students at Hofstra University

HCLAS Dean's Advisory Board

The Dean's Advisory Board of the Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences consists of Hofstra College alumni and friends of Hofstra. They are responsible for advising administrators and providing input concerning educational programs, events, student opportunities, and facilities and operations. The Advisory Board is essentially responsible for ensuring that the College continues to excel and educate well rounded students in the Liberal Arts. The Advisory Board is also a networking tool for both students and alumni. Each Advisory Board member brings something unique to the College and we are proud to introduce each one of them to you.


Lori Ames

Lori Ames, who has been involved in book publishing and book publicity since the early eighties, grew up on Long Island, where she still resides. She founded ThePRFreelancer, Inc., in 2010, and specializes in publicity, marketing, and public relations for non-fiction book authors.

After receiving her degree from Hofstra University in 1979, she began her publicity career at a boutique agency in Manhattan. After more than three years with the agency, Lori joined William Morrow, where she remained for six years, advancing to the position of publicity director. During her tenure with William Morrow, she worked with such authors as David Halberstam, John Irving, Gail Godwin, Richard Bach, and Tina Turner.

Returning to the boutique agency in 1991, she was named vice president a year later, and rose quickly to Executive Vice President, helping run the day-to-day business, overseeing all publicity campaigns, and working on strategic planning to stay on top of new media while driving clients' books to the country's bestseller lists. She left the agency in 2010 to care for her son who was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor, and start her own entrepreneurial journey.

In addition to serving on the Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean's Advisory Board, Lori does pro bono public relations work for the Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation and the Michael Magro Foundation.  She has also contributed to books on women’s entrepreneurship and overcoming adversity, and is regularly interviewed about book publicity and entrepreneurship.


Thomas J. Basile, Esq.

From Wall Street to Baghdad to Washington and beyond, Tom Basile has been in the middle of the action on the biggest stories and hottest issues of the last decade. Through his work with Presidents, Popes, for-profit and non-profit entities and in challenging environments from Iraq to South Asia, Basile’s unique experience has made him a trusted, senior-level brand management strategist.

For more than 20 years he has provided strategic and crisis communications counsel to companies, policy organizations, government agencies, non-profits, advocacy campaigns and grassroots groups. From crafting effective messaging and content development to effective grassroots lobbying operations and managing crises in the media, Basile’s work through his firm Empire Solutions, has ensured his clients get noticed by customers, opinion leaders, policymakers and the press. His record of results has ensured the brand growth and development of organizations big and small. Basile’s strategies and hand-on approach have garnered international attention in the world’s most influential media outlets.

Basile is a former contributor to Forbes and hosted Sunday in America for SiriusXM Radio from 2017-2018. He’s a frequent columnist for In 2011, he was one of only two American conservatives featured as part of Time Magazine’s Person of the Year spread about citizen engagement around the world. Basile is an adjunct professor at Fordham University where he teaches earned media strategy at the graduate level.

His critically-acclaimed book, Tough Sell: Fighting the Media War in Iraq (Potomac Books, 2017), give readers his personal account of the Iraq mission during the critical first year after the fall of Saddam Hussein and the daily battle to communicate about the war to an American public increasingly opposed to the mission. It earned a foreword from National Security Advisor and former UN Ambassador John R. Bolton.

In 2013, Basile was elected Councilman of the historic Town of Stony Point, New York a suburb of New York City where he today also serves as Deputy Town Supervisor. As Councilman he is using pro-growth, fiscally-conservative policies to attract millions of dollars in investment capital for the Hudson River town.

From 2009-2011 he served as Executive Director of the New York State Republican Party. During his time as Executive Director, the GOP erased several cycles of losses at the local and county levels of government, recaptured its majority in the NYS State Senate and won more Congressional seats for the new Republican majority in the House of Representatives than any other state in the nation.

In 2007 PR Industry veteran Don Middleberg tapped Basile to serve as Managing Director of Middleberg Communications where he provided a range of counsel to companies in the consumer products, tech, environmental and legal sectors as well as businesses wishing to communicate about CSR programs.

At the request of the State Department Basile has represented the office of the US Chief of Protocol to the Vatican Delegation during the visit of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI to New York and as a lead planner for the Department of State of the historic visit of former Presidents Bush and Clinton to the tsunami-ravaged areas of South Asia.

