Board of Directors
Since its inception in 2003, the LaGuardia Community College Foundation has been bridging the financial gaps facing our students. The Foundation has raised more than $25 million in funding for student scholarships, emergency aid, and new initiatives aimed at enhancing student success.
LAGCC Foundation Board members can access the Foundation Board SharePoint.
Kenneth Adams, President
Kenneth Adams was appointed President of LaGuardia Community College by the Board of Trustees of the City University of New York on June 29, 2020, and assumed the role on August 17, 2020. Previously, he was dean of workforce and economic development at Bronx Community College (BCC) from 2016, leading the departments of Adult and Continuing Education, Workforce Development, Career Services, Community and Economic Development, and the Center for Sustainable Energy.
Laura Bartovics, Executive Director
Laura Bartovics is Executive Director of Development at LaGuardia Community College overseeing all fundraising efforts of the College, including grants from public and private sponsors and gifts from private donors. She has been with CUNY since 2008, previously serving as Director of LaGuardia’s Grants Development Office and in various roles within CUNY City College's Office of the Provost and Division for Research. Ms. Bartovics has a background in environmental science, including over a decade of experience coordinating education and outreach programs focused on New York Harbor and the surrounding waterways and estuary.
Suzie Scanlon Rabinowitz, Esq., Chair
Suzie Scanlon Rabinowitz is Founder and Managing Partner of SRD Legal Group which is a women-owned virtual law firm working with high performing military spouse attorneys stationed around the globe. Suzie co-founded Bliss Lawyers in 2011, a virtual secondment firm employing high caliber attorneys to work on an engagement basis which was acquired by Axiom in 2020. Prior to joining the virtual law firm world she worked as a traditional lawyer at the law firms Sullivan & Cromwell and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. She also worked at the NASD (predecessor to FINRA) and in the New York State Executive Chamber of Governor Mario M. Cuomo as a Press Aide. She currently serves as a Trustee of NJ LEEP and on the Leadership Advisory Board of The Ridgefield Playhouse. She is also the founding board chairperson of the Danbury Hospital Associate Board.
Joel Glasky, Vice Chair
Joel Glasky is an investment banker with over 40 years of experience in the capital markets arena. His career has included senior management roles at leading investment banking firms including JP Morgan, Lehman Brothers, and Citibank. His most recent role was heading capital markets at Financo, a boutique investment banking firm catering to the consumer sector. He is currently a senior advisor and consultant to early stage businesses. Mr. Glasky serves on the Board of the Harvard Business School Club of NY where he co-heads the Nominating and Governance Committee.
Ernest M. von Simson, Treasurer
Ernest von Simson is a Trustee of The New York Landmark Conservancy, Landmark West, and a charitable foundation in Hawaii. Mr. von Simson is also co-founder of the Research Board. He earned his MBA from New York University, and his articles have appeared in the Atlantic, Computerworld, Harvard Business Review, and many other publications. He is the author of “The Limits of Strategy” which recounts recurring turmoil in the IT sector.
Priscilla Alexander is a retired executive and entrepreneur who built her own successful travel business in New York called Protravel International. Over the years, Ms. Alexander has served on several advisory boards for the retail travel industry and has been frequently recognized by Travel + Leisure magazine in its A-List issue. She is also the 2009 recipient of a Travel Weekly Lifetime Achievement Award.
Dr. Paul Arcario (Provost)
Paul Arcario has been an academic leader and faculty member at LaGuardia Community College/CUNY for more than 30 years and served as Interim President for the 2019-2020 academic year, before which he served as provost and senior vice president for seven years. Returning to this same position, his areas of responsibility include development of academic programs; program assessment; faculty recruitment and development; and academic success initiatives. Dr. Arcario is a Queens born leader who hails from Ozone Park.
Charles Boyce is Founder and President of Boyce Technologies, which specializes in engineering and manufacturing solutions for public safety and security communications systems such as MTA Help Points. Lately, Boyce Technologies was ranked as #3 of NY’s top-manufacturing and #16 of NY’s fastest-growing companies, and never stops breaking records. Recently, Mr. Boyce having been heard saying ‘we can build anything’, led Boyce Technologies as the only non-medical equipment producing company in the country to mass produce FDA approved ventilators in time for when they were needed. Prior to Boyce Technologies, he served as COO of Transit Technologies, Inc. where he designed integrated security and communications systems. He also serves on the executive board of the Long Island City Partnership and the Manufacturing and Industrial Innovation Council.
