Board of Trustees
For over 20 years, ASA has been proud to support and promote the importance of education to the NYC community, with a special focus on historically under-served students (single mothers, working students, etc.). ASA strongly believes that higher education should be possible for everyone. By providing students with flexible schedules, strong academic and student support, and lifetime job placement assistance, we help ensure that their futures will be successful.
ASA's Department of Government and Community Relations, plays a major role in building lasting relationships with various community organizations, as well as elected officials to help reach communities that can grow through higher education. The department also works closely with the Board of Trustees.
ASA College's Board of Trustees
Dan Holt (Chair)
President of Statewide Management
CFO of New York Grant Company
Mr. Dan Holt is the President of Statewide Management, a company specializing in strategic planning, acquisitions and organizational development. He has also been the CFO of New York Grant Company since 2013. Mr. Holt was the Publisher and COO of Courier-Life Publications from 1979-2006 until it was acquired by NewsCorp. He worked for NewsCorp after the transition and helped oversee additional expansion until his retirement in 2008. Dan has served in the past as Chairman of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, Chair of New York Blood Services for Brooklyn-Staten Island, President of the Brooklyn Council of Boy Scouts of America, and board member of the Brooklyn Arts Council.
Mr. Holt was appointed as the Press Liaison for the NYC Office of Emergency Management in 2002 until 2008 and served on numerous committees and boards in the Newspaper industry. Dan Holt has served as ASA Board Chair from 2003 until his resignation from the Board in 2008 upon his relocation to North Carolina. He has since accepted the opportunity to serve on the ASA Board once again.
Zachary Yamba, Ph.D.
President Emeritus, Essex County College, New Jersey
Doctor Zachary Yamba is the President Emeritus of Essex County College. He has the distinction of being the longest tenured college president in the history of New Jersey. Dr. Yamba is a Regent Emeritus of Seton Hall University, serves as a Board Member at New Community Corporation in Newark, New Jersey; and is also a Board Member at Victoria Foundation in New Jersey.
Director TRIO Student Support Services, Medgar Evers College
Ms. Reid hold a Masters of Science in Education/Higher Education Administration and has over 20 years of experience in education. She plays an influential role on the ASA Board's Academic Committee.
Deputy Portfolio Manager, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's Office of Appointments
Liza Kramer is a Deputy Portfolio Manager in New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's Office of Appointments. Prior to her current position, she was a member of the de Blasio Transition Team. Ms. Kramer was a former Deputy Chief of Staff to fomer NYS Assembly Member Adele Cohen and also served as the Deputy Director of Community Affairs for former NYC Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum. Additionally, she served as Assistant Director of the American Jewish Committee's New York Office where she became an advocate on energy conservation issues and federal immigration reform. Ms. Kramer holds a seat on Brooklyn Community Board 18 and is a life-member of Hadassah.
Dov Kolker, M.D.
Orthopedic Surgeon, Maimonides Medical Center, NY
Dr. Dov Kolker is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of foot and ankle disorders. Dr. Kolker graduated summa cum laude from Tufts University School of Medicine. He completed his surgical internship at Harvard Medical School and his orthopedic residency at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
Reverend William Yip
Co-founder and Associate Executive Director of the Chinese Christian Herald Crusades
Reverend William Yip is the Co-founder and Associate Executive Director of the Chinese Christian Herald Crusades, a faith-based organization which has been serving the Chinese community for over 30 years. He is also the Pastor for over 20 years of the Church of the Living Lord in Chinatown. Reverend Yip is currently heavily involved in developing education programs to help the youth in impoverished communities in New Delhi, India.
Owner and Real Estate Broker, Real Estate Ocona, LLC, NY
Ms. Trisha Ocona is a licensed real estate broker in New York State and the owner of Real Estate Ocona. She also serves as a board member of the New York State Department of State’s Real Estate Board which shares regulatory duties with The Division of Licensing Services. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Ocona began her career in real estate in 1999 where she managed a City Hall real estate law firm and property management company. Realizing real estate was her divine calling, she left her position there to commit to further utilizing and developing her expertise, ultimately establishing her own firm, Real Estate Ocona, LLC. Ms. Ocona is very active in her community and often organizes, hosts, and/or speak at community and professional events. She also teaches Real Estate at Medgar Evers College and regularly write in top real estate news publications and speak on radio shows.
President, ASA College
Assistant for Board Affairs:
Vice President of Government and Community Relations, ASA College
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