Management Academy Class of 2014

Thomas Adams is a City Planner at the Department of Parks & Recreation (Parks). He works in the Interagency Coordination Unit within the Capital Projects Division. As City Planner, Thomas monitors a portfolio of major capital projects being undertaken by outside agencies and authorities impacting parkland or requiring Parks’ approval. He guides complex capital projects through Parks’ review process, negotiates mitigation and restitution agreements for projects impacting parkland, and reviews projects in construction for adherence to Parks’ design standards. Prior to his career at Parks, Thomas worked at Parsons Brinckerhoff as a Senior Transportation Planner where he specialized in non-motorized transportation planning. He holds a Master degree in City and Regional Planning from Rutgers University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Boston College. 



Beatrice Aladin is the Director of Health Policy and Planning at the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS). In this role, Beatrice creates reviews, revises and updates health policies and procedures. She is also responsible for supervising the Medical Audit Unit for City foster care agencies located throughout the city. Prior to joining ACS, Beatrice worked with the Bureau of Early Intervention at the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene as one of the developers of the Families as Partners Initiative. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and her Master of Public Administration degree in Health Management and Finance from New York University.



Bernadette Artus serves as a Deputy Director in the Preservation Department of the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC). In this capacity, Bernadette is responsible for supervising a portion of the staff, helping to improve instructional materials for new staff, and reviewing certain proposals, such as alterations to several of New York City's Scenic Landmarks. Prior to her current role, she worked at the LPC, first as an intern, researching and preparing presentation materials; then as a Compliance Officer, investigating work in violation of the Landmarks Law; and then as a Landmarks Preservationist and Senior Landmarks Preservationist, reviewing proposals for alterations to a wide variety of designated Landmarks and mentoring new staff members. Bernadette holds a Masters in both Historic Preservation and Urban Planning at Columbia University.


Shalini Beath is the Deputy Director of MillionTreesNYC at the Department of Parks and Recreation (Parks). In this role, Shalini helps to manage citywide volunteer tree planting and care programs, liaises with various organizations and groups to expand the tree care program's reach and manages a mini-grant program to empower grassroots community groups to expand and sustain local tree care efforts in neighborhoods across the city. Shalini also develops staff trainings, volunteer orientations and enhances tree care curriculum and educational materials to raise awareness and appreciation for trees. Prior to joining MillionTreesNYC in 2011, she worked at Parks’ Urban Park Rangers division as a Grants Manager. Shalini holds a Master’s degree in Conservation Biology from Columbia University and a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Binghamton University.


Danielle Brogan is an attorney in the Collective Bargaining Unit of the Office of Labor Relations at the New York City Transit Authority. The Collective Bargaining Unit is responsible for negotiating all of the collective bargaining agreements between the Authority and its’ over 40,000 represented employees. In her role, Danielle collaborates with department heads to formulate management’s bargaining proposals and analyzes union proposals. In addition, she provides assistance to departments in interpreting contractual agreements and ensures that negotiated provisions are properly implemented. Danielle started her career as an attorney in the Torts Division of the Authority’s Law Department. She is a cum laude graduate of Quinnipiac University School of Law, holds a Master of Arts degree in Government and Politics from St. John’s University and is a magna cum laude graduate of Fairfield University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics.


Derek Carter has worked in City service for 30 years. He currently serves as Director of Field Operations within the Division of Child Protection at the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS). In this position, Derek oversees the investigations of child abuse and neglect cases, facilitates staff training of new ACS policies and initiatives, and participates in community outreach efforts in support of the Agency’s “Demystify ACS” initiative. Derek is also a member of the ACS Speakers Bureau, where he makes presentations at colleges and universities to encourage students to pursue a career with ACS. Derek holds a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from Queens College and a Master of Science in Urban Policy and Administration from Brooklyn College.



Girish Chainani is Deputy Director of Benefits Administration at the Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS). In this role, Girish is responsible for the core functions and operations of each business unit within Benefits Administration including; Termination, Retirement, Enrollment, In-Service Payroll and Member Status. His duties involve planning and monitoring the budget, conducting risk assessments and supporting agency-wide special projects. Prior to joining TRS, Girish managed an IT development team at Lucent Technologies/Bell Labs and served in various Project Management roles during his 14 years within the telecom industry. Girish holds a Master degree in Computer Science.


Swapan Chakraborty currently serves as Deputy Superintendent for New York City Transit’s Division of Supply Logistics. Supply Logistics is responsible for securely and efficiently managing and controlling the inventory assets of the Agency by providing timely issuance of materials to support the activities of all departments and also maintaining the integrity of inventory throughout the division. Prior to joining Transit, Swapan practiced Law and was a Law School professor in Bangladesh. He holds two Masters and a Law degree from Bangladesh, and earned a Master degree in Public Administration from Baruch College in 2002.


