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Board of Directors Biographies

Larry CaryLarry Cary '70
Board President
Larry has practiced law for 30 years and is a founding partner at Cary Kane LLP, one of New York City’s leading labor and employment law firms. He represents employees with workplace issues, unions and collectively bargained employee pension and welfare funds. He is peer-review rated “AV Preeminent” by Martindale Hubbell and listed in “Who’s Who in American Law” as well as in “Super Lawyers.” He is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.

For 20 years Cary taught labor law and related subjects at the metropolitan extension program of Cornell University’s School of Labor and Industrial Relations. He also taught at Hofstra University and SUNY’s Center for Labor Studies. He has served as an Alternate Trustee of the New York City Employee Retirement System, with $40 Billion in assets and 300,000 participants. He is pro bono counsel to the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health, the City’s leading organization dealing with workplace safety and health issues.

Active in many organizations, Cary serves on the Advisory Board of the Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives at New York University, which is an internationally respected center for the research of labor history. He is the Treasurer of the Workers Defense League, which provides free representation to employees with unemployment compensation insurance claims. As president of the New York Labor History Association, Cary was instrumental in getting New York Governor Mario Cuomo to proclaim May “Labor History Month.” He is a 2011 recipient of the Association’s John Commerford Labor Education Award.

A Brooklyn Tech graduate with a major in Chemistry. He is a graduate of Brooklyn College (BA), NYU’s Graduate School of Public Administration (MPA), and Brooklyn Law School (JD). In addition he holds a Certificate in Employee Benefits Law from the Georgetown University Law Center.


Sue MayhamSusan Mayham '76
Board Vice President
Sue worked at BNY Mellon as an investment banker within Transaction Structuring and Execution for global institutions for 25 years. Her awards include: Distinguished Dividend Manager of the Year. Sue majored in College Prep while a student at Brooklyn Tech. She is a graduate of Pace University, where she received a BA in Business Administration. Sue’s hobbies include the Brooklyn Tech Ruby Engineers, travel, cats, golf, and cooking.

 

Horace H. Davis '84
Board Vice President
Horace is a General Manager at the Consolidated Edison Company of New York (Con Edison), with 28 years of experience within the energy sector. Horace manages the Program Support Department which includes many functions among which are: analyzes, recommends, and implements improvements to the engineering management process in Centraineering; effects status monitoring, control, and performance measurement; directs professional and technical personnel responsible for providing estimating, scheduling, financial planning, training, quality control, quality assurance and permit coordination; ensures engineering specifications and requirements are identified and incorporated into technical instructions; develops, coordinates and maintains management information systems; provides technical review and services for online applications. Horace majored in Electrical Engineering while in Brooklyn Tech. He is a graduate of Lafayette College (BS in Mechanical Engineering) and New York Institute of Technology (MS in Energy Management). His additional certifications include an Advanced Certificate in Energy Management from the New York Institute of Technology, and a High Pressure Boiler Operator License. Horace is the recipient of the First Adam Cirillo Memorial Trophy; Con Edison's Living Our Values Award; Brooklyn Borough President's Black Men of Distinction Award; NSBE Helping Hands Award. Horace is very active in his community and has served on many local boards, including the New York Metropolitan Area Chapter (NYMAC) of the American Association of Blacks in Energy. Horace is the founder and president of Caribbean American Society of New York (CASONY).,a non-profit organization that seeks to improve the social, educational, and economic status of the Caribbean Americans through activism, charitable giving, cultural events and educational initiatives.


Anthony P. Schirripa '67
Board Vice President
Anthony (Tony) is the Co-Chairman & Chief Executive at Mancini Duffy, Architecture, Planning & Interiors. With over 40 years of experience on architectural and interiors projects, Tony has worked extensively on build-outs for leading institutions and is particularly adept at managing large and technologically sophisticated projects for a varied client base; he is considered a pioneer in the design of speed-to-market facilities for financial companies. He serves on the board of the New York Building Congress (NYBC). In 2010, he served as President of the AIA New York Chapter, where he launched a year-long program focused on training the “Architect as Leader”—in firm and project management, community outreach, and politics. Tony was elevated to the College of Fellows in 2010, and was elected to the AIA National Board of Directors to a three-year term (2012-2014) as New York Regional Director. In 2015, he was elected to the newly established office of At-Large Director where he will serve a one-year term in 2016. His distinguished awards include: 2009 Outstanding Alumni College of Architecture, Texas A&M University; 2010 College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects; and 2013 Matthew W. DelGuadio Service Award from AIA New York State.

Tony majored in Architecture when he attended Brooklyn Tech. He is a graduate of Texas A & M University-College of Architecture and a Registered Architect in over 20 states. Tony is also Board Certified with the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.

