KINGSBOROUGH COMMUNITY COLLEGE FOUNDATION BOARD MEMBERS
The Kingsborough Community College Foundation is the tax exempt 501(c)(3) philanthropic organization through which individuals, foundations and corporations can make tax exempt gifts to benefit our students, faculty and college. It is governed by an independent Board of Trustees elected on a rotating basis.
The KCC Foundation Board of Trustees represents the commercial, financial, publishing, philanthropic, utilities, legal, real estate, health care, community development, and public relations industries of New York City. Alumni and college faculty and administration also serve on the Board. In Fiscal Year 2010, 95% of the Board of Trustees made donations to the KCC Foundation.
Michael Courtien, Chair
Mr. Courtien is the Vice President of Customer Meter Services. In this position with National Grid he manages the collections, meter reading, billing, mandated meter work and customer generated meter work processes. He joined National Grid, formerly known as Brooklyn Union, in 1979 as a Management Trainee in the Customer Field Services Department. Mr. Courtien volunteers for the Junior Achievement Elementary School program and is also a Coordinator for the Good Shepherd Church Children’s Ministry program. He graduated from St. Francis College with a B.S. in Business Management and also attended the Michigan Ross School of Business for Finance for Non-Financial Managers.
Regina Peruggi, President
Dr. Peruggi is the current and first female President of Kingsborough Community College located in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn. A native New Yorker, Dr. Peruggi has served as President of Marymount Manhattan College and the Central Park Conservancy. Within the City University of New York (CUNY) college system, she has held positions as University Associate Dean for Adult and Continuing Education and Director of York College Community’s Learning Center. Dr. Peruggi currently Chairs the Board of the Women’s Commission for Refugee Women and Children and serves on the Board of Managers of the Havens Relief Fund Society. Additionally, she is a member of the boards of Berkeley College, the Academy of Mount St. Ursula High School, the Brooklyn Economic Development Corporation, the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, the North Fork Bank Foundation and the International Longevity Center. Dr. Peruggi received her Ed. D. from Columbia University’s Teachers College, her M.B.A. from New York University and her B.A. in Sociology from the College of New Rochelle.
Robert V. Edgar, Vice Chair
Having joined The New York Community Trust in 1984, Mr. Edgar is currently the Vice President of Donor Relations for the organization. He is the Trust’s principal contact for major donors and is involved with its new business initiatives. Mr. Edgar previously held the position of Director of Development for an international eye-care nonprofit and was a Development Officer for a performing arts center. He currently serves as a Board Member for the Memton Fund and the Clinton Hall Association. In addition to being a founding Trustee of the Berkshire-Taconic Community Foundation, Mr. Edgar serves as a Trustee of the Board of Foreign Parishes, and is on the advisory board of the Singapore Community Foundation.
William Correnti, Secretary/Treasurer
Mr. Correnti currently holds the position of Executive Director of Finance for Kingsborough Community College. In his capacity as a Board Member for the Kingsborough Community College Foundation, he serves as the Secretary-Treasurer. Mr. Correnti received his B.S. from St. John’s University and his A.A.S. in Accounting from Kingsborough Community College.
Dr. Elizabeth Basile, Executive Director
Dr. Basile is the current Associate Dean of the Office for College Advancement at Kingsborough Community College and also serves as the Executive Director of the Kingsborough Community College Foundation. During her 24-year tenure at Kingsborough, she has held a number of positions including: Counseling Coordinator for the COPE Program; Director of the Liberty Partnerships Program; Assistant Director of the Admissions Information Center; and Director of Career Development including Transfer, New Start and Scholarship Opportunities programs. Dr. Basile is a Member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the American Association of Community Colleges, the Council for Resource Development, and Women in Development. She received her Doctoral Degree in Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, her M.S in Education from Saint John’s University, a second M.S. in Education from the College of Staten Island, her B.A. from the College of Staten Island and her A.A from Staten Island Community College.
Joan Bartolomeo, Trustee
Ms. Bartolomeo joined the Brooklyn Economic Development Corp., (BEDC) in 1984 and has served as the organization’s President since 1989. Newly located on the campus of Kingsborough Community College, BEDC is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to business development and job creation and retention in Brooklyn. BEDC provides services in the areas of loan packaging, real estate site identification, commercial and retail development, entrepreneurship, school-to-work transition, red-tape cutting and numerous other activities. Ms. Bartolomeo is a former member of Brooklyn’s Community Board 10, and has previously held the positions of Vice-President and Secretary of BROOKLNWORKS, Brooklyn’s business-to-business trade exposition. She is involved with a number of non-profit organizations in Brooklyn. Ms. Bartolomeo received both her M.A. in Urban Studies and B.S. in Biology from Long Island University.
