Management Academy 2006

 Rebecca Blanc began her career at the Human Resources Administration (HRA) in 1985 as a caseworker assigned to the HR Intake program in the Office of Employment Services (OES).  Rebecca rose though the ranks at HRA, serving as supervisor and Assistant to the Program Director, eventually becoming Director of STTARS (Substance Abuse Treatment, Tracking and Review Services) in 2001. Currently, Rebecca serves as the First Deputy Regional Manager for the Special Needs Region where she is instrumental in implementing many new initiatives concerning substance abuse programs. 

Jose G. Carvajal joined the City’s Wireless Technologies Division with the Department of Information, Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT) in December 2004.  In his role, Jose is responsible for supporting and streamlining all DoITT wireless carrier services for Mayoral agencies, drafting policy and procedure requirements, and addressing technology issues and implementing wireless solutions.  Prior to joining the City, Jose served as a Sergeant in the Marines for a Data Communications Platoon.  He holds a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management from Manhattan College.

Portia Cook Dyrenforth currently serves as the Director of Brooklyn Capital Projects for the Department of Parks & Recreation.  Portia helps to manage the borough’s $30 million plus budget to reconstruct parks and playgrounds.  She also oversees and designs presentations for local officials and community groups.  Portia graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from Hunter College.
Phyllis R. DeLisio has worked in City service for 21 years.  She began her career with the Financial Information Services Agency and eventually moved to the Department of Buildings where she held progressively responsible Human Resources positions during her eight year tenure.  Phyllis currently works for the Department of Probation as Chief of Administration.  In her role as Chief, she manages the day-to-day operations of the Division and provides administrative direction and support on all matters that fall under the jurisdiction of the Deputy Commissioner for Administration and Planning.  Additionally, Phyllis oversees the agency’s Procurement Unit providing direct supervision to the Director for procurement.  Phyllis holds a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Hunter College.
Purnima Dharia, P.E. is the Director of Design Section 3 for the Infrastructure Division at the Department of Design and Construction (DDC).  She manages the development of contract documents including plans, specifications and estimates of approximately one sixth of the agency’s commitment plan, which this year amounted to over ninety million dollars. Purnima has worked with infrastructure projects (i.e. water mains, sewers and highways) for almost seventeen years and has experience in both design as well as construction.  She is a NYS Licensed Professional Engineer and holds a Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering from Manhattan College.

Gregory Dimesa is the Deputy Director of the Fleet Services Division of the New York City Police Department (NYPD). Greg began his career in 1988 as an Auto-Mechanic and was promoted to Deputy Director in 2001.  He is involved in all aspects of fleet administration including development of specifications for specialized equipment, personnel staffing and procurement and maintenance of vehicles.  Greg is a member of the National Association of Fleet Administrators and the General Motors Law Enforcement Product Council.

