Staff & Boards

CDI Staff

John J. Mancuso, Jr., LCSW
Executive Director
(212) 353-2010 x150

Margaret Aylward, LMSW
Assistant Executive Director
(212) 353-2010 x161

Michael Roberts, MSW
Assistant Executive Director
(212) 353-2010 x180

Adee Braun
Communications and Development Associate
(212) 353-2010 x102

Mercedes Brazier-Thurman
Senior Career Advisor, HPHS
(212) 780-9175 x6010

Forrest Buckman
Director of Data Development
(212) 353-2010 x182

Brianna Carp
Coordinator of Legal Information, MC
(212) 353-2010 x153

Kira Cohen
Student Advocate, MC
(212) 353-2010 x214

James Collins
Director of Finance
(212) 353-2010 x154

Abdoul Manan Deen
Tutor, MC
(212) 353-2010 x155

Hayley Dicken
College Advisor, Avodah Intern
(212) 353-2010 x162

Maimouna Dieye
Internship Coordinator, MC
(212) 353-2010 x163

Kenneth Dougherty
Tutor, MC
(212) 353-2010 x155

Suzette Ferguson
Data Management Coordinator
(212) 353-2010 x182

Nicole Ethier
Administrative Coordinator, Executive Team
(212) 353-2010 x152

Gladys Franceschi
Senior Internship Coordinator, MC
(212) 353-2010 x213

Jarrell Harrison
College and Career Advisor, CAS
(212) 337-6843

Bobbie Hernandez
Director of Student Support Services, MC
(212) 353-2010 x202

Deidre Keys
Internship Coordinator, MC
(212) 353-2010 x202

Andrée Lockwood
Director of Development
(212) 353-2010 x181

Anthony Miranda
Student Advocate Leader, HPHS
(212) 780-9175 x3002

Tiffany Myrick
Student Advocate, MC
(212) 353-2010 x212

Yasir Naeem
Tutor, MC
(212) 353-2010 x155

Meghan Nickerson
Coordinator of Academic Services, MC
(212) 353-2010 x155

Ivan Porto
College Advisor, MC
(212) 353-2010 x157

Marina Royo
Senior College Advisor, HPHS
(212) 780-9175 x3002

Jonathan Saul
College and Career Advisor, CAS
(212) 337-6841

Fatimah Shalash
College Advisor
(212) 780-9175 x3002

Alacia Steinbergen
College & Career Assistant/Public Allies Interm, CAS
(212) 337-6841

Monica Stockhausen
Program Assistant, HPHS
(212) 780-9175 x6013

Rebecca Travis
Coordinator of College Services, MC
(212) 353-2010 x160

Jordan Wesley
Site Coordinator, HPHS
(212) 780-9175 x6011


CDI Board of Directors

Dean Backer
Partner, Goldman Sachs & Co.

Bleema Bershad
Partner, MomFocus Marketing LLC

Michael L. Bittle
Principal, M.L. Bittle, New York

Michael Braun
Founder, Braun Business Management, Inc.

Pamela Craig, Chair
Chief Financial Officer, Accenture, Retired

Tim M. Ettenheim
COO, Bard Graduate Center

Susan R. Fellner
COO/Director Financial Institutions Group and Technology, Media and Telecom, Credit Suisse

Howard A. Friedman
Founder and Principal Emeritus

Manhattan Comprehensive Night & Day High School

Michael Koester, Vice Chair
Partner, Goldman, Sachs & Co.

John J. Mancuso, Jr.
Executive Director, Comprehensive Development, Inc.

Michael F. Melcher
Partner, Next Step Partners, LLC

Gail O. Mellow, Ph.D.
President, LaGuardia Community College

Sarah D. Persily
Principal, Strong Circles LLC

Ali Sheikhzadeh, Ph.D.
Associate Director of Research, Occupational & Industrial Orthopaedic Center, NYU Langone Medical Center

Ellen Taus, Treasurer
Treasurer & Chief Financial Officer, The Rockefeller Foundation

Andrew Wang
Finance Director, American Express

MCNDHS Class of 1999


Board of Advisors

David Bolotsky
Founder & Chief Executive Officer, UncommonGoods

Gregory P. Cohen
CDI Founding Executive Director; Senior Associate, Cause Effective

Robert V. Delaney
Group Senior VP, Brooklyn Union Gas, Retired

Meryl Greenfield
Education Consultant, Retired

Carolyn Risoli
President, CRisoli Consulting

Kevin E. Walker, Chair
Chief Operating Officer, Iberdrola USA


Honorary Board

Robert Catell
Chairman, AERTC, Stony Brook University

Annette Lauer, Chair

Matt Lauer
Morning Anchor, NBC Today Show

Pedro Noguera, Ph.D.
Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Development/Exec. Director, Metropolitan Center for Urban Education


Manhattan Comprehensive Cabinet Members

Michael Toise

John J. Mancuso, Jr.
Executive Director/CDI

Margaret Aylward
Assistant Executive Director/CDI

Judy Horvay
Assistant Principal, ELA/ESL

Sam Hussey
Assistant Principal, Guidance

Mark Testa
Assistant Principal, Math/Science

Jeff Zerowin
Education Consultant


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