Leadership Institute Class of 2005

Imam Umar Abdul-Jalil Imam Umar Abdul-Jalil has a 27 year distinguished career in ministry and with the New York City Department of Correction (DOC). Umar began working for DOC in 1977 as a volunteer and currently serves as the Executive Director of Ministerial/Volunteer Services. Umar was instrumental in starting the first Islamic studies curriculum at the DOC which has become the model for City and State Correctional Services. As Director, Umar also manages the ACS Children's Visitation Program for Incarcerated Parents and supervises the Inmates Parenting Skills Program.
Sarah Aucoin Sarah Aucoin is the Deputy Director of the Urban Park Rangers, a division of Parks and Recreation. As Deputy, Sarah oversees the development and implementation of all environmental education, recreation and restoration programs for the Rangers; is in charge of raising funds and administering grants to support these programs; and is responsible for all budgeting and accounting for the division. In addition, Sarah coordinates with other Parks divisions, City agencies, and outside organizations to oversee Ranger capital projects. Sarah holds an MS in Evolutionary Ecology and a BA in Marine Biology and has extensive scientific research experience.
Erik Berliner Erik Berliner is the Executive Director of Health, Education, Data Management and Forensic Services for the New York City Department of Correction (DOC). Prior to serving in this capacity, he was the Director of Strategic Development for the Strategic Planning and Programs Division at DOC and the Mental Health Project Manager for the DOC Health Affairs Unit. Before entering City government, Erik was a successful manager for several private companies, primarily engaged in Internet commerce.
Jill Berry Jill Berry is the Executive Assistant to the Deputy General Manager for Policy, Planning and Management Analysis for the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA). Prior to joining NYCHA, Jill worked at the Department of Homeless Services as the Director of Management Analysis and Evaluation. As the Director, she conducted research and statistical analysis for the agency. In her current position, Jill helps develop NYCHA's strategic plan to preserve affordable housing, optimize services to residents, and improve organizational efficiency and effectiveness. Jill holds a Master of Public Administration with a concentration in advanced policy analysis from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Wellesley College.
Tony Ramon Branch Tony Ramon Branch is the Chief of Operations for the Department of Homeless Services (DHS), Division of Adult Services. As Chief of Operations Tony oversees the regulatory compliance of DHS directly operated and contracted sites, the Regulatory and Administrative Support Units and the Night Operations Audit Team. Through DHS, Tony also works with the Office of Emergency Management, Mayor's Rodent Control Initiative Task Force and the West Nile Task Force. Tony earned his graduate degree in social work at Yeshiva University.
Keith Bray Keith Bray is the Chief of Staff to the Staten Island Ferry Division of the Department of Transportation (DOT). Prior to joining the DOT, Keith worked for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, KPMG LLP, and the New York City Council. Keith obtained a Bachelor of Arts in History from Denison University and a Master of Public Administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University.
William Carter William Carter is the Executive Director of Licensing for the Taxi and Limousine Commission. William has worked in City government for over 30 years, having served as the Emergency Management Project Coordinator under the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and as the Office Manager for the Deputy Commissioner of Management and Budget at the New York City Police Department. William is a graduate of CCNY and a Vietnam era veteran.
Keith Cartica Keith Cartica is a 23 year veteran of the Fire Department. During his tenure, Keith has achieved the promotional ranks of Fire Marshal, Lieutenant, Captain and Battalion Chief. Presently, he holds the rank of Battalion Commander and oversees the daily operations of Battalion 15 in the Bronx. Keith has written numerous articles on safety and other fire related issues for national trade magazines and lectures at national fire conferences. He earned his undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice and his graduate degree in Public Administration from Pace University. Keith and his wife are the proud parents of 5 children and in his spare time Keith is actively involved in coaching soccer, basketball and baseball and officiating high school and U.S.S.F soccer matches.
Angelyn Chandler Angelyn Chandler worked in the private sector for 10 years before joining the Department of Parks and Recreation in 2003. Angelyn is currently the Team Leader for Queens Capital Projects where she oversees the design and construction of all capital projects in the borough of Queens. A licensed architect, Angelyn holds a Masters Degree in Architecture from Princeton University.
Belinda Colon Belinda Colon is the Chief of Investigations for the Buildings Special Investigations Unit (BSIU), a joint venture between the Department of Buildings (DOB) and the Department of Investigation. As Chief of Investigations, she oversees all BSIU investigations pertaining to alleged acts of misconduct, fraud and corruption by DOB licensees, as well as all DOB accident investigations. Prior to joining BSIU, Belinda served as the Chief Investigator/Assistant Director of DOB's Office of Investigations and Discipline, where she oversaw all investigations pertaining to alleged acts of misconduct, fraud and corruption by DOB employees, licensees and other individuals and businesses engaged in dealings with DOB. Belinda holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
