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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

  • Business

  • Communication and Media Arts

  • Communication Sciences and Disorders

  • Dance

  • English and World Literatures

    Advisory Board Members

    • Amy Brandt ’14

      A native of Libertyville, Illinois, she trained at Dancenter North and the Milwaukee Ballet School before joining the Milwaukee Ballet, where she danced for eight seasons. In 2003 she became a member of The Suzanne Farrell Ballet, dancing featured roles in Balanchine’s AgonLa ValseDivertimento No. 15 and Pas de Dix, among others. She performed in honor of Ms. Farrell at the 2005 Kennedy Center Honors. While dancing professionally, Ms. Brandt began pursuing a college degree and writing extensively for several dance publications, including Pointe’s “Ask Amy” advice column. She graduated summa cum laude from Marymount Manhattan College with a BA in English and World Literatures, and has served as an associate editor for Dance Teacher and Dance Magazine.

    • Thomas Fabricio ’05

      During his time at Marymount Manhattan College, Mr. Fabricio was a member of the Sigma Tau Delta and Pi Sigma Alpha honor societies. During his senior year, Thomas was the Editor-in-Chief of Marymount’s student newspaper The Monitor. In 2008, Mr. Fabricio received the degree of Juris Doctor from Nova Southeastern University.  During law school, Mr. Fabricio clerked for the Third District Court of Appeal, in Miami-Dade County. Following law school, Mr. Fabricio was an associate in the Fort Lauderdale office of Walton Lantaff Schroeder and Carson, LLP where he practiced civil litigation. Thomas currently practices civil litigation with the multi-state law firm of Mintzer Sarowitz Zeris Ledva & Meyers in Miami, Florida. 

    • Ruth Facer ’05

      Through her work at Zillow Group, Inc., Mrs. Facer leads the Marketplace Extension team which focuses on new monetization ventures. For more than 12 years, Ruth has built and scaled successful teams focused on product, marketing and operations for digital media companies. Ruth is a student of leadership with a passion for employee experience, career development and workplace culture. At MMC, she was a founding member of the Marymount Literary Society and Sigma Tau Delta. She was published in The Marymount Manhattan Review and served as a News Editor and Staff Writer for The Monitor. Ruth graduated in 2005 with a BA in English. She lives with her husband Tom, a software engineer, and cat Witty in San Francisco.

    • Mary-Beth Hughes ’95

      Mary-Beth Hughes is the author of the novels, The Loved Ones, Wavemaker II, and the collection Double Happiness. Her stories have been published in A Public Space, The Georgia Review, The Mississippi Review, The St. Ann’s Review, The Paris Review, and Ploughshares, and have been collected in The Dictionary of Failed Relationships, Object Lessons: The Paris Review presents The Art of the Short Story,and 2011 Pushcart Prize XXXV. She is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Humanities and Media Studies at the Pratt Institute and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

    • Cameron Kelsall ’10

      Cameron’s byline has appeared in numerous publications, including The Philadelphia Inquirer, American Theatre, Time Out Philadelphia, The Asbury Park Press, Exeunt NYC and Drunken Boat, among others. He is currently the co-chief theater critic and chief opera critic for Broad Street Review, Philadelphia’s leading arts and culture website.

      Cameron is an active member of the Outer Critics Circle, American Theatre Critics Association and Music Critics Association of North America. He recently concluded two years of service as a judge for the Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre, the highest honor in Philadelphia performing arts. He is a sought-after lecturer and moderator on the subjects of theater, opera, classical music and chamber music.

      Cameron graduated from Marymount Manhattan College in 2010 with a BA in English and World Literature, with a Creative Writing minor. During his time at MMC, Cameron served as president of the Sigma Tau Delta honors society and Marymount Literary Society, and was editor-in-chief of The Marymount Manhattan Review. Following graduation, he earned a Master’s degree in Creative Writing from Ohio University in Athens, OH, where he served as poetry editor of the nationally recognized literary journal Quarter After Eight.

      Cameron lives in Collingswood, NJ, with his husband, Westly Mandoske, an accountant and financial planner. In his spare time, he enjoys playing bridge.