Jeffrey Fishman is the Deputy Director of Food Service Operations for the Department of Correction (DOC). In this role, he is involved in all facets of the operation responsible for feeding inmate and staff populations totaling over 15,000 individuals per day. Jeffrey’s responsibilities include: managing service and repair contracts, preparing procurement documents for purchases of new goods and/or services, coordinating repair schedules with facilities and contractors, advising on development of new programs and construction projects, and creating an annual budget for the Nutritional Services Division. Prior to joining DOC, Jeffrey worked for over 15 years as an Executive Chef and Cook in private restaurants within the Tri-State area and throughout the country. He holds a Bachelor degree in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master degree in Business Administration from Tulane University in New Orleans.


Judith Garcia Quinonez is the Deputy Director/Agency Counsel of the Equal Employment Practices Commission (EEPC). EEPC audits, analyzes and monitors the employment practices of the City and of each of the City's 141 agencies for compliance with city, state and federal equal employment opportunity laws and regulations. As Deputy Director, Judith is currently responsible for reviewing audits, directing compliance monitoring, and administering human resources and budget functions within the agency. Prior to joining the EEPC in 2007, Judith served as a supervising attorney of the City Commission on Human Rights, responsible for overseeing investigations and litigation of discrimination complaints. Judith earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Wesleyan University, and her Juris Doctorate from St. John’s University School of Law.


Brian Handy is Captain and Division Commander for the Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) West-of-Hudson patrol division. He oversees a uniformed staff of 60 officers responsible for ensuring the safety of the watershed’s infrastructure and the investigation and enforcement of environmental crimes. Brian began his career with DEP in 1999 as an environmental police officer and has been promoted through the ranks to his present position of Captain. He has been the Division Commander for the Special Operations Division including the Strategic Patrol Unit, Emergency Service Unit and Academy. He has 20+ years of law enforcement experience and over 15 years in a managerial role. Brian holds an Associate’s degree in Criminal Justice and a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services with a Criminal Justice concentration.


Zeco Krcic joined the City University of New York’s (CUNY) Kingsborough Community College in 2007 as an Administrative Superintendent for Buildings and Grounds. Zeco is responsible for direct supervision of the building trades, daily operations and maintenance of a 72 acre campus consisting of 21 buildings and over 1.3 million square feet of interior space. In addition, he is directly involved in the coordination of Kingsborough's capital improvement and renovation projects which involves partnerships with different campus entities, central office, outside contractors and state and local agencies. As a member of CUNY’s quality customer service training team, Zeco helped train many Kingsborough staff members and worked with other CUNY campuses in developing their own customer service programs. Zeco holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Baruch College and is presently pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Administration at Baruch’s School of Public Affairs.


Jacqueline Medina began her career with the Department of Parks and Recreation (Parks) in 1986 as a project coordinator assigned to Prospect Park. Throughout her career in Parks, she worked as the Director of Community Outreach for the Prospect Park Alliance and, after managing the Community Outreach and Volunteers Department, Director of Volunteers. Currently, Jacqueline is a Community Coordinator in the Brooklyn Operations Office. In this role, she assists the Chief and Deputy Chief of Operation in the daily functions of maintenance and operations, the 311 reporting system, and oversees bi-weekly reports of all district managers. Jacqueline is a graduate of New York City Technical College with a Bachelor degree in Business Management & Marketing.

Denise Merritt began her career in city service in 1984 as an Eligibility Specialist at the Human Resources Administration (HRA). She rose through the ranks serving as a caseworker at the Agency for Children Services and a Supervisor at HIV/AIDS Service Administration. Denise currently serves as a Supervisor II at Adult Protective Services. She earned her Bachelor’s degree at City College of New York and holds a Masters in Public Administration from Marist College.


Keith Miloscia is the Assistant Director in the Operations Division of the NYC Law Department. In his role as Assistant Director, Keith is responsible for the overall administration, advancement and efficacy of the central support service for his agency. The unit that Keith manages is tasked with providing deadline driven services for the Agency's 650 attorneys and is comprised of production administrators, analysts, legal secretaries, proofreaders, technicians and designers. He also makes recommendations on personnel issues and policy to the Chief of Operations and senior management in areas affecting the provision of services. Keith joined the Law Department in 1987 as part-time technical assistant and has been promoted through the ranks into his current position. Along the way, Keith received two Agency Achievement Awards in recognition of his superior performance and overall dedication.


Natalie Peters works for Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) at Kings County Hospital Center. As a Physical Therapy Supervisor in the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department, Natalie is responsible for the administration, organization, and supervision of physical therapists, rehabilitation technicians, and clerical staff. She also assists with projects to increase the revenue for outpatient services. Recently, Natalie served on a team of rehab specialists on a HHC wide collaboration of patient and family centered care in rehabilitation medicine, focusing on enhancing skills through a learning community. Natalie received her Bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy from Florida A& M University and a Clinical Doctorate in Physical therapy from Rocky Mountain University of Allied Health Professions. During her 14 year career, she has become a certified manual therapist and specialized in outpatient orthopedic services.


