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Women In Leadership

Women in Leadership is a new initiative designed to highlight the accomplishments of the countless successful Hofstra alumnae. The group is expected to become a professional resource and powerful network for both alumnae and current students.


Denise AdlerI was born and raised in the Bronx, NY. My father was a NY City fireman and my mother was a housewife and mother of 4 children, my 3 brothers and myself, the youngest. When I was 14, my father started a new career and we moved to Long Island. I attended Buffalo State University but transferred to Hofstra University where I graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Art and Design in 1980.

I met Rob, my husband to be in Buffalo and we were married in 1976. We have 2 grown sons and my daughter who is 11.

After college, I worked as a graphic designer and art director at a publishing company. When my children were young I freelanced as a designer and photographer. Over the years my work has been included in group shows, in magazines, used on book covers and as the back drop for a dance performance. I have one published book in collaboration with the poet, Elena Alexander, called "7 Pictures, 7 Poems."

For the past 8 years I have committed my time to my work on my mixed media collage, digital photomontage and photography from my studio in West Chelsea. I had my first solo show at Studio 7D Gallery in April 2013. In January of 2014 I will curate a group show called Cultural Guerrillas at the Hudson Guild Main Gallery.

I serve on the board of LREI, my daughter's school. I am also on the board of the Hudson Guild, a community based settlement house in Chelsea, NY.


Tracey AntThe Hartford has appointed Tracey Caffrey Ant senior vice president of field sales and execution for the company's Middle Market segment, reporting to David Carter, head of Middle Market. Ant will have direct responsibility for sales growth in the Middle Market segment. She will also have responsibility for enhancing overall distribution for the company's Commercial Markets division.

"As we continue to drive growth in Middle Market by focusing on The Hartford's multiline capabilities, Tracey is ideally suited to lead our field sales organization," said Carter. "She brings deep knowledge of the commercial insurance market from her experience with one of the industry's leading brokerage firms and her strong roots in underwriting."

Ant joins The Hartford from Marsh, where she held roles of increasing responsibility during her 20-year tenure, serving most recently as managing director and primary U.S. casualty placement leader for Marsh's global risk management and national brokerage clients. In this role, Ant was responsible for a multibillion dollar premium portfolio representing thousands of clients across the U.S. She had previously served as Marsh's national middle market placement leader, with responsibility for the placement of all casualty lines.

Ant, who began her insurance career as a casualty underwriter with The Hartford, earned a bachelor's degree in finance from Hofstra University and master's degree in business administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

The Hartford's Middle Market segment provides comprehensive, multiline commercial insurance coverage for midsize and larger businesses, associations and organizations. Its core offerings include property, general liability, workers' compensation, auto, umbrella liability and marine protection, as well as specialty coverages for target industry segments, including technology, life sciences, construction, manufacturing and private education.


KIMBERLY ARCHERKimberly Archer, Managing Director, Washington DC Office. She recruits C-suite executives and advises boards around leadership assessment and succession for a wide variety of organizations including foundations, think tanks, non-governmental organizations, social and human service agencies, and advocacy organizations. She has a functional expertise in external relations inclusive of communications, marketing and resource mobilization.

Kimberly has a decade of international search experience and joined Russell Reynolds Associates in 2005. Prior to executive search, Kimberly worked as a Vice President of Strategic Partnerships & Development, cultivating and negotiating corporate alliances in support of programs at one of the nation's largest public health foundations focused on tobacco prevention and cessation. Before that, she worked in marketing and communications for Avon Products, Inc. with responsibility for the company’s flagship and first retail venture in New York City. Kimberly has also held positions in public relations with Federated Department Stores - Bloomingdale's, serving as Manager of National Promotions and Special Events.

Kimberly attended Hofstra University, where she earned her B.A. in psychology. She has also completed the Executive Education Leadership Program at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. She serves as Vice Chair on the board of Darkness to Light, a national child advocacy organization working to end child sexual abuse by empowering others to prevent it.


TAKITA W. BATTLETakita Battle is an accomplished and experienced fundraising professional with over 18 years of experience in the nonprofit and for-profit sectors nationally and internationally with management and leadership experience. As director of corporate partnerships, Takita is responsible for BoardSource’s corporate membership program — a program designed to support companies in their efforts to incorporate nonprofit board service into their broader corporate social responsibility strategies. She is responsible for identifying, cultivating, and stewarding corporate relationships with new and existing partners to leverage BoardSource as the go-to organization and thought-leader in nonprofit governance through corporations.  She has a deep knowledge of corporate strategy to lead organizational growth and greater corporate member engagement at BoardSource. Before joining BoardSource, she served as the director of development at Paul Public Charter School (Paul PCS), where she led the fundraising, marketing, family recruitment, and communications strategy for the organization in collaboration with its chief executive and board of trustees. She also launched the schools’ My Brother’s Keeper Program in response to President Obama’s call to action in 2014 and is the only charter school to date that has developed a formalized program for young boys and men of color in the District.  Prior to Paul PCS, Takita was the director of corporate relations at United Negro College Fund, working closely with its corporate scholar programs and other national initiatives. Beginning her career in the special events and publishing industry, Takita worked in sales with Working Mother Media, (Diversity Best Practices, The National Association of Female Executives, and Working Mother magazine), Black Enterprise magazine, Katz Radio Group, and Noelle-Elaine Media, Inc.

In addition to her professional life, she is involved in a variety of organizations. She is the past President of the Black/Hispanic Alumni Association at Hofstra University and has been an active member since she graduated and a recipient of the BHAA scholarship during her junior year.  During her tenure as President, she helped lead the associations’ growth in membership, new website and logo, the association’s first ever endowment, along with providing opportunities for many young Hofstra students to have the same opportunities through BHAA scholarships.  She is a member of Hofstra’s Women in Leadership, a new initiative designed to highlight the accomplishments of the countless successful Hofstra alumnae. The group is expected to become a professional resource and powerful network for both alumnae and current students. Takita is an active and dedicated member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, initiated into the Xi Gamma Chapter at Hofstra University in Spring 2001, and serving the North Manhattan Alumnae Chapter for the past 16 years.  She has served the Eastern Region for four years as the co-chair of Program Planning for 147+ chapters, launched the region's first ever “Regional Day of Service” (HIV/AIDS, Parent Involvement in Education), worked closely on key resolutions for the organizations’ social action commission, Co-Chaired the North Manhattan Alumnae Chapters’ Social Action Committee, and currently serves as a member of the Montgomery Alumnae Chapter.  Post-graduation, she also served as the Primary Advisor to her undergraduate chapter, Xi Gamma, at Hofstra University from 2002-2009.

Takita is an activist in her own right, especially during her time at Hofstra. While there, she spoke out against injustices facing our society and the Hofstra community, attended a host of key programmatic events across diverse communities and groups at the university and ultimately, ensured that she made an impact while continuing to give back to the Hofstra community serving African American and Hispanic students. She is also the founder of the Collegiate Women of Color in 2000, an organization that promoted education, unity, culture and feminist ideals that provided a forum for students to discuss a wide range of topics that impacted women of color.  It has always been her goal to do what she can, when she can to make a difference even if it meant lifting one person up, knowing that in time, others will follow. Takita keeps one quote from John Maxwell at the forefront of what she does, since high school: “To get nowhere, follow the crowd.” It has shown to be true in every move she’s made and it's clear that she hasn’t followed the crowd, but moved to her own beat with God’s direction.

In her spare time, she loves to cycle, read, travel, shop, and participate in public service.  She loves spending quality time with her extended family and friends, but most importantly, her husband Aaron and their beautiful daughter Rylynn.


