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.
Rachel Forsyth, Senior Division Director, Partnership Schools, joined the Good Shepherd Services (GSS) leadership team in January 2004, when she took immediate leadership of opening a Bushwick Academy Off-Site Suspension Program. In that position, Rachel had overall responsibility for the operational management of community-based programs and worked with program staff to develop and integrate new program models into the current community-based structure, as well as monitor the effectiveness of current services. In 2005, as GSS launched our transfer school replication activities, Ms. Forsyth became Director of Transfer High Schools. In 2015, she became Senior Division Director, Partnership Schools, and in 2017, she began to supervise GSS' Brooklyn LifeLink, Young Adult Borough Centers, and Rebound programs. In this capacity, Rachel provides overall leadership in the running of GSS partnership high schools and the above-mentioned programs as well as GSS' intermediary role in supporting the agency's transfer high school model at non-GSS schools. In addition, Rachel assesses service delivery needs, makes recommendations for change, initiates new program development and oversees budgeting. Prior to joining GSS, Rachel spent four years as Director of Crisis Services, and a member of the Executive Council of Covenant House. Her career at Covenant House began in 1994 as a Resident Advisor for older male youth, and she held progressively more responsible positions each year, including being Deputy Director of Research from 1997-1998, Deputy Director of Outreach from 1998-1999, and Director of Program Development from 1999-2000. Rachel has both a Master of Public Administration Degree, with a concentration in Finance from Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs, and a Master of Social Work Degree from Fordham University. Rachel is also a certified Social Work Field Instructor for Fordham University.
Born and raised on St. Croix, the largest of the United States Virgin Islands, Dr. Claudia V. Schrader took the helm as president of Kingsborough Community College in September 2018.
Dr. Schrader is a graduate of Rutgers University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Africana Studies. She received a Master of Arts in Special Education and a Master of Education in Instructional Practice in Special Education from Columbia University, Teachers College, where she also earned her Doctor of Education degree in International and Transcultural Studies. Additionally, Dr. Schrader participated at the Institute for Educational Management at the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University.
Most recently, Dr. Schrader served as provost and senior vice president for academic and student success at Bronx Community College (BCC) of The City University of New York, where she worked with 15 academic departments and a host of programs and affiliated centers to increase student engagement and retention. She previously served as vice president for academic affairs & provost at BCC and associate provost for academic development at William Paterson University of New Jersey.
Dr. Schrader worked at Medgar Evers College of The City University of New York for 12 years, as an associate professor with tenure in the department of education; deputy department chairperson and National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) coordinator; assistant provost for assessment, research, institutional and student success; and as associate provost of academic affairs.
She has taught primarily subjects related to special education and preparing pre-service teachers at Teachers College, Columbia University, Bank Street College, and the College of New Rochelle, in addition to Medgar Evers College.
Her professional service includes serving as a peer evaluator for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education; membership on the American Association of Community College's (AACC) National Council for Black American Affairs; and a 3-year term on the AACC Commission on Diversity, Inclusion and Equity.
A member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority for 26 years, Dr. Schrader is an active member of its Eta Omega Omega chapter in the Bronx, where she serves as chairperson of the leadership committee.
Dr. Schrader has been an avid supporter of the Habitat for Humanity Global Village Program since 2006, with whom she has spent summer vacations building houses in Brazil, El Salvador, Vietnam, South Africa, Ghana, Kenya, Ethiopia, Bali, Malawi, Zambia and Thailand.
A KCC alumnus, Dr. Alexander is the director of Infection Prevention and Control at New York City Health and Hospitals/Harlem, having previously worked in infection control at Mount Sinai Health System. In addition, she is an adjunct lecturer in biology at KCC. Born and raised on Union Island, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Alexander came to the U.S. to pursue her college education.
After graduating from KCC in 1998 with a degree in biology, she earned a bachelor of arts in biology/chemistry from Hunter College, a master of public health from East Stroudsburg University, a master of science in medical microbiology from Richard L. Conolly College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and a doctorate of public health from New York Medical College Graduate School of Health Sciences and Practice & Institute of Public Health. As director of Infection Prevention and Control, her duties require that she research, evaluate, and incorporate evidence-based protocols into routine practice. She also consults and collaborates with community health organizations and local, state, and federal public health officials to advocate for patient safety, health worker safety, and safe practices.
Joan Bartolomeo was promoted to Director of Community Development, Vice President of Signature Bank in April 2022, after serving several years as the Department’s Assistant Director. She joined the Bank in 2013, after serving for 29 years with the not-for-profit Brooklyn Economic Development Corporation (BEDC), the last 23 years as its president. At Signature Bank, she has been committed to engaging the community on behalf of the Bank, through involvement in activities such as financial literacy education, Women and Minority entrepreneurship, and expansion of affordable housing. She also serves on the boards of several locally-focused not-for-profit organizations. Through these activities, she worked to ensure the Bank is meeting its lending, investment and service obligations under the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA).
