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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 JONES ADLER '81

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 ANT '87

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 ARCHER '95

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 more than thirteen years 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. BATTLE '01

TAKITA W. BATTLETakita Battle is an accomplished and experienced fundraising professional with over 19 years of experience in the nonprofit and for-profit sectors nationally and internationally with management and leadership experience. As director of corporate and federated memberships, 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 daughter Rylynn and son Caleb.


CELIA I. BERK '79

CELIA I. BERKCelia Berk is Group Talent Partner, WPP reporting to the Chief Client Officer and working with the company’s global account teams. For three years in parallel, she was also JWT's Chief Employee Experience Officer. Reporting to the CEO, that role focused on ensuring the work lives of JWT employees were as rewarding as possible while serving as company ombudsman.

In 2009, Celia created the role of Chief Talent Officer for Young & Rubicam Group. She worked 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 for more than ten years, serving three Chief Executive Officers during a period of significant change for strategic communications companies and their clients.

Celia spent ten years at Reuters America. Her last position was as Senior Vice President, Organizational Planning. She joined Reuters from The Commonwealth Fund, where she was Administrator of the Harkness Fellowships.

Celia holds a B.F.A. from Hofstra University, serves on the school’s Women in Leadership initiative and received a 2013 Alumni Achievement Award. A Founding Member of the Advisory Council of the National Executive Service Corps, Celia also sat on the Global Advisory Board for Wharton's Future of Advertising Project. She 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 SAG/AFTRA, Actors Equity and the National Arts Club. She can be found in NYC singing the Great American Songbook. GramercyNightingale.com


LYNN A. BOCCIO, ESQ. ’78

LYNN A. BOCCIO, ESQ.

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.


BETH CAREY ’94

BETH CAREY Beth Carey is a Senior Editorial Producer at HLN/CNN Headline News. She produces several of the network's popular true crime docuseries including Lies, Crimes, & Video, Real Life Nightmare and Sex & Murder. Her responsibilities include producing episodes and booking guests for these series, in addition to developing talent for future programs.

Prior to working on docuseries, Carey produced HLN’s live news legal analysis programs, Crime & Justice with Ashleigh Banfield and the long running cable hit, Nancy Grace. For these shows, she also booked key newsmakers. Carey was also an integral part of Nancy Grace's high-rated coverage of the Casey Anthony and Jodi Arias trials.

Carey came to HLN from Court TV where she developed her fascination for crime stories and a passion for our justice system. For almost seven years, she was a producer for the network’s legal news program, Catherine Crier Live. During her tenure, she covered some of the biggest trials in recent history including Scott Peterson, Michael Jackson, Robert Blake, and Andrea Yates.

Before joining Court TV, Carey worked for WNBC-TV's Health & Science Editor, Dr. Max Gomez. She wrote and produced 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 cooking programs as well as their celebrity talk show, Bill Boggs Corner Table. At Bill Boggs Corner Table, she traveled to our country's top restaurants and profiled Hollywood legends that include Sophia Loren and Robert Duvall.

Ms. Carey earned a B.A. in Communication Arts from Hofstra University. She resides in New Jersey with her husband Bill Niebuhr and their children, Caitlin and Christopher. When she is not busy with her two kids or producing television, she enjoys singing in a local rock cover band called The Struggle.


DIANA CECCHINI ’85 ’97

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.


DONNA DIAMOND ’86

DONNA DIAMONDDonna Diamond is Chief Operating Officer and Practice Leader of both the Private Client Services and Retirement Plan Services practices. Donna pioneers thought leadership, technological innovation and client management at the firm. Donna’s administrative leadership role includes overseeing the compliance, IT, and accounting services for the company, providing tactical objectives to deliver tech support, services, and training.

Additionally, Donna guides the professional staff’s consulting and administrative services regarding company-sponsored retirement plans, fiduciary and investment advisory services. Because of her efforts, clients enjoy a unique combination of ‘business smart’ plan design, and a superior level of administrative services.

As a Wealth Transfer and Life Insurance Advisor, Donna helps a sophisticated clientele plan, reach, and exceed their financial objectives.  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.

Donna graduated from SUNY Stony Brook with a Bachelor of Arts in Multidisciplinary Studies and earned her MBA in Management Information Systems from Hofstra University (’86).