CELIA I. BERKCelia Berk is Group Talent Partner, WPP and Chief Employee Experience Officer, J Walter Thompson (JWT). As Chief Employee Experience Officer, she reports to the CEO and focuses on ensuring the work lives of JWT employees are as rewarding as possible. As Group Talent Partner, she reports to WPP’s Chief Client Team Officer and works with the company’s 45 global account teams to advance WPP’s strategic focus on “horizontality.”  She was previously Chief Talent Officer for Young & Rubicam Group, working in close partnership with its leaders to attract, develop and retain the best talent and promote collaboration across a global network comprised of some of the most powerful brands in marketing communications.
Celia joined Young & Rubicam Group from within one of those companies, Burson-Marsteller, a preeminent global public relations firm. She held the position of Managing Director, Human Resources Worldwide there for more than ten years, serving three Chief Executive Officers during a period of significant change for strategic communications companies and their clients. In that time, the Company was recognized in numerous industry competitions, surveys and rankings for the caliber of its talent worldwide.
Prior to joining Burson-Marsteller, Celia spent ten years at Reuters America. Her last position was as Senior Vice President, Organizational Planning, working with the company's first Chief Information Officer for the Americas. She joined Reuters from The Commonwealth Fund, where she was Administrator of the Harkness Fellowships.
Celia holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Hofstra University and serves on the school’s Women in Leadership initiative. She is a Founding Member of the Advisory Council of the National Executive Service Corps, and sits on the Global Advisory Board for the Future of Advertising Project, SEI Center for Advanced Studies in Management, The Wharton School. She also supports philanthropic ventures as a Trustee of the Nina Abrams Fund.

Celia began her professional life as a performing artist and is a member of the Screen Actors Guild, Actors Equity Association and the National Arts Club. She is actively involved in the cultural life of New York and can be spotted in and around the city singing the Great American Songbook. GramercyNightingale.com



In 1996, Lynn A. Boccio, Esq., joined what is now Avis Budget Group after a career as a trial lawyer.  She developed, organized and implemented the company’s supplier diversity team at Avis Budget Group and oversees the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Compliance Program as well as the Corporate Supplier Diversity Program for Avis, Budget, Payless and Zipcar’s two hundred and thirty-eight corporate airport locations, in addition to the company’s corporate world headquarters in Parsippany, New Jersey.  Lynn is also a mentor for the Avis Budget Group’s Women in Leadership Group as well as Avis Budget Group’s diversity sales team which targets women and minority markets.  Lynn is involved in several outreach activities designed to increase supplier diversity and community relations both nationally and in the New York Metropolitan Area.  She is presently First Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Airport Minority Advisory Council and the Chair Emeritus of the Board of Directors of the Women Presidents’ Educational Organization.  In addition, Lynn serves on the Board of Directors of The Billion Dollar Roundtable, WBE Canada, the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, and the Senior Executive Corporate Advisory Board for The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Lynn is an alumni of the Hofstra University School of Law Class of 1978.


CAMPAGNAPina M. Campagna is a patent attorney at Carter, DeLuca, Farrell & Schmidt, LLP (CDFS), a law firm dedicated to advising clients in intellectual property matters. The firm has rapidly grown to be a leader in intellectual property law serving a large cadre of local, national, and international clients. CDFS is Long Island's largest IP law firm and an internationally recognized intellectual property boutique. Its success is attributable to providing excellence in the quality of legal services rendered while simultaneously offering highly competitive financial value to its clients. CDFS services a satisfied list of distinguished clients with a growing, experienced, and dedicated work force successfully integrating the engineering, scientific, and legal expertise demanded in today's IP business environment.

Pina's experience includes advising clients during all phases of strategic patent and trademark portfolio development, including: patentability investigations; due diligence investigations; product clearance (non-infringement) investigations and associated opinions; patent and trademark application preparation and prosecution before the US Patent and Trademark Office and related international application filings through a thoroughly developed network of trusted, highly qualified international associates. She has spoken before several groups on various topics of intellectual property.

Pina is a member of the New York bar. She is admitted to the U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts of New York and is registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office.

She is a member of the following organizations: New York Intellectual Property Law Association (NYIPLA), where she is the co-chair of the Trademark Law Committee International Trademark Association (INTA); American Intellectual Property Association (AIPLA), Committees on Chemical Practice, Trademark Law, and Patent Law; International Intellectual Property Society (IIPS); Nassau County Columbian Lawyer's Association; New York County Lawyers Association (NYCLA); The Women's Financial Group (TWFG); Albany Law School Mentoring program; and St. Francis Prep Legal Services Alumni Chapter.

Prior to joining Carter, DeLuca, Farrell & Schmidt, Pina was a patent consultant for Estee Lauder. She earned a bachelor's degree in biochemistry from Hofstra University in 2000 and a juris doctor degree from Albany Law School in 2004.


BETH CAREYBeth Carey is currently an Editorial Producer at HLN (formerly Headline News), on its highest-rated show, Nancy Grace. As a producer for cable's only legal analysis program, she is responsible for booking many of the top newsmakers featured on Nancy Grace.

Carey came to HLN's Nancy Grace from Court TV (later renamed truTV) where she developed a fascination for crime stories and a tremendous respect for the justice system. For almost seven years, she was a producer on their long-running legal news program, Catherine Crier Live. During her tenure at Court TV, she covered some of the biggest trials of our time including the cases against Scott Peterson, Michael Jackson, Robert Blake, and Andrea Yates.

Prior to Court TV, Carey worked for WNBC-TV's Health & Science Editor, Dr. Max Gomez. She wrote and produced daily pieces about innovative medical procedures and the latest consumer health news for their 5 o’clock newscasts.

A self-professed foodie, she launched her career at the Food Network where she worked on many of their popular cooking programs as well as their celebrity talk show, Bill Boggs Corner Table. While at Bill Boggs Corner Table, she traveled to some of the countries top restaurants and met high-profile celebrities including Sophia Loren, Robert Duvall, and Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York.

Carey has a B.A. in Communication Arts from Hofstra University. She resides in New Jersey with her husband Bill Niebuhr and their three-year-old daughter, Caitlin.


DIANA CECCHINIDiana Cecchini is CFO/VP of Finance at Korg USA, a national distributor of musical instruments and music products. A 20-year veteran of the company, Ms. Cecchini is responsible for directing all financial strategy, planning and forecasts, as well as overseeing all company accounting, financial, credit, warehousing, distribution and service activities. Additionally, she is a Corporate Officer of Korg USA in the position of Secretary, as well as a Trustee of Korg USA sponsored Pension, Retirement and 401k employee benefit plans.

Ms. Cecchini is a CPA and holds an MBA from Hofstra University. An active community service volunteer, she also serves on the board of directors of Long Island Cares – The Harry Chapin Food Bank, a Long Island-area charity.


KIM M. CIESINSKIFor over 25 years, Kim has focused exclusively in the area of Divorce and Family Law. She represents clients in a wide-range of matters including, custody, parenting time schedules, spousal maintenance, child support, distribution of assets, pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements, as well as post-judgment proceedings. In furtherance of her passion for offering families in transition an expedient, cost-effective and positive option for resolving their issues and restructuring from a nuclear to a bi-nuclear family, she now focuses her practice on Collaborative Divorce, Mediation and Negotiated Settlements as alternatives to litigation for all issues. Divorce does not have to result in destruction!

Having earned a Juris Doctor from Hofstra University School of Law in 1989, she is also certified in mediation from the Ackerman Institute for the Family and highly trained in Collaborative Interdisciplinary Practice from the New York Association of Collaborative Professionals. Kim is a member of the Nassau County, Suffolk County, New York State, and Nassau County Women’s Bar Associations, as well as the New York State Association of Collaborative Professionals and the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals.  Kim serves on the Advisory Board for The Center for Children, Families and the Law at Hofstra Law School and is a member of the Hofstra University Women in Leadership Initiative. Kim serves as a Special Master for the Nassau County Supreme Court and is appointed by Judges to assist in resolving highly contentious matrimonial cases before trial.  Having a keen interest in social justice, Kim is a graduate and member of the Energeia Partnership at Molloy College which is a regional leadership program.

