Our Board

Dr. Sheldon Blackman

Secretary
Dr. Sheldon Blackman is Princeton University Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa alumni and received his Ph.D. from Ohio State University in 1960 in Clinical Psychology. He is now retired from positions at SVMCR and Staten Island University Health including VP for Program Development, and author of two books and numerous professional articles in psychology.

Michael Caridi

Trustee

Joseph Carroll

Trustee
District Manager, Community Board #1, Staten Island, NY

Richard Fragiacomo

Trustee
Entrepreneur

Bonnie Fritz

Trustee

Martin Krongold

Trustee

Robin Lefkowitz

Robin Lefkowitz, Northfield Bank’s Executive Vice President and Director of Branch Administration and Business Development, has over 30 years of banking and financial experience.  Specializing in customer relationships and growth of the bank’s overall branch system, Robin’s wealth of experience spans throughout the Northfield Bank network, located in Staten Island, New Jersey and Brooklyn. Prior to her position with Northfield, Robin was Vice President, Business Development, for Independence Community Bank, where she was responsible for developing customer and account growth throughout the Brooklyn marketplace.  She joined Independence in April 2004 following its merger with SI Bank & Trust.  With SI, Robin was Vice President, Trust and Investment Development, where she held that position for over four years.  Prior to SI Bank, Robin worked for GreenPoint Bank in the capacity of Branch Manager, for 13 years, throughout the Brooklyn, Long Island and Manhattan marketplace.

Robin holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science with a minor in Economics, from Brooklyn College and a Master of Business Administration Degree from Wagner College.

David Lehr

Trustee
David Lehr is a retired attorney and was Chief Assistant District Attorney for Staten Island, also serving as District 31 Community School Board Member and as an adjunct Professor at St. John’s University. He is presently the Board Chairman of the Visiting Nurse association of Staten Island, and is a trustee at Staten Island University Hospital.

Jonathan Lipschitz

Co-Chairperson
Jonathan B, Lipschitz is currently the Controller for Victory State Bank, a Staten Island based community bank serving the entire business community in Staten Island, NY. Previous to Victory, Mr. Lipschitz was the CFO of a major business unit at JPMorgan Chase, where he held various financial positions within that organization over most of his career. His background as a CPA, including 6 years with public accounting firms has enabled him to be a valuable resource to a variety of businesses. He is currently the Co-Chairman of the Board of Integration Charter School, a nonprofit organization serving the youth of Staten Island.

Lily D. McNair

Trustee
Provost and VP of Academic Affairs at Wagner College

Deborah Miller

Co-Chairperson

Deborah is the parent of two children, one of whom is a child with special needs. Deborah is the Director of the Staten Island Family Resource Center since 2004, where she is actively involved in ensuring that families and caregivers of children and youth with special needs receive the needed services. She holds a Masters in Social Science from Antioch University. She has also received numerous certifications in the Applied Behavioral Sciences and in Organizational Psychology. She has also completed Post Graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania. She has received her credentials in the Family Development and Credentialing Program offered by Cornell University. She is passionate about her role as an Advocate, especially as it relates to the educational needs of children and youth. Deborah currently serves as the Treasurer of the Board of Directors for Families on the Move of NYC; Inc. Deborah was Formerly Borough Based Council Chairperson and New York State Coalition for Children’s Mental and Behavioral Health, Executive Board Member and Founding member, Trustee and Chairperson of The John W. Lavelle Preparatory Charter School. Deborah is currently Chairperson of the Board of Trustees for the Integration Charter School of Staten Island and is seeking re-election.


Jill H.B. Patel

Treasurer
Jill H.B. Patel is a former hospital administrator who worked at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, the former St. Vincent’s Medical Center on Staten Island, Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, and the New York-Presbyterian Medical Center in Manhattan from which she retired as Director. Prior to working in academic medical centers, she was an educator who taught graduate courses in early child education and established the first day care center at Harvard University. She has served on the Board of Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art, the Harvard Schools Committee of New York City, and as member of the New York State Justice Center Surrogate Decision Making Committee.

Kay Pesile

Trustee

Doris Schueler

Trustee
Doris Schueler, Ph.D. has a private practice in South Plainfield, New Jersey specializing in treating children and families, and is also the President of the Middlesex County Association of Psychologists while supervising doctoral students from the Rutger’s Psy.D. program in New Brunswick.

Thomas Scarangello

Trustee

Dirk Tillotson

Trustee
Dirk Tillotson has worked to support communities and families in developing and holding accountable their local schools for over 20 years. He has helped to develop over 40 schools in Oakland, New York, New Orleans, and Doha, Qatar, always with one eye on quality and the other on equity. 

Eleni (Nelly) Tournaki

Trustee
Nelly Tournaki has a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from New York University and is currently Professor of Special Education at the School of Education, College of Staten Island, The City University of New York.  Her two longstanding areas of inquiry include first, the examination of teachers’ attitudes, efficacy and effectiveness and second, the effectiveness of a variety of teaching strategies in the classroom – most notably in mathematics.  Most recently she is investigating the development of Executive Functioning among adolescents who are underserved and at-risk.  She has received several PSC-CUNY grants as well as an NSF Noyce grant. She has been a founding member of the Lavelle Preparatory Charter School and currently serves in the Education and Accountability committee.

 

 

William Henri

Chairman Emeritus

Francisco (Paco) Lugovina

Chairman Emeritus