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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

Mrs. Kelenda Allen-James

Technology support manager at St. Hope Leadership Academy Charter School

Mrs. Kelenda Allen-James will be the guest speaker for Professor Martin Herskowitz’s class, MSIN 607 Effective Oral and Written Communication, on December 4th, 2019.

Mrs. Kelenda Allen-James is currently the technology support manager at St. Hope Leadership Academy Charter School. The topic that will be discussed is educational support systems management and career journey.

Ms. Mailen Nunez

Technology Leadership, Project Management and Web Content Specialist

Ms. Mailen Nunez will be the guest speaker for Professor Bill Muskopf’s class, MSIS 610 Advanced IT Project Management, on November 26th, 2019.

Ms. Mailen Nunez is a Touro Alumni and her job titles include Technology Leadership, Project Management and Web Content Specialist. The topic that will be discussed is project management in the real world.

Mr. Felix Chin

Lead Software Developer at ACA Compliance Group

Mr. Felix Chin will be the guest speaker for Professor Kevin Roach’s class, MSIN 625, Advanced Web and Application Development, on November 25th, 2019.

Mr. Felix Chin is currently a Lead Software Developer at ACA Compliance Group. The topic that will be discussed is JavaScript Math and Computation. This will be about understanding math and computation theories on JavaScript, being able to create algorithm JavaScript functions and how they can be used to solve complex concepts.

Mr. Victor Gorbach

Reporting System Developer of Business Intelligence at Bloomingdale’s

Mr. Victor Gorbach will be the guest speaker for Professor Martin Herskowitz’s class, MSIN 607 Effective Oral and Written Communication, on November 13th, 2019.

Mr. Victor Gorbach is currently the Reporting System Developer of Business Intelligence at Bloomingdale’s. The topic that will be discussed is business system networking and career journey.

Mr. Ari Fass

Senior Systems Administrator at ICSC

Mr. Ari Fass will be the guest speaker for Professor Joseph Herbst’s class, MSIN 640 Data Communication, on November 12th, 2019.

Mr. Ari Fass is currently a Senior Systems Administrator at ICSC. The discussion will be about his career and education.

Mr. Moshe Gershkovich

Vice President of Business Solution Architecture at Deloitte

Mr. Moshe Gershkovich will be the guest speaker for Professor Braj Agarwal’s classes, MSIN 626, Multi-Dimensional Analytics Cube Design, and MSIN 624, Database Reporting Services, on November 12th, 2019.

Mr. Moshe Gershkovich is currently a Vice President of Business Solution Architecture at Deloitte. The topics that will be discussed is database and analytics.

Dr. Issac Herskowitz

Dean of Touro College Graduate School of Technology

Dr. Issac Herskowitz is the guest speaker for Professor Benjamin Lunzer’s class, MSIN 605 Strategic Management of Technology, on November 7th, 2019.

Dr. Issac Herskowitz is currently the Dean of Touro College Graduate School of Technology. The topic he will speak about is several secrets. This will include discussions of the value of networking and other important issues for future success.

Mr. Evgeny Maslennikov

Founder and Director of Hyde Park Investment Services, INC

Mr. Evgeny Maslennikov will be the guest speaker for both Professor Inna Ryzhik's class, MSIN 617, Web and Applications Development; Professor Alfred Rezk's class, MSIN Website Engineering; and Professor Jolie Ruelle's class, WMMN 650 Type in Motion, on November 7th, 2019.

Mr. Evgeny Maslennikov is currently the Founder and Director of Hyde Park Investment Services, INC.

Ms. Samantha Samaroo

Project Manager at Workstride

Ms. Samantha Samaroo was the guest speaker for Professor Martin Herskowitz’s class, MSIN 607 Effective Oral and Written Communication for Managers, on November 6th, 2019.

Ms. Samantha Samaroo is currently a Project Manager at Workstride. The topic she discussed was career journey and job search communication.

Ms. Mailen Nunez

Web Content Specialist at the Teacher Retirement System of the City of New York

Ms. Mailen Nunez will be the guest speaker for Professor Martin Herskowitz’s class, MSIN 607, Effective Oral and Written Communication, on October 30th, 2019.

