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Power Hour Series

Join us for our live Power Hour webinars! We bring St. John’s faculty, alumni, and friends to the comfort of your home while exploring a diverse range of topics relating to different industries, providing entertainment and more!

Exclusive to members of The McCallen Society, Loughlin Society, Retirees Association, and Red White Club.

Impact of COVID-19 on the Hospitality Industry - Part Two

Tuesday, September 29 at 1 p.m. 

Join our panelist of experts for a discussion on the effects of COVID-19 on the hospitality industry. 


April Merenda '13CPS Leadership Masters        

Director of the Master of Science in International Hospitality Management Program and Industry Professional
The Lesley H. and William L. Collins College of Professional Studies


Vanessa Da Silva Rodrigues

Private Tour Specialist based in Lisbon, Portugal

George Kurth

Director of Sales and Marketing 
‎Fitzpatrick Hotel Group

Rob McKay

Director of Public Relations and Marketing
Queens Economic Development Corporation, Queens Tourism Council

Edward Piegza 

Classic Journeys

Martin Whelan '84CBA

Founder and President 
Stout NYC Group

Sally Xu-Plants '94G, '97MBA       

Managing Partner, Coastal Hospitality LLC
Managing Partner, Coastal Industrial Partners

Click here to read full bios.

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A Food and Wine Pairing Experience at Clovis Point Vineyard & Winery

Tuesday, October 13 at 1 p.m.

This week, we invite you to hear from Chef Daniel DiGiacomo and Heather Consoli, Vineyard Manager of Clovis Point Vineyard & Winery owned by Mark Misk '91CBA for A Food and Wine Pairing Experience at Clovis Point Vineyard & Winery.

If you would to taste the wines while joining the call, you may place an order of the wines through Clovis Point ( or 631-722-4222) by Friday, October 2. (Please make sure you mention St. John's Power Hour when placing the order).

Chef Daniel DiGiacomo

Born and raised in Brooklyn, Chef Daniel DiGiacomo grew up in a tight-knit Italian American family. He spent a lot of time in his grandmother’s kitchen where there were often several pots cooking as she was prepared family meals for holidays, and Sunday dinners using simple ingredients. He was inspired by how her food brought his increasingly busy family together, made them happy, and created long-lasting memories. Chef Danny went on to study at New York City College of Technology and earned a Bachelor of Technology in Hospitality Management. 

From there, Chef Danny held professional positions with the Peninsula Hotel in Manhattan, Hotel Plaza Athenee, The Union Club of New York, and The Penn Club of New York. As a chef in the business for almost twenty years, he looks forward to new challenges and keeping up with the evolving gastronomic trends in this fast-paced industry. To read Chef Danny’s full biography, click here

Mark Misk '91CBA

In 2001, the partners of Clovis Point purchased 10 acres of farmland with a beautiful barn in the heart of the North Fork on the Main Road in Jamesport. They had a dream of creating a small top-flight vineyard, winery, and wine room for lovers of good wine.

Today, the warm inviting tasting room, a renovated potato barn, crowns those 10 acres, now under vine. It has top-notch vineyard management and award-winning winemaking. The estate vineyard includes merlot and cabernet franc clones. While the partners hope that their own grapes will provide the backbone of the signature reds, their goal will always be to make remarkably good and interesting wines from the best fruit North Fork vineyards can provide.

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Let's Take a Trip to France! - French Cuisine and Culture

Tuesday, October 27 at 1 p.m.

Join us live for a conversation with Vincent Caro, owner of Bistro Eloise along with Greg Bruhn, Director, Office of International Education, Peter Prager and Rocco Claps, Co-founders of Miracolo Tours as we explore the exquisite French food, wine, and culture. 

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Greg Bruhn, Director, Office of International Education, St. John's University

Vincent Caro, Owner, Bistro Eloise

Rocco Claps, Co-founder of Miracolo Tours 

Peter Prager, Co-founder of Miracolo Tours 

Author Jerry Aylward on his book Francis "Two Gun" Crowley

Tuesday, November 10 at 1 p.m.

This week, we invite you to hear from: Jerry Aylward, Author and Retired NYPD Detective, and Prof. Antoinette Collarini-Schlossberg, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, Legal Studies and Homeland Security for a conversation on Mr. Aylward's book, Francis "Two Gun" Crowley’s Killings in New York City & Long Island.

Jerry Aylward, Author

Jerry Aylward is a retired detective with thirty-two years of service with the Nassau County Police Department. He served another ten years in federal law enforcement with the United States Department of Homeland Security as a criminal investigator with OCSO (Office of the Chief Security Officer) at a high-level government research facility. Jerry has a bachelor's degree in behavioral science from NYIT and is a New York State-licensed private investigator. Jerry is also the author of the book Nassau County Police Department.

