Management Academy Class of Spring 2014

John Adams has worked for the City and the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT) since 2007 and currently serves as the agency's Director of Program and Portfolio Management. John was originally brought on as a technical and functional manager of the CA Clarity portfolio and project management tool but now also manages DoITT's project intake process and other PPM governance processes. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Kansas. 

 

 

Kathleen Almanzar is the Director of the Office of Immigrant Initiatives at the Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD). The office oversees community-based organizations located across all five boroughs that are funded to provide a wide range of services and support to immigrants in NYC. Services include legal assistance with immigrant status, services for immigrant families, legal assistance to low-wage immigrant workers and domestic violence and trafficking assistance. Kathleen is also the language access coordinator responsible for evaluating DYCD’s Language Access needs and devising its Language Access Plan.

 

JonPaul Augier is an 18 year veteran of the Fire Department. He is currently assigned to Ladder Company 1, operating as a First Line Supervisor for emergency responses to fires, public safety and medical emergencies, disasters and acts of terror. His duties for the last 7 years have been shared between field unit operations and the administrative arm of Fire Department headquarters. There he provides administrative services for the Chief of Safety Command and is the editorial manager for Safety’s internal training and information website. In this role, he is a sitting member of the Department’s oversight and editorial board and interacts regularly with civilian staff and the office of the Fire Commissioner.

 

David Barker is the Northeast Queens Park Manager at the Department of Parks & Recreation (Parks). He oversees the day-to-day maintenance and operations of 900 acres of parkland comprised of wetlands, shorelines, ball fields, playgrounds, forests, and freshwater lakes. He serves as a representative to Council members, community boards, and other mayoral agencies and manages the permitting process for hundreds of events each year. Before becoming a Park Manager, David served as the agency’s Sustainability Director, where he oversaw initiatives aimed at bringing all New Yorkers within a 10-minute walk of a park by 2030. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography from Middlebury College in Vermont and is a graduate of the NYC Urban Fellows Program.

 

Inessa Erenburg is the Director of Budget Review and Risk Management Unit at the Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD). In her current capacity, Inessa manages a staff of 11 and oversees the approval process of over 4,000 budgets, budget modifications and budget revisions submitted by the various Community Based Organizations (CBOs) that contract with DYCD. She is also responsible for overseeing the Risk Management aspect of the Unit, which ensures that all contracted CBOs are in compliance with the City’s general liability requirements. Inessa has over 14 years of service with the City of New York. She started as a part-time phone bank operator at Citizenship NYC and, while completing her degree, rose through the ranks to her current position. Inessa holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and Finance from Brooklyn College.

 

Michael Fouassier serves as the Deputy Director of Quality Assurance in the Property Division at the Department of Finance (DOF). The Property Division assigns market values to approximately 1 million properties each year and maintains equity in the apportionment of the city’s property tax burden. To achieve this goal QA promotes accuracy, consistency and accountability in the application of valuation policy. In his role Michael manages staff in conducting statistical analysis, performance and productivity monitoring, project tracking and data integrity. He also responds to ad hoc data requests, provides training tools to staff and is a key member of the management team in setting policy. Prior to joining DOF, Michael was a Market Analyst at the Office of Real Property Tax Services within the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance. Michael received his Master’s degree in Public Administration from SUNY Albany’s Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, a BA in International Studies and French from SUNY Buffalo, as well as a diploma from the Sorbonne in Paris.

 

Bharat Gami is the Director of NYC HUB Self Service unit at the Department of Buildings. In this role, Bharat oversees and facilitates online submission, processing and permit issuance of professionally certified minor construction applications. Prior to joining the Department of Buildings in 2007, he practiced as an architect and construction manager for fifteen years. His built projects have garnered awards for design excellence, smart growth and innovations in construction. His built projects have also been published in professional magazines such as Environmental Design and Construction, Design Cost Data, and Remodeling News. In 2011 Bharat received the Department of Buildings’ Commissioner’s Award for Excellence in Safety Education for his leadership role and outreach. He holds Master’s degrees in architecture from MIT, and Business Management from CUNY.

 

Wesley Gibson is a Special Assistant in the Bureau of Security and Law Enforcement at the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS). In this role, Wes is responsible for the coordinated management of a portfolio of security related projects and initiatives, and serves as the principal advisor to the Assistant Commissioner. Wes also oversees the Agency’s Records Management and Mailroom operations. Prior to his current role, he worked in DCAS’ Human Capital Line of Service as Deputy Director of Operations Analysis, where he supervised a team of analysts responsible for documenting business requirements for enhancements to the City’s human resources applications. Wes holds a Bachelor’s degree in History from Vassar College and a Master’s degree in Urban Policy and Management from the New School, and is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt.

 

Erick Gregory is an Associate Urban Designer at the Department of City Planning (DCP) within the Urban Design Office. The office collaborates with other divisions and city agencies on large-scale planning and development initiatives, including master plans and design guidelines for major sites and development projects. It also provides a citywide perspective on key urban design, health, sustainability and public realm issues. He is the lead Urban Designer for DCP’s Resilient Retail Study which is researching ways to improve resiliency of commercial corridors and ensuring access to retail services in areas prone to the effects of climate change. Before joining the City, Erick worked as a project architect for various firms in San Francisco and New York. He holds a Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Oklahoma.

