Gloria Snyder is Vice President of Mark J Snyder Financial Services, Inc., a full service financial consulting firm. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from American University and her Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from SUNY at Stony Brook.
After a five year teaching career in East Islip School district, Gloria decided to enter the business world and founded specialties Galore, Ltd., a product fundraising company. Gloria’s company quickly became very successful and eventually was directly involved in helping over 250 schools, scouting groups and other organizations in their fund raising efforts. After twenty eight years, Gloria sold her business and joined her husband’s firm.
Gloria has generously served and held leadership roles in many not-for-profit and community organizations. She is past president and currently a vice president at Temple Isaiah. She is also one of the chairpersons of both the Mather hospital One Enchanted Evening Gala and the Ward Melville Heritage Organization Gala.
Gloria is past president of the Stony Brook Alumni Association. She currently is serving as chairperson of the Stony Brook Medical Center Development Council, President of the Hillel Foundation Executive Board and first Vice President of Stony Brook Medical Center Auxiliary. She also serves as a board member of Theatre Three in Port Jefferson and on the Suffolk County Board of the American Cancer Society.
Gloria has been awarded many honors, including the Good Deed Award for the Suffolk County Council of Boy Scouts of America. She was the honoree, along with her husband, at Temple Isaiah’s Annual dinner Dance. She and her husband were also honored by The Hillel Center at Stony Brook University by having the center named the Gloria and Mark Snyder Hillel Center. They jointly received the Distinguished Alumni Award of Excellence from Stony Brook University and the Theodore Roosevelt Award from Mather Hospital. In 2007, Gloria was named Volunteer of the Year from the Village Times Herald newspaper. Then in 2009 she was named a Paul Harris Fellow from the Patchogue Rotary Club. Suffolk County Hadassah presented her with the Myrtle Wreath Award in 2006. She and her husband also received the Golden Eagle Award from the Ward Melville Heritage Organization and were honored by UJA at the Suffolk County Inaugural Dinner.
Gloria currently lives in Belle Terre with her husband Mark. Their greatest pride, joy and happiness in their lives are their two children, Chad and Heather.
Kevin Leopold has worked as a fundraising professional for Jewish non-profit organizations since graduating with his Masters of Social Work at Yeshiva University in 1995 with a concentration in community organization. Kevin is the Northeast Executive Director of American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (AABGU) and is responsible for all fundraising related activities in the Greater New York and New England Regions. Since joining AABGU in 2005 Mr. Leopold has been a key member of the development team that has helped the organization grow its operations and impact on Ben-Gurion University and the Negev Region. Prior to working at AABGU, Kevin was Director of Development at Metropolitan Jewish Health System where he worked for 7 years managing major gifts and special events including annual concerts at Lincoln Center, galas at the Waldorf Astoria, golf outings, Broadway fundraisers, and annual membership drives. Kevin attended SUNY Stony Brook and proudly served as a Hillel student board member from 1989 until graduating in 1993. He also served as Hillel student president in 1992-1993 and spearheaded the UJA-Federation campus campaigns during his tenure. Kevin currently resides in Brooklyn, NY with his wife and three boys.
Eric Fried is an accounting and tax partner at Janover LLC, a mid-size CPA firm with offices in Garden City, NY and New York City. Eric’s clients are closely-held businesses and high net worth individuals involved in real estate, financial services, and professional services. He is Chairman of the Firm’s Quality Control Committee and is Director of Continuing Education. Eric received his Bachelors in Business Administration from Hofstra University. He is licensed in the states of New York, New Jersey, and California. Eric is a frequent speaker at firm continuing education seminars.
Eric has over 25 years of accounting experience. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Eric actively participates in the community through being Treasurer of the Men’s Club at Midway Jewish Center and enjoys tennis, biking, traveling and reading.
Diana Podolnick has been a long standing member of the Hillel Board of Directors and resides in Stony Brook. She is a Registered Nurse with a specialty for the Psychiatric/Geriatric population. She works as a consultant to hospitals seeking placement of these patients after hospitalization. In this role, she explores options for these individuals, such as long term care facilities. Diana is actively involved in the testing, evaluation process and placement recommendations in both Nassau and Suffolk counties. She has been associated with this process for the past twenty four years, working closely with both hospital staff and the psychiatrist involved. At the same time, she was also a facility liaison between three nursing homes and various hospitals throughout the city for thirty years. In this role she conducted in-service presentations for doctors, nurses and social workers, to allow for appropriate placements and transitions for patients. Two years ago she retired as liaison in order to continue her work as a nursing consultant.
Diana attended both Kingsborough Community College School of Nursing and St. Joseph College and has been practicing as a Registered Nurse for the past 39 years. Before moving into the field of Geriatric/ Psychiatric nursing she worked as a cardiac care nurse. She lived in Israel for two and a half years, where she worked as a nurse on her Moshav, which was located in the Negev.
Diana is a past President of Hadassah and held that office for four years and remains active with fundraising. She along wither her mother and grandmother were proud to be a three generation family of lifelong Hadassah members.
