JASPER JOTTINGS Week 38 - 2014 Sep 21    

Jasper Jottings - The achievement journal of my fellow Jaspers, the alumni of the Manhattan College



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POSITRACTION: Wais Barakzai -- The Video



Wais Barakzai: The Video that inspired a million lives Facebook

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A 3:00 minute video. No idea if true or not, but if it hasn’t “inspired a million lives”, it did for me.

I’ll let this 3 minute take the front stage this week.

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GOOGLE+: VanRossem, Stephen (MC2010) ECM consultant



VanRossem, Stephen (MC2010)
Works at Perceptive Software
Attended Manhattan College
Lives in Long Beach, NY 11561

ECM consultant
Perceptive Software


Manhattan College
Accounting, 2006 - 2010

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QUADRANGLE: Brian Cashman NYY at Alma Mater



Student Activities Lecture Series: Brian Cashman
Posted on September 13, 2014 by Jonathan Reyes

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To kick-off the third annual lecture series, Manhattan College’s Student Activities led off with an impressive heavy hitter. The lecturer happened to be a little known person who just so happens to be one of the most powerful men in New York sports: New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman.

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[JR: Interesting read.  ]

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MFOUND: A connection Alma Mater



Part two of my four-part interview with Bill Rieser

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What was the college recruiting process like for you?

Recruiting started as soon as I transferred from St. Agnes to Ben Franklin.

Brian Mahoney, the assistant coach at St. John’s University came to most of my games and let me know that coach Louie Carnesecca wanted me to play for St. John’s.

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After returning home I told coach Mahoney, who was taking the Manhattan head coaching job, that I would transfer. The coaches from Centenary found out and flew up to New York to persuade me to come back to Louisiana.

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[JR: Wonder if it could  have been different? At least, Alma Mater would have given him education. ]

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JLINKEDIN: Konon, Dmitri V. [MC1998] EVP NYCEDC



Dmitri V. Konon, P.E.
Executive Vice President at New York City Economic Development Corporation
New York, New York   


Dmitri Konon, as Executive Vice President of the Capital Program Division within the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), oversees the management of design and construction for a wide variety of New York City’s capital projects, including healthcare and biotechnology developments, ferry terminals, sports facilities, cultural facilities, major infrastructure initiatives, cruise terminals and waterfront improvements. He is responsible for the schedule and on time completion of these projects, as well as a capital budget of nearly $4 billion.

Dmitri has been with NYCEDC for 14 years, and his leadership and responsibilities within the organization have steadily increased throughout his tenure. He managed the successful completion of major capital projects at the Henry J. Carter Hospital, Theater for a New Audience, Brooklyn & Manhattan Cruise Terminals, Queens Plaza, and Yankee Stadium Infrastructure & Garage Work. He has provided oversight and planning of major economic initiatives, such as the Applied Science initiatives, Willets Point, Governors Island, and Seward Park.

Prior to starting at NYCEDC, Dmitri worked for a construction management firm and a foundation contractor. His private sector roots remain engrained in his work ethic and performance.

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Konon, Dmitri V. [MC1998]

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GOOGLE+: Agostinho, Marcos (MC1996) MarcMed® Portugal


Dear John,

I beleve that Marcos is a member of the Class of 1996.


> https://plus.google.com/115376906969638491723/about
> Marcos Agostinho
> Works at MarcMed®
> Attended New University of Lisbon
> Lives in Rua das Palmeiras 2, Vale de Janelas, 2560-051 A-dos-Cunhados TVD, Portugal

McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Agostinho, Marcos (MC1996)

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GOOGLE+: DeMarco, Douglas (MC2007) Registered Rep



DeMarco, Douglas (MC2007)
Works at MMLISI Investment Services, Inc.
Attended Manhattan College
Lived in Chicago, IL

MMLISI Investment Services, Inc.    Registered Rep., 2007 - present   
MassMutual Brokerage    Brokerage Supervisor, 2008 - present

Manhattan College
Marketing / International Business, 2003 - 2007
University of Pittsburgh
Semester at Sea, 2005 - 2005

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JFOUND: Alessi, Anthony G. [MC1976] Connecticut neurologist



Norwalk Woman Creates New Seminar On Concussion Management For Schools
by Tom Renner

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2014 09 15 alessi

Dr. Anthony G. Alessi will be the guest speaker.

