Field: PUBLIC SERVICE
Assistant Commissioner for Public Programs
New York City Parks Department
Adena Long was appointed Assistant Commissioner for Public Programs at the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation on January 5, 2015. In this role, Adena oversees the citywide divisions of Programming and Strategic Management, Recreation, Urban Park Rangers, Aquatics and Computer Resource Centers.
Adena began her career at the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation in 1997 and has since advocated for the City’s parks in a variety of positions, both in the private and public sectors.
She started her career as an Urban Park Ranger, steadily moving up the ranks to Sergeant, then Chief of Staff and Deputy Director, leading field operations for the environmental education and wildlife conservation arm of the Urban Park Service division.
From 2002 to 2008, Adena served concurrently as Executive Director of the Greenbelt Conservancy and Park Administrator of the Greenbelt, Staten Island’s largest park - and second largest in the City - at an impressive 2,800-acres. It was a period of tremendous growth for the flagship park, including the addition of a nature center, recreation center, the park’s first natural area management crew and its first greenway path. During this time, Adena joined several of her colleagues in the formation of the Staten Island Not-for-Profit Association, of which she was a founding board member.
Adena briefly left the public sector to manage a community visioning and planning project, Vision for Staten Island, but returned to NYC Parks in 2009 to join the Planning and Parklands division. In her role as Principal Strategic Planner, she focused on the creation of flagship park master plans, an agency vision plan, and other strategic initiatives.
In 2010, Adena was appointed Borough Commissioner for Staten Island. At the time of her appointment, she was the first woman and youngest ever, to hold this title in the “Borough of Parks.” Adena served for a little over four years, before expanding her role in a citywide capacity, as Assistant Commissioner.
Adena is a former member of Staten Island’s Community Board #1, where she chaired the board’s Rules and Legislative Affairs Committee. Additionally, Adena served ex-officio on the boards of directors of the Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Gardens, Staten Island Historical Society, Staten Island Museum, Greenbelt Conservancy, Alice Austen House Museum, FreshKills Park Alliance, and the Conference House Association. Adena continues to work closely with myriad not-for-profit organizations, parks partners and civic associations. She was recently invited to serve as an ex-officio representative on the Washington Square Park Conservancy board of directors.
Adena is a native New Yorker. She received her Bachelors degree from the School of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Connecticut and earned a Masters of Science in Non-Profit Management from the Milano School of Management and Urban Policy at The New School.
Adena lives with her husband in the Tompkinsville neighborhood of Staten Island.
Author, Small Mercies
Eddie Joyce was born and raised on Staten Island. After graduating from Harvard University, he taught for a year on Staten Island before attending Georgetown Law Center. Before he started writing, he practiced law in Manhattan for ten years, mostly white collar criminal defense. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and three daughters.
Eddie Joyce’s debut novel, Small Mercies, masterfully depicts an Italian-Irish American family on Staten Island and their complicated emotional history.
Honorable John A. Fusco
General Counsel to Borough President James S. Oddo
Staten Island Borough President's Office
John A. Fusco retired as a Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New York in December 2013 and joined the Staff of Borough President James S. Oddo as General Counsel on January 2, 2014.
Previously he was elected Surrogate of Richmond County in November 1998 and continued to serve in that capacity until December 14, 20117.
Previous to the position of Surrogate he was elected to the position as a member of the City Council from January 1991 until his election to the Judiciary. He held the position of Minority Whip.
A State Island native, Judge Fusco graduated from St. Peter’s Boy High School on Staten Island, earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from St. Peter’s University and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army. He received his Juris Doctorate degree from the New England School of Law. His parents Michael and Rose migrated to America from Italy.