    • Timothy Sparapani

      Tim Sparapani is a frequent public speaker on topics related to emerging technologies.  He has testified before Congress five times, has given more than 500 TV, radio and print interviews, and frequently writes for Forbes and other publications on these topics. Tim’s specialties are privacy, cybersecurity, technology and constitutional law with clients of a diverse mix of industry leading companies, dynamic technology startups, and thought-leading advocacy organizations. 

      Tim’s SPQR Strategies clients have asked him to undertake important, ongoing responsibilities.  For example, Tim served for 3 years as the Vice President, Policy, Law & Government Affairs for the Application Developers Alliance, a trade association serving more than 30,000 application “app” developers and 200 member companies.  Tim has also served as General Counsel for several app company and tech startups.  He advises other start-up tech companies on a range of policy matters including cybersecurity, patent reform, online safety and security.

      Tim was the first Director of Public Policy at Facebook. Tim was responsible for developing and implementing the company’s interaction with the federal, state, local and foreign governments and with opinion and policy makers.  He managed these roles as the company grew from 150 million to more than 900 million active users and from 350 employees to more than 3,000.  Prior to joining Facebook, Tim was Senior Legislative Counsel at the American Civil Liberties Union, where he helped advance the constitutional principle of the right to privacy, representing the ACLU before Congress, the Executive Branch and the media.  For the more than four years preceding his time at the ACLU, Tim served as an associate at the law firm of Dickstein Shapiro where he helped clients navigate interconnecting constitutional, statutory, political and policy challenges.  Tim holds a Bachelor’s degree with honors from Georgetown University and a J.D. from the University of Michigan.

    • Leslie A. Stone

      Leslie is a passionate champion of great people and big ideas. She thrives in collaboration with clients, suits and creatives alike; working with integrated teams to create the elusive “red thread”; brainstorming; and shepherding young talent. Leslie favors simplicity over jargon and conversation more than charts. This humanistic approach has fueled a career marked by award winning work across the brand, advertising, and media world as both hired gun and in-agency leader.

      For American Express, she created a blind social experiment: in-home cocktail parties that led to a modern reinterpretation of “Membership” and a new talent strategy. This brief became the Brand’s first ever global campaign: “My Life, My Card” featuring Ellen Degeneres, Robert DeNiro and M.Night Shyamalan (Gold Effie). In home research with spouses informed a 2-year NPD path and created the ONE card, a non-travel related credit card. Trend analysis, projective techniques, and on-the-street research led to a unique point of view for Wonderbra with a target audience inspired equally by Holly Go Lightly and Seinfeld’s Elaine (Silver Effie). In 2005, she was privileged to work directly with Tribeca Film Festival founders Jane Rosenthal and Robert DeNiro to craft a new mission statement. This work inspired a Gold Effie winning campaign, new film trailer and the Brand’s iconic
      logo. More importantly, the festival achieved its highest ever numbers for downtown economic recovery while increasing its industry legitimacy. For SAP she authored the brand strategy to the highly commoditized and competitive cloud category by using a strategy inspired by political campaigns. While working at Goodby Silverstein she led and won 2 major pitches for E*Trade and the best ever consumer electronic device: TiVo! She then partnered with Hoover to present and publish findings for the Advertising Research Foundation (ARF) on the impact of DVR technology. In 2000 she predicted the Golden Age of Content well before the launch of WiFi, Hulu or Netflix. 

    • Caroline Tiger

      Since graduating from the University of Pennsylvania (English major), storytelling has been the common thread in Caroline Tiger’s career. She started out in book publishing, transitioned to magazine publishing, then went off on her own to work as a freelance author and journalist for more than a decade. As an independent writer, her work appeared in many publications, including DwellEntrepreneur and Wired. She is currently a Senior Content Strategist at Bresslergroup, a research-driven product innovation lab in Philadelphia, where she uses her journalism, editing, and content packaging skills to develop and implement the company’s communications, content, and social media strategy.

