Suzanne M. Murphy, Chairperson
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.
Juliet Lewis, Vice Chairperson
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.
James A. Cross, Treasurer
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.
Dr. Claudia V. Schrader, President
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
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
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
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
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.
Joan Bartolomeo, Trustee
Joan Bartolomeo joined Signature Bank as Assistant Director of the Community Development
Department in October 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 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 locally-focused not-for-profit organizations.
Her many years of expertise in community and economic development enhances Signature
Bank's understanding of the banking and financial needs facing the organizations and
communities within the Bank's service area, which includes New York City, Long Island,
Westchester, and Fairfield County, Connecticut.
Joan Bartolomeo joined 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 was founded in 1979 with the mission to foster 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 involved with a number of not-for-profit organizations in New York
City. She serves on the Brooklyn Public Library Success Council, as an advisor and
judge for the BPL's Power Up! Business Plan Competition, on the board of Bridge Street
Development Corporation in Brooklyn, and on several boards relating to SUNY Downstate
Medical Center's biotechnology initiatives. She recently completed her term as Chair
of the Board of Trustees of the Kingsborough Community College Foundation, Ms. Bartolomeo
is a lifelong resident of Brooklyn. She is married to former Brooklyn Assemblyman
James F. Brennan. 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.
Rachel Forsyth, Trustee
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.
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.
Nicoletta Pallotta, MD, LCSW-R, Trustee
Dr. Nicoletta Pallotta is a long-time Brooklyn resident who has been an active member
of the borough's mental health care community for over three decades. A graduate of
Brooklyn College, Dr. Pallotta also received her medical degree from Chieti University
in Italy, and a Master of Arts in Social Work from Hunter College.
Dr. Pallotta is committed to offering women and their families the chance to understand
and impact their own health and well-being, physically and mentally. She has founded
many other community-based programs including Brooklyn Counseling Services and the
Neighborhood Counseling Center.
Dr. Pallotta has devoted over thirty years to creating women and family health centers,
crisis intervention programs for abused women, counseling centers and multiple outreach
programs. She has received countless community service awards.
As Founder and CEO of Brooklyn Counseling Services, Dr. Pallotta offers a wide variety
of programs dedicated to assisting women and their families to achieve wellness and
improve the quality of their lives.
Mary Theresa Ortiz, Ph.D., Trustee
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.
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
Frank Ruggiero, Trustee
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.
Roni Shoyfer, Trustee
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.
Scott Stimpfel, Trustee
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
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.
Alec Teytel, Trustee
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, Trustee
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.