Leadership Institute Class of 2004

Alphonzo Albright ALPHONZO "JERICHO" ALBRIGHT, a thirteen year veteran of the New York City Department of Probation (DOP), was promoted in 2002 to Branch Chief, Executive Director of Citywide Alternative to Detention Services. Alphonzo, a former Field Service Officer, Supervising Probation Officer, Executive Assistant to Assistant Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner of the Family Court Division of DOP, combines a mastery of the field of Probation with a commitment to innovations such as his 2002 development of the ATDATA system, a mathematical case tracking database. Alphonzo obtained a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Law from historical Lincoln University, PA.
LEIGH BLOCK LEIGH BLOCK is the Assistant Commissioner of Materials Management at the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS). He is responsible for the Central Storehouse which receives and distributes goods to most City agencies. His division also operates the City auto auction where City motor vehicles, from NYPD motorcycles to fire trucks, are sold on a biweekly schedule. The Surplus function is also part of his operation. Leigh has just completed his 25th year with the City of New York which was spent evenly divided between DCAS and the Taxi and Limousine Commission.
MATTHEW BRUNE MATTHEW BRUNE is a graduate from the University of Michigan. As the Deputy Director of Field Operations at the HIV/AIDS Services Administration, he oversees the daily operations of the agency's client service centers. Prior to joining the City, Matthew performed direct and administrative services at non-profit agencies on behalf of populations with multiple challenges.
CHRISTOPHER CARUSO CHRISTOPHER CARUSO joined the NYC Department of Social Services / Human Resources Administration as the Budget Director for the Family Independence Administration in May 2002. He oversees the budgets for Public Assistance, food stamps, employment programs and childcare that serve over a half million New York City residents each year and have a combined annual budget of over $1.6 billion. Prior to joining City service, Mr. Caruso worked for the Children's Aid Society as the Budget Director for the Community Schools Department. Chris has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Providence College, and a Masters Degree in Public Administration / Policy from Columbia University.
JULIA DAVIS JULIA DAVIS has served as the Inspector General for Executive Offices and Non-Mayoral Agencies at the NYC Department of Investigation since 1999. In that capacity, she investigates fraud, corruption and conflicts of interest in City government and was recently commended for her work in the investigation and prosecution of former City Councilman Angel Rodriguez by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York. She previously served as Principal Court Attorney to Judge Gerald Sheindlin (ret.), Supreme Court, Bronx County, and as an Assistant District Attorney in Kings County. She graduated from Smith College and the Washington College of Law.
FERNANDO G. DEGUIA JR. FERNANDO G. DEGUIA JR. is Special Assistant to Agostino Cangemi, Deputy Commissioner for Franchise Administration and Planning/General Counsel for the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DOITT). Prior to joining DOITT, he worked at the Deputy Mayor's Office for Community Development and Business Services where he was a liaison to economic development corporations for Deputy Mayor Rudy Washington. In his current position, he helps develop the City's telecommunications strategy and policies including the regulation and solicitation of telecommunications franchises. He holds a Master of Science in Urban Planning from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology and History from Carnegie Mellon University.
JOHN DENESOPOLIS JR. JOHN DENESOPOLIS JR. is a life long City resident who has been in public service for over 18 years. He is presently assigned as Captain and Executive Officer in Police Service Area 1 in the Housing Bureau. John was previously assigned to the Organized Crime Control Bureau's Narcotics Division, as both a Lieutenant and Sergeant, where he was instrumental in organizing, implementing and overseeing the Staten Island Narcotics Initiative. His other assignments have allowed him to serve various Brooklyn, Manhattan and Staten Island communities and included Community Policing Sergeant, Field Training of recruit officers, Patrol Supervisor and Precinct Patrol. During his tenure with the Police Department, John has obtained a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Marist College and a Bachelors Degree in Legal Studies from John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
WILLIAM DISTEFANO WILLIAM DISTEFANO, CSW, received his B.A. from St. John University and his MSW from Hunter College School of Social Work. In 1992, Bill accepted a social service policy position in the Mayor's Office on Homelessness & SRO Housing, beginning his career in City Service and continuing in 1993 as the Director of Client Services in the Commissioner's Office of the newly created NYC Department of Homeless Service (DHS). Over his 10 year career at DHS, Bill has served in a number of positions in both the Services/Operations Division and Executive/Administrative units. Bill is currently the Director of Planning, Development, & Grants in the Office of Policy & Planning. Utilizing creative approaches, Bill's work combines high level clinical and supervisory skill with diverse experiences in policy development, program planning, and resource management.