Ms. Mailen Nunez is currently a Web Content Specialist at the Teacher Retirement System of the City of New York. The topic that will be discussed is exploring the career journey and the alumni mentors support team.

Mr. Anthony Kelly

Director of Informational Technology at Redscout

Mr. Anthony Kelly will be the guest speaker for Professor Martin Hersokowitz’s class, MSIN 607, Effective Oral and Written Communication, on October 30th, 2019.

Mr. Anthony Kelly is currently a Director of Informational Technology at Redscout. He will discuss The Career Journey and available alumni mentor services.

Mr. Stephen Christie

Director of Network and Operations at HBR Consulting

Mr. Stephen Christie will be the guest speaker for Professor Marc-Damon O’Neals’s class, MSIN 670, IT Service Management, on October 28th, 2019.

Mr. Stephen Christie is currently a Director of Network and Operations at HBR Consulting. He will discuss ITIL Principles. This will include the importance of IT Service Management in today’s working environment, specifically trying day-to-day network operations at a New York MLAW 100 firm to the ITIL framework.

Mr. Tarek Barrawi

Co-Founder and COO of FreightRun

Mr. Tarek Barrawi will be the guest speaker for Professor Dimitris Papathomopoulos’ class, MSIN 653, Architecting Cloud Solutions, on May 14th, 2019.

Mr. Tarek Barrawi is currently the Co-Founder and COO of FreightRun. The topic he will discuss is cloud computing and entrepreneurship. This will include a discussion in his own entrepreneurship and how he used the cloud to build his company from the ground up.

Mr. Anthony Fama

CEO of Executive Technology Group

Mr. Anthony Fama will be the guest speaker for Professor Albert Bina’s class, MSIN 647, Computer Networking Routing and Switching, on April 29th, 2019.

Mr. Anthony Fass is currently the CEO of Executive Technology Group. The topic that will be discussed is current issues in real-world security.

Dr. Issac Herskowitz

Dean, Graduate School of Technology

Dr. Issac Herskowitz was a guest speaker in Professor Ben Lunzer’s class, MSIS 605, Strategic Management of Technology, on April 11, 2018. As Dean of the Graduate School of Technology, Dr. Herskowitz is a recognized leader in Instructional Technology innovation and education.

Dr. Herskowitz spoke on the topic, “21st Century Skills as a key to Occupational Success.”

Mr. Elliott Herz

Multi-Dimensional Analysis and Cube Design

Mr. Elliott Herz will be the guest speaker for Professor Braj Agarwal’s class, MSIN 627, Multi-Dimensional Analysis and Cube Design, on April 8th, 2019.

Mr. Elliott Herz currently works at Sisense as an instructor and consultant. The topic that will be discussed is Sisense for analytics and visualization.

Mr. Felix Chin

Software engineer at ACA Compliance

Mr. Felix Chin is the guest speaker for Professor Kevin Roach’s class, MSIN 625, Advanced Web and Application Development, on April 3rd, 2019.

Mr. Felix Chin currently is a lead software engineer at ACA Compliance. The topic that will be discussed is JavaScript: Math computation. This summary of this topic is an interview while the board challenges and how to work through the process.

Mr. Anthony Kelly

Director of Information Technology at Redscout-Strategy, Design and Branding Company

Mr. Anthony Kelly is the guest speaker for Professor Martin Herskowitz’s class, MSIN 607, Effective Oral and Written Communication for Managers, on April 3rd, 2019.

Mr. Anthony Kelly is a director of Information Technology at Redscout-Strategy, Design and Branding Company. The topic he will speak about is to develop an action plan and skills inventory. The discussion will include your career journey.

Mr. Moshe Gershkovich

Deloitte and Tousch

Mr. Moshe Gershkovich will be the guest speaker for Professor Braj Agarwal’s class, MSIN 616, Advanced Database Management, on April 2nd, 2019.

Mr. Moshe Gershkovich is currently working at Deloitte and Tousch. The topic he will discuss is Industry IT Trends.