Marlene Debel is MetLife’s Chief Risk Officer and a member of the Executive Group. Prior to this role, she was Executive Vice President and Head of Retirement & Income Solutions. Other roles at MetLife include Chief Financial Officer of MetLife’s US businesses and Treasurer. Before joining MetLife in 2011, she was global head of liquidity risk management at Bank of America. She started her career at Merrill Lynch where she spent twenty years, most recently as Assistant Treasurer. Ms. Debel is on the board of Raymond James Financial and the Women’s Forum of New York.
Jeffrey Fine is a partner in the Real Estate Group within Goldman Sachs Asset Management, where he helps oversee the firm’s real estate investing activities globally. He also leads the firm's real estate capital raising and strategy efforts within the Alternatives Capital Markets & Strategy Group. Jeffrey joined Goldman Sachs as an analyst in 2002, was named managing director in 2012 and partner in 2018. He is a member of the Cornell University Council, the Dyson School Advisory Council, the Real Assets Sub-Committee of the Cornell University Endowment and the Council on Foreign Relations.
Sunil Gupta (VP of Adult & Continuing Education)
Sunil B. Gupta has 25 years of experience in higher education and is currently the VP of Adult Continuing Education & Workforce Development at LaGuardia. He previously held this role at Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY, where he oversaw more than $18.2 million in workforce training grants. VP Gupta is currently on the Boards of COMBASE and The Hispanic Educational Technology Services, and was past Board President of the National Council for Continuing Education & Training.
Gail Landis was most recently a managing principal and co-founder of Evercore Asset Management, LLC. Prior to Evercore, she held senior leadership roles with Alliance Bernstein and Credit Suisse Asset Management. Ms. Landis is a Director of Morningstar, Inc, on the Investment Committee of the St. Mark’s School of Southborough, and on the Investment Committee of The David Rockefeller Fund. She also serves on the board of the Wood River Women’s Foundation, is Chair, Emerita of Pro Mujer International, a member of the Women’s Forum of NY, and a founding member of the Idaho IWF.
Nicolas Nicolaou is the CFO of Max Finkelstein Inc. Previously he has served as the CFO of Mana Products and CFO of the Pepsi/Lipton Partnership at Unilever. Mr. Nicolaou started his career at Deloitte & Touche in New York after immigrating to the United States from Larnaca, Cyprus. He is currently the president of the Cyprus-US Chamber of Commerce, a non-profit organization with the mission of promoting trade between the US and Cyprus.
Dr. Henry Saltiel (VP of Information Technology)
Dr. Henry Saltiel is Vice President of Information Technology at LaGuardia and manages The Office of Institutional Research. Dr. Saltiel is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a Ph.D. in Education and NYU-Polytechnic with an MS in Information Systems Engineering. He brings to LaGuardia over 30 years of experience managing information technology in higher education.
Yifei Shen is Vice President in the Capital Allocation group in the Treasury department at Citi. Mr. Shen immigrated to the United States from Shanghai China and attended LaGuardia Community College, where he learned English and majored in Accounting. While at LaGuardia, Mr. Shen was in the first cohort of President’s Society and won the New York State Community College Math Contest in 2012 and 2013. He graduated from Columbia University where he studied Financial Economics, and started his career in Citigroup in 2016.
Larry F. Solomon
Larry Solomon is Senior Vice President of EPAM Systems, Inc, a leading provider of software product development services. Mr. Solomon previously served as a Senior Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of Accenture. Across the years at Accenture, he served as HR Director for the Americas Government and Health Services Market Unit, Global Managing Director for Geographic Services, and Group Chief Operating Officer for Human Resources.
Eric Slovin is a writer and producer, working as an executive producer of Comedy Central's critically acclaimed, Broad City. Since 2006, he has served as Head Writer and Co-Executive Producer of Comedy Central’s (more recently HBO’s) Night of Too Many Stars, hosted by Jon Stewart to raise funds for autism education and programs. Mr. Slovin serves on the board of CASA-NYC, which advocates for children in New York City foster care.
William John Toppeta
Bill Toppeta served as vice chair of EMEA/Asia for MetLife, Inc until May 2012 and was President, International for the company until 2011. Prior, he was Senior Vice President to MetLife’s corporate reengineering department and President and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian operations, among other roles. Mr. Toppeta has served as a director of Business Council of New York State Inc, is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and serves as a director on Swiss Re Americas and Helen Keller International.