Management Academy Class of 2008

Jacqueline Bartley joined the Department of Finance (DOF) in 1994 as a Staff Analyst Trainee, and in 2003 became the Department's Deputy Director of Personnel Services. As Deputy Director, she manages the operations of the DOF's Personnel Services Unit, which provides internal support on a multitude of personnel-related issues to the agency's administrative divisions. Prior to joining the DOF, Jacqueline served as a caseworker for the Human Resources Administration's Homeless Diversion Unit. Jacqueline holds a Bachelors degree in Public Administration from Medgar Evers College and a Masters degree in Public Administration and Public Policy from Long Island University.

Elton D. Cohn is an 11-year member of the New York City Police Department (NYPD) and holds the rank of Lieutenant. He is currently assigned as Platoon Commander for Police Service Area 3 in the Housing Bureau. Elton's past positions as Police Officer and Sergeant have included Patrol, Conditions and Anti-Crime assignments in Brooklyn. As a Patrol Officer he was named Community Officer of the Year and has received numerous awards, commendations and medals throughout his service with the NYPD. Elton possesses a Bachelors degree in Social Sciences from Brooklyn College and is in pursuit of a Masters degree in Public Administration from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. 

Thomas J. Currao is a 14 year veteran of the New York City Fire Department (FDNY). He began his career as firefighter and worked his way through the ranks to his current position as Battalion Chief. Prior to working at the Fire Department, Thomas was employed by the Rockland County Board of Cooperative Education Services as a Health and Safety Technician. Thomas holds a Bachelors degree in Fire Science from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and is working towards his Masters degree.

Jonathan Ells is Deputy Director of Operations for the Department of Parks & Recreation (Parks). Jon's main role is to manage the acquisition of new vehicles for the agency. This includes sedans, pickups, and more unique projects such as the agency's first tram. Jon also works closely with the Office of Emergency Management on such initiatives as the Coastal Storm Plan, Continuity of Operations Planning, and mitigation planning. He began his Parks career in Recreation, and also worked in the First Deputy Commissioner's Office before joining Operations. Jon has a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Yale University.

John Galvez began his career in City government in 2003 at the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT). He currently serves as the Quality Assurance Manager for DoITT's 3-1-1 call center. In his role as Quality Assurance Manager, John collaborates with the Call Center Director and the Director of Quality and Training to improve call center procedures. Prior to becoming Quality Assurance Manager, John worked as a supervisor and Call Center Manager.

Dalila Hall is Director for Planning Studies in the Department of Transportation's (DOT) Division of Planning & Sustainability. Her unit is part of the team responsible for overseeing the implementation of the on-street transportation initiatives set forth in PlaNYC 2030. Current projects include development of improved on-street parking management strategies for the city and an overhaul of the agency's community outreach protocols. Prior to working at DOT, Dalila was employed in the private sector as an urban planner. She worked on her Masters in Urban Planning at Pratt Institute and received her Bachelors degree in Geography/Environmental Studies at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas.

Frank Jackson began his civil service career with the Department of Education (DOE) in 1984. He has held various positions throughout his tenure within the Department, which has included warehousing, quality assurance, purchasing and transportation management, progressing steadily through the ranks. Recently appointed as the Manager of Special Education Routing for the Office of Pupil Transportation, his primary responsibility is to ensure a safe ride to and from school for more than 62,000 children with special needs on over 4,700 buses daily. Frank earned a Bachelors degree in Education from Rhode Island College, and has obtained various certificates from the American Management Association to further his management education.
Barry Jamison has worked for the Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) since 1982. During his tenure, Barry has organized, conducted and/or has been a speaker at numerous conferences, seminars and workshops on various Human Rights Law issues. He presently manages the CCHR Community Relations Bureau's Manhattan Borough Wide office. For over a decade, Barry has also served as President of District Council 37 Local 154, NYC Amalgamated Professional Employees, AFSCME, AFL-CIO. While serving as President, he has chaired DC 37's Professional and Housing Committees which addressed the professional employees' concerns and the housing needs of DC 37 members. Barry has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts with an Urban Studies Concentration from Villanova University.

