Leadership Institute Class of 2009

Cara Auger

Cara Auger is the Director of the General Services Unit with the Department of Buildings (DOB). In this role, Cara oversees the telecommunications, fleet, materials management, office services and facilities departments. Her responsibilities include daily management of the vital support General Services provides to the infrastructure of the Agency. She also manages large scale capital and expense facilities projects within all five boroughs. Cara holds a Masters degree in Human Resource Management and Organizational Development and a Masters degree in Liberal Arts, both from New York University. She also holds a Bachelors degree in Behavioral Science and an Associates degree in Business Administration from Concordia College in Bronxville, NY.

Mondello Browner

Mondello Browner has spent much of his 20 years in city service at the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) as a Project Manager. As such, he monitored community group creation of low-income co-ops and rentals. He is now a GIS Analyst for HPD's Office of Development. Using Geographic Information Systems in service of affordable housing, Mondello produces aesthetically sound maps as well as summaries and analyses of the geographic data. Marketing GIS to HPD's data consumers and providers, Mondello also tutors Urban Planners and Real Estate Underwriters in spatial mapping and analysis. He has a Bachelors degree in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania and is a former HPD ACE (Achieve Career Excellence) Fellow.

Victor Calise

Victor Calise serves as the Accessibility Coordinator for the Department of Parks & Recreation (Parks). In this capacity, he oversees the Agency's compliance with Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and is responsible for reviewing facility assessments and devising transition plans to bring Parks and its programs into compliance. Victor is also responsible for developing training curricula used to familiarize Parks employees with ADA policies and working with Accessibility Advisory Committees to help evaluate and develop new facilities, programs, and services for City parks. Before joining Parks, Victor worked at the United Spinal Association where he was a frequent advisor on accessibility issues.

Theresa Caragine

Theresa Caragine is a Special Deputy Director in the Department of Forensic Biology at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME). During her tenure at the OCME, Theresa directed the development and validation of protocols which generate DNA profiles from samples with very small amounts of DNA. In addition to her duties as one of the casework managers of this testing unit, Theresa manages a team which continues to optimize and implement novel technologies for forensic casework. Theresa received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Georgetown University and a Ph.D. in Molecular Oncology and Immunology from the Sackler Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences at New York University School of Medicine. She has worked in both clinical and research laboratories for the past eighteen years.

Philip Crowe

Philip Crowe is the Director of Human Resource Management and Strategic Planning for the Department of Education (DOE). In this role Phil is working to support school leaders and HR professionals in effectively managing human capital. His focus is on developing strategies to, “get, keep and grow” great staff, which he sees as a key catalyst in driving student achievement. Prior to joining the DOE, he served as the Assistant Commissioner for Human Resources at the Department of Homeless Services and Chief of Administration of Parks & Recreation. He began his career in public service at the Department of Citywide Administrative Services. His career with the City of New York has allowed him to advocate for HR as a vital change agent to organizations and to engage in public policy issues of personal concern – education, social services and parks. He holds a baccalaureate degree from the University of Dayton and is an active member of the Society of Human Resource Managers.

Jerome Davis

Jerome Davis began his career in City government in 1981 as a Correction Officer at the Department of Correction (DOC). During his tenure at DOC he rose through the ranks from Correction Officer to Warden. Jerome is currently the Deputy Commissioner for Operations and Detention at the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ). As Deputy Commissioner, he is responsible for the day-to-day operation of three secure facilities and sixteen non-secure facilities. His duties include establishing programs for residents, generating policies and procedures, monitoring statistical trends pertaining to assaults and altercations and developing initiatives to combat and decrease critical incidents that occur within the facilities.

Jorge J. Díaz

Jorge J. Díaz began his public service career by managing the Weatherization, Referral and Packaging (WRAP) Program at a major non-profit organization. His responsibilities included coordinating free home energy improvements, repair grants and social services for low-income senior home-owners. He was recruited by the Department for the Aging (DFTA) in 2000 to oversee the citywide administration of the WRAP Program. While at DFTA, he also developed a program that supplied free energy-efficient portable air conditioners to vulnerable seniors. Jorge went on to serve as Director of DFTA's Information & Referral unit, and in 2006, he joined the Department of Information Technology & Telecommunications' 311 Call Center. In his role as Manager, he helped launch “E311”, a component of 311 that specializes in Health & Human Services. Jorge obtained a Bachelors degree in Fine Arts (Magna Cum Laude) from the University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras.”

Deborah Douek

Deborah Douek is the Assistant Director of Pediatrics and Coordinator of the Child Life Program at Woodhull Medical Center, a division of the NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation. Deborah established the Child Life Program at Woodhull in 2001 and has continued to manage child-related activities in the hospital since that time. Among her many responsibilities, she supervises clinical and ancillary Child Life staff and provides administrative support to the hospital's employee day care center. She also works with various disciplines in the hospital to help create a more child-friendly approach to healthcare. Deborah holds a Bachelors degree in Studio Art from Binghamton University and a Masters degree in Creative Arts Therapy from Hofstra University. She is also a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist and a Certified Child Life Specialist.