Mrs. Kelenda Allen-James

Technology Support Manager at St. Hope

Mrs. Kelenda Allen-James is the guest speaker for Professor Martin Herskowitz’s class, MSIN 607, Effective Oral and Written Communication for Managers, on March 27th, 2019.

Mrs. Kelenda Allen-James Currently works as a technology support manager at St. Hope. The topic she will be speaking about is alumni career support in the workplace. This will include discussions of your career journey.

Mr. Mailen Nunez

Web content specialist at the NYC Teacher’s Retirement System

Mr. Mailen Nunez was the guest speaker for Professor Martin Herskowitz’s class for MSIN 607, Effective Oral and Written Communication for Managers on March 13th, 2019.

Mr. Maileen Nunez is currently a web content specialist at the NYC Teacher’s Retirement System. The topic was about networking job opportunities. This also include discussions of career journeys.

Mr. Ari Fass

Senior Systems Administrator at ICSC

Mr. Ari Fass was the guest speaker for Professor Joseph Herbst’s class for MSIS 640, Data Communications, on March 12th, 2019.

Mr. Ari Fass is currently the Senior Systems Administrator at the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). The topic he spoke of was about his career and education.

Mr. Victor Gorbach

Engineer/manager in the business intelligence department for Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s

Mr. Victor Gorbach was the guest speaker for Professor Martin Herskowitz’s class for MSIN 607, Effective Oral and Written Communication for Managers, on March 6th, 2019.

Mr. Victor Gorbach is currently an engineer/manager in the business intelligence department for Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s. The topic he spoke about was mentorship. This was a discussion about your career journey.

Ms. Marilyn Rodkin

ECIA CISA Executive Director at the International Audit (New York Blood Center Inc.)

Ms. Marilyn Rodkin was the guest speaker for Professor Miriam Plonczak’s class for MSIN 626, Database Security on February 20th, 2019.

Ms. Marilyn Rodkin is currently the CIA CISA Executive Director at the International Audit (New York Blood Center Inc.)

Master of Arts in Web and Multimedia Design

Ms. Mary Nittolo

CCo “the STUDIO”

Ms. Mary Nittolo will be the guest speaker for Professor Jolie Ruelle’s class, WMMN 650, Type in Motion, on December 5th, 2019.

Ms. Mary Nittolo is currently the CCo of “the STUDIO,” a full service and animation graphics company. She will be discussing and showcasing the work they do there as well as giving insight into their process.

Mr. Phil D’Apolito

Senior Editor at PSP

Mr. Phil D’Apolito will be the guest speaker for Professor Ilene Silverberg’s class, WMMN 601, Interface Design Principles, on December 3rd, 2019.

Mr Phil D’Apolito is currently a Senior Editor at PSP. He will discuss content management communication.

Ms. Emily Pearsall

Senior Presentation Designer at AnswerLab

Ms. Emily Pearsall will be the guest speaker for Professor Ilene Silverberg’s class, WMMN 601, Interface Design Principles, on December 3rd, 2019.

Ms. Emily Pearsall is currently the Senior Presentation Designer at AnswerLab. She will discuss design and client facing and different aspects of working on a team in the art world.

Mr. Jonathan Hayes

Behavioral scientist at Google

Mr. Jonathan Hayes will be the guest speaker for Professor Renata Pereira Rocha Moreira’s class, WMMN 601, Interface Design Principles, on October 17th, 2019.

Mr. Jonathan Hayes is currently a behavioral scientist at Google. He will discuss User Experience (UX) Research. This discussion will include how to identify the types of UX research; cover the step-by-step process of planning, preparing, and conducting UX research interviews; and providing hands-on activities.

Mr. Patrick Aievoli

Associate professor and graphic designer at LIU – Post Campus

Patrick started his career in 1978 as a designer for local editorial and advertising companies. In 1984, he became a promotional designer at McGraw-Hill. Professor Aievoli has been a full-time academic since 1989 when he left his position as senior designer, print promotion, at the McGraw-Hill Book Company. During his time at McGraw-Hill Patrick helped in the creation of McGraw-Hill’s first interactive CD-ROM “Encyclopedia of Science and Technology” in 1987.

