Management Academy Class of 2009

Denise Arthur

Denise Arthur is the Senior Director of Administrative Services for the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s (DOHMH) Division of Mental Hygiene.  During her 6 year tenure in the Division, Denise has held several positions including both Deputy Director and Director of Child & Adolescent Services, Director for New York City P/L and Deputy Director for Contract Budgets. Denise holds a Masters degree in Social Work from Columbia University School of Social Work.

Lloyd Brown

Lloyd Brown is the Projects Director for Urban Renewal at the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD). The Urban Renewal Unit is responsible for condemning and clearing sites for new developments. As Projects Director, Lloyd has helped to facilitate the revitalization of many communities within New York City including the South Bronx, East New York Brooklyn and Harlem. He is currently involved in the Hudson Yards project in Midtown Manhattan, a project that plans to extend the #7 train line west to 34th Street and Willets Point Avenue in Queens.

Felicia Burch-Smalls

Felicia Burch-Smalls began her career in City government over 22 years ago at the Mayor’s Office of Operations.  Since then, Felicia has worked for the Human Resources Administration, the Department of Transportation and the Department of Correction where she served as the Director of Financial and Operational Analysis. Felicia is currently responsible for preparing initiatives to prevent deficits and improve overall capital budget plans and projections in the Office of Planning and Budget at the Department of Sanitation (DSNY).  She worked on her MPA with a Policy Concentration at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at NYU and earned her BA in Government/Public Administration at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

Michael Burns

Michael Burns is the Deputy Director of the Administrative Enforcement Unit at the Department of Buildings (DOB). In this role, Michael is responsible for assuring that the enforcement of the New York City Administrative Code as it relates to buildings is reliable, consistent throughout the boroughs, and based on factual and legal authority.  As an attorney Michael must make sure that the intricacies of the code are explained and discussed with professionals and non-professionals alike and that open communication exists between attorneys units and citizens. Michael’s background includes employment as a Legal Aid Attorney, private practice in criminal law, and as a volunteer attorney for the elderly.

Kenneth Charles

Kenneth Charles is currently Senior Advisor to the Senior Executive Deputy Commissioner at the Human Resources Administration (HRA). Kenneth’s responsibilities include coordinating HRA’s reentry project, a program that assists the transition of formerly incarcerated men into the community, and the Mayor’s Fatherhood Initiative which aims to assist young men in becoming better fathers.  Prior to working at HRA, Kenneth was the General Manager and Coach of the Brooklyn Kings of the United States Basketball League (USBL) and was also an NBA On-Air analyst for the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network (ESPN).  He received his Bachelors degree from Fordham University and Law degree from the City University of New York (CUNY) Law School.

Joandrea Davis

Joandrea Davis joined the Department of Correction (DOC) in 1988 as a correction officer assigned to the Otis Bantum and George R. Vierno Correctional Centers. She worked her way through the ranks, serving as Captain, Assistant Deputy Warden and Deputy Warden.  Joandrea currently serves as Warden and is responsible for managing the operation of the George Motchan Detention Center, one of the largest detention facilities on Rikers Island.  She holds an Associates degree in Business Administration and a Bachelors degree in Political Science.

Michael Ellinas

Michael Ellinas is a 15 year veteran of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA).  He began his career in City government at MTA Bridges and Tunnels and has worked in various MTA Departments including Internal Security, Engineering and Construction and Facility Operations. Michael is currently the Senior Director of Revenue Operations Support for MTA New York City Transit (Transit). His responsibilities include developing and managing the Operating and Capital Budget, financial and human resources for the collection and processing of over $2 billion of annual revenue.  Michael obtained his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Government and Politics from St. John’s University and is also a graduate from the prestigious institute of Comparative Political and Economic Systems from Georgetown University.
Terese Flores Terese Flores is a Parks and Recreation Manager at the Department of Parks and Recreation (Parks).  She is responsible for three park districts on the east side of Manhattan and manages the maintenance and operation of the East River Esplanade and responds to the concerns of two Community Boards. In 2007, Terese was recognized by her Commissioner for her application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) analysis and was awarded Parks’ “Rookie of the Year”. She continues to apply GIS in her current managerial position to address a wide range of park-related issues with the help of her talented interns.

