March Promotions, Announcements, and Appointments

Jennifer Jarvis Named Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at Queens College

Jennifer Jarvis

Queens College President Frank H. Wu has appointed Jennifer Jarvis to the position of vice president for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. Jarvis has been serving as the assistant vice president for Student Affairs since 2012 and has helmed the office for the past year. The enrollment responsibilities of her new position will enable her to help the college to better serve students.

Jarvis’ relationship with Queens College dates to 1995, when she joined the college as assistant director of Student Life. Since that time, she has served in a variety of positions, including director of Student Life, executive director of the Student Union, and executive director of Student Development. Jarvis holds a Master of Education from James Madison University and a Bachelor of Arts from Manhattanville College.

Socrates Sculpture Park Board of Directors Names Tamsin Dillon as Next Executive Director


Socrates Sculpture Park today announced public art proponent, curator, and commissioner of contemporary art, Tamsin Dillon as its next Executive Director. Dillon succeeds Suzy Delvalle, who has served as Interim Executive Director since July 2021, and John Hatfield who served as Executive Director from 2012 until 2021. Dillon begins her tenure at Socrates in mid-February.

Dillon’s career spans more than 25 years curating and commissioning contemporary art projects across a range of contexts and settings, from public squares to parks, railways, hospitals, and forests, as well as galleries and other, cultural, and non-cultural, organizations. She has worked with and commissioned more than 200 artists including permanent works by Gillian Wearing in Parliament Square in London, Rachel Whiteread in Yorkshire, UK, Daniel Buren, Jacqueline Poncelet and Mark Wallinger for London Underground and Rasheed Araeen, and Amalia Pica in King’s Cross London.

Her most recent curatorial work includes Waterfronts, seven new temporary large-scale public artworks for England’s Creative Coast (2021), including new works by Michael Rakowitz, Mariana Castillo Deball, Holly Hendry and Pilar Quinteros. Her partnerships span across organizations within the international arts community including Tate Galleries, Trafalgar Square in London, where she sat on the commissioning group for the Fourth Plinth, and Public Art Fund in New York with whom she co-commissioned a dazzle-ship project with the artist Tauba Auerbach.

“I’m thrilled to be joining Socrates Sculpture Park as its new Executive Director and, as a Long Island City resident, I am honored to serve the Queens, New York City, and greater cultural communities in this role, especially at such a time where we’re thinking more deeply about the value of our arts institutions as public spaces,” Dillon said. “Socrates has a unique and special history; established by an artist for other artists, for the community, and as a vital natural resource, it has grown to be an institution of both cultural and civic importance. The pandemic showed us how critical places like Socrates are to the artists whose work we commission, our mental and physical health, to the wellbeing of our communities, and to our ability to stay connected to one another. I’m looking forward to collaborating with our incredibly creative and committed staff, Board, artists, and community partners on advancing the way we engage with our art, our natural environment, and with each other.”

James Nunes Appointed to New York State Operation Lifesaver Board of Directors


James Nunes, Manager of Operations Support at New York & Atlantic Railway (NYA), was recently appointed as a non-voting board member of New York State Operation Lifesaver Board of Directors (OLI), an industry non-profit organization dedicated to raising rail-safety awareness. OLI provides free rail safety education presentations designed to prevent collisions, injuries, and fatalities on and around railroad tracks and highway rail grade crossings through public education programs across the U.S. and internationally.

Nunes was appointed to a three-year term which began in December 2021. He is the only metropolitan NYC area representative on OLI’s New York State Board of Directors.

The OLI Board of Directors is the governing body of the organization. It is responsible for determining OLI’s overall mission, priorities and direction and provides oversight to ensure that programs and services are carried out effectively. The Board also ensures that the organization has adequate resources that are managed with appropriate financial controls and promotes OLI’s public standing to carry out its mission to save lives and reduce injuries at highway-rail crossings and on or around railroad property.

