Advisory Boards

Each academic department sponsors an advisory board, composed of accomplished professionals from across the City who have expertise in the field and who provide insight on the state of their industry, assist with outreach to the industry, support career development initiatives, and identify job openings, internships, and other opportunities.

  • Art and Art History

    Advisory Board Members

    • Annette Benda Fox 

      Annette Benda Fox has worked in the art world for 40 years. She began her career with Sotheby’s in London and NY, becoming VP in charge of African and Oceanic Art, followed by Mixed Consignments.  In 1986-1988 she established and ran the Tribal Arts Department for Phillips Auction House, NYC. As the independent art consultant/asset manager to J. Walter Thompson (JWT), she oversaw an 8,000-piece collection ranging from period Americana and English furniture to Modern and Contemporary Art. In addition, she is an agent for collectors who decide to sell High End Fine Art, Furniture and Decorative Art through auction.

    • Carole Corcoran 

      Carole Corcoran is General Counsel and Director of Special Projects and Corporate Secretary of International Crisis Group, an independent not-for-profit, non-governmental organization whose mission is to prevent deadly conflict. She has held these positions since 2001 when she opened Crisis Group’s New York office. She is interested in international relations, human rights, eastern philosophy, and the visual arts. She is also the mother of Ben Paljor Chatag who graduated in the MMC class of 2015.

    • Vanessa Gonzalez-Bunster 
      Vanessa Gonzalez-Bunster is a Photo Retoucher at the fashion brand Tory Burch. Prior to that she worked as a Producer for the Vanderbilt Republic at the Gowanus Loft where she responsible for over 50 creative events from art shows to site specific installations and live performances. She is also a photographer who focuses on dance photography and her own personal narrative work. She graduated from Marymount Manhattan College magna cum laude, with a focus in photography. 

    • Alexandra Krueger 

      Alexandra Krueger works in arts administration and is currently the Manager of Museum Affairs at the New-York Historical Society Museum and Library, located on the Upper West Side. She has had roles within the museum field in the areas of curatorial, collections, and digital media at prestigious institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art. Alex, an Art History major with a minor in Business Management, received her Bachelor of Arts degree magna cum laude from MMC in 2009.

    • Joseph Silver 

      Joseph Silver is the Creative Director and Founder of DesignomotionSince 1994, Joseph has been a broadcast designer for television networks and leading advertising agencies. After helping launch design and animation studios at Curious Pictures, Nickelodeon, and the NBA, he founded Designomotion in 2006. At Designomotion, Joseph is the Creative Director on video campaigns for Fortune 500/1000 companies, including FedEx, ADP, and KPMG, as well as for governmental agencies such as the New York Police Department and the United Nations. Joseph studied Fine Arts and Anthropology at Columbia University.

  • Business

    Advisory Board Members


      Director, Equity Research, Cloud Computing and Software, Deutsche Bank Securities

      Nandan Amladi has covered the software sector since joining Deutsche Bank in July 2007. The coverage thematically focuses on SaaS & Cloud Computing, and enterprise-facing applications software, including telecom and analytics. Prior to joining DB, Amladi spent over 15 years in the technology industry, with technical and business roles in enterprise and telecom software. Amladi holds an MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, a Master’s degree in Computer Engineering and a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering.


      Assistant Vice President, Citigroup

      Balsamo currently works for CitiGroup’s commercial bank in the Middle Market sector (companies $50MM-$750MM in revenue). Balsamo works with the Mid-Atlantic relationship management team where he completes client pitch materials, credit approval packages, helps drive deal execution, and evaluates company financial strengths and industry market trends. Balsamo specializes in the automotive and forest, paper, and packaging products industry. Prior to his current role, Balsamo lived in Dallas, Texas where he worked as a risk analyst to measure loan product risk for middle market clients nationwide. Blake graduated from MMC in 2015 with Bachelors of Science degrees in Accounting and Finance and a minor in Economics.




      Financial Advisor, The Klein Group, Merrill Lynch, Pirerce, Fenner & Smith Inc.

      Burt is an MMC graduate from the class of 2011, and a Merrill Lynch financial advisor. Burt has worked for Bank of America since 2010, and is now part of the Klein Group wealth management team. He specializes in retirement planning and investments for artists, musicians, and entertainers. Burt lives with his wife, Kim, and their two cats on the Upper East Side.


      Parums Christian Dior

      Maniscalco is an MMC graduate of the class of 2002. During her time at Marymount, she was exposed to a wide range of experiences and companies that provided her with the knowledge to pursue a career she is passionate about. Maniscalco has worked in the beauty industry for eight years in a variety of positions. She is currently the Director of Retail Events at Christian Dior Perfumes and Cosmetics within the LVMH corporation.



      McDonald graduated from MMC in 2015 with a major in Business, concentrated in Media and Arts Management, and a minor in Philosophy.  She currently works for Viacom’s Spike network, soon to be Paramount Network, as a Production Coordinator for East Coast sports, events, and series.  Most recently, she contributed to the success of the 2017 CMT Music Awards, One Night Only with Alec Baldwin, & seasons 2 and 3 of Lip Sync Battle.