BERTHA FERTIL BERTHA FERTIL is the Director of Planning, Policy and Development at the Human Resources Administration (HRS) Medical Assistance Programs. Prior to her joining HRA, she was the Vice President of Community and Government Affairs at the Prospect Park Alliance, where she was responsible for government relations and educational and community involvement programs. She came to the above organizations from the American Red Cross, where she was assigned to disaster relief work in the Dominican Republic. Ms. Fertil has taught Health Policy and U.S. Health Care Delivery Systems at Lehman College and SUNY Old Westbury. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature (French, English and Spanish) from Cornell University, a Masters in Public Heath from Columbia University and a Masters in Government Administration from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a volunteer unit commissioner with the Boy Scouts of America, serves on the chapter board of the American Red Cross and is a member of the New York Junior League.
ASTRID GLOADE ASTRID GLOADE is the Deputy Chief for Enforcement for the New York City Conflicts of Interest Board. Prior to joining the Conflicts of Interest Board in 1999, Ms. Gloade was an associate at the law firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton where she handled various commercial litigation and pro bono matters. Ms. Gloade is a 1991 graduate of Columbia Law School, and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1988. Ms. Gloade is a member of the Board of Friends for the Double Discovery Center at Columbia University, Secretary of the Committee on Government Ethics of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and a member of the Columbia Law School Association Board of Directors.
GORDON GOLDBERG GORDON GOLDBERG began his career in public service in 1988 as a Summer Graduate Intern at the Department of Transportation, where he now serves as Director of Employee/Labor Relations. He is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he received his Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Science and his Masters of Business Administration in Organizational Development and Human Resources Management. Gordon also holds certificates in Human Resources Studies, Labor Relations, and Contract Management from Cornell University's New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations.
GLORIA GUILLO GLORIA GUILLO is the Director of Administration, Office of Information Technology for the Department of Homeless Services. Ms. Guillo has worked at several City agencies and a Mayoral office since receiving her Masters in Public Administration in 1988 from New York University. Her experience is varied and includes urban planning, construction project management, policy analysis, budget, finance and procurement. Ms. Guillo is now focused on electronic commerce and the benefits it provides for mission critical procurement.
GEORGE HENEIN GEORGE HENEIN, the Director of Internal Audit at the NYC Employees Retirement System (NYCERS), joined City service two years ago. In addition to an Masters of Business Administration from Rutgers, George holds numerous certificates including: Certified Internal Auditor, Certified Fraud Examiner and Certified Government Auditing Professional. Prior to joining NYCERS, Mr. Henein worked for KPMG as a Supervising Senior Consultant and Summit Bank as a Fraud Auditor.
ROBERT HIGGINS ROBERT HIGGINS has been with the Fire Department since 1986. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 1999, and is currently serving as Special Operations Command Training Coordinator. His primary focus is developing training initiatives for terrorism preparedness.
MELVIN HYATTE JR. MELVIN HYATTE JR. has been in City service for 12 years. He currently serves as Chief Information Officer for the Department of Juvenile Justice. Melvin holds a Masters Degree in Information Sciences from Brooklyn College and a Bachelor of Science Degree from DeVry Institute of Technology.