Marlon Forbes

Marlon Forbes serves as Deputy Director for the Community Operations Department at the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA).  In this role, Marlon is directly responsible for the operation of all community/senior centers, community facilities and the administration of all programs for youth, young adults and seniors at NYCHA developments in Brooklyn.  He also works in conjunction with public health and welfare agencies, community based organizations, resident leaders and elected officials to coordinate the delivery of essential community services.  Prior to joining NYCHA, Marlon served as Director of Operations for the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ).

Martin Grindley

Martin Grindley is a 20 year civil servant of the Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC).  He began work at TLC as an Inspector and rose through the ranks to his current position, Chief of Operations for the Division of Safety and Emissions.  Martin’s division is responsible for DMV certified inspections of over 13,000 New York City yellow taxi cabs. During the last four years Martin’s team was able to reduce the wait time for inspections from 2 hours to 20 minutes.  He is currently working on a proposal to inspect approximately 40,000 for hire vehicles prior to their renewal period.  In 2006, Martin received the Mayor’s Office Outstanding Civil Servant Award.

Marisa LaRocca

Marisa LaRocca began her career in City government in 2005 as Deputy Chief of Staff at the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT).  As Deputy Chief, Marisa streamlined Agency communications, developed a newsletter and initiated her Agency’s Summer Internship program.  She currently serves as Director of IT Professional Development at the Department of Finance (DOF). In this role, Marisa is responsible for developing a structured program and process dedicated to the professional development and career management of the IT professionals at DOF.

John A. Madden

John A. Madden is a 16-year veteran of the New York City Police Department (NYPD) and holds the rank of Detective.  He is currently assigned to the Intelligence Division where his responsibilities include providing security at City Hall.  Prior to this assignment, John was responsible for providing executive protection for Mayors Giuliani and Bloomberg.  John is proudest of his role as Peer Support Officer and considers it an honor to help officers and their families in their time of need.  He currently attends NYU’s Conflict Dispute Resolution program and plans to pursue a Masters degree in Public Administration at Marist College.

Jessica Malavez-Vaitkevicius

Jessica Malavez-Vaitkevicius is a Transportation Account Manager with the Office of Pupil Transportation at the Department of Education (DOE). In this role, Jessica manages the various transportation issues of over 400 special education schools. She is currently working on developing a tailored support system that offers resolution to some of the very intricate transportation needs that are specific to autistic, severely emotionally challenged and/or multiply disabled students. Prior to her work at the Office of Pupil Transportation, Jessica was the Special Events Manager for School Support Services at DOE.  She is a graduate of New York City College of Technology and holds a Bachelors degree in Hospitality Management.

Dawn Mancini

Dawn Mancini is a Legal Manager with the Department of Homeless Services (DHS).  In this capacity, Dawn manages DHS' legal operations at the Prevention Assistance and Temporary Housing Family Intake Center and oversees legal matters relating to families’ eligibility for temporary housing assistance.  She also collaborates with other management staff on projects, trainings and workgroups relating to the creation and implementation of policies and procedures applicable to families with children.  Dawn earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Vassar College and a Juris Doctor degree from  Seton Hall University School of Law.

Lani M’cleod

Lani M’cleod is the Director of Procurement Data and Analysis at the Department of Small Business Services (SBS).  In this role, Lani oversees the production of monthly and year-end metrics tracking and reporting for the City’s Minority and Women-owned Business (M/WBE) Program.  As an analytical resource for program staff, Lani assists in the development of new program components and the evaluation of current initiatives. Before City service, she worked in the nonprofit sector on food policy and micro finance initiatives.  Lani holds a Bachelors degree in International Relations and a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from Boston University, and a Masters degree in Development Studies from the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, Netherlands.

Paul McNicholas

Paul McNicholas began his civil service career in 2000 working as an IT network administrator for the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH).  In 2002 he joined the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications’ (DoITT) Franchise Administration Division where he currently serves as Director of Operations.  In this role, Paul is responsible for IT maintenance, development and office management and is currently spearheading divisional digitalization projects.  In addition, Paul is also the unit’s head liaison to the 311, GIS and network operations teams.

Shane Ojar

Shane Ojar joined the Department of Design and Construction (DDC) in 2007, after spending over 16 years in the private sector.  Shane is the Deputy Director in the Office of Community Outreach and Notification. As Deputy Director, he and his staff conduct community outreach programs for high-profile infrastructure projects citywide.  Shane is required to liaise with community boards, elected officials and media in various situations, from proactive outreach to crisis management.  Since his arrival at DDC, Shane has been successful in implementing several measures used to improve DDC's outreach efforts.  Shane holds a Bachelors degree from New York University.

