Engage: Alumni Association Board of Directors

 

Officers

  • Lisa Abbott, MBA '93, President
    Lisa Abbott, MBA '93

    Lisa Abbott has served on the Alumni Association board since 2012. As a graduate student, she was a resident director in Endicott Hall at Newing College. As an alumna, she has been an active director, chairing the board’s Volunteer Engagement and Signature Events committees. Abbott has played a leadership role in the introduction of the Alumni Leaders Conference and Alumni Global Day of Service, as well as the enhancement of the Alumni Association Special Recognition Awards Program. She was the board’s secretary for two years before being elected as vice president in 2017 and started her term as president in 2019. Abbott is senior vice president for human resources and community affairs for Lifespan Corporation, the largest hospital system in Rhode Island, and Brown University’s teaching affiliate.

  • Scott Feuer '90, Vice President
    Scott Feuer '90

    Scott Feuer has served on the board since 2015, most recently as treasurer from 2017-19. As a student, he lived in College-in-the-Woods before moving off campus to the West Side of Binghamton. He majored in psychology and graduated with honors in 1990. After graduation, Feuer attended Brooklyn Law School where he was a Dean’s Merit Scholar and member of the Brooklyn Law Review. He is a partner at Rivkin Radler LLP, a commercial law firm with offices in New York City, Long Island, Hackensack, Albany and Poughkeepsie. He has been a frequent Homecoming attendee and volunteered for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and participated in Alumni Global Day of Service. He was elected as vice president in 2019.

     
  • Harry Sharlach '84, Treasurer  
    Harry Sharlach '84

    The entire Sharlach family is connected to Binghamton University. Harry is married to Judith Sussman Sharlach ’85, his eldest daughter is Jackie Sharlach ’16, and his twin daughters are also attending Binghamton. He has served on the Alumni Association board since 2017 and has served on the Finance and Audit committees during this time. Sharlach also serves as chair of the Parents Leadership Council. He has been a member of the Foundation Board of Director’s Investment Committee. Sharlach has also volunteered at the University through the School of Management’s Executive in Residence program. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and NYS Securities Analyst. As a student, he was an Off Campus College intern, senior student manager of the University Union and chair of the SA Judicial Board.

  • Cara Treidel '16, Secretary
    Cara Treidel '16

    Cara Treidel has served on the board since 2017 and has been chair of the BOLD/FAN committee, formerly known as the Recent Alumni committee. As a student, Cara was highly involved in President Harvey Stenger’s Road Map Committee as a consulting intern, overseeing the Road Map Student Task Force and assisting with the progress of each strategic priority. In addition, she was a resident assistant in College-in-the-Woods and was an active member of the Alpha Kappa Psi professional business fraternity. At one point, she was president of Onondaga Hall and part of the Emerging Leaders Program. She continues to be a member of the Road Map Renewal Committee, and frequently attends University events in the Metro New York area.

  • Gary Kibel '90, MBA '92, Past President
    Gary Kibel '90, MBA '92

    Gary Kibel was president of the Alumni Association from 2017 to 2019, after having served as vice president and chair of the Marketing, Communications & Social Media Committee. He is a partner in the digital media, technology and privacy; intellectual property and advertising, and marketing and promotions practice groups at the New York-based law firm Davis & Gilbert. He regularly counsels clients with respect to new media/advertising law, privacy and data security, and information technology matters. Kibel advises interactive companies, advertising agencies, media providers and other commercial entities regarding transactions for interactive advertising, behavioral advertising, social media, programmatic media buying, mobile marketing, affiliate marketing, data collection and usage, and other emerging products and services. He also serves as general counsel to the Performance Marketing Association. He is a Certified Information Privacy Professional and advises clients in many industries regarding privacy and data security issues, including, internal information security policies, contractual obligations and requirements, security breaches and incident responses, audits, cross-border data transfers and other matters in connection with an organization’s collection, storage and use of data in all aspects of its business.

Directors

  • Diane L. Fischer Castiglione '82
    Diane Castiglione '82

    Diane Castiglione retired in 2017 after a career of more than 32 years at the U.S. Department of State. As a student, she was active in Hinman College Council, including serving as president, and was on the Political Science Undergraduate Committee and Commencement Committee. After graduating, she was one of the founding members of the Potomac Club/D.C. Metro Chapter, serving as co-chair from 1989-90. Castiglione was on planning committees for Hinman College’s 40th and 50th anniversary celebrations and also volunteers with Admissions. Diane considers her work with the Fleishman Center and other programs in which she provides career information and mentoring, including being a four time sponsor of Liberal Arts to Careers Externship students, to be her most fulfilling connection with the University. She received the 1990 Young Alumni Award and in 2015 was given a Medal of Distinguished Service.