Alessi is a board-certified, Connecticut neurologist in private practice specializing in general neurology, neuromuscular diseases, EMG and sports medicine.

He is an associate clinical professor of neurology at the University of Connecticut and serves as medical director for the Backus Hospital Primary Stroke Center. He was named Ringside Physician of the Year 2009 by the American Association of Professional Ringside Physicians for his efforts in making boxing safer.

Alessi first became involved in sports medicine when he worked as an athletic trainer while attending Manhattan College. In 1995 he began an affiliation with the New York Yankees, which continues to the present. He has been a neurologic consultant to the Connecticut Defenders, the San Francisco Giants double A affiliate. In 1997 he was named to the consulting staff for the University of Connecticut Athletic Department. He is currently neurologic consultant to the Connecticut Sun of the WNBA. He chaired the Sports Neurology Section of the American Academy of Neurology and consults for the NFL Players Association.

As CEO and Chairman of Colonial Cooperative Care Inc., he oversees a physician-owned Connecticut medical management company and insurance brokerage.

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Alessi, Anthony G. [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that Anthony is a member of the Class of 1976.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Alessi, Anthony G. [MC1976]

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JUPDATE: Winfield, Dan [MC1967] id-ed by McEneney, Mike (MC1953)


JFOUND: Winfield, Dan [MC1967] Masters’ Swimming World Championships

Winfield, Dan [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that Dan is a member of the Class of 1967.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Winfield, Dan [MC1967]

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JFACEBOOK: Callender, Gina (MC2000) has more sorrow



 2014 09 15 gina

[JR: Sorry for your losses.  ]

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JNEWS: Herbert, Donald [MC1989] Contech Director of Rail Markets



Contech Names Herbert Director of Rail Markets
New leadership to further enhance Contech Engineered Solutions.
West Chester, OH (PRWEB) September 15, 2014

Contech Engineered Solutions LLC announces the promotion of Donald Herbert to the position of director of rail markets effective immediately. Herbert will be responsible for managing and developing the sales and marketing strategy for the rail market by identifying and prioritizing project opportunities in collaboration with the Contech sales engineers, maintaining relationships in the railway industry at the region and national level and influencing architectural and engineering communities.

Herbert joined Contech in June of 1991 and has held many positions within Contech including sales engineer, regional sales engineer, area technical manager and most recently – area manager drainage. Herbert has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineer from Manhattan College and a Master of Science in Construction Management from Texas A&M University. Herbert brings over 23 years of increasingly responsible sales experience to his new role. Herbert currently resides in Georgia where he will continue to provide world class leadership while driving our rail market relationships.

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Herbert, Donald [MC????]

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Dear John,

I believe that Donald is a member of the Class of 1989.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Herbert, Donald [MC1989]

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GOOGLE+: Hayes, Britney (MC2010) Legends Hospitality NY Yankees



Hayes, Britney (MC2010)
Works at Legends Hospitality, New York Yankees
Attended Manhattan College
Lived in Colchester, Vermont

Legends Hospitality, New York Yankees
Merchandise Supervisor, 2010 - present

Manhattan College
Communications & International Studies, 2006 - 2010

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JLINKEDIN: Tucci, Chris (MC2011) Co-Founder at Hungry & Fit LLC



Tucci, Chris (MC2011)
Co-Founder at Hungry & Fit LLC
Santa Monica, California
Health, Wellness and Fitness


I have very high standards for myself, which means I strive to become the most capable person possible. My goal is to learn as much as possible about health and wellness in the fields of fitness, nutrition, and aquatics. Using skills in those areas and knowledge of international studies, my objective is to bring education about how to live a safer and healthier life to underdeveloped parts of the world. With the proper knowledge and experience, I will provide this education at no expense to the communities in these parts of the world, without insulting or changing their culture and traditions.

