, mood disorders and behavior problems.

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  • Darrell Lerner

    The growing interest in online dating encouraged Darrell Lerner '96, '99 to co-found SNAP Interactive, Inc., a leading provider of online dating applications for social networking websites. SNAP has developed social dating applications on Facebook, such as, which currently has more than 40 million installations. Darrell's responsibilities include handling business, operational, and legal features for SNAP. He also performs many of the regulatory and administrative tasks associated with a publicly traded company (STVI).

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  • Joel Simkins

    When Joel Simkins (B.B.A.,'98) was studying banking and finance at Hofstra, he never envisioned becoming an expert in the gaming and leisure industry. Joel's experience as an undergraduate student at Hofstra offered him a unique opportunity to gain applicable networking and social skills.

    During his time at Hofstra, Joel served as a resident assistant for three years and was president of the Financial Management Association. Joel graduated from Hofstra in 1998 with highest honors.

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