Passionate about her commitment to eliminating the destructive forces of litigation in the traditional divorce paradigm, Kim has co-authored “Stress-Free Divorce Volume 3”, to raise public awareness about the collaborative divorce process.  In pursuit of her mission to change the way people get divorced, she has written articles, is a frequent presenter and radio guest, as well as a quoted source in the press, on the topic of collaborative divorce as a positive alternative to the destructive forces of divorce litigation.

Kim has been designated a “2017 Super Lawyer” and has received an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings, the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards.  She is the proud recipient of LIBN’s “Top 50 Most Influential Women In Business” and “Leaders in Law” awards for 2016 and 2017. Active in the community, Kim also gives back through fundraising and philanthropy as a Board Member of the American Red Cross, Long Island Region; a former Board Member of Girls Inc., Long Island and the former President of the Huntington Junior Welfare League, Inc.

Most importantly, Kim is a single mother who resides on Long Island with her three daughters, for whom she strives daily to set an example of strength, independence and generosity of spirit.


DONNA DIAMONDDonna Diamond is a Founder and Chief Administrative Partner at Chernoff Diamond & Co., LLC. Since the company's founding over 35 years ago, she has been a cornerstone for the business practices and technological developments firm-wide. As a wealth transfer and life insurance advisor she helps sophisticated clientele plan, reach and exceed their financial objectives. Using three decades of experience, she crafts comprehensive, personalized plans that ensure and protect client assets. Leading a team of private wealth professionals she exposes risk, detects disparities and evaluates opportunities to provide her high net worth clients with the confidence and control they need to realize their financial legacy.

Her administrative leadership role at Chernoff Diamond includes overseeing the compliance, IT and accounting services for the company. With a forward-thinking, technology embracing mindset she has helped Chernoff Diamond become one of the most recognized consulting firms in the United States, pioneering thought and client management in the Private Client Services, Health & Benefits, Retirement Plan Services and Risk Management Services fields.

She is also deeply committed to the community serving the Girls Inc. Charity of Long Island. In 2005 and again in 2012 she was recognized by Long Island Business News as one of "Long Island's Top 50 Women".

Donna Diamond graduated in 1986 from Hofstra University with a Master degree in Business Administration (MBA) with Concentration in Business Computer Information Systems. She is also deeply committed to the school's Women in Leadership Advisory Board.


CYNTHIA DREWCynthia Drew is a veteran finance analytical professional with broad global capital markets and technology experience. More recently, she has developed a strong command of music copyright and licensing, and recorded music money flows. Cynthia delivers powerful business intelligence that drives P&L growth and increased operational efficiency. She earned a B.B.A. Finance from Hofstra University, and an M.B.A. Finance from Adelphi University. She has held finance leadership roles at Pico Quantitative Trading, NYSE Technologies, and the Worldwide Leumi Group. She currently provides strategic support to corporate clients, since the 2015 launch of her successful consulting firm, EAST 84TH STREET ANALYTIC$ LLC. Her blog, which focuses on finance, technology, and music, from both a business and fan perspective, has earned positive reviews and a growing following. Cynthia is never at rest and continues to follow her passions. She is currently pursuing a Professional Certificate in Music Supervision (expected June 2018) at the prestigious Berklee College of Music. She relocated from the upper east side of Manhattan to Studio City, California in the summer of 2017. Cynthia is a recently retired level 10 certified USA Gymnastics judge and Treasurer of the NY State Governing Board, and adult competitor who earned a Gold and Silver Medal on Floor and Vault in the 2001 Empire State Games Masters Competition. In the community, she served on the Board of Directors of her upper east side pre-war COOP, as Treasurer and President. She led the charge for the COOP’s first amortizing mortgage and crafted a 10 year plan with zero maintenance increases. She was active in outreach through Park Avenue United Church and is a mentor through the Financial Women’s Association. When Cynthia is not busy working and advancing an important cause, you will probably find her in the first row of a major gymnastics competition, at a Rock&Roll concert or book signing, or at an advanced screening of a horror film with a legendary rocker.


PINDA ENGPinda Eng is a Managing Director in the Real Estate Group. Since joining Blackstone in 2004, Ms. Eng has been involved with overseeing the accounting, financial reporting and investor reporting for the Blackstone Real Estate Partners (BREP) funds and investment entities. Before joining Blackstone, Ms. Eng worked at UBS Investment Bank as a Director and Business Unit Controller in the Commercial Real Estate Trading Group. Prior to UBS, she worked at Credit Suisse First Boston as a Senior Associate in the Capital Markets Group. Prior to Credit Suisse First Boston, she was an auditor in PricewaterhouseCoopers in its Financial Services Group. Ms. Eng received a BS in Accounting from Hofstra University. She is a Certified Public Accountant.


MARIA GRASSOMaria A. Grasso joined Flushing Financial Corporation in 2006 as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. In 2007, she was elected Corporate Secretary. Ms. Grasso is responsible for managing the Distribution and Client Development for the Retail Bank, Ethnic Markets, Business Banking, Government Banking, Internet Banking, Human Resources, Marketing, Sales and back office operations of the Bank.

Prior to joining Flushing Financial, she held the title of Senior Vice President and Division Head of The Bank of New York for Long Island and Queens, overseeing an organization that served the personal and small business banking needs of customers throughout 102 branches.

Ms. Grasso has been in the banking business for over 28 years, beginning her career with Chase Manhattan after graduating from Hofstra University with a BBA in Finance. She went on to receive her MBA in Marketing from Adelphi University in 1989.

Charitable organizations have benefited from Ms. Grasso's leadership and support. An advocate of volunteerism, she has volunteered for the March of Dimes, Long Island Care, Bias Help of Long Island, Women's Fund of Long Island, the American Cancer Society, and Long Island Association for AIDS Care and Long Island Network of Community Services. In addition, she has raised thousands of dollars for organizations such as the American Kidney Foundation, Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund, Harbor Child Care, Long Island Museum and the YMCA of Long Island.

Ms. Grasso is currently Chair elect for Long Island's United Way and a former chairperson of the Retail Banking Division Committee for the New York Bankers Association.

Ms. Grasso has been honored by Cancercare of Long Island, Harbor Child Care, Long Island Museum, the YMCA and the Center for Business and Professional Women. In addition to being honored by the American Kidney Fund, she has also been honored by the Long Island Conservatory of Music and The Italian Board of Guardians in 2013. In 2011, Ms. Grasso was named Outstanding Executive by Adelphi University. In 2010, she was selected as a co-honoree at the Go Red for Women Luncheon benefiting the American Heart Association. In 2009, she was named as a Who's Who in Banking by Long Island Business News and honored as a 2009 Women Achievers Against the Odds by The Long Island Fund for Women and Girls. Ms. Grasso was also selected as one of the top 50 Long Island women and one of the top 10 Business Women of the Year in Queens.


MARIA GRASSOAnnette Guarisco Fildes is President and CEO of The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC), where she leads the association's legislative, regulatory, and educational mission.

ERIC, with its membership exclusive to large employers, is the only national association advocating solely for the health, retirement and compensation interests of the country's largest companies. ERIC supports the ability of its members to design, comply with, administer and pay for employee benefits provided to workers and families in states across the country. Through its federal advocacy efforts ERIC works to continue and strengthen the benefits of ERISA protections and the favorable tax treatment of employee benefits, and to combat mandates, reporting requirements and other compliance burdens.

