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
I 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, where I met my husband to be, Rob. I transferred to Hofstra where I graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Art and Design in 1981. We have 2 grown sons and my daughter who is in college.
I started my career as a graphic designer, advancing to art director at a NYC publishing company where I worked for 14 years. When my children were young I freelanced as a designer and photographer. Over the years my work has been in magazines, used on book covers and as the back drop for a dance performance. For the past 12 years I have committed my time to mixed media collage, digital photomontage and photography from my studio in West Chelsea. I am a member of Pleiades Gallery and I have launched 4 solo shows, my work has been included in group shows at galleries and museums, nationally and internationally and is included in many private collections. I am honored to be included in the 2020 LIBiennial at Heckscher Museum in Huntington running 10/15- 01/10/21.
I serve on the board of the Hudson Guild, a community based settlement house in Chelsea, NY where I have been a trustee since 2005.
TRACEY ANT '87
The 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 Archer leads the Washington, DC office of Russell Reynolds Associates, and is the co-leader of the firm’s global Nonprofit Sector. She works closely with clients to recruit C-suite executives and advises boards around leadership assessment and succession in the private and nonprofit sectors. Kimberly focuses on external affairs recruitment inclusive of fundraising and development, corporate communications and marketing, advocacy and policy.
Kimberly has more than fifteen 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. Kimberly serves 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 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 Berk is a Human Resources Consultant who works with organizations facing disruption, growth and change.
Her career has included a range of roles created at times of critical business transformation. As Group Talent Partner for WPP, she supported three Chief Client Officers and the company's top 50 global client leaders as the company became more client-centric. As Chief Employee Experience Officer, she reported to the agency’s Chief Executive Officer during a challenging leadership transition.
Celia was the first Chief Talent Officer for Young & Rubicam Group, where 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. She 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 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 and around NYC singing the Great American Songbook. GramercyNightingale.com
LYNN A. BOCCIO, ESQ. ’78
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 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.
MELANIE MOORE CARPENTER ’95, ’97
Melanie Moore Carpenter (B.B.A. ’95, M.B.A. ’97) is a Managing Director at i-advize Corporate Communications, Inc., an investor relations agency she formed in 2000 as the first to focus exclusively on the Latin American market. Some of her clients include the largest publicly-traded companies in Mexico, Brazil, Peru, Argentina and Colombia, as their U.S. IR counsel and representative to the Wall Street community. She was a scholarship member of the Hofstra Women’s Basketball Team from 1991-1995 and a Graduate Assistant of the Hofstra Recreation & Intramurals Dept. from 1995-1997, earnings a Bachelors in Business Administration, International Business in ’95 and an M.B.A. in Finance in ’97. She was a member of the Hofstra Business Consulting Team and the President of Hofstra’s Graduate Women in Business. Melanie is fluent in Spanish, French and Portuguese. She lives in Monmouth Beach, New Jersey with her husband Matthew (B.B.A. 96’, Men’s Basketball) and their two teenage children.
DIANA CECCHINI ’85 ’97
Diana Cecchini is CFO/VP of Finance at Korg USA, a national distributor of musical instruments and music products. A 30-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 Diamond is the National Practice Leader of USI Consulting Group’s Private Client & Executive Benefits division. With over 40 years of experience Donna leads a seasoned team of insurance specialists to provide businesses and high net worth clients with innovative solutions that meet their needs while accomplishing strategic goals and objectives.
As a Wealth Transfer and Life Insurance Advisor, Donna provides her high net worth clientele with the confidence and control they need to realize their financial legacy. As a Practice Leader, Donna directs her team of private wealth professionals in exposing hidden risks, detecting disparities and identifying opportunities to craft comprehensive, personalized plans that ensure and protect client assets.
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 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 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 is responsible for several of the company’s strategic initiatives including mergers and acquisitions, corporate-wide change management, process reengineering, expense management. She also manages the Compliance, BSA and Customer Service areas for the bank. Maria had previously managed the Retail and Ethnic Markets, Business Banking, Government Banking, Digital Banking, Human Resources, Marketing, Sales and Operations for the Bank. Maria has been in the banking business for more than 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, where she oversaw an organization of 102 branch locations that served the personal and small business banking needs of customers in those markets.
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 throughout the years. 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 was honored by the United Way of Long Island with the Anthony J. Stupore Memorial Live United Champion Award. Maria has a BBA in Finance from Hofstra University and an MBA in Marketing from Adelphi University.
EVELYN HARRISON ’84
Evelyn Harrison joined IVERIC bio (formally Ophthotech, Corp) in August 2007 as the Chief Operating Officer and is currently the SVP, Chief Clinical Operations Officer. She brings more than 26 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® 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 ophthalmology, bone-marrow transplantation, organ transplantation, oncology, virology and gene therapy.