Field: JOURNALISM / COMMUNICATIONS
Senior Politics Editor, New York Observer
Jillian Jorgensen is the senior politics editor at the New York Observer. She's previously covered City Hall for the Staten Island Advance, wrote about southern New Hampshire for the Eagle-Tribune and the New Hampshire Union Leader newspapers, and has been published in the Boston Globe. She has covered schools, murders, government, criminal trials, politicians, and, occasionally, the criminal trials of politicians. She is a very proud graduate of Staten Island Technical High School and Boston University, where she earned degrees in political science and print journalism. A native of Staten Island, she now lives in Jersey City, N.J., with her husband Andrew Vischio. She has seen Bruce Springsteen live more than 30 times, and has an encyclopedic knowledge of classic Simpsons episodes.
Lynn B. Kelly
Field: BUSINESS / CULTURAL INSTITUTION
CEO and President
Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden
Lynn B. Kelly is the Chief Executive Officer and President of Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, a major New York City cultural destination located on an 83-acre campus on Staten Island. A vital community resource, Snug Harbor provides programming in horticulture, agriculture, visual arts and performing arts and attracts over 500,000 visitors per year.
A native of Staten Island, Ms. Kelly is ideally suited to lead this important cultural venue, possessing ample amounts of business acumen, a love for the arts and politically savvy, along with deep ties to the community she serves. In her daily duties as CEO and President, she oversees an approximately $4M operating budget and over $50M capital budget including the management of the programming, tenanting, operating and maintenance needs of this nationally recognized site. A distinguished Smithsonian affiliate, Snug Harbor is comprised of 26 buildings (5 of which are historical landmarks), 350,000 square feet of space, 4 miles of underground utilities, 2.5 miles of roads, a 2.5 acre farm and 8 diverse botanical gardens on City-owned parkland. Ms. Kelly is responsible for a professional staff of 43 and a multitude of volunteers, all charged with sustaining the mission of this venerable institution.
Prior to accepting the head position at Snug Harbor, Ms. Kelly worked as a Senior Vice President at the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC). During her ten years at the NYCEDC, she also served as the President of the Coney Island Development Corporation (CIDC), a post she held for three years. As chief executive of this local development corporation, Ms. Kelly lead a team of 15 agency professionals on the redevelopment and revitalization of Coney Island, a world-renowned beachfront entertainment and amusement destination. During her tenure, she was instrumental in developing the first ground-up amusement park in Coney Island in over 50 years from start-to-finish in 100 days, a feat that illustrates her efficient and results-oriented leadership style. Under Ms. Kelly’s leadership, in 2010 Coney Island experienced the highest attendance numbers and most lucrative summer season in over 50 years.
A tireless champion of her city’s causes, Ms. Kelly has a demonstrated facility with navigating the intricacies of New York City government, and has skillfully developed relationships with various constituencies, from lawmakers to artists to business groups, governmental and quasi-governmental agencies, and civic and community stakeholders. Her dedication to public service has been evident throughout her impressive career, which began when she was a graduate student and served as Deputy Director of the Art Commission of the City of New York, in City Hall.
Ms. Kelly received a BA in Metropolitan Studies from New York University’s College of Arts and Sciences and a Master of Public Administration in public policy from NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service. Among her professional recognitions, in 2013 she received the Mayor’s Neighborhood Achievement Award for Culture and she was named a Brooklyn Woman of Distinction in 2007. However, Ms. Kelly is most proud that the City named an amusement ride after her in Coney Island’s Luna Park, Lynn’s Trapeze in 2010 and that her high school made her the Commencement Speaker in 2011.
Ms. Kelly is the Staten Island Vice Chair on the Cultural Institutions Group and serves on the Board of Executive Committee of the Board of NYC & Company. She resides in Brooklyn with her husband, Paul Kelly, General Counsel of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation.
Ralph McKee Career & Technical Education HS
As the principal of Ralph McKee Career and Technical Education High School, Ms. Henry’s educational foundation includes a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Master’s Degree in Education from Harvard University. She also earned a Master’s Degree in English from Adelphi University. In addition to implementing numerous design reforms at Lafayette High School in Brooklyn, she has seven years of experience as a department supervisor, staff development workshop leader, conflict resolution specialist, and motivator of students who felt alienated from the educational process.
