NYU Steinhardt Dean's Council

The Steinhardt Dean's Council is a group of alumni, parents, and friends of the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. As Steinhardt sustains and strengthens its teaching, research, and public programming, the Council offers steady guidance and support to Dean Mary Brabeck. The Council includes three subcommittees: alumni engagement, development/capital needs, and marketing/partnerships.

Kiki M. BassoulKiki M. Bassoul
Sales and Communications Manager
Jade Range

Alumna, 2010, Media, Culture and Communication
Steinhardt Dean's Council member since 2011

Kiki Bassoul is Sales and Communications Manager for Jade Range, a leader in cooking equipment for institutions, restaurants and hotels.  As the youngest manager in the company, Ms. Bassoul has successfully increased sales profits by 40%.  She has also spearheaded Middle East operations, formed strong relationships with reputable foundations such as the James Beard Foundation and StarChefs and integrated social media into their marketing strategy with profitable results. One of her greatest accomplishments has been the creation of a joint website with the EPA that creates awareness about green initiatives within the industry. She also formed an advisory council dedicated to female chefs within the foodservice industry. 

Bassoul graduated NYU Steinhardt in 2010 with a degree in Media, Culture and Communication. During her time at NYU, she was named one of NYU’s 15 Most Influential Students as well as selected as the student speaker for Steinhardt’s Commencement Ceremony at Radio City Music Hall.She was also elected President of the Inter-Greek Council, NYU’s largest student organization. During her free time, she enjoys traveling and volunteering with several shelters on Skid Row in Los Angeles. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her cat Lola.

Lisa BelzbergLisa Belzberg
Founder and Chair Emeritus, Public Education Needs Civic Involvement in Learning (PENCIL)

Alumna, 2006, Teaching and Learning
Steinhardt Dean's Council Member since 2007

Dr. Lisa Belzberg is the Founder and Chair Emeritus of the non-profit organization PENCIL (Public Education Needs Civic Involvement in Learning). She has worked for political campaign consultant David Garth, as a producer of The Charlie Rose Show, as a Principal at Leeds Equity Partners, and as an Adjunct Professor at Teacher's College, Columbia. Dr. Belzberg was named one of the 10 Most Influential New Yorkers by New York, honored as one of Redbook's Mothers and Shakers, featured in Harper's Bazaar's "A View From The Top: Seven Power Women," was named one of George magazine's "Citizens of the Year," and was included in Crain's New York Business' list of 40 Under 40. She is an acting board member for JDC, OneFamily Fund, and the Barnard/Columbia Center for Urban Policy. Dr. Belzberg holds a BA from Barnard College, an MS from The London School of Economics, and a PhD in Education from New York University.

 

Jane Willner BloomgardenJane Willner Bloomgarden
Clinical Psychologist in Private Practice

Steinhardt Dean's Council Member since 2012

Jane Willner Bloomgarden, PhD is a clinical psychologist with postdoctoral certification, and received her formal training at NYU and at New York Hospital. She currently works with adults, adolescents, children, and parents in her private practice in Scarsdale, NY. She is a supervisor and adjunct faculty member at Yeshiva University, Ferkauf Graduate Center, and a faculty member at Westchester Center for The Study of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy where she served as associate director of the Child-Adolescent program, teaches Working With Parents, directs its film series, and currently serves as associate director of the Adult Psychotherapy program. She is a board member of the Child Study Center, NYU School of Medicine and the Ferkauf Graduate Center.

 

Mark L. BoddenMark L. Bodden
Vice President and Program Director
Rudin Foundations/Rudin Management Company, Inc.

Steinhardt Dean's Council Member since 2007

As Vice President and Program Director of Rudin Foundations, Mark Bodden directs the philanthropic activities of three family foundations based and operating primarily in New York City. Prior to his current position, Mr. Bodden was the Managing Director of Binder and Binder, a national law firm handling Social Security Disability cases. He led the corporate giving program at Philip Morris Companies (presently Altria) and has over fifteen years of public policy experience in Washington, DC and Albany. An informal consultant to numerous nonprofit organizations, Bodden has been a presenter at national and regional grant-making conferences, including the Council on Foundations, and is currently on the Board of Philanthropy New York (previously the New York Regional Association of Grantmakers) and the Edwin Gould Academy. He is a fellow at the Public Affairs Institute in Washington, having completed its three-year program for Public Affairs Executives. He serves on the faculty at Baruch College's School of Public Affairs and provides educational guidance to numerous high school and college students.

