Joan Bartolomeo, Chairperson
Joan Bartolomeo joined the Community Development Department of Signature Bank in October of 2013, after serving for 29 years with Brooklyn Economic Development Corporation (BEDC), the last 23 years as its president.
At Signature Bank, she works to form strategic partnerships to meet the credit needs of individuals, businesses, municipalities and community-based organizations. In this capacity, she serves as the community’s link to the expertise and financial products that the Bank offers. The Community Development Department is also committed to becoming a part of the community on behalf of the Bank through involvement in community activities and by serving on the boards of community-based organizations. Through their active participation at the local level, Signature Bank has developed a first-hand understanding of the banking needs facing our neighbors and communities.
Joan Bartolomeo joined the Brooklyn Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) in 1984, matching her personal and professional interest in community and economic empowerment with an organization equally dedicated to working in that arena. BEDC is dedicated to business development and job creation and retention in Brooklyn, with services in the areas of small business lending, commercial and retail development, entrepreneurship, commercial revitalization and numerous other activities.
Ms. Bartolomeo is also involved with a number of not-for-profit organizations in Brooklyn, and is a founding board member of New Partners for Community Revitalization, which arose from the Pocantico Roundtable on Brownfields, in which she participated. She also serves on the Brooklyn Public Library Success Council, on the board of the Kingsborough Community College Foundation, and on several boards relating to SUNY Downstate Medical Center’s biotechnology initiatives. Ms. Bartolomeo is a lifelong resident of Brooklyn. She obtained her B.S. in Biology and her M.A. in Urban Studies from Long Island University, where she received a Distinguished Alumni Award in 2001.
Farley Herzek, President
Farley Herzek returns to his native Brooklyn after working an educator in Southern California for 34 years. Most recently, he served as interim president for Los Angeles Harbor College (11,000 students) ‐ Los Angeles Community College District. He has also served as interim president of East Los Angeles College (35,000 students) and vice president of academic affairs for the Desert Community College District. During that time he provided leadership for the facilities design and instructional planning for two brand new campuses in the Coachella Valley.
He also served as the dean of the School of Trades and Industrial Technologies and interim provost for the Long Beach Community College District. Mr. Herzek’s K‐12 experience includes serving as the assistant director of Career and Technical Education and as a full‐time faculty member for Long Beach Unified School District.A product of the New York City public school system and the City University of New York, he attended Brooklyn College and earned his Bachelor of Science degree from City College of New York. He completed his Master of Arts degree and Teaching Credential in Technology Education at California State University Long Beach and his Professional Clear Administrative Services Credential from the University of La Verne.
Mr. Herzek is the past chair of the National Legislative Committee for the Association of Career and Technical Education. He has served on the board of directors for the Harbor City/Harbor Gateway Chamber of Commerce and Long Beach Hillel. He is a member of the Hispanic Association for Colleges and Universities (HACU). He has served on the Long Beach Area COMPACT and was the executive director for the Long Beach Industry Education Council ‐‐ two Long Beach non‐profit agencies that were responsible for connecting Long Beach’s educational institutions with local business and industry. He received the Outstanding California Community College Administrator of the Year award from the California Industrial and Technology Education Association. Mr. Herzek is first generation American. His father immigrated to the United States after being liberated from a concentration camp at the end of World War II. His father learned English at a New York City adult education program in order to get his first job in America as a butcher. Mr. Herzek is the first in his family to graduate college.
Suzanne M. Murphy, Vice President
Suzanne M. Murphy became Vice President for Development and External Affairs at Teachers College in February 2008. Prior to working at Teachers College, Ms. Murphy served as Vice President of College Resources at Sarah Lawrence College, and as Vice President of External Affairs and Enrollment Services at Marymount Manhattan College. She also taught intensive summer courses in reading and writing to students in Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP); created a similar program for economically disadvantaged children who did not meet HEOP poverty requirements; and coordinated Marymount’s program in alcoholism and counseling. Ms. Murphy holds a B.A. degree from Marymount Manhattan College and both Ed.M. and M.A. degrees from Teachers College.
Dr. Elizabeth Basile, Executive Director
Dr. Basile is the current Vice President 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.
Gina Argento, Trustee
Ms. Argento is the CEO of Broadway Stages, one of New York City’s largest full-service film, television, and music video production facilities. Founded in 1983 by Tony Argento, Broadway Stages spans more than half a million square feet covering 27 stages and support facilities. The company has earned a golden reputation among the largest movie studios and major television networks. Today, Broadway Stages is home to award winning shows, numerous music videos, blockbuster movies, including "The Good Wife," "Royal Pains," "Blue Bloods," "Believe," "Us and Them," "Unforgettable" and "Hostages."