Donovan L. Wickline '88
Board Treasurer
Donovan is an attorney at the Law Office of Donovan Wickline, PC. He previously worked at a large New York City law firm before starting his own law office. Mr. Wickline’s practice has been open for 16 years and specializes in corporate litigation. His daily responsibilities include appearing in court, communicating with clients and adversaries, researching legal issues, and drafting legal memos and briefs. Donovan majored in Technology and Liberal Arts as a student in Brooklyn Tech; he is also a graduate of Columbia University (BA), and Fordham Law (JD). Donovan’s hobbies include photography and mountain biking.


Ned Steele '68
Board Secretary
Ned Steele is the President of MediaImpact. He has 10 years of experience in journalism, and 30 in public relations, marketing and creative work. At the start of his career, Ned was a reporter/editor for several NYC newspapers, then served in government and the public relations firm Rubenstein Associates before launching MediaImpact. His business specializes in creative editorial and video work, and consulting, for nonprofit organizations. In none of these endeavors has he worked as hard as in his four years at Brooklyn Tech. Ned has won numerous awards for his journalism, public relations and editorial/creative work over the years. Ned majored in College Prep while in Brooklyn Tech. He is a graduate of Stony Brook University (BA)

Ned's interests include photography, travel, bicycling, partaking in NYC's boundless cultural and entertainment offerings, exploring all corners of our city, and rooting in vain for all of its underdog professional sports teams.


Wilton Cedeno '82
Director
Wilton is an energy executive with 30 years of experience in his field. He currently serves as the Director of Energy Policy and Regulatory Affairs at Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc. (Con Edison). Wilton’s responsibilities include working on state regulatory affairs, developing and implementing internal and external communication strategies and advocacy related to state energy policy, including developing company positions on state energy policy issues. In 2009, Wilton led the Company’s Smart Grid application efforts resulting in awards of over $300 million and co-authored a national smart grid article published in the Electric Perspectives magazine.

Wilton majored in Electrical Engineering while in Brooklyn Tech. He is a graduate of Columbia University and holds a BS in Electrical Engineering. Additionally, he is Chairman Emeritus of the American Association of Blacks in Energy; Recipient of Con Edison Transmission and Distribution Operation - Excellence Team Award; Con Edison Black Achiever Award; Con Edison 's - Living Our Values Award Recipient; AABE - James E. Stewart Award Recipient; DTM 2007 Latino Trendsetter Recipient; Board member of the NYC Economic Development Corporation.

Wilton’s interests include mentoring and inspiring the youth to reach for and manifest their dreams

Jim DiBenedetto '71
Director
Mr. DiBenedetto served 30 years at Brooklyn Tech as a choral director and football coach. After graduating in 1978 from Brooklyn College with a degree in Music, Coach Jim DiBenedetto set out to teach in the New York City public school system. However, music programs had been destroyed in the public school system in the 1970’s with budget cuts, so securing and retaining a music position was not possible, causing him to make a career switch to coaching college football, which lasted several years. In 1984 Coach DiBenedetto once again pursued a career as a high school music teacher. He was hired by Brooklyn Technical High School as a music teacher and football coach. The choral program that he began in 1985 has grown to over 350 students yearly. In 2003 Coach DiBenedetto was awarded the National Choral Council’s Career Award for his distinguished work in choral music and music education at Brooklyn Technical High School. Coach DiBenedetto has guest conducted at St Phillip’s Episcopal Church, at St Charles Borromeo, and at the National Chorale’s annual Messiah Sing-in at Avery Fischer Hall.

Coach DiBenedettos career has spanned 37 years, with coaching stints at South Shore and Sheepshead Bay High Schools, Norwich University (graduate degree), Brooklyn College, New York Institute of Technology, before coming to Brooklyn Tech in 1984. Jim became head coach at Tech in 1987, where he coached the Engineers to 119 wins in 21 seasons. Coach DiBenedetto continued coaching until the completion of the 2008 season. Coach Dibo as his players call him, has sent three players from Tech into the NFL including Herve Damas, 1990 (Buffalo Bills), Roger Knight, 1997 (New Orleans Saints), and Keron Henry, 2000 (New Orleans Saints). More importantly his coaching has guided many Tech students to academic achievement and scholarship throughout his tenure at Tech.

Coach DiBenedetto has worked with the Boomer Esiason Foundation for twelve years, coordinating the Empire Challenge, pitting the best 50 senior high school football players in New York City versus the best 50 in Long Island. This event has thrived and grown into a nationally televised event and the major fundraiser for the BEF in its fight against Cystic Fibrosis.