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JHQ: Swenson, John [MC1972] Music to the Masses




John Swenson ’72 looks back on an adventure-filled career that started on campus with the Quad.

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Swenson, John [MC1972]

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MOBIT: Gidwani-Buschi, Dr. Sushila [MCxfac RIP] Professor emeritus of economics



Dr. Sushila Gidwani-Buschi

It is with a feeling a great sorrow and sadness to inform you that one of the most celebrated members of our community, Dr. Sushila Gidwani-Buschi is no more. She departed to her heavenly abode at about 8 p.m. on Sunday, September 14th at the Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, New York.

Professor emeritus of economics at Manhattan College in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, Sushila had maintained a high level of social responsibility throughout her life. She had been a great community volunteer and served as the Founding Treasurer of the National Federation of Indian Americans Associations (NFIA) as well as that of the Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) and also served as the Treasurer of South Asian Council for Social Services (SACSS). She was also President of TOUCH (The Organization for Universal Communal Harmony), Co-Founder of AIWA (Asian Indian Women in America) and an active member of National Indian American Association for Senior Citizens (NIAASC). She had an amazing zest for life, and was always supporting her family and friends.

Sushila is survived by her husband Prof. Joseph Buschi, daughter Serena, granddaughter Lila, son-in-law Phillip Coyle, sister Pushpa Gujarati, brother-in-law Damoder Gujarati, brother Kamal Gidwaney, sister-in-law Kamla Gidwaney, nieces Neetu and Neelam Gidwaney and grandnephew Krish Gidwaney.

"To my dear mother, I love you. I am so grateful for you. You were the embodiment of strength, courage, determination and beauty. A power-house, a pioneer. I have learned so much and gained so much from you. I understand why you left but I want to thank you for trying to stay as long as you did. All of my love." -Serena

Please join our family to celebrate the wonderful life of Sushila. Wake Wednesday (today) 2-4 and 7-9pm with Funeral Service 8:30pm Edwards-Dowdle Funeral Home, 64 Ashford Ave., Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522. Edwardsanddowdle.com

Funeral Home

Edwards-Dowdle Funeral Home, Inc.
64 Ashford Avenue Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
(800) 564-3330
Funeral Home Details
Published in the The Journal News on Sept. 17, 2014


Gidwani-Buschi, Dr. Sushila [MCxfac RIP]

Guestbook: http://www.legacy.com/guestbooks/lohud/sushila-gidwani-buschi-condolences/172481466?cid=full

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Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) added this request to his prayer circle.

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JLINKEDIN: Jara, José Martin [MC1995] National Practice Leader Buck Consultants



Jara, José Martin [MC1995]
Principal and National Practice Leader - Multiemployer Plans at Buck Consultants, A Xerox Company
New York, New York
Management Consulting

Provide innovative solutions to the pension and insurance community.

* Guide plan sponsors and fiduciaries through U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) - Audits and Investigations; and Office of the Solicitor - lawsuits

* Advise on Withdrawal Liability, Controlled Group and Affiliated Service Group, Plan Funding, and PBGC issues

* Advise on Plan Fees and Expenses, Plan Assets and ERISA Prohibited Transactions and Exemptions

* Experienced in ERISA Class Action Litigation (employer stock drop, cash balance, and fee cases)

* Advise on D&O, Fiduciary, and EPL Insurance

* Correct retirement plan errors under the Internal Revenue Service, Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System (EPCRS)

* Correct Fiduciary violations under the DOL Voluntary Fiduciary Correction Program (VFCP)

* Correct Annual Reporting failures under the DOL Delinquent Filer Voluntary Compliance Program (DFVCP)


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JOBIT: Picchianti, Robert Joseph [MC???? RIP]



Robert Joseph Picchianti
1941 - 2014
AGE: 72 • Essex Junction, VT

Robert Joseph Picchianti passed away September 15, 2014, he was 72.

Born on September 30, 1941 in Yonkers, NY to his loving parents, Joseph and Vera (nee Prota) Picchianti.