Bodden is a graduate of the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell and completed coursework at the National Law Center at George Washington University. Notwithstanding the fact that the Brooklyn Dodgers left Brooklyn for points west when he was a young boy, he continues to support them vigorously in their new home.

Linda CarterLinda Carter
Clinical Associate Professor in Psychiatry
New York University School of Medicine

Alumna, 1974, Clinical School Psychology
Steinhardt Dean's Council member since 2011

Linda Carter, PhD is a Clinical Associate Professor in Psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine, and the Director of the Family Studies Program at the NYU Child Study Center. Dr. Carter developed the family therapy treatment and training program at the NYU Medical Center over twenty years ago, which she continues to direct. She also maintains an active clinical practice, where she sees individuals,couples and families in a behaviorally oriented psychotherapy. She specializes in working with couples who present with a wide range of issues and challenges at each stage of the life cycle. Dr. Carter received her BA from Queens College of the City of New York and her MS from the City College of New York. She received her PhD in Clinical School Psychology from NYU Steinhardt. She completed her post-doctoral training in family psychotherapy at the Nathan W. Ackerman Family Institute. In addition, she trained with Jay Haley at the Family Therapy Institute in Washington, DC, and completed an advanced training program in family therapy supervision with Dr. Salvador Minuchin in New York City. She has been on the faculty of the NYU School of Medicine since 1974, when she received a National Institute of Mental Health Postdoctoral research grant (results of this work were published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders and Family Process). She was a staff psychologist at Bellevue and a senior psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry at NYU where she became the founding director of the Family Studies Unit at Millheuser Laboratories. Her program joined with the NYU Child Study Center at its inception in 1998.

 

Michael CunninghamMichael R. Cunningham
President, National University
Founder, Cunningham Graphics International

Alumnus, 1996, 2005, Media, Culture, and Communication
Steinhardt Parent
Steinhardt Dean's Council Member since 2004

Michael Cunningham was appointed President of National University in July 2013. He served as dean of the College of Business Administration at San Diego State University (SDSU) from 2011-2013. Dr. Cunningham's experience also includes serving as CEO of Diversified Global Graphics Group (DG3) Worldwide. He is the founder and was the CEO of DG3's predecessor, the formerly NASDAQ-listed Cunningham Graphics International. Dr. Cunnigham was also previously a Clinical Professor of Entrepreurship at SDSU, where he taught international business strategy and business planning. He has also been a Research Professor from Industry at Cal Poly's Graphic Communications Department and an Adjunct Associate Professor at New York University.

Dr. Cunningham has received numerous awards, including the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year, the British American Chamber of Commerce Trans Atlantic Entrepreneurial Award, and the Association of Graphic Communication's Power of Communications Award. He served as Chair for NYU's Graphic Communication, Management, and Technology Center and as its curriculum committee Chair. He also served as the Chair of the Graphic Communications Advisory Board at Kean University and as an Alumni Trustee of New York University.

Gale DrukierGale Drukier
BD HOTELS Real Estate

Alumna, 1972, Speech Pathology and Audiology
New York University Trustee
Steinhardt Dean's Council Member since 2008

Gale Drukier began her career as an audiologist and was a tenured professor in this field at The College of New Jersey for 17 years. In addition to teaching, performing research, and presenting papers, she developed the College's master;s Degree curriculum and received ASHA national accreditation for its graduate program in audiology. Upon retiring from teaching, Dr. Drukier joined her family business, BD HOTELS, where she has managed and renovated properties on Manhattan's Upper West Side for the past 12 years. Dr. Drukier serves on the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art Advisory Council and the Plantations Council at Cornell University where she and her husband, Ira, endowed the Gale and Ira Drukier Deanship at Cornell's College of Architecture, Art, and Planning. She is the former Co-Chair of the Council of Landscape Pleasures for Parish Art Museum, and she established the entrance wall to the Yad Vashem Museum in Jerusalem. She is also on the Board of Directors of ARF (Animal Rescue Fund) of the Hamptons.

