Alumni Mentoring Networking Circles
Meet the captains of the five Networking Circles for the pilot year of the mentoring program. Our captains are alumni from a range of class years and industries. We look forward to an exciting year of programs for current students.
|Madeleine Myers (Program Captain)|
Madeleine Myers is a project engineer at Skanska USA Civil. She graduated Bronx H.S. of Science in 2006 and attended Duke University for college, where she earned a degree in Civil Engineering and Architecture. After graduating Duke in 2010, she began working for Skanska USA Civil, an large international Construction Company, based out of their New York office. She has worked on many civil infrastructure projects in the New York region, including the Croton Water Treatment Plant, World Trade Center Path Station, and 7-Line Subway Extension. Outside of work, Madeleine also participates in competitive swimming and plays on her company softball team.
Margaret O'Toole '84 (Meeting Captain)
I am currently a Director of Global Engineering with responsibility for the Pfizer Energy and Climate Change Program. I joined Wyeth/Pfizer in 2001 as Maintenance Engineer for Pearl River Site Engineering Operations. I have held several successful leadership positions of increasing responsibility in Maintenance/Project Management, Engineering/Commissioning, Technology/Validation and Utilities/Energy Management on that site with additional experience in Aerospace and Paper Industry. I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Manhattan College in New York, an MBA from Iona College in New York and I am currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Biomedical Engineering. I am founder of The Pfizer Pearl River Women’s Networking Group and Pfizer People Team ~ Thriving not just Surviving Lunch & Learns, a co-founder and officer of Pearl River site Toastmasters, on the ISPE board, and highly involved in community service organizations such as Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, March of Dimes, Melanoma Foundation, and United Way.
|Sandra Holtzman '69 (Program Captain)|
Sandra Holtzman is an accomplished leader and connected serial entrepreneur and faculty member with extensive experience working with entrepreneurs and startups (including divisions in large companies) and guiding them to success. Highly skilled in developing branding and marketing strategies using proprietary customer-focused market(ing) research technique that exceeds return on investment expectations.
An award-winning copywriter, Sandra founded Holtzman Communications, LLC in 1997. The company specializes in every area of life sciences/pharma, B-to-B, and consumer (Sandra was on the launch team of the Acura car).
She has developed a proprietary methodology, called Rapid Development©, a quick-to-marketing method that finds out what customers really want and give it to them at 80% less cost in 75% less time. Companies that have used the Rapid Development methodology have seen their brands and ROI grow from 600% to 1,000% and have had successful exits.
Sandra was also a Founder and Chief Marketing Officer of Cloud Diagnostics, a SaaS company in the medical device/diagnostics sector – the company had an exit in 7 months. She was also a Founder and Partner of E.H.R. Empowerment Consortium – A consultancy dedicated to helping medical practitioners qualify for government funding by using Electronic Health Records.
|Stephan Reckie '81 (Meeting Captain)|
As a co-founder and managing member of Angelus Funding, Stephan manages a global multi-vertical angel investing network. He is a seasoned executive leader with decades of experience in bleeding-edge high technology companies ranging in size from: sole proprietorship, 15 person overseas startup, 200 person Silicon Valley restartup, and being acquired by a Fortune 500 multinational organization. Stephan has been highly effective in various roles such as: computer hardware and software design, field applications engineering, international sales and channel development, revenue generation, and executive operational management. Stephan is actively involved in his community. He holds voluntary positions for the Craig Hospital Rehabilitation Engineering, Sea Scouts, Boy Scouts, American Red Cross as an emergency operations center liaison and the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary. He is currently leading Personal Watercraft (PWC) safety patrols of local areas of operations in the Colorado area. Stephan is also a licensed U.S. Merchant 100 Gross Ton Master Mariner and enjoys scuba diving and being out on the open water. Stephan holds both a Masters of Science and Bachelor’s degrees in Electrical Engineering from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts.
