Leadership Institute Class of 2017

Gina Berdecia

Gina Berdecia is the Deputy Director of Training at NYC Parks. Since 2014, she has coordinated professional development and required training for approximately 10,000 in-service and seasonal Parks employees. Having received her Bachelor of Arts in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, she started her career in Parks in 2002 as a Park Enforcement Officer and became a Field Sergeant in 2006. Prior to her current position, she served as an Academy Instructor in the Enforcement Division for eight years. In addition to her day to day responsibilities, she also serves as a volunteer EEO counselor and an EEO liaison for the Agency.

Lori Bingel

Lori Bingel is the Curriculum Coordinator at the Department of Buildings (DOB) where she has worked since 2012. As an Administrative Chief Inspector, she manages the operation and administration of the Inspector Training Academy, analyzes the agency’s evolving training needs, and implements training initiatives. A journeyman electrician, she began city service as an Electrical Inspector with DOB and was promoted into a supervisory position with the Build-it-Back inspection unit before joining Buildings University, DOB’s training unit. Prior to joining DOB, Lori worked as a an Electrician for several IBEW Local 3 contractors on commercial construction projects throughout New York City, including the Beacon Theater restoration, the Ikea in Red Hook, and the Goldman Sachs Tower.

John Campbell

John Campbell joined the Law Department (LAW) in 2005, and is currently the Deputy Director of Professional Development. In his current role, he is responsible for legal training and career development programs for 800 attorneys. John is a member of the Law Department’s Training Consortium and Coaching Collaborative. He also has experience providing organizational development and team development consulting. John started his career as a Legal Assistant at Skadden Arps in 2000. He is a member of the Professional Development Consortium and the New York City Bar Association’s Committee on Career Advancement and Management. John is a graduate of Fordham University and CUNY Law School.

Thomas Colon

Thomas Colon is the Deputy Commissioner for Human Resources Operations at the Human Resources Administration (HRA). He began working at HRA in November 2000 at HRA as an Associate Staff Analyst at the Office of Staff Resources where he performed classification and other duties. Over the years, he progressively held higher level positions, and became an Administrative Staff Analyst in 2003. In 2012, he became a Human Resources Business Partner (HRBP), overseeing HR services for 5000 staff members and directly oversaw 28 staff members. In 2014, Thomas became Deputy Commissioner, and has worked to integrate 15 former satellite offices (110 staff members).

Lisa (D'Ambrosio) Candella

Lisa (D'Ambrosio) Candella is the Assistant Commissioner of Staten Island Adult & Juvenile Services at the New York City Department of Probation. In 1990, she began her career with the Department as a Probation Officer Trainee. She has held various titles over the years and has worked in all five boroughs. She obtained a Bachelor's of Science degree in Criminal Justice from St. John’s University.


Charles Furrey

Charles Furrey joined the Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) in 2012, and is currently an Assistant General Counsel and the Special Legal Advisor for Strategic Planning. Charles received his J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, and interned as a prosecutor for TLC prior to joining the General Counsel’s Office in 2012. In his current role, Charles negotiates contracts for the agency and advises on procurement matters, works alongside policymakers to propose streamlined regulations, advises on industry-facing communication strategies, and develops implementation plans for agency initiatives.

Jahnara Glover

Jahnara Glover joined the Human Resources Administration (HRA) in 1990, and is currently an Executive Regional Manager in the Family Independence Administration. Jahnara oversees the Job Centers in Brooklyn and Staten Island, with a nearly 50,000 caseload. In addition to overseeing the Job Centers, Jahnara also has responsibility for the Family Independency Administration’s Child Care process. Jahnara received her BA from the State University of New York at Buffalo and her MPA from Long Island University-Brooklyn.

Yong Ju Kim

Yong Ju Kim joined the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) in 2005, and is currently the Director of the Homeless Placement Services Program. Yong Ju is responsible for leading a team that monitors a portfolio of affordable housing projects with a homeless restriction. In this role, she establishes operational targets, designs and implements policy and procedures, and works with internal and external program partners on initiatives to reduce the city’s homeless census. Yong Ju received her Master of Public Administration from New York University.

