The purpose of the Hofstra University Alumni Organization ("Alumni Organization") shall be to serve and promote the mission of the University and its alumni in a manner that enriches the quality of the institution and the lives of its members.
Alumni Organization Goals
The goals of the Alumni Organization are:
a. To increase the alumni volunteer base
b. To increase alumni participation and involvement in University activities
c. To increase alumni participation in fund raising activities
d. To promote pride, tradition and loyalty among both current students and former students
The Alumni Assembly consists of the leaders of all alumni affinity and regional groups throughout the United States. The Assembly meets at least twice each year to discuss issues that affect Hofstra alumni.
Alumni Organization Officers for 2017-2020:
Kathleen Stanley '91
Vice President for Programs
Pina M. Campagna '00
Vice President for Services
Heather Cohen '98
Secretary (Leadership Development)
Michael Sorrentino '05
Parliamentarian/Historian (Leadership Development)
Rondell Wescott '03
Immediate Past President
Andrew F. Corrado '92
Pina M. Campagna ’00 is a patent attorney at Carter, DeLuca, Farrell & Schmidt, LLP (CDFS), a law firm dedicated to advising clients in intellectual property matters. The firm has rapidly grown to be a leader in intellectual property law serving a large cadre of local, national, and international clients. CDFS is Long Island's largest IP law firm and an internationally recognized intellectual property boutique. Its success is attributable to providing excellence in the quality of legal services rendered while simultaneously offering highly competitive financial value to its clients. CDFS services a satisfied list of distinguished clients with a growing, experienced, and dedicated work force successfully integrating the engineering, scientific, and legal expertise demanded in today's IP business environment.
Pina's experience includes advising clients during all phases of strategic patent and trademark portfolio development, including: patentability investigations; due diligence investigations; product clearance (non-infringement) investigations and associated opinions; patent and trademark application preparation and prosecution before the US Patent and Trademark Office and related international application filings through a thoroughly developed network of trusted, highly qualified international associates. She has spoken before several groups on various topics of intellectual property.
Pina is a member of the New York bar. She is admitted to the U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts of New York, the Third Department Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court, the United States Supreme Court and is registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office.
She is a member of the following organizations: New York Intellectual Property Law Association (NYIPLA) and former co-chair of the NYIPLA Trademark Law Committee, International Trademark Association (INTA) and INTA Academic Committee member; American Intellectual Property Association (AIPLA) and AIPLA Design Patent and Programs Committee member; Association Internationale Pour La Protection De La Propriété Intellectuelle (AIPPI) and AIPPI Standing Committee on Designs-U.S. member; Hofstra University’s Women in Leadership (WIL) Board Member 2015-2017 and former WIL chair; St. Francis Prep Legal Services Alumni Chapter, Launchpad LI, and the non-profit organization Girls, Inc.
Prior to joining Carter, DeLuca, Farrell & Schmidt, Pina was a patent consultant for Estee Lauder. She earned a bachelor's degree in biochemistry from Hofstra University in 2000 and a juris doctor degree from Albany Law School in 2004. Pina served as chair of the Hofstra Women in Leadership Initiative.
Heather Cohen '98 is Executive Vice President of The Weiss Agency, a broadcast talent agency which represents and develops the careers of many of the industry's most successful local and syndicated personalities.
Heather joined the Weiss Agency directly from GreenStone Media, LLC, where she was Vice President, Programming.
Heather joined GreenStone from New York’s legendary WOR where she was Assistant Program Director and responsible for the station’s local and national on-air content, programs, and production. Prior to that, she served as Executive Producer for “The Joan Hamburg Show”.
In 2013 Talkers Magazine awarded Heather with the prestigious “Judy Jarvis Memorial Award for Outstanding Contributions to Talk Radio by a Woman,” also known as the “Woman of the Year” award. Radio Ink Magazine has selected Heather as one of the Most Influential Women in Radio every year since 2014. Heather was on the cover of Radio Ink’s June 2017 Most Influential Women in Radio issue. She is a 2015 recipient of Hofstra University’s George M. Estabrook Distinguished Service Award. Heather is serving her second two-year term on the Board of Directors for the Alliance for Women in Media, and is one of the Directors for the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation. Heather has co-chaired the Gracie Awards since 2016.
Heather, a graduate of Hofstra University, currently served as President of the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication Alumni Association and is a member of The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication Advisory Council. She has mentored New York City school children as part of NYC’s Principal for a Day program and has been a Safe Space committee member. Heather judged the Tony Awards for eight seasons.
Andrew is a Senior Vice President and Group Director for Signature Bank. With more than 27 years in the financial services industry, he currently co-leads a team of bankers focused on commercial and middle market clients across the metropolitan NY area. Prior to joining Signature Bank, Andrew was the Market President for Capital One where he focused on continuously improving the customer experience, growing revenue and leveraging market opportunities. He played a critical role in overseeing and coordinating company resources to help ensure meaningful contribution to local communities. Andrew also served as Senior Vice President, heading Capital One’s Professional Services and Private Banking Division across the country.