  • Matthew DeSaro '09, MPA '11
    Matthew DeSaro '09, MPA '11

    Matthew DeSaro is an attorney and former prosecutor who currently serves as chief legal counsel to a judge of the New York City Criminal Court. Since graduating from Binghamton, he has remained engaged with the University in both formal and informal capacities. He has been an active member of the Metro New York Chapter of the Alumni Association, a perennial volunteer at Metro Connections Night and a regular attendee of New York City School of Management events. DeSaro is a recipient of a Medal of Distinguished Service in recognition of his efforts on behalf of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Binghamton is a special place for him, as he proposed to his now wife, also an alumna, outside the University Union where they first met while undergraduate students. As a student, he was a resident assistant in College-in-the-Woods, a graduate assistant in the Center for Civic Engagement, executive director of the ESCAPE Bus Company, and a tour guide with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

  • Marilyn T. Gaska, MS '85, PhD '99
    Marilyn T. Gaska, MS '85, PhD '99

    Marilyn Gaska is currently the corporate logistics and sustainment chief engineer and fellow in the corporate engineering, technology, and operations organization at Lockheed Martin. She is chair of American Makes Additive Manufacturing Maintenance and Sustainment Advisory Group. Her doctoral degree in systems science and industrial engineering was received from Binghamton University while working at Lockheed Martin. She also earned a master’s degree in advanced technology at Binghamton in 1985. Gaska has participated in the Alumni Leaders Conference since 2014, as well as Watson School events for alumni engagement. She began her service on the Alumni Association board in 2015. Initially, she participated in the Lifelong Learning and Affinity Engagement committees. She is a member of the TIER Talks Committee, has participated in Alumni Global Day of Service and mentored Watson School students. She is a regular attendee at Binghamton University basketball games to support her husband, who plays in the Pep Band.

  • Sheldon I. Goldfarb '73
    Sheldon I. Goldfarb '73

    Before retiring in 2014, Sheldon Goldfarb served as the Americas general counsel for RBS and chief legal officer for Citizens Bank, positions he held for eight years. He oversaw the provision of legal services for RBS’ U.S. banking and capital markets businesses and led a legal team of more than 75 lawyers. Prior to that, he was managing director and general counsel of Greenwich Capital (1994-2006). Before joining Greenwich Capital, he was vice president and deputy general counsel of Goldman Sachs & Co. (1989-94) and a partner in the law firm of Fulbright & Jaworski (1981-89). He began his career in the Division of Enforcement of the Securities and Exchange Commission (1977-1981). Since retiring from RBS, Goldfarb has served as a member of the board of directors of Higher One Inc., a NYSE-listed company, and on the board of the Neuberger Museum at SUNY Purchase. He is president of Temple Shaaray Tefila in Bedford, N.Y. Goldfarb earned a Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from Syracuse University College of Law in 1977.

  • Balakrishnan G. Iyer, MS '00
    Balakrishnan Iyer, MS '00

    Balakrishnan "Balki" Iyer is a seasoned energy and utilities industry management professional, with rich experience driving business development for global conglomerates and successful startups. He has successfully steered three startups from inception to exit, with investments from some of the largest utilities and financial investors worldwide. He is co-founder and chief growth officer of Utopus Insights, a New York-based global renewable energy analytics software products company. Iyer strongly believes in the power of mentoring and the lasting impact it can leave. He is on the advisory group for INK, a TED-like platform that promotes inspiring ideas by game-changers. He served on the executive board for GE’s Asia Pacific American Forum, a diversity group focused on mentoring Asian-American business leaders. He received an honorary doctorate of science from Binghamton University in May 2019. He is a recipient of the prestigious "Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business" award in 2017.