James Garin, P.E. is currently serving as the Chief of Project Development of the Division of Capital Program Development and Planning within the Bureau of Water and Sewer Operations at the New York City Department of Environmental Protection.  With an annual budget of approximately $350 million dollars, James’ section initiates, plans and provides funding for all water and sewer capital projects in the City of New York.  These problem solving projects range from simple catch basin installations to bluebelt style projects that use natural watercourses to convey storm water flow in an ascetically pleasing way.  In addition to his regular duties, James is the Project Manager for the replacement of the Brooklyn-Staten Island Water Siphon’s in conjunction with the Army Corp of Engineers at Port Authority dredging operation in the Narrows.
Aaron Goldberg is the Director of Planning, MIS and Quality Assurance for the HIV/AIDS Services Administration (HASA), within the Human Resources Administration (HRA).  In his role at HASA, Aaron oversees all system design and telecom issues as well as procedures, data reporting and training.  Prior to HASA, he was a consultant for the Office of Policy and Program Development in HRA.  He earned his Bachelors Degree in Biology from Clark University in Worcester, MA, and is currently working towards his Masters in Public Administration in the Executive program at Baruch College.
Pascale N. Graham is the Director of the Domestic Violence Response Team at the Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence.  In this capacity, she monitors the provision of services to a select number of high-risk domestic violence cases and utilizes their outcomes to make recommendations to enhance services citywide.  Prior to this position, she worked as the chief policy writer for Family Services at the Department of Homeless Services and received her Master of Public Administration from NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, where she was a Public Service Scholar.
Special Hagan is the Director of EEO for the Department of Small Business Services (SBS), and the Equal Opportunity Local Workforce Investment Area Officer for New York City.  In these capacities, she provides training, drafts policy initiatives, ensures compliance with the federal and citywide nondiscrimination regulatory provisions, and presides over the Workforce Investment Act’s grievance proceedings.  Special also teaches at Lehman College, and prior to her current position at SBS, she interned at the New York City Law Department and worked for the United Nations Development Program.  Special is an attorney and obtained her law degree from the University of Pennsylvania.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Law & Society from the University of Southern California.
David Harney is the Executive Assistant to the Deputy Fire Commissioner for the Bureau of Technology and Support Services at the Fire Department.  In this capacity, he works on issues affecting the Department’s apparatus fleet, emergency communication dispatch and computer systems, facility maintenance/ new construction projects, and various other functions.  David holds a Masters Degree from Saint John’s University and a Bachelors Degree from St. Francis College, Brooklyn.
Karen Keith is currently Director of Medical Programs at the Administration for Children’s Services (ACS).  Before working for ACS, Karen was a faculty member at Pace University for 23 years in the family nurse practitioner program.  During her work at Pace she maintained a clinical practice that addressed the needs of the underserved in such settings as homeless shelters, foster care agencies, community health centers, prisons, and jails.  In her current position Karen oversees all nursing and health care services provided by ACS to children in pre-placement and placement as well as oversees quality assurance/quality improvement evaluations of the health care provided to foster children by outside contractors.
James LeMyre is a Park and Recreation Manager with the City of New York Department of Parks & Recreation.  He began his career at Parks in 1998 as Borough Forester in Queens responsible for the maintenance and operations of 2 park districts including Forest Park.  In addition to park operations, James has numerous administrative and human resources responsibilities and regularly participates in community functions and special events in parks.  James holds a Bachelor of Science in Forestry/Natural Resources Management from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.
Corrine Lindo is the Industrial Policy Manager at the New York City Department of Buildings.  In this role, Corrine is responsible for recommending and implementing policy changes, coordinating enforcement activities and proposing legislation to regulate and protect industrial properties from being converted to non-industrial uses.  Before assuming this position, Corrine was the Deputy Director of Intergovernmental and Community Affairs at the Department. Corrine received her Bachelor of Arts from Fordham University, with a minor in African-American Literature.
Frank Lindsay is the Chief Inspector of the Public Safety Unit for the Bureau of Fire Prevention located at Fire Department Headquarters.  Frank’s unit is composed of the High Rise Unit, Public Assembly Unit, and the Public Buildings Unit.  These three units have jurisdiction of life safety inspections in hotels, office buildings, public assembly spaces, special events, shelters, schools and daycare facilities throughout the City of New York.  Frank has a Bachelors Degree in Fire Administration from John Jay College and has been a proud member of the New York City Fire Department for 17 years.