  • History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies

    Advisory Board Members

  • Natural Sciences

    Advisory Board Members

    • Keaven Caro

      Keaven Caro is an alumnus of the B.S. Behavioral Neuroscience and B.S. Biology programs with minors in Dance and Chemistry.  He received two Gold Keys for academic excellence in both of his majors and was the President of the neuroscience and pre-medical clubs his senior year. He spent three undergraduate years working as a research assistant and then lab manager in Dr. Deirtra Hunter’s MMC Music, Mind, and Brain Lab, where they studied psychophysiological responses evoked by emotionally charged music in human participants. In his junior year, Keaven interned as a research assistant in the Morishita lab at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, where they studied the synaptic plasticity and postnatal development of a neural circuit critical for the visual spatial attention faculty. This internship led to a part-time job as a senior in college, then a full-time job for two years after graduation.

    • Devin Columbus

      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

      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.

    • Julia Furnari

      Julia Furnari is an alumna of the B.S. Biology Program in the Department of Natural Sciences. She graduated in the class of 2020. While at MMC, she was the President of the Science Society, for which she organized many outreach events for the school community. She also held leadership positions on the college’s Sustainability Team and as a Class of 2020 Senior Marshal. For all of the outreach activities she was involved in, she was awarded the Raymunde McKay Award at graduation. Julia conducted research under faculty advisor Dr. Ann Aguanno, where she studied the role of CDK5, a protein kinase, in connecting Alzheimer’s Disease and Type II Diabetes Mellitus. She wrote and defended a thesis on this work, allowing her to graduate with Honors in the Biology major. Julia is also a member of the Chi Omega Lambda honor society.

      Julia is now a research technician in Department of Neurological Surgery at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. She works under Drs. Jeffrey Bruce and Peter Canoll and runs the Gabriele Bartoli Brain Tumor Tissue Bank, where she collects, processes, and stores intraoperative research specimens. This laboratory studies glioma brain tumors and immune-based therapies to treat patients with these types of cancers. Julia plans to use the experience she is obtaining while working, along with the skills she learned at MMC, to guide her into a career in medicine.

    • Catherine Gaissert

      Catherine Gaissert graduated from Marymount Manhattan College in 2015 with a B.S. in Biomedical Sciences. She is a practicing Physician Assistant with a specialty in Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery. Catherine graduated from the University of California at Davis with a Master of Health Services.

    • Chrissy Galifianakis

      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

      Kirtan Kaur, Ph.D., earned her doctorate from New York University Langone Health Center 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 conducted 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

    • Hope Kenmore

      Hope Kenmore is a biology researcher and artist based in New York City. She graduated magna cum laude from Marymount Manhattan College in 2020 with a BFA in Dance and a BA in Biology. While at Marymount, she worked on background research for Dr. Aguanno’s team, investigating molecular pathway links between Alzheimer’s Disease and Type II Diabetes. She also interned with Dr. Lundquist studying the urban ecology and insect biodiversity of upper Manhattan. Hope also choreographed several dance pieces on fellow students, and often used concepts from the life sciences as inspiration.

      While Hope feels connected to the arts in NYC whenever possible, since graduating, she has focused on her scientific research career. In 2020, Hope began working at Weill Cornell Medicine as a lab technician for their Institutional Biorepository Core (IBC) lab. As a core facility of Weill Cornell Medicine, the IBC processes samples for many different types of pathology research, and has focused on multiple COVID-19 studies over the past year.

      In 2021, with a desire for broader non-clinical experience, Hope started as a technician at an exciting start-up called Aanika Biosciences. In this molecular and microbiology R&D environment, Hope is working on multiple research projects developing a new product based on inserting unique, traceable barcodes into the DNA of harmless microbial spores. The company’s goal is to improve tracking of items along supply chains, such as fresh produce, allowing an outbreak of E. coli, for example, to be sourced and accurately recalled within hours or days, as opposed to weeks.

      Hope lives in NYC with her boyfriend and their very spoiled rescue dog Kipo. She looks forward to the opportunity to share her experiences with the MMC Natural Sciences community.

    • Leslie McCauliff

      Dr. McCauliff works as a Research Technical Specialist at the Emory University School of Medicine. Prior to that, she worked at Iontox, LLC, a contract research service company specializing in ADME-PK and toxicology-based research, in Kalamazoo, MI. Dr. McCauliff led and supported projects dealing primarily with in vitro toxicology and safety screening of various chemicals, drugs and food additives for a number of commercial and academic clients. After relocating to the Atlanta, GA, area in 2017, Dr. McCauliff continued her relationship with Iontox as a science writer, aiding in the preparation of company press releases, client updates and website based client services. 

