Management Academy Class of Spring 2017

Emily Accamando currently serves as the Deputy Director of Community Engagement at NYC Office of Emergency Management (OEM). In this role, Emily is responsible for developing tools and strategies that support the nonprofit and community-based sectors in the area during emergency situations. Emily’s professional career also includes: Communications, Policy Advocacy, and Domestic and International Development. She received a BS in Natural Resources from Cornell University, and a MPA from Baruch College.


Ron Bauer currently serves as Senior Project Manager at the New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoiTT). Ron’s responsibilities include managing a variety of projects that encompass application development, COTS implementation, infrastructure, and combinations of each of these project types. In addition, Ron provides senior-level management support for the Agency Programs group. Prior to joining DoiTT, Ron served as the Director of Integrated Justice at the Mayor’s Office of the Criminal Justice Coordinator. He also has worked as a Principal Consultant at CGI Group, Inc. Ron received his BA from Brown University in Electrical Engineering and Public Policy.

Stefano Belmonte currently serves as the Administrative/Training Sergeant in the Crisis Outreach and Support Unit for the New York City Police Department (NYPD). Stefano started his career in city government in 2000, and was promoted to Sergeant in 2007. In his current role, Sergeant Belmont supervises the Command’s administrative functions, as well as oversees necessary training for its members. Sergeant Belmont also liaises with outside agencies to provide assistance to individuals who are homeless, as well as those who may be in need of a variety of other services.

Marcie Bouchard, M.S.Ed., C.A.S. currently serves as the Assistant Director of School Mental Health Services for the Office of School Health at the Department of Education (DOE). Over the past five years in the Office of School Health, Marcie’s portfolio has included: the implementation of the Mental Health Services for the Community School Initiative, the new School Mental Health Prevention and Intervention Program, and the development of 200+ school-based mental health clinics. She also supervises a team of School Mental Health Managers and serves as a liaison for schools and outside mental health providers working within them. Marcie holds a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology and a Certificate of Advanced Study in School Psychology. She is also a certified School Psychologist and Special Education Teacher.

Cavy Chu currently serves as the Deputy Director of the Environmental Unit at the Department of Design and Construction (DDC). In her role, she manages a group of eight engineers and geologists. Prior to joining DDC, Cavy was the Assistant Director for Agency Services at the Mayor’s Office of Environmental Remediation. Cavy completed her undergraduate study in Mechanical Engineering and graduate study in Environmental Engineering, and has extensive technical and managerial experience in both private consulting and government sectors.

Lauren Coakley-Vincent currently serves as the Director, Capacity Building Initiatives, in the Neighborhood Development Division of the NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS). In her current role, Lauran manages the Capacity Building team that is tasked with enring the long-term vitality of the city’s diverse commercial districts by delivering programs and services that enhance project execution, management, leadership, and strategic capabilities of existing community-based organizations across the five boroughs. Lauren holds a BA from Cornell University, and a Master’s of Nonprofit Management from The New School.

Dawn D. Davidson currently serves as the Senior Project Manager of Code Development and Technical Affairs Unit of the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB). In this role, Dawn manages various components of the New York City Construction Codes and Electrical Code revision projects. She also liaises with internal and external stakeholders to define sustainable solutions to operational changes that result from her codes. Dawn holds a BA and MPA from Pace University, and a MBA from the University of Phoenix. She also received certification from Columbia University in Project Management and Analysis, Design, and Management of Information Systems.

Samson Ekong currently serves as the Director of Operations in the Division of Revenue Control at the MTA New York City Transit. In this role, Samson is responsible for processing and revenue operations for the NYCT MetroCard Vending Machines, Subway Stations Booths, Select Bus Service, Path-Train, and MTA Bus. Samson also oversees MetroCard production operations. Samson oversees the operational and financial audits that assess the adequacy of internal control and operations. Samson holds a Bachelor’s degree in Energy/Environmental Studies from The City University of New York-Hunter College and a Master of Business Administration in General Management from Dowling College. He also holds a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Electrical Engineering from Italy, and is a member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (MIET) in the United Kingdom.