JEAN M. JEAN-LOUIS JEAN M. JEAN-LOUIS is the Director of the Quality Assurance Bureau within the Technical Support Division of the Department of Design and Construction (DDC). He is responsible for ensuring the quality of the products used in all NYC capital Improvements projects. Prior to joining the DDC in 1998, he applied his mechanical engineering expertise at the Department of Environmental Protection.
JOSEPH A. KOVAC JOSEPH A. KOVAC is Director of Contract Agency Audit for the Department of Youth & Community Development (DYCD). Prior to his current position, Mr. Kovac was Chief of Staff and Special Assistant to the Commissioner. Before he began his tenure with the DYCD, he worked for the Department of Finance in the capacity of Tax Lien Ombudsman, Senior Citizen Tax Lien Ombudsman and Assistant Tax Lien Ombudsman.
KATHERINE LANGHAMMER KATHERINE LANGHAMMER is the Director of Marketing & Special Events for the Department of Parks and Recreation. Katie currently oversees the division that manages all large-scale and commercial events held on parkland. She works closely with other City agencies and the event producers to coordinate all aspects of special events. She is also responsible for the development of public/private partnerships. Before moving into Marketing & Special Events she was the Director of Central Recreation.
KAREN LIVINGSTON KAREN LIVINGSTON entered NYC service in 1984. She is currently serving as Director of Human Resources in the Bronx District Attorney's Office, where her responsibilities include the direction of the Recruitment, Evaluation, Timekeeping, and Benefits offices.
ELLEN MACNOW ELLEN MACNOW is Coordinator for Interagency Planning at the Capital Division of the Department of Parks & Recreation, a position she has held since 2002. In this capacity, she serves as a liaison to other City, State and Federal agencies to facilitate the construction of capital projects. She is also currently leading the team preparing a 10-Year Vision Plan for park design and construction. Prior to her work in the Capital Division, Ellen was the Deputy Director of Planning and managed the agency's Greenway Program for bicycle and pedestrian pathways. She joined Parks in 1997.
ERIC MEDINA ERIC MEDINA serves as a Senior Analyst for the Mayor's Office of Operations. His duties include organizing and writing the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) section of Mayor's Management Report and coordinating several citywide initiatives such as the West Nile Virus and Mayoral Rodent Abatement taskforces. His previous work experience includes Credit/Suisse First Boston and Gouverneur Hospital.
ALISA SCHIERMAN ALISA SCHIERMAN is the Assistant Director of the Risk Management Division in the Bureau of Claims and Adjudication at the NYC Comptroller's Office. Her main responsibility is using claim activity as a key indicator to identify areas of actual and potential risk within City agencies. Before joining the Comptroller's Office in January 2003, Alisa was the Founding Executive Director of the New York Fair Elections Project, a nonprofit organization.
AYSHA E. SCHOMBURG AYSHA E. SCHOMBURG holds the position of Director of Parent Recruitment at the Administration for Children's Services (ACS). She works with over 40 foster care agencies and adoption recruitment agencies to secure safe, stable and loving foster and permanent homes for youth who have been in foster care for extended periods.
John Sweeney JOHN SWEENEY is currently Chief of the New York City Law Department's Workers' Compensation Division. The Division has over eighty employees and administers approximately 18,000 new workers' compensation claims each year. He joined the Law Department in 1989 and served as the Division's Deputy Chief from 1994 until 2002. He is a lecturer in the Law Department's Continuing Legal Education Program and is a 1988 graduate of New York Law School.
David Warne DAVID WARNE is the Chief of Staff for the Bureau of Water Supply in the Department of Environmental Protection. He serves as the primary liaison with state and federal regulators on the City's Watershed Protection Program and is responsible for coordinating the City's compliance with the conditions of the federal filtration waiver. In addition, he has general administrative responsibilities for the Bureau, which oversees the operation, maintenance and protection of the upstate portion of the City's water supply. He graduated from Wesleyan University and Yale School of Management.

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