 

John Grimm is the Director of Exercises and Urban Search & Rescue (US&R) for the Office of Emergency Management (OEM). He is responsible to oversee the design and implementation of drills and exercises from internal level to complex multi-agency events. These drills test the City’s preparedness plans and allow emergency managers and first responders to refine response techniques and improve interagency coordination. John also supervises all aspects of the US&R task force from administrative support to operational deployments. Prior to joining OEM John served in the Marine Corps for six years. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from North Carolina State University.

 

Sharon Heath is the Executive Director for the Bureau of Human Resources and Labor Relations at the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH). As Executive Director, Sharon oversees the day-to-day operations and administration of the bureau which includes assisting in the development of agency-wide policies, procedures and practices and providing leadership to senior managers and staff. She joined DOHMH in 2007 as Director of the Pesticide Program within the Bureau of Environmental Surveillance and Policy. In this capacity she coordinated efforts to ensure compliance with the City’s pesticide laws to support safer pest control and to address bed bug infestations. She holds a Master’s degree in Nematology from the University of Florida, a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture from the University of the West Indies, and a graduate level certificate in Management and Public Administration.

 

Elizabeth Jordan is a Senior Project Manager in the Capitol Division of the Department of Parks and Recreation (Parks) and is the Project Manager for the Rockaway Boardwalk Reconstruction project for the City. Prior to her work in the Capital division of the Parks Department, Elizabeth was a Landscape Architect with the Green Infrastructure division and managed the design development of the Belt Parkway Landscape Restoration Department. She joined Parks in 2012.

 

Sabrina Juarez works for the Campaign Finance Board (CFB) in the Voter Assistance Unit. In her role at the CFB, Sabrina manages and oversees the planning and execution of nonpartisan community voter outreach programs and partnerships under the NYC Votes banner. NYC Votes works with community partners and city agencies to promote voter education and awareness throughout the five boroughs. Sabrina also manages and serves as an associate producer for New York City’s Video Voter Guide (VVG), where registered candidates running for mayor, comptroller, public advocate, borough president, and City Council member have the opportunity to submit a profile and tape a statement for the Voter Guide. The VVG provides candidates another platform for getting out their message out and provides the voters with a nonpartisan way to compare candidates and make informed choices at the polls. Sabrina has 10 years of communications and community relations experience and is committed to her work at the Campaign Finance Board.

 

Lyndsey Martinez is a 24 year veteran of the New York City Police Department. He currently serves as Deputy Director for the Division of School Safety where he oversees the Field Operations activities for 9 Borough Commands in the School Safety Division. As Deputy Director, Lyndsey is responsible for the direct deployment of School Safety Agents and Supervisory personnel, and coordinating Operations between School Safety Division Headquarters and the Borough Commands. He also monitors criminal incidents in and around schools, assists with the development of policies, and serves as the agency expert on matters related to School Safety. Lyndsey works collaboratively with Executive Members of the Police Department and Department of Education and serves as a liaison for various city agencies, community groups, organizations and elected officials.

 

Raymond E. Menuau began his civil service career in 1984 at the Department of Transportation. In his current position as Deputy Director of Fiscal Affairs, Raymond is responsible for the day-to-day operations of five units within the Fiscal Affairs Department. He oversees all aspects of the Department including; budget, staffing, training of personnel, contract payments, revenue collection and grants reimbursement, and ensures that compliance with directives issued by oversight agencies are met. Raymond holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Pace University.

 

Anne Montesano is the Executive Director at the Human Resources Administration’s Office of Refugee and Immigrant Affairs (ORIA). ORIA is charged with working with different parts of the Agency to ensure that language and immigrant access legal requirements are met and that immigrant and limited English speaking clients receive equal access to services. Anne began working for the City in 2009 with the Mayor’s 2010 Census Office to raise awareness about the 2010 Census, particularly in communities that have historically been undercounted. Prior to working for the City, Anne provided direct services to immigrants at a community-based organization in Los Angeles, conducted legislative advocacy on immigration reform in Washington DC, and worked at a foundation that provided grants to organizations doing immigrant integration and civic engagement work. Anne graduated from Tufts University with a BA in International Relations and from NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service with a Master in Public Administration.

 

Tonya Morgan currently serves as the Director of Disciplinary and Labor Relations for the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD). In this capacity, she is responsible for investigating labor disputes, allegations of misconduct and labor relations issues, and representing HPD at administrative hearings at the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings, and labor management disputes at the Office of Labor Relations. In addition, Tonya advises Agency managers and supervisors regarding all aspects of dispute resolution, requirements of union contracts, and administrative rules. Prior to working at HPD, Tonya was employed by the Department of Transportation as the Assistant Director of the Advocate’s Office and at the Department of Homeless Services as a Housing Review Officer. Tonya is a graduate Quinnipiac University School of Law and holds a Bachelor’s degree from Fordham University.