Joan is a career-switcher, working for several years in medical research following her BS in Biology from Long Island University, until her interest in all things urban – architectural, cultural, sociological and political – impelled her to seek a Master’s Degree in Urban Studies. Following graduation under a National Science Foundation fellowship, she embarked on a new path towards community-building projects and the not-for-profit sector. Work in that area gave her the skills to build a bridge to her work at Signature Bank, which she finds personally and professionally gratifying
Dr. Kwesi W. Blackman was born in Georgetown, Guyana and raised in Flatbush, Brooklyn, NY. After graduating from Clara Barton High School in June 2001, Dr. Blackman joined the United States Army in September 2001. Dr. Blackman served as a Field Artillery Sergeant in the United States Army 10th Mountain Division, deploying twice in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, 2003-2004 (Kirkuk, Iraq) and 2004-2005 (Baghdad, Iraq). After being honorably discharged from the United States Army, Dr. Blackman earned his Associate's of Science degree in Biology from Kingsborough Community College (‘07), in Brooklyn, NY, and his Bachelor's of Science degree in Biology from Northeastern University, in Boston, MA. He is a graduate of Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, DC. He also holds a Masters of Business Administration from Long Island University, in Brooklyn, NY. Dr. Blackman completed his medical training in Internal Medicine at SUNY Downstate/Kings County Hospital, and currently works as an Attending Physician in the Department of Internal Medicine at New York Presbyterian-Brooklyn Methodist Hospital serving the Brooklyn community. Dr. Blackman currently resides in Brooklyn with his wife, son, and twin daughters.
A former district leader and longtime community advocate, Diaz is currently the associate commissioner of special initiatives for the NYC Department of Homeless Services. She is also the former New York City councilwoman for Brooklyn’s 37th district, which includes Brownsville, Bushwick, City Line, Cypress Hills, East New York, and Ocean Hill.
“I am a firm believer that education is the key to success. Which is why I am glad to have been chosen to join the Kingsborough family — a family with strong beliefs in providing students with the tools needed to be successful in life,” said Diaz.
“As a board member, I hope to promote the importance of higher education throughout many communities. They deserve the opportunities offered at Kingsborough Community College,” she added.
Born in Brooklyn to Puerto Rican parents, Diaz currently resides in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Cypress Hills. She earned an associate degree in liberal arts from Long Island University and a bachelor’s degree in human services from Boricua College. Her personal experience overcoming homelessness, and as a domestic violence survivor, provides Diaz with a unique insight into addressing the adversities of these vulnerable groups, including the increasing number of CUNY students facing housing insecurity.
Mary Theresa Ortiz is a full-time faculty member in the Biological Sciences Department here at Kingsborough Community College. Her degrees include a B.S. in Biology & Mathematics from Wagner College, as well as a M.S. and Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Rutgers University. Before coming to Kingsborough Community College in 1993, Mary was a Research Scientist in Biomedical Engineering and Computer Operations at the New York State Institution for Basic Research, as well as an Adjunct Lecturer at New York City Technical College and The College of Staten Island. She has also worked as a Thesis Advisor and Mentor for the Graduate Physician Assistant Program at Wagner College/Staten Island University Hospital. Additionally, she worked for 15 years as an Emergency Medical Technician with the Staten Island Emergency Medical Training Center, and served for a number of years as a Certified Instructor Coordinator. Here at Kingsborough, she has served on numerous departmental and college-wide committees; currently she is a Course Coordinator of College Now Science I and a member of the Planning Committee for the Kingsborough Early College Secondary School. Academic and other honors include: 2003 KCC "Favorite Teacher" Nominee, several awards with the Who's Who publishing company, and a Catechetical Medal of Honor from the Archdiocese of NY.
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.
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.
Dr. Scott Stimpfel oversees Learning & Development globally for Citi's corporate and investment bank. He holds an adjunct faculty appointment at New York University's (NYU) Stern School of Business where he teaches courses on professional responsibility and leadership. Prior to joining Citi, he was the Associate Dean of NYU's School of Professional Studies (SPS) Division of Programs in Business and Assistant Dean of Student Engagement and Innovation for NYU Stern School of Business.
Dr. Stimpfel sits on the board of the I Have a Dream Foundation (NYC) and Resources for Educational and Employment Opportunities (REEO). He co-founded REEO, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is committed to empowering underserved community college students. Dr. Stimpfel is the recipient of the Manhattan Institute's Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award and the NYU-Satter Foundation's Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
Dr. Stimpfel attended Pasadena City College before transferring to the University of Southern California. He graduated from the University of Southern California, summa cum laude, with a B.S. in Business Administration. He earned an M.B.A. with a dual specialization in Corporate Finance and Entrepreneurship & Innovation from NYU's Stern School of Business. He holds an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education.
Dr. Stimpfel is a member of the American Association of Community Colleges, Alpha Gamma Sigma, Phi Kappa Phi, and Beta Gamma Sigma.
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.
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.