Antoinette Collarini-Schlossberg, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, Legal Studies and Homeland Security, The Lesley H. and William L. Collins College of Professional Studies

Dr. Collarini-Schlossberg is Chairperson and Associate Professor of the Division of Criminal Justice, Legal Studies and Homeland Security at St. John’s University. She is a licensed psychologist with a specialty in forensic psychology who has managerial leadership experience in criminal justice at the cabinet level in Westchester County, N.Y. Government. Dr. Collarini-Schlossberg served in Westchester County government for 22 years, holding the appointed cabinet level position of Executive Director of the Westchester County Youth Bureau as well as earlier civil service titles of Research Director and Program Administrator. During this period she provided oversight of the county’s juvenile justice programs and consulted with other agencies, developed and taught many educational programs dealing with criminal, police, corrections, courts within NYS and nationwide as an expert. Over the years she authored numerous articles, monographs and book chapters including a quarterly newsletter “Our Youth Our Future.” She produced and hosted a weekly cable TV show with the same name for 6 years. She has received numerous awards for her contributions to criminal justice and public service. Prior to Westchester County she served as Research Director for the City of Mount Vernon where she developed police community relations and juvenile court diversion programs. Dr. Collarini-Schlossberg earned her B.A. in Sociology and Psychology from Fordham University, an M.S. in Social Research and Administration from Hunter College and a M. Phil. and Ph. D. in Counseling Psychology from Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. As a N.Y.S. licensed psychologist and certified Independent Medical Examiner by the N.Y.S. Department of Labor she has evaluated and treated Workers Compensation cases. She is affiliated as an independent provider for most major insurance companies. In addition to consulting on cases related to children and families involved in the legal system and providing expert witness testimony for the courts on a variety of cases she maintains an independent psychotherapy practice.

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St. John’s Women in Philanthropy—Virtual

Sunday, November 15 at 1 p.m.

In celebration of National Philanthropy Day, join us for an inspirational conversation with our alumnae who are pioneers in the philanthropic field. This discussion will leave feeling inspired to come together as alumnae and begin to build a network of women leaders focused on advancing philanthropy.

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Jennifer Daniel ’07TCB, Founder, Princess Chambers Inc.
Jennifer founded Princess Chambers Inc. to recognize and award young women with free prom dresses, shoes, and accessories to ensure that young women feel confident and elegant during this special time in their lives. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Jennifer was instilled with the spirit of community service from childhood. At the age of 7, she started accompanying her mother to pack and deliver fresh groceries to senior citizens every month and continued to do so until she became a pre-teen. Later, she volunteered with ACTS Ministry Inc., a non-profit organization that provides gently used donated furniture/household items to families in need, as their Logistics Coordinator for 5 years and is currently the new membership coordinator. Jennifer firmly believes “to whom much is given, much is required.” Today, she works as a Brand Ambassador for KIND Snacks, committed to the KIND Movement to spread and celebrate kindness, through acts big or small, and the goal of making kindness a state of mind. She has participated in mission trips to bring resources and hope to under-developed communities, in Panama in 2008 and in Ethiopia in 2013. Jennifer loves to bake, travel, run and spread love.

Andreia Gibau ’18CPSMiss New York USA 2020
Andreia is the current Miss New York 2020. Reflecting her commitment to the University’s Vincentian philosophy of caring for others, this engaging and dynamic alumna uses her platform to raise awareness of and resources for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Victoria Pilotti, Ed.D. ’90GEd, ’11Ed.D, President, Center for the Women of New York (CWNY)
Victoria is the President of the Center for the Women of New York. This groundbreaking organization’s mission is to provide helpful resources and push for equalities for women.

Year-end Tax Planning Opportunities Abound Under COVID-19

Tuesday, November 17 at 1 p.m.

This week, we invite you to hear from John Ceparano '85CBA, Principal & Wealth Manager, Modera Wealth Management, LLC and Donna Furey, Esq.’01L, Law Office of Donna Furey for a Year-end Tax Planning Opportunities Abound Under COVID-19.

You deserve to take advantage of 2020 Year-end Tax Opportunities including:
- With No RMD’s required, should you do Roth conversions?
-Low interest rates – when are points deductible?
-Can you still get a tax benefit with charitable deductions? Yes, and we’ll cover QCD’s, Donor Advised Funds, and a number of other options.
-Do you know which accounts you should pull cash from first (Taxable, IRA, 401k, or Roth accounts) in retirement to minimize your and your family’s taxes?
-How have changes in the law created estate tax planning opportunities?
-And there’s more

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John Ceparano '85CBA

"John Ceparano ’85CBA is a Principal and Wealth Manager with Modera Wealth Management, LLC, a fee-only wealth advisory office that provides an uncommon brand of financial and tax planning advice to successful entrepreneurs and retirees. As a CPA, John's recommendations always pass through an income tax lens. He is passionate about making people’s lives simpler so they can spend more time doing what they enjoy most.

John graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting, with a minor in Economics, from St. John’s University in 1985 and received his Master of Taxation degree from Florida Atlantic University in August 2005."

Donna Furey, Esq.’01L

Donna Furey ‘01L is an elder law attorney with an office located in Astoria. She received her law degree from St. John’s University School of Law and her bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, from Bernard M. Baruch College. Paula is Co-Chair of the Elder Law Committee of the Queens County Bar Association and the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York. She is proactive in the legal and local community and received the “Woman of the Year” award from the Kiwanis Club for her service to the community in 2009. For her participation with the St. John’s University School of Law Alumni Association, she received the recent graduate service award for 2007.

Upcoming Programs

Italian Heritage Month

Entrepreneurial Month

Tuesday, December 8 
Society Christmas Holiday (Virtual Event) - Oler's Lesson's and Carols

Past Program Library

Missed one of our events? You can catch up any time with our Virtual Events Library. Just click on the event name to play the video.

For more information contact:

Susan M. Damiani '87CBA
Director of Gift Planning and The McCallen Society
Tel: 718-990-7562
[email protected]