Norman Keller '54
Director
Norman Keller is a retired Marketing Manager with over 25 years of experience, who spent his first three years out of high school as a commissioned officer in the US Navy at sea. Shortly thereafter, Norm worked at IBM as a computer sales representative and moved up to field management and several headquarters responsibilities. His last position before retirement was as Industry Marketing Manager for the Securities Industry. Norman served two years post retirement as a consultant to IBM Hong Kong, helping the Asia rim countries develop more transparent stock exchanges. His awards include Five IBM Hundred Percent Clubs, two Golden Circles.

Norman majored in College Prep while in Brooklyn Tech. He is a graduate of Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute (Now NYU Tandon School of Engineering) with a BS in Electrical Engineering. Both of Norm's children are proud alums, and his grandson is a current student.

His hobbies include photography and theater. Norm has performed with several theater groups over the years and managed several community groups as well as one professional company.

Penelope Kokkinides '87
Director
Penelope Kokkinides is currently the Chief Operating Officer at InnovaCare Inc. Penelope has more than 15 years of health care experience specializing in government programs (Medicare and Medicaid) and the managed care industry. She has extensive knowledge and expertise in developing clinical programs and managing health care processes and operations with a focus on improving efficiencies and organizational infrastructure.

Prior to joining InnovaCare Health, Penelope served as Chief Operating Officer for CenterLight HealthCare and Touchstone Health. She also served as Vice President of Clinical Operations at Aveta, Inc. where she was responsible for the development, management and oversight of all the medical management programs, as well as other health plan operational functions.

Penelope majored in Bio-Med at Brooklyn Tech. She is a graduate of SUNY Binghamton (BA), NYU School of Social Work (MSW), Columbia University School of Public Health (MPH) and New York University’s Post graduate Program in Alcohol and Substance Abuse. She is also a Certified Case Manager (CCM).

Her awards include the 2013 InnovaCare Health Lifetime Achievement Award and the 2015 Top Woman in Business. Penelope’s interests include horseback riding, football, travel, and Scotland and Scottish history.


Edward T LaGrassa '65
Director
Ed LaGrassa has had a 40 year-distinguished career in the real estate industry holding senior positions at major financial service companies and corporations such as Citibank and Merrill Lynch. He is currently president of Chilton Realty Inc., which is a real estate investment, advisory and brokerage company.

Ed is a licensed real estate broker and architect. He is an active member of The Urban Land Institute, International Real Estate Group and The Real Estate Board of New York. He also chairs the Asset Management Roundtable.

He is a professor at NYU in their master’s degree program and is a board director of several non-for-profit organizations.

Ed majored in Architecture at Brooklyn Tech. He is a graduate of City College of New York (BS and B of Architecture), and holds a Real Estate Certificate from New York University. Additionally, Ed is a member of the NY Society of Architects.

His interests include collecting vintage fountain pens and corkscrews, and driving his 1955 Jaguar MKVII


Salvatore Lentini '79
Director
Salvatore has been a software engineer for over thirty years. He has been working in the field since college. As the field changed and grew, like so many software engineers, he grew along with it. Working mostly on globally used trading and financial systems. Salvatore was responsible for software design and applications.

Salvatore majored in Electrical Engineering at Brooklyn Tech. He is a graduate of CUNY College of Staten Island (BS in Computer Science).

Salvatore is the recipient of the 2013 Flatbush Development Corp Service Award for his role as President of Ditmas Park Association. His hobbies include volunteering within his community and the schools that are dear to him. He has volunteered as an ESL teacher at the NYC Foreign Language Institute and a at American Corporate Partners mentoring returning vets in the software development industry. Salvatore is currently president of the Ditmas Park Association, where he is also the co-chair at the NYC Brooklyn CB 14 transportation committee, involved in the transportation infrastructure within our districts.

John Lyons '66
Director
John Lyons has played an important part in the return to the air of many New York broadcasters after 9/11. He is a Fellow in the Society of Broadcast Engineers and a Certified Professional Broadcast Engineer, and a former member of the SBE board of directors and member of the original certification committee. He is a Master Certified Engineer in RF and non-RF disciplines with the National Association of Radio and Telecommunications Engineers (NARTE), an associate Member of the Association of Federal Communications Consulting Engineers, has been a member of the National Association of Broadcasters Broadcast Engineering Conference Committee, former president of the Veterans' Hospital Radio and Television Guild (VHRTG), a Licensed New York State Real Estate Broker, and a member of the Real Estate Board of New York and the Building Owners and Management Association. He has a Certificate in Property Management from NYU. He is a frequent speaker at National Association of Broadcasters and Society of Broadcast Engineers conventions.