Robert is survived by Rosemary, his adoring wife of 50 years; he also leaves behind 3 sons, Robert, Anthony & Joseph Picchianti and 4 grandchildren, Savannah, Maria, Sofia and Angelo.

He attended Manhattan College where he participated in the ROTC.

Robert worked as a computer programmer analyst in New Rochelle for 26 years he then moved to Vermont where he worked for IBM until he retired.

Robert was the life of every family function he will be missed by all who knew him.

Visitation will be at the Ballard-Durand Funeral Home, 72 East Main St. Elmsford, NY on Thursday, Sept. 18 and Friday, Sept. 19 from 2-4pm & 7-9 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Elmsford on Saturday, Sept. 20, at 10 am. Burial will follow at Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, NY.

Published in the The Journal News on Sept. 18, 2014


Picchianti, Robert Joseph [MC???? RIP]

Guestbook: same link

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Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) added this request to his prayer circle.

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JFACEBOOK: Lodato, Ray (MC1984) writer for The Hill



Lodato, Ray (MC1984):

Would you consider including this in the next Jasper Jottings? 




[JR: Sure. Saved me the trouble of finding it in order to “collect” it!]

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September 17, 2014, 04:00 pm
Senate’s unfinished business: Fill judicial vacancies
By Raymond M. Lodato

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The Senate has one week until it adjourns for its pre-election recess. While several bills are making their way through the upper house, the arena in which it can have the most impact is in confirming President Obama’s judicial nominees. So far this year, the upper house has filled 68 vacancies on the Federal bench, more than in all of 2013. However, even with the increased pace, 60 vacancies remain on Federal district and appellate benches.

Each vacancy in the Federal courts increases the burden on active and senior judges (who work a reduced number of cases in semi-retirement) and delays the administration of justice for individuals, businesses, and non-profit groups seeking resolution of their claims. Nearly two dozen of the vacancies have been classified as “judicial emergencies” because of the length of time they have been unfilled and the number of cases in their jurisdictions.

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If the Senate confirms these 25 nominees by December (a best-case scenario, to be sure), it has an opportunity to significantly reduce the number of Federal courts saddled with an insufficient number of judges to handle heavy caseloads. Should the Senate end 2014 with less than 50 vacancies, it will be the lowest total of the Obama presidency, ensuring that more Americans have access to timely consideration of their cases in Federal courts.

Lodato, Ph.D., is a Lecturer at the University of Chicago.

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[JR: “We, The Sheeple” screwed up when we passed the 17th Amendment for the direct election of Senators. The State Legislatures would have never stood for this non-sense. The House was for the rabble. The Senate was for the States. Argh! Dead Old White Guys must be rolling over. “Justice delayed is justice denied”? Thanks for the fodder. Hope everyone hits it and runs up "your score”.]

[JR: Wonder if there is an RSS link for all of Jasper Ray's "publishings"?]

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PRAYERSREQUESTED: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) has three causes to pray for


Good Afternoon All,

Bob & Noreen Mattis ask for our prayers for a Dear Friend, Sharon. Sharon is in the hospital in the process of being Diagnosed with Abdominal Cancer. As Bob says, our prayers are needed for this very special person and dear Friend. Let us pray that the MDs are able to contain and eliminate the Cancer. Please raise the volume.

From Mike McEneney, our prayers are requested for Charlie K. Charlie suffered a Heart Attack nine days ago and has developed a serious case of Pneumonia that the MDs have not been able to cure. Let us pray that the Pneumonia is arrested and Charlie continues his recuperation from his Heart Attack.

Please keep Roberta Ronan, her husband " Buzz " and their Family in your prayers as we continue to pray for Roberta's complete recovery.

Thank You. God Bless.

Phil Colon

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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JLINKEDIN: DuBois, Steven [MC2004] Professional Services Manager Bronto Software



DuBois, Steven [MC2004]
Professional Services Manager at Bronto Software
Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina Area
Marketing and Advertising


I have been told to never stop learning. Knowledge is power and experience will drive success.

I have had eyes and ears open since day one - mimicking a sponge and learning something new every day. I am flexible where I am not afraid to try something new, yet able to adapt to nearly any situation. I am results driven and passionate about technology.