In 1990 to 1996 Prof. Aievoli completed his thesis on “The Use of New Media in Higher Education” culminating in an interactive art history CD-ROM featuring core and dynamic content along with a simplified suite of online learning tools. In 1998 he became a full-time faculty member at LIU Post in Brookville, NY. He became the director of the campus’ Interactive Multimedia Arts graduate program in 1999 and has built the program from the start until its elimination in 2018.

Professor Aievoli is still involved in the new media arena consulting for some of the metro areas largest new media companies and is a 6 Time Long Island Advertising Club – Advisor for Student Best On Long Island winner 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2009.

Mr. David Klein

Vice President of creative direction at Point Made Animation

Mr. David Klein is the guest speaker for Professor Jolie Ruelle’s class, WMM 640, Principles of 2D Animation, on March 28th, 2019.

Mr. David Klein is currently the Vice President of creative direction at Point Made Animation. The topic he will discuss is about creating innovative animation for education, video marketing, training and curriculums. Point Made Animation specializes in training and professional development video. Whether you are providing specialized training for educators or implementing a product launch, there is nothing like animation to convey complex information.

Dr. Issac Herskowitz

Dean of Touro College GST

Dr. Issac Herskowitz is the guest speaker for Professor Jesse Epstein’s class, WMMN 600, Media and Culture, on March 28th, 2019.

Dr. Issac Herskowitz is currently the Dean of Touro College Graduate School of Technology. The topic he will speak about is several secrets. This will include discussions of the value of networking and other important issues for future success.

Mr. Malcolm Carrott

3D Animator for 24 Carrott Studio

Mr. Malcolm Carrott is the guest speaker for Professor Dominika Juraszek’s class, WMMN 641, 3D Animation on March 26th, 2019.

Mr. Malcolm Carrott is currently an Animator in 3D for 24 Carrott Studio. The topic that will be discussed is 3D animating and texturing. Mr. Malcolm Carrott will share his professional 3D work, animation, and texturing tips for 3D Maya.

Mr. Mark Reinhold

Mr. Mark Reinhold was the guest speaker for Professor Renata Rocha’s class, WMMN 615, Interactive Design II, on March 5th, 2019.

The topic that was discussed was last semester’s presentation which included how he got a fully functioning prototype using Adobe XD CC.

Master of Science in Instructional Technology

Mr. Mark Smith

Publications representative at Robo Wunderkind

Mr. Mark Smith will be the guest speaker for Professor Mark Gura's class, EDIN 653 Technology Integration for School Leaders, on November 13th, 2019.

Mr. Mark Smith is currently a publications representative from Robo Wunderkind, developers of Student Robotics instructional resources. The discussion will be about Student Robotics.

Ms. Sarina Lim

Data Lead at Instruction Partners

Ms. Sarina Lim was the guest speaker for Dr. Issac Herskowitz’s class, EDIN 617, Foundation of Instructional Technology, on September 24th, 2019

Ms. Sarina Lim is currently a data lead at Instruction Partners. The topic that was discussed was programming in the classroom and technology job market.

Mr. Victor Rivero

Publisher and Editor in Chief for EdTech Digest

Mr. Victor Rivero will be the guest speaker for Professor Mark Gura’s class, EDIN 653, Technology Integration for School Leaders, on March 28th, 2019.

Mr. Victor Rivero is currently the editor and chief for EdTech Digest. The topic he will discuss is the state of the field of educational technology.

Professor Alfred Doyle

Chair Web and Multimedia Design, Deputy Chair Digital Media Design at Touro College

Professor Alfred Doyle was the guest speaker for Dean Issac Herskowitz’s class for EDIT 617, Foundations of Instructional Technology, on February 12th, 2019.

Professor Alfred Doyle is currently the chair of Web and Multimedia Design at Touro GST. The topic he spoke about was programming in the class. This included discussions of the current trends of using programming in the classroom.