Board of Directors
Sandra Harris, LMSW
Sandra Harris is the Assistant Vice President of Government & Community Affairs at Columbia University Medical Center. In her role, she is responsible for maintaining community and institutional relations, developing partnerships and promoting university and community programs that impact the health and well-being of the northern Manhattan community. Ms. Harris's work in the community began 23 years ago, as a Constituent Services Liaison for State Senator Franz Leichter, where she developed a keen understanding of the needs of her community. This led to a career change, which resulted in her working at Alianza Dominicana and later becoming Executive Director of the Northern Manhattan Community Voices Collaborative. Ms. Harris currently serves as a member of the American Public Health Association, National Association of Social Workers and the NJ Mental Health Counselor’s Association.
Ms. Harris has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the College of Human Services-Metropolitan College of New York and a master's degree in Social Work from the City University of New York-Hunter College.
Vice Chair & Acting Treasurer
Cheryl Kallem is currently a Managing Director of Golden Seeds, a network of angel investors. She was a Senior Managing Director at First Manhattan Co. and served as the firm’s Chief Financial & Operations Officer from 2004 - 2017. In her roles, she directed all financial and operational activities and. In 2011, she also assumed responsibility for information technology. Ms. Kallem was a member of the committee charged with establishing strategic direction, managing all business activities and overseeing operations and administrative matters. She also served as the firm’s Co-Chief Compliance Officer where she had significant involvement in compliance and corporate governance matters. Prior to joining First Manhattan Co., Ms. Kallem served as Managing Director and Assistant Controller of Bear, Stearns & Co., with responsibility for both regulatory reporting and the international accounting group. Ms. Kallem previously served as Treasurer, and later, Co-President, of the New York City Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
Ms. Kallem has a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Colgate University and a master's degree in Accounting from Rutgers University. She is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Evelyn De La Rosa
Evelyn De La Rosa is an active community member who has also served as Account Manager at AT&T Interactive where she was responsible for technology-related customer service issues and delivered expertise in redesigning and updating clients’ websites. Prior to her position at AT&T Interactive, Ms. De La Rosa served as a Workforce Management Analyst/Project Manager at Washington Post, Kaplan Higher Education where she administered change order processes and implemented systematic plans in restructuring IT to work more efficiently. Preceding her work at Kaplan Higher Education, she was a Marketing Manager, Team Leader and Senior Loan Officer at Newbridge Mortgage Corporation where she provided training for new loan officers.
Ms. De La Rosa has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Information System and Business Administration from Manhattan College and a master's degree in Organizational Leadership/Management from Mercy College.
Edward "Eddie" Cuesta is the National Executive Director at Dominicanos USA. In his role, Mr. Cuesta provides management and supervision of an on-the-ground, civic engagement operation situated in Hostos Community College. Prior to joining Dominicanos USA, Mr. Cuesta served as Recruitment Strategist at the City University of New York-Murphy Institute School of Professional Studies where he was responsible for the development of successful recruitment for certificate and academic degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Earlier in his career, Mr. Cuesta worked in the money remittance industry in roles ranging from General Manager at Envios Abreu y Collado, Ltd. to Corporate Account and Area Development Manager for the Northeast Region at Sigue Corporation.
Mr. Cuesta has a bachelor’s degree in International Studies from the City University of New York-City College and a master's degree in Urban Studies from the City University of New York-Murphy Institute School of Professional Studies.
Juan A. Arteaga, Esq.
Juan A. Arteaga is a partner at Crowell & Moring, specializing in antitrust litigation. In this role, he advises companies, boards of directors, and executives on a broad range of civil and criminal antitrust matters, including litigation, merger reviews, and government and internal investigations. He also represents clients in a wide range of high-stakes, complex commercial litigation matters. Previously, Mr. Arteaga served as a senior official in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice during the Obama administration. While at the Antitrust Division, he served as the Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Civil Enforcement where he was responsible for overseeing and working on some of the most important antitrust investigations and litigation in the past 50 years. He also served as Chief of Staff and Senior Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust Division.