In March, 2004, Basile returned from seven months in Baghdad, Iraq where he served at the request of the White House as a Senior Press Advisor to the Coalition Provisional Authority. While in Iraq, he was a spokesperson and strategist for the Coalition’s media operations. He was awarded the Joint Civilian Service Commendation from the Department of Defense for his work with the Coalition.

Basile is also a former Director of Communications for the US Environmental Protection Agency in Washington where he managed the EPA Administrator’s public liaison operation and developed stakeholder outreach initiatives for a variety of environmental issues.
During the Bush Presidency, he was often called upon by the White House to help plan significant meetings and events for President Bush including the memorial service for the Space Shuttle Columbia Astronauts in Houston, the President’s 2002 meeting with Pope John Paul II at the Vatican, activities surrounding the 57th United Nation’s General Assembly and Bush’s visit to the Nazi concentration camps outside Krakow, Poland.

After serving as a consultant to the Republican National Committee during the 2004 Presidential election, he was named Press Secretary to the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies. In this role he supervised the media and public affairs operation for the 2005 Presidential Inauguration. He is one of a small group of Americans who has helped manage Presidential Inaugurations representing both the President and the Congress.

In 1997, he was named to the National Italian-American Foundation’s 100 Stars List of prominent young Italian-Americans. In 2010 Basile was named to The Capitol Newspaper’s 40 Under 40 list of New York political influencers. Basile sits on the Advisory Board of the Hofstra University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences as well as the that of the Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy and International Affairs.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Hofstra University which honored him with its Young Alumnus Award in 2007. He received his Juris Doctorate attending Fordham and Georgetown University Schools of Law and is a member of the New York Bar. He and his wife Carrie have three young children and a golden retriever named Brooke. They reside in New York’s historic Hudson Valley.



Delilah Buitrón Arrebola “Delilah Muse” is a native Texan from Laredo and received her BA in Theatre and Television Communications from the illustrious Hofstra University in New York. Upon graduation, Delilah moved to Spain where she studied Spanish Classical and Flamenco at the Isabel Quintero Conservatory as well as at the internationally acclaimed Amor de Dios school of Flamenco. Delilah has since performed in Mexico City’s production and tour of Carmen,The Dallas Opera’s production of La Vida Breve under the direction of Maria Benitez, as well as portrayed the Cuban Salsa Legend “La Lupe” in Martice Enterprise’s musical production of La Lupe: My Life, My Destiny. Other Dallas theater credits include her portrayal of Gerarda in SMU’s production of La Discreta Enamorada, Shakespeare Dallas' musical production of A Midsummers Night’s Dream and As you Like It. She has been seen in Ochre House productions Ex Voto: The Immaculate Conceptions of Frida Kahlo, MEAN, and Cicerone and was featured in the Dallas Flamenco Festival and Ochre House Theater’s productions of Perro y Sangre, El Conde Drácula, Buñuel Descending and Picasso: Matador de Målaga. Delilah was a recipient of a 2013 “Dallas Observer Mastermind Award” for excellence in artistic endeavors. Delilah is the Artistic Director of The Dallas Flamenco Festival and Co-founder of 501c3 Art non profit The Flame Foundation.


Anita Chinkes-Ratner

Anita Chinkes Ratner is the SVP and Head of Global Music and Licensing Strategy at Viacom Media Networks.

In this position Anita and her team provide music supervision and licensing for content creators across Viacom, and operates Viacom’s Music Publishing, Music Library and Clip Licensing businesses.  Anita’s work supports Viacom brands’ music and licensing goals across platforms and spanning sync use in content, original song and score creation, digital distribution and soundtracks.

Prior to her current role at Viacom, Anita served as SVP of Global Music and Media Licensing at MTV Networks and she was MTV's Vice President of Rights and Clearances. Prior to Viacom, she was in the international program sales group at CBS Inc., and she has worked as a freelance music supervisor, editor, and production assistant on numerous film and TV projects.

Anita received a bachelor's degree in Sociology from Hofstra University, where she now serves on the Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean's Advisory Board. She is a member of Women in Music, NYWIFT, WICT and the Guild of Music Supervisors. She has been a fan of music for as long as she can remember and feels truly lucky to be able to work in a creative environment with an incredible team of people. She especially loves the music discovery that comes along with her job. She currently lives in New York City with her family.



