Career Day is May 16th for our 8th graders. Career Day is a collaborative effort between the Chappaqua Central School District and the PTA Career Day Committees at the middle schools. It is structured to expose our children to a wide range of careers, to show them a variety of possibilities, and to start them thinking about choices to be made along their future career paths.
The program will begin with the keynote address by Mike Jbara, a Chappaqua Dad and President of ADA Worldwide, Warner Music Group. Then, the students will be divided into smaller groups and rotated through 4 sessions. There will be two professionals in each session representing six broad areas: Engineering & Technology, Arts & Humanities, Business & Information Systems, Natural & Agricultural Sciences, Human & Public Services, and Health Services.
We encourage all 8th grade parents to have a dialogue with their child about Career Day. In order to help you do this, we have included a brief introduction of our presenters below. We would also like to thank the presenters in advance for taking the time to enrich the academic experience for our children, and thank all our parent volunteers, who will help chaperone the eighth graders to each of their workshop sessions.
The Career Day Committee
Co-Chairs – Lisa Kitterman-Cohen and Kathy Thorsberg
Faculty Coordinators – Danielle Runfola and Elliot Semel
Committee – Carolyn Hauptman, Robin Nack, Ellen Portman, Erin Ringham-Milne, Dawn Weinstein
Mike Jbara is the President of ADA Worldwide, Warner Music Group, and he is responsible for leading the growth of ADA’s services to independent labels and artists, expanding the company’s global footprint and nurturing ADA’s unique identity. Jbara previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Warner Elektra Atlantic Corp (WEA Corp.), where he oversaw WEA and ADA’s day-to-day operations, including retail sales, direct-to-consumer sales and operations, merchandise sales, retail marketing, production and distribution. Before joining WEA, Jbara was a Senior Manager in the New York-based Media and Entertainment Practice at Andersen Consulting. Jbara holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering from the University of Michigan, and lives in Chappaqua with his wife and two children.
Engineering & Technologies
Ken Andersen is a Principal/AIA at Granoff Architects, a full-service design firm. Ken is the key designer and project architect for many of the firm’s major residential projects. Ken is a graduate of Syracuse University – School of Architecture.
Edward Bosco is the Managing Principal of the New York Office of ME Engineers, a global building engineering firm. Prior to his 20 years with the firm, he worked as an engineer in manufacturing. He completed his engineering studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and is licensed to practice engineering in 10 states. His recent projects include Yankee Stadium, Citifield, Madison Square Garden, the retractable roof over the US Open Tennis Facility, and renovations to the school of engineering at Cornell University.
Christopher J. Capelli is Counsel for Edwards Wildman Palmer, LLP, in Stamford CT. Chris practices in Intellectual Property (Patent) Law. Chris has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics from George Washington University, and his J.D. from New York Law School.
Dr. Bobbie Cochrane is the lead software architect for data management solutions on IBM’s cloud platform. She leads the design and architecture of cloud-based offerings that support the safe, reliable persistent storage of data that is required to support applications ranging from mobile-social interactions to financial transactions. She holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, College Park, and graduated with a major in Mathematics and minors in Music and Physics from James Madison University, Virginia.
Robert Guglielmo is Co-Founder and President of Gambit Technologies, a specialized technology recruitment firm servicing the Financial Services and High Tech software industry. Gambit delivers technology related services across the United States. Gambit is headquartered in NYC, but currently is building offices in Boston, San Francisco, and Texas. Robert graduated from Brooklyn College with a degree in English.
Arts & Humanities
Mark Bomback is a screenwriter whose credits include Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, The Wolverine, Total Recall, Unstoppable, Live Free or Die Hard, Deception, Race to Witch Mountain, and Godsend. While primarily a writer of feature films, Mark recently co-developed a TV series, Legends, for TNT with Howard Gordon (Homeland), which is scheduled to air August 2014. A young adult novel, Mapmaker, is also in development for publisher Soho Teen, to be published in 2015. When his schedule permits, Mark teaches a class in screenwriting at his alma mater, Wesleyan University.
Dale Cendali, P.C. is a partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s New York office and is the head of the Copyright, Trademark and Internet and Advertising group. She is nationally recognized in the field of litigating intellectual property. She successfully litigated for the Harry Potter Lexicon fair use case, the Associated Press in Obama HOPE poster, and for the producers of SpiderMan: Turn Off the Dark on Broadway. The National Law Journal selected her as one of the “100 Most Influential Lawyers in America”. Dale is a graduate of Yale College and Harvard Law School. Dale is also an adjunct professor at Harvard Law School, teaching Copyright and Trademark Litigation.