Rebecca Koopman is the Director of the Third Party Transfer program in the Division of Preservation Finance at the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD). As Director, she oversees the transfer of tax delinquent and distressed properties from former owners to responsible new owners without the City taking title. The program is designed to improve real property tax collection while effectively preserving affordable housing. Rebecca holds a Masters degree in Urban Planning from Hunter College.

Karen Kunak is the Senior Director of Ticket Stock Management and Quality Control in the Division of Revenue Control at MTA New York City Transit. Karen's responsibilities include procuring over 170 million MetroCards utilized annually in the NYC Transit subway and bus system, implementing MetroCard initiatives and promotions and ensuring that all MetroCards adhere to technical specifications. Karen obtained her Bachelors degree from St. Francis College and a Masters degree in Government & Politics from St. John's University.

Donna McLean-Grant works in the Office of Workforce Development at NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC). As a Program Development Specialist, Donna is responsible for developing and implementing programs to support employees' participation in HHC's Nursing Career Ladder Program. This program retrains employees to become LPN's or to receive an Associates, Bachelors or Masters degree in Nursing. Prior to working for HHC Donna was employed as a Program Administrator managing various programs in the field of Nursing and Medical Education. She holds a Bachelor degree in Business Management from CUNY and a Masters degree in Education from CUNY Brooklyn College.

Marsha E. Murray started her career in City government in 2002 as an Agency Attorney with the Human Resources Administration (HRA). At HRA, she provided legal representation to various Agency programs including Adult Protective Services, Family Independence Administration, Home Care Services and Medicaid. Marsha joined the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) in 2007 as the Director of Program Resources in the Office of Housing Operations (OHO). In that capacity, she manages HPD's Section 8 Program Appeals Unit and manages the personnel, budget and contract issues for OHO's Executive Office. Marsha has a Bachelors degree in Political Science and Spanish Literature from Colgate University and a Law degree from Villanova University School of Law.

Jeph Oyeku is a Branch Chief at the Department of Probation's (DOP) center for Manhattan Adult Supervision. While at DOP, Jeph has been involved with the implementation of several projects including the realignment of the Manhattan Reporting Track, the roll out the Department's Reusable Case Management System and the implementation of the next Generation Kiosk, an innovative technology used to track low-risk probationers and help reduce caseloads. Jeph holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from the State University of New York at Stonybrook.

Thomas Paino is the sustainable design project director for the Department of Design and Construction (DDC). He manages the implementation of the City's sustainable architecture standards, which among other criteria include saving water and reducing energy costs, as they apply to new and rehabilitation capital projects ranging from museums to prisons. He is also producing a water saving reference guide which is hoped to become a construction standard for the City's building program. Preceding City employment he managed his own architectural firm specializing in commercial projects. Thomas holds a Bachelors degree from City College and is licensed to practice architecture in the State of New York.

Pamela Papish is the Family Violence Coordinator of the New York City Law Department's Family Court Division. She has citywide jurisdiction for the prosecution of juveniles who commit offenses against members of their families. Pam trains and supervises division attorneys who handle family offense cases, and also conducts trainings for other city agencies on issues pertaining to family violence. Prior to joining the Law Department, Pam was an Assistant District Attorney in the Domestic Violence Bureau of the Queens District Attorney's Office, where she investigated and tried felony domestic violence cases.

Margaret Rhoden began her career in City government with the Human Resources Administration (HRA) in 1985 as a caseworker. During her tenure at HRA, Margaret served as Director of Conference /Conciliation in the Office of Employment Services and as Administrative Staff Analyst in the PRIDE Program, where she assisted in setting up reporting systems for the newly created program. Margaret currently serves as Director of the Substance Abuse Service Center for HRA's Family Independence Administration, Special Needs Region. She holds a Bachelors degree from the University of the West Indies and a Master of Public Administration from New York University.

