Leadership Institute Class of 2007

Bob Berger is the Director of Systems & Administrative Services at the Department of Citywide Administrative Services. As director, he is responsible for supervision of the Order Entry and Facilities Management Units of the Central Storehouse, which receives and distributes goods to most City agencies. Bob started his career in City government in 2002 with the Civil Service Administration.  Prior to this he worked for 28 years as a warehouse operations manager in the private sector, working in a high volume pick and pack environment, shipping over 50,000 orders a week. A native of Brooklyn, New York, Bob has a Bachelors degree in Political Science from Bradley University and a Masters degree in Urban Studies from Long Island University.

Glenda Carmichael is the Director of the Brooklyn Regional Office of the NYC Early Intervention Program at the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.  As Director, her responsibilities include managing all aspects of the Brooklyn Regional Office; ensuring that federal, state and local mandates are carried out and that appropriate services are authorized and provided to over 13,000 eligible special needs infants and toddlers and their families. Glenda joined the Early Intervention Program as an Early Intervention Official Designee in 1994 and was promoted to Assistant Director three years later.  Prior to joining Early Intervention, Glenda worked as a social worker at Brooklyn Hospital. She holds a Masters degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Brooklyn College.

Vincent Carrique has been employed with the Department of Probation for twelve years.  Vincent's experience within the department lies in field units, however during his tenure there Vincent has become versed in all areas of the Agency.  In 1997, he became a Supervising Probation Officer and rose through the ranks to Branch Chief in 2002.  Currently, Vincent is the Assistant Commissioner of Queens, where he is responsible for all probationers in the county.  Vincent strongly shares his agency's vision of keeping the community safe and takes great pride in the work he accomplishes at the department.  He holds a Bachelors degree in Psychology from Nyack College.

Shampa Chanda is the Director of Citywide Planning, in the Department of Housing Preservation and Development's (HPD) Planning and Pipeline Development Division.  As the Director of Citywide Planning, Shampa directs the Agency's environmental unit where she oversees the environmental review process pursuant to City, State and Federal regulations. Shampa also coordinates GIS projects for the Division and other divisions and assists division staff and other agency personnel on zoning regulations. Prior to joining HPD, she worked with the Department of City Planning as a Team Leader in the Manhattan Planning Office. Shampa holds a Masters degree in City Planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelors degree in Architecture from The City College of New York.

Emily Chase is the Department of Parks & Recreation's Director of Sponsored Events and oversees the Citywide Marketing and Special Events Division.  In her role as Director, Emily is responsible for large scale, promotional, and commercial events or events that take place in Central Park.  Additionally, Emily oversees the creation, production, sponsorship, promotion, and implementation of several Parks-produced events such as the Easter Eggstravaganza and the Great Halloween Party in Central Park.  Emily has been an employee of Parks for seven years and was formerly Director of the Central Recreation Division. She holds a Bachelor's degree in English from Brown University

Evelyn Correa began her career at the Human Resources Administration (HRA) on December 10, 1979.  She is currently the First Deputy Regional Manager for the Housing and Homeless Services Programs in HRA's Family Independence Administration.  In this role, Evelyn oversees various homelessness prevention programs and programs servicing homeless families and individuals.  She has also assisted in the development and implementation of numerous new initiatives servicing the homeless population.  Prior to her work at HRA, Evelyn worked in the budget office of a telecommunications company performing analytical reporting and evaluation.  Evelyn has pursued graduate work at Fordham University's School of Social Work.

Frank Feeney started his career with the Department of Sanitation in 1990 as a sanitation worker and rose through the ranks to Deputy Chief where he is Deputy Director of the Export Contract Management Unit.  Along with the Director, Frank oversees a 294 million dollar budget for the Export of Municipal Solid Waste from NYC to private vendors in New York and New Jersey.  He was involved in numerous operational policy changes throughout his career.  Before joining the Department Frank was a New York City sandhog who worked on the City's biggest construction project, Water tunnel #3.  He is married with twin girls.

Derrick Hinds began his career with the New York City Administration For Children's Services in 1996 as a Child Protective Specialist in the Bronx Division of Child Protection.  He is currently a Borough Deputy Director for operations in the Brooklyn Division of Child Protection.  A Licensed Master of Social Work, he has a Master of Social Work degree from New York University School of Social Work and Bachelors of Arts degrees in Economics and Psychology from Lehman College.