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 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. 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 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 M. Iucolano, PhD is an accomplished marketing, e-commerce, and digital business transformation executive turned business advisor, professor, researcher, and writer. Since 2014, she has leveraged her deep corporate experience on behalf of students as a popular adjunct professor of marketing at the Zarb School of Business at Hofstra University. Donna’s approach successfully combines the practical and the academic to help better prepare students for leadership roles in an increasingly social, political, technical, environmental, and economical complex world where all stakeholders deserve value.
Prior to academia, Donna enjoyed a 20+ year industry career marked by many firsts and transformative accomplishments. She held senior executive roles at five New York City area private and public companies (1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Scholastic, IMP/International Master’s Publishers, New York & Company, and Weekly Reader) operating in three industries (specialty retail, media/publishing, and women’s apparel and accessories) where she started and led new initiatives, and grew divisional revenues from a good idea to $400+ million annually.
Donna’s research interests focus on concurrent positive/negative consequences of rising hyperconnectivity with an emphasis on consumer versus firm empowerment, tensions between consumers and firms over personal data exchanges and privacy, and the impact of consumer activism on management decision-making.
Donna is an active three-time alumnus of Hofstra University with a BA, MS, and MBA from the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, School of Education, and Zarb School of Business, respectively. In 2019, she earned a PhD in Management (Designing Sustainable Systems) from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Over the years, Donna has served on numerous Hofstra committees and is currently a member of the University’s Women in Leadership initiative and the Dean’s Advisory Board for the Herbert School of Communication.
MAUREEN P. KIEDAISCH '93, '98
Maureen P. Kiedaisch is Senior Managing Director at FTI Consulting with more than 25 years in the financial services industry with experience in operations, compliance, management, human resources and training. She focuses her practice on compliance, administrative and operations-related services.
Ms. Kiedaisch has worked on matters related to developing and evaluating policies, procedures, processes, and controls to ensure compliance and best practices as well as create efficiencies. She has supported clients assess risks and build a governance framework. 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.
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, ensuring compliance with regulations and conducting investigations. Ms. Kiedaisch evaluated and implemented employee benefit plans. She also managed the payroll function, benefits administration, employee recruitment, onboarding, and performance appraisal management. She guided and counseled managers regarding employee relations, career paths, disciplinary actions, and all other human resource matters.
JOANNE KRUSH ’79
Joanne Krush is Chief Financial Officer at SterlingRisk, a national, privately-held insurance broker. 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 a focus on strategic planning and M&A (having led or participated in over 30 acquisitions), FP&A and cash management with oversight of the 401k plan, all internal/external reporting, auditing and taxes.
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 including SVP/Finance for HUB International Northeast, SVP/Finance at Aon/Berkely Travel and VP/Finance at Jardine Insurance Brokers. She began her Public Accounting career in 1979 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.
In addition to her professional affiliations, Joanne is active in 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). She has also served the United Way of Long Island and Imagine Awards, reviewing financial statements and applications of member agencies.
With her SterlingRisk colleagues, she was pleased to serve as a 2018 Go Red for Women Honoree.
DIANA E. LAKE ’68, MD
Dr. 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 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
Tanya 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 an Associate Jewel Life Member 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 is a Managing Director, Global Head of Regulatory Relations, 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. She is also Chair of Morgan Stanley’s Political Action Committee.
Ms. LiCalzi joined Morgan Stanley in 2006 from Credit Suisse where she was the Counsel to the Global Head of Compliance. Prior to that, she was an in-house litigator at UBS Financial Services and PaineWebber, and a Litigation Associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell, 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 Executive Sponsor of Morgan Stanley’s LGBT employee network, and is on the Senior Leaders Advisory Council for the Firm’s Institute for Inclusion. Ms. LiCalzi was one of the recipients of the Firm’s John J. Mack Leadership Award.
She earned her JD from Fordham University School of Law, and a BA from Hofstra University (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Woman of the Year). Jackie is a member of the Board of Directors of TDF (fka Theatre Development Fund) and is a member of both the Women in Leadership and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Advisory Boards for Hofstra.
STELLA M. MENDES '09
Stella M. Mendes, CAMS, is a Senior Managing Director and Co-Leader of the Financial Services Practice at FTI Consulting, focusing on financial institutions, bank governance and regulation. She has more than 25 years of diverse banking industry experience and is based in New York.
