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, Statewide Management
Mr. Dan Holt is the President of Statewide Management, a company specializing in strategic planning, acquisitions, media placements and organizational development. He was the CFO of New York Grant Company from 2013-2015 as well. Mr. Holt was the Publisher and COO of Courier-Life Publications from 1979-2008 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. He has received numerous awards and recognition for his community service.
Mr. Holt was appointed as the Press Liaison for the NYC Office of Emergency Management by Michael Bloomberg in 2002 and served until 2008 and served on numerous committees and boards in the Newspaper and Health Care 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 and has actively led the Board since 2015.
Zachary Yamba, E.D. (Vice Chair)
President Emeritus, Essex County College, New Jersey
Dr. Zachary Yamba is the Vice-Chair of ASA College Board of Trustees and 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.
Administrator, Medgar Evers College (Retired)
Julanne Reid is a former administrator from Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York (CUNY). As an employee of CUNY for more than 25 years, Ms. Reid enjoyed developing and directing various college access and supportive services programs for underserved populations such as child care workers, paraprofessionals and first generation college attendees. Over the course of her career she was responsible for securing and managing several, multi-year grants from federal and local entities.
Before joining the staff of CUNY, Ms. Reid worked as an Employment Counselor with the Greater New York Council Boy Scouts of America and a Work Internship Coordinator at Boys and Girls High School.
Ms. Reid holds a Master of Science Degree in Higher Education Administration from Baruch College.
Baila Liza Kramer
Cannabis Business, Non-Profit and Trade/Labor Consultant
Baila Liza Kramer is a business solutions and compliance consultant for cannabis businesses, not-for-profits, and trade/labor groups. She helps her clients navigate the unique challenges they face through the deregulation and “daylighting” of the cannabis (marijuana/hemp) industry.
Before entering the cannabis space in 2017, Ms. Kramer was a Special Projects Manager at the Mayor’s Fund to Advance NYC(the official not-for-profit of the City of NY) and a Deputy Portfolio and Intern Program Manager in NYC Mayor’s Office of Appointments under Mayor Bill de Blasio. Miss Kramer was Deputy Chief of Staff to NYS Assembly Member Cohen (D-46) and Deputy Director of Community Affairs to former NYC Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum. As Assistant Director of the American Jewish Committee’s New York Office she directed the groups lobbying efforts in Albany and Washington D.C.
She is a life member of Hadassah and member of the Board of Directors of the UJA-funded JCC of Canarsie. Baila Liza Kramer is also a licensed professional SCUBA Divemaster, Group Fitness Instructor, global backpacker, Hip Hop and tap dance enthusiast.
Administrator to the CEO, SUNY – Stony Brook University Hospital
Natasha Burke is a healthcare manager with over twelve (12) years of progressive experience in the planning and administration of marketing, public relations, public affairs, development and community affairs programs. In her current position as Administrator to the CEO, SUNY – Stony Brook University Hospital, Ms. Burke works directly for the Chief Executive Officer of the hospital, serving as the principal staff person and managing information and communications between the Executive Office and internal & external audiences. Prior to that, Ms. Burke was Chief of Staff at NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County, where she served as the Intergovernmental liaison to all elected officials and government agencies on the city, state and federal levels. Prior to that, she has held management roles at Long Island College Hospital, St. Mary’s Hospital and Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center in Brooklyn. Ms. Burke holds an M.P.A. in Healthcare Administration from Long Island University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Brooklyn College.
Terrence O. Lyght
Terry is a longtime resident of Brooklyn, New York. For over 40 years, he has been an active and progressive member of the Brooklyn community. In 2016, Terry received a recognition award from the Brooklyn Rotary Club for outstanding commitment to improving the community and the world around him. He is currently President of Archibald Ave U Corp which is in the real estate facilities management arena. In the past, he was the facilities manager at LCG, a non-profit organization which provides services to the elderly or at-risk individuals and families in order to assist them with services to become productive members of their communities.
William (Reggie) Ruggiero
William has built and developed successful projects across the New York metropolitan area for over three decades. He has a unique understanding of the real estate and construction industry, and the related land-use issues across New York City, with unparalleled experience in development ranging from small boutique housing conversions to large-scale transformative developments such as Jay Condo in the DUMBO area of Brooklyn. Mr. Ruggiero got his start at the People’s Firehouse, a non-profit in the Williamsburg area of Brooklyn in the early 90’s. His leadership at the People’s Firehouse led to a dramatic preservation and expansion of low-income and supportive housing in one of the fastest growing areas of the country. He currently advises a range of organizations on development projects, management strategy and hospitality.
Bill Bozza has over four decades of experience in the financial industry. He managed branches for JP Morgan Chase for thirty plus years. He currently is the owner and manager of Bozza Financial Services LLC. Bill is also a licensed agent with Chelsea Financial Services LLC and National Life.
Bill has enjoyed a very successful career and likes to give back to the communities he has worked in. Bill served on the Board of Directors of the American Cancer Society, YMCA, A Very Special Place and Kiwanis International.
Assistant for Board Affairs:
Vice President of Government and Community Relations, ASA College
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