In addition to his leadership and management roles at Signature Bank and Capital One Bank, Andrew is a long-time community advocate. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board for the Maurer Foundation for Breast Health Education and previously served as Secretary and Treasurer for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island. He continues to be an active member of Big Brothers Big Sisters and serves on the organization’s scholarship committee. Andrew is also involved in Virtual Enterprise International where he coaches and supports his local East Islip High School students.
Andrew is also an active alumnus at his alma mater, Hofstra University, where he graduated with his Masters in Business Administration. He served as the President of the Zarb School of Business Alumni Association from 2010 – 2012, and sits on the advisory council board for the Hofstra School of Medicine in conjunction with Northwell Health Systems.
Andrew also helped develop the Entrepreneurial Challenge Program at Hofstra. Working in conjunction with Hofstra’s Zarb School of Business and Capital One Bank’s Community Development Group, the unique program provides coaching and mentoring of Zarb business students, as well as a financial grant for their business startup in the form of seed capital. The program initiatives also extend to Uniondale High School, where Zarb business students and Capital One Bank’s Community Development Group coach and mentor students in their new business ventures.
Through his dedication and leadership roles, Andrew has been recognized and honored by many nonprofit organizations. In 2008, he was bestowed with the Thurman Munson Corporate Hero Award by AHRC for his business leadership and his charitable and philanthropic work within the local Long Island community. In 2009, he was honored with the Leadership of the Year Award from Harbor Child Care and in 2010 was recognized by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island as Man of the Year. More recently, Andrew was awarded the 2011 Alumni Achievement Award by Hofstra University for his support and avid involvement with the University.
Michael Sorrentino ’05 is a veteran broadcast producer, having worked for more than a decade in national TV news. Michael has worked on the front lines of major news stories from presidential elections to international humanitarian issues, and everything in between: including running live newscasts, training on-air reporters and developing video content.
These unique skills sets have resulted in Sorrentino Media, where Michael's unparalleled production experience is put to good use for his thriving client base in three different & meaningful ways: full-service video production, consulting and media training.
As a producer and consultant, Michael creates and develops digital content for his clients. At his core, he's a master storyteller with a journalistic eye and an understanding of the big picture. He knows how to quickly get to the client's core development needs and fine-tune the message.
From the field to the studio, Michael has worked with the most seasoned anchors and reporters in the business. That experience pays off in his current media training role, where he coaches influencers at major corporations, brands and universities on putting their best foot forward with the media. He currently provides group, or one-on-one coaching, for reporters, anchors, and on-air guests for every major TV network.
Michael's passion and unmatched enthusiasm have resulted in long-term client relationships and a strong referral base. He always strives to bring out the best in everyone he works with.Michael graduated from Hofstra in 2005 and currently serves as an executive board member of the Lawrence Herbert School Alumni Leadership Council.
Kathleen Stanley ’91 is currently Senior Vice President at City National Bank. With more than 20 years experience in the financial services industry, Kathleen is responsible for the sales and strategy of Treasury Management product and services for the East Coast. Prior to joining CNB, Kathleen led the Cash Management sales team for Capital One's Northeast Commercial Bank and launched the Treasury Management Department for both Empire National Bank (2008-2010) and State Bank of Long Island (2004-2008).
In 2009 she was recognized as one of Long Island’s 40 rising stars under the age of 40; and in 2007, as a Woman of Achievement in Banking and Finance by the Long Island Center for Business and Professional Women. In 2012 Kathleen was a Butterfly Award recipient at the Inaugural Girls Incorporated of Long Island Butterfly Awards Dinner and most recently as Woman of the Year for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island.
Kathleen has a BBA in Marketing with a minor in Banking and Finance from Hofstra University. She is also a Certified Treasury Professional (CTP) and an Accredited ACH Professional (AAP). Kathleen is on the President’s Council of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island and was President of Hofstra University’s Zarb Business School Alumni Association. She is an avid supporter of the NSLIJ Katz Women’s Hospital and sits on their Commerce and Industry Committee.
Ask Rondell Wescott '03 where he’s from and he’ll tell you he was, “Born in Philly, made in New York.”
The “made” part happened at The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication at Hofstra University where Rondell learned how to take the collective ramblings of an ad agency’s creative department and turn them into reality.
Today, with more than a decade of experience under his belt, he’s produced every medium under the sun from direct mail to digital to global television campaigns, with a range of work that stretches from health care, to consumer packaged goods to global corporations like ExxonMobil.
When he’s not busy working at making media, you’ll find Rondell consuming it – catching up on the backlog of programs he stockpiles on his long-suffering DVR.
You can check out his work at www.rondelljw.com or follow him on Twitter: @rondelljw. Rondell is currently treasurer of the Hofstra Black Hispanic Alumni Association and is a member of the executive board.