PINDA ENG ’94

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 GRASSO ’86

MARIA GRASSOMaria A. Grasso is Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Corporate Secretary of Flushing Financial Corporation and Flushing Bank. She joined the Bank in 2006 as Chief Operating Officer and was elected Corporate Secretary in 2007. Maria has managed the Retail Bank, Ethnic Markets, Business Banking, Government Banking, Internet Banking, Human Resources, Marketing, Sales and Operations of the Bank. Recently, she assumed responsibility for several of the company’s strategic initiatives including process reengineering, expense management, customer service and corporate-wide change management. Maria has been in the banking business for 30 years, beginning her career with Chase Manhattan. 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.

Maria is currently a member of the National Board of the American Kidney Fund, President of the Hofstra University Zarb Business School Alumni Association, and a former Chair of United Way of Long Island’s Board of Directors and former chairperson of the Retail Banking Division Committee for the New York Bankers Association. Charitable organizations have benefited from Maria’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.  Maria recently received the Anthony J. Stupore Memorial Live United Champion Award at the United Way Long Island Luncheon.   Maria has a BBA in Finance from Hofstra University and an MBA in Marketing from Adelphi University.


EVELYN HARRISON ’84

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.


KATHERINE A. HEPTIG ‘00

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. HINDIN ‘82

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.


DAPHNE JACKSON HORNBUCKLE ’86

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.

Degrees:
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. KIEDAISCH '93, '98

MAUREEN P. KIEDAISCHMaureen P. Kiedaisch is Senior Managing Director at FTI Consulting with more than 25 years of experience in banking and focuses her practice in the financial services industry providing clients with regulatory compliance, Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering/OFAC compliance and operations-related services.

Ms. Kiedaisch has worked on matters related to supporting financial institutions develop a policy and procedure framework and governance structure. She has been engaged on a variety of matters for banks and money service businesses, including working directly with regulators, on BSA/AML monitorships, independent reviews and transaction lookbacks. She has extensive experience developing and evaluating policies, procedures, processes, and controls to ensure compliance with regulations and best practices as well as create efficiencies.

Prior to joining FTI Consulting, Ms. Kiedaisch held various roles at banks that focused on banking operations, compliance, administration, management, and employee development. In her most recent role, she was a member of the senior management team providing support and counsel to executives in matters pertaining to organizational strategy, project management, regulatory exam response and human capital.

Ms. Kiedaisch established, reviewed, and implemented various policies, procedures, processes and internal controls, as well as designed and documented process workflows. She developed and administered training materials and related initiatives pertaining to operations, compliance, marketing and other corporate needs. Ms. Kiedaisch reviewed audit/exam findings and designed programs to ensure necessary corrective actions were implemented. She conducted a loan review and analysis project to ensure the loan processes implemented covered applicable regulations and bank procedures, and that internal controls were sufficient to mitigate risks.

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.

Ms. Kiedaisch served in various roles implementing integration activities for bank mergers. Some of those activities included coordinating systems data validation to ensure accuracy for the unification of the databases, conducting reviews to implement policies, procedures and products, training staff and maintaining status reports and timelines in the role of project manager.

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 KRUSH ’79

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. LAKE ’68, MD

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 LAMANTIA '81, '86

TERRY LAMANTIATerry Lamantia has been providing tax advisory, accounting and compliance services to the world's largest financial institutions for over 25 years. In addition to her ongoing global client responsibilities, Terry serves on KPMG's Market Development Leadership Team which sets the strategic priorities for KPMG's Banking and Capital Markets non-audit clients.

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 is a member of Hofstra University’s Women’s Advisory Board and a Board member of the KPMG Foundation.   In addition, she serves as Vice Chair on the Board of Directors of YWCA Greenwich.  Terry is also the Co-President of the Greenwich High School Parent Teachers’ Association.  Terry received her BBA and JD degrees from Hofstra University. She currently resides in Greenwich, CT with her husband and 2 children.


TANYA LEVY-ODOM ’90

TANIA LEVY-ODOMTanya Levy-Odom is a Director on BlackRock's Investment Stewardship (BIS) team in the Americas. She has coverage responsibility for the Consumer Sector. BIS evaluates the corporate governance of companies in which BlackRock invests, including environmental and social factors material to a company's business operation. Prior to joining the BIS Americas team, Ms. Levy-Odom served as the Executive Director of Investor Relations for Time Inc.; additionally she served as the firm's Corporate Social Responsibility Officer. Prior to joining Time Inc., she was a Vice President and Domestic Equity Analyst for Alliance Growth Equities, a subsidiary of Alliance Bernstein, responsible for equity forecasting and stock recommendations 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 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 an active member and Past President of the East Kings County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., as well as the Lead Teen Advisor of the Brooklyn Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. She has been married to Edward Odom for over 25 years; they have two children.