Under Annette's leadership, ERIC has expanded its advocacy into states and localities which have become active regulating employee benefits, whether paid sick or parental leave, vaccine payment requirements or other mandates. She launched ERIC's Telehealth Initiative through which ERIC advocates in individual states to promote access to telemedicine services and to oppose state and local rules that complicate administration for its large multistate employer members.

Annette is a strategic public policy and political counselor with more than 30 years of government affairs experience involving complex legislative and regulatory matters in the U.S. and abroad.

Annette was a member of the senior executive team at General Motors performing key roles over more than ten years, including responsibility for federal legislative affairs and political and grassroots advocacy at the federal, state and international levels. Annette served as risk officer for GM Global Public Policy and advised the GM Board of Directors on global public policy.

Annette was also an executive with Honeywell International government affairs and served as counsel to Senate Majority Leaders Bob Dole and Trent Lott and at the law firm of Dewey Ballantine. She began her legal career at the Internal Revenue Service in the Office of Chief Counsel. Annette was also Executive Vice President, Public Affairs, for the Retail Industry Leaders Association, leading communications and government affairs efforts.

Annette has a B.B.A. in Finance and a law degree from Hofstra University, as well as a Masters of Law in Taxation from Georgetown University Law Center. She authored "Employer's Guide to Fringe Benefits" with Mary B. Hevener and numerous articles in legal and policy publications.


EVELYN HARRISONEvelyn 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.


Kate HeptigKate 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.


BETTINA D. HINDINBettina D. Hindin specializes in all aspects of family law, with a focus on high-asset clientele. A preeminent matrimonial/family law attorney, with over 27 years of experience, Ms. Hindin has distinguished herself as an exceptional and innovative problem solver and an expert at preventing the escalation of ongoing disputes. Located in Manhattan, Ms. Hindin heads a small and intimate team dedicated to handling each case with delicacy and fortitude while fiercely protecting her clients' interests. She has been recognized by her peers as a New York Super Lawyer, one of New York’s Women Leaders in the Law, and has received the highest Peer Review rating in Martindale-Hubbell. For the entirety of her accomplishments, your attention is invited to www.divorcelawfirmnewyorkcity.com.

Bettina D. Hindin is an accomplished and experienced matrimonial litigator, recognized for her skill and expertise in the investigation and analysis of the complex financial issues that arise in matrimonial, domestic relations and LGBT matters. She is an acknowledged expert in the field, and has appeared often as a commentator on these issues for MSNBC and CNN.

Ms. Hindin’s experience in handling diverse transactional matters in all areas of domestic relations, LGBT law and family law, including divorce, separation, annulment, maintenance, child support, support modification, custody, visitation, relocation, paternity, equitable distribution, and asset valuation is unparalleled.

She has successfully tried a myriad of matrimonial, child custody and support cases before the Family Courts and the Supreme Courts of the State of New York, and argued appeals in the appellate courts of the state. Ms. Hindin provides clients with all of the requisite elements of matrimonial counseling on the most sophisticated level. A forceful litigator, she is particularly attuned to the interplay of litigation and settlement techniques required to produce optimal results.

Ms. Hindin is a member of the New York State Bar Association Family Law Section, and is an appointee to that Section’s Executive Committee. In addition, Ms. Hindin is also a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, where she has twice been appointed to, and served on the Committee on Matrimonial Law. Ms. Hindin has also been appointed on numerous occasions as a Law Guardian in the Supreme Court of the State of New York, New York County.

Ms. Hindin is registered with the U.S. Department of State’s Attorney Network to counsel on matters involving The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of Child Abduction. The Convention isan International Treaty that provides a procedure for the prompt return of children who have been “wrongfully removed” or “retained outside” their country of “habitual residence.”

Ms. Hindin has received the highest, AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell in professionalism and ethics, and has been recognized as a Super Lawyer,® a distinction awarded to the top five percent of the lawyers in the state.


TRISH HOPPEYA founding partner at political communications and direct mail firm The Pivot Group and the former Managing Partner at MSHC Partners, Trish Hoppey has more than 20 years' experience developing winning messages for presidential, gubernatorial, independent expenditure, issue advocacy and membership campaigns.

She has developed direct mail strategies for clients including Hillary Clinton for President, Governors Pat Quinn (IL), Jennifer Granholm (MI) and Tom Vilsack (IA), as well as some of the nation's largest political and advocacy groups, including AFL-CIO, EMILY's List WOMEN VOTE!, Planned Parenthood, NEA and the DCCC.

Before joining MSHC, Ms. Hoppey worked with a wide range of organizations including the Democratic National Committee, the AFL-CIO Working Women's Department, John Sweeney's campaign for AFL-CIO President, and the White House and the US Departments of Labor, Housing and Urban Development, and Agriculture.

Previously, Ms. Hoppey served as a consultant at Greer Margolis Mitchell Burns & Associates and an Associate at the Sawyer Miller Group.

Ms. Hoppey holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Hofstra University.


DAPHNE JACKSON HORNBUCKLEDaphne Jackson Hornbuckle is the IT Manager for Charter Communications (formerly Time Warner Cable). For the past decade she has managed the Desktop Support team to provide technical and project support for the North Texas Region. She also oversees the development and implementation of the IT infrastructure for various business units. Prior to joining Time Warner Cable, Mrs. Hornbuckle owned her own IT consulting firm, Diamond Technology Group, LLC. Her clients included Fortune 500 companies such as American Airlines, EDS and Southwestern Bell. Mrs. Hornbuckle’s technology career spans over 25 years. Her career began with Earl G. Graves, Ltd (Black Enterprise Magazine) as their first Manager of Information Systems in New York.

A dedicated community leader, Mrs. Hornbuckle has a passion for helping women. She enjoys working with young ladies who plan to follow in her footsteps. As the immediate Past President of Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc., Psi Chapter, a business and professional women’s organization, she provided leadership forums for young women and educational programs for young girls. Under her leadership, Psi Chapter has contributed significantly to the Dallas/Fort Worth community. Mrs. Hornbuckle was also instrumental in establishing the Dorethea N. Hornbuckle Memorial Scholarship, named after her late mother-in-law and the sorority’s Past National President. During her four year term as President, she received the Outstanding Chapter and Outstanding Chapter President Awards on both regional and national levels from 2014-2017. Mrs. Hornbuckle’s leadership achievements were recognized and celebrated as she was inducted into the Third (2016) and Fourth (2017) Editions of Who’s Who in Black Dallas.

Currently, Mrs. Hornbuckle serves on the Dallas Police Community Advisory Board. She previously served as a Board Member on the Association of IT Professionals and the Celebrating Life Foundation. Mrs. Hornbuckle is a member of the Women in Cable Telecommunications, National Association of Parliamentarians and the Dallas Society of Women Engineers where she volunteers and encourages young women to pursue a career in STEM fields.

Mrs. Hornbuckle was raised in Hempstead, NY and currently resides in Dallas, TX. She is married to Jesse Hornbuckle, III, and together they own The Hornbuckle Group, LLC and 200 Tyler Square, LLC; residential and commercial real estate companies. Outside of her passion for volunteering and mentoring, she enjoys traveling abroad.

DONNA IUCOLANO ’86, ’88, ’94

DONNA IUCOLANOis an innovative marketer, an accomplished digital business executive and a respected business leader who helped start the direct-to-consumer e-commerce industry with the launch of 1-800-FLOWERS online in 1994. Donna also pioneered the use of instant messaging to provide real-time customer service. Two years later, she was a founding member of SHOP.ORG, the largest e-commerce industry association, now part of the National Retail Federation. Donna was a chief digital officer long before it was popular or a C-Level title and led the digital business transformation of both 1-800-FLOWERS and Scholastic. She later joined New York & Company to unify and grow its direct-to-consumer efforts. For more than 20 years, Donna has been at the forefront of digital commerce, multi-channel retailing, digital marketing, and integrated customer relationship and experience management.