Nunes began his career at NYA as a freight conductor locomotive engineer in March 2004. He has also served as NYA Manager of Safety, Training & Systems since January 2013 and was named Operations Support Manager in 2017. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Manhattan College and is a resident of Astoria, Queens, NY.

Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr. announced the appointment of Chris Barca as his new Director of Communications effective today, January 24. Barca succeeds Breeana Mulligan, Borough President Richards’ first Director of Communications, who has departed Queens Borough Hall to explore other professional opportunities.

QBP Richards Announces Chris Barca As New Director of Communications


As the Director of Communications, Barca is charged with advancing Borough President Richards’ vision through the development and execution of effective external outreach strategies, managing relationships with members of the news media, including Queens’ expansive array of ethnic media, and building public confidence in the Office of the Queens Borough President’s ability to effectuate positive change in communities across the borough.

Joining Barca, Press Officer Michael Scholl and Digital Manager Shameela Ramprasad in the Communications Department in the coming weeks is Angelica Acevedo, who will assume Barca’s former Press Officer position. Acevedo comes to the Office of the Queens Borough President from the Queens Courier, where she currently serves as Digital Editor.

“Chris Barca is a talented communications professional who has demonstrated a high level of dedication to the important work of this administration, as well as the overall health and well-being of our borough. I look forward to his leadership and the continued success of the entire Communications Department as Queens’ historic comeback advances into 2022 and beyond,” Borough President Donovan Richards said. “In a little more than one year, our administration has achieved so much for the families of Queens, and Breeana Mulligan has been instrumental in that success. An exemplary public servant and friend, Breeana will be deeply missed at Queens Borough Hall. I wish her nothing but the best in her future endeavors and thank her for all she has done to uplift The World’s Borough.”

NYC Health + Hospitals and Elmhurst Hospital announced three new appointments

Dr. Suzanne Bentley has been named as the hospital’s Chief Wellness Officer.

In this newly created role, Dr. Bentley will oversee the coordination, management, and implementation of wellness programming for hospital employees, including initiatives related to fostering emotional, physical, social, and mental health.

Dr. Bentley’s new role builds off her work during the COVID-19 pandemic, where she coordinated and helped lead employee wellness and mental health support services.

She will work closely with hospital leader- ship to design wellness programming tailored to fit the needs of a diverse workforce made up of close to 4,000 employees.

In addition to her new responsibilities, Dr. Bentley will continue her work in simulation as the Director of Simulation Innovation, Research & Scholarship of NYC Health + Hospitals/ Elmhurst’s Simulation Center and as an emergency medicine physician at the hospital.

Aiding the System Chief Wellness Officer in the improvement and implementation of enterprise-wide well-being initiatives, Dr. Bentley is a member of the NYC Health + Hospitals Workforce Wellness Taskforce, the Helping Healers Heal (H3) Steering Team, the Combating Stigma Workgroup, and a system lead for delivering HERO-NY/Helping Healers Heal Wellness & Resilience Training.

In her new role as Elmhurst’s Chief Wellness Officer, she will combine her passion and commitment to workforce wellness with her expertise in education and debriefing and vast experience in promoting a culture of safety and responsibility in healthcare environments.

Dr. Bentley is a graduate of Bucknell University, the New Jersey Medical School, and the Mount Sinai-Elmhurst Emergency Medicine Residency Program. She is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Medical Education at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She is a board-certified Emergency Medicine Physician, fellowship trained simulation specialist, and has also served as the Medical Director of the Simulation Center at NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst since 2014.


David Guzman, MPA, FAB, will serve as Elmhurst’s new Chief Operating Officer (COO). He previously worked for several years as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the hospital, where he managed a staff of 300 in the Patient Accounts, Revenue Integrity, Medical Records, Utilization Management, Care Management, Managed Care, Budget, Grants, Financial Counseling, and Registration departments.

As COO, Guzman will be responsible for the optimal and efficient operations of NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst, which includes the oversight of high quality, cost effective, and integrated clinical programs at one of the City of New York’s largest healthcare facilities.

He will also be responsible for the implementation of key strategic projects.