Dr. Drukier graduated from NYU Steinhardt in 1972 with a degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology. She then went on to receive her M.S. and Ed.D. in Audiology from Teacher's College at Columbia University. Dr. Drukier and her husband have developed a comprehensive collection of surrealist drawings over 35 years. Her other interests include gardening and biking.

Charlotte FrankCharlotte K. Frank
Sr. Vice President
Research and Development, McGraw-Hill Education

Alumna, 2000, Education Administration
Steinhardt Dean's Council Member since 2004

As Senior Vice President for Research and Development for McGraw-Hill Education, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies, Charlotte Frank helps design and assess the print and multimedia programs used by students at every rung of the educational ladder, from pre-school to adulthood. Dr. Frank's key responsibilities include research and development of the educational activities of McGraw-Hill's two other segments: The Financial Services Sector, which includes Standard and Poor's, and the Information Services Group, which includes Aviation Week, Engineering News-Record, and Architectural Record. Dr. Frank also represents McGraw-Hill on the National Business Roundtable's Educational Taskforce Initiative and coordinates the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Awards for those who have made a difference in education. She joined the company in 1988 following a nine year leadership role as Executive Director of the Division of Curriculum and Instruction for the New York City Board of Education where she was also a teacher and supervisor.

Dr. Frank has written numerous articles and lectured extensively on the critical issues of education and their importance for the business community. She has received more than 65 awards for her achievements in education. Most recently, she was one of twenty recipients for the Hunter College Hall of Fame and one of seven honored as Townsend Harris Medalists from the Alumni of the College of the City of New York. Dr. Frank co-chairs Don't Laugh at Me: Operation Respect with founder Peter Yarrow of the music group Peter, Paul and Mary. Dr. Frank graduated with a BA in Business Administration from the City College of New York, CUNY, and went on to earn her MA in Education Administration from Hunter College, CUNY, and her PhD in Education Administration from the Steinhardt School. She is now a New York State Regent Emerita.

Mary GiuffraMary McAnena Giuffra
Therapist in Private Practice
Board Member/VP, US Association for Body Psychotherapy

Alumna, 1968, 1973, Nursing
Steinhardt Dean's Council Member since 2004

Mary Giuffra served on the governing boards of the Westchester Medical Center, Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center, and Lawrence Hospital Center where she served on Strategic Planning and Community Affairs Committees. She chaired the boards of Lawrence Community Health Services and Home Nursing Association of Westchester and was on the Institutional Review Board of Manhattan College. Since 1988, she has been a board member of the U.S. Association for Body Psychotherapy (USABP) for which she is Vice President. She is also a member of USABP's Strategic Planning Committee, former co-editor of its peer-reviewed journal, and chair of the Academic Council. Dr. Giuffra served on the International Advisory Panel for the U.K. publication, Body, Movement and Dance in Psychotherapy: An International Journal for Theory, Research and Practice.

Previously a tenured academic and college administrator, Dr. Giuffra has been a therapist in private practice for over 30 years, is licensed and board certified in Advanced Practice Psychology and Mental Health Nursing, and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, certified in Core Energetics and Somatic Experiencing Trauma Therapy. Dr. Giuffra attended NYU's College of Nursing, and received her PhD from NYU Steinhardt. She resides and practices psychotherapy in Westchester County, New York.

Carl GlaeserCarl D. Glaeser
Managing Partner
Palladian Capital Partners

Former Steinhardt Parent
Steinhardt Dean's Council Member since 2010

Carl Glaeser is the Managing Partner of Palladian Capital Partners (PCP), a NYC based investment firm. Before co-founding PCP, Mr. Glaeser was the President and CEO of Bowne Global Solutions. He joined Bowne after serving six years as a Vice President and General Manger at Lucent Technologies. Before Lucent, Mr. Glaeser co-founded and served as COO/Vice President of Pastel Development Corporation. He holds a bachelor of science degree from Juniata College, where he serves on the Board of Trustees as Vice Chair of the Investment Committee and member of Entrepreneurial Studies program.

