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Guest Speakers

Guest Speakers

New York City is a vital center of innovative activities in both technology and communications.

The people who generate ideas, start businesses, and spark the area’s technological growth are experts and forward thinkers in their fields. Many are invited to speak to our students as part of a robust guest speaker program that brings industry leaders into Touro GST classrooms every semester, not only connecting our students with the latest industry trends, but giving them networking opportunities that are priceless as they start their careers.

We learn from industry experts!

Master of Science in Information Systems

Ms. Mailen Nunez

Operations Analyst at the Teachers’ Retirement System

Ms. Mailen Nunez will be the guest speaker for Professor Martin Herskowitz’s class, MSIS 607 Effective Oral and Written Communication for Managers, on April 27th, 2022.

Ms. Mailen Nunez is currently an Operations Analyst at the Teachers’ Retirement System of the City of New York. The discussion will be about innovative technologies in the workplace. This will include managing and balancing daily activities.

Mr. Anthony Kelly

Director of Information Technology at Redscout

Mr. Anthony Kelly will be the guest speaker for Professor Martin Herskowitz’s class, MSIS 607 Effective Oral and Written Communication for Managers, on April 6th, 2022.

Mr. Anthony Kelly is currently a Director of Information Technology at Redscout. The discussion will be about the ability to do troubleshooting and project management.

Ms. Sherisse Brown

Education and Outreach Coordinator at Cornell Medicine

Ms. Sherisse Brown will be the guest speaker for Professor Martin Herskowitz’s class, MSIS 607 Effective Oral and Written Communication for Managers, on March 30th, 2022.

Ms. Sherisse Brown is currently an Education and Outreach Coordinator at Cornell Medicine. The discussion will be about your career journey and will include the training and support that meets your needs.

Mr. Anthony Fama

CEO of an Executive Technology Group

Mr. Anthony Fama was the guest speaker for Professor Albert Bina’s Computer Networking class, MSIN 647. He will be speaking on December 6th, 2021.

Mr. Anthony Fama is the CEO of an executive Technology Group. The discussion will be about computer networking and the advancements of technology.

Mr. Ari Fass

Senior System Administrator for ICSC

Mr. Ari Fass was the guest speaker for Professor Aleksandr Poyakov’s class, MSIN 645 Network Security, on Monday, November 29th.

Mr. Ari Fass is currently a Senior System Administrator for ICSC. The topic that was discussed was careers in network security. This included Ari’s career development and everyday tasks as the senior system administer that he is responsible for.

Mr. Moshe Gershkovich

Vice President of Business Solutions

Mr. Moshe Gershkovich was the guest speaker for Professor Braj Agarwal’s class of Multidimensional Analytics & Visualization class MSIN 627 and his MSIN 614 class of Integration Services for Migration.

Mr. Moshe Gershkovich is the Vice President of Business Solutions in the Architecture field and will be discussing his experience in his position. He will be speaking on November 24th, 2021.

Dr. Issac Herskowitz

Dean of Touro College Graduate School of Technology

Dean Issac Herskowitz was the guest speaker for Professor Benjamin Lunzer's class, MSIN 605 Technology Strategy, on November 11th, 2021.

Dean Issac Herskowitz is the Dean of Touro GST. The topic that will be discussed is 21st century career planning which will include the evolving employment trajectory and consistency of networking.

Mr. Eddie Alvarez

system’s architect of the Cisco

Mr. Eddie Alvarez was the guest speaker for Professor Albert Bina’s Enterprise Network and security class, MSIN 679.

Mr. Eddie Alvarez works for Cisco.com and is the system’s architect of the company. He was there on November 9th, 2021.

Mrs. Kelenda Allen-James

IT Director at St. Hope Leadership Academy

Mrs. Kelenda Allen-James was the guest speaker for Professor Martin Herskowitz’s class, MSIN 607 Effective Oral and Written Communication, on Wednesday, November 3rd, 2021.

Mrs. Kelenda Allen-James is currently an IT Director at St. Hope Leadership Academy. The topic that was discussed was technology resolutions. This included career opportunities in support administration.

Ms. Aleza Kleinworm

Project Manager at the Havas Media Group

Ms. Aleza Kleinworm was the guest speaker for Professor Martin Herskowitz's class, MSIN 607 Effective and Written Oral Communication, on October 20th, 2021.

Ms. Aleza Kleinworm is currently a Project Manager at the Havas Media Group. The discussion will be about networking vs the expectations of it and business communications.

Master of Arts in Web and Multimedia Design

Ms. Polina Bulman

Self-Employed Family Photographer

Ms. Polina Bulman will be the guest speaker for Professor Jolie Ruelle's class, WMMN 660 Digital Photography for Designers, on April 28th, 2022.

Ms. Polina Bulman is currently a Self-Employed Family Photographer. The discussion will be about photography.

Mr. Ali Berk Uyanik

UX/UI Designer at Groove Jones

Mr. Ali Berk Uyanik will be the guest speaker for Professor Joseph LoCicero’s class, WMMN 625 Corporate Design, on March 31st, 2022.

Mr. Ali Berk Uyanik is currently a UX/UI Designer at Groove Jones. The discussion will be about using UX/UI Skills for Corporate Design. This will include going from a student to a professional designer.

Ms. Emily Sherman

UX/UI Designer

Ms. Emily Sherman will be the guest speaker for Professor Ilene Silverberg's class, WMMN 601 UX/UI Design Principles, on March 16th.