In 2021, Guzman was named to Crain’s list of New York City’s Notable Hispanic Leaders and Executives.

He holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Baruch College, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Hunter College.

Dr. Laura Iavicoli has been appointed as Deputy Chief Medical Officer.

In this role, Dr. Iavicoli will work closely with Dr. Jasmin Moshirpur, the hospital’s Chief Medical Officer, to oversee quality improve- ment, risk management, patient safety, and medical department service line operations.

She will also be assisting with facility growth initiatives and system service line operations.

Dr. Iavicoli, an experienced and seasoned board-certified emergency medicine physician with an expertise in disaster preparedness and pandemic response, previously served as NYC Health + Hospitals system-wide Assistant Vice President for Emergency Management.

She played a pivotal role in guiding the hospital through the first COVID-19 surge, using her background in disaster management to develop new and innovative procedures and treatment protocols in the hospital.

Dr. Iavicoli is an emergency medicine physician at NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst, where she’s practiced for 20 years. Dr. Laura Iavicoli has worked as an emergency medicine physician at NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst since 2001. During her time at Elmhurst, she’s held the title of Associate Director of the Emergency Department and Clinical Emergency Management and Emergency Medicine Services Director.

She’s also served as the Sexual Assault Response Team Director for NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens.

Dr. Iavicoli has devoted much of her career to emergency management issues, with publications, trainings and seminars pertaining to disaster preparedness, including pandemic response, terrorism and mass casualty incidents.

She has also been a disaster relief team member for more than 10 years for New York City and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). She most recently served as NYC Health + Hospitals’ Assistant Vice President of Emergency Management for the system.

She is a graduate of Boston University. She received her Doctor of Medicine degree from Robert Wood Johnson Medical School at the State University of New Jersey.

“I am extremely pleased to welcome these three dedicated healthcare professionals as they take on exciting new leadership roles here at Elmhurst,” NYC Health + Hospitals/ Elmhurst Chief Executive Officer Helen Arteaga Landaverde, MPH, said.

“Dr. Iavicoli, Dr. Bentley and Mr. Guzman have a deep commitment to our patients. They have all been instrumental in helping us through the unprecedented healthcare disaster brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. ”


Scott Fradenburg has joined Cord Meyer Development as Vice President Construction. A veteran real estate executive with more than 10 years of experience in the multi-family industry, Fradenburg comes to Cord Meyer from AvalonBay Communities, Inc., one of the largest owners of apartments in the United States.

“I had the pleasure of working with Scott at AvalonBay and saw firsthand how he managed and delivered projects on time and within budget,” observed Cord Meyer President and Chief Executive Officer Matthew Whalen, who served as Senior Vice President of Development at AvalonBay before joining Cord Meyer in 2019. “Scott’s extensive knowledge of construction management, financial operations, employee relations, and project planning and design will serve us well as Cord Meyer explores new development opportunities. Our board of directors and everyone at Cord Meyer joins me in welcoming Scott.”

At AvalonBay, which he joined in 2011, Fradenburg monitored daily construction and evaluated project progress, contract compliance, and safety. Additional responsibilities included managing project operations, budget, and timeline and collaborating with clientele and subcontracts. As construction manager of AvalonBay’s Long Island Regional construction division, Fradenburg assisted development pipeline construction budgeting, contract negotiations, and all facets of construction management.

With roots in construction as a contractor more than 30 years ago, Fradenburg has also served as Vice President for a regional furniture chain during a major expansion period. Additional past positions were in chain management in the eco-friendly construction supply chain industry and closet manufacturing.

Incorporated in 1904, Cord Meyer Development Company sets the standard for real estate development throughout the borough of Queens. In addition to prestigious commercial and retail properties, including The Bay Terrace Shopping Center, the company is responsible for the development of award-winning apartment buildings, single family homes, and the high-rise condominium projects The Windsor at Forest Hills and The Aston, built in 2005 and 2015 respectively. Current residential development includes Bay Lane Estates in Bayside, Queens.

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