      Dr. McCauliff has served as a consultant to Dr. Judith Storch of the Nutritional Science Department at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ, since 2015. Her work focuses on intracellular cholesterol trafficking, specifically with respect to the mobilization of free cholesterol within the endo/lysosomal compartment by the Niemann Pick C2 protein. The collaboration with Dr. Storch has resulted in over half a dozen publications.

      Dr. McCauliff currently resides in Decatur, GA, with her family.   

    • Ashley Pirovano

      Ashley Pirovano graduated from Marymount Manhattan College in 2013 with a B.S. in Biology. While attending Marymount Manhattan, Ashley conducted research in environmental chemistry with Dr. Leri, which sparked her interest in the sciences and convinced her to pursue a career in scientific research. After graduating, Ashley attended graduate school at SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry, where she studied interactions between endophytic bacteria and plants and earned a Master’s degree. Ashley found her way back to MMC after graduate school, working for two years as the Laboratory Supervisor and Instructor of the General Chemistry Laboratory. Along her career path in science, she felt dissatisfied by the lack of diversity in academia, particularly in the sciences. For this reason, in 2018 Ashley joined the nonprofit organization BioBus, where she works to bridge the gap between academic research and the community of NYC. Her overall career goals are to make science fun and accessible to all and to help girls and minority students explore and pursue science.

    • Raymond Romano

      Raymond Romano is a doctoral student at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. His focus is in health services research, and his specific interests are in the detection, diagnosis, and care of dementia in the primary care setting, particularly early biomarkers of disease. His interest in dementia began during his undergraduate career at MMC in the laboratory of Dr. Ann Aguanno, where he studied the role of the protein Cyclin-Dependent Kinase 5 in insulin-related neurodegenerative diseases. He explored the molecular pathway hyperinsulinemia has on the aberrant behavior of CDK5 contributing to the pathology of Alzheimer’s disease. After his undergraduate education, he received a Master in Public Health from Boston University and began working in clinical research at the Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Center. He moved to Nashville to join the Vanderbilt Memory and Alzheimer’s Center. He completed the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program as a pre-specialty student in 2015 and is currently working as an FNP in primary care practice with the Metro Nashville Public School system and at the Gaylord Opryland Clinic. Particular studies he has worked on have focused on vascular health and Alzheimer’s disease pathology, subjective memory complaints, and barriers of minority groups to participate in research.

    • Alice Trye

      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

      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. After graduation, she was hired at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center as a research technician in the genomics core. She is currently in medical school at Rowan School of Osteopathic Medicine.

  • Politics and Human Rights / International Studies

    Advisory Board Members

    • Radhika Balakrishnan

      Radhika Balakrishnan, faculty director of the Center for Women’s Global Leadership, and Professor, Women’s and Gender Studies at Rutgers University, has a Ph.D. in Economics from Rutgers University. Previously, she was Professor of Economics and International Studies at Marymount Manhattan College. She has worked at the Ford Foundation as a program officer in the Asia Regional Program. She is currently the Chair of the Board of the US Human Rights Network and on the Board of the Center for Constitutional Rights and the International Association for Feminist Economics. She is the co-editor with Diane Elson of Economic Policy and Human Rights: Holding Governments to Account (Zed Books, 2011). She is the author of Why MES with Human Rights: Integrating Macro Economic Strategies with Human Rights (Marymount Manhattan College, 2005). She edited The Hidden Assembly Line: Gender Dynamics of Subcontracted Work in a Global Economy (Kumarian Press, 2001), co-edited Good Sex: Feminist Perspectives from the World’s Religions, with Patricia Jung and Mary Hunt (Rutgers University Press, 2000), and also authored numerous articles that have appeared in books and journals. Professor Balakrishnan’s work focuses on gender and development, gender and the global economy, human rights and economic and social rights. Her research and advocacy work has sought to change the lens through which macroeconomic policy is interpreted and critiqued by applying international human rights norms to assess macroeconomic policy.

