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June 16, 2004



On June 16, 2004, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Department of Small Business Services (SBS) Commissioner Robert W. Walsh announced the appointment of Marilyn K. Shea as Executive Director for the New York City Workforce Investment Board (WIB) along with the appointment of seven new WIB members: William Abramson, the First Vice President of Chelsea Piers and General Manager of the Sports Center; Richard Boyle, Senior Vice President and Chief Lending Officer of Victory State Bank; Roy Cosme, the founder and President of Arcos Communications; Neil Hernandez, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Juvenile Justice; Rae Linefsky, senior advisory to the United Way of New York City; Kathleen McGovern, Corporate Vice President of Public Affairs and Marketing for Continuum Health Partners; and Hector Ramirez, Director of Community Relations for Citibank.

"I am pleased such talented and respected individuals have elected to serve on the Workforce Investment Board," said Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. "Ms. Shea's skills and vast experience will provide a strong base of support to the New York City Workforce Investment Board as it works with the Department of Small Business Services to develop a comprehensive and effective workforce investment system for the City of New York. The new members will strengthen the Board with their expertise and knowledge of New York City's business community."

"This is a very exciting day for New York City," said SBS Commissioner Robert W. Walsh. "To have a person of Ms. Shea's caliber and experience guide the Workforce Investment Board will help shape the future of Workforce Development in New York City and make the necessary links between employers and job seekers. Our new board members are great leaders in New York City's business community and will provide valuable input as we shape the policies that will impact thousands of New Yorkers."

Shea possesses thirty years of experience in the field of workforce development at the Federal, state and local levels, as well as significant experience in strategic planning, program and policy development and administration and management. Most recently, Shea served as the Administrator for the Office of Adult Services, U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, responsible for directing the development of policies, programs and implementation strategies for federally-funded workforce development programs for adults and dislocated workers authorized under the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, as well as the Employment Service, and the Welfare to Work Program.

Throughout her career Shea has been integrally involved in developing Federal legislative proposals, regulations and program operating guidance for Federally-funded workforce investment programs including the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA) of 1973, the Jobs Training Partnership Act (JTPA) of 1983 and the Workforce Investment Act of 1998. Shea was also a founding partner and board member of the National Leadership Institute, an initiative established jointly by the U.S. Department of Labor, the National Governor's Association and the National Association of Workforce Boards to develop the leadership capacity of state and local workforce investment boards after the enactment of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998. 

William Abramson is the First Vice President of Chelsea Piers and General Manager of the Sports Center.  Prior to joining Chelsea Piers in 1996, Mr. Abramson opened and operated Maple Park Ltd., an enrichment center for parents and children in Rockville Center, Long Island.  After selling Maple Park in 1991, he worked at Riverdale YM-YWHA as Program Director of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation.  Mr. Abramson currently serves as Chairman of Community Board #8, and is on the Board of the Riverdale YM-YWHA where he co-chairs the Family and Youth Services Committee and is Vice President of the Board. 

Richard Boyle serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Lending Officer of Victory State Bank.  He is responsible for the operation of the Bank's lending function including origination, administration, and collection of all small business, commercial and consumer loans.  As a member of Senior Management, he assists in the implementation of the Bank's Strategic Plan, developing policies and procedures for all company functions including human resources.  Mr. Boyle serves as Vice President of the West Brighton Local Development Corporation and is a member of the Academy of the St. Dorothy and St. Joseph/ St. Thomas School Advisory Boards.

Roy Cosme is the founder and President of Arcos Communications.  Arcos Communications works with a variety of clients to develop and implement public relations and marketing campaigns aimed at the Latino market, as well as other ethnic and premium market segments.  Prior to starting Arcos Communications, Mr. Cosme attained extensive public relations experience promoting and marketing nonprofit and employee relations programs for Bell Atlantic, AT&T, the City of New York and the Epilepsy Foundation of America.  He has implemented national product launch campaigns for Proctor & Gamble Laboratories, Gynetics, Smith Kline Beecham, Hoffman-LaRoche, and GlaxoWellcome.  His experience extends into the public affairs arena, having served as Special Assistant to the Mayor of the City of New York. 

Neil Hernandez is the Commissioner of the Department of Juvenile Justice. Prior to his appointment, Hernandez was a Special Assistant to the Chair of the Housing Authority. A veteran of the Department of Juvenile Justice, he has served as Executive Director of the Horizon Juvenile Center and the Bridges Juvenile Center in the Bronx, Director of Detention Services, and Director of Operations at the Crossroads Juvenile Center in Brooklyn. In addition, Hernandez was an Assistant District Attorney in Suffolk County.

Rae Linefsky works in a senior advisory capacity to the United Way of New York City, and several other prominent New York City nonprofit organizations. She is an accomplished executive with over thirty years of senior leadership experience advancing and managing nonprofit and public organizations. During her New York City years she served as Acting Commissioner for the New York City Human Resources Administration, Chief Executive Officer of the YWCA of the City of New York and the Court Employment Project, in addition to senior executive positions with FEGS Health and Human Services System and the New York Association for New Americans. 

Kathleen McGovern is Corporate Vice President of Public Affairs and Marketing for Continuum Health Partners in New York City. Ms. McGovern serves as the chief public information officer and chief marketing officer for the system and its individual components.  She is responsible for all media relations, communications and marketing initiatives.  Prior to joining Continuum Health Partners, Ms. McGovern served as Vice President of Public Affairs and Marketing for Beth Israel Medical Center.  In 2002, she joined the faculty of the Marketing Department of the Fordham University School of Business. Ms. McGovern is a director of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce and is a member of several professional societies. She completed her MBA at Pace University and received a BA in Communications from Boston University.

Hector Ramirez is the Director of Community Relations for Citibank, for the Bronx, Westchester, Rockland, Long Island and New Jersey area.  In this capacity, he serves as a liaison between Citibank, businesses and the community. He administers the Citigrant program, which provides grants to various nonprofit organizations. Mr. Ramirez has held a variety of positions with Citibank, including Financial Analyst, Branch Manager, Mortgage Specialist, National CRA Compliance Officer, Financial Center Area Director for North Manhattan, and Government and Community Relations Officer. Mr. Ramirez currently serves on the board of directors of the Heart and Hammer, the Bronx Council of the Arts, and the Greater Newark Business Consortium.  Mr. Ramirez has received numerous honors and awards, including various Citations of Merit, an Outstanding Citizen Award from the Bronx Borough President, a commendation from the NYS Senate, and the Hispanic Corporate Achievers Award. 

The New York City Workforce Investment Board (WIB), in collaboration with the Mayor, provides overall policy guidance on the implementation of the Workforce Investment Act in New York City. The WIB is responsible for providing strategic leadership on workforce development initiatives and for developing the City's strategy to improve the employment skills of New Yorkers to better meet employer needs. The WIB conducts oversight of the City's WIA-funded employment and training system and works with employers and public sector partners to further the goals of the Act.

The Department of Small Business Services makes it easier for companies in New York City, to form, do business and grow by providing direct assistance to business owners, fostering neighborhood development in commercial districts, promoting financial and economic opportunity among minority- and women-owned businesses, preparing New Yorkers for jobs and linking employers with a skilled and qualified workforce.

  Ethan Davidson/Ben Branham (212) 513-6318