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

      Blake currently works for CitiGroup’s commercial bank in the Middle Market sector (companies $50MM-$750MM in revenue). Blake 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. Blake specializes in the automotive and forest, paper, and packaging products industry. Prior to his current role, Blake 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.




      Senior Investment Officer, City National Securities

      Michael is an MMC graduate from the class of 2011, and a senior investment officer with City National Securities. Michael specializes in investment and financial planning for entertainers musicians, and entrepreneurs. 


      Parums Christian Dior

      Erica 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. Erica 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.

    • Christina McDonald 

      Sony Masterworks

      Christina graduated from MMC in 2015 with a major in Business, concentrated in Media and Arts Management, and a minor in Philosophy.  She currently works at Sony Music Entertainment under the Sony Masterworks label.  Previously she worked for several years at Viacom as a Production Coordinator on various projects for Paramount Network (formerly Spike), MTV, CMT, and VH1.  She is currently pursuing her Masters of Science in Strategic Marketing Communications from Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Business with an anticipated completion in Fall 2020.


      Associate Director, Global Markets Intelligence, Ipreo

      Thomas ’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

      Toni-Michelle 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.


      QBE North America 


      EVP Client Relations, Bayard Advertising Agency, Inc.

      With over 30 years of advertising/marketing experience, Mike 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

      Jacob, 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

      David 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.

  • Communication Sciences and Disorders

    Advisory Board Members


      Externship Coordinator for School Placement
      Speech Supervisor, District 75, Retired
      NYC Department of Education


      Speech Language Pathologist
      NYC Department of Education
      Adjunct Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders
      Marymount Manhattan College


      Dir. of PhD & Post-MA Programs in Multilingual Multicultural Studies NYU Steinhardt
      Research Editor: Journal of Writing and Pedagogy
      Member, NABE Research SIG Advisory Board
      Co-chair, ELL Think Tank


      Professor of Audiology in Clinical Otolaryngology
      Director, Audiology and Speech Language Pathology
      Weill Cornell Medicine
      Head and Neck Surgery


      Visiting Research Scholar
      Doctoral Program in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences
      CUNY Graduate Center


      James A. Moore Clinical Scholar in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
      Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology
      Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
      Weil Cornell Medical College/ New York -Presbyterian Hospital

  • Dance

    Advisory Board Members


      Dance Advisory Board President

      Eleanor M. Imperato is a freelance writer, poet, and photographer.  In addition to her role as president of the Marymount Manhattan College (MMC) Dance Advisory Board since 2016, she is an active member of the Queensborough Community College Fund Board, and of NOIAW (National Organization of Italian American Women).   

      Her professional life has included positions in sales, publicity, public relations and fundraising in organizations such as Pan American World Airways, the Science Museum of Long Island, the Manhasset Public Schools, and Marymount Manhattan College. As a Manhasset, NY community leader, she held positions as President of the Friends of the Manhasset Public Library and Executive President of the Manhasset School Community Association. 

      Eleanor (Ellie) is the author of a first collection of original poetry entitled Woman’s Work, and is currently preparing her second, Purple Sins. Her book, Doors of Memory/Porte dellaMemoria, a memoir of her early years in Avella, Italy, was published in conjunction with a photographic essay by the same name that was exhibited in two New York City galleries. Recently her photographic work of Tuscan landscapes was featured in a group exhibition sponsored by NOIAW, also in New York City.  In her latest book, Carving Life: Walrus Ivory Carvings from the Bering Sea, she shares her love for Alaska, her appreciation for the Alaska Inuit history and art, and her personal encounters with many of the carvers whose work was exhibited at the QCC Art Gallery in Bayside, New York.  

      Her lifelong love of dance began at MMC with a Modern Dance class taught by noted dancer Janet Collins and continued briefly in the 1970s with adult ballet classes at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City. Over many decades, she and her MMC classmate, Mary Whitney, once a Marketing Director for the Joffrey Ballet, attended countless dance performances of the best dance companies of the world.  

       A graduate of Marymount Manhattan College with a BA in English, Ellie received an MA in Liberal Studies from New York University, and a certificate in fundraising from the School of Professional Studies at New York University. 