Anthony Ramirez II

Anthony Ramirez II is the Director of Youth Connect, an information and referral service for New York City youth and part of the Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD).  Under his leadership, Youth Connect has increased outreach and improved communication with young people by expanding its services from a telephone hotline to the Internet, including a monthly e-newsletter and email requests.  Prior to 2008, Anthony held management positions with Wildcat Service Corporation in human services and with the South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation (SoBRO) in youth development.  Anthony holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Columbia University.

Giuseppe Scalia

Giuseppe Scalia is a Project Architect at Metropolitan Transportation Authority New York City Transit (Transit).  In this role, Giuseppe oversees an architectural team responsible for the successful completion of station design projects. During the course of his 15-year career at Transit, Giuseppe has worked on a variety of projects, including a Bus Depot in the Bronx and new station initiatives, such as the Second Avenue Subway, the extension of the number 7 train line and station rehabilitations in Rockaway, Queens.  Prior to his work at Transit, Giuseppe practiced architecture in the private sector. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from City College of New York and a Master of Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard University.

Amy Schultz

Amy Schultz joined the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) in 2006 and is currently the Director of Transportation and Infrastructure.  As Director, she oversees the development of many of the City’s emergency response and recovery plans, including evacuation, damage assessment, debris management, power disruption, and flash flooding.  Amy also led the development of the City’s Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan, which received FEMA approval and formal City adoption through Mayoral Executive Order in March 2009.  Amy earned a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Political Science from the University of Wisconsin and a Juris Doctor and certificate in environmental law from Pace University.

Paul Schwartz

Paul Schwartz is the Interim Director of the Bridge Preventive Maintenance Unit at the Department of Transportation (DOT).  The Bridge Preventive Maintenance section is responsible for maintenance on all 788 DOT owned Bridge structures and other City and State owned structures. Paul’s responsibilities include managing a team of 110 laborers and administrative staff, working closely with contractors, consultants and other inter and intra agency representatives, data analysis and short and long term planning for Bridge Preventive Maintenance. His project highlights include the formation of an Expansion Joint Maintenance and Preservation program (in progress), a database for Federal Reimbursement, and critical involvement in the evolution of the East River Bridge Anti-Icing program.

Isaac H. Suggs, Jr.

Isaac H. Suggs, Jr. is the Director of Transportation at the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH).  In his role as Director, Isaac is responsible for the operation and maintenance of DOHMH’s 356 vehicle fleet, two garages, 50 Motor Vehicle Operators and 3 mechanics.  Isaac has an extensive career in public service, having served in the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, and the Office of the Inspector General in Washington D.C., as well as in the Military as a Medical Evacuation helicopter pilot.

Rubin Varghese

Rubin Varghese joined the Division of Municipal Services (DMSS) with Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) in January 2005.  DMSS is responsible for all large purchases of goods for the City of New York.  DMSS is also charged with quality control for all purchases; warehousing and distribution of goods to agencies throughout the City; redistribution of City agencies’ goods; and the management of various City agency vehicle fleets and services.  As a Special Projects Analyst, Rubin collaborates with various units in the Agency to develop business and technical solutions important to procurement functions.  Rubin has a Masters degree in Business Administration from the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College and a Bachelors degree in History from New York University.

Keith Walsh

Keith Walsh is the Assistant General Counsel with the Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD).  As Assistant General Counsel, Keith is responsible for drafting and negotiating significant contracts, as well as advising and preparing legal opinions relating to issues regarding DYCD programs or other matters of importance to the agency and the City.  Prior to joining the City, Keith was the Public Interest Fellow in Consumer Bankruptcy Law and Financial Literacy with a non-profit organization affiliated with Fordham Law School and New York Law School.  He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Texas – Arlington, holds an MBA from the University of Dallas, and a Law degree from Rutgers School of Law.
Denita M. WilliamsDenita M. Williams has worked in public service for 25 years specializing in the field of Human Resources. Prior to her current role as Personnel Director at the Department of Homeless Services (DHS), Denita worked in various HR roles at the Office of the Mayor, the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) and the Department of Design and Construction. At DHS, Denita functions as the principal advisor to agency executives and senior management on all personnel issues and also serves as the primary contact with the Department of Administrative Services (DCAS), the City’s oversight agency on Civil Service and Personnel issues.

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