    • Gregg Gonsalves

      Gregg Gonsalves is an Lecturer in Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases as well as a Research Scholar in Law and Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School, co-director of the Global Health Justice Partnership and a leading HIV/AIDS activist. His research focuses on the use of quantitative models for improving the response to epidemic diseases. For more than 20 years, he worked on HIV/AIDS and other global health issues with several organizations, including the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power, the Treatment Action Group, Gay Men’s Health Crisis, and the AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa. He was also a fellow at the Open Society Foundations and in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School from 2011-2012. He is a 2011 graduate of Yale College and received his PhD from Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences/School of Public Health in 2016.

    • Adam Lupel

      Dr. Adam Lupel is the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at the International Peace Institute. He is responsible for developing IPI’s long-term research agenda and for overseeing management and coordination among IPI’s offices in New York, Vienna, and Manama in close collaboration with the President. Between 2014 and 2016 he served as the director of research and publications for the Independent Commission on Multilateralism, a project of IPI.  Dr. Lupel also conducts research on issues related to globalization, multilateralism, and the prevention of mass atrocities. He is the author of Globalization and Popular Sovereignty: Democracy’s Transnational Dilemma (2009) and the co-editor of Peace Operations and Organized Crime: Enemies or Allies? (2011) and Responding to Genocide: The Politics of International Action (2013). Prior to 2006, when he joined IPI as Editor, he was the Managing Editor of Constellations: An International Journal of Critical and Democratic Theory, and he taught modern and contemporary political theory at The New School’s Eugene Lang College in New York. He has a PhD in political theory and an MA in liberal studies from the New School for Social Research and a BA in international relations with a concentration in Latin America from Boston University. 

    • Inca Mohamed

      Inca A. Mohamed is an internationally recognized facilitator and consultant. From 2003-March 2011, Inca was MAG’s third Executive Director and spearheadeded MAG’s initiative to go beyond one-on-one consulting and deliver a diverse range of products and services. Inca’s clients have included: Atlantic Philanthropies, the Forum for Youth Investment, SisterSong, the Center for Reproductive Rights, the Washington Greater Community Foundation, the Funders Network on Population Growth and Reproductive Health and Rights, the Asian American Justice Center, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, and the Washington Area Women’s Foundation. Before joining MAG, Inca was Program Officer for Human Development and Reproductive Health at the Ford Foundation, where she oversaw a $60 million dollar portfolio aimed at strengthening youth development domestically and abroad. Her career has included work in advocacy, training and public education, program design, and program management; she has held leadership positions at a diverse range of organizations, including the YWCA, the Door Center for Youth Alternatives, and Planned Parenthood. 

    • Maritza Silva-Farrell

      For the past seven years she has served as the Deputy Director and Campaign Director,  as well as the coordinator of Real Affordability for All, the largest affordable housing coalition in the City. During her time at ALIGN, Maritza played a critical role in the Caring Across Generations campaign, helping to secure $1.2 million in funding for undocumented and low income seniors to access home care and the Universal Pre-K campaign which brought the program to many children across New York City. She originally joined ALIGN to prevent Walmart from developing in East New York, leading a four-year fight that successfully halted the company’s plans and brought a union supermarket to the neighborhood. Previously, Maritza worked with the Long Island Progressive Coalition to coordinate the Yes, In My Back Yard (YIMBY) campaign, increasing affordable housing throughout the entire island. A native of Ecuador, Maritza earned her BA in journalism from the Central University of Ecuador and later completed a BA degree in communications from SUNY Old Westbury, where she organized with the New York Public Interest Research Group and United Students Against Sweatshops. She has also worked with Long Island Jobs with Justice on issues related to youth, labor, and immigrant rights where she combined her passion for documentaries, journalism and activism by producing short workers’ rights documentaries.

    • Amol Sinha

      Prior to joining the ACLU-NJ, Amol was a policy advocate at the Innocence Project, where he led state-level policy campaigns nationwide to address wrongful convictions. From 2010-2015, Amol was the director of the Suffolk County Chapter of the New York Civil Liberties Union, where he led efforts to defend and promote the constitutional rights of all Suffolk County residents, particularly around policing and criminal justice, immigrants’ rights, and education reform. At the NYCLU, Amol worked on legislation, litigation, and community-based advocacy, and gained a deep understanding of the need to work collaboratively with community members, advocates, and government officials in order to advance policy.