Vice President, District Executive, Brooklyn/Queens Area Santander Bank
Shawn is actively involved in a variety of organizations in the NY Metropolitan area.  He grew up in Queens, NY and currently resides in Long Island with his family.  He is a member of the Hofstra College of Liberal Arts & Science Advisory Board, The Black Employee Network at Santander, the Eastern Garden City Property Owners Association and serves as a Deacon at Sheepgate Assembly in Baldwin, NY.  Also serves on the advisory board of the Bridge Street Development Corporation.  Shawn has worked in the Financial Services field for over 20 years; most recently his responsibilities include overseeing 15 branches in Brooklyn and Queens.



Dr. Robert F. D’Esposito’s career in medicine began nearly forty years ago with an internship at Nassau Hospital, now known as Winthrop University Hospital.

Dr. D’Esposito not only continued his practice at Winthrop but extends his experience, expertise and caring to support his peers in the medical community as well as in the education of medical students and the local school community. His hospital appointments also include North Shore University, Manhasset, New York.

Hofstra University provided the backdrop for achieving his pre-medical Bachelor of Arts in Biology Degree. Dr. D’Esposito earned his medical degree from The University of Padova, Italy in 1971. He became an attending physician in 1977 following residencies with the Departments of General Surgery and Urology at Winthrop UH and Bellevue Hospital, in NYC.

Dr. D’Esposito, is an Associate Clinical Professor at Stony Brook Medical School, teaching third year medical students in their clinical rotation in Urology at Winthrop UH. He is presently acting Vice Chief of the Department of Urology at Winthrop.

Extensive medical community involvement is demonstrated by Dr. D'Esposito's past and present affiliations with a variety of organizations. This includes his prior service as Chairman of the Winthrop Laser Safety Committee as well as his service on the Surgical Review and Quality Assurance Committees. He continued to serve his peers as Vice President (1990-94) and President (1994-97) of the Medical Staff Organization.

Dr. D’Esposito is a Fellow of The American College Of Surgeons, The New York Academy of Medicine and The Nassau Academy of Medicine. At the present time he serves as Trustee of The Nassau Academy of Medicine. He is the past President and present Governor of The American College of Surgeons where he has been active in the Brooklyn and Long Island Chapters. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors and past Chairman of Scientific and Continuing Education of the American College of Surgeons.

He is also a member of various societies including The American Fertility Society, The American Urology Association and The Society of Clinical Urologists. He is First Vice President of the Fraternal Order Of Police, New York Surgeons Lodge # 3.

Active in community service, Dr. D’Esposito as Medical Director for the Garden City School District, has served as physician involved both in various health issues as well as on-site medical doctor for the school district's sporting events from 1977 through 2009. He has been active in lecturing, research studies and publishing. He is a participating urologist of Prostate Awareness Week on Long Island.

In 2007, Winthrop UH awarded Dr. D'Esposito The Medical Staff Lifetime Achievement Award. In October 2009, he was also honored by Hofstra University for his continued involvement with Hofstra University Alumni. He also received the Physicians Award for Healthcare Heroes in 2009. Dr. D’Esposito continues in his private practice, Urological Surgeons of Long Island, located in Garden City, New York.


Francine Dierna Greenberg

Francine Dierna Greenberg graduated from Hofstra University with a B.A. in English and began her 30-year career on Wall Street with Execution Services Inc. (ESI).

Currently a Managing Director at Cowen and Company LLC, Francine is Head of the Plan Sponsor Client Service Group charged with administering the commission recapture programs of over 1000 plan sponsor clients which include pension funds, Taft Hartleys, mutual fund companies, municipalities, corporations, foundations and endowments as well as managing the sub advisor participation for these funds.

Prior to her current role at Cowen, Francine spent most of her career as an Institutional Sales Trader at Convergex which was acquired by Cowen in 2017. In addition to the equity trading and relationship management of institutional accounts she managed a trading unit and lead several key Firm initiatives. She holds several security licenses, was a member of the Security Traders Association of New York and supports many Wall Street philanthropic causes.

Among her undergraduate activities at Hofstra Francine was a founding member of the Epsilon Kappa Chapter of Phi Sigma Sigma. She currently resides on Long Island with her husband, two daughters and spoiled Shih Tzu.



