Leadership Institute Class of 2013

Naomi Aice is a 22 year veteran of the New York City Police Department and currently serves as the Commanding Officer for the Department’s School Safety Division.  As Commanding Officer, she is responsible for the supervision of two executive officers, eleven supervisors, and 432 School Safety Agents.  Naomi oversees the deployment of School Safety personnel in public schools located throughout Northern Manhattan, trains school safety personnel, implements crime prevention strategies, and handles all administrative duties for school safety personnel including; evaluations, payroll, and accident/compensation notification.

Marina Alexander joined Harlem Hospital Center in 1993 as a registered nurse working in the Medical/Surgical, Adult Intensive Care, and Labor & Delivery Units.  Currently, Marina works as Head Nurse/Nurse Educator in the Obstetrics/Gynecological Department. In this role, Marina is responsible for the design, development, and implementation of training programs, leadership development, and continuing education opportunities for nurses and other healthcare workers at the hospital.  Marina also works to incorporate evidence based best practices into the nursing unit which helps to foster a professional nursing climate within Harlem Hospital Center, which ultimately meets the needs of both patient and nursing staff.  Marina holds a Master of Science in Nursing as a Clinical Nurse Specialist and a Family Nurse Practitioner Certification from SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Nursing.

Najma Ali is a litigation attorney at the Human Resources Administration's (HRA) Office of Legal Affairs, where she is involved in counseling and training program staff at Adult Protective Services, one of HRA’s largest program areas. In this role, she reviews Guardian Ad Litem referrals and Article 81 Guardianship referrals pursuant to the New York Mental Hygiene Law, and makes determinations regarding the viability of those referrals for the commencement of a judicial proceeding. Najma is also part of a team of attorneys at HRA that works with Adult Protective Services to identify and correct shortfalls in order to improve the overall efficiency of the current legal referral process.  She has extensive experience at HRA in various phases of civil litigation and has advocated on behalf of her agency in New York State Supreme Court, the New York Civil Courts, and before administrative hearings. Najma is a graduate of Fordham University’s School of Law where she was a recipient of the Archibald R. Murray Public Service Award.

Douglas A. Boettner serves as Executive Director for the Division of Innovative, International & Professional Studies and Office of Campus Event Services at Queens College, CUNY.   He manages and coordinates the College's holistic approach to meeting the needs of its adult, nontraditional, and international students, as well as those of all internal and external clients looking to host events on campus.  In this capacity, he oversees the Adult Collegiate Education, Summer/Winter Session, Weekend College, and Professional & Continuing Studies Programs, as well as the English Language Institute, Office of International Teaching and Learning, and the Queens College Events Office.  Prior to joining Queens College, Douglas served as Vice President of Visitor Services for the Prospect Park Alliance in Brooklyn.  Douglas holds a Master of Public Administration in Public and Nonprofit Management from New York University's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Marketing from the School of Management at Binghamton University, SUNY. 

Jan Borodo serves as the Executive Assistant to the Fire Department’s Assistant Commissioner for Facilities Management.   In this capacity he provides critical support in day-to-day bureau operations.  These include but are not limited to construction management, union relation matters, and in keeping with the City’s PlaNYC goals, all “green” initiatives.  Jan also plays a key role in training field staff and implementing new Departmental policies and procedures related to OSHA and energy reduction programs.  Jan began his career in public service 10 years ago at the Department of Correction’s Management Information Systems Unit. There he developed training curriculums and conducted seminars for both uniform and civilian staff on the use of information systems.   He has also worked in the private sector in regional logistics management for a major transportation company overseeing day-to-day operations.  Jan graduated from Brooklyn College with a Bachelor's degree in Business Management and Finance.


Katy Brodsky is the Executive Director of Assessments and Reentry Services at the Department of Correction, where she supervises all contracted programs, all counseling services, data management for the Programs Unit, and the implementation of national best practices, which includes the piloting of evidence-based assessment tools. Katy is an attorney whose professional experience has been in criminal justice. Prior to coming to NYC DOC, she was Director of Advocacy and Associate General Counsel for Grameen America, a non-profit microfinance organization. Before this, she worked at Legal Aid Society as a staff attorney in the Criminal Defense Division, where she spent significant time at the Judicial Center on Rikers Island. She has also worked at the International Center for Transitional Justice in Cape Town and New York, researching options for transitional justice in sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia. Katy holds a BA from Harvard and a JD from NYU School of Law.