Ms. Henry’s ardent wish for McKee High School is that it is viewed as a vibrant, thriving, intellectually engaged, problem solving, critical thinking community that presents multiple pathways to college, career or life. Working together McKee establishes policies and goals that are challenging, attainable, flexible and relevant. As the educational leader, she speaks with candor regarding identified areas of strengths, such as McKee is the only AVID certified CTE School in the Northeast; the award winning RoboWizards and SkillsUSA participants, and the successful collaborative athletic program that comprises McKee and Staten Island Tech. McKee is about providing children with the knowledge, study habits, resources, and guidance to not only attend college, but to shine once they do. McKee is also about equipping children with the skills and certifications to immediately start their career in fields like drafting, graphic arts and construction.
Field: RESTAURATEUR, CULINARY ARTS
Eddie Canlon was in his sophomore year at Monsignor Farrell High School when he took stock in the family business and began to cook. His parents owned the Esquire Club in West Brighton, one of the oldest restaurants in Staten Island and his family was old school, so every day he got on the bus and worked at the business. During Canlon’s last two years of high school, he was a dishwasher, porter, or salad prep guy. He worked his way up and at the age of 24, had a shot at head chef.
That was after Canlon had taken some courses at New York City’s Culinary Institute and had been influenced by more than a dozen different cooks…and after Esquire’s head chef broke his leg.So, he took the reins and honed his skills, developing his own style of cooking along the way. When his father expanded the family business in 1985, opening Canlon’s in Oakwood, the chef took an even more active role.That’s when Canlon focused his efforts on the menu, crafting an eclectic mix of continental dishes and comfort foods that reflect influences of Italian, German, French and American cuisines.
Applying all these cultural influences and skills he had learned, he created his own style and many new innovative dishes. And what did stick was Canlon’s staple dishes: beef Wellington, pot roast, turkey with stuffing, corned beef and cabbage, braised lamb shank, and barbecue baby back ribs.There’s an alternate side to Canlon’s cooking, too; his lunch menu is filled with a range of salads and hearty sandwiches both unique and gratifying. Canlon’s cooking is well rounded as well; all of his dinners include soup, salad, and a bread basket—a type of comfort presentation that brought the chef fame on the Food Network series, Chopped.
“It was a Thanksgiving-themed episode and we had to create an appetizer, entrée, and dessert with a range of ingredients,” Canlon said. He won the episode with his traditional dinner and donated the $10,000 prize to charity.“I’m happy driving a Chrysler,” hesaid, smiling. “Supporting local charities is very important to me.” And cooking is simply what Canlon loves to do.“I was 16 when I started, and just fell in love with this business,” the chef added. “I’m a hardworking guy, and this is my American dream.”
A native Staten Islander, Joseph Esposito attended PS 46 and Holy Rosary, where he served as an altar boy for 4 years. He attended McKee High School, where he studied plumbing and was captain of the football and basketball teams. After graduating from high school, he worked for several building and construction companies before joining the FDNY. He began his career at Ladder 119 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn before transferring to Rescue 5 on Staten Island. Esposito is still an active firefighter, serving more than 30 years with the FDNY.
In addition to his work as a firefighter, Esposito has volunteered as a baseball coach for 15 years and served on the Board of Directors at the East Shore Little League. He is an active volunteer with Wounded Warriors, Family Liaison, the Michael Esposito Memorial Fund, the Carl Bini Fund, and various other firehouse activities. Esposito resides on Staten Island with his wife, Karen, and his children, Vincent and Jolie.
Dr. Ginny Mantello
Director of Health & Wellness
Staten Island Borough President's Office
Director of Health and Wellness, Ginny Mantello, MD, is focused on combatting the negative health disparities facing Staten Islanders and promoting healthy lifestyles for all. Dr. Mantello, a neuroradiologist from Pleasant Plains, has experience setting up employee wellness initiatives and in overall mind/body wellness. She currently oversees the Borough President’s Advisory Councils on Health and Wellness and Substance Abuse. She is board certified in radiology and neuroradiology. She completed her residency at St Vincent’s Hospital & Medical Center and subspecialty training at Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where she still continues to practice.