    • Allison Manning 

      Dance Advisory Board Vice President

      Alison Manning is the Executive Director and Co-Producer of The Yard on Martha’s Vineyard, and has worked with the organization for 12 years to provide meaningful residency opportunities for national and international performing artists, bringing the arts to the Vineyard community.  She is the founding Co-Artistic Director and Choreographer of DanceTheYard, The Yard’s year-round professional dance company with creative/choreographic partner and company Co-Artistic Director Jesse Keller. 

      In addition to her administrative and choreographic roles, Alison teaches the Horton Technique on faculty at The Yard each summer since 2011.  She is also a guest teaching artist in the Master’s division of NYU’s Steinhardt School, as part of the ‘Dance Master’s’ program for the past two years, and is a visiting Master teacher and Artist Adjunct professor at Wesleyan University. In addition, she is a substitute on a regular basis at Peridance Capezio Center and STEPS on Broadway for the great Master Horton teacher Milton Meyers as well as Karen Gayle, Kristina Berger, and Jolee Maffe. Milton Meyers was her mentor beginning during her summer of 2007 scholarship participation in the School at Jacob’s Pillow and continuing to this day. 

      Alison also works as a professional freelance artist, currently dancing with Guggenheim awardee David Parker and The Bang Group and with actress Amy Brenneman & director Sabrina Peck in their new show ‘Threshold’; she has danced in the past with The Peggy Spina Tap Company, Xodus Dance Collective, the Next Stage Project, Naomi Goldberg Haas’ Dances for a Variable Population, and Boston-based Kinodance Company.   

      She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Marymount Manhattan College with a BFA in Modern Dance under the Direction of Katie Langan and a Minor in Art History.  

    • Jere Hunt 

       Dance Advisory Board Treasurer

      Jere Hunt, a native of Huntsville, AL, received his BFA in Dance from Marymount Manhattan College under the direction of Katie Langan. He has been a member of Rioult Dance New York since August 2010, and was privileged to set Rioult’s signature work, Bolero, on students at Adelphi University. Mr. Hunt has danced with Vera Huff/Veracity Dance Theater, SYREN Modern Dance, DeMa Dance, and many independent choreographers. He was an apprentice with the Alabama Ballet under the direction of Wes Chapman.  

      Mr. Hunt is frequently seen as a guest artist with Southern New Hampshire Dance Theatre in their annual production of TheNutcrackerat the Palace Theatre in Manchester, NH, and in the past has also been seen as a guest artist with City Center Ballet, Huntsville Ballet, Alabama Youth Ballet, and Ballet Tennessee. 

       Mr. Hunt has taught for the Rioult Dance NY Summer and Winter Intensives and has been on the Summer Intensive guest faculty at Ballet Tennessee, Lebanon Ballet School, and Studio Arts for Dancers. 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 City Center Ballet, Ballet Tennessee, Dance Magnet Ensemble at Lee High Magnet School and the dance ensembles at Grissom High School. His piece, Acceptance,won “Best Modern Piece” at the Panoply Choreography Competition in 2013.  


      Dance Advisory Board Recording Secretary

      Doreen McDonough graduated from Marymount Manhattan College in 1974 with a major in psychology and a minor in Education. At Hunter College she received her MS in education and went on to teach in the New York City Department of Education for 29 years. Her teaching positions include Special Education - Nursery through 9 grade- SETSS Teacher, Lead Teacher, Special Education Liaison, and IEP Teacher. 

      Retired in 2017, Doreen continues to do Substitute Teaching at the school where she spent the last 20 years and where she still enjoys seeing her old friends and students. She also volunteers in her parish church, St. Marys in Manhasset since 1988. 

      Doreen was married for almost 40 years to William P. McDonough, who passed away in May 2016. He was employed by Con. Edison for 43 years until his retirement. They raised 3 sons: Timothy, Matthew and Brendan. Both Timothy and his wife Leah Bonvissuto, and Matthew and his wife, Erica Bilko, are raising toddlers: Billie and Liam respectively. Matthew and Erica are both Marymount graduates, Class of 2005. Brendan is a teacher of English Language Learners in a New York City High School in the South Bronx.  

      While her children attended school, she was also involved in the Manhasset School Community Association, holding various leadership positions. Doreen was the President of the Manhasset High School Drama Booster Club for ten years. 


    • Chelsea Ainsworth 

      Chelsea Ainsworth is a graduate of the Dance Department of The Juilliard School where she received the Joseph Polisi award for commitment to outreach and building community around the arts.

