Scott Feuer '90, President
Scott Feuer has served on the board since 2015, and was elected president in 2021 after serving as vice president (2019-21) and treasurer (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 is a frequent Homecoming attendee, volunteer for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and participant in Alumni Global Day of Service.
Cara Treidel '16, Vice President
Cara Treidel has served on the board since 2017 and has been chair of the BOLD/FAN committee, liason to the BOLD Leadership Council and served as the board’s secretary since 2019. As a student, she 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.
Kenneth Kidder '85, Treasurer
Ken Kidder joined the Alumni Association board in 2018 and has chaired the Audit Committee during this time. 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 currently serves on the SUNY-Broome Student Housing Corp and the Goodwill Theatre boards and has formerly served on boards for Visions Federal Credit Union and the Broome Community College Foundation. 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.
Felicia Moreira '01, MA '02, Secretary
Felicia Moreira has been on the Alumni Association board since 2019 and has served on the Lifelong Learning Committee. She is a Binghamton-area entrepreneur who has remained actively engaged with the University. She serves on many campus-wide committees and has stayed 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 of the Binghamton 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.
Lisa Abbott, MBA '93, Past President
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.
Dan Black '94
Dan Black is responsible for EY’s global recruiting strategy, leading a team of more than 1,200 recruiters around the world who are responsible for hiring talent at all levels, across all of EY’s locations and lines of business. Prior to his career in recruiting, he was an auditor for financial services clients as a Certified Public Accountant. He also serves on the Americas Inclusiveness Advisory Council, a group of senior leaders focused on advancing the firm’s efforts related to belonging, equitable sponsorship and accountability in the context of leading culture change.
Black regularly provides commentary for top media outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, CNN, FORTUNE, Forbes, FOX Business and The New York Times, among others. He frequently serves as a keynote speaker at conferences, universities and industry events around the world, and was the School of Management Commencement speaker in 2016.
He is a former president and board member of the National Association of Colleges and Employers, the country’s leading organization focused on the employment of the college-educated. He currently serves as chair of the Executive Leadership Committee for the Tri-State New York chapters of the March of Dimes, ranking among its top-100 U.S. fundraisers nationally for the past 10 years. Black is also active within his local community, serving as a volunteer firefighter for the Archville Fire Department and as a coach, referee and active supporter of youth sports in his hometown. He remains an active alumnus of Binghamton as a regular speaker and contributor at alumni, admissions and mentoring events, as well as a site leader for the Global Days of Service. His leadership role in recruiting has helped to solidify Binghamton as a top source of talent for EY for the past two decades.
Diane L. Fischer Castiglione '82
Diane Castiglione has been on the Alumni Association board since 2019 and has served on the Mentoring and Career Development and Regional Chapters committees. She retired in 2017 after a 32-year career at the U.S. Department of State. As a student, Castiglione was active in Hinman College Council, including serving as president, and was on the Political Science Undergraduate Committee and the Commencement Committee. After graduating, she was one of the founding members of the Potomac Club/D.C. Metro Chapter, serving as co-chair 1989-90. She was on planning committees for Hinman College’s 40th and 50th anniversary celebrations and also volunteers with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. She 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 an Alumni Association Medal of Distinguished Service.
Matthew DeSaro '09, MPA '11
Matthew DeSaro has been on the Alumni Association board since 2019 and has served on the Audit Committee during this time. He is an attorney and former prosecutor who currently serves as a law clerk to a federal judge. 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 School of Management events in New York City. DeSaro is a recipient of an Alumni Association 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 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 the 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 College 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 College 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
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.
Amy Hyatt '78
Amy Hyatt is recently retired from serving as the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Palau 2015-20. Previously she worked for the U.S. Department of State in various postings negotiating successful outcomes around the world in Egypt, Finland, North Korea, Australia, Korea, Thailand, Philippines, Norway and the Czech Republic. Hyatt was also a trial attorney in San Francisco during her early career. In 2016, the Alumni Association presented her with the
Edward Weisband Distinguished Alumni Award for Public Service or Contribution to Public Affairs. She has also served as a TIER Talk speaker for the University, coming back to campus for Homecoming in 2018 when she spoke with two other panelists on “The Effects of Climate Change.”
Tahmina Igamberdiev '13
As a student, Igamberdiev was involved with Women in Business, was director of Mentoring Initiatives, and co-president of the Russian Student Union. She also volunteered to help international students with their language skills as part of the English Conversation Pairs program and participated in a winter study-abroad to India. Since graduating, she has served on the School of Management Young Alumni Advisory Board and helped organize volunteer and social events as well as engage with current Binghamton students and alumni. She currently lives in New York City and works for Ernst & Young on its Debt Capital Markets team. Prior to that, she worked at several private direct lending institutions focused on providing capital to middle market companies. Outside of work, she volunteers for youth mentoring organizations and is a member of the Philanthropy Committee for 100 Women in Finance.
Balakrishnan G. Iyer, MS '00, SD '19
Balki Iyer has been on the Alumni Association board since 2019 and has served on the Mentoring and Career Development and Signature Events committees. He 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. Iyer strongly believes in the power of mentoring and the lasting impact it can leave. A prolific speaker at global conferences, he is passionate about the role of clean energy in changing the world and the role of education in empowering the people who can change the world. His business and entrepreneurial pursuits over the past decade have been guided by this passion. He is on the advisory group for INK, a TED-like platform in India that promotes inspiring ideas by game-changers. Iyer sat on the executive board for GE’s Asia Pacific American Forum, a diversity group focused on mentoring Asian American business leaders. As someone who believes in making a positive community impact through education, he, along with his wife, co-founded Iyer Educational Institutions with the mission to offer inclusive learning opportunities for children with autism. He is a recipient of the prestigious Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business award in 2017 and was listed in the Top 100 North American Power List 2020.