JACQUELINE O. LICALZI ’85

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.


STELLA M. MENDES '09

STELLA M. MENDESStella M. Mendes, CAMS, is a Senior Managing Director and Co-Leader of the Financial Services practice at FTI Consulting. She has more than 25 years of diverse banking industry experience and is based in New York.

Ms. Mendes leads her team on BSA/AML reviews for banks, money service businesses, and other financial service providers. She instills strong leadership and work-life balance for her team to enhance productivity and teamwork. Since taking a leadership role, the practice has grown tremendously in terms of both staff and engagements.  Her efforts both in the office and her community allow her to be a well-known leader in the banking industry.

For clients she has established and enhanced BSA/AML/OFAC policies, procedures, and processes to ensure compliance with regulations. She has also led multiple compliance “look-back” reviews. She consults with clients on BSA and anti-money laundering best practices and performs reviews and enhancements of BSA/AML/OFAC Risk Assessments and conducts anti-money laundering investigations as part of governmental investigations. Ms. Mendes provides advisory services on regulatory responses, anti-money laundering training to banks and other financial services firms and gives webinars on regulatory compliance best practices. She also assists clients with fair lending, CRA, UDAAP, TILA, Regulation O, and other regulatory compliance matters.
Prior to joining FTI, Ms. Mendes served as President and Chief Operating Officer for First National Bank of NY (FNBNY).  Ms. Mendes also served as the Compliance & Bank Secrecy Officer, interfacing with regulatory agencies and coordinating all communications and regulatory exam processes.

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 money laundering, terrorist financing activity, and violations of the BSA (including structuring transactions to evade reporting). She has also conducted Anti Money Laundering (AML), Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) and OFAC Compliance reviews, as well as, mock exams in preparation for regulatory examinations.

Ms. Mendes has extensive bank operations experience. She established, reviewed, and implemented various policies, procedures, internal controls, and work programs as well as designed and documented process workflows. In a previous capacity as a senior manager at a commercial bank, Ms. Mendes was responsible for the audit function, reviewed audit/exam findings and designed programs to ensure necessary corrective actions were implemented. She has been a core integration team member for three bank mergers, where she conducted due diligence for the compliance program; material contracts; and customer base and sales. In addition, she conducted skillset assessments and coordinated integration activities and training.

Ms. Mendes earned her B.S. Degree from Hofstra University. She is CAMS–certified, fluent in Portuguese and Spanish and is active in numerous professional organizations including, Hofstra Women in Leadership, New York Bankers Association, the American Bankers Association and The Cancer Center for Kids. She is also a Board Member at the Hofstra University.

EMILY MIETHNER '10

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 SEROTA NEEDLE '89

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. Hillary is often quoted in Long Island Business News and Long Island Pulse Magazine.
 
In 2013 and 2015, Hillary was named one of the “Top 50 Most Influential Women in Business” by Long Island Business News and in 2019 she was inducted into the Hall of Fame. This prestigious award recognizes the significant contributions of women professionals to the region's economy and to the communities in which we do business. LIBN also featured Hillary in the 2017 & 2018 Who's Who in Women in Professional Services issues. In 2015, Hillary was selected as a “Long Island Power Woman in Business” by the Queens Courier Newspaper and Schneps Communications.
 
Hillary has presented workshops for her peers at the annual "Fundraising Forum" conference hosted by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Long Island Chapter. She participated an alumni panel career snapshot event presented by the Hofstra University's Lawrence Herbert School of Communications titled "The Power of Possibility," where she and a distinguished group of communications alumni offered advice and reflected on their career paths, trials and successes. Hillary served as a luncheon panelist for the Mom-mentum Annual Women's Leadership Conference. She also enjoyed her role as moderator for the Hauppauge Industrial Association's Executive Breakfast entitled "Women of Influence." 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 career is the production of the Annual Cerini & Associates Long Island Imagine Awards, now in its 8th year - an awards gala recognizing innovation and leadership in the not-for-profit sector where nearly $200,000 in grants has been 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 Long Island LPGA Amateur Golf Association and the Long Island Association. Hillary is member of the 2016 class of Molloy College's The Energeia 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, The Lawrence Herbert School of Communications Alumni Association. She is the immediate past Vice President for Programs, Hofstra University Alumni Organization, past Co-Chair for Events on the Executive Board Committee and as an active member of the Hofstra University Women in Leadership (WIL) group. 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 is also an artist whose oil paintings have been featured in several exhibitions and she is a member of the Art Guild of Port Washington, the Huntington Arts Council and LIMarts Long Island Museum.