Stuart Goldstein

Stuart Goldstein joined the NYC Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) in 2006, and is currently the Executive Director of Transportation, Health and Safety for the agency. Stuart leads the day-to-day operations of a 24-hour transportation network that accounts for well over 29,000 trips annually in support of executive travel and both routine and emergency travel for children throughout the NYC metropolitan area and across State lines. Additionally, he administers the ACS Occupational Safety and Health program and serves as a key member of the ACS Executive Steering Committee for Emergency Management and Continuity of Operations (COOP). Stuart received his Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts degrees from the State University of New York at Binghamton.

Juan Pablo Gutierrez (JP)

Juan Pablo Gutierrez (JP) joined DCAS in 2006 and currently serves as Deputy Executive Director for the Bureau of Strategic Planning in the Human Capital Division. JP is responsible for driving change across Human Capital, supporting projects and agency-wide efforts to achieve operational excellence, and ensuring that City leaders and agency executives have the information and tools they need to conduct strategic workforce planning using data analytics and reporting. Prior to working for the City of New York, JP served the State of Texas in various capacities at the Texas Department of State Health Services. He has a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Texas State University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Spanish from Texas Tech University.  

Maurisse Johnson

Maurisse Johnson joined the New York City Housing Authority in 2014, and is currently a Financial Planning Manager at the agency. Maurisse’s responsibilities are split between managing the Capital Planning & Analysis group and managing NYCHA’s Environmental Review process. Prior to working for the City, Maurice worked at the Director of Financial Planning & Analysis with Burson-Marsteller and Director of Financial Systems at J. Crew. Maurisse holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Concordia University in Business Administration.

Richard Jones

Richard Jones joined the Department of Design and Construction in 2013, and is the Director of Specifications in the Infrastructure Design Bureau. He manages the contract preparation process for all DDC Infrastructure construction contracts. Richard is responsible for updating DDC’s standard construction specifications and developing new construction specifications. He is a licensed Engineer in New York and an American Welding Society Certified Welding Inspector (CWI).

Nikolai Kastioukevitch

Nikolai Kastioukevitch joined the Department of Small Business Services (SBS) in 2009, and is currently the Executive Director of Strategy at the agency. Nikolai manages a broad scope of tasks for the Division of Economic and Financial Opportunity (DEFO), including strategic and operational planning, policy research and program design, process improvement, data analytics, and compliance reporting. Prior to coming to SBS, Nikolai worked in sales and consulting roles in the US and Europe, including as Marketing Manager of ScienceSoft Inc., an IT outsourcing company in Belarus. Nikolai received his Master’s degree in Economics from the National University “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy” in Ukraine and a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities from the Minsk State Linguistics University in Belarus. He also holds a PMP (Project Management Professional) certification from the Project Management Institute, and has passed all the three levels of the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) Program.

Sylvia Kollar

Sylvia Kollar is the Director of the New York City Municipal Archives at the Department of Records and Information Services since 2014. She graduated with an MLS from Queens College, and had worked as a consulting archivist for over 10 years in business, education, and non-profit organizations. At the Archives, she leads a team of archivists, conservators, and digital technicians who ensure the City’s historical records are preserved and made accessible to the public.

Michael Marrella

Michael Marrella, AICP, joined the Department of City Planning (DCP) in 2005, and is currently the Director of Waterfront and Open Space Planning. In his role, Michael is responsible for directing waterfront land use policy for the agency and oversees the agency’s climate resiliency planning portfolio. He also advises the Chair and members of the City Planning Commission on the planning and land use issues affecting waterfront and open space areas, manages the staff of the Waterfront and Open Space Division, and acts as the primary liaison to a wide range of stakeholders on matters of land use, zoning and economic development related to waterfront, climate resiliency, and open space. Michael is also an Adjunct Professor at the Pratt Institute, teaching courses on waterfront planning and climate resiliency planning and has lectured at numerous colleges and universities.