  • Stacy Newman Kandel '99
    Stacy Newman Kandel '99

    Stacy Kandel has been on the Alumni Association board since 2018 and has served on the BOLD/FAN committee during this time. As a student, she was involved in several activities including playing in the University Wind Ensemble, participated as a Telefund caller and was a member of Alpha Xi Delta sorority. Kandel also interned for two years in the University Publications department as a graphic designer working on a broad range of University materials including Student Art Show posters, welcome banners and Orientation handbooks. Since graduation, she has received a master's degree in human-computer interaction from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. More recently, she has become involved with Binghamton's Art and Museum programs. She has been a guest lecturer on campus and mentors students from campus to career. She is the vice president, UX lead at JP Morgan Chase where she has been since October 2018. She also serves as treasurer on her association executive board. She resides in Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley with her husband Matthew, daughter Tillie and son Murray.

  • Karen E. Fuhrman Kerner '86
    Karen Kerner '86

    Karen Kerner works part-time as an optometric physician and is very involved in her church as a member of the choir and parish council. She is a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and enjoys hiking and walking. Kerner is actively engaged at Binghamton University and has served on the Parent Leadership Committee and a panel of health professionals. She and her husband, Michael, have created a scholarship fund at Binghamton University. Their son, Edward, is a recent graduate of Binghamton University and their daughter, Kimmi, is a student at University College Dublin, in Ireland. As an undergraduate, she was a resident assistant in Hinman College.

  • Kenneth Kidder '85
    Kenneth Kidder '85

    Ken Kidder joined the Alumni Association board in 2018. He has been a development software and electrical engineer for more than 30 years at Lockheed Martin where he has led several development programs. Kidder is currently a software engineering associate manager. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in physics from Binghamton University and an associate’s degree in engineering science from SUNY Broome Community College. He sits on boards for Visions Federal Credit Union, the Broome Community College Foundation, SUNY-Broome Student Housing Corp and the Goodwill Theatre. Kidder has held officer positions for many of the boards he has served on. He enjoys golf, investing, local history, keeping up with politics and spending time with family and friends.

  • Steven B. Kreinik '97
    Steven B. Kreinik ’97

    Steven Kreinik joined the Alumni Association board in 2016. As a student , he was a member of Phi Eta Sigma, Beta Alpha Psi and Tau Epsilon Phi. After graduation, he has visited campus more than 30 times for Homecoming, recruiting, mentoring and other campus events. He has endowed an annual scholarship to qualifying athletes who are also accounting majors. In 2001, he received a MBA in Management and, in 2005, he received a MS in Taxation, both from Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College - City University of New York. He is a partner at EisnerAmper LLP, specialing in tax matters for high net worth individuals and multi-generational families.

  • Richard S. Krisburg '88, MBA '90
    Richard S. Krisburg '88, MBA '90

    As an alumnus, Richard "Rick" Krisburg has attended a number of University events in the New York City area, as well as the Alumni Leaders Conference. He has been engaged with Binghamton as a member of the Alumni Association’s Marketing, Communications & Social Media Committee and as a volunteer at Metro Career Night. In addition to his full-time work as partner at a full-service marketing firm – where he has hired several Binghamton University graduates – he is an adjunct instructor at the Fashion Institute of Technology. In partnership with KPMG, he endowed a scholarship in memory of his first wife Amy M. (Weiner) Krisburg '90, whom he met during his junior year at Binghamton. His current wife Mickey (Epstein) Krisburg ’87, brother Brian Krisburg '94, and sister-in-law Stephanie (Weiner) Giammarco '94 are also alumni.

  • Manoj T. Mahtani '03
    Manoj Mahtani '03

    As a student at Binghamton, Manoj Mahtani was active in the Indian International Student Union and was treasurer of the MCA. Since then, he has kept close ties to Binghamton by establishing an endowed scholarship for Services for Students with Disabilities and has stayed engaged through volunteer work. He has participated in roundtable discussions for students and tours of the trading room floor at Deutsche Bank.

  • Felicia Moreira '01, MA '02
    Felicia Moreira '01, MA '02

    Felicia Moreira is a Binghamton-area entrepreneur who has remained very actively engaged with the University. She serves on many campuswide committees and has stayed very active with the Athletics department. As a student, she was a member of the varsity softball team. She participates in alumni events and actively engages fellow softball alumni to support the team by attending games and alumni events, and through actively giving. She was a former University employee in the Residential Life department, the Office of Alumni Engagement and the Athletics department. Moreira was extremely connected to students through the many seminar classes she instructed on campus. As a native to the area, she has always felt a deep connection to the University, community and alumni. Moreira enjoys having the University in her backyard and visits often with her husband and three children.