Masha Rudina began her career in city service as an Administrative Procurement Analyst for the Office of Citywide Purchasing (OCP) at the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS). She currently serves as the Purchase Director for the Fleet/Fuel/Chemicals unit within OCP. As Purchase Director, Masha supervises the procurement group responsible for the acquisition of Fleet, Fuel and Chemicals and works closely with many large mayoral agencies such as Sanitation, Fire, Environmental Protection and NYPD to ensure their everyday contractual needs are satisfied. She is also responsible for achieving savings for the City by consolidating contracts and restructuring solicitations to maximize competition and ensure compliance with the City’s procurement guidelines. Masha is a graduate of the University of Houston and attended the European University for Professional Education in The Hague, Netherlands.


Jonathan Simons is a Sergeant in the Internal Affairs Bureau (IAB) at the New York City Police Department (NYPD). Jonathan began his career as a police cadet in the Police Commissioner’s Office. He is currently responsible for implementing training programs and enhancing training initiatives. Jonathan is also a teaching adjunct at the City University of New York. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and a Master of Public Administration from John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY).


Colleen M. Simpson has been with the City University of New York (CUNY) for over 15 years. Her career involves a succession of higher education experiences in the areas of Counseling, Career Services, Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. Colleen currently serves as the Special Assistant to the Dean of Enrollment Management at Bronx Community College. She oversees the planning and coordination of all incoming student enrollment processes. In addition, she has been responsible for modernizing the delivery of student information services. Colleen also serves as the Student Affairs liaison to the Office of Communication and Marketing. In this capacity, she has researched best practices in marketing solutions for streamlining communication and enrollment processes. Colleen is currently pursuing a Doctor of Education (Ed. D.) in Educational Leadership, Administration and Policy at Fordham University.


Steven Tishco is a Senior Counsel and supervisor in the Tax and Bankruptcy Litigation Division of the Law Department. In this role, he defends Department of Finance’s and the Tax Commission’s real estate tax assessment determinations. He represents those agencies in real property tax assessment litigation as well as in high-level settlement negotiations with petitioners. Steven was a legal intern in the Law Department’s Tort Division in 2002 and joined the Tax and Bankruptcy Litigation Division as an Assistant Corporation Counsel upon graduating law school in 2004. He was promoted to Senior Counsel in 2008 and began supervising a team of attorneys in 2010. Steven is a graduate of the University of Maryland and holds a law degree from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.

Joy Anastasia Thompson is the Deputy Commissioner for the Public Administrator – New York County, an independent agency that administers the estate of anyone who dies without a Will or without anyone willing or able to administer the estate. The Public Administrator’s primary duties are to protect the decedent’s property from waste, loss or theft; make appropriate burial arrangements when no close relative is available to make the decisions; conduct thorough investigations to discover all assets; liquidate assets at public auction or distribute assets to heirs; pay the decedent’s bills and taxes; and to locate persons entitled to inherit from the estate and ensure that the legal distributees receive their inheritance. Prior to Joy’s appointment in 2011, she served as a law clerk for the Hon. Carol R. Edmead, Justice of the Supreme Court, Civil Branch, New York County. Joy received her law degree in 2008 from William & Mary Law School in Williamsburg, Virginia, and her B.A. degree in journalism and English in 1987 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Rosa Vazquez is the Acting Deputy Director of Quality Assurance for the Assistant Outpatient Treatment Program (AOTP) at the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. She collaborates with the Deputy Director for Data Integrity and Analysis to determine, implement and monitor quality indicators. In her role, she supervises and directs AOT quality Assurance staff in the evaluation and oversight of AOT monitoring. The AOT Program, also known as Kendra’s Law, is a mandated court order treatment for individuals diagnosed with mental illness who have histories of non-adherence to treatment and medication coupled with acts of violence and/or dangerous behaviors towards self and others. Rosa graduated from Yeshiva University with a Master’s degree in Social Work and is a Licensed Social Worker in the State of New York since 1999.


Tracey Warner is an Associate Investigator for the Investigations Unit at the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS). In this role, Tracey conducts background investigations of applicants seeking employment with the City and applicants with skilled trade licenses, and offers recommendations for hiring in accordance with City personnel rules and regulations, and other applicable laws and guide lines. Prior to joining DCAS, Tracey worked for the Department of Transportation as an Investigator where she planned and conducted surveillance operations for complaints of misconduct or criminal activity involving bureau of parking employees. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a Master in Public Administration from Long Island University.



Pawel Zielnik is an Associate Project Manager for the Division of Building and Technical Assessment in the Office of Asset and Property Management at the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD). In this role, he evaluates needed construction work and interacts and negotiates with developers, contractors, architects and engineers as well as with internal departments and regulatory agencies. In addition, Pawel assesses building structural integrity, performs Local Law inspections, oversees construction, and reviews bid documents, cost estimates and, change orders. Prior to this assignment, he was responsible for monitoring affordable housing and TIL buildings reconstruction, Pawel also served as a construction project manager and civil engineer while working in the private sector. He holds a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Warsaw Technical University, Poland.

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