Christopher Douge is an Assistant Director at Moody's Analytics - a leading provider of financial data and analytical software. Christopher has passions in both the private and public sectors and spends his spare time working closely with youth-based non-profit organizations like America Needs You and Rising Leaders. As a Brooklyn native and a child of Haitian immigrants he understands the challenges that first-generation Americans face and wants to be a resource to those in similar situations and help them develop a strong network. Christopher attended Hofstra University between the years of 2007-2011 where he majored in Political Science and minored in Sociology & Economics. During his time at Hofstra University he interned for various community based organizations and worked closely on the campaign finance team for then Nassau County District Attorney - Kathleen Rice. After graduating Hofstra University he soon found himself working as a community organizer at New York City's Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB) an oversight agency that investigates wrong doings against NYC Police Officers. Christopher taught workshops to targeted audiences about their rights and how to properly and legally interact with police officers during altercations as this time was the height of the controversial "stop and frisk" policy. In the private sector Christopher Douge worked at a real estate brokerage and a real estate data & analytics firm in various research and analytical roles before joining Moody's Analytics in 2016. Christopher Douge also holds a Master's in Public Policy from Queens College. He is also an avid runner and enjoys talking politics with his friends and family.


Robin Goldberg has an undergraduate degree from Lesley College in Cambridge MA and a Masters degree in Social Work from NYU. Ms. Goldberg has been a licensed clinical social worker since 1991. Ms. Goldberg has been working for Northwell Health Hospice Care Network for 26 years.



Evelyn Harrison joined Ophthotech in August 2007 as the Chief Operating Officer. She brings more than 21 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(r) 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 bone-marrow transplantation, organ transplantation, oncology, and virology.

Ms. Harrison holds a B.A. degree in Biology from Hofstra University and the M.B.A. from Manhattan College.

JON KAIMAN '84, '88

Jon Kaiman

Jon Kaiman brings to his office as Town of North Hempstead Supervisor, a distinguished record of public and private sector accomplishments. His two terms in office has been underscored by has continuation of the Town’s tradition of sound finances and good government.

North Hempstead is the seventh largest of approximately 1500 towns, cities and villages in the State of New York. Money Magazine ranked the Town number 46 in its 2008 listing of the “Best 100 Places to Live in America.” North Hempstead was one of three communities in New York State to make the list.

Since taking office on January 1, 2004, Kaiman has spearheaded a series of bold initiatives to update the Town’s infrastructure and incorporate modern management techniques in day-to-day operations.

Central to his efforts has been the establishment of a 311 Constituent Response System. This new technology provides North Hempstead residents greater access to government, while enhancing efficiency and accountability.

TownStat, another one of Kaiman’s key initiatives, is gaining momentum in the town. A performance measurement and management tool, TownStat tracks and reports performance in departments throughout the town with the goal of monitoring the efficiency and effectiveness of how constituents’ concerns are addressed.

Yet another of Kaiman’s initiatives focuses on partnerships with neighboring municipal entities—more than 100 exists within the town—to cut costs and help save taxpayer dollars. Since the formation in 2006 of the Office of Inter-municipal Coordination, the town has almost fifty inter-municipal agreements with various entities, including villages, special districts, school districts and associations.

As Supervisor, Kaiman has instituted North Hempstead’s annual Earth Day Program and Operation Clean Sweep—a month- long, top to bottom “Spring Cleaning” of the Town. During its five years of existence, the program has removed tens of thousands of tons of garbage and debris.Steering the town towards environmentally-friendly alternatives, he has engineered the establishment of a sweeping town-wide recycling initiative, a program that has located recycling containers in all the town’s buildings, its network of parks and eight of North Hempstead’s 11 school districts.

Kaiman’s mission to green North Hempstead also includes the purchase of over 20 hybrid and electric vehicles as well as the staging of various events, such as EcoFest, promoting environmental stewardship.

Another key component of Kaiman’s administration is the idea of Community Based Planning. Beginning in 2004, the Town has hosted scores of community-based meetings throughout North Hempstead to address local concerns relating to development projects, planning decisions, park and roadway improvements, and other local issues.

In Kaiman’s continuing quest to be responsive to the needs of the community, Kaiman has also initiated Project Independence, a town-wide program born from a pilot launched two years ago in New Hyde Park to help senior citizens “age in place” and access information on basic services such as health care, social worker assistance and community programming.

