Management Academy Class of 2015


Adaku Aharanwa has over 20 years of experience in communications, public affairs, government relations, and project management in both the public and private sectors. She is currently the Executive Director of Media Relations for the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB) responsible for the Agency’s distribution of public information, the development/coordination of all public statements and DOB public events.



Allison Chen is the Deputy Counsel for Labor and Employment Law at the New York City Fire Department. In this capacity, she provides legal counsel to executive staff and other agency personnel, and supervises the work of attorneys and administrative personnel regarding matters such as wage and hour claims, employment discrimination and retaliation claims and various personnel issues. Alison received her B.A. in Labor Relations from Rutgers University and her J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law, where she was a member of the Labor and Employment Law Journal.


Kevin Coleman has been working for the New York City Police Department since 2003 and currently holds the rank of Lieutenant, serving as a Platoon Commander at the 43rd Precinct in the Bronx. Kevin is responsible for managing, supervising and leading an entire platoon of police and is committed to building and strengthening positive relations between the community and the police. Kevin holds a BFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology and is currently working on his Master’s degree in Public Administration. Kevin is expected to be promoted to captain in 2015 and has recently been accepted into the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.


Guadalupe Dominguez Plummer serves as the Program Manager of the Technical Assistance (TA) Unit in the Bureau of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH). In this role, Guadalupe is responsible for overseeing the Care and Treatment’s TA unit and managing the Ryan White Part A service category portfolio consisting of over 80 contracts for more than 65 agencies. Additionally, she supports her team of Project Officers in providing best practice and evidence based consultation to contractors, including incorporating quality management principles and practices. She received her undergraduate degree in Community Health Education from Hunter College, CUNY and her graduate degree in Public Health from SUNY Downstate School of Public Health and is a Certified Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC).


Kirsten Eiler is the Director of Policy and Operations in the Department of Finance's Citywide Payments and Receivable Services Division. The Division is responsible for providing payment services including electronic payments, lockbox services, and cashiering solutions to all New York City agencies. In her role, Kirsten is responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations of the City’s payment infrastructure as well as developing payment policy and best practices for all agencies. Kirsten started her career in City government as a New York City Urban Fellow. She holds a BA in Urban Studies from Barnard College and a MSc. in Social Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science.


Lillian Evans is the Deputy Director of Legal Recruiting at the NYC Law Department. As Deputy Director of Legal Recruitment, Lilli recruits experienced attorneys and recent law school graduates for attorney positions, and current law students for internship positions at the Law Department. Lilli also oversees the Summer Honors Intern Program. She is also a member of the Women’s Committee and Coaching Collaborative at the Law Department. Lilli holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.


Lindsey Flook works as an Assistant Deputy Executive Director of Investigations at the New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB), where she oversees and reviews the work of the agency’s investigators regarding police misconduct allegations against members of the New York City Police Department. She also serves as the agency’s Deputy Records Access Officer, assisting in the review and response to all Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) requests received by the agency. Lindsey earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of New Hampshire, where she double-majored in Psychology and Justice Studies, after which she earned her Juris Doctor from the New England School of Law. She is admitted to the New York Bar.


Daniel Galindo, a native of Bogota, Colombia moved to New York City in 2000, where he started his career in Government as an Eligibility Specialist. In 2012, he moved to DHS and recently was selected for the newly created ‘Living In Communities’ program as its Director. He is the recipient of the “Professionalism, Accountability and Integrity” (PAI) award; holds a B.S in Computer Science from the Catholic University in Colombia, and an MPA from Baruch College (NY).


Tischelle George, Assistant Director, Asset Building & Financial Literacy helps to manage NYCHA’s Housing Authority’s Family Self-Sufficiency Program and shapes the strategy for connecting public housing residents to safe and affordable asset-building and financial services. Tischelle also spearheads the management of scholarship programs for NYCHA residents, including the NYCHA-CUNY Resident Scholarship Program, where she has directly raised approximately $70,000 in public funds to support scholarships for college-enrolled NYCHA residents. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Tischelle holds a Master’s in Urban Affairs from Hunter College and a Bachelor’s in Social Sciences and Journalism from Stony Brook University.