Today, Donna is an independent strategic digital business advisor specializing in strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions support, business and organizational development, advisory board work, and executive coaching for early stage, growing and mature companies. Select clients include: 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Calendars.com, Cranium, FineStationery.com, JetBlue Airways, Marc Ecko Enterprises, Reader’s Digest Association, SHEEX, and Weekly Reader, among others. Donna is also an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Marketing and International Business at the Frank G. Zarb School of Business at Hofstra University in Hempstead (Long Island), New York and a doctoral student at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Her research interest is customer engagement in retail.

Prior to venturing out on her own, Donna worked in small and mid-cap private and public companies as a serial intrapreneur, corporate strategist, change agent, and direct-to-consumer executive leading and managing new initiatives and divisions ranging from start-up to $400 million in revenue. She has worked in three diverse industries including gifting, media/publishing and women’s apparel manufacturing and retailing, and offers a broad perspective to clients and her students.

Donna has held various executive roles at floral and gift powerhouse, 1-800-FLOWERS.COM where she played a pivotal role in the Company’s initial public offering in 1999. She served as an Executive Vice President and Division President of the Internet Group at Scholastic Corporation, the world’s largest children’s book publisher and distribution company; and, as CEO for North America at global specialty publisher and direct marketer, IMP/International Masters Publishers. Most recently, Donna was an Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Direct Group for New York & Company, a manufacturer and retailer of women’s apparel and accessories overseeing e-commerce, customer relationship marketing, and customer loyalty programs which together generated $400 million in revenues for the retailer.

In 1996, Donna was not only a founding member of SHOP.ORG, but also served as the founding chairperson of its research committee introducing The State of Online Retailing, an annual industry report.

Donna has been recognized for her work and industry contributions. Two e-commerce businesses she started and led consistently rank in the “Top 50” by Internet Retailer, and another one was named “One of the Fastest Growing.” Over the years, Donna was named a “Woman of Achievement,” a “Top 25 Click and Mortar Executive,” and one of the “Top 25 Unsung Heroes of the Internet” by various organizations and media outlets. A well-known and respected industry leader, Donna has participated in numerous industry and company-sponsored speaking engagements nationwide and abroad, and also at the business schools of Columbia University and Hofstra University.

Before joining 1-800-FLOWERS, she enjoyed a successful first career as a high school teacher and non-profit administrator. Donna is an active alumnus of the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) and of Hofstra University. She serves as a member of the Executive Board of the Alumni Association of FIT; and, on various committees at Hofstra University including Women in Leadership and the Dean’s Advisory Council for the Herbert Lawrence School of Communication. She has also been a frequent guest speaker at the Zarb School of Business at Hofstra University at events for undergraduate and graduate students and alumni.

Donna was born, raised and educated in the New York City area where she still resides, and is fluent in Italian.

Case Western Reserve University: DM/PhD, 2018-2019 (Expected)
Hofstra University: MBA, 1994; MS, 1988; BA, 1986
Fashion Institute of Technology: AAS, 1983


MAUREEN P. KIEDAISCHMaureen P. Kiedaisch is Managing Director, FTI Consulting’s Forensic & Litigation Consulting segment based in New York City. Ms. Kiedaisch has more than 25 years of experience in the banking industry and focuses her practice in the financial services industry providing clients with Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering/OFAC and other regulatory compliance and operations-related services.

Prior to joining FTI Consulting, Ms. Kiedaisch held various roles at community banks that focused on operations, administration, management, and employee development. Most recently, Ms. Kiedaisch served as First Senior Vice President at First National Bank of New York, where she was a member of the senior management team providing support and counsel to executives in matters pertaining to organizational strategy, project management and human capital.

Ms. Kiedaisch established, reviewed, and implemented various policies, procedures, internal controls, and work programs as well as designed and documented process work flows. She developed and administered training materials and related initiatives relating to operations, compliance, marketing and other corporate needs. Ms. Kiedaisch reviewed audit/exam findings and designed programs to ensure necessary corrective actions were implemented.

Ms. Kiedaisch has participated in all aspects of branch operations, including establishment of new branches/site locations, competitive analysis, marketing, hiring and training of staff, and coordination of processes. Ms. Kiedaisch has also conducted transactional and employee investigations pertaining to fraudulent or suspicious activity.

Ms. Kiedaisch has extensive experience developing compliance and BSA/AML policies and procedures, performing risk assessments and evaluating and implementing internal controls. She has reviewed and modified procedures for filing of SARs, trained staff on BSA/AML regulations, provided compliance advice and guidance and reviewed advertisements and new product development to ensure compliance with regulations. Additionally, Ms. Kiedaisch was responsible for coordinating and developing a record retention program.

As an inaugural member of a “de novo” bank, Ms. Kiedaisch created a Human Resource Department from scratch. In this role, she defined, directed and implemented all human resource initiatives, including establishing policies and procedures and ensuring compliance with regulations. Ms. Kiedaisch evaluated and implemented employee benefit plans. She also managed the payroll function, benefits administration, employee recruitment, onboarding, and performance appraisal management.

Ms. Kiedaisch earned her B.B.A. in Accounting and her M.B.A. in Banking & Finance from Hofstra University.


JOANNE KRUSHJoanne Krush is Chief Financial Officer at SterlingRisk. In addition to her ongoing responsibilities, she is a member of the SterlingRisk Executive Team and participates in strategic planning and operational decisions impacting all facets of the organization. Her extensive financial management background includes Management Reporting, Strategic Planning, M&A, Budgeting and Cash Management, Internal Controls and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).

Named one of the “Top 50 Most Influential Women” by Long Island Business News, Joanne joined SterlingRisk in 2015 after having held various financial positions in the insurance brokerage industry. Most recently, she served as SVP/Finance for HUB International Northeast. Prior to HUB, Joanne was the SVP/Finance at Aon/Berkely Travel and VP/Finance at Jardine Insurance Brokers. She began her career in 1981 at Grant Thornton.

A licensed CPA and CGMA, Joanne received a BBA in Accounting from Hofstra University. She belongs to the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Institute of Management Accountants, and the New York State Society of CPAs, where she co-chairs the Nassau CFO Committee. For the past seven years, she has also served the United Way of Long Island, reviewing financial statements of member agencies.

In addition to her professional affiliations, Joanne performs community service that benefits Long Island’s most vulnerable citizens. She volunteers at both the Mercy INN Soup Kitchen in Wyandanch, NY, and the Huntington Interfaith Homeless Initiative (HIHI) and is active in the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF). With her SterlingRisk colleagues, she is pleased to serve as a 2018 Go Red for Women Honoree.


DIANA E. LAKEDr. Diana E. Lake is a medical oncologist with a practice that is devoted solely to the care of breast cancer patients. Dr. Lake's research interests involve all areas of breast cancer but focus mainly on the development of new therapies, prevention of cancer recurrence following surgery, and treatment of recurrent disease.

Working in conjunction with her colleagues on the Breast Cancer Medicine Service at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) and as the liaison in breast medicine to Cancer and Leukemia Group B (a national clinical trial cooperative research group sponsored by the National Cancer Institute), she is involved in clinical trials to develop better hormonal therapies and improved approaches to treatment before surgery.

Dr. Lake is a member of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Scientific Review Committee, and has previously served on the NIH Cooperative Group Review and its Cancer Education committees and has received the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center fellowship.

Dr. Lake holds a Bachelors of Science in Biology from Hofstra University and her Medical Degree from Chicago Medical School. Dr. Lake is a member of the Hofstra University Women in Leadership initiative. This group has provided transformational leadership and mentoring to female students and alumnae at the university. In addition, she has lectured to faculty and community members at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. Dr. Lake currently serves on the Hofstra University Board of Trustees.