Johnny Rafael Nunez

Johnny Rafael Nunez has been a Sergeant at the New York City Police Department (NYPD) for over 18 years. He is an Executive Instructor of the New York City Police Department and founder and President of the Global Alliance of Hispanic Law Enforcement Professionals. Sergeant Nunez served on a New York State panel to address the issue of police community relations. He also served as a guest lecturer at Briarcliffe College. Sergeant Nunez is certified by the State of New York as a General Topics Instructor and by the Department of Education of the City of New York as a Per Diem acting Professor. Sergeant Nunez holds a Master of Public Administration from Baruch College.

Alan Price

Alan Price joined the Department of Buildings (DOB) in 2008, and is currently the Director of the Office of Technical Research and Certification at the agency. Alan’s career in city government spans almost 10 years. His current responsibilities include managing efforts to research new and innovative construction materials and processes for New York City market and manages third-party programs performing on behalf of the DOB. Alan holds a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Columbia University.

Evelyn Rosario

Evelyn Rosario is an Operations Manager for the Citywide Maintenance and Integrity Units at the NYC Office of Payroll Administration (OPA) since 2015. Her current responsibilities include developing policies and procedures related to user security access in various New York City information systems, as well as performing annual compliance audits in compliance with the Citywide Comptroller’s Directive. She has worked on an organizational project that corrected and implemented Uniform Allowance processing in the New York City Automated Personnel System (NYCAPS). Evelyn has a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of Business Administration.

Afua Sanders Kim

Afua Sanders Kim joined the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) in 2013 as the Electronic Laboratory Reporting Informatics Manager, moving to her current position of Executive Director of IT Informatics in January 2015. Afua’s responsibilities include leadership and support of Health Information Exchange, Electronic Laboratory Reporting, Syndromic Surveillance, and Data Analytics including GIS, data matching, and Business Intelligence tools. Afua studied Computer Science at Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana and has an International Baccalaureate from the Armand Hammer United World College of the American West in Montezuma, New Mexico.

Sergey Shabalin

Sergey Shabalin joined the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) in 2012, and is currently the Director of Billing Programs and Analytics in Energy Management. In his current role, he oversees several programs that focus on reducing energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions and energy related costs in municipal buildings. His Citywide Demand Response Program has been recognized by Association of Energy Engineers – NY Chapter as the Innovative Energy Project of the Year in 2016. He has professional certifications from Association of Energy Engineers as Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and Certified Building Commissioning Professional (CBCP). Sergey has a graduate degree in Energy Management from New York Institute of Technology and an undergraduate degree in chemistry from New York University.

Kate Spaulding

Kate Spaulding joined the Department of Probation (DOP) in 2014, and is currently the Director of Intergovernmental & Legislative Affairs at the agency. In her role, Kate manages DOP’s relationships with NYC elected officials at the city, state, and federal level. She also develops the agency’s legislative agenda and tracks and responds to proposed legislation impacting the agency’s work. Prior to joining DOP, Kate spent five years working as Special Projects Manager at the Manhattan Borough President’s Office, where she coordinated initiatives focused on environmental equity, health, criminal justice, and civic engagement. She has Bachelor’s Degrees in Urban Studies and Political Philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master’s Degree in City and Regional Planning from Pratt Institute.

Ellen Weiss Wiewel

Ellen Weiss Wiewel, DrPH, MHS, is the Director of Research and Evaluation for the Housing Services Unit of the Division of Disease Control, in the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH). Ellen joined DHMH in 2003 as an epidemiologist in the HIV Epidemiology and Field Services Program. In her current role. Ellen designs monitoring and evaluation plans for HIV housing services and develops proposals for grant funding to support research relevant to HIV housing policy. She also oversees the dissemination of findings and translates research and evaluation outcomes into actionable products to inform policy and program planning.

Gregory Zelikovsky

Gregory Zelikovsky is an Actuary at the New York City Office of the Actuary (OA), and has been with the City since 2004. Gregory has held multiple positions within OA – from certifying individual pensions to calculating billion dollar contribution. As a native New Yorker, he has always been passionate about providing the City with appropriate contributions to adequately fund the pension plans, ensuring employee benefits are secure, and minimizing financial strain resulting from volatile financial markets. Gregory holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and a minor in Economics from Lehigh University.

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