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Advisory Board Members

Bill Tramontano

Bill Tramontano Senior Advisor to the President for Student Success and Strategic Initiatives
Hunter College

Bill Tramontano, Ph.D. has been the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs for Brooklyn College since July 1, 2008. He provides leadership to the academic programs, and commitment to faculty and student growth and development at Brooklyn College.

Brenda Rosen

Brenda Rosen President and CEO
Breaking Ground

Brenda E. Rosen has devoted her career to the issue of homelessness, first as an attorney in New York City’s Department of Homeless Services. She joined Breaking Ground in 1999 as Director of the Prince George, where she helped to establish a model of sustainable affordable supportive housing for New York City. In 2006, she was promoted to Director of Housing Operations and Programs. In the role of President and CEO since 2011, Brenda leads Breaking Ground in its mission to address homelessness in New York.

Elena Rios

Elena RiosPresident and CEO
National Hispanic Medical Association

Dr. Elena Rios, M.D., M.S.P.H. serves as President & CEO of the National Hispanic Medical Association, (NHMA), representing 50,000 Hispanic physicians in the United States. The mission of the organization is to improve the health of Hispanics. Dr. Rios also serves as President of NHMA’s National Hispanic Health Foundation affiliated with the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University, to direct educational and research activities.


Milton Nuñez

Milton Nuñez CEO
Lincoln Hospital, NYC Health + Hospitals

Milton Nuñez has over 25 years of experience in healthcare with a strong background in finance and information technology and a proven track record of working effectively with physicians, nurses and administrators. Under his leadership during the last four years as the Chief Executive Officer of Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center in the South Bronx, many changes have been implemented to improve workflow and patient experiences in its Emergency Department and outpatient services. Prior to joining Lincoln, Mr. Nunez served for almost 10 years as the Chief Financial Officer of Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center and at Cumberland Diagnostic and Treatment Center in Brooklyn. Trained in actuarial science and economics, Mr. Nunez received a Bachelor of Science degree in theoretical mathematics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and has PhD-level work in economics and statistics from the City University of New York Graduate Center.

Mark Messier

Mark Messier CEO Kingsbridge National Ice Center

Mark Messier is a former NHL hockey player (1979-2004), six-time Stanley Cup champion, and NHL hall of famer. Mark is the CEO of the Kingsbridge National Ice Center, a 795,000 square foot redevelopment of the Kingsbridge Armory in the Bronx into the world's largest indoor ice facility, containing nine ice rinks, an arena, and community and wellness centers. Mark also co-leads the Kingsbridge i2i (in-line to ice) program, a physical education program that provides training on in-line skating to public school students in the Bronx and beyond. In 2016, Mark Messier received an honorary doctorate from the City University of New York for his pioneering work promoting physical fitness among school-based children and youth in urban settings.

Carl Mazza

Carl Mazza Professor and Chair
Department of Social Work
Lehman College

Carl Mazza, DSW, LMSW is a Professor of Social Work at Lehman College of the City University of New York as well as the Chair of the Social Work Department. He has published on incarcerated fathers, children of incarcerated parents, persons re-entering the larger society from prison, practicing social work in prisons, and adolescent fathers. Carl recently published a book on the state of fatherhood in the United States. He also serves on the board of directors of several nonprofit social service agencies concerned with social and economic justice.

David Heleniak

David Heleniak Managing Director and Senior Advisor
Morgan Stanley

David Heleniak is a vice chairman, managing director at Morgan Stanley and member of the firm's management committee. At Morgan Stanley, Mr. Heleniak has a broad mandate encompassing work at the senior-most levels with clients, regulators and other key constituencies around the world, as well as with the firm's senior management team on issues of policy and direction, external and government affairs, and legal and regulatory matters.


Alicia Georges

Alicia Georges Professor and Chair
Department of Nursing
Lehman College

Catherine Alicia Georges, EdD, RN, FAAN, is professor and chair of the Department of Nursing at Lehman College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She is president-elect of AARP and president of the National Black Nurses Foundation. Previously, she was a staff nurse, team leader, supervisor and district manager for the Visiting Nurse Service of New York. She serves on the Board of the Black Women’s Health Study and R.A.I.N., Inc. She earned her undergraduate degree from the Seton Hall University College of Nursing, her M.A. in Nursing from New York University and a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Vermont.