Erin Salzillo, RN, BSN, OCN
Erin Salzillo, RN, BSN, OCN is a life-long Staten Islander who attended high school at Notre Dame Academy and Wagner College, where she received a bachelor's degree in nursing. While at Wagner, she had the opportunity to participate in a summer internship at John's Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland working as student nurse in the pediatric recovery room. This experience her on the right path to being hired by one of the most prestigious hospitals in New York City: one month before graduating Wagner College, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center offered her a position as a registered nurse, pending board certification. She passed her NCLEX exam and began working at MSKCC in July of 2012 as a surgical-oncology nurse. She has since obtained her certification as an Oncology Certified Nurse and enrolled in the Family Nurse Practitioner program at Wagner College. She is scheduled to graduate this December with a Master's Degree in nursing.
Amarjit Kaur, M.D.
Attending Psychiatrist, Richmond University Medical Ctr.
Chief Ed Delatorre
Field: LAW ENFORCEMENT / FORENSICS
NYPD, Borough Commissioner
Aileen Gemma Smith
Field: TECH / STARTUPS
CEO, Vizalytics Technology
Vizalytics Technology uses publicly available open government data to work with local businesses, government and enterprise clients. Their first product, Mind My Business is an award winning app used by thousands of shopkeepers throughout NYC. Vizalytics also has a public private partnership with the Mayor's Office of Technology and Innovation for neighborhoods.nyc
A former Staten Islander keen to support entrepreneurs and youth, her team hosted six high school interns over the summer, has worked with SI Chamber YEA! students and is helping to support initiatives to bring more CS education to schools.
Aileen is an NYC Venture Fellow for 2016. She's happy to offer her time to students interested in startups, data analysis and business intelligence, and who are willing to work hard.
Field: FILM / CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS
Executive Director, Historic Richmond Town
Ed Wiseman is a successful executive with experience in the for-profit and not-for-profit business worlds. He is a creative architect who is known to produce results. Throughout his career he has worked with teams that exceed expectations.
Wiseman graduated NYU Tisch School of the Arts in 1982 with honors. He began
working as an assistant producer for Lancit Media Productions and began producing and directing within five years. He worked on the original pilot episode of the PBS series Reading Rainbow and continued working on every season for over twenty years.
During that time he helmed his own production company Moving Pictures Inc. and
formed strategic partnerships with RCN Entertainment, On Screen Entertainment and Rocket Science Entertainment. He became known for working on projects of meaning and substance. He became the creative architect on productions for PBS, CBS, WE, CNBC, HIST, SHO, TVLAND, SYN and others while working with talented professionals Martha Stewart, Angelina Jolie, Richard Gere, Meg Ryan, Tim Robbins, Naomi Judd, and many more.
He has been honored with eight Emmy Awards for directing and producing, over 25 nominations, Peabody, Prix Jeunesse, Environmental Media and other awards.
In 2008 he was asked to become the Executive Director of Historic Richmond Town where he brought his creative vision to the 160 year old institution. He has doubled attendance, created new signature events, tripled earned income, re-engaged the public and refocused the medium-sized City of New York cultural institution on its mission. He is currently managing multiple capital projects and over $12 million in funding.
He continues to work on special projects in the film and television world as he redefines the meaning of museum.
He lives on Staten Island with his wife, three children and golden retriever.
Alfred C. Cerullo, III
Field: BUSINESS / MANAGEMENT
President/CEO, Grand Central Partnership
Commissioner, New York City Planning Commission
Over the course of his career, Cerullo has been an elected and an appointed official, as well as a board member of many non-profit organizations. Cerullo began his career as Counsel to the Minority Leader of the New York City Council. He became one of the youngest ever New York City Councilmembers, winning his first of four consecutive elections to the New York City Council representing the South Shore and portions of the Mid-Island communities of Staten Island, while also holding the position of City Council Minority Leader.