Lyons was the 2006 Society of Broadcast Engineers Broadcast Engineer of the Year. His career spans more than 45 years from WNYE-FM at Brooklyn Technical High School to his current position within The Durst Organization.


Margaret Murphy '83
Director
Margaret is a leader and entrepreneur in the staffing industry. She is the founder and CEO of NY Staff Search, a full-service Staffing, HR Consulting and Payroll Management Company, which offers expertise and partnership on a variety of levels, serving as a vital resource for clients. Margaret and her firm have historically proven success with three decades of experience in this field.

Margaret majored in Architecture at Brooklyn Tech. She attended Hunter College upon graduation. Her hobbies include travel, reading and Broadway theater.

Bola Oyedijo '92
Worldwide Delivery Excellence Leader
Bola is a seasoned information technology professional with over 20 years of Fortune 500 business experience. Bola has an astute background in the areas of marketing, business strategy, Information Technology management. She earned a Master of Business Administration from American University as well as a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Temple University. A proud graduate of Brooklyn Tech class of 1992, Bola is passionate about community service –serving as a mentor, coach and motivational speaker. 

A self-proclaimed “spa-noisseur” and history afficiando, Bola enjoys learning about different cultures through international travel, fabulous restaurants and incredible museums.

Achilles Perry '58
Director
Achilles is a partner/owner of several businesses. He has been a successful entrepreneur for over thirty years. His major success is as the owner/operator of apartment houses in New York City. He is also a partner in the city’s best Greek restaurant, Pylos. In the past Mr. Perry has owned an economics consulting firm that specialized in litigation support. He represented several of the world’s largest multinational corporations in cases involving antitrust and international price discrimination. Two of his largest clients were GE and Sharp. Mr. Perry was also president of Gilbert Tweed Executives, a major executive search firm, and General Manager of Pulsafeeder, a pump manufacturing division of a Fortune 500 company. For many years Mr. Perry served as a member of the adjunct faculty of the Graduate School of Management at Rutgers University. He holds several patents and is the author of a book on installment lending, and several articles on strategic planning. Mr. Perry is also a founder of the Brooklyn Tech Alumni Foundation, where he served as the President of its Board of Directors for 28 years.

Achilles majored in College Prep at Brooklyn Tech. He graduated City College of New York (BA Economics) and Rutgers University (GSM Marketing).

His awards include: BTHS Hall of Fame.



Denice Clarke Ware '83
Director
Denice (DC) is the Director of Human Resources for Verizon Service Organization. She is responsible for providing human resource solutions by focusing on Training and Development, Staffing, Communications, Diversity, Talent Assessment, Succession Planning, Employee Relations, and Absence Management. She has served as the Director- HR Business Partner for Verizon Service Organization and for the New England regional operations, providing HR operations support for the merger spin-off transaction of ME, NH, and VT division with FairPoint Communications. A 28-year veteran in the telecommunications industry, Mrs. Ware began her career with Verizon (then New England Telephone Company) in their 1987 college hire program.

Denice majored in Graphic Communications at Brooklyn Tech, holds a BS in Human Resources Management and an MBA, both from Western New England College in Springfield, Massachusetts. Additionally, she has completed the Wharton Business School Executive Educational program and holds a Project Management Master’s Certificate. Her most recent awards include the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts Partner Award; Central Jersey Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta. Woman of Achievement; the Verizon Communications Credo Award.

Denice enjoys traveling the world, public service and leadership development.


Michael Weiss '57
Director
Michael Weiss’ career includes 24 years at Brooklyn Tech where he was a Teacher of physics; Guidance Counselor and Assistant Principal. He left Tech and served in a variety of public sector positions including Chief of Staff at NYC DOT (10 years) ; Executive Director of MetroTech Business Improvement District (15 years). He was always active in Community Development and other volunteer work. He is currently a self-employed consultant specializing in lobbying, business development and non-profit management.

His awards include: BTHS Hall of Fame; Brooklyn College Presidential Medal;Brooklyn College Distinguished Alumnus;

Mike served as the Chairman of the International Downtown Association,President of NYC BID Managers Association.

He graduated from Brooklyn College with a BS in physics and Yeshiva University with an MS in Educational Psychology.

His hobbies/Interests include education, community development, political campaigns, Golf, Educational Policy and Practice, and Gardening.

Len Riggio 10.30.10Leonard Riggio '58
Honorary Member
Leonard Riggio began his career as a clerk at the NYU bookstore. Convinced he could provide better service to students, he opened a competing store in 1965. His business thrived and, in 1971, he bought the flagship Barnes & Noble bookstore. He changed the book industry with such innovations as extensive selection of books, discounts, and comfortable stores that have become community institutions. His revolutionary concepts have made Barnes & Noble the world’s largest and most respected bookseller.

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