Management Academy Class of 2010

Trinity Abbott

Trinity Abbott joined the Ferry Division of the Department of Transportation (DOT) in 2006, and currently serves as Chief of Staff for the Division, which oversees the Staten Island Ferry and the Office of Private Ferries.  In this capacity, Trinity assists with the management of the Ferry, including the review and improvement of work processes focusing on budget, contracting, and administrative issues, and oversees the Customer Service Office for the Ferry.  Before joining DOT, Trinity worked in congressional relations at the Transportation Security Administration in Washington, D.C.  She completed her undergraduate studies at the College of William and Mary and her Masters in International Security at George Washington University. 

Hassan Abdelbaky

Hassan Abdelbaky began his career in City government over 20 years ago with the Department of Finance.  For the last sixteen years, he has held several positions within the Department for the Aging (DFTA) where he currently serves as the Discretionary Funds Manager.  Hassan’s responsibilities include overseeing the process of the discretionary awards designated to senior citizen programs citywide and ensuring that such awards are allocated to the service providers according to the public use designation.  He also works to streamline the communication between DFTA, the elected officials awarding the funds, the service providers, and the city oversight agencies. Hassan earned his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Business Administration from Cairo University.

Murat Acikgoz, P.E.

Murat Acikgoz, P.E. is the Area Engineer at the Mechanical Engineering Section within the Bureau of Wastewater Treatment at the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). Murat directly supervises and serves as a team leader to a staff of six engineers who are responsible for the preparation of contract specifications and the management of capital construction projects. As Area Engineer, Murat prepares contract specifications, request for proposals, cost estimates and change orders. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of New York and holds both a Bachelors and Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering. 

Elaine Alexander

Elaine Alexander is a Director in the Bureau of Case Integrity and Eligibility Verification at the Human Resources Administration (HRA). The Bureau is responsible for revenue enhancing projects and the analysis of federal, state and local legislative policies that improve reimbursement claims and help to contain local Medicaid costs. In her role as Director, Elaine has created various database systems and reports that aid in the planning, controlling, and tracking of important programs within the Agency. In 2004 she was awarded an HRA Professionalism, Accountability and Integrity Award which highlights employees who demonstrate the Agency’s core values. 

Sheila Anane

Sheila Anane is a Development Project Analyst for the Bureau of the Primary Care Information Project at the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH). In this role, Sheila assists in the collaborative development of public health functionality in electronic medical records for a project initiated three years ago with a $20 million mayoral initiative and supplemented by a $20 million federal initiative through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Sheila holds a Masters degree in Public Health from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and a Bachelors degree in Science and Technology Studies from Cornell University.

Leila Barconey

Leila Barconey began working for the Department of Parks & Recreation (Parks) in February 2000. She currently serves as the Director of Program Development & Evaluation for the Parks Opportunity Program (POP), one of the nation's largest transitional employment programs.  Leila manages POP’s pilot programs and new initiatives, working collaboratively to ensure POP meets or exceeds its objectives.  In addition, she plays a pivotal role in developing the future course of POP through the inclusion of new programming and partnerships designed to target specific career sectors or discrete populations within POP. Past projects have included Horticulture, Weatherization, and Electrical Technology training initiatives, and special programs for non-custodial fathers and disconnected youth.  Leila holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Georgetown University.

Scott Bloom, LCSW

Scott Bloom, LCSW, is the Director of School Mental Health Services for the Office of School Health—a joint department of the New York City Department of Education (DOE) and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH). Scott oversees the Child and Family Clinic Plus program for DOE and serves on numerous citywide and state committees to improve children’s mental health services. Scott has worked with children and families for over 20 years in venues such as out patient clinics, child welfare and mental health agencies. In addition to City service, Scott is an adjunct professor for the Graduate program at New York University School of Social Work from where he also holds a Masters degree in Clinical Social Work.

Andre Brown

Andre Brown is a Project Manager in the Division of Municipal Supply Services at the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS).  In this capacity, he is responsible for the multi-year phased planning, oversight and implementation of a web-based Inventory Management System that will automate the manual inventory control processes and deliver more than 10,000 supply requisitions a year to City agencies throughout the five boroughs.  Prior to joining the City, Andre served more than 20 years on active duty in the U.S. Air Force and culminated his career as a military liaison to the U.S. Mission to the United Nations.  He holds a Bachelors degree in Economics from Strayer University, a Graduate Certificate in Information Systems Security from George Washington University and is currently pursuing an MBA with the New York Institute of Technology.  