Scott C. Cantone, Trustee
An experienced government executive and attorney with 15 years of public service, Scott served in both the administrations of New York City Mayors Bloomberg and Giuliani. He served in the cabinet of Mayor Giuliani where he was responsible for overseeing the administration's federal, state and city legislative affairs and was Special Counsel to the Deputy Mayor for Operations. As First Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS), Scott was the Chief Operating Officer of a City agency responsible for managing the city’s real estate portfolio, citywide procurement, and the civil service system. Most recently, Scott was an executive at Forest City Ratner Companies where he developed comprehensive public relations strategies and managed government, community and media affairs. Scott has also held numerous positions with the State Legislature in Albany and has managed and consulted many local, city- and state-wide political campaigns. He holds a Juris Doctor from the City University of New York School of Law, a BA in Political Science and Communications from the State University of New York at Albany and is also a Kingsborough Community College alumnus.
Michael Correra, Trustee
For the past 15 years, Michael Correra has been the owner of Michael Towne Wine Liquors located in Brooklyn Heights. He received an M.B.A. in Business from Wagner College and is also an alumnus of Kingsborough Community College. For the last two years, Mr. Correra has also been the Executive Director of the Metropolitan Package Association, a 400-store trade conglomerate and advocacy group representing wine and liquor retailers in eight New York State counties. The association has existed for 76 years and remains the largest throughout the state.
James A. Cross, Trustee
Jim has been an active member of the energy industry for over 20 years and has held diverse positions at National Grid and its legacy companies (starting with Brooklyn Union as a management trainee) in the fields of engineering, marketing, finance, risk management, business development, and energy supply. His professional expertise includes the Northeast energy markets and associated deal structuring, asset optimization, risk management, and forecasting.
In his current role as Vice President in the Customer Organization at National Grid, Jim leads an organization of over 70 business professionals responsible for conducting market research; managing customer-related data and systems; performing advanced analytics, modeling, and forecasting; developing metrics and reporting performance; and administrating all utility retail access programs whereby customers purchase their electric and/or gas commodity from non-utility suppliers.
He graduated with a Masters of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering in 1991 from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art and earned an MBA in Finance from Fordham University in 1998. Jim has served on the Edison Electric Institute’s Economic Policy Advisory Group and on the National Energy Marketers Association’s Executive Committee. His personal interests include exercise, medieval weapons, mythology, physical sciences, game theory (and associated games of strategy and skill) and ancient history. Jim also enjoys home repair projects and cooking.
Jim was raised in Brooklyn’s Marine Park neighborhood where he still resides.
Tom Early, Trustee
Mr. Early is the Executive Director of Health Plus, a not-for-profit, multi-cultural health insurance organization providing free or low cost coverage to over 300,000 children and adults in New York City and Nassau County. Offering government sponsored health insurance for uninsured and under-served families since 1984, the organization delivers access to and coordinates care through its network of nearly 4,000 primary care providers and over 12,000 specialists. Partnerships with many community based organizations and providers have helped Health Plus achieve its mission of providing as many New Yorkers as possible with health insurance and access to quality health care.
William Keller, Trustee
Mr. Keller currently holds the position of Vice-President for Administration & Finance at Kingsborough Community College. Previously, he served as Vice-President of the Consulting Division of Gartner, Inc., a technology research and advisory company. Prior to his work at Gartner, Mr. Keller served as Deputy Commissioner of the NYC Department of Information Technology & Telecommunications (DoITT). Mr. Keller has also been the Chief Operating Officer of the New York City Health & Hospital Corporation’s Metropolitan Hospital Center. He also served as: the Chief Administrative Officer in the Municipal Finance division of Lehman Brothers: a management consultant with Deloitte & Touche: a NYC Urban Fellow, a National Teacher Corps Intern and a secondary high school social studies teacher. Mr. Keller received his M.B.A. in Management from NYU’s Stern School of Business, his M.A. in Teaching from SUNY Albany and his B.A. cum laude in history and urban studies from the University of Pennsylvania.