Jessica Kalmbacher Hammel currently serves as a Deputy Program Manager at the Department of Finance (DOF). In this role, Jessica manages the property tax system interface work stream to ensure all property-related data exchanges are developed, tested, and ready for use. Jessica holds a BA in Economics and Mathematics with a minor in Business Administration and Management from Boston University. She also holds an Advanced Certificate in Environmental Technology from the New York Institute of Technology.

Gloria Kim currently serves as the Service Line Protection Manager and Policy Analyst in the Bureau of Customer Services at the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). In this role, Gloria manages the Service Line Protection Program which provides New York City homeowners with a protection policy associated with the costs of repairing a water or sewer service line. She also works closely with the Deputy Commissioner and other executive staff to conduct reviews of organizational functions designed to improve operations. Prior to joining DEP, Gloria worked at The Small Enterprise Foundation, a microfinance institution located in South Africa. Gloria received her BA from SUNY Binghamton and her MIA from the Pennsylvania State University.

James Leavy currently serves as a Deputy Chief with the Department of Sanitation of New York (DSNY). In this role, James is part of the agency’s operational planning for new programs, initiatives and special projects which include the Department’s 0X30 program. James began his career in city government with the Department as a Sanitation Worker in 2001.

Natasha Liggins-Modelo currently serves as Project Manager for the Bureau of Technology Development and Systems at the NYC Fire Department (FDNY). In this role, she is responsible managing the implementation and upgrade of complex mission critical information technology projects for both EMS and Fire systems. Natasha received her Bachelors in Business Computer Information Systems from Hofstra University and is pursuing her Master’s in Business Leadership and Management.

Alex Mathew currently serves as Deputy Director in the Leased Housing Department at the New York City Housing Authority’s (NYCHA). In his role, Alex is responsible for the Section 8 Applications process, rentals, transfers and management services operations at the Brooklyn Leasing Housing office. Alex has a degree in Mathematics from Rani Durgavati University, India.

Alison MacLeod currently serves as Associate Director, Procurement Accelerators Unit at the Mayor's Office of Contract Services (MOCS). In this role, Alison manages a team that oversees procurement actions for City agencies, working closely with city agencies, vendors, and providers to ensure that the contracting process is fair, efficient, transparent, and cost effective to the City. Prior to working with MOCS, Alison started her career with the Human Resources Administration as the Director of Vendor Integrity. Alison received her B.A. in Communication and Rhetoric from the State University of New York at Albany.

Manuel Menjivar serves as Executive Director, Human Resources at the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA). Manuel is responsible for high-level support and oversight of the operational functions, including Payroll, Personnel, Timekeeping, Employee Relations, Employee Services, Staff Development and Recruitment Services. He began his career in city government as a College Aide for the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ). Manuel has an Associate in Applied Science Degree from Fiorello H. LaGuardia Community College, and is currently pursuing a Bachelor Degree in Computer Information Systems from New York City College of Technology.

Raleem Moses currently is the Acting Assistant Chief of the Criminal Justice Bureau at the Department of Correction (DOC). In her current role, Raleem oversees the Transportation Division, all Court Divisions, the Prison Hospital Wards and the Criminal Justice Bureau. Raleem has served at the Department of Correction since 1991, assigned to George Motchan Detention Center as a Correction Officer, and was appointed Warden in 2014. As a Warden, Raleem was assigned to the Manhattan Detention Complex/Court Division, Criminal Justice Bureau and the City’s only female facility, the Rose M. Singer Center. She is a member of DOC’s “Gender Responsivity Workgroup.” Raleem holds a B.A. in Criminal Justice and a M.S. in Cybersecurity.

Chad Ondrusek currently serves as a Manager in the Industrial & Environmental Hygiene Division at the New York City School Construction Authority (SCA). In this role, he oversees the operations of the Survey & Design, Remediation, and Quality Assurance Units that are essential in protecting students, teachers and staff from environmental hazards in New York City public schools, and in turn assuring a safe and productive learning environment. Prior to joining SCA, Chad worked in the private sector in Environmental Consulting and Integrity Monitoring roles on a variety of high profile projects in the New York Metro area. Chad received his Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from the State University of New York College at Oneonta, and his Master of Science in Environmental Engineering from Manhattan College.

