Management Academy Class of 2013

Markus Anto began his career in City service in 1987 as an Auto Mechanic at the Department of Sanitation.  He joined the New York City Police Department in 1988, and continued his work as an Auto Mechanic at Fleet Services Division.  At NYPD, Markus served as Supervisor of Mechanics, District Supervisor, and Operations Supervisor where he was placed in charge of nine Service Stations throughout the five boroughs.  Currently Markus is Deputy Director of the Fleet Services Division where manages, oversees, and directs over 350 professional, technical and support personnel responsible for 9700 vehicles.  Most recently, he was responsible for integrating the consolidation of 1600 vehicles and 40 employees from the Department of Transportation and the Department of Environmental Protection into the Police Department.   Markus is a graduate of Denver Automotive and Diesel College and also attended classes at St. John’s University and Nassau Community College. 



Donald Antonetty began his civil-service career in 1988 at the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) as a Child Protective Caseworker. He rose through the ranks and in 2001 was appointed Deputy Director of Administrative Services for ACS’ Bronx Field Office. In that role, Donald worked in staff training and policy development; he was also responsible for implementing a state-wide case-management system for use by 3,000 ACS staff. Donald was the Director of System Development at ACS’ Department of Management Information Systems (MIS). The department is responsible for developing, implanting, and supporting various IT tracking and reporting systems for Child Welfare, Child Care/Head Start, and JD/Detention Services as well as administrative and financial support systems.


Sancia S. Bonaparte is a Program Analyst for the Bureau of Veterinary and Pest Control Services at the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH).  In this role, she conducts epidemiologic and operational data analyses derived from the activities of Pest Control Services and Veterinary Public Health Services.  Recently, Sancia was a part of the development and implementation team that automated and streamlined the work of the Pest Control Services unit which performed over 130,000 inspections in 2012; and in the last year, she was part of a team which authored a report on the findings from the Bronx rat initiative, published in ‘Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report'.  She currently holds a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology with a minor in Biology from Stony Brook University and a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from New York Medical College, School of Public Health.


Andrew DeRose began his career with the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) as a Child Protective Specialist.  He quickly rose through the ranks, and in 2008 was promoted to Child Protective Manager for Children’s Services.  As Manager, Andrew supervised daily operations of the overnight team and assisted in transitioning cases from ECS to the Borough Offices. He currently serves as Director of Central Office of Operations for the Division of Family Permanency Services /foster care.   Andrew received a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from St. Francis College, and is currently working towards completing a Master’s in Education in Human Services from St. Johns University.


Kimberly M. Edwards works for the Department of Small Business Services (SBS) in the Workforce division. She is responsible for overseeing recruitment management at Workforce1 Career Centers across the City of New York, working in partnership with vendors who represent the NYC Business Solutions and Workforce1 brand.  Prior to joining SBS, Kimberly worked at a Community Development Financial Institution for over ten years in business finance, mortgage lending, and affordable  residential real-estate development with the mission of creating and protecting ownership and economic opportunity in neighborhoods and communities. Kimberly holds a Master’s of Science degree in Social Enterprise Administration from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Queens University of Charlotte. During her master’s education she interned at ACCION and Neighborhood Housing Services of New York in Administration and Finance services. She was distinguished among her University colleagues as a Management Fellow, and volunteered as a financial counselor for Columbia’s Money Makes Sense community program.


Lauren Fasano is a Labor Attorney in the Office of Labor Relations at MTA New York City Transit. In this role, Lauren represents Transit at administrative hearings involving labor-management disputes. Lauren began her career with Transit as a legal intern in the Workers’ Compensation Division in 2008. She is a graduate of Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and the City College of New York. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Business Administration at Rutgers Business School.



John Fernandez has worked at the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT) for over 15 years.  During his tenure, John has acquired extensive IT programming experience which includes; analysis, design, development, trouble shooting, and use of multiple technology platforms.  Currently, he manages the Portal Production Support Team, responsible for the and CityShare sites and its applications.  Prior to this, John served as Application Engineer and Lead Application Engineer at DoITT, and Internet Analyst Developer at the SONY Corporation.  John holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics, and a Master of Science degree in Computer Science.


Timothy Forker is Senior Director of Long Range & Strategic Planning in New York City Transit’s Department of Subways.  Working with his department’s operating and maintenance divisions, as well as NYC Transit’s engineering groups, he is responsible for developing Subways’ capital investment priorities for NYC Transit’s five-year program and twenty-year plan.  Recently, he has been dedicating significant time and effort to the Superstorm Sandy recovery and resiliency program, as well as Transit’s developing asset management system.  Previously, he worked as a Policy Analyst on environmental and transportation issues at the Manhattan Borough President’s Office, and on solid waste management and recycling at a local non-profit organization.  After attending Reed College, he earned a Masters degree at New York University.