  • Heather A. Provino-Scanlon '95
    Heather Provino-Scanlon '95

    Heather Provino-Scanlon is one of the founders and a managing partner of The Scanlon Group where she applies entrepreneurial and strategic expertise in her work with start-up and growth companies to chart pathways of robust business acceleration balanced with long-term organizational vision, strategy and viability in pursuit of strategic exits and/or M&A. She credits her time at the University and the skills developed during her time at Binghamton to her ability to take the risk to found a company and for the successful growth and exit of her healthcare company. Provino-Scanlon is committed to mentoring, philanthropy and volunteerism which helped her find her way back to her Binghamton roots in Rhode Island during last year’s Alumni Global Day of Service. As a student, Heather was a student athletic trainer, fitness instructor and manager at FitSpace and an active member of Smith’s Hall student council.

  • Taris T. Rodney '08
    Taris T. Rodney '08

    Taris Rodney has served on the board since 2015. As a student, Taris was a resident assistant in Dickinson for two years, president of the Thurgood Marshall Pre-Law Society, worked as an Off Campus College Transport bus monitor, and worked in the Mountainview Dining Hall. After graduating from Binghamton, Taris received a Juris Doctor degree from Howard University School of Law. In 2011, she created the Taris T. Rodney ’08 Scholarship at Binghamton, which is awarded to an Educational Opportunity Program graduating senior who plans to attend law school. To date, the scholarship has been awarded to seven graduating seniors. Taris also stays in regular contact with the scholarship recipients and mentors them. As an alumna, Taris continues to be engaged by regularly attending Homecoming, serving as a site leader for the annual Alumni Global Day of Service, and participating in the Binghamton Alumni Mentoring program. Professionally, Taris is a child protective attorney and litigates child neglect and abuse cases for the City of New York.

  • Laurence Stein '88
    Laurence Stein '88

    Laurence "Larry" Stein has served on the Alumni Association board since 2017 and has served on the Regional Chapter Committee during this time. Stein was a member of Zeta Beta Tau and a Telefund caller as a student. With his fraternity brothers, he endowed a scholarship at the University. As an alumnus, he is a frequent attendee of Binghamton University events in the Metro New York region, and was a volunteer for last year’s Alumni Global Day of Service. Stein’s other campus involvements included the lacrosse club, Hinman newspaper staff and serving as a teaching assistant in the philosophy department.

  • Tasha S. Thomas '02, MA '03
    Tasha Thomas '02, MA '03

    Tasha Thomas is an experienced higher education professional who returned to the U.S. after serving as director of university admissions at a small educational consulting company in London, England. She is the project manager and special assistant to the dean of science at Harvard University, where she is in charge of leading complex projects. Thomas is also pursuing a doctorate in the Graduate School of Education at Northeastern University. She understands the nuances of university leadership, works with diverse constituents, and collaborates with dynamic teams. Thomas is a member of several professional organizations including the Association of Black Faculty, Administrators and Fellows at Harvard University, and the American College Personnel Association. In 2007, she created Binghamton University's Alumni of Color Network after noticing the need for broader engagement among Binghamton's alumni of color. The group organized several annual events in New York City as well as Homecoming brunches garnering hundreds of alumni attendees and this has since become an important part of programming at Homecoming. As an undergraduate, she was an active student leader holding positions in the Black Student Union (BSU) and Protection Connection, not to mention participating in countless volunteer hours with the BSU Youth Program. Tasha also held on-campus jobs as a student information assistant at the University Call Center, and as a student manager in the University Union. As a graduate student, she also held on-campus internships in the Residential Life Office and Undergraduate Admissions Office and credits those experiences in fostering her passion for higher education.

  • Dana S. West '98
    Dana West '98

    Dana West is the founder and leader of the Alumni Association's Westchester Chapter. He lives in Westchester County, N.Y., with his wife Nancy and their two children. In his spare time, he enjoys exploring the great outdoors and seeking out all the food, beverages and towns that make the Hudson Valley unique. As a student, Dana was active in volunteer opportunities with College-in-the-Woods, working as stage crew for Woods Jam and decorating for Woods War. Now, he is proud to see the success of the TIER Talks speaker series locally and the rapid growth of the chapter. Professionally, Dana is passionate about providing his clients with the planning tools and education they need to navigate life’s financial challenges. With more than 20 years in the financial services industry, he recognizes the more knowledge his clients have, the more empowered and confident they feel about achieving their goals.