Benjamin Packer is a Director of Workforce Analytics at the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS). Benjamin is responsible for analyzing and reporting on the City’s workforce across any number of dimensions to ensure that agency executives and Human Capital leadership have the information they need to conduct strategic workforce planning and develop Citywide Policy. Prior to working for the City of New York, Ben worked as Database Manager for Parsons, the New School for Design. He has a Master’s Degree in Public Policy Analysis and Non-Profit Management from The New School, and a Bachelor’s degree in Studio Art from Western Washington University.

Azikiwe K. Rich currently serves as Director of Performance Analysis and Reporting at the Department of Transportation (DOT). In this role, Azikiwe manages the agency’s performance measurement program, including standardized metrics, key performance indicators, and reporting dashboards. Azikiwe’s work focuses on several Mayoral initiatives, such as Vision Zero, Mayor’s Management Report, Capital Projects Dashboard, and Commitments Tracker. Prior to joining DOT, Azikiwe held budget and policy roles at the New York City Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS). Azikiwe holds an MPA from Marist College, and a BBA in Finance from Loyola University of Maryland.

Candace Sandy currently serves as the Director of Press and Communications for the New York City Department of Probation (DOP). In her role, Candace serves as agency spokesperson, drives executive communications, and manages strategic communications. Prior to joining DOP, Candace held various positions on national election campaigns and initiatives. She also served as the Communications Director for Congressman Gregory W. Meeks, senior member of the House Financial Services Committee, and the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Sandy is a Radio Advertising Bureau Mercury AD/LAB fellow, and a recipient of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) Award for Community Service. She also received the Grand Council of Guardians Women in Law Enforcement Award. Sandy studied at New York University.

Nelsy Santana currently serves as Director of Operations for the Division of Property Disposition and Finance, at the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD). In this capacity, Nelsy oversees all operational activities for the division; developing and supervising the implementation of administrative, personnel, budget, policy, production targeting and tracking, technology needs and planning initiatives. She started her career in city government at the NYC Department of Homeless Service as the Mission HOME Campaign Manager, the campaign to end Veteran homelessness. Nelsy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from SUNY College at Old Westbury and a MS in Administration from Central Michigan University.

Kaytlin Simmons, Esq. is the Chief of Staff of the Division of Administration at the New York City Administration for Children’s Services. In this role, Kaytlin supports the Deputy Commissioner in the coordination of all operational and administrative functions for the Division of Administration. Kaytlin also works with cross-divisional partners, representatives of other City Agencies and the Mayor’s Office to ensure that agency policies are implemented. Prior to her employment with New York City, she worked with a non-profit organization that offered mental health services as well as preventive services to at-risk youth. Kaytlin holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Government from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a Juris Doctor from New York Law School.

Omer Soykan serves as the Deputy Chief of Operations in the Law Department (LAW). In his role, Omer is responsible for managing day-to-day activities of units within the Operations division, including, planning and implementation of office automation equipment and other relevant technologies, reviewing and recommends divisional policies, procedures, and operational methods, supporting the needs of the legal staff in an optimal manner. Prior to joining the Law Department, Omer managed technology in the finance industry, and also worked in Health Care technology performing operational analysis and technology support. Omer holds a BS degree in Industrial Engineering from Tennessee Technological University, MS in Operations Research from Columbia University, and a PD in Industrial and Management Engineering from Columbia University.

Jessica Yanez currently serves as Operations Analyst with the Office of Early Childhood at the Department of Education (DOE). In this role, Jessica oversees the Pre-k for all centers contractually, making sure all policies and procedures are followed. Jessica started her career at DOE as a Data Analyst in the Division of Contracts and Purchasing. Jessica has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems, with concentrations in Programming and Networking. She is currently pursuing her M.A. in Business Administration with a minor in Project Management.


Ilacia Zuell currently serves as Supervisory EEO Program Analyst at the Equal Employment Practices Commissioner (EEPC). In this role, Ilacia supervises the review, evaluation and monitoring of Commission’s annual audit plans to evaluate the employment practices and procedures of city agencies and their efforts to ensure fair and effective equal employment opportunity for women and minority employees and applicants seeking employment with the City of New York. Ilacia began her career in city government as a Public Service Corps Intern at the Office of Payroll Administration where she was promoted to a Transit Benefits Clerk. Ilacia was awarded an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Monroe College, earned a Master’s Degree in Urban Affairs/ Public Policy from Queens College.

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