Kaiman serves also as the Chairman of the town’s Solid Waste Management Authority, Commissioner of the Great Neck North Water Authority, and board member of the Long Island Regional Planning Council. He also serves as chair of approximately nineteen non commissioner run special districts operating within the town’s borders.

He received a Juris Doctorate from Hofstra University Law School, and a Bachelor of Arts from Hofstra University. Jon was elected in 1999 to the Nassau County District Court, where for two consecutive years he received the highest rating possible from the Nassau County Bar Association’s Judicial Screening Committee.

Kaiman is a longtime resident of Great Neck, where he lives with his wife Kim, sons Shaun and Jared and daughter Iyana.


Jon Kaiman

Larry Keigwin is a native New Yorker and choreographer who has danced his way from the Metropolitan Opera to downtown clubs to Broadway and back. Larry is a proud graduate of Hofstra University where he received a BA in Dance in 1994. He founded KEIGWIN + COMPANY in 2003 and as Artistic Director, Keigwin has led the company as it has performed at theaters and dance festivals around the world. KEIGWIN + COMPANY presents Keigwin's electrifying brand of contemporary dance on a myriad of stages including, The Kennedy Center, The Joyce Theater, Works & Process at the Guggenheim, New York City Center, among others. Since his company's premiere performance at Joyce Soho in 2003, Keigwin has created dozens of dances for himself and his dancers, as well as for Paul Taylor's American Modern Dance, Royal New Zealand Ballet, The Martha Graham Dance Company, New York Choreographic Institute, The Juilliard School, Vail International Dance Festival, and many others. His work in musical theater includes choreography for the 2011 production of the musical "Tales of the City" at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, and the off-Broadway production of "Rent," for which he received the 2011 Joe A. Callaway Award from the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation. In 2013, Keigwin choreographed the Broadway musical "If/Then," starring Idina Menzel.

Keigwin has designed and choreographed special events including "Fashion's Night Out: The Show" in New York, which was produced by Vogue magazine and featured more than 150 of the industry's top models. Keigwin also has mounted several versions of Bolero, his acclaimed large-scale community project that has been commissioned by 12 communities across the country. Keigwin has created Keigwin Kabaret, a fusion of modern dance, vaudeville, and burlesque presented by the Public Theater at Joe's Pub and by Symphony Space. As a dancer, Keigwin has danced at the Metropolitan Opera in Doug Varone's "Le Sacre Du Printemps" and Julie Taymor's "The Magic Flute," in addition to his work with Mark Dendy (receiving a Bessie Award in 1998 for his performance in "Dream Analysis"), Jane Comfort, John Jasperse, Doug Elkins, Zvi Gotheiner, and David Rousseve. He appeared in the Broadway show "Dance of the Vampires," the Off-Broadway show "The Wild Party" and the Julie Taymor, Oscar nominated film "Across the Universe." He is a co-founder of the Green Box Arts Festival in Green Mountain Falls, Colorado, a multi-disciplinary festival designed to increase cultural opportunities in the region, as well as provide creative residencies to young, emerging choreographers.



Dr. Michelle Lamendola-Essel is the Senior Project Portfolio Manager for the Division Head of Solid Tumor Oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.  She received her Bachelor of Science in biology with concentration in neuroscience and behavior from Stony Brook University, Master of Science in biology with concentration in cellular and molecular biology from Hofstra University, and Doctorate in global health from A.T. Still University.  Michelle also holds a clinical laboratory technologist license from New York State and board certification in molecular biology through the American Society for Clinical Pathology. 

While pursuing her degree at Hofstra University, Dr. Essel began working as a research technician at Acupath Laboratories in Plainview, NY where she assisted in building the company’s first Molecular Diagnostics department and lead the implementation of the department’s molecular testing menu.  After graduation, she transitioned to an associate scientist role within the Molecular Oncology division at Enzo Laboratories, where she developed several molecular assays including a women’s comprehensive health panel and a novel detection mechanism for hepatitis-C.  From Enzo, Dr. Essel transitioned to a laboratory manager role at the New York Genome Center, building and establishing the Center’s Clinical Genomics laboratory that performs next-generation genome and exome sequencing, targeted gene panel sequencing and the center’s complete nucleic acid extraction core.  She then transitioned to a laboratory manager role at ICON Central Laboratories, where she oversaw operations for the global Molecular Genetics and Genomics department and the global Pathology department, providing scientific guidance and operational oversight for large-scale clinical trials in addition to scientific writing, business development, and co-leadership of strategic initiatives.  She left the organization in 2016 for her current appointment at Memorial Sloan Kettering. 