Ralph DiFiore Ralph DiFiore began his career with the City of New York in May 1989 working for the Child Welfare Administration as a Child Protective Caseworker. In 1994 he accepted a position as a Probation Officer with the Department of Probation (DOP) and is now the Assistant Commissioner, assigned to Kings County Adult Services at the DOP. Ralph is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operation of DOP's Adult Court services in Brooklyn which includes the supervision of over 14,000 adult probationers. Ralph graduated from Marist College with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and he received his Masters of Arts in Political Science from Brooklyn College.
Maria Giordano Maria Giordano is the Chief of the Personal Injury Division at the NYC Comptroller's Office. Maria manages the investigation and settlement of various types of claims filed against the City and the enforcement of insurance coverage indemnifying the City. She first came to the Comptroller's Office in 1982 as a college aide and began working there full-time in 1985. Maria has worked in numerous divisions within the Comptroller's Office including Labor Law, No-Fault and the Settlement Unit. Maria holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree with dual majors in Sociology and Women's Studies from William Smith College
Kerri Jew Kerri Jew is the Deputy General Counsel at the Department of Small Business Services (SBS). In her role as Deputy Counsel, Kerri provides legal advice to the agency's senior staff with respect to their implementation of New York City's small business policy, and she participates in the development of operational plans and formulating program strategies. Prior to joining SBS, Kerri served as an Assistant Corporation Counsel for seven years at the Law Department in the General Litigation and Legal Counsel Divisions. Kerri began her legal career as a litigation associate at Proskauer Rose. She received her undergraduate degree from Cornell University and her law degree, with distinction, from Emory University School of Law.
Amy Marcus Amy Marcus is the Director of Discipline and Labor Relations for the Department of Housing Preservation and Development. Amy manages the Agency's employee investigations office, interprets contracts, policies and procedures, and acts as counsel at administrative hearings. She also conducts training sessions on labor and discipline issues and provides advice on legal matters pertaining to employment. Prior to City service Amy held management positions in Human Resources and worked at both the EEOC and NLRB. Amy is a graduate of Brooklyn Law School and received her undergraduate degree in Business Management from Cornell University.
Terry Michaud Terry Michaud is a Technical Services Project Manager for the Mayor's Office of Management and Budget. Comprised of a small group of architects and engineers, Technical Services is a citywide resource available to all City agencies, and offers capital planning assistance through the use of multidisciplinary design reviews of major construction projects. In her role as Project Manager, Terry also assists city agencies desiring to restructure or streamline a part of their core business process and procedures.
Teryn Moore Teryn Moore is the Director of Enterprise Technology Development for the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications. In her current role, Teri is responsible for the development and support of enterprise technology initiatives throughout City government. Teri and her team are responsible for NYC.gov, the City's official website, CityShare, the City's intranet, Interwoven, the City's content management tool, as well as many other applications that support agency and inter-agency needs. Prior to joining the City, Teri worked in IT services as a project manager and information architect for Fortune 500 companies.
John Nicholson John Nicholson has been in public service for over 18 years. He is presently assigned as Commanding Officer of Police Service Area 8 in the Housing Bureau. John has dedicated his time to Patrol Services in the 41st, 32nd, 43rd, and 48th Precincts and is currently involved in implementing "The Bronx Plan Initiative" to improve service delivery to the residents of the borough. John has a Masters Degree in Sociology from St. Johns University and is currently undertaking post graduate studies in Terrorism and Global Security at Farleigh Dickenson University, and Middle Eastern Languages at NYU. John is also a Commissioned Officer in the United States Navy Reserve.
Samuel Salnave Samuel Salnave is the Deputy Director of Field Operations for HASA (HIV AIDS Services Administration). HASA provides social, financial and vocational services to individuals and families with AIDS, advanced HIV illness or HIV infection. Samuel has been in City service for over fourteen years, starting out as a caseworker at HRA and working his way up to his current position as Deputy Director.
Michael R. Tighe Michael R. Tighe is a 20 year veteran of the New York City Police Department and holds the rank of Captain. Michael is currently the Commanding Officer of the Management Orders and Directives Section of the Office of Management Analysis and Planning. As Commanding Officer, Michael is responsible for the overall management and promulgation of Department guidelines, orders and directives. He is also the 311 coordinator for the NYPD assisting in its development and implementation at the Department. Michael has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from SUNY Plattsburgh and a Master of Arts and Master of Philosophy in Criminal Justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
Joseph Valentino