Ellen Davis is a Television Writer/Producer/Director of direct On Air Promos. On Air Promos are commercials for television networks that steer viewers towards upcoming programming. Ellen has worked for many networks including MTV, Nickelodeon, NBC, HBO, ESPN, CNBC, MSNBC and Lifetime. Currently Ellen is at Al Jazeera America. Ellen majored in Communications at The University of Massachusetts, and her first job was bring a Production Assistant for NBC.
Matthew Van Fleet is a creator of interactive children’s books, including the million-copy selling Fuzzy Yellow Ducklings, and the #1 New York Times Children’s bestsellers Tails and Dog. His books have been translated throughout the world and have sold over 5.3 million copies in the U.S. He is President and owner of his own graphic design company, Dragonfly Design, Inc. He graduated from Syracuse University.
Ken Glinert is Vice- President of Sales at Multi Packaging Solutions. Multi Packaging Solutions is a full-service print and packaging company that specializes in consumer brands, entertainment and health care. Ken holds several patents in package design and works with consumer product companies such as Nike, Rockstar Games, 2K, Jawbone, Bethesda Softworks, Starbucks, Taylor Made and REI. Previously, Ken worked for Shorewood Packaging (a business unit of International Paper) in both manufacturing and sales leadership roles. Ken graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Imaging Science.
Barbara Leibovitz Hellman is a multimedia executive producer and director shooting Celebrity Behind-the-Scenes content that is distributed on websites and in electronic press kits for clients such as Vanity Fair, Vogue, Louis Vuitton, GAP, Disney, plus many more. In addition, Barbara has written, directed and produced award-winning documentaries for such networks as Discovery Channel, National Geographic, CNN, TBS, Discovery Health and PBS. Barbara wrote, produced and directed Annie Leibovitz: Life through a Lens (2007) which aired on PBS and has been broadcast worldwide.
Alex Lampert is a graduate of Westorchard, Bell and Horace Greeley. Alex attended Trinity College in Hartford, CT, where he achieved a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. Having always been interested in music and technology, he took his career in a different direction and became an owner of Jimmy Dee Entertainment – a 3-time Best-of-Westchester award winning Entertainment Company.
Marjorie Troob and Tanya Tochner are co-owners of Rocks by Jolie B. Ray, a retail jewelry store in Armonk, NY. They have been designing jewelry for seven years, and have owned the store for two years. Previously, Marjorie was an Employee Benefit Consultant and Tanya was the Director of Human Resources for the Museum of Natural History in NYC. Marjorie graduated from the University of Arizona and Tanya graduated from Baruch College.
Business & Information Systems
Scott Boilen, LLC is the founder, CEO, and President of Allstar Marketing Group, LLC, a leading direct response and consumer products company. Most recently, Allstar has launched very successful product campaigns which have translated into relevant consumer brands including Snuggie the Blanket with Sleeves, Bendaroos Flexible Building Sticks, and Topsy Turvy Upside Down Tomato Planter. Scott graduated from SUNY Albany with a degree in Business Administration, and has a MBA from Fordham University.
Lisa Caesar, CFA is Executive Director, Treasury Services for JP Morgan Chase. Lisa has over 25 years of experience with financial services companies, working for Citigroup in fixed income sales and Lehman Brothers as a trader prior to JP Morgan Chase. Lisa graduated from Harvard Business School.
Jennifer Tafet Klausner is a partner in the Litigation Practice Group of Davis & Gilbert. She has extensive experience handling commercial matters, including intellectual property, real estate, employment and contract disputes, as well as negligence actions. Jennifer also has trial experience, in both state and federal court, and has argued appeals before the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court. Jennifer was selected as a Super Lawyer by New York Metro Super Lawyers in 2013. She has a B.A. with distinction from the University of Michigan and a J.D., magna cum laude, from Benjamin Cardozo School of Law.
Andrew Klein is President, CEO, and founder of Revolution Marketing. Revolution Marketing is an entertainment marketing company that produces live events and concerts, and represent artists including Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry and the Rolling Stones. Andrew previously worked for EMCI, an entertainment marketing company. Andrew graduated from Tulane University in New Orleans.
Mat Mildenhall is the Global Client Lead at BBDO. Born and raised in the UK, he went to Sheffield University for a law degree, and then on to business school at Cambridge University. For the last 15 years, Mat has worked in advertising selling soaps, razors, credit cards, cars, fuels, hotels, and many other things. Advertising has given Mat the opportunity to spend time in over 60 countries and led Mat and his family to relocate here from London.
