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. In addition, 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.
Fiscal Manager, Bozza Financial Services LLC
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 is thankful for his 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.
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.
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. In addition, 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.
Terrence O. Lyght
Entrepreneur and President of Archibald Avenue U Corp
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.
Edwin L. Knox, Ph.D.
Academic Director of Online Business Programs – CUNY School of Professional Studies
Dr. Edwin L. Knox has thirty-five plus years as an Educator, Business Practitioner, and Entrepreneur. As an educator, he taught business courses on both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Currently, he is the Academic Director of Online Business Programs for the School of Professional Studies, CUNY. For many years he taught courses in marketing, entrepreneurship, management, and leadership at the Medgar Evers College, CUNY. In addition, taught similar courses at SUNY New Paltz; as well as the New York Institute of Technology and Long Island University. In addition, he has held sundry administrative positions at Educational Institutions—Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs; Dean of Engineering, Technology, and Workforce; Dean, School of Business; Chair, Business Department; Executive Director, Enrollment Management; Director of Contracts and Marketing; and Coordinator of Admission and Recruitment. As a Business Practitioner, Edwin served as an Area Service Manager of the Medical Systems Division for General Electric. Furthermore, he served for ten years as a Logistic Officer, and obtained the rank of Captain in the US Marine Corps. As an entrepreneur, I founded ELK Productions, a Special Events Management and Marketing Company; and The Harlem Renaissance Preservation Corporation, a non-profit organization. Currently, he’s the founder and principal consultant of ELK Consulting, a management and marketing consultancy company that focuses on entrepreneurial start-ups and small business development.
Edwin has published research in the areas of nascent entrepreneurship, opportunity recognition, social network, market, and entrepreneurship orientation; and has several publications in progress. He has presented papers to professional organizations and conferences, holds membership in several professional and academic organizations; and is deeply involved in community activities. As a consequence, he has received numerous academic and professional honors. He holds a BS Degree in Business Management from Florida A&M University; an MTA Degree in Tourism Administration/Sport and Event Management; an MBA Degree in Business Administration /Marketing from The George Washington University, and a Ph.D. Degree in Business Management—Entrepreneurship from Morgan State University.
Victor M. Rivera
President/CEO of The Bronx Parent Housing Network Inc. (BPHN)
As the President/CEO of The Bronx Parent Housing Network Inc. (BPHN), a non-profit organization with a budget of $50 million, Mr. Victor M. Rivera has helped create housing units for hundreds of single parents and persons living with disabilities, specializing in housing for people living with HIV/AIDS, Mental Illness & Homelessness. Making it his personal and professional mission to help provide good affordable housing and strong supportive services to help clients maintain their place in society, Mr. Rivera has collaborated with several large housing real-estate developers in Central Harlem & the Bronx to facilitate his goal of providing the best housing to the underserved. His most recent accomplishments include securing several hundred units of emergency housing for DHS/HIV-positive individuals and their families in Manhattan & Bronx, which has diverted more than several thousand families from homelessness in the last several years., along with thousands of single men and women coming home from prison.
Previously, Mr. Rivera held many leadership positions in the non-profit sector such as the Program Director for the Housing Options & Geriatric Association Resources (H.O.G.A.R.) HIV/AIDS Transitional Program in the Bronx, and the Director of a pilot demonstration project on independent living skills in the City of New York for Housing Opportunity People with AIDS (HOPWA) and Banana Kelly Community Improvement Association (B.K.C.I.A.). He also oversaw the National Recovery Institute’s residential medically- supervised substance abuse rehabilitation program in Manhattan. He previously managed 350 units of low income housing for B.K.C.I.A., and served as Program Manager of Youth Bill USA, with daily responsibility for furthering the education of 20 – 30 high school drop-outs ranging in age from 17 to 23, including assisting them with obtaining their GED.
Mr. Rivera has a Master of Public Administration from Metropolitan College of New York in 2014, a Certificate of Completion from Columbia University’s Charles H. Revson Fellows Program on the Future of the City of New York, CASAC-T consisting of 800 educational hours and more than 8,000 work hours in the field of substance abuse, and other certifications HIV/AIDS counseling, substance abuse, property management, domestic violence, and crisis intervention. Mr. Rivera is the recipient of distinguished honors including the Manny Maldonado Award for Excellence and dedication in the field of HIV/AIDS from Arrive Exponent Inc.
Ex-Officio Member: José Valencia
President, ASA College
Assistant for Board Affairs:
Vice President of Government and Community Relations, ASA College
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