In 2011, Dr. Lake was awarded the Hofstra University Annual Alumni Achievement Award in recognition of her incredible achievements in the field of medicine as well as the with the 51st Annual George M. Estabrook Distinguished Service Award.

Dr. Lake has led clinical trials and has published countless articles throughout her successful career in medicine.


TERRY LAMANTIATerry Lamantia has been providing tax advisory, accounting and compliance services to the world's largest financial institutions for the past 23 years. In addition to her day to day global client responsibilities, Terry serves on KPMG's National Banking Industry Leadership Team which sets the strategic priorities for KPMG's financial services accounts.

Prior to joining KPMG, Terry spent 16 years with other Big 4 accounting firms. Terry also practiced tax, corporate trust and estate law with a New York City law firm and worked as a financial auditor with another Big 4 accounting firm. She is an active member of the Tax Professional Liaison Committee for KPMG at the Institute of International Bankers and is an active participant of the Bank Tax Institute.

Terry serves on the Executive Committee of the Board and is the Vice Chair of Fund Development of the Greenwich United Way. She is also the Sustainer Board Representative of the Fund Development Committee of the Junior League of Greenwich, CT. Terry received her BBA and JD degrees from Hofstra University. She currently resides in Greenwich, CT with her husband and 2 children.


THERESE M. LENDINOTherese M. Lendino currently serves as Administrator for the Grand Jury Bureau of the Queens County District Attorney’s Office. Ms. Lendino has served in this role since September 2008 where she screens all cases being presented to Grand Jury and develops a case strategy with assistant district attorneys from all bureaus in the Queens County District Attorney’s Office. In addition, Ms. Lendino conducts training sessions for dozens of assistant district attorneys and is also responsible for the felony waiver program and the preparation of hundreds of indicted cases for filing and arraignment in Supreme Court. Prior to this position, Ms. Lendino served as a Deputy Bureau Chief for two Supreme Court Trial Bureaus in Queens County from December 1998 through September 2008. There she supervised assistant district attorneys in all phases of practice, including plea negotiations, the preparation of cases for presentment to the Grand Jury, and the conduct of motion practice, pre-trial hearings, and trials.

Therese Lendino started her career with the Queens County District Attorney’s Office in 1983 and has ascended to positions with increased responsibility. While there, Therese has held the positions of Supervisor for the Narcotics Trials Bureau/Supreme Court Training Bureau, Trial Attorney for the Homicide Trial Bureau, Trial Attorney for the Special Victims Bureau, as well as Supreme Court Trial Assistant, where she prosecuted dozens of felony cases annually.

Ms. Lendino earned her J.D. at Fordham University School of Law and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Hofstra University. She is a member of and volunteers with the PTA in the Malverne School District on Long Island.


TANIA LEVY-ODOMTanya Levy-Odom is the Director of Investor Relations for Time Inc., responsible for communicating with existing and prospective investors and key influencers including buy side and sell-side analysts as well as corporate governance contacts. Prior to joining Time Inc., she was a Vice President/Domestic Equity Analyst for Alliance Growth Equities, a subsidiary of Alliance Bernstein, responsible for equity forecasting and stock selection in the Consumer sector. She received her MBA in Finance from Fordham University and her undergraduate degree in Banking and Finance from Hofstra University.

Tanya Levy-Odom serves as Chair of the Council of Presidents, and served as President of the Hofstra University Alumni Organization from 2012-2014. She was the Vice President for Services from 2010 – 2012, and, previously, served as Parliamentarian/Historian.

Since graduating Hofstra University in 1990, Tanya has been active alumna, returning frequently to campus to share career advice with students and serving as a member and officer of the Black Hispanic Alumni Association. In addition to serving as a member of Hofstra University's Women in Leadership Initiative, Mrs. Levy-Odom currently serves as the Immediate Past President of the East Kings County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and Vice President of the Brooklyn Chapter of Jack and Jill of America. She has been married to Edward Odom for 20 years; they have two children.


Jacqueline LiCalzi

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.



When Michele Medaglia became president of ACC Construction Corporation 18 years ago, she was determined to turn the firm into one of the most unique construction firms in New York. Her vision for ACC was not to be the biggest, but to be the best by providing exceptional service, building spectacular projects and making ACC a great place to work.

Today, ACC is one of the leading certified woman-owned general contracting and construction management firms in New York. During Michele's tenure, annual revenues have increased tenfold, and the firm has expanded from an office interiors specialist to a full-service company with broad expertise in areas ranging from interior fit-outs to core and shell construction. The firm serves significant clients such as SL Green Realty Corp., Paramount Group, Rudin Management, MTV Networks, Columbia University Medical Center, and Jones Lang LaSalle as well as other corporate, retail, healthcare, educational and hospitality clients.

With a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Hofstra University and over 20 years in the business, Michele is one of the most visible women in construction in New York City. Her persistence and community involvement have earned her numerous awards and recognition. Ms. Medaglia was a recipient of the prestigious 40-Under-40 award featured in Crain's New York Business in 2002, the Business Achievement Award from Professional Women in Construction, the Galaxy Award from the New York Women's Agenda, and the Special Volunteer Award from Dress for Success New York. She was also named Developer of the Year by the Associated Builders & Owners and one of the Top 50 Women Real Estate Leaders by Real Estate Weekly in 2004, and received the Women of Power and Influence Award from the National Organization for Women in 2005.

Ms. Medaglia has also been recognized as one of the Top 20 Women in New York Real Estate and Construction by Development New York. In 2006 she was awarded the Founder's Award presented by The Association of Real Estate Women and the Women of Valor Award from the Capuchin Food Pantry. She was recognized as one of 2007's Women of Influence by Real Estate New York. In 2008, Ms. Medaglia was the recipient of the Good Scout Award from the Greater New York Council Boy Scouts of America. She was the recipient of the Camillo Ricordi Humanitarian Award from the Diabetes Research Institute (DRI) in 2009. Ms. Medaglia was also the recipient of the 2012 Hofstra University Alumni Achievement Award.
A famously friendly and compassionate woman, Medaglia tends to make a big impression. Her enthusiasm and drive make her a natural leader, and she has served on many boards and committees in the Real Estate Industry. From 2004 to 2005, Medaglia was president of the Association of Real Estate Women (AREW), one of the real estate industry's preeminent organizations, and one in which Medaglia is still active. She has participated in Hofstra University's Women in Leadership initiative and serves on the committee. She is also a member of Nontraditional Employment for Women Ambassador Council and serves as the Public Relations co-chair for the DRI Empire Ball.

Michele has twin 10 year olds and a supportive family who share her passion for the business. At the center of so much activity, she balances both family life and a busy work schedule and continuously keeps ACC at the forefront of the industry.


STELLA M. MENDESStella M. Mendes is a Senior Managing Directors, FTI Consulting and is based in New York. Ms. Mendes has over 25 years of banking experience. Prior to becoming a Banking Consultant, Ms. Mendes served as President & Chief Operating Officer for First National Bank (FNB). Additionally, Ms. Mendes served as the Compliance & Bank Secrecy Officer for the bank and interfaced with all phases of the regulatory process and bodies governing that activity.

In her role as the bank's Senior Compliance Officer, she was responsible for developing and implementing comprehensive compliance, risk assessment and training programs for staff and the Board of Directors. In addition, Ms. Mendes was responsible for overseeing all compliance issues, including; conducting Anti Money Laundering (AML), Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) and OFAC Compliance reviews and mock exams and preparing regulatory examinations. She also managed client relationships and branch offices. Before being named President of FNB, she served as Executive Vice President & Chief Retail Banking Officer.

Ms. Mendes has held various senior management positions throughout her banking career. Ms. Mendes was one of the principal architects of both the retail franchise and brand and an inaugural member of the executive management team of Madison National Bank. Ms. Mendes was integral in every phase of planning for the new bank. In this capacity, she oversaw all deposit gathering activities, systems, and all activities relating to the retail bank.