Ernesto Jarvis is a registered architect in the State of N.Y. with 10+ years of service in City government. He currently serves as Senior Design Project Manager at the NYC Department of Design & Construction (DDC). In that role he manages and supervises the design and construction of capital projects for the NYC Department of Correction (DOC) and the NYC Courts. Prior to joining DDC Ernesto served as Senior Architect in the Design Department of the NYC Housing Authority (NYCHA). Before entering public service, he worked in the private sector were he was responsible for the design of various residential & commercial projects in the tri-state area. Ernesto holds a Bachelor's of Architecture degree from Cornell University and a Master's degree in Urban Planning from New York University. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American Planning Association (APA).

Kelly Larson is the Director of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's (DOHMH) Public Health Detailing Program. Kelly is responsible for the development and implementation of educational outreach campaigns which are modeled on the pharmaceutical sales strategy of delivering brief, targeted messages to healthcare providers and their staff in the practice setting.  Prior to joining DOHMH, Kelly managed and implemented public health programs for the National Hemophilia Foundation in New York, the United Nations Development Program in Fiji, and the US Peace Corps in the Federated States of Micronesia.  Kelly received her Master of Public Health from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and Bachelor's degree in Public Relations from Pacific Lutheran University.

Young Lee is the Director of Training & Development at Coney Island Hospital, one of 11 acute care hospitals of NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation.  He is responsible for leading the education, training, and health literacy programs, and is a part of improving patient safety and leadership development skills of nearly 4,000 employees of the Hospital's network. Prior to joining the city Hospital in 2000, Young had been a public school teacher, youth and community organizer, affordable-housing advocate and a management consultant.  He earned a Bachelors in Environmental Sciences and Education from State University of New York at Fredonia.

Christopher Montgomery currently serves as a Project Manager for the Access NYC program at the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT).  He is responsible for building and managing intergovernmental relationships between various human services agencies and DoITT.  Leading various cross-functional teams, Christopher is charged with identifying ways in which enterprise technology might be employed to enhance and streamline service delivery, while making services more client-centric, responsive and efficient.  Prior to civil service, Christopher held key positions in marketing and engineering at major telecommunications firms in the Philadelphia and New England area.  Christopher proudly served for six years in the United States Air Force.

Albert Pignataro is a Deputy Inspector within the New York City Police Department. He joined the Department in January of 1982.  Al has had a series of progressively responsible managerial assignments upon being promoted to the rank of Captain.  He was assigned as the Executive Officer at the 115th Precinct in Queens, and then elevated to Commanding Officer positions within the Gang Investigation Division as well as the Internal Affairs Bureau. In his current position, Al is the Bronx Borough Commander for the Internal Affairs Bureau. He oversees two investigative groups which conduct the department's most sensitive and confidential investigations.  Al holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice.

Darryl Rattray is the Director of Out-of-School Time Programs at the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD).  The DYCD Out-of-School Time (OST) Programs is the largest after-school initiative in the nation and offers a quality balanced mix of academic support, sports and recreational activities, and arts and cultural experiences. Darryl has served New York City communities for over a decade organizing, directing, and advocating for youth of the Bronx.  He started his career in the youth development field in 1991 and was the lead organizer of a youth group in the South Bronx. This group quickly became the pillar of the neighborhood, providing resources and services to community youth.

Ronald Rigores is responsible for developing and managing the IT Project Management Office (PMO) at the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA).  The IT PMO helps drive millions of dollars in cost savings, improve project management delivery, and increase customer satisfaction by delivering strategic business-aligned IT projects on-time and on-budget.  Prior to joining NYCHA, Ron was the IT Program Manager for the Department of Information Technology in Nassau County.  He was responsible for managing the delivery of county-wide initiatives and furthering inter-agency coordination through the development and implementation of IT projects.  Ron has a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration from Cornell University. 

Barbara Robles-Gonzalez is the Director of Community Affairs at the Bronx District Attorney's Office.  In her current role, she is responsible for the administration of prevention and intervention programs for youth, adults, and seniors, as it pertains to the criminal justice system.  She supervises a staff of eight and over 250 program volunteers.   During her seven year tenure at the Bronx District Attorney's Office, Barbara has served as Program Director for a federally funded program, Operation Weed & Seed, as Deputy Director of Community Affairs, and later promoted to Director in March, 2006.  Barbara earned a Bachelors of Arts in Government and Caribbean and Latin American Studies from St. Lawrence University and a Masters of Public Administration from New York University, Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service.   