      After graduating she worked with various choreographers including Johannes Wieland/StaadtstheaterKassel, Lorena Egan, Flexicure, Amber Sloan, Bryn Cohn + Artists, ZviDance, and the Bang Group. She was on the ballet and modern faculty at Cap21 musical theater school and Chen Dance Center for four years.

      She is the co-founder and Executive Director of Arts on Site, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting artists of all disciplines by offering affordable studio space and hosting monthly events to encourage community collaboration. She also built and owns a residency and retreat center in the Shawangunk Mountains of New York, where she curates residencies for artists.

      Currently, she is dancing and choreographing through HUMA, the resident collective at Arts on Site.

    • Jeanette Aultz 

      Dance Advisory Board Lead Alumni Chair

      Jeanette Aultz is an alumna of the BFA Dance program at MMC, class of 2000. She spent 7 years as Costume Designer and Costume Coordinator for Department productions.  

       She went on to earn her MFA in Theatrical Design and Technical Production with a concentration in Costume Design from CUNY Brooklyn College in 2006, studying under Professor Rebecca Cunningham. Jeanette has since assisted Prof. Cunningham on the second edition of her book Basic Sewing for Costume Constructionas well as the 2nd and upcoming 3rd editions of The Magic Garment. 

       In her career, Jeanette has been both a Costume Designer and a Technician, currently concentrating in her work as a Draper. Design highlights include: the world premiere of An Appeal to the Woman of the Housewith Retro Productions and Somewhere with You presented at the New York Musical Theater Festival with music by JT Harding. As a Draper and Costume Technician, Jeanette has been honored to Drape at American Players Theater on their production of All My Sons; staff Cutter/Draper for Rent: Off- Broadwayat New World Stages; a continuing relationship with Ballet Hispanico for their company and school productions; Interim Draper at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey; and as Cutter for Lynne Baccus assisting with costume builds for the lead actress in Pretty Womanon Broadway and the National Tour of Hello Dolly.  She is currently 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. 



      Lauren Garson graduated from Point Park University with a BFA in Dance. Immediately following, she became a company member of METdance in Houston, TX, performing works by Robert Battle, Kate Skarpetowska, Peter Chu, Kevin Wynn and Jason Parsons. After four years, Lauren moved to Chicago, IL where she completed a full STOTT Pilates certification, and then on to New York where she danced with Parsons Dance, touring nationally and internationally.  

      Lauren also worked with Sue Bernhard Danceworks, performing at festivals including Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out and American Dance Guild.  She participated in programs and workshops with Doug Varone, the Limon Institute, Mark Morris Dance Group and Springboard Danse Montreal. Traveling to Europe, she spent time training at The Place in London and workshops with Hofesh Shechter Company.   

      In 2016, she moved to Cleveland as a member of GroundWorks DanceTheater, working with choreographers Kate Weare, Loni Landon, Robyn Mineko-Williams, Gina Gibney, Eric Handman and Rosie Herrera. While in Cleveland, she began to build her administrative resume as Assistant to the Director of Ohio City Theatre Company.  

      Upon recently moving back to New York City, Lauren now dances part time while making a career shift into the out-of-home advertising industry. After four months in a temporary position as Receptionist, she moved into a full-time role on the Revenue team at Intersection. Lauren supported the National Cities and Transit team for five months, before moving into a Senior position, now focused on airport and airline media. 

    • Alicia Weihl 

      Alicia Weihl Guerin received her early dance training from Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and the American Academy of Ballet. She graduated summa cum laude with a BFA from Marymount Manhattan College in Dance Performance and Choreography and a minor in Arts Management. Alicia danced professionally with 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. 

      Combining her experience as a professional dancer with her passion for movement and form, Alicia has devoted the past decade to her work with Physique 57, the leader in barre-based fitness.  Her mission is to create and deliver invigorating classes that instill a sense of strength, beauty, confidence, and overall wellness.  She has designed and led multiple Physique 57 workout videos and has presented fitness segments internationally on TV and online.   

      Behind the scenes, Alicia is Vice President of Operations, ensuring the highest-level client experience with expertly choreographed classes, strategic class programming, and the most comprehensive barre instructor training program in the industry. 

      Alicia has been a member of the Dance Department Advisory Board since 2001. 

    • Christina Ilisjie 

      Dance Advisory Board Nominating Chair

      Christina Ilisije graduated summa cum laude from Marymount Manhattan College with a B.F.A. in dance in 2007. She is the founder of Living-Dance, where she is still a proud and passionate professional dancer, choreographer, and teacher.  

