The Lesley H. and William L. Collins College of Professional Studies Advisory Board

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

  • By strategically thinking about and providing feedback regarding CCPS academic programs, curriculum, alumni outreach, resource allocation, and proposed operating budgets
  • By assessing challenging situations, suggesting innovative solutions, identifying opportunities, and leveraging the CCPS brand
  • By promoting a positive image of CCPS 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 CCPS'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 CCPS 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
Producer | Senior Marketing & Content Executive | Consultant | Board Member | Advisor

Cristin Burtis headshot

Cristin Burtis ‘95SVC, ‘97GEd
Managing Partner

Larry Dunn headshot

Larry Dunn '79SVC
Senior Director, Marketing & Sales
Island Federal

Steve Farella headshot

Steve Farella '77SVC
Chairman, MDC Media Partners
Chairman, Muscular Dystrophy Association
Principal, VFL Investment & Advisory

Danielle Gilbride headshot

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

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, Corporate Secretary
GNY Insurance Companies


Gerald Insall

Gerard Insall
Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Avis Budget Group, Inc.


Rick Jefferson headshot

Rick Jefferson
Vice President- News Operations
CBS News
CBS Incorporated



Teresa Mason

Teresa Mason
Former Chief of Staff for the Bronx District Attorney’s Office and St. John's University Board Emeriti

George Moreia

George Moreira '91SVC
Manager, Professional Tennis Operations, USTA

Neil Mulcahy headshot


Neil Mulcahy '81SVC
Executive Vice President, Sports Sales, FOX Sports Media Group



Dan Mullin headshot

Dan Mullin '86SVC
Senior Vice President, CSO First 


Ian Pinnavaia headshot

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


Nick Plakoris headshot

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