Mark Mutkoski is a Principal in True North Management Group, LLC, spearheading its lodging and leisure investment activities as well as its student housing and senior housing investments. Mark’s responsibilities include sourcing/originating and underwriting investments as well as asset management. Prior to his private equity career in real estate investment management, Mark was a Wall Street Analyst for nine years. Mark is a graduate of Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration.
Nancy Shenkeris Founder & CEO of theONswitch, a boutique marketing company that specializes in combining digital media and conventional media. She is also the President of the Chappaqua-Millwood Chamber of Commerce and writes for the Huffington Post and produces two of her own blogs. Her book “Don’t Hook Up With the Dude in the Next Cube: 200+ Career Tips for 20-Somethings” is available on Amazon.com in both print and electronic editions. Prior to starting her own company in 2003, she held executive marketing positions at Citibank, MasterCard, and Reed Exhibitions (the producer of ComicCon). A graduate of the University of Michigan, she majored in English and Psychology.
Peter Troob is a co-founder and managing member of Troob Capital Management LLC (TCM). TCM invests in a host of companies, some of which are well known, such as Apple, Rite Aid, McDonalds and Verizon. TCM helps companies that need financing to find money in order to improve their businesses. TCM also restructures companies in need of financing alternatives. Prior to founding TCM, Peter was a partner at Contrarian Capital Management, a hedge fund in Greenwich Connecticut and an investment banker in New York City for Donaldson, Lufkin, Jenrette and Kidder, Peabody. Peter is also the co-author of Monkey Business: Swinging through the Wall Street Jungle. Monkey Business has been published in over five languages and sold hundreds of thousands of copies worldwide. Peter received a bachelor’s degree from Duke University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude. He also received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Natural and Agricultural Sciences
Dan Carr is a member of the Livestock Staff at Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, and cares for all the farm animals, including the bees. He graduated from the University of Montana with a BA in History and Political Science. He started working on farms, and on a Scottish Dairy farm he discovered the World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) Program. He spent three years as an Agriculture/Environment Peace Corps volunteer in Malawi, where he fell in love with keeping bees and working the land.
Karen Edwards, M.D., MPH is Vice President for Education, Training and Research at Westchester Institute for Human Development in Valhalla, NY, where she also serves as co-UCEDD Director (University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities) and director of the LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities) Program. She is Professor of Practice at the New York Medical College School of Health Sciences and Practice. She received her university and medical school education at the University of Connecticut, completed her residency at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and completed a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Fellowship at Yale University School of Medicine. She received her MPH degree from NY Medical College School of Health Sciences and Practices.
Dr. Laurie Hess, DVM, Diplomate ABVP (Avian Practice) is an avian and exotic pet veterinarian and owner of the Veterinary Center for Birds and Exotics in Bedford Hills. Dr. Hess has lectured nationally and internationally, and has published numerous articles and book chapters on birds and other exotic species. She also has been a guest expert on many television shows, including Animal Planet, The Doctors, 48 Hours, Inside Edition, and Good Day NY. She also appears on radio stations throughout the U.S. and Canada, and appears monthly on her “Bird’s Eye View” radio show. She graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Yale University and received her veterinary medical degree from Tufts.
Leslie Lampert is executive chef/owner of Café of Love and Ladle of Love in Mt. Kisco, NY. Previously she was a Senior Editor at Ladies Home Journal Magazine, where she produced and wrote scores of food articles and spent countless hours in the test kitchen developing recipes for more than 17 million readers. Leslie appeared frequently on television as a lifestyle expert on The Today Show, CNN and CBS’s 48 Hours. Ladle of Love won Forbes Enterprise Award in 2006 and Leslie was featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show in 2008. Leslie holds a Bachelor of Arts from Skidmore College and a Masters in Journalism from Boston University.
Christine Hsu Rohde, MD, MPH, FACS is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at CUMC, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Christine also is an Attending Surgeon at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Rohde’s specializes in Plastic Surgery. Christine has a B.A. cum laude in Molecular Biology from Princeton University, M.D from Harvard Medical School, and a M.P.H. Health Policy and Management, Effectiveness and Outcomes Research from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.
Human & Public Services
Alexander Antes is a Special Agent for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He is assigned to the New York Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), which is comprised of approximately 40 Federal, State and Local law enforcement agencies. The JTTF conducts counterterrorism investigations of individuals and groups with a national security nexus to New York. Prior to the JTTF, Alex had been a Special Agent for U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, an Investigator for the FAA, and a Math Instructor at New York City Technical College. He has a BA from State University of NY at Binghamton, with a major in Mathematical Sciences.