      Through her work with Living-Dance ( she helps women and dancers transform their bodies and lives through dance. She teaches how to achieve a body that is not only fit but also healthy and happy with one-on-one dance/fitness privates, group classes, workshops, and in speaking events.  

      In addition to her dance training, she is a N.A.S.M. certified personal trainer, weight loss specialist and nutrition specialist. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Christina pursued her first dream; she performed and taught worldwide with Parsons Dance and Buglisi Dance Theatre for over ten years.  

      Christina considers the Marymount Dance Department her first NYC home and is honored to have a place on its board and help its continual growth.  


      After earning her Ph.D. in Sociology and teaching at the University of Delaware and Montclair State College, Patricia left academia and used playwriting to continue exploring women’s issues. She married her passion for the theater with her business skills when she met Linda S. Nelson, the founder of Shotgun Productions. They formed a partnership that lasted 14 years producing theater, dance, and opera in the nonprofit arena.

      In 2010, she began co-producing on Broadway with  The Scottsboro Boys  followed by the productions of  Stick Fly, Pippin (Tony  Award, Best Revival),  The Trip to Bountiful, The Band’s Visit  (Tony Award, Best New Musical) and  is a co-executive producer on the film  Wakefield  (starring Bryan Cranston & Jennifer Garner). She was a director for Theater Resources Unlimited’s Producers Development and Mentorship Program for three years where she, along with her co-directors, developed the master class curriculum.  For her dedication to the arts, she won the 2013 TRU Entrepreneur Award.  

      Currently, Patricia heads up Global Arts Initiative the educational division of Shotgun Productions that brings arts education to children in underserved communities, is the Director of Marketing at Steps on Broadway, and sits on the boards of the Steps Beyond Foundation and Marymount Manhattan College Dance Advisory Board.  

      She is a past Board member and Senior Vice President of Media Audits International, held a seat on the University of Delaware’s President’s Commission on the Status of Women, was co-Chair of the Delaware Chapter of Sociologists for Women in Society, and was nominated to  Who’s Who of American Women.  

      Patricia is a graduate of the University of Maryland (BA), University of Delaware (MA, PhD) and of the Commercial Theater Institute.


      Dance Advisory Board Alumni Co-Chair

      Mary Leonard is co-owner of U.S. Athletic Training Center. Presently, she heads up the marketing department and communicates with the patients, doctors’ offices, and the U.S. Athletic Training Center staff.

      Mary was a trainer for many years to various athletes, celebrities and executives. She was named one of the 55 Best Trainers in America by Vogue Magazine, and her work has been praised in the New York Times.She has been featured in numerous national magazines and she has also appeared on television across the country promoting her business brand and encouraging people to lead a healthy lifestyle. Most recently, Mary was featured in Good Housekeepingin article sponsored by L’Oréal entitled 50 Inspiring Women Over 50.  

      Mary Leonard is a former professional dancer, actress, choreographer, and author. She taught dance for the American Dance Machine at Harkness House in New York City, Marymount Manhattan College (Jazz Dance January Inter-session), and St. Francis College. Mary also taught at Barnard College where she was the head of the weight-training program.  In addition, she has performed as a dancer on Broadway, television, and in industrial films.  

      After her Marymount graduation in 1975, Mary received a Master’s degree from Columbia University. She also volunteers with the Amp Surf New York Chapter and Ronald McDonald House.  Mary still currently trains clients mostly in the performing arts. She continues to study theatre dance and is an avid surfer. 


      Natalie Lomonte is a choreographer, director, performer and teacher in New York City. She has collaborated to create work and toured extensively with such companies as Momix, Pilobolus, The Chase Brock Experience, and Parsons Dance. She has performed on national television throughout the U.S., Europe and Japan and danced with Liza Minnelli in the movie Sex and the City 2 

      Natalie was in the original Broadway cast of Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark, where she eventually served as the Dance Captain and Dance Supervisor. In 2012 Natalie became the Movement Director for One Year Lease Theater Company and an Adjunct Professor of Dance at Fordham University. As well as performing and teaching, she also choreographs for theater, dance and film and has led creative movement workshops at Harvard University, Vassar College and PACE University. Her choreography has been honored by the San Francisco Dance Film Festival and critically acclaimed by such publications as the New York Times 

      In 2015, Natalie was honored to premiere two original works: Within, commissioned by Parsons Dance at the Joyce Theater and Common Heart, a piece commissioned for the Ailey/ Fordham BFA Fall Concert. That year she was also Assistant Stage Director and Choreographer for the live-broadcast stadium show, 44th National Day Abu Dhabi.  