Frantz Dupuy

Frantz Dupuy is the Director of Operations in the Office of Operations and Development at the Department of Homeless Services (DHS). In his role as Director, Frantz evaluates Request for Proposals and monitors contract negotiations to ensure that they meet structural, facility, maintenance and environmental requirements. Frantz has been with the City for 20 years, beginning his civil service career at the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD). He graduated from Brooklyn College and received his Masters degree at New York University's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.

Albert Durrell

Albert Durrell has spent 19 years as a public servant working for the Department of Sanitation (DOS). He rose through the ranks serving as Supervisor, District Superintendent and Deputy Chief assigned to the Citywide Cleaning Operations Office. As Deputy Chief, Al participated with his team in achieving an all time high street cleanliness scorecard rating. He currently serves as the Executive Officer of the Manhattan Borough command where he manages 1200 employees whose responsibilities include household collection, recycling, snow removal, and street cleaning.

Elizabeth Franceschi

Elizabeth Franceschi began her career as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) with the Health and Hospitals Corporation. She became a member of the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) in 1996 when they assumed responsibility of EMTs, becoming the primary provider of pre-hospital emergency care. Elizabeth is currently Captain of the Planning and Strategy Unit at Fire Operations. The Unit is responsible for developing the FDNY Strategic Plan, coordinating dignitary protection, providing risk assessments of potentially hazardous locations and coordinating with other City agencies on terrorism preparedness. Elizabeth attended the College of New Rochelle and is an active member of the Latino Officers Association and the National Organization of Women (NOW).

Clement Glenn

Clement Glenn began his career in City government as a Correction Officer for the Department of Correction (DOC) in 1989. During his 19 years at DOC, Clement has worked in various units within the agency. Currently, he serves as the Executive Officer of the Brooklyn Detention Complex. As Executive Officer, he is responsible for managing the daily operation of Kings and Richmond County Courts which include supervision of uniformed employees, civilian employees and inmates and the daily operation of the command's administrative, personnel and security concerns. Clement has a Bachelor of Science degree from the City University of New York.

Michael Heller

Michael Heller has worked for the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's (DOHMH), Public Health Laboratory (PHL) for 20 years and is presently the Director of the Environmental Sciences and Toxicology Laboratory. This laboratory is responsible for safe drinking water testing for city water, bottled waters and well water. Michael is also the Responsible Official for the Centers for Disease Control's Select Agent Program which provides oversight for the laboratory's compliance in testing samples for the presence of biothreat agents. Prior to City service he worked in private industry as a clinical laboratory director. Michael received his Doctorate in biochemistry from the City University of New York and did postdoctoral work at the Rockefeller University in influenza virology.

Peter Jhon

Peter Jhon is a Unit Manager in the Office of Policy and Planning at the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH). In this capacity he has worked on a variety of operational and programmatic analyses that inform decision making. His projects have included restructuring the clinical services offered at health clinics, identifying the major cost drivers of program budgets, and developing strategic plans for key programs within the agency. Prior to his work at DOHMH, Peter worked as a Program Director for the medical website, WebMD, as well as a Research Assistant at the Hospital for Special Surgery. Peter graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a degree in Biological Sciences and received a Masters in Public Administration from New York University's Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service.

Stephanie Martinez

Stephanie Martinez is the Policy Director for the Workforce Investment Board (WIB). The WIB is the local federal oversight body for Workforce Investment Act dollars and services, locally operated through the Departments of Small Business Services (SBS) and Youth and Community Development (DYCD). As Policy Director, Stephanie is responsible for keeping the Board informed on important Federal, State and Local workforce policy issues, developing and implementing a workforce advocacy agenda, and serving as the key staff contact for the Workforce Policy Committee and related workgroups. Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Clark University and a Master of Public Administration from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.

Guy Oliveri

Guy Oliveri is the Deputy Director for IT & Special Projects in the Division of Municipal Supply Services (DMSS) at the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS). Guy is responsible for overseeing the Special Projects group which handles the Division's reporting and analysis functions. In addition, he oversees DMSS' information technology and systems, including the development of applications that are used by agencies citywide. Prior to joining DCAS, Guy worked for a private consulting firm where he conducted research and evaluation activities for human services organizations. Guy has a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from Boston University, was licensed as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), and, more recently, earned a Masters degree in Social Research from CUNY's Hunter College.

Millard "Mitty" Owens

Millard "Mitty" Owens is the Senior Deputy Director of Programs and Outreach at the Department of Consumer Affairs' (DCA) Office of Financial Empowerment (OFE). In this role, Mitty oversees programs and strategic partnerships for OFE, including initiatives fostering safe and affordable banking products, the NYC Financial Education Network, and the Earned Income Tax Credit Coalition Campaign. Prior to joining DCA, he worked with a variety of community economic development organizations and then served as a program officer with the Ford Foundation. Mitty received his Bachelors degree from Yale University and his Masters degree from Southern New Hampshire University. Mitty has served as a trustee of various economic development and social justice organizations and was a W.K. Kellogg National Leadership Fellow. He is also an adjunct professor at New York University's Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service.