Since joining FTI Consulting, Ms. Mendes has led numerous BSA/AML reviews for banks, money service businesses, and other financial services providers. Ms. Mendes has established and enhanced BSA/AML/OFAC policies, procedures, and processes to ensure compliance with regulations and has led several compliance “look-back” reviews. Ms. Mendes 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. She 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. In addition, she assists clients with fair lending, CRA, UDAAP, TILA, Regulation O, and other regulatory compliance matters.
Prior to joining FTI Consulting, Ms. Mendes served as President and Chief Operating Officer for First National Bank of NY (FNBNY). Additionally, Ms. Mendes served as the Compliance & Bank Secrecy Officer for the Bank, interfacing with regulatory agencies and coordinating all communications and the regulatory exam process.
In her role as the bank’s Senior Compliance Officer, Ms. Mendes 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 (include structuring transactions to evade reporting). In addition, she conducted Anti Money Laundering (AML), Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) and OFAC Compliance reviews and mock exams in preparing for regulatory examinations. She also managed client relationships and branch offices.
Ms. Mendes also 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 work flows. In addition, in her 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 also serves on the Board of Trustees at Hofstra University
EMILY MIETHNER '10
Emily Miethner is passionate about empowering people to achieve their goals, which she does as a serial entrepreneur, an adjunct professor, and an award-winning professional speaker.
Through her company FindSpark, a community dedicated to connecting employers to top diverse early-career talent, Miethner has produced more than 250 educational career programs and campaigns. She has cultivated an active digital and in-person community of over 30,000 students and young professionals and top employers including NBCUniversal, Yelp, L'Oreal, Grey, Bustle, and IPG Mediabrands — inspiring career optimism in diverse young professionals around the world with actionable, career-changing tips and resources.
MCG Social, the consulting branch of FindSpark, provides community strategy, production, marketing, and social media expertise to agencies and brands. Their clients include Elizabeth Arden, Trojan, NBCUniversal, IFC, and FirstMark Capital.
Her newest venture Travel Cat is a high-growth, 7-figure global direct-to-consumer and wholesale pet product company specializing in travel gear for cats. The brand has become the #1 cat travel brand in the world, in large part due to Miethner's community, social media, and digital marketing efforts.
Emily can be found at events, conferences, and universities, leading talks and workshops about personal branding, internships, social media, and networking. She's been a featured speaker at The International Youth Leaders Assembly at The United Nations, SXSW Interactive, Lean In NYC, Internet Week, Time Inc, Sony Music, Columbia University, Yale University, Ringling College of Art & Design, and New York University, among others.
A sought-out social media and networking expert and thought leader, Miethner has been featured in The New York Times, VICE, Fast Company, Wall Street Journal, Vogue, GLAMOUR, and on Good Morning America.
An Adjunct Professor since 2014, Emily teaches career and social media skills to a range of students at School of Visual Arts and Fashion Institute of Technology and has her certificate in Diversity & Inclusion from Cornell University.
Emily is also a member of the Hofstra University Women in Leadership Alumni Association and the Hofstra University NextGen Advisory Board Member.
HILLARY SEROTA NEEDLE '89
Hillary 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. She has been featured for her experience with virtual events and fundraising in Long Island Business News and in LIBN|NOW, LIBN's weekly livestream webinar series. 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 has twice presented at the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Long Island Chapter's Annual Philanthropy Day Conference. Hillary 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.
Hillary Needle, President of Hillary Needle Events Inc., has more than 25 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 live or virtual 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. She enjoys her role as a featured correspondent for House Magazine’s video interview series and as a producer for a regional philanthropy podcast.
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 was featured in Long Island Woman Magazine as the May 2014 “Meet this Long Island Woman.” She is a member of the Nassau County Museum of Art’s Corporate Committee and an active member of the Long Island LPGA Amateur Golf 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 serves as President of the Hofstra University Alumni Association, representing 141,000 Hofstra graduates in all 50 US states and more than 100 countries. She is immediate past President, The Lawrence Herbert School of Communications Alumni Association. She also held the following leadership roles as Vice President for Programs, Hofstra University Alumni Organization, 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. She is also a proud member of the Alpha Theta Beta sorority, Hofstra’s oldest fraternal organization.
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 the Long Island Museum.
MAUREEN PARADINE ’89
During 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
Dr. 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 four books, including ‘Mind Over Bladder’, a step-by-step guide to continence (e-book released 9/2020, hard copy 12/22/2020, mindoverbladderbooks.com).
She also acts as reviewer and editor for a number of journals, such as the International Journal of Urogynecology.