Russell Steinberg is the Deputy General Counsel at the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ). He serves as the second-highest ranking legal officer for the Agency and provides counsel on various legal matters including civil litigation and contracts. He previously worked as the Supervising Attorney for the Office of Internal Audits and Discipline at the Department of Buildings. In that position, Russell handled the prosecution of employee disciplinary cases. He also served as a member of the Board of Inquiry, convened by the Department of Buildings, to investigate the collapse of the Castle Village retaining wall in May of 2005.

Jennifer Tavis currently serves as a Director of Strategic Operations for the Department of Small Business Services (SBS). In her role, she is responsible for project management of key initiatives within the Agency, including the launch of three new CEO funded workforce programs and an overhaul of the Agency's business information tracking system. She will also have an ongoing management role in relation to the operations liaisons at the new CEO funded career centers. Jennifer has been with SBS since September of 2007. She holds a Bachelors degree in Comparative Literature from Barnard College.

Ira Tannenbaum is the Coordinator of Public/Private Initiatives for the New York City Office of Emergency Management (OEM). As Coordinator, Ira is responsible for designing and implementing programs to maximize the coordination of corporate and municipal emergency management measures and resources within New York City. Prior to joining OEM, Ira was a consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers/Mellon Financial Services. He has been an active EMT in a local volunteer ambulance service for the past 11 years, and currently teaches as an adjunct professor of Emergency Management at CUNY's John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Ira has a Masters of Business Administration with a focus in Healthcare Administration from the Zicklin School of Business of Baruch College and a Bachelors degree in Biology from Yeshiva University.

Jacqueline Terlonge serves as the Safety and Health Director for the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's Bureau of Public Health Laboratory. Jacqueline has proven success in the design, administration and oversight of major health, safety and emergency response programs and her notable accomplishments involve steering the design and deployment of new training policies that increased compliance rates. Prior to civil service, Jacqueline was employed as the Biological Safety Officer at Tulane University Health Sciences Center. She received her Masters of Public Health in Epidemiology from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

Aaron Trauring joined the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) in 2003. As an Administrative Staff Analyst in the Office of Strategic Planning and Change Management, Aaron provides support relating to Strategy and Planning, Analysis, Consulting, Facilitation, and Project Management services. Prior to joining NYCHA Aaron worked in the field of Marketing Research as a Project Manager. He has a Masters degree in Sociology and a Bachelors degree in Psychology from Queens College.

Salvador M. Valles recently joined the City as Central Inspections Operations Manager for the Department of Buildings (DOB). In his current role, he is involved in the operations for the Boiler and Elevator divisions, including preparing for the implementation of new Construction Codes. Before coming to New York City, Salvador worked with the City of St. Petersburg, Florida with the Code Enforcement unit. He has also worked in the private sector in both Product Marketing and Administrative disciplines. Salvador holds a Bachelors degree in Government from the University of San Francisco.

Hillary Weisman is Deputy General Counsel at the New York City Campaign Finance Board (CFB), an agency which provides public matching funds that enable more people to run for city office. Prior to working for CFB, Hillary was a litigator at a large private firm, worked in several different divisions at the Corporation Counsel including Affirmative Litigation, Torts and Administrative Law, and served as an Assistant Attorney General with the Consumer Frauds Bureau at the New York State Attorney General's office. Hillary is a graduate of Barnard College and Rutgers Law School.

Kevin Williams is the Director of the Unemployment Insurance Unit at the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS). The Unemployment Insurance Unit is responsible for minimizing unemployment insurance costs by monitoring claims for unemployment benefits from former City employees and representing the City at administrative hearings. In his role as Director, Kevin also works in conjunction with the New York City Police Department and the Department of Investigation to go after individuals who commit unemployment insurance fraud. He holds a Bachelors degree in Communications with a concentration in Media Studies from Hunter College.

Alyson Zikmund began her career at the Department of Homeless Services (DHS) in 2005 during graduate school as a social work intern. As the Director of Planning and Procurement for the Adult Services division, she is responsible for developing requests for proposals, conducting and overseeing contract negotiations with prospective providers of services for the division, and managing contracts through the procurement process. She also coordinates the contract actions and program planning activities of the division. Alyson earned a Bachelor degree in English from Colgate University and has a Master of Public Administration and a Master of Science in Social Work, both from Columbia University.

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