Luzile Manigbas '90 (Program Captain)
Luzile Manigbas is the Chief Accounting Officer of Anandar Capitaland is responsible primarily for fund accounting, including net asset value calculations, treasury and cash management. Prior to the launch of Anandar, Ms. Manigbas was the Chief Financial Officer and member of the Executive Advisory Committee of Star Mountain. Between 2005 and 2010, Ms. Manigbas was an original founding team member of GSO Capital Partners where she was the Chief Financial Officer and Managing Director. At GSO, Ms. Manigbas’ responsibilities included the building and oversight of the fund accounting, management reporting and tax compliance groups. Ms. Manigbas was also a member of the GSO Risk and Valuation Committee. Prior to GSO, Ms. Manigbas was a Vice President at Credit Suisse / DLJ Alternative Capital Division where she worked for eight years in various corporate and funds’ accounting capacities. Prior to Credit Suisse, Ms. Manigbas worked at KPMG in their Financial Services Practice where she focused on audits of asset management and broker dealer clients. Ms. Manigbas graduated with a BS in Accounting and Finance from NYU Stern School of Business and earned her license as a certified public accountant in New York State.
|Jerome Wong '81 (Meeting Captain)|
Jerome Wong is a Managing Member of Angelus Funding LLC, focused on funding for early stage businesses across a wide range of industries, from retail to high tech. He had spent 15+ years in finance, most recently as Managing Director at BNP Paribas. Other firms included Chase, Citi and UBS. His career in fixed income derivatives provided him the opportunity to live and work at the major global financial centers in New York, London and Hong Kong. Prior to working in finance, Jerome worked in technology in the Greater Boston area in both the defense and commercial sectors. As an engineer and sales professional, he specialized in digital image processing and real-time computing. He has an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Tufts University.
| ||Nelson Mar '90 (Program Captain)|
Over the last 14 years Nelson has provided representation to hundreds of Bronx families mainly in administrative proceedings before the Social Security Administration and the New York City Department of Education. He has represented individual clients dealing with issues like school safety transfers, special education services, bullying, 504 services, and student suspensions. He has also worked with numerous parent groups such as the Community Education Councils (CEC’s) and parent action committees to improve school governance and accountability. In 2009 Nelson was honored by District 9’s Community Education Council’s for his active involvement in District 9’s public schools. More recently Nelson has been participating in efforts to curtail the Schools to Prison Pipeline through efforts to change the disciplinary policies of the New York City public schools.
He received a dual degree JD & MSW from the University at Buffalo and his BA from Binghamton University. In addition, Nelson has been active in the Chinese immigrant community over the last 20 years on issues of displacement and basic worker rights. He currently serves as the elected president of the 318 Restaurant Workers Union and an elected member of his children’s school leadership team. He also founded the National Mobilization Against Sweathshops (NMASS) a worker’s rights organization and The Virginia Yu Foundation for Social and Economic Justice.
|Melissa Wengroff Spencer '01 (Meeting Captain)|
Melissa Wengroff Spencer is a Vice President & Assistant General Counsel/Compliance Manager for the Alternative Investment Group at J.P. Morgan. Prior to joining JPM, she was an Assistant Vice President at Credit Suisse Asset Management. Melissa obtained her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School and her B.A. from the University of Michigan, where she double majored in Economics and Political Science. She is admitted to practice law in the State of New York.
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| ||Alexandra Romero '99 (Program Captain)|
Alexandra Romero is currently a Director of Business Strategy and Development at American Express. During her time at Amex she has held roles in marketing, business development and product management. Prior to American Express she was part of the team that launched Clear, the fast pass for airport security. She graduated from Yale University in 2003, and from the Bronx High School of Science in 1999.
|Matt Meyers '98 (Meeting Captain)|
Matt Meyers is a Senior Editor at ESPN.com, overseeing the MLB coverage on the site. He previously worked at ESPN The Magazine, CBS College Sports and Baseball America, in a variety of editorial roles. He graduated from Bates College in 2002 and Bronx Science in 1998.
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