Management Academy Class of 2016

Adejoke Akinduti is the Director of Payment Operations, in the Office of Fiscal Affairs, New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD). In this capacity, Ade oversees all of HPD’s Capital and Expense payment processing and NYCHA’s Pass-Through contracts. Prior to joining HPD, Ade worked at the NYC Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH), NYC Office of the Comptroller, Bronx Community College-CUNY and NYC Department of Juvenile Justice (now ACS). She holds a Baccalaureate Degree in Accountancy and Finance from Yaba College of Technology, Lagos Nigeria, B.Sc. Accounting from Herbert H. Lehman College - CUNY and an MBA in Business Administration from Mercy College.


Lauren Allerti is currently an Assistant Deputy Executive Director for the New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board. In this role, she oversees police misconduct investigations and counsels a diverse staff of investigators on legal and ethical issues and investigative procedure. She also reviews confidential reports of investigative findings and trains investigative staff. Lauren successfully completed training courses with the Columbia Law School Basic Mediation program and the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. She began her legal career in City government in 2007 as an Assistant Corporation Counsel with the New York City Law Department Family Court Division Juvenile Prosecution Unit. Lauren received her undergraduate degree from St. John's University and her J.D. from Albany Law School, where she graduated magna cum laude.

Miranda Blackwell-Jones serves as a Manager for New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Office of Health Insurance Services. In this capacity she manages the daily operations of Certified Application Counselors who educate the uninsured population about their health insurance options and enroll individuals into coverage. Miranda has over 30 years of experience in the private, not-for-profit and public sectors, and has received many awards for her outstanding service. Miranda is a past participant of DOHMH’s Mentor Leadership Program called the DREAM Team. She has an undergraduate degree in Business Administration and holds a Master of Science degree in Human Resource Management from Kaplan University.

John Boughner is an Administrative Investigator for Department of Citywide Administrative Services’ (DCAS) Investigations Unit. John supervises a group of investigators who check the backgrounds of applicants who seek employment with NYC, and approves the final recommendations for hiring in accordance with NYC personnel rules and regulations, and any appropriate laws or guidelines. In addition, John also reviews fingerprint results, employment applications, and oversees a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with DCAS and NYC Human Resources Administration (HRA) on fingerprint fee waivers. John started his civil service career in 1996 with HRA as a Fraud Investigator. John holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from Iona College and a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

Patricia Britton is currently Deputy Director of Intake and Diversion, Adult Services, in the Department of Homeless Service (DHS). Prior to her employment with New York City 12 years ago, she worked with a variety of nonprofit agencies that offered preventive services to at-risk youth, and transitional housing to homeless pregnant women and their children. Patricia holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Master’s degree in Public Administration (Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy) from the University of New York State at Albany.

Irlanda Fernandez serves as a Community Coordinator at the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), Management Services Department, Emergency Transfer Program. In this capacity, Irlanda assist NYCHA residents who have been victims of crime with the opportunity to confidentiality relocate to a safe location. In addition, she was also responsible for the team that provided relocation and supportive services to many NYCHA residents and families who were affected and displaced by Hurricane Sandy. Irlanda holds a Master's degree in Counseling from NYACK College and a Bachelor's of Psychology and Spanish from Brooklyn College.

Walid Harrouch is an Accountable Manager with NYC Department of Environmental Protection’s Bureau of Engineering Design and Construction. Walid has dedicated the majority of his career to the water, wastewater and stormwater sectors, where he worked on complex projects, including the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade, the NYC Long Term CSO Control Planning Program, and the NYC Green Infrastructure Program. He currently serves as an Advisory Board Member to the Earth Systems and Environmental Science and Technology Program at the Grove School of Engineering of the City College of New York. Walid is Licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.) in New York. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering and a Master’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Jill Hrubecky P.E. is a Principal Engineer with the Forensic Engineering Unit in the Department of Buildings (DOB). In this role, Jill takes action to ensure the safety of buildings and structures across New York City, including collapsed and fire damaged buildings and incidents on construction sites and buildings with issues of egress, zoning and Multiple Dwelling Law. Prior to joining DOB, she worked at a private structural engineering firm for 14 years. Jill is a licensed professional engineer in New York and California. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Cornell University.