Sheila Grizzle has 25 years of experience with the City of New York.  Sheila started as a Clerical Associate and has consistently worked her way up to the title and role of Administrative Manager.   Reporting to the past and current Commissioner of the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS), Sheila works as the Scheduling Coordinator wherein she provides confidential administrative support to the Commissioner; plans and manages the daily activities in the Commissioner’s office as well as coordinates meetings with high level city government and private sector officials on behalf of the Commissioner.  Sheila also plans and coordinates the Commissioner’s conferences and speaking engagements, provides coordination and support for event planning and seasonal celebrations, and supervises administrative support staff. Sheila holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Berkeley College, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with induction in multiple honors societies, including Alpha Sigma Lambda, Phi Theta Kappa and Sigma Beta Delta.  


Claudia Herasme joined the Department of City Planning in 2003, and currently serves as Senior Urban Designer. In this role, Claudia works as project manager and lead urban designer for waterfront developments and public space and streetscape regulations; conducts urban design and land use analysis to develop recommendations for neighborhood rezoning; and reviews and issues recommendations for private and city-sponsored proposals. In addition, Claudia is the Department’s liaison to the Public Design Commission, and she also served as Associate Editor of the 2011 Zoning Handbook. Claudia holds a Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, and an Architecture degree from Universidad Nacional Pedro Henriquez Ureña in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.  She is also a recipient of the Department of City Planning’s Michael Weil Urban Design Award.


Doreen J. Johann, M.S. began her career at the Department of Environmental Protection in the Bureau of Water Supply where she pioneered new Water Quality Research Projects to proactively address upcoming regulations that would affect the agency’s compliance in the public health arena.  In this role, she also served on numerous committees representing the City of New York and became Assistant Chief of Drinking Water Quality Control where she managed a staff of technical and administrative employees.  Doreen is currently the Director of Program Development & Training in the Office of Environmental Health & Safety.  In this role, she combines her technical expertise, people and problem solving skills to bring about critical training initiatives for DEP’s workforce. One such project is the Training, Tracking & Reporting System (TTRS) which serves as the agency’s enterprise database for tracking all training within the agency.  Doreen has a M.S. in Environmental & Occupational Health from CUNY – Hunter College and a B.S. in Marine Biology from LIU – Southampton College


Bishoy Luka is the Clinical Assistant Director of Pharmacy at the Queens Hospital Center in Jamaica, NY. In this role he develops clinical pharmacy services and works integrally with nurses and providers to deliver appropriate bedside medication management and institute medication safety practices.  He has recently completed a graduate certificate program in Health Information Technology at Columbia University.


Jacqueline Maquine began with the Department of Investigation (DOI) in 2005 as an intern and joined the agency as a Confidential Investigator in 2006.  Since 2009, Jacqueline has served as the Chief of Staff to Squad 1.  As such, Jacqueline is responsible for managing administrative staff as well as supervising investigations into fraud, corruption and abuse of authority by City employees from complaint through prosecution.  Jacqueline holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Psychology from the University of Scranton and the same year she became an Investigator with DOI, started the Master’s Degree program at John Jay College of Criminal Justice at night, concentrating in Information Technology Security.

John Mattera serves as a project manager in the planning office at the Department of Parks & Recreation.  He coordinates all Bronx Parks projects, oversees the 215 miles of greenways in parks throughout the city, and manages a $130 million federal transportation grant portfolio. From small bike paths to the Highbridge reconstruction, John works with City and State agencies, “friends of” groups, and non-profits to make great open spaces for New York.


Alicia Mena is a Supervising Investigator for the Internal Audits and Discipline Division of the Department of Buildings (DOB). In this role, Alicia oversees all investigations ranging from alleged acts of employee misconduct, complaints concerning unlicensed contractors performing work throughout the city, and DOB accident investigations.  Alicia also serves as project manager for the Illegal Apartment Special Project, a task force that utilizes undercover operations as a means to gain entry into apartments that are illegally converted by property owners and landlords.  Alicia holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Legal Studies from John Jay College of Criminal Justice.


Mark Neal currently works for the Department of Homeless Services (DHS) as a senior manager and advisor to the commissioner. In his role as Executive Director, he advises the commissioner and senior management on legal and policy issues related to human resources and organizational development matters.  He also oversees the agency’s diversity management and inclusion program and is a member of the employee relations team. Mark has served in several senior level positions with DHS including as the agency’s chief of staff and the special assistant to the General Counsel. Mark is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the Northeastern University School of Law


Wanda D. Newton is the Director of Administration for the Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention and Tobacco Control at the Department of Health & Mental Hygiene (DOHMH). The Bureau leads the Agency’s efforts to reduce and prevent the leading causes of death in New York City through innovative environmental and systems changes as well as public education, program evaluation and the implementation of policies and procedures that promote physical activity, healthy eating and smoking cessation. Wanda joined DOHMH in 1989. She holds a Master of Science in Administration (MSA) degree from Metropolitan College of New York, where she’s served as an adjunct professor for twenty-three years. Wanda is also the Chapter Director for the Managerial Employees Association for DOHMH.