Anthony Carter has been with the New York City Police Department for 18 years, where he currently holds the rank of Captain.  Anthony has served on patrol in the 68th, 60th, 73rd, 71st and 66th Precincts, and is currently assigned to the Traffic Operations District, where he is in charge of an inter-agency project involving the complete restructuring of New York City's vehicle towing system. Through the modernization of current infrastructure and software systems, accurate and real-time reporting will be used to keep better tabs of vehicle inventory, staff function, and other information critical to citywide towing operations. Anthony holds a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from SUNY Empire State College and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Administration from John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

Maria Patricia Cuartas is a Senior Director in the department of Clinical Information Systems (CIS) at New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) where she is part of the team in charge of the acquisition of a new electronic medical records solution for the corporation.  Prior to her current responsibilities, she was a Lead Clinical Analyst in the same department for more than three years where she led successful implementations of corporate wide applications such as the Blood Bank Corporate project and the Emergency Department project. Clinically, Maria has been a Physician Assistant for the last 12 years managing patients in a variety of clinical settings from the Emergency Department and the Surgical Intensive Care Unit in City Hospitals to the inpatient Oncology unit at New York Presbyterian and outpatient clinics located within homeless shelters at The Floating Hospital.  Maria is certified in Project Management, holds an MBA in Healthcare Management from Baruch College, and a degree in Biochemistry and Psychology from Stony Brook University.

Olivia Cuggy is a Managing Attorney at the Office of Administrative Trial and Hearings-Taxi Tribunal (OATH).  The Tribunal is responsible for holding hearings on summonses that are issued by the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC), New York City Police Department (NYPD) and the Port Authority of NY/NJ.  Prior to working for OATH, she worked as a Supervising Attorney at the New York City Human Rights Commission.  Olivia has a LLM from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and a LLB from University College Galway, Ireland.

James Cutolo is a Senior Director with the MTA New York City Transit (NYCT) in charge of Traffic Checking Operations, a sub-division of the Division of Operations Planning.  He has 24 years of experience at NYCT with a progression from the professional and technical ranks within the Division of Car Equipment to his current title in Operations Planning.  As Senior Director, he is responsible to lead a group of nearly 400 employees including staff managers, supervisors and a unionized workforce of both part time and full time employees.  He oversees several specialized maintenance and technical functions which help support NYC subway and bus operations including; the collection of ridership data, the development, posting and removal of all service diversion signage in subway stations, and providing direct customer service for both planned and unplanned service diversions.  In addition, this unit maintains and updates all bus service information displayed at all bus stops throughout the five boroughs and provides cross functional support in the areas of training, labor relations, payroll, scheduling and facility management.  James is a graduate of Hofstra University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and Finance.

Kinsey Dinan is Deputy Director of the Office of Evaluation and Research in the New York City Human Resources Administration (HRA). Through internal evaluations, primary research projects, and policy analysis, she informs the agency’s programming related to cash assistance, food stamps, child support enforcement, Medicaid, and other services. Prior to joining HRA, Kinsey was a Senior Policy Associate at Columbia University’s National Center for Children in Poverty, where her research focused on support for low-income working families, child poverty and poverty measurement, and children in immigrant families. She led the Center’s Making Work Supports Work initiative, collaborating with state and local policymakers, researchers, and advocates to identify and advance policy reforms. Kinsey holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from Yale University and a B.A. in Government and Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia.

Rachel Escalera is the Commanding Officer of the DCAS Security and Law Enforcement Bureau. In this role, Rachel is responsible for a wide range of complex security programs and technical matters. She provides direct assistance to the Assistant Commissioner in the management and oversight of a $13.0M security operating budget. She also manages agency programs and leads strategic initiatives involving personnel, equipment, countermeasures, and adjustments in security postures.  In addition to her duties, she directly supervises senior security staff consisting of a Chief of Operations, Director of Policy and Compliance, Lieutenant for Patrol Operations, four Patrol Sergeants, a Director of Mailroom Operations, and an Operations Support Team Manager. Prior to joining the City, Rachel served as a line supervisor in North Carolina’s Sheriff’s Department and as a member of their SWAT Team.