Joseph Valentino joined the NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS), Division of Real Estate Services as the Assistant Director of Sales. In his current position as Director, Joseph oversees the NYC real estate public auction program, including preparing properties for sale, auction day activities and post auction requirements to convey properties to private owners. He is also involved in the disposition of non-auction sales. Prior to joining DCAS, Joseph was the Queens Intergovernmental and Community Relations Coordinator for the Department of Buildings and a Community Liaison for a Mayoral Office. Joseph earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Economics from St. John's University and is pursuing a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Baruch College.

Carla Van de Walle Carla Van de Walle joined the Department of Finance (DOF) as the Senior Director of Internal Audit & Special Projects in August 2002. Prior to joining DOF Carla had been a Global Risk Management Solutions manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers; a Director of Compliance for an international trade B2B banking solution; and she was a commercial litigation associate at a New York law firm. Carla graduated from Vassar College, has a Masters Degree in Urban Planning from Hunter College and a law degree from Vermont Law School. She has also designed and taught e-commerce and tax courses for undergraduate, graduate, and continuing legal education (CLE) students at New York University.
Inga Van Eysden Inga Van Eysden is Chief of the Pensions Division of the New York City Law Department. In this position, Inga supervises the division's lawyers in the representation of the City's five retirement systems in both litigation and counseling issues. She came to the Law Department in 1989 directly from law school, initially working in the General Litigation Division, and then transferring to the Environmental Law Division.
Glen M. Walker Glen M. Walker is the Assistant Director in the Operations Division of the NYC Law Department. In his role as Assistant Director, Glen is responsible for the overall administration, development and performance of four service units. The units are tasked with providing deadline driven services for the Agency's 650 Attorneys. He also makes recommendations on policy and personnel issues to the Chief of Operations and senior management in areas affecting the provision of services. Glen joined the Law Department in 1997 as an Operations Analyst and served as Central Service Manager of operations in the Brooklyn office.
William Wehner William Wehner is the Executive Deputy Director at the Department of Sanitation in the Support Services division. A 23 year employee, Bill began his career as an auto mechanic and was promoted through the ranks to his current position. As Executive Deputy Director, Bill is involved in all aspects of fleet maintenance and human resources including the development of new technologies, procurement of vehicles, recruitment of staff and serving as Conference Coordinator in disciplinary proceedings.
Mohsen Zargarelahi

Mohsen Zargarelahi has worked in City government for 20 years. Mohsen joined the Department of Design and Construction in 1996 where he has been supervising the design and development of various infrastructure capital projects. He currently serves as Director of the Preliminary Design unit at the Infrastructure Division and is responsible for supervision and management of technical staff and the consultants providing design and engineering services related to roadway, sewer, and water main improvements. Mohsen has a Bachelor and Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and is a Professional Engineer, licensed in New York and New Jersey.


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