 

Jennifer Most joined the Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) in 2006. She presently serves as the Data & Mapping Administrator for the Research Department and as an architectural historian. In the role of Data & Mapping Administrator, Jennifer is responsible for the development and maintenance of departmental databases, the development of standardized reporting methods, and for the design and production of LPC’s GIS maps. As an architectural historian, Jennifer conducts historic building and neighborhood research, presents findings at agency hearings, and writes detailed reports to accompany New York City landmark designations. Prior to her role at LPC, Jennifer worked at the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) where she conducted programmatic analyses for the Office of Preservation Services. Jennifer holds an undergraduate degree in Architecture from MIT and Masters in Historic Preservation and Urban Planning from Columbia University.

 

Joel Okogeri is the Director of Compliance for the Adult, Families, and Veteran Services Division within the Department of Homeless Services (DHS). As Director, Joel is responsible for leading his team to develop, monitor, and implement pilot programs to address client needs. Joel also works on the Adult Services Client Responsibility Initiative where he conducts focus groups, and trains staff and providers to ensure that support activities are available for clients, and that anticipated outcomes for initiatives are achieved and tracked. Prior to his career at DHS, Joel was a policy analyst with Human Resources Administration’s Office of Policy and Program Analysis. Joel earned both his Bachelors of Science in Management and Masters of Business Administration in Finance and Banking from New York Institute of Technology.

Bibi Parmar is currently the renewals unit supervisor for the Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE) program at the Department of Finance. In this role, she supervises five staff processors that are charged with the task of reviewing and processing renewal applications for over 42,000 active clients currently receiving SCRIE benefits. She is also responsible for developing team policy and implementing improvement measures to standardize practices and ensure program compliance as per State law and local Administrative code. Bibi holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Nutritional Science from Cornell University and Master’s degree in Public Administration from CUNY Baruch College.

 

Christina Piaia joined the Human Resources Administration Office of Legal Affairs’ team in 2008 as an Attorney. In this role, she represents an agency that provides social services and economic support to over three million individuals. Her particular practice area includes issues concerning family law. In response to Tropical Storm Sandy, she co-managed a NYC Restoration Center designed to address the legal, economic, environmental, health and safety needs of communities affected by the storm. As the Center’s on-site manager, she coordinated staff from local, state and federal agencies, community-based organizations, and service providers to ensure on-the-ground access to human and legal services, housing, and financial assistance. Prior to law school, Christina worked in journalism as a supervising picture editor for The Associated Press. She received a Masters of Fine Arts in Poetry and a Juris Doctor degree with a concentration in international women’s human rights. As a passionate public interest attorney, Christina proudly serves on the board of two nonprofits.

 

Fatima Robinson began her career as a Child Protective Specialist with the Administration for Children’s Services in 2000. She currently serves as a Child Protective Manager within the Office of Placement (Family Permanency) where she manages Child Welfare and Child Protective staff as they explore placements for youth entering and/or re-entering foster care. Prior to her current assignment, Fatima served as a Child Protective Manager within the Division of Child Protection. In that role, she managed four Child Protective Units responsible for investigating allegations of abuse, neglect and/or maltreatment. Fatima 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.

 

Melissa I. Rodriguez has 14 years’ experience in the field of environmental and occupational safety and health. In 2008, Melissa joined the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) as the Safety and Health Coordinator. In this role, Melissa ensures that all safety legislation is adhered to and policies and practices are adopted. She addresses concerns by conducting inspections, providing corrective measures and conducting employee safety training. Melissa holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Geological Oceanography from the State University of Stony Brook and a Master of Science degree in Occupational Safety and Health Management with an Industrial Hygiene concentration from the University of New Haven.

 

Nicole Suares Douglas is an Assistant Borough Chief in the Law Department's Queens Tort Division. The Tort Division is the Law Department's largest division, employing over 200 lawyers in its Manhattan headquarters and five borough offices. The Division functions as the City's lawyer for personal injury and property damage suits brought against it each year. Nicole began her career as a pre-trial attorney in the Queens office in 1999. She was promoted to Senior Counsel in 2005 and to an Assistant Borough Chief in 2007 and continues to serve in that capacity. As an Assistant Borough Chief, Nicole assists in the supervision and training of trial and pre-trial attorneys. Her job duties and responsibilities have encompassed every phase of litigation, with an emphasis on case evaluation and investigation. Nicole earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Vermont, and her Juris Doctorate from Howard University School of Law.

 

Raquel A. Williams is an attorney with MTA New York City Transit, Office of Labor Relations and serves as Director of Grievance and Discipline for the MTA Bus Company. As a Director, Raquel is responsible for a broad array of labor relations issues, including, but not limited to; arbitrations, collective bargaining negotiations and contractual interpretation disputes for its approximately thirty five hundred (3,500) employees. In her role, Raquel collaborates with management at all levels of the organization to ensure overall and consistent application of labor relations policies among the Company’s facilities. Raquel started her career as a Labor, Employment and ERISA attorney in the private sector before joining the Transit Authority in February, 2009 as a Labor Relations Attorney. She is a graduate of Regent University School of Law, holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Windsor as well as a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto, both located in Ontario, Canada.


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