Tyrone “Ty” Forte is the Director of Public Safety and Security at York College, CUNY.  In this role, he oversees departmental operations relative to security, emergency medical service, crime prevention, disaster preparedness and all other safety and security matters.   He also serves as the site manager for the York College Coastal Emergency Evacuation Center where he is responsible for a multi-million dollar budget for the department, and the procurement and acquisition of all electronic related security upgrades.  Ty holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from York College, and is an armed forces veteran who holds various emergency management certifications from the Homeland Security Center for Disaster Preparedness.  He is also certified as a general topics instructor through the NYS Municipal Police Training Council.

Patrick Hendricks serves as the Director of the Collections Unit within the Bureau of Customer Services at the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).  The Collections Unit manages more than $65 million in delinquent water accounts for approximately 240,000 customers.  As Director, Patrick is responsible for overseeing DEP’s collection operations which include; soliciting payments from delinquent customers, managing the operational aspects of the Water Debt Assistance Program, and the annual sale of water and sewer liens.  In addition, Patrick frequently corresponds directly with elected officials and customers to support DEP’s continued customer outreach efforts. Patrick holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Baruch College and a Master of Information Systems degree from New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Diane Jackier is the Chief of Staff in the Capital Projects division of the Department of Parks & Recreation.  In this position, Diane oversees the Personnel, Systems & Analysis, and Interagency Coordination Units, as well as the implementation of the division’s new project management software system.  She also works with the Deputy Commissioner for Capital Projects to carry out the agency’s strategic plan for the division, which is part of an overall effort to make the capital process more efficient, consistent and transparent.  Prior to working at Parks, Diane was the Director of Community and Government Affairs at the Landmarks Preservation Commission.  Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Basis of Behavior, a Master’s in City Planning, and a Master’s of Science in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania.

Rad Jacuch is the Director of Revenue Projects and Financial Analysis at the Human Resources Administration (HRA).  In this capacity, Rad is responsible for identifying and developing revenue maximizing initiatives and cost saving measures.  In addition, he serves as a liaison between the agency’s Finance Office and its Legislative Affairs unit, and represents HRA on certain revenue-maximizing projects for other City agencies.  Prior to joining City government in 2010, Rad worked in the private sector, including three years originating and structuring emerging-market asset-backed debt transactions for a bond insurance company.  Rad holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University.

Pamela Lee serves as Assistant Commissioner for the Children's Division of Child Protection, Office of Special Investigations with the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS). In this position, Pamela oversees the investigations of child abuse and maltreatment reports of children receiving foster and day care services in New York City.  In addition, her current responsibilities include the overall management of operations, administrative and technical support. As a member of her division’s leadership team, Pamela is instrumental in the development and implementation of agency policy which focuses on the quality of services received by the children of New York City. Pamela has been a committed civil servant for over 28 years.

Jerzy Lesniak is a supervisor in the Change Orders and Capital Projects Unit at Housing Preservation and Development (HPD).  In this capacity, Jerzy is responsible for the supervision of auditors who work to streamline fiscal and engineering review processes.  He also monitors construction costs, supports the implementation of new construction codes and prepares audits for special projects.  Prior to his work at HPD, Jerzy was a Plan Examiner for the Department of Buildings where he reviewed construction applications and performed special audits and emergency inspections.  Before entering civil service Jerzy was a project architect in the commercial sector, specializing in sustainable and green design. Jerzy holds a Master of Architecture from Cracow Polytechnic and is a licensed Architect and is LEED AP Certified by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Roger Lishnoff is the Associate Director of Financials for HHS Accelerator, an initiative under the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services, Linda Gibbs.  This transformative initiative’s goal is to improve the relationship between New York City government and its client and community service providers, which will enable innovation and continued quality in service delivery to New York City residents. To do so, the initiative is reducing administrative burden and speeding procurement, contract management and oversight processes by implementing a series of policy reforms and building a Web-based system to centralize functions.  In his current role, Roger leads the implementation of the financial components of the HHS Accelerator system, which will centralize and standardize the budget and payment processes between 11 City agencies and the more than 1,300 service providers that have contracts with the City.  Prior to joining HHS Accelerator, Roger served as the Capital Budget Director for DoITT, where he oversaw the financial planning and management of the agency's capital budget.  He earned his Master’s degree in Public Policy from the University at Albany’s Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy and is an alumnus of the University’s Center for Technology in Government.