Peter Sammarco is the Director of Strategic Operations and Integrity for the Sheriff's Division of the New York City Department of Finance.  In this role, Peter reviews the operations of several units, encompassing the service of summonses and arrest warrants against dead-beat parents, as well as processing and executing edicts and orders issued by various courts.  He also develops plans and procedures to improve performance and reduce negative operations and provides strategic direction to the Division. Peter is a colonel in the Army National Guard and presently serves as the deputy commander of one of the three major commands located in New York State. He graduated from St. John's University with a Bachelor of Arts in History, and a Master of Business Administration in Executive Management and also graduated from the United States Army War College with a Master of Strategic Studies. Peter is married and has 3 children.   

Justo A. Sanchez is the Director of the Center for Mediation Services at the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH).  He is responsible for program development and administration, mediation and conflict resolution training, marketing and educational outreach, and facilitating and mediating referred workplace disputes.  Prior to joining OATH, Justo served as a mediator for the newly created Child Permanency Mediation Program in the NYC Family Courts and also worked for the Center for Court Innovation, where he served as the Mediation Coordinator at the Harlem Community Justice Center.  Justo received his Bachelor of Arts degree from CUNY, Hunter College and has served for 12 years in the United States Army National Guard.

Steven San Filippo is a 28 year veteran of the NYC Fire Department. During his tenure he has achieved the promotional ranks of Lieutenant, Captain and presently holds the rank of Battalion Chief.  Steven is assigned to Fire Operations and oversees daily operations of the departments Foam and dry chemical capabilities. He is a member of the F.D.N.Y Incident Management Team (I.M.T.) which was the first urban Firefighting agency nation wide to responded to New Orleans request for assistance during Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Eileen Schnock-Montanez is the Deputy Director of Engineering Audits for the NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). In this position, she is responsible for the auditing of all construction contract payment requests for the agency.  Prior to her current position, Eileen worked for twenty-two years in heavy construction, both for the DEP and for a major tunneling contractor.  She began her career as a field inspector and progressed to Resident Engineer and Executive Construction Manager.  Eileen has a Bachelors degree in Geology and a Master of Science in Engineering from Columbia University.  She is also a NYS licensed Professional Engineer.

Scott Shorr joined the Appeals Division of the New York City Law Department in 2001 and has since handled cases involving the Fourth Amendment (most notably, MacWade v. Kelly, the subway bag inspection case); the First Amendment (currently, Vincenty v. Bloomberg, which concerns the City's new anti-graffiti ordinance); and a variety of other federal, state, and City laws.  As an appellate lawyer, Scott reviews the "record on appeal," researches the law, writes briefs, and conducts oral arguments, in either state or federal appellate court.  Before joining the Law Department, Scott worked as a litigation associate at Proskauer Rose.  He received a Bachelors from Claremont McKenna College; a Masters in Philosophy from New York University; and a J.D. from Cornell.

Michael Siciliano is the Assistant Commissioner for Security at the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS). In this role he is responsible for the safety and security of all people working or visiting DCAS's 55 owned properties and facilities. He is also responsible for the security and preservation of the landmark buildings owned and managed by the Agency.  Prior to joining DCAS Michael served as a Sergeant with NYPD for 18 years.  Michael was a first responder and survivor of 2 World Trade Center attacks and a member of the NYPD Hurricane Katrina Response team deployed to New Orleans. He began City service as a New York City Transit Police Officer and has worked in all areas of New York City and it's diverse cultures.

Michael Soliman is the Director of Manhattan/Brooklyn Roadway Bridges, Division of Bridges, at the Department of Transportation.  In this position Michael manages the $1 billion design and construction program for roadway bridges located within his area of responsibility.  He has over 16 years of design and construction experience in both the public and private sector.  Michael holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology and is a licensed Professional Engineer in New York and New Jersey

Joy Wang currently serves as the Deputy Assistant Commissioner of the Bureau of Management and Budget at the NYC Department for the Aging (DFTA).  Joy is responsible for overseeing units that offer operational support to the program bureaus, including Budget, Fiscal, Research and Planning, General Services,  IT and Human Resources.  Prior to working at DFTA, Joy worked at the American Museum of Natural History and was responsible for the Museum's capital budget and City capital contracts.  Joy's City career began as a contract analyst for the Mayor's Office of Contracts.  She has a MPA from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs and has a BA from Rutgers College, Rutgers University.

Alexandra Warren is the Director of Budget, Policy, and Special Programs at the Department of Housing Preservation and Development's (HPD) Division of Tenant Resources. As a member of her Division's senior management team, Alexandra is responsible for overseeing budget utilization, policy development, quality assurance, a homelessness prevention initiative, and the Family Self-Sufficiency Program. Prior to joining HPD, Alexandra worked in a nonprofit housing and economic development organization in the South Bronx, as well as a private grant making foundation. She earned an MPA from Columbia University and a BA from Haverford College. 


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