      Associate Director, Global Markets Intelligence, Ipreo

      McNamara ’03, who is Associate Director of Global Markets Intelligence at Ipreo, has spent the last eight years in investor relations working with publicly traded companies.


      Entrepreneur, Founder at Move Glow Inspire Inc., Zumba Fitness Ambassador, and Team Leader at Cross Cultural Thresholds

      Rubio has an extensive background working in community services and education with cultural and theatre arts.  She is a graduate of Boston College in Theatre Arts and Communication.


      Zurich International


      EVP Client Relations, Bayard Advertising Agency, Inc.

      With over 30 years of advertising/marketing experience, Tsugranis has a passion for brand development and an unwavering commitment to his clients. He has successfully created and implemented employer branding/communication solutions for a wide range of Fortune 500 companies.  Driven to be the best part of his clients’ days, his ability to lead and inspire teams, coupled with a penchant to always ask, “What if…” have led to the development of award-winning strategic solutions.  He holds a B.A. in Journalism from New York University.


      Senior Account Manager, Enterprise/Stella Service

      Webber, MMC class of 2012, graduated with a degree in Business Management. He has worked in marketing and management and is presently an enterprise account manager and a team lead in the Client Success Management Team at Stella Services.


      Emmy® Award-winning Fashion-Stylist, Writer, and Entrepreneur

      Zyla has collaborated with some of the most recognizable faces of contemporary culture, including Tom Hanks, Susan Lucci, Neil Patrick Harris, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Carol Burnett. In addition to designing his own namesake fashion line for Bergdorf Goodman, he has designed costumes for Broadway, off-Broadway and film, as well as ABC’s All My Children (2010 Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design Emmy® Award), General Hospital, Port Charles and Lifetime’s Devious Maids. He is the best selling author of Color Your Style (Plume) and How to Win at Shopping (Workman). He attended New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

  • Communication and Media Arts

    Advisory Board Members

    • Jordan Gelber 

      Jordan Elizabeth Gelber ’10 graduated from MMC with a B.A in Communication Arts & Graphic Design. She is CEO and Founder of Starbaby Enterprises, geared towards young and experienced professionals in the entertainment and creative industries.

    • Allyson Noonan 

      Allyson Noonan is a seasoned PR professional with more than 10 years of diverse industry experience, having worked for both agencies and in-house companies.    

    • Iva Radivojevic 

      Iva Radivojevic is a Brooklyn-based filmmaker who spent her early years in Yugoslavia and Cyprus. Her films have screened at NYFF, SXSW, Rotterdam IFF, HotDocs, Museum of Modern Art (NYC), PBS, and New York Times Op-Docs.

    • Erik Satre 

      Erik Satre is a film and television editor with a proven ability to deliver dynamic creative content and manage the unique large-scale workflows of television post-production. Erik has edited Documentary Features, Reality TV, Award Shows, Profiles, News, and Promotional Trailers for networks including Bravo, MTV, VH1, BBC America, Oxygen, Nickelodeon, and PBS. He embraces innovation with confidence and serves as a resource to those around him.

    • Jon Sechrist 

      Jon Sechrist’s career has taken him to top companies such as MTV, ABC, TLC, and Discovery. He has developed and produced over 1,000 pieces of original content spanning reality, news, live, and scripted genres for television, film, and digital.

  • Dance

    Advisory Board Members

    • Jeanette Aultz 

      Jeannette Aultz is a Draper and Assistant Costume Shop Manager at Montclair State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance, where she is in charge of costumes for Dance and Musical Theater.

    • Lynn 

    • Barbara Hayward 

      Barbara is a nonprofit executive management and fundraising professional who recently relocated from Manhattan to northwestern Connecticut. Barbara has served as executive director of several cultural and other charitable organizations, and currently she volunteers for a nonprofit organization that breeds and trains service dogs.

    • Jere Hunt 

      Jere Hunt has taught for the Rioult Dance NY Summer and Winter Intensives and has been on the Summer Intensive guest faculty at Ballet Tennessee and Lebanon Ballet School. He has also been a guest teacher and lecturer at Marymount Manhattan College, Curry College, Eglevsky Ballet School, Huntsville Ballet School, Alabama Youth Ballet, and Grissom High and Lee High Magnet Schools in Huntsville, AL. As a choreographer, he has created works for students at Ballet Tennesee as well as Images and Co. 2 Dance Ensembles at Grissom High School and the Dance Magnet Ensemble at Lee High Magnet School. 

    • Christina Ilisjie 

      Christina Ilisije is a passionate professional dancer, choreographer, and teacher in her own company, Living Dance. Through Living Dance ( ) she helps women and dancers achieve their happiest and healthiest body and weight through dancing in one-on-one dance/fitness privates, group workshops, and public speaking.