Steven Cain

Steven Cain is the Park Administrator at Crotona Park, a 127-acre regional flagship park serving the communities of the South Bronx.  As Park Administrator, Steven has rallied support from local elected officials, not for profits, and community residents, while driving a $15M capital plan, and leading the park through the most extensive period of renovations and improvements in over fifty years.  In addition, Steven has amplified the park’s programming schedule to include culturally enriching and diverse performances by such organizations as the New York Metropolitan Opera, Repertorio Espanol, and the internationally renowned Les Ballets Africains from the Republic of Guinea in West Africa. Steven earned a Bachelors degree in Political Science from Arizona State University and a Masters degree in Education from Northern Arizona University.

Robert Collyer

Robert Collyer is the Director of the Movable Bridge Group at the Department of Transportation (DOT) which is responsible for the design and construction of capital projects for the 25 movable bridges and 6 tunnels owned by the City. Along with the $612 million replacement of the Willis Avenue Bridge over the Harlem River, the group has close to $ 1.5 billion under construction and in various stages of design. Prior to joining the DOT, Robert was responsible for over $500 million in heavy/highway construction for various agencies in the metropolitan area. Bob received both a Bachelor of Science and Masters degree in Civil Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and holds the rank of Commander in the Naval Reserve.

Anna Frantz

Anna Frantz is the Director of the Article 8A Loan Program at the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD).  As Director, she is responsible for managing the process through which moderate rehabilitation loans are provided to affordable residential properties using City subsidy.  Anna began her career in City government at HPD in 2005 as a Housing and Community Development Fellow.  As part of the program, she had the opportunity to work within several different units in the agency, after which she spent over two years as Deputy Director of the Participation Loan Program, which provides low-interest financing to private residential building owners for substantial rehabilitation projects.  Anna has a Bachelors degree in Art History and Psychology from Williams College and earned a Masters degree in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  

Amber Greene

Amber Greene joined the Office of Emergency Management in 2005 and is the Director of Ready New York – the City’s emergency preparedness education campaign.  As Director, Amber works to maximize the campaign’s visibility by developing and evaluating community outreach and marketing initiatives for 11 preparedness programs. Amber manages partnerships with various sectors, authors training manuals/presentations, provides public speaking training to OEM staff and volunteers, and serves as an agency spokesperson on preparedness issues.  Prior to joining OEM, she worked as a Public Affairs Coordinator with the New York State Assembly. Amber holds a Bachelors degree from the State University of New York at New Paltz.

Sarah J. Goldwyn

Sarah J. Goldwyn is a City Planner and Team Leader with the Department of City Planning (DCP) in the Brooklyn Borough Office. In this capacity, she develops and manages the coordination of neighborhood rezonings and various other land use and public policy initiatives that entail detailed technical review, extensive community outreach and interagency coordination.  During the course of her eleven year career at City Planning, Sarah has managed a diverse workload of highly complex rezonings including the Coney Island Comprehensive Plan, a mayoral initiative that will protect and grow the famed amusement area and create significant new housing opportunities and neighborhood services.  Sarah earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Studies from Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

Bruce Hamilton

Bruce Hamilton is the Director of the Call Center at the Financial Information Services Agency (FISA). FISA maintains and provides support for Citywide financial and Human Resource systems including the recently upgraded Financial Management System (FMS). The Call Center supports city users, vendors doing business with the City, and the banks that process the financial transactions. He has been a member of the FISA Call Center since 2001 and has held every office title in the Department. Bruce earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Georgetown University.

Wayne Kalish

Wayne Kalish serves as the Director of Franchise Audit and Revenue with the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT).  As Director, Wayne conducts both compliance and financial audits of telecommunications franchisees which have resulted in over $1.3 million in additional City revenues.  Additionally, Wayne prepares projections, performs vendor management functions and collaborates with other management staff on projects designed to improve workflow.  Wayne holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Arizona and a Masters of Business Administration in Accounting from Pace University.

Tayo Kurzman

Tayo Kurzman is an attorney with the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) and supervises the agency’s Legal Enforcement Unit.  As the Supervisor of Legal Enforcement, she oversees the prosecution of violations of the Fire Code, and other rules and regulations, before the Environmental Control Board and Criminal Court.  Additionally, as an Assistant Counsel, Tayo is assigned to complex and sensitive Fire Department matters including counterterrorism, intellectual property, contracts and procurement, occupational safety and health, the issuance of FDNY authorizations, and drafting and implementing policies and procedures.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Brooklyn College and a law degree from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.