Mr. Arteaga has a bachelor's degree, magna cum laude, from Boston College and a Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School, where he served as a managing director of the Law Review and was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. He is a member of the New York City Bar Association’s Judiciary Committee and serves on the Criminal Justice Act panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
John Lyons is the Associate Director of Institutional Research and Assessment at New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. In his role, he organizes and oversees accreditation and programmatic reporting 16 nationally accredited programs. Through his work, he designs and implements protocols and instrumentation for ongoing program evaluation and improvement. Prior to Mr. Lyons’ work at NYU, he was part of the NMIC staff from 2002 through 2009, first as an English Language Instructor and later promoted to Director of the Adult Education Program. In his English Language Instructor position, Mr. Lyons developed numerous courses and workshops as part of the English for Speakers of other Languages (ESOL) curriculum. As the Adult Education Program Director, he managed the program’s funding and assisted with agency-wide strategy. Mr. Lyons’ English Instructor path began at BKC International House in Moscow, Russia where he taught grammar and communicative English at all levels from children to adult professionals.
Mr. Lyons holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Scranton, a master's degree in Language & Literacy from the City University of New York- City College, and is completing his doctoral degree in Teaching & Learning at New York University.
Nancy Wackstein started as Director of Community Engagement and Partnerships at the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service in February 2016 following a long career in the New York City nonprofit sector. Ms. Wackstein served from 2002 to 2015 as Executive Director of United Neighborhood Houses of New York, the federation of New York City’s 38 settlement houses and community centers. Prior to UNH, she was the Executive Director of Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, a Manhattan settlement house, for 11 years. Ms. Wackstein served as Director of the NYC Mayor’s Office on Homelessness and SRO Housing from l990-91 under Mayor David N. Dinkins and was Senior Policy Advisor for Human Services in Manhattan Borough President David Dinkins’ Office from l986-l989.
Ms. Wackstein received her bachelor’s degree from Binghamton University, SUNY, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and a master’s degree from the Columbia University School of Social Work. In 2013 Ms. Wackstein was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from her alma mater Binghamton University.
Nathalie Tejada is an Associate Director of Development, Corporate & Foundation Relations at Albert Einstein College of Medicine & Montefiore Health System, and the Founder and Principal at Generating Results, LLC. In her roles, she is responsible for securing financial support from corporations and the government as well as increasing levels of involvement and support among donors and prospects. Prior to her current role, Ms. Tejada was the Director of Corporate Sponsorship at the Dominican Film Festival in NYC. A successful festival featuring the richness of the film industry in the Dominican Republic and the United States. She also served as Director of Development, Public, and Government Relations at Astor Services for Children & Families where she developed and executed an annual fundraising plan, led events and managed the Bronx Committee of the Board and the Young Professionals Board. Previously, Ms. Tejada was the Development Coordinator at the City College of New York where she researched potential funding programs, developed strategies for crowdfunding campaigns, and coordinated fundraising events. She began her development career at Dominican Women’s Development Center (DWDC) where she first held the title of Development Officer and then Grant Writer and Special Event Consultant. Ms. Tejada is currently a member of the Committee for the Future and the Grant Advisory Committee, New York Women's Foundation, and DWDC's Gala Benefit Committee.
Ms. Tejada has a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Latin American Studies and a master's degree in Public Administration from the City University of New York-John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
Seny Taveras, J.D.
Seny Taveras is the Executive Director of CUNY in the Heights-Hostos Community College, Department of Continuing Education and Workforce Development. In this role, she oversees a broad range of fiscal and program responsibilities for continuing education and related external programs. Ms. Taveras previously served as Chief of Staff to New York City Councilmember Ydanis Rodriguez, where she managed budgets, legislation, and day-to-day operations. Before obtaining her position with the Councilmember, Ms. Taveras worked in the private sector serving as Chief of Staff for DAP Strategies, LLC where she was responsible for strategic planning for a segment of the company’s international portfolio. Prior to her experience in the private sector, she worked as Special Assistant to New York State Deputy Secretary for Public Safety and Homeland Security, Denise O’Donnell. In her role, she influenced policies and operations for the state’s homeland security, emergency preparedness, and criminal justice agencies. Before rising to the special assistant position, she also served as Senior Policy Advisor to Lieutenant Governor David A. Paterson.
Ms. Taveras has a bachelor's degree in Legal Studies from City University of New York-John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a Juris Doctor from Hofstra University School of Law.