MAUREEN PARADINE ’89

MAUREEN PARADINEDuring a career that has spanned more than 27 years, Maureen Paradine has been recognized as an innovator and a pacesetter in the fields of human resources, psychological testing and employee benefits.  Her experience and her talents for implementing and optimizing transformational programs, next-generation processes and advanced technologies have been instrumental in the professional growth of thousands of employees as well as the success of several companies.

1-800-FLOWERS.COM is the leading gourmet food and floral gift provider for all occasions and as Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Maureen is responsible for all HR activities for the company’s 3,000 employees worldwide.  Most recently, she spearheaded enhancement of 1-800-FLOWERS.COM’s health and welfare benefits plan, implementing the Willis Towers Watson Benefit Marketplace.  The Benefit Marketplace enables employees to customize their own benefits portfolio based on their individual needs, enabling them to select from a wide variety of product offerings ranging from medical, dental and vision plans, to life insurance, disability, and flexible spending accounts as well as voluntary products such as accident coverage, hospital coverage and other benefits options.  Implementation of the Marketplace at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM involved close collaboration with the vendor along with extensive configuration, logistics and testing of technology systems.  Maureen and her team also created and launched a multi-tiered communication strategy to inform and educate employees about the platform.  Successful implementation of the Marketplace has resulted in cost effective streamlining of the 1-800-FLOWERS.COM health and welfare benefits program while providing a more robust and diverse menu of benefits choices for the company’s employees enterprise-wide.

Prior to joining 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Maureen was Vice President of Human Resources at The Hain Celestial Group, a leading natural and organic food and personal care products company.  While at Hain, she implemented a cutting-edge technology platform for benefits, HRIS (Human Resource Information System), policies, pay grades and payroll that resulted in streamlined processes, increased operational efficiencies and substantial cost reductions.

Maureen received her BA in Business from Hofstra University and her Masters in Industrial Psychology from New York University.


JILL M. RABIN ’75 MD, FACOG

JILL M. RABINDr. Rabin is the Vice Chair, Education and Development, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Northshore University Hospital/LIJ Medical Center, Northwell Health

Co-Chief, Division of Ambulatory Care, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Northwell Health Section Head, Urogynecology, LIJ Medical Center

Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

Professor, Center for Health Innovations and Outcomes Research, Feinstein Institute for Medical Research

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 eight patents and one copyright for urogynecologic medical devices. Widely published, she has authored three books, including the  ‘Mind Over Bladder’, a step-by-step guide to continence.  Mind Over Bladder revised edition will be released in the spring of 2020.

She also acts as reviewer and editor for a number of journals, such as the International Journal of Urogynecology.


ARISLEYDA RIEHL ‘94

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. SHEEHAN '01

AMY R. SHEEHANAmy Sheehan is currently the Senior Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer for IVERIC bio, a publically traded gene therapy focused company developing innovative treatments for patients with orphan inherited retinal diseases with significant unmet medical needs. She heads the Human Resources department and is focusing on building the organization in anticipation of bringing gene therapies to the clinic over the next several years. 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. STANLEY '91

KATHLEEN M. STANLEYKathleen Stanley ’91 is currently a Segment Executive at Sterling National Bank. With more than 20 years experience in the financial services industry, Kathleen is responsible for the Law Firm Banking, Non-Profit, Property Management, Public and Municipal Finance, CRA and Treasury Management groups. Prior to joining SNB, Kathleen led Treasury Solutions for the East Coast for City National Bank and the Cash Management sales team for Capital One's Northeast Commercial Bank. She launched the Treasury Management Department for both Empire National Bank (2008-2010) and State Bank of Long Island (2004-2008).

In 2009 she 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 Kathleen was a Butterfly Award recipient at the Inaugural Girls Incorporated of Long Island Butterfly Awards Dinner and most recently as Woman of the Year for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island.

Kathleen 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). Kathleen was President of Hofstra University’s Zarb Business School Alumni Association and is an avid supporter of the NSLIJ Katz Women’s Hospital and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island.