Ms. Argento is currently a board member of the Greenpoint Chamber of Commerce. She also serves on the Board of Managers of the Greenpoint YMCA and EWVIDCO—a membership organization that promotes the development and retention of production, manufacturing and industrial service businesses in order to strengthen neighborhoods in North Brooklyn and surrounding communities.
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 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 and risk management, and forecasting. In his current role as Vice President at National Grid, Jim leads an organization responsible for managing customer-related data and systems; performing advanced analytics, modeling, and forecasting; and developing metrics and reporting performance.
He graduated with a Masters of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art and an MBA in Finance from Fordham University. Jim has served on the Edison Electric Institute’s Economic Policy Advisory Group and on the National Energy Marketers Association’s Executive Committee.
Michael Farmer, Trustee
Michael Farmer is Chairman of Farmer & Company, a strategy consulting firm for advertising agencies and their clients. Farmer & Company seeks to bring improved management disciplines and metrics to advertising agencies to deal with the dramatic strategic changes in their industry – particularly the introduction of new media and the 20-year history of declining fees, driven by client procurement departments.
Previously, Mr. Farmer was a consultant with The Boston Consulting Group and subsequently a Director of Bain & Company. He was with Bain & Company in Boston and Europe, and he headed (in turn) the Munich, Paris and London offices during Bain’s period of European expansion.
Michael Farmer has served as Associate Dean for Policy and Resources at the Harvard School of Public Health. He spent 5 years in the U.S. Navy as a Weapons Officer on destroyers and as Professor of Naval Science, Iowa State University.
He has lived and worked in the USA, Brazil, Switzerland, Turkey, Germany, France and the UK.
Michael Farmer was an honors graduate of Princeton University and of Harvard Business School, where he graduated with highest honors as a Baker Scholar.
Juliet Lewis, Trustee
Ms. Lewis is an experienced executive with more than thirty years of experience in community, public, government, and media relations. In her current position with Con Edison of New York, Ms. Lewis manages Brooklyn-based community relations. Previously, she oversaw community relations in Staten Island for the company. In this capacity, Ms. Lewis develops internal and employee relations, reviews funding proposals from nonprofit organizations, and conducts presentations on Con Edison programs, such as Energy Efficiency, to community organizations.
Ms. Lewis maintains community affiliations with the following: Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce ( Co-Chair of the MWBE Committee and member of the Government Affairs Committee); North Brooklyn YMCA, Board Member; (Fund Development Committee member); Brooklyn Community Services, Board Member; Cave Canem, Board Member; and American Association of Blacks in Energy, Member.
Ms. Lewis holds a B.S. in Communication Arts (1981) from St. John’s University, and a M.S. in Health Services Administration (2002) from Central Michigan University.
Steven V. Maksin, Trustee
Mr. Maksin is Managing Partner at Maksin Legal Group and heads the firm’s New York practice. He is also the founder and CEO of Moonbeam Capital Investments (MCI), a fully integrated, self-managed private equity fund. Born in Kiev, Ukraine, Mr. Maksin was 21 years old when he first came to the United States. As an undergraduate at Kingsborough, he majored in Liberal Arts and distinguished himself as a top student.
After graduating from Kingsborough in 1992, Mr. Maksin went on to graduate cum laude from New York University’s Stern School of Business in 1994. He earned a law degree from Benjamin M. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University in 2000 and an LL.M. in taxation from New York University School of Law in 2002.
John Manbeck, Trustee
John Manbeck, professor emeritus, taught English and journalism at Kingsborough Community College for 32 years and founded the Kingsborough Historical Society in 1972. Prior to that, he taught English philology for two years at Helsinki University (Finland) on a Fulbright teaching grant. He served as Brooklyn Borough Historian from 1993-2002, appointed by Borough President Howard Golden, as chairman of the Mayor’s Advisory Committee to the Municipal Archives from 1997-2002, and on the board of the New York State Local History Advisory Council, 2002-2005. He has held several other city and state appointed positions and still serves on advisory and foundation boards including the board of Friends of Thirteen (PBS). He has written/edited nine books about Brooklyn, wrote a weekly column for The Brooklyn Daily Eagle for eight years and has appeared on television, radio and podcast documentaries about Brooklyn on PBS, A&E, Discovery and History channels. For over 20 years, he has given talks on Brooklyn for The New York Council for the Humanities. He is past president of the Kingsborough Community College Foundation board. His website is www.johnbmanbeck.net, registered with The Authors’ Guild.