Demonstrating to clients that no tactic should be overlooked when it comes to their success is key to moving forward. Outside the box thinking combined with an understanding of basic fundamentals can be applied to any situation in need of results.

With over 8 years of experience in Digital Marketing, I joined Bronto in 2011 as a Marketing Strategist. In previous positions I have been responsible for advising clients where to direct their marketing budgets by analyzing attribution models and cross channel analytics. In another role I have worked to drive revenue from email using optimized acquisition methods, re-engagement strategies, automated and triggered messages, segmentation, and more.

Specialties: Online Marketing, Email Marketing and Operations, Digital Advertising, Sales User Segmentation, Analytics, Strategy, Implementation, Social Media Networking, Direct Response, Branding, Email Deliverability, Exchange Server Technology, Ad Server Technology, Client Account Management, Campaign Management and Optimization, Customer Acquisition and Retention

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PRAYERSREQUESTED: Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) adds another cause


Good Evening All,

Today I had an update from Bob Mattis regarding their friend, Sharon, whom we just placed on our prayer list. Sharon is still in Hospital and will be having tests tomorrow, Thursday, 9/18/14, as the MDs attempt to localize the Cancer so that they may address treatment where /as needed. Please raise the volume. Family and friends are very worried.Thank you. God Bless.

Phil Colon

Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)

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JLINKEDIN: Stokes, William [MC1987] Bishop - Episcopal Diocese of NJ



Stokes, William [MC????]
The Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey
Trenton, New Jersey (Greater New York City Area)
Religious Institutions

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Dear John,

I believe that the Bishop is a member of the Class of 1987.


McEneney, Mike (MC1953)

[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]

Stokes, William [MC1987]

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JHQ: Museum of Motherhood event 10/8 Noon




Three scholars will discuss representations of motherhood and pregnancy in popular culture.

On Wednesday, Oct. 8, Roksana Badruddoja, Ph.D., assistant professor of sociology and women’s and gender studies at Manhattan College; Joy Rose, curator and executive director of the Museum of Motherhood (MOM); and Laura Tropp, author of A Womb With A View will discuss media, politics and representations of pregnancy, motherhood and families in popular culture. The event will take place at noon in the Alumni Room on the first floor of Manhattan College’s Mary Alice and Tom O’Malley Library.

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JHQ: Alma Mater has Engineers Without Borders




Three students and their professional mentor traveled to the village of Mbirbua on the first of five trips to build a bridge for the community.

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JFOUND: Moran, Tom [MC2010] Assistant AD Iona



Tom Moran
Assistant AD/Marketing and Tickets

Tom joined Iona as Assistant Athletic Director for Marketing in January of 2014.  He oversees marketing efforts, corporate sponsorships, and ticket operations for the Gaels.

Moran came to Iona after two years with the digital marketing firm EMS.  Additionally, he held public relations and ticket operations roles with Barclays Center and the New York Mets.

A 2010 graduate of Manhattan College where he played four years of baseball, Tom holds the school’s record for career pitching appearances.  He is currently pursuing an MBA from Iona College.  A native of Farmington, CT, Moran resides in Riverdale, NY.

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Moran, Tom [MC2010]

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JFOUND: Romero, Sthelyn [MC????] Immigration Practice BDS



Stherlyn Romero
Administrative Assistant, Immigration Practice

Sthelyn Romero is a recent graduate from the School of International Relations and Diplomacy at Seton Hall University. There, she obtained her Master’s degree concentrating in Human Rights and Conflict Management. While in Seton Hall, Sthelyn interned for Human Rights First, where she focused on refugee and asylum cases. She also interned for the U.S government, Amnesty International, and International Justice Project. Her Master’s thesis focused on the lack of women participation in peace processes.

Sthelyn obtained her Bachelor’s degree from Manhattan College majoring in Political Science and Sociology. While there, she interned for the N.Y Court System. Her research focused on women’s studies as well as immigrant justice.

Sthelyn hopes to use the skills and knowledge learned at BDS to delve deeper into immigration law. She hopes to work for the Department of Homeland security as an asylum officer or conduct research on immigrant rights for an NGO.