Ayman Mekhail

Ayman Mekhail is an Assistant Director in the Training and Development Department at Coney Island Hospital, a subsidiary of the Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC). As Assistant Director, Ayman is responsible for overseeing the day to day activities of the Department which include; working to ensure that all Coney Island Hospital staff participate in required trainings, elective trainings, and education development programs designed to improve professional competencies. In addition to his duties as Assistant Director, he also serves as an adjunct professor at Kingsborough Community College, a position he has held for 15 years. Ayman holds a Masters degree in Community Health and a Bachelors degree in Health Science from Brooklyn College, and an Associates degree in Environmental Health Science from Kingsborough Community College. 

Aisha Norflett

Aisha Norflettis the Director of the Licensing and Exams Unit at the Department of Buildings (DOB) which is responsible for the qualifying, issuance, discipline, and maintenance of trade licenses and registrations.  As Director, Aisha oversees DOB license examinations, manages administrative operations, and implements strategic projects that are in line with the Agency's initiatives.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Pennsylvania State University and a Masters in Business Administration from Baruch College.  Prior to joining  DOB, Aisha worked as an Internal Management Consultant with the New York City Fire Department (FDNY).   

David Santiago

David Santiago is the Assistant General Manager of Customer Service, 6 Line for NYC Transit. He is responsible for the Station Agents and Cleaners that interact with the public and for coordinating major construction activities and normal repairs for stations under his jurisdiction. David started as an agent in 1981 and rose through the supervisory ranks to his current position. As a supervisor, he represented his department during the testing, awarding and installation of Automated Fare Collection (AFC) equipment and as a Superintendent he revised lunch relief schedules for hourly personnel that were synchronized to train timetables with close to 100% accuracy. David is a Regents scholarship graduate, holds a Transportation Management Certificate from John Jay College and is currently studying at Empire State College. 

Jason Schachter

Jason Schachter is Director of research for the Division of Citywide Equal Employment Opportunity at the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS).  In this position he oversees statistical research related to the demographic composition of the City workforce, including monitoring of agency-level workforce composition and adverse impact in the hiring, termination, and promotion of City employees.  Prior to joining the City in 2009, he was a demographer for the U.S. Census Bureau in Washington, D.C., senior statistician for the International Labor Office (ILO) in Geneva, Switzerland; and has worked as a consultant for many international organizations like the World Bank and the International Organization for Migration (IOM). Jason received his PhD in Rural Sociology and Demography from Pennsylvania State University and also holds an adjunct assistant professor position with Columbia University’s School of International and Policy Affairs.

Amy Slifka

Amy Slifka is the Managing Attorney for the Manhattan office of the Environmental Control Board (ECB), a Division of the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings. Amy is responsible for conducting on the job training for Administrative Law Judges in connection with hearing procedures, decision writing and various aspects of the law.  She is also responsible for the day to day management of the Manhattan office and for ensuring that all decisions are rendered in a timely manner.  Amy received her J.D. from Benjamin Cardozo School of Law.

Amy Slifka

Elise Shin is a Special Projects Manager for online e-learning content for the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD). For the past three years, she has helped to spear-head the online e-learning initiative with the idea of transitioning from an instructor-led learning environment to an online learning platform for both internal training and education for the public. The current online portfolio consists of 6 courses, with 2 more in development and an ambitious start-up to deliver information via podcasts.

Elizabeth Upp

Elizabeth Upp is the Director of Communications at the New York City Campaign Finance Board (CFB).  Her responsibilities include creating and producing educational materials for candidates running for local office under the Campaign Finance Act; educating voters about local elections; continuously maintaining and improving the CFB’s website, and crafting a unified agency message in collaboration with other units at the CFB.  Her most demanding and publicly recognized project is the official New York City Voter Guide, which is mailed to over 3.5 million NYC households and produced in an interactive format online before each citywide election. She oversees multimillion dollar printing and translation contracts in addition to in-house and consultant staff.

Barry Vanterpool

Barry Vanterpool serves as Federal Highway Administration Coordinator for the Department of Design and Construction (DDC). In this role, Barry oversees federal reimbursement of all World Trade Center Infrastructure projects in Lower Manhattan and ensures that the projects adhere to all Affirmative Action federal requirements including the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program. He also writes procedural language for technical staff, and serves as a liaison between the City and State Departments of Transportation.  Prior to his role as Coordinator, he served as Resident Engineer at DDC where he managed and inspected capital sewer and water main projects. Barry holds a Bachelors degree from Stony Brook University. 
Jessica Vides-Hernandez

Jessica Vides-Hernandez is the Deputy Director of Beacons; a school based community center operated by community based organizations and monitored by the Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD).  As Deputy Director, Jessica is responsible for the oversight of 40 DYCD funded Beacon programs where she works to identify systematic changes and develop tools needed  to enhance services and better monitor programs. Prior to working with Beacons, Jessica was a program manager managing youth development and delinquency programs.  She has worked in the field of youth development for over 20 years.

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