Eduardo Rios, Trustee
Currently serving as Kingsborough’s Vice President of Finance and Administration, Eduardo Rios has extensive executive experience within the City of University of New York. Prior to his current appointment, Mr. Rios served as Assistant Vice President for Finance and Business Services at the College of Staten Island (CSI), and he has also held senior positions at the City College of New York and the CUNY Graduate Center. Mr. Rios graduated from the College of New Rochelle with a B.A. in Psychology. A proud CUNY graduate, Mr. Rios also received an A.A. in Marketing Management from New York City Technical College. Mr. Rios has served on the CSI Foundation Finance and Investment Committee; the CSI Association Board of Directors (President’s Designee and Treasurer); and the CUNY Council of Business Managers, and many other college-wide and CUNY-wide committees.
Born in Brooklyn, Frank A. Ruggiero attended Kingsborough and is now the owner and manager of Delta Phase Electrical Corporation—a Brooklyn-based, full-service electrical contracting company serving the five boroughs and Long Island. The company delivers high-end electrical contracting services to commercial and residential clients. Mr. Ruggiero, who co-founded the business twenty-two years ago, takes pride in maintaining outstanding client relationships and delivering the highest quality services.
Mr. Ruggiero is an active member of the Italian Cultural foundation at Casa Belvedere. The foundation works to preserve and promote an appreciation of Italian culture and heritage. He is a member of the Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Development Corporation whose mission is to help businesses in Sunset Park, Red Hook and Gowanus neighborhoods grow and provide employment for local residents. Frank is also a member of the 12:30 Club, fostering trade and commerce within the Bay Ridge community for 75 years. In 2014 Frank was named Man of the Year by the Brooklyn Italians Soccer Club for his hard work and dedication to his community. Frank lives with his wife Rosemarie in Marine Park, Brooklyn; together they raised three wonderful sons. In his free time Frank is an avid golfer, enjoys skiing and playing tennis.
Currently Vice President, Retail Market Manager at Investors Bank, Roni Shoyfer is an experienced banking professional. Mr. Shoyfer has a strong track record of increasing sales, improving client retention, growing the customer base, and employee development. Prior positions include Store Supervisor at TD Bank and Assistant Vice President, Assistant Branch Manager at both TD Bank and Herald National Bank. Mr. Shoyfer graduated from Sinai Academy High School in Brooklyn and attended LaGuardia Community College in Queens and the School of Visual Arts in New York. He is multi-lingual, speaking Russian and Hebrew as well as English. Mr. Shoyfer currently lives in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn.
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.
Alec Teytel is a distinguished banking executive with over 20 years in the industry. In his current role as Vice President, Branch Manager at TD Bank, which he has filled for over five years, he is responsible for business development, staff management and overall implementation of corporate goals and vision. Previous positions include Senior Vice President, Managing Director with Herald National Bank; Branch Manager at Commerce Bank; and Vice President, Business Relationship Manager with HSBC Bank USA. Mr. Teytel is President of the Bensonhurst Business Club and a Board Member of the Jewish Community Center of Bensonhurst. Over the years he has received numerous awards in recognition of his leadership and service to his community. He holds a Certificate in Financial Planning from the College for Financial Planning in Denver, Colorado; an AS in Business Administration from Berkeley College of Business in New York and a BS in Business Science from the State University of Kiev in Ukraine. Mr. Teytel is fluent in English and Russian and lives in Marine Park, Brooklyn.
David Woloch is Executive Vice President, Division of External Affairs at the Brooklyn Public Library (BPL)—the fifth largest public library system in the US—where he oversees government and community affairs, marketing and communications and development. In his time with the library, Mr. Woloch has led an overhaul of Library press function, developed a Library-wide communication plan and increased positive press coverage for the Library and its staff. He was also at the forefront of developing the Library’s first strategic plan. Prior to his work with BPL, Mr. Woloch spent 10 years as Deputy Commissioner/Policy Advisory for the New York City Department of Transportation where he managed communications, legislative affairs, intergovernmental relations and graphic services for the 4,000-person city agency; provided guidance to the department’s borough offices; developed new initiatives and oversaw the implementation of a number of key agency projects. While at the DOT, he was named one of the 20 most influential non-elected persons in City Government by City Hall newspaper.
Mr. Woloch is an adjunct professor at The New School; he serves on the board of multiple associations and non-profits; coaches youth baseball, basketball and soccer; and has volunteered for a number of political campaigns. David has a Masters in Public Policy with a concentration in Urban Development from Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government and a BA in History from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. He currently lives in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.