      Eleanor M. Imperato is a freelance writer, poet, and photographer. In addition to her role as president of the Marymount Manhattan College Dance Department Advisory Board, she is an active member of the Queensborough Community College Fund Board, and a member of NOIAW (National Organization of Italian American Women).

    • Katie Langan 

      Professor Katie Langan is the Chair of the Dance Department at Marymount Manhattan College. She teaches advanced levels of Ballet and Pointe, is a frequent choreographer for the Department’s fall concert series, and is the Artistic Director of the Dance Department’s semi-annual performance series. Under Ms. Langan’s tenure, this performance series has grown from an in-studio presentation of works by faculty and student choreographers to a major dance event featuring new and restaged works by America’s most noted choreographers.

    • Allison Manning 

      Alison Manning ’08 is the Executive Director and Co-Producer of The Yard, a 46 year old dance and performing arts organization on Martha’s Vineyard. She has been leading, in partnership with Yard Artistic Director and Executive Producer David R. White, to a reimagining of the Yard legacy for a new century and new generations of artistic and educational practice.

    • Mondo Morales 

      Mondo Morales has costumed for artists such as The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Marymount Manhattan College, The Steps Ensemble, Jennifer Archibald, The Fosse Foundation, Hope Boykin, Earl Mosley, Sonya Tayeh, Pascal Rioult and Jeremy McQueen, among others. Mondo acted as The Alvin Ailey School’s Costume Coordinator/Wardrobe Supervisor from 2012-2015 and is currently on faculty at Marymount Manhattan College as their Costume Coordinator.

    • Nicloe Philippidis 

      Nicole Philippidis is the Artistic Director and Choreographer of 277 Dance Project, a New York City based contemporary dance company. 

    • Alicia Weihl 

      Alicia Weihl danced professionally for a variety of American and European ballet and modern dance companies including with The Metropolitan Opera Ballet and the New York Grand Opera. She was the dance captain and a solo vocalist in the Paris-based musical, Le Sel et le Miel, and was featured in stage, film, television, and fashion shows while living in London.

  • English and World Literatures

    Advisory Board Members

    • Amy Brand 

      Amy has been the editor in chief of Pointe  magazine since 2014, following a 19-year dance career. Ms. Brandt graduated summa cum laude from MMC with a BA in English and World Literatures in 2014.  

    • Tom Fabricio 

      Thomas currently practices civil litigation with the multi-state law firm of Mintzer Sarowitz Zeris Ledva & Meyers in Miami, Florida. He received his B.A. cum laude from MMC in 2005 with a double major in English and Political Science.  

    • Ruth Facer 

      Ruth is a Senior Director at Zillow Group, Inc., which houses a portfolio of the largest real estate and home-related brands on mobile and web including Zillow, Trulia and StreetEasy. Ruth graduated cum laude from MMC in 2005 with a BA in English. 

    • Mary-Beth Hughes 

      Mary-Beth is the author of Pushcart Prize-winner Double Happiness, and of the best-selling novel Wavemaker II. Her stories have been published in A Public Space, The Paris Review, among others. She graduated from MMC in 1995 with a BA in English.

    • Cameron Kelsall '10 

      Cameron Kelsall ’10 is an arts and entertainment journalist, with a particular focus on theater and classical music.

    • David Patterson 

      David Patterson is the Managing Director in Higher Education for the Arts, Communication, and English portfolios at educational publishing firm McGraw-Hill Education.

    • Timothy Sparapani 

      Tim Sparapani, Principal at SPQR Strategies, PLLC, is a legislative, legal and strategic consultant who helps companies understand and respond to the pressures created for businesses, consumers and governments by emerging technologies.

    • Leslie Stone 

      Leslie is the current Director of Strategic Services at Ogilvy & Mather NY, an NYC-based advertising, marketing and public relations agency with a wide experience in luxury, finance, tech, retail, and non-profits. 

    • Caroline Tiger 

      Caroline is a Senior Content Strategist at Bresslergroup , a research-driven product innovation lab in Philadelphia. Using her journalism, editing, and content-packaging skills, Caroline develops the company’s communications and social media strategy.

  • History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies

    Advisory Board Members

    • Hadley Cooney 

      Hadley Cooney, MMC’s PHIL/RS Gold Key recipient of ’11, is currently working on her Ph.D. in Philosophy at University of Wisconsin, Madison. 

    • Brooke Ellsworth 

      Brooke Ellsworth ’07 completed her M.F.A. in Poetry at the New School. She is author of the full length collection, Serenade (Octopus Books, 2017).  

    • Brian Lessing 

      Brian Lessing is Senior Director and Actuary at AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company. 

    • Jennifer Miller 

      Dr. Jennifer Miller is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Medical Ethics and Department of Population Health at NYU School of MedicineShe is also the Founding President of the nonprofit Bioethics International. 

    • Steven Sheinberg 

      Steven Sheinberg, who earned both a Ph.D. in Philosophy and a J.D., serves as General Counsel and SVP, Privacy and Security, at the Anti-Defamation League. 

  • Politics and Human Rights / International Studies

    Advisory Board Members