Susan Long is the Director of Licensing at the New York City Department of Buildings.  The Licensing Unit issues and renews over 11,000 licenses per year for people found qualified to work in 18 construction trades.  Susan’s focus is on streamlining and upgrading the policies, processes and technology used by the unit and improving customer service.  Prior to joining the Department of Buildings, Susan was Assistant Director of Government Relations for Columbia University.  Susan graduated from the University of Notre Dame and holds a Masters in Public Administration from Columbia University.
Michelle Mack has served the Department of Correction since 1983, where she began her career as a Correction Officer at the Brooklyn House of Detention.  Following promotions to senior ranks, Michelle was appointed in 2001 as Deputy Warden to oversee the daily functions of the Central Punitive Segregation Unit.  She was the first female appointed to this position.  Currently, Michelle serves as Warden at the West Facility, North Infirmary Command, James S. Thomas Center and Rose M. Singer Center.  She received her AAS Degree in Human Services from New York City Technical College, and is continuing her studies in Correctional Administration at John Jay College.
Lisa Maluf is the Senior Director of Customer Relations at the NYC Department of Finance, the City's principal revenue collection agency.  In that capacity, Lisa manages the production of the Department’s forms and publications, oversees the Finance website and outreach activities, and serves as the Commissioner's liaison to various industry associations and her Tax Advisory Board.  Previously Lisa served as Chief of Staff to former Finance Commissioner Andrew Eristoff, was President & CEO of the Madison Avenue Business Improvement District, and Chief of Staff to Manhattan State Assemblyman John Ravitz.
Elsie Martell began her career in City government in 1979 at the Department of Transportation.  She currently serves as Executive Director of the Authorized Parking & Permits Division where she is responsible for the administration and planning of all activities of the Office of Authorized Parking and Permits.  This includes the planning and analysis of traffic studies and the administration of Authorized Parking Permits for On-Street spaces, as well as for media and clergy.  Elsie’s Division also administers express bus lane and parkway permits in addition to City and State parking permits for people with disabilities. 
Michael Ragone began is career in City government at the Office of Management and Budget in 1988.  He is currently with the Police Pension Fund where he serves as Deputy Director of Human Resources.  Michael is responsible for all human resource needs for the Agency’s employees including recruitment, payroll, time and leave, health benefits and performance evaluation programs.  Michael holds an Associates Degree in Hotel Administration from Sullivan County Community College and is currently finishing a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Baruch College with a concentration in Human Resource Management.
Bill Rosado is the Director of Operations for Housing Preservation and Developments’ Division of Architecture, Construction and Engineering (DACE).  DACE manages and monitors the development of the Cities affordable housing projects, developers and building owners compliance with tax incentives programs and the maintenance of the Mitchell Lama housing stock.  Bill’s work with HPD included the development of procurement procedures and construction contracts for several HPD programs. He is currently involved with HPD’s collaboration with the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development and the New York State Emergency Research and Development Authority.
Leticia J. Santiago is a Senior Counsel in the Special Federal Litigation of the New York City Law Department.  Leticia supervises division lawyers who defend the City and its officials in civil rights cases brought in federal court in which police, District Attorney, or correction officer misconduct is claimed.  Leticia came to the Law Department directly from law school, initially working in the Tort Division.  She earned her law degree from Howard University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts from Howard University.

Janice M. Stroughter
is the Assistant Commissioner of Human Resources at the Department of Design and Construction.  Janice, an attorney, manages the Human Resources Department, including Payroll/Timekeeping, Labor Relations, Benefits, Personnel Processing and Employee Safety and Health.  Previously, Janice worked for the Taxi and Limousine Commission, where she served as Director of Discipline/Assistant General Counsel and Administrative Law Judge.  Prior to her government service, Janice worked for the American Stock Exchange and ran its hearings department.  She has a Bachelors Degree from Brown University and a law degree from Columbia University. 

Walter Vazquez has been in City government for 13 years and currently serves as a Computer Systems Manager/Program Administrator at the Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS), Citywide Training Center.  Walter manages the Citywide Training Center’s physical technology infrastructure; day-to-day operations of computer training labs; serves as system administrator for various Citywide Training Center and DCPS databases, intranet portals and applications.  In 2001, he received a citation for outstanding professional achievement in the area of Citywide Personnel Services and a citation for dedicated service to the City of New York.  Walter has a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Information Systems/Business Management from Bernard Baruch College.

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