College of Professional Studies Advisory Board

The mission of the St. John's University College of Professional Studies Advisory Board is, among other things, to assist the Dean:

  • By strategically thinking about and providing feedback regarding CPS academic programs, curriculum, alumni outreach, resource allocation, and proposed operating budgets
  • By assessing challenging situations, suggesting innovative solutions, identifying opportunities, and leveraging the CPS brand
  • By promoting a positive image of CPS among present and prospective students as well as among alumni and the public (locally, nationally, and globally)
  • By recommending ways in which to enhance relations among CPS's faculty, students, administrators, and leading individuals and offices within St. John's University, the business community, and the outside academic community
  • By reviewing financial and quarterly progress reports against CPS stated goals

Members of the board are selected based on their expertise and come from a variety of fields and industries, we invite you to learn more about our board members and their contributions to our organization.



Jenny Alonzo





Jenny Alonzo '87SVC
Konation Media

Cristin Burtis headshot





Cristin Burtis ‘95SVC, ‘97GEd
Managing Partner

Larry Dunn headshot





Larry Dunn '79SVC
Media and Marketing Executive
Sirius Radio Announcer

Steve Farella headshot





Steve Farella '77SVC
VFL Investment and Advisory

Danielle Gilbride headshot





Danielle Gilbride '88SVC
Field Intelligence Manager
United States Department of Justice

Stephen Gold headshot





Stephen J. Gold '82SVC
Board of Directors, World Fuel Services and Former EVP and CIO, CVS Health

Thomas D. Hughes headshot





Thomas D. Hughes, Esq. '74SVC
Executive Vice President &
General Counsel, Secretary
GNY Insurance Companies


Rick Jefferson headshot





Rick Jefferson '83SVC
Vice President- News Operations
CBS News
CBS Incorporated

George Moreira headshot





George Moreira '91SVC
Pro Tournaments & Olympus US Open Series
United States Tennis Association

Neil Mulcahy headshot





Neil Mulcahy '81SVC
EVP Advertising Sales
Fox Sports Sales

Dan Mullin headshot





Dan Mullin '86SVC
Senior Vice President, CSO
First Data 

Ian Pinnavaia headshot





Ian Pinnavaia '06CPS
Director, BlackRock - Aladdin Product Group


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Nicholas Plakoris '77SVC, '83MBA
Marketing and Media Professional
Automotive Industry Analyst/Adjunct Professor

Diego Rodriguez





Diego Rodriguez '88SVC VP - Security
NY Presbyterian



Melissa Sanchez headshot





Melissa Sanchez '08CPS
Vice President
Bank of Tokyo


Augusta Sanfilippo






Augusta Sanfilippo '85SVC, '94MBA
Managing Director, Investment Banking Information Technology - Operations IT, Barclays Int'l




Carlos A. Teixeira '87SVC headshot






Carlos A. Teixeira '87SVC Detective Sergeant
Task Force Commander
Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office

James Tomlinson headshot






James Tomlinson '82SVC, '91MBA
Executive in Charge of Production
Leitrim Productions LLC