Louise Kelly Johnson serves as the Deputy Director of Support and Special Services with the New York City Police Department. Deputy Director Johnson currently oversees the citywide Metal Detection program, the distribution and maintenance of the School Safety Division’s fleet and all special details/ special projects. She also oversees the daily implementation of training citywide and acts as liaison to the Police Academy, School Safety Training Unit.

Vartan Khachadurian is Deputy Director of the Fleet Services Division (FSD) for the New York City Police Department (NYPD). Vartan started his career with New York City in 1995 as an Auto Mechanic with the Department of Transportation (DOT). As Deputy Director of the Fleet Services Division, Vartan is responsible for an $8.5 Million dollar budget for the procurement of parts for more than 9,000 pieces of equipment. He also oversees the administration of the 423 personnel.

Vincent Mattarella is the Director of Customer Operations for the NYC Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Customer Services (BCS). In this role, Vincent oversees Customer Operations with functions that include correspondence review, remittance processing, property access requests, and mail services. Vincent is a member of a team responsible for implementing a new billing system and water utility industry best practices. Since joining BCS in 2005, he also helped develop various customer assistance programs, including the Safety Net Referral Program, Water Debt Assistance Program, and Home Water Assistance Program. Vincent holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Pre-Law from Mount Saint Mary College.

Ja’Nét McClairen is the Director of the Initial Subsidies Unit for the Division of Tenant Resources at NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD). In this capacity, she is responsible for reviewing applications for program and income eligibility for the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program. Ja’ Net received her B.A. in Political Science and English and Textual Studies from Syracuse University, and her M.P.A from Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus.

Anida Murati serves as Web Manager for the Department of City Planning. In this role, Anida is responsible for managing, planning, and coordinating overall development and maintenance of the City Planning public facing website and the Intranet website. Anida has been involved in many projects requiring collaborative efforts across divisions and City agencies. She is the recipient of the “Customer Service Excellence Awards” in 2010, and “Excellence in IT and Support Manager Award” in 2013. Anida holds a M.S. in Computer Science.

Josette Nelson-Dabo serves as a Borough Administrator at New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA). In this role, she is responsible for community operations in the Bronx, including all NYCHA operated Senior Centers. Josette collaborates with sponsors at NYCHA community facilities to ensure services are rendered, works with Tenant Associations to develop their leadership, and conducts elections. Prior to her current role with NYCHA, Josette worked at the Department of Juvenile Justice and Administration for Children Services. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from York College and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from John Jay College.

Latesha Parks is the Director of Agency Support Services at the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS). In this role, Latesha manages DCAS’ Enterprise Print Management (EPM) and four work units (i.e., Special Events, Reproduction, City Graphics, and Records and Inventory.) After six years as a new York City Corrections Officer on Rikers Island, Latesha became a Drug Court Coordinator with the Maryland Judiciary,and then became the Assistant Chief of Probation for the New Jersey Judiciary. Latesha is a Certified Mediator, an EEO Counselor and a Notary Public in the States of New York, New Jersey and Maryland. She received her MPA from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a BS from New York City Technical College.

Bethany Perskie is a Senior Associate Counsel at the New York City Campaign Finance Board. Her responsibilities include drafting agency regulations and advisory opinions, and assisting with the oversight and administration of the enforcement process. Prior to joining the CFB, Bethany clerked for Justice Virginia Long of the New Jersey State Supreme Court and Judge Laura Visitación-Lewis of the New York State Supreme Court, Guardianship Part. She has also worked as an associate at Thacher Proffitt & Wood LLP and as a pro bono attorney for the Kings County District Attorney's Office. Bethany received her B.A. from Yale University and her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, where she was a member of the Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law and Policy and the Georgetown Juvenile Justice Clinic.

