Promotions, Annoucements & Appointments

Above: Dr. Guy Mintz, Rachael Gazdick and Dolores St. Louis

Gazdick tapped to lead New York Edge

New York Edge announced that Rachael Gazdick will be the organization’s new CEO. 

The Queens-based nonprofit is one of the largest providers of afterschool programs in the metropolitan region

In her role as CEO, Gazdick will oversee initiatives on all administrative, programmatic and developmental functions, while leading the organization’s strategic planning process. 

“New York Edge is on the forefront of providing groundbreaking programs that are closing the opportunity gap for young, under-resourced students,” said Gazdick. “I look forward to working with the New York Edge team to continue growing our vast array of afterschool programming, while delivering positive educational outcomes for the more than 36,000 students we serve.” 

Gazdick brings more than twenty years of experience in education advocacy to the job, having previously served as president and CEO of Colorado’s “I Have A Dream” Foundation (CIHAD), a nonprofit organization focused on empowering children from low-income communities to succeed in school, college, and career. 

Before her time at CIHAD, Gazdick served as the executive director of Say Yes to Education Syracuse, a nonprofit community-wide partnership focused on supporting public school children to attain, afford, and complete a college or other postsecondary education.

Gazdick also served in numerous roles at Syracuse University, both as an assistant professor for the Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies and an adjunct faculty member in the School of Social Work. 

From 2001 to 2008, she was associate director and then director of Syracuse University’s Office of Community Engagement and Integrative Learning, where she ran numerous community-focused programs and social justice initiatives.

Gazdick holds a master’s degree in education policy from Harvard University and a master’s degree in social work focused on community, organizations, planning, policy and administration from Boston College.

For more than 25 years New York Edge, formerly known as the Sports & Arts in Schools Foundation (SASF), has addressed the needs and goals of under-resourced schools through customized, curriculum-based afterschool programming.

Three from Northwell recognized in Miami

Three Northwell Health cardiologists were honored for their achievements in heart disease prevention at the National Lipid Association’s (NLA) annual meeting in Miami last month.


Approximately 800 physicians nationwide attended the NLA’s scientific sessions focused on the enhancement of lipid management in clinical practice. 

Northwell cardiologists Dr. Guy Mintz, Dr. Eugenia Gianos, and Dr. Benjamin Hirsh were recognized at the event.

Specialists in lipidology, they have all received additional training in cholesterol management, cardiovascular risk assessment and intervention


Mintz, director of cardiovascular health & lipidology at the Sandra Atlas Bass Heart Hospital at North Shore University Hospital (NSUH) in Manhasset, was appointed to the Board of Directors of the National Lipid Association, as well as the executive board of the Northeast Lipid Association. 

He also was awarded the Northeast Lipid Association President’s Service Award, which recognizes a clinician for service and dedication to the NLA, and advancing the development of the specialty of clinical lipidology.

Gianos, director of cardiovascular prevention for Northwell Health and director of Women’s Heart Health at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan, was elected a member of the American Board of Clinical Lipidology and appointed to the executive board of the Northeast Lipid Association. 

She also was awarded the Northeast Lipid Association President’s Service Award. 

Hirsh, director of preventive cardiology at the Sandra Atlas Bass Heart Hospital at NSUH, was named a fellow of the National Lipid Association. He also was selected as Northeast Lipid Association regional representative, which is intended for future leaders.

St. Louis Promoted

Dolores St. Louis has been promoted to vice chair of the Board of Trustees of Christ the King High School in Middle Village.

St. Louis was an original member of the “Committee to Save Christ the King” in the mid-seventies, when her sons were attending the high school. That organization’s efforts resulted in the formation of the present school. 

She has had numerous roles in the school community since then, including serving as executive assistant to the Board of Trustees, board member, and secretary.

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