Dr. Essel is a member of various professional societies, including the American Society for Clinical Pathology, the Association for Molecular Pathology, the American Association for Cancer Research and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

A strong believer in scientific outreach within the community, Dr. Essel actively volunteers at local middle schools to speak to students about careers in science, provides resume editing support for new college graduates, and actively mentors junior scientists in the field.



Jacqueline LiCalzi is a Managing Director, Global Head of Regulatory Relations at Morgan Stanley, 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.

Ms.  LiCalzi  joined  Morgan  Stanley  in  2006  from  Credit  Suisse  where  she  was  the Counsel to the Global Head of Compliance and the Director of Strategy and Operations. Prior  to  that,  she  was  an  in-house  litigator  handling  capital  markets  and  class  action litigation at UBS Financial Services and PaineWebber.  She was previously a Litigation Associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell for five years, 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  co-chair  of  the Morgan Stanley LGBT employee network.  Ms. LiCalzi was one of the recipients of the Firm’s John J. Mack Leadership Award.  She was also the recipient of  the Council of Urban Professionals Catalyst: Change Agents in Law.

She earned her JD degree from Fordham University School of Law, and a BA from Hofstra University (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Woman of the Year), where she is a member of both the Women in Leadership and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Advisory Boards.



Steven Markowitz’s professional career began in Washington, D.C. as Economic Advisor and then Legislative Assistant to Texas Congressman Bob Eckhardt, a leader in the House on consumer protection and environmental issues and a prominent member of the Commerce Committee.  In 1973 Steve and his family moved to New York when he became head of government affairs for The Continental Croup, Inc. (formerly the Continental Can Company), a Fortune 100 corporation.  During that time he served on the boards or public affairs committees of many of the leading organizations linking government and business such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers, the Business Roundtable and the Public Affairs Council.

In 1984 he founded MultiState Associates Inc. which has grown to become the nation’s largest lobbying company.  Steve served as Chairman of MultiState Associates until 2013 when he stepped down and became an advisor to the company.

When Steve and his family moved to Great Neck in 1975 he immediately became involved in local community, religious and political affairs.  He is one of the longest serving members of the Great Neck Student Aid Fund, a past member of the Executive Committee of the Board of the Gold Coast Arts Center and is a long time member of the Board of Zoning Appeals of the Village of Great Neck.  He has been a member of the Board of Trustees of Temple Israel of Great Neck for over 30 years and was Temple President 2001-2003.  Steve has been the local Democratic Party leader for many years, and is President of the Great Neck Democratic Club and a Vice Chairman of the Nassau County Democratic Committee.

For the past fifteen years a major focus of Steve’s community activities has been the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County.  Founded over twenty years ago by a small group of Holocaust survivors, the Center has grown to become the pre-eminent Long Island resource for the teaching of the history and lessons of the Holocaust.  Located in Glen Cove, the Center includes a world class museum and library on the Holocaust, and an education institute where thousands of young people and adults learn both the history of one of the darkest periods of human existence and how it relates to the conduct of their lives today.

After serving on the Board of the Center for a number of years, Steve was elected as the third Chairman of the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center in 2012.  Though it is a volunteer position, it is a full time job overseeing the important work undertaken by the staff of the Center and hundreds of volunteers, as well as raising the money to fund its operations. 

Steven Markowitz and his family have lived in Great Neck for over 40 years. He attended Stuyvesant High School and did his undergraduate studies at Harpur College (now Binghamton University) and his graduate work in economics at George Washington University.

Steve and Trudy still live in the same home into which they moved in 1975 and are grateful to have their daughters, sons-in-law, and, most importantly, their four grandchildren, relatively close by. 



A proud double alumnus, Carlo earned his Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Juris Doctorate from Hofstra University.