Cerullo became one of the youngest ever New York City Commissioners when he was tapped to run the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs and later became the City Commissioner of Finance, after running both agencies simultaneously for six months.
Cerullo served on the Mayoral Transition teams of Rudolph W. Giuliani and Michael R. Bloomberg as well as serving on the Mayor’s Committee on Appointments. Until his appointment to City Planning, Cerullo was a Member of the New York City Campaign Finance Board for more than four years, having the distinction of being the first Board Member to have participated in the landmark campaign finance program.
Presently, Fred serves on the Boards of Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden, the Staten Island Foundation, the American Museum of Natural History Planetarium Authority, the St. George Theatre Restoration, Inc. and St. John’s University School of Law Alumni Association. He is also a Board Member of the NYC BID Association.
Fred continues to serve the Staten Island community in a variety of ways and works to promote a positive image of Staten Island. Fred is proud of the small part he plays in supporting numerous Staten Island organizations including Staten Island Friends of Hospice Care for which he serves as annual emcee along with Staten Island Advance Editor Brian Laline, with whom he also hosts the annual “Live from the Red Carpet” at the St. George Theatre. Fred also served as Vice President of the Staten Island September 11th Fund which was created to assist the families of Staten Island victims of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 as well as serving on the committee of the Project Hospitality Staten Island Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund. Over the years, Fred has been the recipient of numerous community awards including those from Project Hospitality, Visiting Nurse Association, Boy Scouts of America, Sea View Hospital and Home, Staten Island Inter-Agency Council For Aging and The American Red Cross (Staten Island Chapter).
Cerullo, who resides in the St. George neighborhood of Staten Island, was born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in Great Kills, Staten Island, and is a graduate of the New York City public school system. He received bachelors’ degrees in English and American Studies from St. John’s University. A member of the bar in New York, New Jersey, California, and Washington D.C., he earned his law degree from St. John’s University School of Law. He has received numerous awards over the years, including the St. John’s University Pietas Medal and the Alumni Outstanding Achievement Medal. He also received the President’s Medal from both St. John’s University and the City University of New York College of Staten Island.
Fred Cerullo is a member of SAG/AFTRA appearing in daytime dramas, films, movies made-for-television and cable, and has had starring roles in numerous stage productions.
Director of Education
Staten Island Borough President's Office
Rose Kerr currently serves as the Director of Education for Borough President James Oddo. She has been in the field of public school education for over twenty five years. In 2009 she founded the Staten Island School of Civic Leadership, reestablishing the K-8 public school model on Staten Island. During the 2010-11 school year, she brought her new school to public prominence by its being distinguished as the highest rated NYC Public School.
Ms. Kerr's received her Master of Science Degree in Science Education from Brooklyn College, and completed her 6th Year Advanced Degree in School Administration and Supervision from the College of Staten Island.
Ms. Kerr accomplishments include:
featured in a New York Times Educational Profile article for her leadership role in education, 2011; named as the 2012 recipient of the Teaching Matters’ Elizabeth Rohatyn Prize for her leadership in innovative teaching practices; recipient of the 2012 New York Urban League’s Mills G. Skinner Education Award for her service and contributions to the Staten Island educational community recipient of the 2011 United Federation of Teachers’ School Partnership Award; recipient of the 2009-10 NYC Department of Education’s Principal’s Award for Leadership; selected for the 2013 cohort of the Cahn Fellows Program for Distinguished Principals, Columbia University; 2012 and 2013 featured speaker for world-renowned educator and author Harry K. Wong’s School Leadership Conferences.
Scott Van Campen
Field: GRAPHIC / CREATIVE TECH
Executive Director, Staten Island MakerSpace
Scott is the Co-founder and Executive Director of Staten Island MakerSpace.