Ms Emily Sherman is currently a UX/UI Designer.

Ms. Jenine Lurie

Digital Innovation Leader in Experience Strategy and Design at Deloitte

Ms. Jenine Lurie was the guest speaker for Professor Valerie Taylor’s class, WMMN 614 Interaction Design for Mobile, on March 8th, 2022.

Ms. Jenine Lurie is currently a Digital Innovation Leader in Experience Strategy and Design at Deloitte. The discussion will include customer journeys and user research.

Mr. Jamal Nichols

UXD Lead at Careem and Uber

Mr. Jamal Nichols will be the guest speaker for Professor Valerie Taylor’s class, WMMN 613 Interactive Design for the Web, on Monday, December 20th, 2021.

Mr. Jamal Nichols is currently a UXD Lead at Careem and Uber. The topic will include getting a job in the field, questions and answers, and portfolio critiques. This will also include career advice and guidance as well as industry insights.

Mr. Patrick Aievoli

Associate Professor at LIU Post

Mr. Patrick Aievoli was the guest speaker for Professor Ryan Seslow’s class, WMMN 600 Design Thinking and Methodology, on Tuesday, December 7th, 2021.

Mr. Patrick Aievoli is currently an Associate Professor at LIU Post. The topic of discussion included graphic design and user-centric designs. This was about the evolution of design from the 1970s to present.

Ms. Emily Sherman

A UI/UX designer

Ms. Emily Sherman was the guest speaker for Professor Ilene Silverberg’s WMMN 601 UZ/UI Design Principles class.

Ms. Emily Sherman is A UI/UX designer and is scheduled to be the guest speaker on December 2nd, 2021.

Master of Science in Instructional Technology

Mr. Steve Sussman

Assistive and Special Needs Technology

Mr. Steve Sussman will be the guest speaker for Professor Jacob Gutnicki’s class, EDIN 652 Assistive and Special Needs Technology, on April 28th, 2022.

Mr. Steve Sussman is currently the CEO of Sussman Education. The topic that will be discussed is software for special needs students.

Ms. Camila Oliveira

Educational Consultant at All in Learning

Ms. Camila Oliveira will be the guest speaker for Professor Holly Owens’ class, EDIN 673 Designing Online Instruction, on April 14th, 2022.

Ms. Camila Oliveira is currently an Educational Consultant at All in Learning. The discussion will be about how to go from teaching to Ed Tech consulting.

Mr. Jerald Dana Cole

Educational Technology Specialist

Mr. Jerald Dana Cole was the guest speaker for Professor Jacob Gutnicki’s class, EDIN 670 The Educational Technology Specialist, on March 21st, 2022.

Mr. Jerald Dana Cole is currently a Professor at Harvard University. The topic was about technology/leadership and using online resources in a post-covid world.

Ms. Betty Dennewitz

Immersive Experience Designer at The Ken Blanchard Companies and If You Ask Betty

Ms. Betty Dennewitz will be the guest speaker for Professor Holly Owens’ class, EDIN 673 Designing Online Instruction, on March 10th, 2022.

Ms. Betty Dennewitz is currently an Immersive Experience Designer at The Ken Blanchard Companies and If You Ask Betty. The discussion will be about augmented reality in ID. This will include real-world ID experiences with AR in the field.

Mr. Gary Isreal

President of Gary Ireal Foundation

Mr. Gary Isreal was the guest speaker for Professor Mark Gura’s class, EDIN 653 Technology Integration for School Leaders, on Tuesday, December 14th, 2021.

Mr. Gary Isreal is currently the Head Coach of FIRST Robotics and the President of Gary Ireal Foundation for Student Robotics. The topic was student robotics. This included the evolution of a winning student robotics team and related STEM education benefits.

Dr. Rise Reussman / Dr. Eliot Sefaradi

Curriculum Specialist / Instructional Coach and E.S Technology Integrationist

Dr. Rise Reussman and Dr. Eliot Sefaradi were the guest speakers for Professor Mark Gura’s class EDIN 653 Technology Integration for School Leaders, on Monday, December 13th, 2021.

Dr. Rise Russman is currently a Curriculum Specialist and Dr. Eliot Sefaradi is currently an Instructional Coach and E.S Technology Integrationist for the New York City Department of Education. The topic that was discussed was the school community-based approach to technology integration.

Ms. Elizabeth Steele

Faculty, Specialist at University of Hawaii

Ms. Elizabeth Steele was the guest speaker for Professor Patricia Baia, EDIN 646 Design Learning Applications, on December 2nd, 2021.

Ms. Elizabeth Steele is currently a faculty, Specialist at University of Hawaii.

Dr. Luke Hobson

Instructional Designer at MIT

Dr. Luke Hobson was the guest speaker for Professor Holly Owens' class, EDIN 623 Foundations of Instructional Design, on November 17th, 2021.

Dr. Luke Hobson is currently an Instructional Designer at MIT. The discussion will include what he wish he knew before becoming an Instructional Designer. This will include reviewing the most significant parts of being an ID and sharing stories from real-world experiences.

Ms. Phylise Banner

Associate Director of Design

Ms. Phylise Banner was the guest speaker for Professor Patricia Baia's class, EDIN 646 Design Learning Applications, on November 11th, 2021.

Ms. Phylise Banner is currently an Associate Director of Design.