      In 2016 Natalie served as Assistant Choreographer to Mia Michaels, creating the brand-new New York Spectacular starring the Radio City Rockettes in NYC. She was the guest choreographer for the 2017 Whitney Houston Biennial, was awarded a grant by The Ailey Foundation’s New Directions Choreography Lab, and choreographed an original play, BALLS, which had a successful world premiere in Houston before moving to Off-Broadway.  

      Last year, Natalie performed with PILOBOLUS at the Natural History Museum in NYC for Earth Day and the historic Apollo Theater for the launch of Moving On. She recently returned from Japan where she assisted David Parsons in choreographing an original musical, A Knights’ Tale, written and directed by John Caird. Natalie is currently working on Pieces of the Moon, an original play by OYL about the Apollo 11 moon landing and the social landscape in the U.S. at that time (World Premier 2020). 


      Dance Advisory Board Gala Chair 2020

      Anthony Lopez is a native New Yorker and proud graduate of the Marymount Manhattan Dance Department, BFA program.  

      He is a Producer and Talent Executive for national television, radio, and digital platforms  and  is currently Sr. Entertainment Producer for Good Day New York.  Anthony is President of ‘AL Talent and Media’ and has collaborated with companies such as SiriusXM Satellite Radio, 21st Century Fox, Lionsgate /Debmar-Mercury, Viacom, Dick Clark Productions, CBS Radio and DirecTV.  

      He joined the Marymount Manhattan Dance Department Advisory Board in 2016.  



      Barbara Massey graduated from Smith College in 1963 and began her career on Wall Street in 1964. She retired from J. P. Morgan Securities at the end of 2018 after 55 years of working in the Financial Industry.  

      As a Trustee of Smith College from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2018, she served as Vice Chair of the Finance, Trustee Governance and Investment Committees. She is currently a Director of the Alumnae Association of Smith College and a Senior Advisor to the Smith College Club of NYC.  

      Barbara is a Governor of the Cosmopolitan Club. She chairs the Audit Committee and serves, ex-officio, on the Finance Committee.  

      Barbara has been involved in the world of dance since she started lessons at a local dance studio on Long Island at the age of six. While in college, she worked professionally in night clubs during her summer vacations and on cruises during school breaks. She continues to take weekly dance classes and enjoys attending a wide variety of dance performances throughout the City.  

      Barbara was first introduced to the Marymount Manhattan College Dance Department in 1996 and has been a supporter ever since. She has previously served as a member of the Dance Advisory Board and is delighted to do so again. 

    • Mondo Morales 

      Dance Advisory Board Liaison

      Mondo Morales is a graduate of Marymount Manhattan College, Class of 2012, and has spent his post-collegiate years shaping and shifting the costume design field. His background in both dance and styling is apparent in his work: his costumes move effortlessly with their wearer and embody New York City’s style, merging urban fashion with contemporary dancewear. He 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 the faculty of Marymount Manhattan College as their Costume Coordinator. In addition, Mondo works as a photo stylist and art director, collaborating with dance artists such as Sidra Bell, Jeremy McQueen, and Christian Von Howard, and photographers such as Jaqi Medlock, Jubal Battisti and Matthew Murphy. In 2016, Mondo had a solo exhibit, Skinetic Moments, presented at G Lounge Chelsea and ALOFT Hotel Harlem, showcasing a series of images exploring color and paint as dancers’ apparel.  

      In February 2018, Mondo released his first collection ONYX which was featured in a short film, directed by Angelo Soriano and Choreographer Angelica Stiskin. In April of 2018 Mondo was selected to show at Fashion Week Brooklyn and was awarded a City Citation by the Brooklyn Borough President.  

      When not behind his sketchpad or sewing machine, Mondo also works as a freelance make-up artist for dancers, performance artists, and bridal parties. Mondo is also currently in collaboration with the legendary photographer Thomas Evans on Femme the Man, a photo series that challenges gender identity stereotypes. 

    • Nicloe Philippidis 

      Dance Advisory Board Alumni Co-Chair

      Nicole Philippidis holds a BFA degree in Dance from Marymount Manhattan College, Class of 1995, where she was a recipient of a competitive four-year Dance Scholarship. Nicole went to receive an MS in Education from City College, where she was awarded a Teaching Fellowship in the Arts.  