ALYEAH RAMJIT '15
Alyeah E. Ramjit, MS, MHA has served in healthcare for 10 years beginning her career as an Emergency Medical Technician in the City of New York. She currently serves as the Associate Director and Chief of Staff to the Chief Transformation Officer at Mount Sinai Health System and President of Mount Sinai Morningside. Her prior experience involves serving as the Administrative Manager for Northwell Health’s Mobile Integrated Healthcare/Community Paramedicine Program where she oversaw programmatic design and care management of the Advanced Illness population through the use of pre-hospital care providers. Prior to her time with Northwell Health, Ms. Ramjit further gained experience as a Project Manager, Integrated Care with the Suffolk Care Collaborative overseeing the creation of an integrated delivery service using PCMH accreditation to create practice transformation, IT/provider integration, community engagement, network development and performance and quality improvement. In addition, Ms. Ramjit has experience in Medicare Part D, Hospital and Long-Term Care & Rehabilitation and operations.
In addition to her vast experience in healthcare, Ms. Ramjit serves as an Advisory Board Member and Clinical Assistant Professor with the Master of Health Administration Program, Program in Public Health at Stony Brook University. Ms. Ramjit serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board for the School of Health Professions and Human Services at Hofstra University and is currently the Co-Chair of Hofstra University’s Alumni Organization Scholarship and Fundraising Committee. She is the Founding President of the Master of Health Administration Alumni Association at Hofstra University. Her additional volunteer activities include serving as Vice President with Healthcare Leaders of New York, member of the American College of Healthcare Executives. She is a recipient of the American College of Healthcare Executives 2018 Early Career Healthcare Executive Regent’s Award and the 2020 ACHE Recognition Award for Chapter Service.
Ms. Ramjit is a two-time graduate of New York Institute of Technology holding a Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences/Biology and a Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition. She also holds a Master of Health Administration with Distinction from Hofstra University as well as obtaining Certificates in Executive Healthcare Leadership and Healthcare Change Leadership from Cornell University.
ARISLEYDA RIEHL ‘94
Arisleyda joined Merrill Lynch Wealth Management in 1994 after interning with the Firm during graduate school. Her long tenure in the industry has given her witness to a variety of challenging markets and economic landscapes. The lessons she has learned have proven invaluable as she helps guide clients through today’s complex, ever changing investment environment on the path to achieving their most cherished financial goals.
In addition to working with a diverse clientele, Arisleyda has a nuanced understanding of the needs of professional women who in recent years have become a stronger financial force. With longer life expectancies, women are spending more years in retirement and are faced with increased health care costs and greater exposure to the effects of inflation on their long-term savings. Working together, Arisleyda strives to help them achieve greater financial freedom and build a life in retirement that suits their unique objectives and helps eliminate the possibility of outliving their wealth.
Giving back to the community in which she lives and works is a priority for Arisleyda. She is currently a member of the Investments & Wealth Institute™ (The Institute), the Junior League of Greenwich, the Women in Leadership at Hofstra University, Rotary International, and the board of directors at Building One Community, an organization, an organization dedicated to the advance of successful integration of immigrants and their families. She also serves as a mentor with Starfish Connection, an organization providing mentorship, guidance and advocacy for underserved students in the Stamford area. Arisleyda was named to 2019 Bank of America Volunteer Honor Roll for her hard work and dedication to the community,
After receiving her bachelor’s degree in Finance from the State University of New York at Old Westbury, she earned her M.B.A. in International Business from Hofstra University’s Zarb School of Business. In addition to earning the Certified Investment Management Analyst® (CIMA®) certification and the Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor SM (CRPC®) designation from the College for Financial Planning and the Certified Plan Fiduciary Advisor (CPFA) credential from National Association of Plan Advisors (NAPA), Arisleyda holds the FINRA Series 7 and 66 registrations as well as life, health and long term care insurance licenses. Arisleyda is among a select group of financial advisors specialized in defined contribution plans who deliver non-discretionary investment advice to retirement plan advisors. She is also fluent in Spanish.
Arisleyda currently lives in Stamford, Connecticut with her husband, Ralf. In her spare time she enjoys playing golf, skiing and spending time with her friends and family.
AMY R. SHEEHAN '01
Amy Sheehan is currently the Senior Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer for IVERIC bio, a publicly traded biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of novel treatment options for retinal diseases with significant unmet medical needs. Vision is our Mission. She heads the Human Resources department and is focusing on creating and sustaining a culture, and building a skilled and diverse talent pipeline that will bring the organization to its next phase of development. Ms. Sheehan brings over 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 also 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. She also has completed the certificate courses for Cornell’s Industrial Labor Relations Human Resources Management program and participated in the Center for Creative Leaderships Human Resources Leadership Development Program.
KATHLEEN M. STANLEY '91
Kathleen 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.