Jean GrantJean Minskoff Grant
President and COO
Minskoff Grant Realty & Management Corporation

Alumna, 1976, 1979, Nutrition and Dietetics
Steinhardt Dean's Council Member since 2004

Since 1984, Jean Minskoff Grant has been the owner of the Minskoff Grant Realty and Management Corporation, which provides both asset management and direct management for a diversified portfolio of urban and suburban office buildings and retail properties, totaling approximately one million square feet. Previously, she worked in Nutrition, serving as Chief Dietitian and a teaching fellow at New York University, and as Director and President of The American Dietetic Association Foundation. In 2003, The American Dietetic Association honored her as a Medallion recipient, and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey honored her as a Distinguished Alumna in its School of Allied Health Professions.

In 2005, she received a Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award from the Steinhardt School. She has served on the Board of Directors of the New York Women's Foundation and is now a member of its Chairs Council. She is on the "U.S. Foreign Policy and Women" Advisory Council of the Council on Foreign Relations, and she serves on a Professional Council of the Urban Land Institute, a real estate industry organization. She was chair of the Women's Leadership Board at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government for three years and is still an active member. She is also a member of the Board of Overseers of the Harvard College Committee on University Resources. Grant holds a bachelor of science degree and a master's degree from the NYU Steinhardt. Her interests include contemporary art, nutrition, cooking, theatre, reading, and sailing.

Beverly HymanBeverly Hyman
President
Beverly Hyman Associates

Alumna, 1980, Media, Culture, and Communication
Steinhardt Dean's Council Member since 2004

In business for more than twenty five years, Beverly Hyman has built a management consulting practice primarily serving Fortune 500 clients, major cultural institutions such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and all the agencies of the United Nations. Beverly Hyman, PhD and Associates are widely known for their work as consultants in communications, organizational development and leadership. Dr. Hyman's work takes her to every continent. She has been a featured speaker at national and international conferences including: The United Nations Conference to End the Decade for Women, The National Human Resources Conference of the American Management Associations, The AFL-CIO Professional Employees Conferences, The American Arbitration Association Conference, and many others.

Dr. Hyman's new book, How to Know If It's Time to Go: A 10-Step Reality Test for Your Marriage, co-authored with her psychoanalyst husband, was published in March of 2010. She has also written several business books, including Training for Productivity and How Successful Women Manage, along with articles and interviews in Fortune, Ms., Supervisory Management, HR Focus, and newspapers in major cities.

Dr. Hyman acts as a consultant to numerous network news and cable television programs. She holds a PhD in Culture and Communication and from New York University, and an MS in Education from Hofstra University. Dr. Hyman says of herself that she loves "the business of business" and sees the energy and experience she brings to every consulting and training assignment as a personal challenge and commitment. In 2003 Dr. Hyman received Steinhardt's Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award and in 2008 she received the NYU Alumni Meritorious Service Award. She served as Chair of the Steinhardt Dean's Council from 2007 - 2010.

Corinne RiederCorinne H. Rieder
Executive Director and Treasurer
The John A. Hartford Foundation

Steinhardt Dean's Council Member since 2004

Corinne Rieder has served as the Executive Director and Treasurer of the John A. Hartford Foundation since 1998. Prior to that, she was Corporate Secretary of Columbia University and served as the University's Director of Federal Relations. Before joining Columbia, Dr. Rieder was Executive Vice President and Dean of Bank Street College of Education. She has held various government positions at the Federal Office of Management and Budget and the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare.

Dr. Rieder is currently a board member of the Visiting Nurse Service of New York and Expeditionary Learning Schools. She was formerly vice chairman of the board of the New York Academy of Medicine and a board member of Grantmakers in Health and the Foundation for Aging Research of the American Geriatrics Society. Dr. Rieder earned her B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles and her M.A. and Ed.D. from Harvard University.

Courtney RossCourtney S. Ross
Chair
The Ross Institute for Advanced Study and Innovation in Education
Founder
The Ross School
Steinhardt Dean's Council Member since 2004

Courtney Ross is Chair of The Ross Institute for Advanced Study and Innovation in Education, an organization that serves as an incubator for 21st century education and facilitates the entry of the Ross School's programs into public school systems. Founded in 2004, the Ross Institute's Inter-University Consortium is a network of universities whose schools of education utilize the Ross School as a laboratory for the advancement of innovation in education and, through teacher training and knowledge sharing, disseminate this information into the broad arena of public education, primarily in underserved areas. Marking a significant collaboration with NYU's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development and New York City's Department of Education, the Ross Global Academy, a public charter school, opened in 2006.