      Nicole is the Artistic Director and Choreographer of 277 Dance Project, a New York City based contemporary dance company, which she founded in 2009.  She is an accomplished dance educator who has taught dance and composition throughout New York City, and has performed and prepared lecture demonstrations and dance residencies for numerous institutions and studios. Prior to 2009, Nicole danced with choreographers Alan Danielson, Geraldine Cardiel, Deborah Santos, and other independent artists.  

      As a choreographer, her works have been presented at Abrons Arts Center, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Bryant Park Dance Festival, Dixon Place, Dance New Amsterdam, DanceNOW at Joe’s Pub, Inception to Exhibition Festival, Peridance Capezio Theater, Purchase College, Reverb/Steps Festival, Triskelion Arts, Westchester Arts Exchange, Westchester Music Hall, Wave Rising Festival and numerous showcases throughout New York City.  


      Jay Staten is a BFA graduate of Marymount Manhattan College in New York City. He started his dance training at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington DC and also trained at The Rock School of Dance Education and The Washington School of Ballet.

      Jay has danced with Donald Byrd’s Spectrum Dance Theatre and was a principal with the Philadelphia Dance Company (Philadanco.) Jay has appeared on NBC’S TV series Smash, PBS’s A Fourth of July Celebration both choreographed by Joshua Bergasse: Apollo Club Harlem, director and Choreographer Maurice Hines; and on Italian TV show Amici, choreographed by Daniel Ezralow. He toured internationally with the musical Virtuosity directed by Vivian Reed, and Dallas Theatre Center’s Production of Stagger Lee the Musical. Jay was the Dance Captain for Super Fly the Musical directed and choreographed by Bill T. Jones, and Dreamgirls at Dallas Theatre Center.

      Jay was most recently seen in New York City Center’s Encores production of Cabin in the Sky directed by Ruben Santiago Hudson and choreographed by Camille A. Brown, and as a soloist on Broadway in After Midnight directed and choreographed by Warren Carlyle. Jay danced in the Broadway workshops of Shuffle Along, directed by George C. Wolfe and choreographed by Savion Glover and the Radio City Music Hall’s Spring Spectacular, directed and choreographed by Warren Carlyle.

      Jay also has a great love for the business side of dance as well, working as a Development Associate, a Tour Manager, and The Co-Founder and First Artistic Director of D3, Philadanco’s pre-professional Children’s Company all the while dancing for the company. Jay was former Artistic Director for Best Dance and Talent Center and Elite Dance, both located in St. Louis, MO as well as First Class Dance Studio in Temple Hills, MD. Jay is currently a Judge and Master Teacher for Youth American Grand Prix, the Track Specialist for the International Association of Blacks in Dance Annual Conference and Festival. Jay also dances for Camille A. Brown and Dancers and is also working on Camille A. Brown’s Choreography team re-staging her works at universities and theaters across the country.

      Jay is the Founder and Creative Director of Bring it to the Marley-DC. Currently finishing Season 6, this project culminated in an event where over 300 children from dance studios across the East coast came to perform all together in one show. This project aims to give kids more on-stage performance experience, but its main objective is to foster community. It also provides dance scholarships and aid to its participants. This event is held in the Washington, DC area with plans on adding Chicago, IL to the Bring it to the Marley Family in late 2021.

      Jay is also a guest lecturer at the Alabama State University Dance Department and sits on the first Dance Film Festival Dance Advisory Board.


      Elizabeth Yilmaz-Dobrow is a professional dancer and teacher in New York City. She received her B.A in Dance from Marymount Manhattan College. A former company member with Ballet Hispanico of New York, Elizabeth toured internationally with Angelina Ballerina, The Musical.

      Elizabeth is entering her seventh season dancing with The Metropolitan Opera. Productions at the Metropolitan Opera include Die Zauberflöte, Blue Beard’s Castle, Parsifal, La Traviata, The Magic Flute, Manon, Aida, and Tannhäuser. The last five of which have been transmitted live in HD to over 70 countries across the globe.

      Elizabeth is a proud member of the American Guild of Musical Artists Union.

  • 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 Equitable Financial 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. 