Sandra Roberto

Sandra Roberto is the Deputy Director of the Bureau of Environmental and Geotechnical Services, within the Division of Technical Support for the Department of Design and Construction (DDC). As Deputy Director, Sandra oversees the execution of geotechnical and environmental subsurface investigations as well as hazardous material surveys, design specifications and remediation projects for the City's capital projects. Prior to joining DDC, she worked as a regulator with the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) as Deputy Director of the City's Asbestos Control Program and the Community Right to Know Program. Sandra holds a Masters degree in Environmental Health Science from Hunter College.

Stacy Rosenfeld

Stacy Rosenfeld is the Director for Administration and Finance at the Office of Emergency Management (OEM). Stacy started at OEM in 2002 when the agency moved from a division within City Hall to a stand-alone Mayoral Agency, and she has been instrumental in setting up and operating the agency's Administration and Finance units. Her responsibilities at OEM include acting as Budget Director and Agency Chief Contracting Officer, and managing the agency's ever increasing portfolio of Department of Homeland Security grants. Prior to joining OEM, Stacy worked at the Mayor's Office of Contract Services as an Associate Director. Stacy holds a Masters degree in Public Administration and a Masters degree in Social Work, both from Columbia University, and a Bachelors degree in Psychology from Scripps College.

Monica Shulman

Monica Shulman is the Supervising Attorney for the Manhattan Family Court Legal Services Division at the Administration for Children's Services (ACS). Monica began her career at ACS ten years ago as a Staff Attorney. In her current role as Supervising Attorney, she is responsible for representing the City of New York in the prosecution of child protective proceedings, developing and implementing borough and division wide policies and procedures and interfacing with other divisions and agencies to ensure compliance with State and Federal standards and audit procedures. Prior to joining ACS, Monica practiced in the area of plaintiffs' personal injury focusing on cases involving lead paint poisoning. She completed her undergraduate studies at Indiana University and her law school studies at Touro Law Center.

Marcos Soler

Marcos Soler is the Director of Research and Strategic Initiatives for the Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB). He joined the CCRB in 2001, and as Director, assists the Board in the process of defining its organizational strategy. His responsibilities include strategic planning, budget forecasting, policy analysis and database management. Marcos is also an adjunct professor of government at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, where he teaches seminars on judicial policies and constitutional politics. Marcos was educated in Europe, receiving a Masters and Ph.D, and has continued his education in New York where he was awarded a Masters in City Management and Policy Analysis at The New School. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Government at The New School and expects to complete his dissertation this year.

Carlecia D. Taylor

Carlecia D. Taylor joined the Department of Small Business Services (SBS) in 2008 as the Executive Director of Policy and Planning for the Division of Economic and Financial Opportunity. In this role, she defines program strategies and creates direct linkages between Minority and Women Business Enterprises (MWBE) and public procurement opportunities. Carlecia's tenure in City government began in 2004 at the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) where she served as Director of Operations in the Division of Alternative Management Programs. She was also one of four recipients of the 2008 Frederick O'Reilly Hayes Prize, which honors aspiring and emerging leaders in NYC Government. Carlecia has a Bachelors degree from Columbia College of Chicago and a Masters degree from New York University's Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service.

Merle Christopher White

Merle Christopher White is the Director of Security for the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS). Chris began his civil service career in 1993 at the New York County District Attorney's Office as a Trial Preparation assistant. In 1997 he joined the New York City Police Department where he worked within the Transit Bureau, Patrol Services Bureau and the Emergency Service Unit, and in 2005 was promoted to Sergeant. Chris is currently on loan to DCAS where he oversees the day to day security operations in over 50 DCAS managed facilities throughout the 5 boroughs. Chris holds a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice from the University of New Haven.

Denise Williams

Denise Williams began her career in City government in 1983 working as an Eligibility Specialist at the Department of Social Services within the Human Resources Administration (HRA). She currently serves as Executive Director of the Office of Child Support Enforcement's Customer Services Operation. In this capacity, Denise is responsible for the administration of the Customer Services Walk-in Unit, Correspondence Services and Priority Inquiry. She and her staff are tasked with resolving the issues of custodial and non-custodial parents on post-order child support cases. Denise graduated from the State University of New York at New Paltz with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a minor in Women Studies.

June Witterschein

June Witterschein is the Law Department's Director of Professional Development, where she is responsible for the creation and implementation of the Continuing Legal Education curriculum, the professional development of the department lawyers and the agency's diversity training programs. June began her legal career in the Law Department in 1978 in the Appeals Division, and then served as Deputy Chief of the Legal Counsel Division. In 1990, June left the Department and later served as a law clerk to the then Presiding Judge Sylvia Pressler of the New Jersey Appellate Division, and then taught for nine years at Seton Hall University School of Law, before returning to the Law Department in 2003. June is admitted to practice in the Courts of the State of New York, the US Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and the United States Supreme Court.


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