Max Miller is the Deputy Director of the Design Division for the New York City Department of Sanitation’s (DSNY) Bureau of Engineering.  In this capacity, Max directs the design of engineering projects including new construction, facilities rehabilitation, and major renovation to promote necessary and efficient operational activities.  Max has enjoyed working for DSNY, in roles of steadily increasing responsibility, since receiving his Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  Max is a licensed Professional Engineer (New York State), a LEED AP, and a Certified Energy Manager.

Pia Rivera is the Parks Advocate at the Department of Parks and Recreation (Parks).  In this capacity, Pia is responsible for overseeing the investigation and prosecution of employee misconduct cases.  The Advocate’s Office employs a staff of investigators, attorneys, and clerical staff.  In addition to the Advocates’ Office’s role in disciplinary investigations and drug and alcohol testing, the office has a Labor Law Investigations Unit, which is tasked with ensuring contractor compliance with state prevailing wage laws.  Pia has been with Parks for almost ten years, and is a graduate of Wesleyan University and Fordham Law School. 


Nancy Savasta is the Deputy Chief of the Risk Management Unit in the Tort Division at the Law Department (Law).  As Deputy Chief, Nancy manages a staff of two attorneys and seven support members who work with Mayoral agency counsel to share lessons learned in tort litigation, advise on risk transfer, and collaborate on evidence preservation.  In addition, Nancy and her team meet regularly with counsel to keep them abreast of developments in the law, and how these developments impact agency operations.  The Risk Management Unit also assists the Tort Division’s litigation staff with discovery related issues that arise during the course of litigation.  As such, Nancy is on call to resolve all issues concerning documents, information, or witnesses needed to defend litigation against the City.  Nancy joined the Risk management Unit in 2002 after eleven years in the private sector.

Carlos Scholz serves as a Sr. Director for the Division of Organizational Innovation and Effectiveness at the Health and Hospitals Corporation.  In this role, Carlos is responsible for the delivery of Breakthrough Training, an enterprise wide improvement system that reaches over 40,000 employees within HHC.  Carlos’ responsibilities include making sure that people have the right access, skills, and competencies to successfully use Breakthrough on a day to day basis. He also coaches managers and senior leaders on the successful deployment of the organization’s strategic goals and initiatives. Prior to joining HHC, Carlos held senior management positions at D’Addario & Co. and Hanes brands across Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and the United States. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering in Mexico.

Richard Simon is currently the Deputy Director of New York City’s Urban Park Rangers, a division of the Department of Parks and Recreation (Parks).  He joined Parks in 1998 as an Urban Park Ranger, and has over fourteen years of exceptional experience in program management, environmental stewardship, policy development, and proven leadership in the public sector.  Currently Richard works on projects as diverse as coordinating a multi-agency management plan to address the rise in the NYC’s coyote and deer population, to restructuring the Urban Park Ranger’s award winning Outdoor Adventure programs,  to creating a media strategy to raise the public profile of the Ranger division.  Richard graduated from CUNY’s College of Staten Island in 1995 with a degree in Political Science and studied Urban Wildlife Management with Texas A&M University.  Richard received his Executive Master’s degree in Public Administration from Baruch College in 2012.

Deirdre Snyder serves as Budget Director for the Office of Chief Medical Examiner (OCME). OCME serves public health and criminal justice purposes, including management of the largest public DNA laboratory in the country. In this position, Deirdre oversees financial administration of the agency’s approximately $100 million Expense, Revenue and Capital budgets. She also serves as financial liaison to any external audits by oversight entities and State and Federal grantors. Deirdre has worked at OCME since 2007. Prior to her role as Budget Director, she has experience in procurement and private industry. Deirdre graduated cum laude from CUNY Baruch College with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting.


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