Gilmore Johns serves as Senior Director of Business Analysis and Quality Assurance with the Technology and Strategic Planning Division of the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD). Gilmore joined HPD in 2008 as the Director of IT Initiatives for the Office of Development. Prior to joining HPD Gilmore was with HSBC and its affiliates for 13 years, serving as a vice president responsible for global business analysis in New York, Europe and Asia – where he lived and worked for extended periods of time. Gilmore holds a bachelor’s degree from Ramapo College of New Jersey. His graduate work in Computer Science was at Courant Institute, New York University.


Mawhy Kaba was introduced to Public Service as a DCAS college intern 18 years ago. She currently serves as Senior Investigator in DCAS Investigation Unit where her responsibilities include conducting highly complex background-credential investigations of applicants for positions in NYC Municipal Government to determine qualifications, fitness and suitability; and eligibility for veterans, disabled veterans and legacy credits. She holds a Master of Science degree in Organizational Behavior from New York University and a Bachelor of Art degree in Psychology from York College (CUNY).


Minden Koopmans is Senior Management Advisor at the Center for Economic Opportunity, part of the Mayor’s Office of Operations. She oversees the management systems for all performance and financial data, and advises CEO leadership on program and funding effectiveness. Ms. Koopmans has extensive experience in economic and community development, systems development, strategic planning, and communications. She holds a BA from Bennington College and an MBA (specializing in Economics and Social Innovation) from New York University's Stern School of Business. She was selected as the 2013 Stern Social Innovation Internship Fund’s Paul J. Friedman Small Acts of Kindness Memorial Fellow.


Denise Lue Lueong is the Energy Manager at the NYPD and is responsible for increasing the efficiency of the department’s 10 million square feet of mixed use space. Denise monitors energy performance metrics to ensure compliance with PlaNYC goals while providing technical advice on best practices for optimum facility performance, the utilization of the latest energy efficient technologies and the valuable incentives available to the NYPD. Denise holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from City College NY, a High Pressure Boiler license and is currently pursuing her Professional Engineering license.

George (Paddy) Mahoney joined the Department of Transportation (DOT) in 2005, and currently serves as the Director of Administration for the Ferry Division, which operates the Staten Island Ferry and regulates private ferry operations. In this capacity, Paddy assists with the management of the Ferry, including oversight of the functional areas for human resources, payroll & timekeeping, procurement, budget, fiscal affairs and assignments, licensing & training. He earned a Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Science in International Transportation Management from SUNY Maritime College. He also holds a Third Mate, Unlimited Tonnage, Oceans license from the U.S. Coast Guard.


Darlene Martinez began her career in City government in 2005 as a paralegal with the Kings County District Attorney’s Office. In 2007, she began working for the Business Integrity Commission (BIC) and in 2009 was promoted to Director of Human Resources (“HR”). In this role, Darlene overseas all aspects of HR, which includes payroll, timekeeping, employee benefits, recruitment, promotions, separations, training and labor relations. She guides management and employee actions by researching, developing, writing, and updating policies, procedures, methods, and guidelines; communicating and enforcing organization values. Darlene received her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from John Jay College School of Criminal Justice.


Octavia McCormick-Sharf began her career in City government with the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) in 2010. She currently serves as a Human Resources Generalist for DCAS’ Administration line of service. In this role, she handles recruitment, salary adjustments; hiring, transfer and reinstatement processing. She is also responsible for employee orientation, providing information regarding health benefits, insurance, payroll, union coverage, retirement, deferred compensation, leaves of absence, and agency rules and regulations. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. Prior to joining DCAS, Octavia was the Managing Director of Cynthia King Dance Studio for four years.


Katherine Murphy (Katie) is the Director of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in the Training, Exercises, and Evaluation Division at NYC Emergency Management. She is responsible for the readiness and strategic management of the New York City EOC and EOC on-call team program. As EOC Director, she works closely with agency executives and agency staff to develop and implement policies, procedures, and support tools. She also manages the after-action report (AAR) and improvement planning process for both emergency preparedness exercises and real-world EOC activations, and supports the agency in development of training and exercise materials. She holds Bachelor degrees in Biochemical Pharmacology and English from the State University of New York University at Buffalo and a Master of Public Health degree from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.


Nafeesah Noonan joined the Fire Department 8 years as ago as the Deputy Director of the Office of Recruitment and Diversity were she plays an integral role in the success of FDNY’s uniform recruitment campaigns and has developed and continues to supervise Recruitment’s Phone Bank used for FDNY’s recruitment and attrition mitigation outreach campaigns. She is also responsible for the planning and development of Recruitment’s event and interest tracking database. In addition, Ms. Noonan is responsible for the oversight and coordination of the FDNY Exploring Program which is a leadership, development, and fire and emergency medical service skill-building program for students ages 14 to 20. She sits on the Advisory Board for the Urban Assembly School for Emergency Management in an effort to further strengthen the Department’s commitment to support and encourage a diverse group of young women and men to consider careers with the FDNY.