      Amol is also an adjunct professor at Marymount Manhattan College, where he has taught courses on constitutional law, civil rights, media law, and criminal justice. Additionally, Amol is the president of the South Asian Bar Association of New York and co-chair of the public interest committee of the South Asian Bar Association of North America.

      Amol holds a B.A. in journalism and economics from New York University, and a law degree from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law where he was a Public Service Scholar. Most importantly, Amol grew up in Lawrenceville, NJ, and is a proud product of Lawrence Township Public Schools. His role at the ACLU-NJ merges two central passions: advocating for constitutional rights and New Jersey.

    • Rebecca Sperling

      Professor Sperling earned her M.S.W. and Ph.D. from the Columbia University School of Social Work where she taught graduate level courses in addition to teaching a doctoral level practice course. At MMC, Dr. Sperling developed and oversaw the Minor in Social Work. Her teaching and clinical work are both grounded in systems theory, a firm belief in people’s strengths and the centrality of listening to people tell their stories. She also taught elective courses in the Sociology curriculum and in Gender and Sexuality Studies. In over twenty years as a practitioner, Dr. Sperling has been a clinical supervisor in out-patient hospital, community and school- based settings. She has run programs in the Lower East Side and at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City that focused on the treatment of alcohol and substance abuse, improvement of mental health and crisis intervention for individuals and families. She has acted as Civilian Co-Coordinator of Parenting Programs at the Bedford Hills Women’s Correctional Facility. Professor Sperling also maintains a private practice in New York City. Her areas of professional knowledge and interest include: diversity, mental health, prison systems, women’s studies, human development, substance abuse, oral history and pedagogy.

    • Nancy Baez ’12

      A native New Yorker, Nancy attended New York City public schools and graduated from Brooklyn Tech. At Marymount Manhattan College (MMC), she focused her studies on international social movements with an emphasis on equity, inclusion, and transparency in urban planning. She spent a year observing the initiation of Participatory Budgeting (PB) in NYC, and published the first article on its initiation. Nancy graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies and Journalism, and was inducted into three Honor Societies based on Leadership, Academic Achievement, and Political Science. Nancy gained government experience in the Offices of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and then-Public Advocate Bill de Blasio. She also managed and co-authored a grant-funded impact study on the NYC Department of Education’s Special Education Reform through the Fund for Public Advocacy. After two years as Special Assistant and Chief of Staff in the DOE’s Division of Family and Community Engagement, Nancy transitioned into her current role at the Fund for Public Schools. 

    • Matthew Corridoni ’13

      Deputy Communications Director & Campaign Spokesman, Pete for DNC

      Communications Director, Stoney for RVA

      Deputy National Press Secretary, O’Malley for President

    • Julietta Lopez ’12

      After she graduated from MMC, Julietta pursued her Master of Arts in Management and Urban Policy in International Affairs from the Milano School of International Affairs at the New School. Before moving to Washington, D.C. for her current role, Julietta was Senator Schumer’s Constituent Liaison here in NYC.

    • Quiniva Smith ’15

      CUNY School of Law ’20

      MMC Class of 2015, Political Science and History

    • Chanel Portia

      Chanel Portia-Albert, CD, CLC, CHHC, is the Executive Director and Founder of Ancient Song Doula Services, a reproductive health organization focused on providing resources and full-spectrum doula services to women of color and marginalized communities. A reproductive justice and health advocate as well as speaker on birth justice and health equity, Chanel’s work within infant and maternal health is centered in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn and extends to Uganda, where she has served as a maternal health strategist. Her #BeyondBirthWork initiative developed a grant-sponsored community-based doula model in collaboration with Village Birth International and Every Mother Counts in response to New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2018 call to end racial disparity in maternal care. Chanel serves as a consultant for the NYC Department of Health in Mental Hygiene and serves on the advisory board at Ariadne Labs at Harvard School of Public Health and Columbia Medical School. When she is not teaching or facilitating workshops you can find her spending time with her six children.

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