Previously, Ms. Mendes served as Vice President and Regional Manager for 19 branch locations with 200 employees and over 900 million dollars in deposits for New York Community Bank where she was responsible for the development, oversight and execution of objectives impacting her region. At The Roslyn Savings Bank, Ms. Mendes was a key member of the Retail Bank's administration and helped ensure adherence to the institution's commitment to service and quality through a number of programs and projects. Ms. Mendes was also responsible for the professional development and training of retail employees. Ms. Mendes was noted for her ability to trouble-shoot retail branch problems, identify weaknesses and capitalize on strengths. She authored many of the bank's key retail strategies and established an internal branch audit process to use at locations that had an identified weakness.

Ms. Mendes earned her B.S. Degree from Hofstra University. She is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish and is active in numerous professional organizations including, the New York Bankers Association and Women in Leadership, and is a Board Member at Education and Assistance Corporation.


Emily MiethnerThroughout her college career and internships, Emily found herself mentoring internship hopefuls on how to connect with companies looking for talent. As more requests flooded in, she realized that the lack of information and confidence were widespread. Wanting to bridge that gap, Emily founded FindSpark.FindSpark is a community dedicated to setting up every young creative for career success through education, events, and networking. Since forming in December 2010, FindSpark has become the largest Meetup group for interns and recent grads in the country, producing a highly curated job board and the FindSpark Membership Program.

Passionate about the power of relationships and theirpositiveeffect on our careers and happiness, Emily can be found at events, conferences and schools,speaking about the power of using social media, networking, and community to reach your goals.

She has presented at The International Young Leaders Assembly at The United Nations, SXSW Interactive, Internet Week, Social Media Week, and over a dozen colleges and universities, including Columbia University,New York University, and Pratt Institute. Miethner and FindSpark have been featured in The New York Times, U.S. News, Fast Company, andMashable.
Emily is also the founder and lead strategist at MCG SOCIAL, an agency focused on social media and event strategy whose clients past and present include Dylan's Candy Bar, Time Inc, Zynga, NBCUniversal and Chase. She is passionate about technology, education, woman's rights, and is a Board Member ofTechies Give Back.

Emily graduated fromHofstra Universitywith a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in Design where she founded The Hofstra Association of Graphic Arts and produced the college's first ever fine arts focused career event, "Not All Artists Are Starving." Learn more about Emily at emilymiethner.com.


Hillary NeedleHillary Needle, President of Hillary Needle Events Inc., has more than 20 years of senior management expertise in event planning. Her experience includes serving as the Director of Development for the American Heart Association and then as an Executive Vice President for eight years at a prominent event planning corporation active in fundraising event management for not-for-profit organizations. Hillary created Hillary Needle Events Inc. in 2009 to bring her creativity, passion and dedication directly to her clients.

Clients value her unique ability to create exciting opportunities to generate revenue and gain recognition for their events. She brings organizational skills and staffing knowledge for a broad spectrum of special events that include large galas, golf outings, networking receptions, food tastings, fashion shows, art auctions and educational symposiums. Hillary is successful in developing and implementing strategies that help organizations brand and grow existing events in addition to building an event from concept to celebration.

Relationship building between corporations and not-for profit organizations is an important factor in the overall success of events. Hillary's experience in networking and developing good matches ensures business community involvement to support the events. In fact, she considers it one of the most satisfying parts of the assignment.

Whether it is planning a special event or public relations, creativity is what distinguishes a great event from a good event. Hillary has the professional ability to organize publicity, write speeches and newsletter articles, and create published materials and event journals. In addition to her not-for-profit background, she is accomplished in medical marketing and public relations.

In 2013 and 2015, Hillary was named one of the “Top 50 Most Influential Women in Business” by Long Island Business News. This prestigious award recognizes the significant contributions of women professionals to the region’s economy and to the communities in which we do business. In 2015, Hillary was also selected as a "Long Island Power Woman in Business" by the Queens Courier Newspaper and Schneps Communications.

Hillary served as a luncheon panelist for the Mom-memtum Annual Women's LeadershipConference.  She also enjoyed her role as moderator for the Hauppauge Industrial Association's Executive Breakfast entitled “Women of Influence.” Hillary was asked to co-present a workshop for her peers: “Cultivation Before and After the Event” for the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Long Island Chapter's Annual Philanthropy Day Conference. She also served as a presenter and panelist for the Jewish Community Relations Council - LI Leadership Program comprised of representatives from nonprofits and foundations located across Long Island. One of the highlights of her professional caree is the production of the Annual Long Island Imagine Awards, now in its sixth year  – an awards gala recognizing innovation and leadership in the not-for-profit sector where $25,000 in grants was distributed to top Long Island charities.

Hillary was featured in Long Island Woman Magazine as the May 2014 “Meet this Long Island Woman.” She is Chairperson for Membership of the Nassau County Museum of Art's Corporate Committee, an active member of the Executive Women's Golf Association of Long Island as well as the Long Island Association.  Hillary is a member of the class of Molloy College's The Emergia Partnership, a leadership academy dedicated to identifying and addressing the serious, complex and multi-dimensional issues challenging the Long Island region.

Hillary is a cum laude graduate of Hofstra University with a BA in Communications/Journalism. She is proud to give back by serving as President of the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication Alumni Association, past Vice-President for Programs, Hofstra University Alumni Organization, past Co-Chair for Events on the Executive Board Committee and as Chair of the Hofstra University Women in Leadership (WIL) Campus Connections Committee. In 2014, Hofstra University presented Hillary and her mother, a past Alumni Organization President, with the Marjorie and James M. Shuart Alumni Family Award honoring a family where two or more members have been active alumni, donors and volunteers in their service to Hofstra.

Hillary served on the judging panel for the Capital One Bank Financial Literacy Challenge selection committee that awards grants to competing Long Island not-for-profits. She enjoyed her roles as Co-Chair for the American Cancer Society “Choose You” Luncheon Committee and as the event producer for the Mount Sinai Hospital Department of ENT/Oncology Golf Classic. 

Laurie Olson '87

Laurie Olson Laurie Olson is a Corporate Officer and member of the Executive Leadership Team at Pfizer Inc, a global leader in biopharmaceuticals and Fortune 50 company. As the Executive Vice President of the Strategy and Commercial Operations organization, she is accountable for strategic planning, access and reimbursement strategy, business analytics, digital/data innovation, and global commercial operations. Her division is comprised of approximately 2,000 colleagues. She is a standing member of key corporate governance bodies including the Board of Directors Science and Technology Committee, and the Big Data, Business Development, Portfolio, Disclosure and Compliance Committees.

In this role, she has been the architect of several transformative strategic initiatives including the development of technology-enabled platforms to improve R&D and commercial productivity, informing M&A and subsequent integration initiatives, re-engineering the late-phase drug development organization for improved productivity, and the re-design of the global commercial organization to streamline operations. Her consolidation of marketing and sales support functions has yielded more than $250 million in cumulative SI&A savings since 2012.

Prior to her current role, Olson served as Senior Vice President, Portfolio Management and Analysis, where she was accountable for applying advanced analytics to inform go/no go decisions on medicines in the Pfizer pipeline. She also developed a global governance process for the management of the pipeline consisting of approximately 100 medicines.

Prior to this, Olson served in domestic and global Marketing and Commercial Development roles of increasing responsibility and across diverse therapeutic areas including cardiovascular, diabetes, rare diseases, and smoking cessation. She pioneered new collaboration models between the R&D and commercial organizations and served as the US launch team leader for Lipitor, one of the most successful products in industry history.