Carlo is Vice President, Legal for PepsiCo’s North American Beverages Division, and has held various roles within the law departments of PepsiCo, Inc. and its largest bottler, The Pepsi Bottling Group, since 2000.   Before joining the Pepsi system, Carlo practiced franchise law at the law firm of Buchanan Ingersoll, PC in Washington, DC; and as a law student and after graduation, Carlo was a member of the in-house legal department of Sbarro Restaurants in Melville, NY.

In his current position, Carlo manages legal services supporting PepsiCo’s U.S. Sales and Commercialization, Franchise, Strategic Alliance, Product Development and Marketing Teams.  Carlo actively serves as a subject matter expert in a matrix organizational structure for the company’s beverage distribution and franchise relationships, providing thought leadership and strategic guidance.  He has authored and routinely presents live in-person training seminars to various functional teams designed to promote knowledge sharing of non-compete restrictions and minimize barriers to commercializing all new beverage products intended for distribution in the U.S.

From 2011 to 2015, Carlo created and implemented his vision of a law student internship program for the company’s law department.  The 10-week summer internship program provided first and second year law students a unique mentorship experience and the opportunity to work closely with in-house attorneys in a variety of practice areas.

In addition to serving on the Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean's Advisory Board, Carlo is an active alumnus of Chaminade High School in Mineola, NY, volunteering his time participating in community volunteer events, presenting at Junior Career Night, alumni career building events and individual mentoring.

A native of Long Island, Carlo’s first language was Italian and spent most of his childhood summers visiting Italy, including a short period of time when his family moved to Siena. He currently resides in Manhasset, NY with his wife and children.



A nationally recognized expert in evaluating compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and a housing development consultant, Joseph D. Monticciolo, FAIA, is president of The Monticciolo Company, located in Woodbury, New York. His career as an architect began in 1960 with the USAF-Continental Air Command in Warner Robins, Georgia. From 1967 to 1987, he progressed from program manager for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, to New York area director, to Regional Housing FHA commissioner and, finally, to regional administrator for Region II. In 1988 he became president and chairman of the Board of Eagle Capital Group Ltd, a housing and commercial real estate organization in New York City.

Mr. Monticciolo is a lifetime fellow of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and has received numerous awards, including the AIA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001 and the Edward C. Kemper Medal in 1987. The NYS Association of Architects awarded him the Del Gaudio Award in 1977, Kideney Medal in 1981, and the President’s Award in 1986. He is president emeritus of the Italian Board of Guardians, Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides comprehensive social services to individuals in Brooklyn, New York, and member of the Order Sons of Italy in America and Columbus Citizens Foundation in New York City.

Mr. Monticciolo and his wife, Mary Ann, have been generous and active supporters of the Hofstra community since 1977, including establishing the Joseph and Mary Ann Monticciolo Endowed Scholarship. The Hofstra University Alumni Organization honored his years of philanthropic support by making him an honorary alumnus of Hofstra in 2006. Mr. Monticciolo also received an Honorary Doctor of Laws from The Graduate Center, The City University of New York.

Mr. Monticciolo has been a member of the Hofstra Pride Club and Hofstra University Advisory Board since 1977, including serving as its chair for the past 10 years. Under his leadership, Support Our Scholarships efforts have raised more than $1 million for student scholarships at Hofstra University.



Kristen Mullarkey is the National Project Director for Rube Goldberg, Inc. a not-for-profit with a focus on STEM and STEAM education.  As the sales and marketing lead for the brand, her goal is to inspire and enable students from every geographic and economic background to participate in the Rube Goldberg Machine Contest.  A Rube Goldberg Machine accomplishes a simple task in the most complicated and funniest way possible using re-purposed everyday objects and creative problem solving.  For 32 years, RGI has been hosting the RGMC in order to enhance creativity, leadership and social skills among its participants ages 8-18 across the world. As the event manager for the RGMC National Finals hosting over 600 competitors and reaching 10,000 viewers online, she has been enjoying learning about engineering and working with students and educators.

Her career began at Viacom after an internship and was promptly hired into a full-time position after graduation. MTV Networks was her home for 18 years, the company provided personal and professional opportunities beyond comparison. As the MTVU Distribution, Marketing and Affiliate Relation Sales Manager, Kristen was responsible for the distribution and promotion of MTVU at colleges throughout the United States. MTVU, owned by Viacom, was MTV’s college channel broadcasting to nearly 700 schools. She traveled across the country to distribute MTVU programming to campuses, promote music on the channel and advocated for student involvement with the company. Prior to MTVU, she was the Executive Assistant to the Chairman and CEO of MTV Networks. Working in an environment filled with music, entertainment, influencers and popular culture allowed for incredible exposure into areas that aligned with her passions.