James Shebler is the Superintendent of M.O.W Signals for MTA Staten Island Railway. Mr. Shebler is responsible for planning and managing the Signal Division’s operations including inspections, testing, maintenance, repair, construction, quality assurance and warranty administration of train control, signal and communication system infrastructure. James plays a key role in establishing goals and objectives for resource availability/reliability, keeping records and monitoring trends, implementing modifications and improvements, ensuring compliance with all federal, state, and local guidelines, directing staff members, overseeing operating and budgetary plans and analyzing complex and technical track, signal and communication system maintenance problems.


Dennis J. Stanford, P.E. is an Engineer with NYC Department of Environmental Protection’s Bureau of Engineering Design and Construction which manages the agency’s $7 Billion capital improvement program. He has worked in the water and waste water sector for 10 years including the Gowanus Canal Flushing Tunnel & Pumping Station (Brooklyn) Upgrade, NYC Water Tunnel Number 3 construction (Manhattan/Queens/Brooklyn) and the Croton Water Filtration Plant (Bronx). Over the last three years he has lead an agency-wide panel on sustainability ensuring both technological and social changes within the agency. He is an Envision Sustainability Professional and a New York State Licensed Professional Engineer. He is currently leading the capital program’s in-house Sustainability Program.

Lane Tobias is the Director of Juvenile Justice Planning and Policy at the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS). In this role, he is responsible for supporting the agency’s expanding juvenile justice continuum, with a particular focus on community-based services. In addition to strengthening policy development and bringing innovation and best practice into operations, Lane assists in identifying emerging programmatic needs and exploring funding opportunities for those services. With a background in direct social service and community organizing, he is deeply committed to improving outcomes for justice-involved youth and ensuring they are afforded the opportunity to become community leaders later in life. Lane holds a Bachelor of Science from Ithaca College and a Master of Public Administration from NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service.


Lois Valero serves as Training Director at the New York City Office of Payroll Administration. Lois manages a team of learning specialists that provides instructor-led training and educational resources for the following applications: City Human Resource Management System (CHRMS), CityTime, Payroll Management System (PMS) and the Worker’s Compensation System (WCS). A big believer in expanding one’s potential, Lois advocates opportunities where teamwork, mentorship, and professional development can result in both intellectual growth and long-lasting comradery among colleagues. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems Management from York College, City University of New York (CUNY) and a Master of Arts degree in Urban Affairs from Queens College, CUNY.


Audrey Wilson joined the Department of Probation as a Probation Officer in June 1997. She currently serves as the Director of New Initiatives where she advocates for New York City’s juvenile population. She is responsible for the oversight of a variety of programs including; Advocate Intervene & Mentor Program (AIM), Front End projects for Probation’s lowest level offenders, Alternative to Detention programming, as well as Evening / Weekend/ Holiday Arraignment. Additionally, Audrey developed the Cultural, Arts, Recreational, Educational and Services Program (CARES) which serves as a summer program for Probation youth.


Sherine Wright is the Department of Education Entity Manager for the Financial Systems Business Unit of the Financial Information Services Agency (FISA). She played a major role in the integration of the Department of Education’s Financial System (FAMIS) with the city’s Financial Management System (FMS/3) in 2007. Her role as principal liaison between DOE and FISA includes performing analysis of budgetary and accounting data, ensuring adequate preparation and execution of business events and analyzing software changes that impact the integration process. She also plays a vital role as System Assurance Analyst where she is responsible for maintaining the integrity of the Financial Management System and the smaller subsystems that integrate and interface with FMS/3. She has a Bachelor’s degree from Baruch College and has completed the Certified Public Accountant’s examination. She is also an agency EEO counselor.


Hui Yang P.E., LEED AP is an Engineer-in-Charge at the Department of Transportation, Bridge Capital Design and Construction, Roadway Bridges Group. As EIC, she directs the review and monitoring of work performed by consultants, and supervises a staff of in-house engineer. She has 18 years of experience working on a variety of bridges, buildings and rail facilities design; project management and construction administration, she began her career in DOT in 2009. She has a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from China and a Master Degree in Engineering from Belgium.

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