Mary Borowka, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker. She received her Master’s in Social Work from Hunter School of Social Work. Mary has worked with many people in many different settings including schools, hospitals and social service agencies. Currently Mary has a child psychotherapy practice in Chappaqua.
Rob Greensteinis a trial attorney at the law firm Greenstein & Milbauer, LLP in New York City. He founded the law firm in 1995, two years out of law school. Rob started the Chappaqua-Millwood Chamber of Commerce in 2012. Rob was recently elected Supervisor for the Town of New Castle. Rob graduated from SUNY Binghamton and from New York Law School.
Kristen Orlando is a Teen Educator and Teen Counselor at Hope’s Door, a Domestic Violence agency in Pleasantville. Kristen earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at Siena College, with a minor in Business. She is currently working on her Masters in Mental Health Counseling at Pace University, with a concentration on substance abuse.
Serina Pak is a Vice-President of Human Resources for Danone Waters of America. Serina has over 15 years of experience in Human Resources in a variety of industries and companies, including Viacom Radio and Interactive Media, iVillage, Inc., Nature Technologies, and The Dannon Company. Serina has a B.A. in Psychology from Dickinson College and a M.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of New Haven.
Michael S. Satow is the President and CEO of JDS Therapeutics, responsible for strategic direction and leadership. An entrepreneur, Michael joined JDS Therapeutics from JDS Pharmaceuticals, a specialty pharmaceutical company that he co-founded with his father. Michael also founded and served as CEO of MarketXT, the first retail afterhours stock market. For his work with MarketXT, he was named a Top 10 American Innovator by US News and World Report. Michael began his career as an attorney. Michael received a B.A. from Columbia University and a J.D. from Georgetown.
Stacey Wachtfogel is EVP, Chief Human Resources Officer for Makovsky Integrated Communications, a 2013 PR News – Top Places to Work. Stacey has a B.A. from Rutgers Universityand a M.A. from The New School.
Dr. Roxane Dornbusch, D.M.D. is the owner of a cosmetic and family dental in White Plains. She attended SUNY Purchase College for Pre-Med, and earned her Doctorate in Medical Dentistry from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. While attending dental school, Dr. Dornbusch co-founded Community 2000, which provided dental students with the opportunity to offer care to residents of underprivileged communities.
Dr. Ann Marie Evanko has a Private Orthodontic practice in Mt. Kisco. She has a B.S. in Biology from Rensselaer Polytech Institute, a D.M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, and her Orthodontic specialty training was at Montefiore Med Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
Dr. John C. Evanko, M.D., M.B.A. is the Associate Chief Medical Officer at New York Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Evanko graduated from Princeton University and earned his medical degree from New York Medical College in Valhalla, New York. He received his M.B.A. from Columbia Business School, and did his residency at the New York Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University. Dr. Evanko’s primary specialty is gynecology. Dr. Evanko has continually been recognized by peers and students for his excellence in teaching. He has had extensive training in pelvic reconstruction, urogynecologic and minimally invasive procedures, including laparoscopy and DaVinci robotic surgery.
Dr. Diane Kerstein, M.D. Is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Columbia University- College of Physicians and Surgeons. She has a private pediatric cardiology practice in Westchester. She received her medical degree from State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and she did her residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
Lisa Lampe is a Physical Therapist who has practiced physical therapy in rehabilitation facilities, hospitals, doctor’s offices, and outpatient facilities, treating patients with problems ranging from neurological to orthopedic in nature. Lisa graduated from Siena College with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing Management, and she has a Bachelor of Science in the Allied Health Professions: Physical Therapy from Ohio State University.
Peter Marcon is a Senior Equity Sales Trader at Cowen & Co. With over 30 years of experience, Peter previously worked as a Senior Equity Sales Trader for Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, and Bear Stearns & Company. Peter is also a Board Member and EMT for the Chappaqua Volunteer Ambulance Corp., and is currently enrolled in a nursing program at Westchester Community College. Peter attended Iona College and graduated with a BBA.
Benna F. Strober, Psy.D. is a Licensed Psychologist in private practice in Mount Kisco, NY and she is also a school Psychologist/Evaluator for Southern Westchester BOCES and Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES. Benna has over 25 years of experience as a Psychologist. Benna graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts from SUNY Albany, and a M.S. Ed. In School Psychology from Pace University.