Kristen graduated from Hofstra University in 2000 with a Bachelors of Liberal Arts degree in English, History, and Psychology and after an inspiring internship, she embarked on a career in the media industry to pursue her passion of music and television. In 2005, she earned a Masters of Liberal Arts degree in Media Studies and a Certificate in Media Management from The New School.

She is a Founding Board Member of the ATX Television Festival, a yearly event that celebrates the television medium.  She is the Co-Creator of Super Saturday’s, a volunteer program for adult professionals that provides a safe place for New York City children to socialize and learn outside of school hours through the organization of team building activities focused on music, art, and fitness.

Kristen is passionate about music, playing soccer and traveling the world. She recently moved from New York City to Greenwich, CT with her husband and two sons and is excited about family adventures that the future holds.



Born in 1983, in Long Island, New York, Michelle Sakhai's extensive world travels began at an early age and her mixed heritage have shaped her as an artist. With both Persian and Japanese roots, her art derives influences from both cultures. She grew up traveling to Japan to visit her family every summer for twenty years. In Japan, Sakhai was inspired by the culture and scenery of her grandparent’s hometown, Kashiwazaki, a tiny village by the sea, surrounded by vast mountains. This special place left an indelible impression that still feeds her imagination. Sakhai’s creative perception and talent was also nurtured by her Persian culture. The exposure to both traditions in her young life has impacted her artistic vision.

In 2004, Sakhai received a Bachelor of Arts degree with high honors, majoring in Art History and minoring in Fine Arts from Hofstra University where she currently serves on the advisory board for the College of Liberal Arts an Sciences. She went on to receive her Masters in Fine Arts in 2010 from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA. Before obtaining her Masters, she studied in Venice, Italy, and in Barcelona, Spain, at d'Arts Plastique I Disseny (LLOTJA) with the School of Visual Arts. Sakhai also studied at the Marchutz Academy of Fine Art in Aix en Provence. In 2006, she received a grant to attend the Vermont Studio Center as a resident artist in Johnson, VT. Shortly after receiving her Masters in San Francisco, she taught Fine Art at the University of California, Berkeley.

Michelle Sakhai is currently represented by Slate Art Contemporary in Oakland, CA, Madelyn Jordon Fine Art in Scarsdale, NY, Corazon Gallery in Santa Fe, NM, and MiXX Projects in Telluride, CO. She continues to exhibit worldwide with a recent show at Palette Gallery in Tokyo and at El Hotel Pacha in Ibiza, Spain. Her work has been featured at Art Market Hamptons and Context Art Miami and NY by Madelyn Jordon Fine Art. Sakhai actively exhibits on both coasts, in San Francisco and New York City. She was selected to be the artist in residence at The Fairmont San Francisco in January, 2017. Her work has been displayed in New York City at The Art Show through the ADAA at the Park Avenue Armory, LIC Arts Open, and the Lehman Art Gallery in NYC, and at Stanford Art Spaces, MarinMOCA and SOMArts in the San Francisco, Bay Area.

In pursuit of her spiritual path, Michelle Sakhai is a Primordial Sound Meditation instructor through the Chopra Center, as well as a certified Reiki Master. She believes and trusts in the energy of the creative spirit as a healing force on the earth. Sakhai conveys this valuable message of healing through her art and all her speaking engagements. She teaches Transformative Art at the Harlem Hospital through the Art Works Foundation in New York City where she currently resides while continuing to travel the world.



Mitch is a Partner with Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP (Fragomen Worldwide), the world’s largest immigration law firm. He manages the firm’s Los Angeles and Irvine, California offices. He has been practicing employment based immigration law for 30 years.

Mitch represents employers from start up to Fortune 500 companies in managing their visa/immigration programs and foreign national portfolios. He is a Specialist in Immigration & Nationality Law, certified by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization.

Mitch is a member of the firm’s national Executive Committee. He also a frequent lecturer and teaches an annual module on business immigration law at the University of California, Irvine Law School. Hofstra University, 1982, Southwestern University School of Law, 1985.