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Romero, Sthelyn [MC????]

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JFOUND: Garcia, Lisa [MC????] @ OpRisk NY on 11/18 NYC



OpRisk NY
November 18, 2014

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Operational risk is an important, sometimes undervalued aspect of any company, especially financial. Attend OpRisk NY to hear about best practices in stress tests; compare the perspectives of large financial institutions and alternative investors; and learn how to incorporate cyber security into your operational risk strategy. Come to OpRisk NY with an appetite for learning and leave with new contacts and a refreshed view on what your firm can do to mitigate operational risk.

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Lisa Garcia, Chief Risk Officer and Director of Fiduciary Services, Atlantic Trust Private Wealth Management, A CIBC Company

Lisa Garcia serves as the chief risk officer and director of fiduciary services for Atlantic Trust. She is also a managing director in the Boston office, with more than 30 years of industry experience. Lisa is responsible for the management of the firm’s risk management platform and the centralized oversight of fiduciary activities, including the daily administration of its private investment funds. Since joining the firm in 2003, Lisa has served in several positions related to risk management, centralized oversight, tax reporting and charitable gift planning. Prior to coming to Atlantic Trust, Lisa served as manager of client services at Loring, Wolcott, & Coolidge, a principal in the Charitable Gifts Office of State Street Global Advisors, and held positions in various capacities at Mellon Private Wealth Management, including vice president and manager of the fiduciary tax department and team leader for the Planned Giving and Wholesale Trust departments. Lisa began her career at Coopers & Lybrand in New York. She earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Manhattan College, a Master of Science in taxation, a Certificate of Tax Specialization and a Master of Business Administration in business ethics, with distinction, from Bentley College. Lisa is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. She is also an adjunct faculty member at Bunker Hill Community College.

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Garcia, Lisa [MC????]

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ENDNOTE: Separation of "education" and state



The Libertarian Case Against Public Schools
By Laurence M. Vance
September 9, 2014

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Conservatives and libertarians have a precarious relationship. On the surface, they appear to agree on some issues, but once you dig a little deeper, vast philosophical differences quickly become evident.

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If there are to be any public schools; that is, government schools, they should be limited to state-government schools, fully supported and supervised by state governments. This is because while every state has provisions in its constitution for the operation of K-12 schools, colleges, and universities, the federal government has been given no such authority by its Constitution.

This means that the federal government should not be involved in any way, shape, or form with the education of anyone. No Pell Grants, student loans, federal regulations, research grants, Elementary and Secondary Education Act, teacher-education requirements, Department of Education, teacher-certification standards, school accreditation, Title IX mandates, educational vouchers, No Child Left Behind Act, school breakfast or lunch programs, Head Start funding, bilingual-education mandates, busing to achieve racial desegregation, Education for All Handicapped Children Act, diversity mandates, Common Core, presidential visits to schools, standardized-testing requirements, special-education mandates, math and science initiatives, Race to the Top funds, or Higher Education Act.

Since conservatives regularly support most of these things, there is a world of difference between their criticisms of public schools and the consistent and principled criticisms offered by libertarians.

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Gooferment Skrules, as “free”, have pushed out “Catholic Schools” from the marketplace.

As a little L libertarian, I don’t think we want the Gooferment propagandizing future voters.

Over and above the fact that the Prussian school model was designed to create: (1) cannon fodder; (2) good factory workers; and (3) a “lead-able” population of “voters”. IMHO it’s suceeded beyond anyone’s wildest dreams.

Gooferment Skrules are inherently anti-Catholic. Or, anti-religious, since they teach worship of the Gooferment. All under the guise of being non-denominational.

It’s a long battle to get back “religious freedom”, but the journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step.

Taxes are stolen from “Catholics” to pay for these Gooferment Skrules and, “Catholics” want their children to receive a “Catholic Education” they have to pay for that as well. And, they have to pay for it in after-tax money at that. A triple whammy.

I would hope that this little “endnote” would help roll the snowball of Gooferment Skrules back up the hill.


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