Ross's commitment to education and her philanthropic pursuits extend beyond the boundaries of the United States. During the 1990s, she established strong connections with the People's Republic of China, gifting provincial museums and archaeological study institutions with computer technology critical to their research. In 2002, the Courtney and Steven J. Ross Multi-Media and Communications Center opened at the Shanghai Museum, which still stands as the finest interactive screening facility in China. At the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 1998, she instituted the Courtney Sale Ross Mainland China Scholarship for Arts in Education. She is also responsible for funding the restoration of all the stained glass, sculpture, and frescoes at the Thirteenth Century church of Orsanmichele in Florence, Italy.

Her philanthropic involvement with institutions of higher learning is broad and ongoing: she has funded scholarship programs and gifted funds to New York University, Harvard University, Skidmore College, University of Southern California, and Yale University, among others. She serves on boards with special emphases on education, wellness, and international relations. These include the United Nations Association of the United States and the Business Council of the United Nations (UNA-USA), The National Committee on US-China Relations, The Center for Brain and Creativity at USC, the Millennium Museum in Bejing, China, and Quincy Jones's Listen Up Foundation. She previously served as a trustee at New York University.

Ivan SabelIvan R. Sabel (Council Chair)
Chief Executive Officer, Orthotic Holdings, Inc.

Alumnus, 1967, Othotics and Prosthetics
Steinhardt Dean's Council Member since 2008

A practicing certified prosthetist and orthotist, Ivan Sabel was Founder and President of Capital Orthopedics from 1968-1986. During this time, he was an adjunct professor of orthopedics at Georgetown University and served as a clinical instructor in the prosthetic and orthotic program at New York University.  Sabel has co-authored numerous studies in the prosthetic field in conjunction with the National Institutes of Health. In 1986, Hanger Orthopedic Group acquired his company and he became the Vice President of Corporate Development. The following year he was promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer and in 1995, was named Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

Sabel has been a member of the Board of Directors of several publicly traded companies: DJ Orthopedics, Mid-Atlantic Medical Services, and Beverly Enterprises. He served on various committees at all three companies, including Compensation, Quality, Finance, and Nominating and Governance. He also served on the Medical Advisory Board at DJ Orthopedics, and the Board of Directors of Nursefinders, a medical staffing company. He is currently a member of The Economic Club of Washington, Treasurer of the American Physicians' Fellowship for Israel, Chairman of the American Board for University of Haifa, and is part of the Healthcare Advisory Team to Washington, DC mayor Adrian Fenty. Heis on the Board of Directors at Children's Hospital in Washington, D.C. and serves on their Professional and Consumer Affairs Committee. He is a trustee of Valley Forge Military Academy and a board member of Preventiv Beverage.

Michael SteinhardtMichael H. Steinhardt
Managing Member
Steinhardt Management, Inc.

New York University Trustee
Steinhardt Dean's Council Member since 2004

Michael H. Steinhardt is a noted philanthropist focusing on Jewish causes. He entered the field of money management more than 30 years ago and began his career as a research associate, staff writer and securities analyst before launching his own company, Steinhardt Partners, L.P., where he made his fortune. He has always believed, however, that wealth and achievement are not enough to give full value and meaning to life. At the same time, he has felt growing alarm about the erosion of Jewish identity and deep concern about the threat to the continuity of non-orthodox Jews through generations.

In 1995, after a legendary career as Wall Street's most successful money manager, Steinhardt stunned the financial world by announcing that he would close the hedge fund he had started in order to devote his time and fortune largely to Jewish causes and the creation of the Steinhardt Foundation. The Steinhardt Foundation was founded to renew and transform the Jewish community with innovative projects that nurture the identity of individual Jews while transforming the institutions of the Jewish community to reach the widest spectrum. The Foundation's achievements include the Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education, which successfully recruited 12 major Jewish philanthropists to expand day school opportunities for children in North America. He is the founding co-chairman of Birthright Israel.

In 2001, New York University's School of Education proudly celebrated its 110th anniversary and took on a new name: The Steinhardt School of Education (now the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development). This name honors Steinhardt and his wife, Judy, whose gift – the largest in the school's history – supports faculty development, doctoral fellowships, and research for the school's academic programs. He graduated with a BS from the University of Pennsylvania and currently serves as a trustee at New York University.