Sandra Peart is a Business Analyst in the Division of Technology and Strategic Development at the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD). In this capacity Sandra works with various agency divisions to enhance existing systems or create new technology solutions through analysis and design system methodologies. Sandra is also a member of HPD’s Project Management Office and Business Council; both groups strive to ensure overall HPD needs are meet with various project initiatives. Prior to joining the City, Sandra was a Management Consultant for Accenture implementing technology solutions for telecommunication companies. Sandra has a Bachelor’s degree in Information Science and Technology from Syracuse University. 


Jessica Perez is the Assistant Director of Career & Transfer Services in the Division of Student Affairs at Bronx Community College (BCC). In this capacity, Jessica manages career and transfer services, organizes on campus recruitment events and workshops, and partners with prospective employers and 4 year college institutions, to provide students with a diverse range of opportunities once they have completed their academic career at BCC. Jessica also assists students with professional development including; business writing, interview preparation and internships, and also serves as an Adjunct Lecturer for the Cooperative Work Experience Program and Freshmen Year Seminar.  Prior to joining BCC, she worked at Good Shepherd Services with the Learning to Work Program.  Jessica earned her Master’s in Public Administration from Metropolitan College of New York and her Bachelor’s degree in English and Sociology from Binghamton University.


Andrew Potak is an Assistant Borough Chief in the Law Department's Brooklyn Tort Division.  Andrew began his career as a pre-trial lawyer in the Brooklyn office in 2003, handling all facets of the defense of personal injury lawsuits against the City.  From 2006 to 2007, he served as a "back to back" trial lawyer, which required him to empanel a jury every Monday morning, and if necessary, try the matter to conclusion.  In 2007, Andrew was promoted to the position of Assistant Borough Chief and continues to serve in that capacity.  Andrew assists with the supervision of 21 pre-trial lawyers who defend the City against personal injury lawsuits venued in Kings County.  He also mentors junior attorneys and assists them with transition from law school to the practice of law.  In 2009, he received the Association of the Bar of the City of New York's Municipal Affairs Award for outstanding achievement at the NYC Law Department.  Andrew holds a B.A. in Political Science from Brooklyn College (CUNY) and a cum laude J.D. from the SUNY Law School at Buffalo

Megan Pribram has worked in the Planning and Preparedness Division with the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) since 2004, first as a Special Needs Coordinator, more recently as the Director of the Health and Medical Unit, and currently as the Director of Plan Management. She contributed to citywide emergency response plans such as the Debris Management Plan, the Transit Strike Plan, and the Healthcare Facility Evacuation Plan. As the one of the agency’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Managers, Megan has led multiple EOC and Situation Room activations including H1N1, heat and winter weather, and Hurricanes Irene and Sandy. Prior to joining OEM she managed 9/11 recovery programs with a non-profit in NYC.


Cecilia Rosinger is the Director of Labor Relations at the Department of Design and Construction (DDC), the City’s primary capital construction project manager, which builds or renovates libraries, police precincts, courthouse, as well as the City’s infrastructure. In that capacity, Cecilia manages the relationship between city officials, union officers and agency managers. She is involved in Personnel matters relating to maintaining the Agency’s mission while it adapts to changes in laws and electronic advancements; her portfolio includes personnel training. Prior to joining DDC, Cecilia was an Administrative Law Judge for various City agencies and worked in the private banking sector. She has a law degree from Rutgers University School of Law.


Carolyn Smith began her career in City government in 1987 as a Clerical Associate with the Department of Investigation (DOI). She worked her way up through the ranks and was promoted to Confidential Investigator II, and served as Assistant to the Executive Director, where she processed judicial appointments and high-level background investigations. Currently, Carolyn serves as an Associate Investigator at the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS).  In this role she is responsible for determining what cases DCAS will investigate, what cases the hiring City agency will investigate, and what cases can be closed via streamline methodology.  She conducts investigatory review and follow-up for cases with criminal history and/or other derogatory indicators, and assigns designated cases to investigators for full investigation. Carolyn holds a Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and Liberal Arts from City College (CUNY), and an Associate’s degree from New York City Technical College (CUNY).



Keith Snow is a Senior Counsel and supervisor in the Pensions Division of the New York City Law Department.  In this role, he provides legal counsel to the five City Retirement Systems and Pension Funds, and represents those entities in complex pension-related litigation, appellate matters and class action securities litigation.  Keith joined the Law Department’s Family Court Division as a law student in 1999, and also worked in the Workers’ Compensation Division as an Assistant Corporation Counsel.  In 2004, Keith was promoted to Senior Counsel, and in 2006, he joined the Pensions Division.  Keith is a graduate of Binghamton University and holds a law degree from the City University of New York.

Owen Stone is the Press Secretary for the Department of Finance, where he develops communication strategies for promoting agency initiatives and responds to media inquiries for one of the largest revenue agencies in the nation.  Prior to joining Finance in 2006, Owen served as the Director of the Mayor’s Office of Research and Media Analysis, where he oversaw the Office of the Mayor’s Communications Research Division.  He has also served as the Deputy Director of Research and Communications for the 2002 and 2003 NYC Charter Revision Commissions respectively, for which he was appointed to review and make recommendations to revise New York City’s governing document.  Owen earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from SUNY Albany.

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