Maria Petkanas P.E. is the Director of Engineering for the Bureau of Solid Waste Management at the Department of Sanitation (DSNY). In this role, Maria is responsible for overseeing the design and construction of the DSNY Marine Transfer Stations within the five boroughs. Maria began her career in City government over 24 years ago as a Bridge Engineer at NYCDOT. Since then, she has worked for the Office of the Comptroller, the Department of Parks and Recreation and the Department of Environmental Protection. Maria received her Bachelors in Engineering degree from Pratt Institute, and holds a New York Professional Engineering licensure.

Stacy Scanlon is Deputy Chief within the Bureau of Emergency Medical Services (EMS)in the New York City Fire Department. In this role, is responsible for the supervision of EMT’s, Paramedics, Lieutenants, and Captains assigned to EMS Division 3 – Brooklyn. Chief Scanlon’s duties include Commanding Officer of the EMS component of the Fire Department Operations Center (FDOC), a $17 million dollar, state-of-the-art operations center that serves as the central command and information hub for the FDNY. Chief Scanlon also served as FDNY’s Voluntary Hospital Liaison, supporting all aspects of the 911 Hospital Ambulance Provider Agreements for participation within the NYC 911 – System.

Meagan van Harte serves as the Director for Special Programs and Quality Assurance in the Division of Tenant Resources at the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD). In this role, Meagan’s responsibilities include formulating policies and procedures for alternate rent subsidy programs, administering DTR’s eviction prevention program for Section 8 tenants, and managing external contracts including MOD Rehab and MOD SRO programs. In 2013, Meagan started working in HPD on the development and implementation of policies and procedures pertaining to the administration of Sandy-related disaster subsidy programs for renters. She holds a BA with a dual major in Government and Religion from Smith College, and a MPA from John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

Babu Varghese is the Deputy Superintendent of the Overhaul Shops at New York City Transit. His responsibilities include mechanical and electrical inspection and maintenance of over 60 overhead cranes of various capacities, fabrication of prototypes and other engineering designs, manufacturing of new parts or components needed for various divisions, and facility up-keep to maintain appearance and comply with safety regulations. Babu has held a variety of positions at New York City Transit since 1988. He also trained in the Prototype division of the Ministry of Defense in India.

Maggie Veatch serves as the Director of Nutrition and Physical Activity at the Center for Health Equity’s Brooklyn District Public Health Office at the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH). In this role, Maggie oversees a place-based approach to public health that builds upon community strengths by working with schools, farmers markets, faith-based organizations and food retail establishments to promote healthy eating and active living. Prior to joining DOHMH, Maggie conducted research on women’s reproductive health in Mexico, the former Soviet Union, and the western United States. She received her Bachelor of Arts from the Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon, her Masters in Public Health from Columbia University, and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in El Salvador.

Lucy Lai Wong is Deputy Program Director in the Public Buildings Division at the New York City Department of Design and Construction (DDC). As Deputy Program Director, Lucy manages a portfolio of Cultural Capital Projects for the City’s Department of Cultural Affairs. She oversees a team of 10 design and construction project managers who create and renovate city-owned and non city-owned facilities. Lucy also provides long-term guidance and strategic planning to ensure that the City’s mission of design and construction excellence is achieved. Prior to joining DDC, she worked as a Technical Architect at Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill. Lucy received a BFA from Parsons The New School of Design, a M. Arch from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and is currently working on her MBA at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Wai Wu is Deputy Director of Claims Administration for the Workers’ Compensation Division at the Law Department. In this role, Wai supervises a 75 person support staff, and is responsible for interviewing and coordinating the training of new personnel. She also oversees staff compliance with the division’s protocols and with the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board’s laws and regulations. Wai received a BBA from Baruch College.


Adam Zeller is the Expense Budget Director at the Department of Transportation (DOT). Adam is responsible for the development and execution of the department’s $850 million annual operating budget, and oversees a team that prepares new funding requests, monitors and projects agency expenditures and revenues, and tracks vacancies. Adam also prepares financial analysis related to the MTA, assisting the Commissioner in her role as MTA board member. Before coming to DOT, he worked at the New York Office of Management and Budget, as well as the United States Office of Management and Budget in Washington, DC. Adam holds a Master of Public Administration from Columbia University.

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