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

Current CCPS Advisory Board Members

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 ‘95SVC, ‘97GEd
Founder/CEO, Burtis Consulting Group & CDB Productions


Hon. Nelson A. Diaz, '69CBA 
Consultant /Corporate Board Member/ Advisor
Senior Attorney, Retired
Dilworth Paxson LLP

Hon. Nelson Diaz
Larry Dunn headshot

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

Stephen Gold headshot

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

Gina Grillo

Gina Grillo '86SJC
President & CEO              
Advertising Club of New York   

Thomas D. Hughes headshot

Thomas D. Hughes, Esq. '74SVC, JD, LL.M, Ph.D.
Advisory Board Chair
Executive Vice President &
General Counsel, Corporate Secretary GNY Insurance Companies

Gerald Insall

Gerard Insall '87SVC
Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Avis Budget Group, Inc.

Rick Jefferson

Rick Jefferson '83SVC
Senior Vice President- News Operations, CBS News

Teresa Mason

Teresa Mason '79SVC '02HON
Former Chief of Staff for the Bronx District Attorney’s Office and St. John's University Board Emeritis

Daniel Meiseles, '88SVC
Executive Producer, MSG     

Daniel Meiseles
George Moreia

V. George Moreira '91SVC
Manager, Pro Tennis Operations & Tournament Director, US Open Wheelchair Championships

Neil Mulcahy headshot

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

Dan Mullin headshot

Dan Mullin '86SVC
Chief Security Officer, Fiserv

Ian Pinnavaia headshot

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

Diego Rodriguez

Diego Rodriguez '88SVC
VP - Security NY Presbyterian

Melissa Sanchez headshot

Melissa Sanchez '08CPS
Director, UBS

Augusta Sanfilippo

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

James Tomlinson headshot

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

CCPS Advisory Board Members Emeriti

Below are our former board members who continue to serve in a non-voting advisory manner. We thank them for their dedication and service to St. John's University.

Danielle Gilbride headshot

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




Steve Farella headshot

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



Nick Plakoris headshot

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




Carlos A. Teixeira '87SVC headshot

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