Stacy Newman Kandel '99
Stacy Kandel has been on the Alumni Association board since 2018 and serves on the Mentoring and Career Development Committee and has previously served on the Signature Events Committee. As a student, she played in the University Wind Ensemble, served as a Telefund caller and was a member of Alpha Xi Delta sorority. Kandel also interned for two years in the University’s publications office 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 vice president, UX lead at JP Morgan Chase where she has been since October 2018. Kandel is on the board of directors for the Wilson Area Partners in Education Foundation and serves as chair of its Events and Sponsorship Committee. She resides in Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley with her husband Matthew, daughter Tillie and sons Murray and Harry.
Karen E. Fuhrman Kerner '86
Karen Kerner has been on the Alumni Association board since 2019 and has served on the Networking and Social Engagement and Signature Events committees. She works part-time as an optometric physician and is very involved in her church as a member of the choir and parish council. Kerner is originally from Nanuet, N.Y. Her family lived in Switzerland for three years, which is where she developed her love of travel and learning languages. She is a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and enjoys hiking and walking and her rescue dog, Frankie. Kerner is actively engaged at Binghamton University and has served on the Parent Leadership Committee and a panel of health professionals. As an undergraduate, Kerner was a resident assistant in Hinman College. She and her husband, Michael, another Binghamton graduate, have created a scholarship fund at Binghamton University. Their son, Edward, has also graduated from Binghamton University and is currently working on his master’s degree at American University. Daughter, Kimmi, is a graduate of University College Dublin, in Ireland and is teaching in Korea.
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 tax partner at CohnReznick LLP.
Manoj T. Mahtani '03
Manoj Mahtani has been on the Alumni Association board since 2019 and has served on the Finance Committee. He has recently been named to the School of Management New York Metro Advisory Board. As a student at Binghamton, he 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 round table discussion for students and provided a tour of the trading floors at Deutsche Bank.
Heather A. Provino '95
Heather Provino has been on the Alumni Association board since 2019 and has served on the Finance Committee. She 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 is committed to mentoring, philanthropy and volunteerism which helped her find her way back to her Binghamton roots in Rhode Island during the Alumni Global Days of Service. As a student, she was a student athletic trainer, fitness instructor and manager at FitSpace and an active member of Smith’s Hall student council.
Lawrence D. Sprung '96
Lawrence Sprung, CFP is the president and founder of Mitlin Financial, Inc. As Mitlin Financial's president, he drives planning and asset management services, as well as business development, for the firm. Sprung earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Binghamton University, where he also played for the club ice hockey team. An as active volunteer, he serves on the National Board of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and sits on its Financial and Investment committees. With his wife, Denise, he has raised more than $1 million for the organization through the Keith Milano Memorial Fund. The fund was created at AFSP in memory of Larry's and Denise's brother-in-law and brother, respectively. Sprung is co-chair of Long Island Event Committee for the Alumni Association's Metro New York Chapter, responsible for organizing, scheduling and hosting Binghamton alumni events on Long Island. He is consistently networking with fellow alumni and assisting new graduates as they embark on their careers.
Laurence Stein '88
Larry Stein has served on the Alumni Association Board since 2017. During that time, he has been both a member and chair of the Regional Chapters and Networking and Social Engagement committees. His undergraduate activities included serving as a teaching assistant in the philosophy separtment, Telefund caller, founding member of Zeta Beta Tau, member of the Lacrosse Club and the Hinman Halitosis newspaper staff. Following graduation, he has maintained a strong connection to the many friends he made at Binghamton and, along with a group of his fraternity brothers, has endowed a scholarship at the University. As an alumnus, Stein continues to stay active by regularly attending various alumni events in the Metro New York region and Binghamton, as well as volunteering at Homecoming, Metro Connections Night, for Undergraduate Admissions and as both a participant and site leader for Alumni Global Days of Service.
Following his years at Binghamton, Stein earned his Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from Syracuse University College of Law, where he served as business editor for the Syracuse Law Review, on the Moot Court Board and as Student Senate president. After earning his JD, he worked at major New York law firms and as in-house counsel. Stein has been a member of the General Re legal department for over nineteen years, where he serves as a senior vice president and legal counsel to its various subsidiaries and affiliated companies.
Tasha S. Thomas '02, MA '03
Tasha Thomas has been on the Alumni Association board since 2019 and has served on the Networking and Social Engagement and Regional Chapters committees. 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 currently pursuing a doctorate within the Graduate School of Education at Northeastern University. 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. As an undergraduate, she was an active student leader holding positions in the Black Student Union and Protection Connection, not to mention participating in countless volunteer hours with the BSU Youth Program and other organizations. Thomaa 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 held on-campus internships in Residential Life and the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and credits those experiences in fostering her passion for higher education.
Dana S. West '98
Dana West has been on the Alumni Association board since 2019 and has served on the Lifelong Learning Committee. He is founder and leader of the Westchester Chapter of the Alumni Association and lives in Westchester County 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, he 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 TIER Talks and the rapid growth of the Westchester Chapter. Professionally, West 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.