John Manbeck, Trustee
John Manbeck, professor emeritus, taught English and Journalism at Kingsborough Community College for 32 years. Prior to that, he taught for two years at Helsinki University (Finland) for on a Fulbright teaching grant. He served as Brooklyn Borough Historian from 1993-2002, appointed by the Borough President. He has held several city and state appointed positions and still serves on advisory and foundation boards. He has written/edited seven books about Brooklyn, writes a weekly column, “Historically Speaking” for The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, and has appeared in television, radio and podcast documentaries about Brooklyn on PBS, A&E and Discovery channels. For over 20 years, he has been giving talks on Brooklyn for The New York Council for the Humanities. His website is , registered with The Authors’ Guild.
M. Michel Orban, Trustee
Ms. Orban is a founding member and partner of RRE Ventures, an information technology venture investment firm. RRE Ventures establishes corporate alliances and sales and marketing agreements for portfolio companies to grow their revenues. Prior to her current position, she was a senior advisor to Bristol-Myers Squibb Company from 2005 to 2008. Ms. Orban has also held executive positions with American Express Company. She is a Member of the Boards of the Coro Leadership New York, the Economic Club of New York and Women’s Forum.
William Rapfogel, Trustee
Mr. Rapfogel is the Chief Executive Officer for the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty. Previously, he served as the founding Executive Director of Institute for Public Affairs, the think tank and advocacy arm of Orthodox Union, in Washington, D.C. Mr. Rapfogel has written for The New York Times and has worked in the journalism and publishing sectors. He attended Columbia University, Yale University and Brooklyn College.
Will Schwalbe, Trustee
Mr. Schwalbe is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of . Prior to that, he served as Senior-Vice-President and Editor-in-Chief of Hyperion Books. He is the co-author, with David Shipley, of SEND: Why People Email So Badly and How to Do it Better (Knopf 2007, 2008; Vintage 2010). Mr. Schwalbe also serves on the Board of Governors of Yale University Press. He graduated from Yale University.
Mark F. Seruya, Trustee
With over 26 years of experience in the banking industry, Mr. Seruya is currently a Senior Vice-President for Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. His team manages approximately $2 billion in client assets. Clients include both high Net Worth families and small institutions. Mr. Seruya is a Kingborough alumnus.
Joanna L. Silver, Esq., Trustee
Ms. Silver is a Partner in the higher education group at the law firm of Cullen and Dykman LLP. Since 1997, Ms. Silver has advised the Firm’s higher education clients on a range of matters including academic and college affairs; student and residential life; formation of entities and foundations; provision of services to students and staff with disabilities; immigration; intellectual property; FERPA, records and transcript issues; internal grievance and disciplinary procedures; discrimination and Title IX issues; school policy development and implementation; regulatory matters; construction; financial aid; and accreditation and recertification.
Ms. Silver’s interest and involvement with the practice of higher education law began following her first year of law school when she interned for The State University of New York’s Office of University Counsel in Albany, New York. Following her second year of law school, Ms. Silver interned with the United States Department of Education’s Office of the General Counsel in Washington, D.C. After graduating from law school, Ms. Silver joined Cullen and Dykman’s higher education group in the Firm’s Brooklyn Heights office. She was elected Partner in January 2005.
Ms. Silver is a graduate of The State University of New York at Binghamton (B.A. 1993) and The State University of New York, University at Buffalo Law School (J.D. 1997). She is an active member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys and the American Immigration Lawyers Association and previously served as a Trustee for the Old Westbury College Foundation, Inc. (2006-2009).
James Slattery, Trustee
Mr. Slattery currently serves as the President of the Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project, representing the poor in Brooklyn in a pro bono capacity. Until his retirement in March 2011, he was a Senior Partner at Cullen and Dykman, LLP, located in downtown Brooklyn, and had been with the law firm since 1969. With 35 years of experience in the higher education field, Mr. Slattery headed Cullen and Dykman’s higher education and non-for-profit practice group. While he was with the law firm, he was a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA) and previously served on the Editorial Board of NACUA’s official publication, The Journal of College and University Law.
Kelly Sullivan, Trustee
Ms. Sullivan is the Senior Managing Director for Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher, a communications firm based in New York City. She works closely with SIRUS XM Satellite Radio and assisted with their 18-month merger review. Ms. Sullivan’s clients include MGM Mirage, TIAA-CREF, CenturyLink, FedEx, Bertelsmann, EDF and North General Hospital in Harlem. She graduated from Georgetown University with a B.A. in American Government.