Hurricane Sandy flooded his sculptural and architectural metal fabrication business, New York Custom Fabricators. In partnership with the New York City Economic Development Corporation, Scott was able to bring his vision of a community based workshop as a small business incubator to the North Shore of Staten Island.
Scott holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Maryland Institute, College of Art as well as an A.A.S. in Graphic Design. He has been a ‘maker’ for over twenty-five years, creating sculptures, furniture, vehicles, and instruments. His 25 years of architectural metalwork experience can be seen in private residences, storefronts, museums, and restaurants all over New York City. Recent clients range from Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and Stella McCartney’s flagship store in Soho, to the Museum of the Chinese in the Americas, and Cartier’s exterior gates and window guards.
Scott has created, guided, and managed the development of industrial fabrication at Staten Island MakerSpace. This includes fully equipped metal, wood, and textile facilities. Since opening the makerspace in 2013, Scott has expanded digital fabrication by adding a CNC router, laser cutting equipment and multiple 3D printers. In addition, Scott holds proficiencies in a myriad of extensive fabrication tools and techniques that cover the gamut of engineering and application in bringing true products to life.
Fr. Michael Martine
Father Michael Martine was born in Brooklyn to Gustave and Eileen Martine (nee Hopkins). He was raised in the Prince's Bay section of Staten Island and attended Saint Joseph Thomas grammar school and Monsignor Farrell High School.
Upon completion of high school, Father entered the Saint Joseph Neumann Residence to begin his studies for the priesthood at Fordham University in the Bronx. After obtaining his degree, he spent four years of theological study at Saint Joseph Seminary in Yonkers and was ordained to the priesthood by John Cardinal O' Connor on May 17, 1997.
After ordination, Father served as parochial vicar of Saint Frances of Rome Parish in the Bronx, Sacred Heart in Monroe and Saint Anthony's in Nanuet. After completion of a degree in Canon Law, he returned to New York as Procurator and Professor of Canon Law at Saint Joseph's Seminary. In 2009, Father was appointed pastor of Saint Joseph Parish is Rosebank and currently serves as pastor of Holy Rosary Parish in South Beach.
In addition to his parish assignment, Father is also active in the field of Canon Law. He serves as a canonical consultant for the Archdiocese of New York and as the Associate Chief Judge for the Church's Court of Appeals for the State of New York and as the Associate Chief Judge for the Church's Court of Appeals for the State of New York and the Archdiocese of Military Services, USA. He is a member of the Canon Law Society of America, the Canon Law Society of Great Britain and Ireland and the Eastern Regional Conference of Canonists.
Father holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and Theology from Fordham University, a Master of Divinity degree from Saint Joseph Seminary, a Bachelor of Scared Theology degree magna cum laude from the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas in Rome and a Licentiate in Canon Law from the Catholic University of America in Washington DC.
Father serves as New York State and National Chaplain of the BPO Elks, Chaplain for AOH Division 4 and Chaplain of the Sons of the American Legion Watkins Kellett Post. He is also a member of Knights of Columbus Stolzenthaler Council 1675 and the Governor Dongan Assembly.
Father Michael has also received numerous awards for his work in youth ministry. These include: The CYO Youth Ministry Award, the CYO Orange County Spiritual Director Award, The CYO Roster of Champion Award and the CYO Orange County Spiritual Director Award, and the CYO Distinguished Alumni Award. In addition, Father received the Bronze Pelican Award from the Boy Scouts of America for his work with the Catholic Committee on Scouting.
Field: BUSINESS / HOSPITALITY
Kristine Garlisi is representing Lois and Richard Nicotra’s company, The Nicotra Group, Staten Island’s largest private real estate developer. The Nicotra Group owns, manages, and leases more than one million sq. ft. of prime commercial space and acres of impeccably cared for grounds. Their properties include seven Class A office buildings - with an eighth in development - as well as the Hilton Garden Inn Staten Island, a Hampton Inn & Suites, Nicotra’s Ballroom, Above Weddings and Rooftop, and Lorenzo’s Restaurant, Bar & Cabaret – all located within a 415 acre natural wildlife preserve in The Corporate Park of Staten Island. The Nicotras have been recognized for their responsible, environmentally-friendly real estate development as well as their extensive, life-long philanthropy.