  • Natural Sciences

    Advisory Board Members

    • Keaven Caro, B.S. Biology and Behavioral Neuroscience, 2017 

      Keaven Caro is an MD/PhD student at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, where he will pursue his PhD in neuroscience. He plans to practice in the field of neurology. He graduated from MMC in 2017 with a B.S. in Behavioral Neuroscience, a B.S. in Biology, and minors in Dance and Chemistry. 

    • Devin Columbus '09 

      Devin Columbus is a biomedical research professional with a focus on globally relevant infectious diseases. She currently works as a project manager within the NIH-funded Tuberculosis Research Unit Network, which integrates scientific and clinical research disciplines to study human Tuberculosis in endemic countries.  Devin is a proud alumna of Marymount Manhattan College, having received her B.S. in Biology in 2009. She holds a Masters of Biology from CUNY Hunter College and is a Certified Clinical Research Coordinator.

    • Hannah DeFranzo ’20 

      Hannah DeFranzo graduated from Marymount Manhattan College in February of 2020 with a B.A. in Dance concentrating in Body, Science, and Motion with a Biology Minor. Hannah is an advocate for fighting climate change and a Climate Reality Leader. In the fall of 2020, she will be working as a Laboratory Supervisor Assistant at MMC.

    • Catherine Gaissert '15 

      Catherine Gaissert graduated from Marymount Manhattan College in 2015 with a B.S. in Biomedical Sciences. She is currently a physician assistant student at the University of California, Davis, where she will graduate with a Master of Health Services.

    • Chrissy Galifianakis '11 

      Chrissy Galifianakis is a graduate student at Georgetown University, where she is pursuing a Master’s in Real Estate Finance. She currently works at Federal Capital Partners in Chevy Chase, MD, as a senior analyst in the investor relations department. She holds an active real estate license in the state of Maryland and is affiliated with Metro Referral Associates. Chrissy belongs to several organizations, such as Young Real Estate Professionals (YREP), the Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers (HAND), and the Urban Land Institute (ULI). She graduated from Marymount Manhattan College in 2011 with a B.S. in Biology.

    • Kirtan Kaur '12 

      Kirtan Kaur, M.S., M.Phil., is a graduate student at New York University Langone Health Center, working towards a Ph.D. in environmental/public health and toxicology. Her research interest and focus reside in the area of developmental toxicology; assessing how xenobiotic exposures during pregnancy can impact fetal development, increasing susceptibility to adverse health outcomes in later life. She is conducting her dissertation research on human placental samples collected from a birth cohort study to discern the effects of gestational air pollution exposure on placental gene expression and how that impacts fetal growth. She graduated from MMC in 2012 with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Environmental Studies

    • Leslie McCauliff '07 

      Dr. Leslie McCauliff is a biological research scientist with expertise in cellular and molecular biology, biophysical science, protein biochemistry, lipid trafficking, lipid storage disorders and toxicology screening. Dr. McCauliff earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Marymount Manhattan College in 2007 and went on to earn her Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences from Rutgers University in 2013.  

    • Ashley Pirovano '13 

      Ashley Pirovano graduated from Marymount Manhattan College in 2013 with a B.S. in Biology. She is currently a scientist at the nonprofit organization BioBus, where she works to bridge the gap between academic research and the community of NYC.

    • Ray Romano '11 

      Raymond Romano graduated from MMC with a B.S. in Biology in 2011. He holds a Master’s in Public Health from Boston University and a Master’s in Nursing Practice from Vanderbilt University, and he is currently working towards a Ph.D. in Nursing Science. He has co-authored eight peer-reviewed research articles on the detection, diagnosis, and care of dementia in a primary care setting.

    • Alice Trye '15 

      Alice Trye earned her B.S. in Biology from MMC in 2015. While at MMC, Alice conducted research with Dr. Ann Aguanno, was on the executive boards for the Science Society and Pre-Med clubs, and presented her research at multiple regional and national conferences. After graduating from MMC in 2015, Alice worked as a research associate at NYU School of Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics. She is currently a medical student at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School (Class of 2021). Her interests include global health, women’s health, and healthcare disparities.

    • Rosie Wenrich '17 

      Rosie Wenrich graduated from MMC in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science with Honors in Biology, a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, and a Chemistry minor. Since graduation, she has been working at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center as a research technician in the genomics core. In the fall of 2019, Rosie will begin medical school at Rowan School of Osteopathic Medicine.

  • Politics and Human Rights / International Studies

    Advisory Board Members