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A Study of Rockland County Diversity Begins at Nyack College

Posted by Deborah.Walker on Wednesday November 16, 2011

Nyack College Rockland will be the first stop on Thursday, November 17 for the 2011 cohort of Leadership Rockland, a 10-month educational program created for leaders in businesses and not-for-profits in Rockland County, NY. The group will be addressed at Nyack's Shuman Hall by Dr. Anita Underwood, dean of Nyack's School of Business and Leadership on "Rockland County: The Multicultural Community."

Other stops on the daylong tour will include the Hibernian House in Pearl River; the CEJJES Institute in Pomona; the Islamic Center of Rockland County; and the Jewish Community Campus.

Earl Miller, Executive Director of Community Relations at Nyack College (pictured above), and an 2007 alumnus of Leadership Rockland, is a coordinator of the program’s multicultural community segment, which addresses the experience of living in a diverse society. Participants learn about Rockland County demographics and when different ethnic groups settled in the area. He will be joined by other leaders who are also alumni of the program: Nilda Aragones (2008), Ryan O'Gorman (2009) and Brett Bekritsky (2010). The multicultural community session will explore cultural diversity and its challenges within the  context of education, economic development, public policy and community development.

The curriculum examines Leadership; Historical Rockland; Environment; Multicultural Communities; Education & Human Capital; Economic Development; Criminal Justice & Public Safety; Healthcare, Non-Profits & Community Service; Arts, Culture, Media & Communications; Politics & Public Policy; and Making an Impact.

Members of the class of 2011 are as follows:

Zenya Alvarez-Cleveland, Director of Family and Community Services, Head Start of Rockland

Marion Arbuco, Director of the Community Learning Center, Clarkstown Central School District 

Anastasia Culianos, President/Owner, Greater Hudson Valley R/E Appraisals, Inc.

Sheila Dolan, Quality Assurance Specialist II, Pfizer 

Daniela Dundara-Staub, Associate Broker, Keller Williams Hudson Valley Realty 

Gerard Fox, Associate Broker, BHG Rand Realty

Syntyche Francella-Alston, Teacher Director, NYC Department of Education

Glen Keene, Attorney, Law Office of Glen E. Keene

Catherine Kopf, Treasurer, Village of West Haverstraw

Larry Luxenberg, Lexington Avenue Capital Management

Inkhie Mars, Director of VISIONS Center on Blindness, VISIONS/Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Joseph Modafferi, Jr., Project Manager,  John Meyer Consulting, PC

Fia Hill Murray, Registration Coordiantor, Child Care Resources of Rockland, Inc.

Robert Pitkofsky, Law Firm of Pitkofsky, PLLC

Julie Prevost, Branch Manager, Key Bank - New City

Esther Schulman, Advertising Sales Manager, ARC of Rockland

Gisella Sposato, Store Manager, AVP, TD Bank

Ilsa Svoboda, Coordinator of Social Work Services, Meals on Wheels of Rockland

Robert Tyrell, Assistant Director of Admissions, Dominican College

For more information on Leadership Rockland, visit

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