Kristine is the Executive Director of The Lois & Richard Nicotra Foundation, a private foundation that has awarded nearly $440,000 in scholarships and grants to Staten Island nonprofits in less than four years thanks to the Nicotras' COMMONS café which donates 100% of its net profits so patrons can fulfill the café’s motto to “Eat Good. Do Good.” The quick-service eatery, located at the Teleport, was established by philanthropists Lois and Richard Nicotra through their personal gift of $1.6 million.
Kristine also serves as spokesperson for The Nicotra Group, and, as Chief of Staff, is involved with planning and management related to all Nicotra entities and their nearly 500 employees. Kristine works to support the Nicotras’ focus on their guest, client and tenant's satisfaction as well as the Nicotras' vision for South Avenue - the "Park Avenue of Staten Island".
Previously the Director of Institutional Advancement at St. John's University and then an independent project consultant for nearly a decade, Kristine has also served as an Adjunct Professor at St. John’s since 2001, teaching courses in Government, Communication, and Hospitality. A double alumna of St. John’s with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communication and a Master of Arts degree in Government with a Certificate in Public Administration, Kristine graduated first in her undergraduate class and was an active student leader. Today, Kristine is active in her childrens’ schools, is a founding member of the All-Island Kiwanis Club and founded and directed the St. Charles Parish Villamarin Math & Science Academy.
Kristine resides on Staten Island with her husband, Roy, an Emmy award winning editor at ABC News, and their two daughters, Grace and Katherine.
Reverend Dr. Demetrius S. Carolina Sr. is widely recognized as a spiritual leader and advocate for justice and human rights. Rev. Dr. Carolina is the recipient of the 2014 New York City Controller Trailblazer Award and is the leading advocate in bringing the nationally recognized Eagle Academy to Staten Island as well as the Cure Violence Initiative; known on Staten Island as 49 Strong Saving Lives.
As an educator and active proponent of higher education, Reverend Dr. Carolina has received numerous awards and certificates for outstanding service, leadership, merit and scholastic excellence. A few of his posts include Adjunct and Associate Professor of Applied Science, Business Education, Health Education, Educational Administration, World Religions, Sociology and Cross Cultural Diversity. A few of his administrative posts include Upward Bound Counselor, Student Advocate, Coordinator of Academic and Student Affairs, Dean of Student Affairs, and Senior Policy Advisor to two college presidents. He holds an Associate’s Degree in Communications, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Science, History and Education, a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration Leadership from Temple University, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership/Management from the University of Phoenix. He also accomplished post graduate work at New York University, CUTS Theological Seminary, Westminster Seminary Graduate Studies Program, and Philadelphia College of the Bible. The title of Dr. Carolina’s dissertation is: A qualitative study of the healthcare experiences and health information acquisition of African American men.
Reverend Dr. Carolina currently serves as Senior Pastor at First Central Baptist Church, Staten Island, New York since 2005. As the Executive Director of the Central Family Life Center, with responsibility to develop corporate, public and private relationships, he has raised awareness of service needs and has sought to offer greater collaborative response to the community by way of the center. Dr. Carolina oversees a city-funded after school program, a senior citizens program, prison recidivism, mental health support, youth recreation and various other community enhancements projects.
The Reverend Dr. Carolina has co-authored several peer review research studies focused on prostate cancer and health literacy associated for underrepresented communities. He is currently the president of “Clergy with a Purpose,” a city-wide ecumenical clergy empowerment organization. He is a member and award recipient of the NAACP. He also sits on numerous local and national boards. A few would include: M.B.D. House Corporation, the Baptist Ministers Conference of Greater New York & Vicinity, the United Missionary Baptist Association, former executive board-member of the Staten Island University Hospital and Regional Vice President of the Hampton University Ministers Conference.