Olson is a frequent speaker at major US and international healthcare conferences, a guest lecturer at Columbia University, and is considered a thought leader on pharmaceutical strategy, health technology, and portfolio management. She is an advocate of workforce diversity, serving as a member of the Pfizer Diversity Worldwide Leadership Committee and executive sponsor of the LGBT Pfizer Colleague Council. Prior to joining Pfizer, she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Stony Brook University and was a Phi Beta Kappa member. She received her Master of Business Administration degree in Marketing from Hofstra University.


CONSTANCE PIZARROConstance R. Pizarro (Connie) is a Certified Senior Advisor.  In the capacity, she advises senior citizens and provides resources for pertinent issues relating to health, finances, legal matters and senior living options.  Connie offers these services through her business, Oasis Senior Advisors.  Oasis Senior Advisors is a franchise, which provides a free service for families seeking help locating alternative living options for their love one, with an emphasis on assisted living and memory care communities.  Connie's business operates in Somerset, Middlesex, Mercer, Union, Essex and Morris Counties of New Jersey.

Prior to opening her own business, Connie was a Managing Director for the Bank of New York Mellon (BNYMellon), a global investment company that provides financial services for institutions, corporations, and individual investors in 36 countries and more than 100 markets. 

During her 29 year career with BNYMellon, she consistently demonstrated the ability to take on increasingly complex and challenging roles – and was afforded many opportunities to do so. Connie played a key role in the creation of BNYMellon's dedicated global testing group, organizational model, standardized test processes, and methodologies utilized today by the Testing Organization.  In her role as Group Manager for the bank's stock transfer system, Connie designed and implemented several process improvements that created significant benefits for BNY clients and employees.  Additionally, she developed and groomed many employees for promotional opportunities in the BNYMellon organization.  In 2009 and 2011, Connie was awarded the Best in Class Award by BNYMellon.  Connie served as a mentor in BNYMellon's Women's Initiative Network – Mentoring Program and as Co-Chairman of the corporation's Information Technology Diversity Council.

Connie is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.  She served as the 32nd North Atlantic Regional Director for Alpha Kappa Alpha.  In that capacity, she oversaw 138 graduate and undergraduate chapters in the sorority's second largest region.  Connie has a passion for leadership development and scholarship.  During her tenure as North Atlantic Regional Director, Connie awarded over $28,000 in scholarships for leadership development and scholastic endeavors through her endowed scholarship fund and her philanthropic commitment continues today.  Connie is a member of Nu Xi Omega Chapter, where she conceptualized the chapter's non-profit organization, P.E.A.R.L.S., Inc. and served as its first President and Incorporator.

In recognition for her outstanding community service and commitment, the Tribune Magazine recognized Connie as an African-American Leader. Additionally, she received the Ida B. Wells Community Service Award from the Metuchen branch of the NAACP and the Black Achievers in Industry Award presented by the Harlem YMCA.  Her civic and community affiliations include North Stelton AME Church, where she serves a member of the Board of Stewards, Raritan Valley Chapter of the Links, Incorporated, Women in Leadership (Hofstra University), the Senior Citizen Advisory Board of Franklin Township, the National Association of Women Business Owners (NABWO) and Business Networking International (BNI).  

A New York City native and graduate of Hofstra University with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Computer Science, Connie currently resides in Somerset, New Jersey with her husband of 31 years, Edward.  They have two children, Cameron and Crystal.


JILL M. RABINDr. Rabin is the Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine Chief, Division of Ambulatory Care and Head of Urogynecology Northwell Health. Dr. Rabin graduated magna cum laude from Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York in 1975, and subsequently earned her MD from the State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center, in Brooklyn in 1981. She then served a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine until 1985, followed by a fellowship in Urogynecology at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center from 1989 to 1992.

A Diplomat of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr. Rabin is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Urogynecologic Society and the International Continence Society. In addition, she is an active researcher, consultant, frequently invited lecturer and media spokesperson. Dr. Rabin holds seven patents and one copyright for urogynecologic medical devices. Widely published, she has authored three books, including the recently released, ‘Mind Over Bladder’, a step-by-step guide to continence. She also acts as reviewer and editor for a number of journals, such as the International Journal of Urogynecology.


ARISLEYDA RIEHLMs. Riehl joined Merrill Lynch in 1994 and focuses on using a systematic approach to developing strategies and recommendations to help clients pursue their financial goals. With over 20 years of experience in the wealth management and investment advisory services profession, Arisleyda combines her financial knowledge with a passion for helping individuals match their vision of the life they want with the way they invest it. 

Through some historically challenging markets, Arisleyda has remained steadfast, loyal and committed to helping investors with their retirement planning and investment management needs. In her relationship with clients, Arisleyda is positive, caring and enthusiastic. Her dedication and attention are critical components in helping clients prepare for life changing events affecting their family finances.

Arisleyda is a member of the Investment Management Consultant Association, the Junior League of Greenwich, the Women in Leadership at Hofstra University and the board of directors of the American Red Cross. Arisleyda currently serves as Area Governor for Rotary International. 

Arisleyda holds the Certified Investment Management Analyst® certification and the Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor SM designation from the College for Financial Planning. Arisleyda earned her M.B.A. in International Business from Zarb School of Business at Hofstra University and her B.S. degree in Finance from State University of New York at Old Westbury. Arisleyda holds the FINRA Series 7 and 66 registrations as well as life, health and long term care insurance licenses. 

Arisleyda is fluent in Spanish. She currently lives in Stamford, Connecticut with her husband Ralf. Arisleyda enjoys golf, tennis and skiing.


AMY R. SHEEHANAmy Sheehan is currently the Vice President, Human Resources for Ophthotech, a publically traded biotechnology company focused on novel therapeutics to treat diseases of the back of the eye. She heads the Human Resources department and is focusing on building the organization in anticipation of the approval of the Company’s first product for wet macular degeneration. Ms. Sheehan brings 20 years of experience in Human Resources. She started her career at OSI Pharmaceuticals, a biopharmaceutical company who developed and launched Tarceva®, a drug that was approved in 2004 for the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer. Ms. Sheehan spent 13 years at OSI in positions of increasing responsibility in Human Resources. She spent several years at Parker Hannifin in the Aerospace group as the Human Resources Head for their Electronic Systems Division. Ms. Sheehan holds a BA degree in psychology and an MS degree in Human Resources Management from Hofstra University.


KATHLEEN M. STANLEYKathleen Stanley is a senior vice president at City National Bank. With more than 25 years experience in the financial services industry, she directs a staff of eight and is responsible for the sales of treasury management products and services for the Tri-State, Mid-Atlantic and Southern markets. Prior to her time at City National, Ms. Stanley was senior VP and regional sales manager for Captial One Bank.  She launched the treasury management department for both Empire National Bank (2008-2010) and State Bank of Long Island (2004-2008) and worked as a treasury sales advisor for Bank of New York (1991-2004).

In 2009, Ms. Stanley was recognized as one of Long Island’s 40 rising stars under the age of 40; and in 2007, as a Woman of Achievement in Banking and Finance by the Long Island Center for Business and Professional Women. In 2012 she was a Butterfly Award recipient at the Inaugural Girls Incorporated of Long Island Butterfly Awards Dinner and in 2014 honored as Woman of the Year for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island. 

Ms. Stanley has a BBA in Marketing with a minor in banking and finance from Hofstra University. She is also a Certified Treasury Professional (CTP) and an Accredited ACH Professional (AAP).

Ms. Stanley is on the President’s Council of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island and is president of Hofstra University’s Zarb Business School Alumni Association. She is an avid supporter of the NSLIJ Katz Women’s Hospital and sits on their Commerce and Industry Committee.

She is married to husband Bill, a Hofstra alumnus and has a 16-year old daughther, Kayla and 13-year old twins, Ava and Brendan.  Outside of the office, Ms. Stanley can be found running for several nonprofit charities.  She has completed seven full marathons and more than 20 half marathons, raising over $100,000.