Diana is the founder of the Dr. Edward Podolnick Memorial Jewish Student Leadership Fund at Stony Brook Hillel. She started this fund after the death of her husband in 1993. Dr. Podolnick was the founder and Director of Stony Brook University’s Counseling Center. This fund is in recognition of his commitment to the wellbeing of Stony Brook students. Dr. Podolnick strongly encouraged student development and was an avid supporter of Hillel’s mission of empowering the next generation of Jewish leaders. This fund enables students to participate in national and international programs. In addition, the fund allocates subsidies for some of our medical students in the Kesher Refuah Medical scholars program. Diana remains dedicated to the fund’s continuation and success and works to ensure that it receives continued support from the community.
Dr. Evelyn J. Bromet is distinguished professor of psychiatry and preventive medicine at Stony Brook University. She did her undergraduate degree in history at Smith College and her PhD in epidemiology at Yale University. After post-doctoral training at Stanford University, she joined the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh from 1976-1986.
Dr. Bromet's research spans clinical and community mental health research on adolescent and adult psychiatric and general populations, focusing on a range of psychiatric problems including alcoholism, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and schizophrenia. Her research on disaster mental health started with a groundbreaking study of the psychological impact of the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant accident on mothers of young children, workers at the plant, and psychiatric patients in the public treatment sector. She later collaborated with the Ukrainian Psychiatric Association in Kyiv on research examining the psychological impact of the Chornobyl nuclear power plant accident on evacuees in Kyiv. She also headed the first national epidemiologic survey of mental and physical disorders in Ukraine as part of the World Health Organization's World Mental Health Survey Consortium.
Her work has resulted in more than 200 papers, chapters, and reports, and two co-authored books. She received the Rema Lapouse mental health research award from the American Public Health Association (1989), the Brigitte Prusoff Memorial Prize from the Department of Epidemiology at Yale University (2007) and was named honorary fellow of the Ukrainian Psychiatric Association in 2005. Her research has been funded by grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, the W.T. Grant Foundation, and the Stanley Medical Research Institute.
Dr. Bromet serves on the Chernobyl Thyroid Advisory Group of the National Cancer Institute. She has been a member of committees such as the National Institute of Health Director's Council of Public Representatives, Institute of Medicine review panels, and advisory panels to the World Health Organization, UNESCO, and the National Vietnam Veterans Readjustment Study. She reviews for several mental health journals and is on the editorial board of Psychological Medicine.
Dr. Edelson is the Dean of Stony Brook University's School of Professional Development. He holds a PhD in Higher Education Administration from New York University and a JD from Hofstra Law School. He has published five books, Rethinking Leadership in Adult and Continuing Education (1992), Higher Education's Role in Retraining Displaced Professionals (1997), Enhancing Creativity in Adult and Continuing Education (1999), Weiterbildung in den USA (2000) [Adult Education in the USA], The Complete Guide to Distance Learning Schools (2001) and Drawing on Experience in Adult and Continuing Education (2006) as well as over 100 articles, papers and presentations on adult learning, leadership, academic planning, electronic distance learning and creativity. In addition to administration, research and writing, Dr. Edelson teaches graduate courses at Stony Brook and at Teachers College, Columbia University where he holds the rank of Adjunct Professor. In 2008 he received the Specialty Books Excellence Award from the American Association for Collegiate Independent Study (AACIS).
Adam Katz studies Renaissance English literature, specializing in the history of rhetoric and the development of literary trickery as a weapon against censorship during the tumultuous political history of the Tudors and Stuarts. He also has a soft spot in his heart for philology and etymology. He has giving papers at conferences held at UC San Diego, Stony Brook University, and Lehman College in the Bronx. Adam has recently had a book review published in the magazine Comitatus: A Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies.
Adam is excited to be part of the board's initiative to improve programming and services for graduate students.
Manny London is Dean of the College of Business and Director of the Center for Human Resource Management at Stony Brook. Dr. London's career spans his professorship at major research universities - in particular, the University of Illinois at Champaign/Urbana from 1974-1977 and Stony Brook University from 1989 to the present. For the 12 intervening years, he was a researcher and human resource practitioner at AT&T. Dr. London is a pioneer in the now popular field of multisource (360 degree) feedback. As a practitioner and consultant, Dr. London has worked on program development and publications in the areas of performance management, feedback, managing marginal performers, and the manager as coach and developer. Dr. London received the Book Award from the Society for Human Resource Management for Change Agents: new Roles and Innovation Strategies for Human Resource Professionals.
Karen Joskow Mendelsohn received her degree in Psychology from the State University of New York at Cortland. Following a few years ofprivate sector work experience, she returned to academia and received a graduate degree in Higher Education and College Student Personnel at IndianaUniversity, Bloomington. While at I.U., she served as a Academic Advisor, Advisor to the Union Board, and Coordinator of Graduate Women's Orientation.
She accepted a position at Stony Brook University as the Director of Student Activities and was charged with creating a department. Many of her initiatives have become part of Stony Brook's traditions .
She moved into the academic arena in health professions when she accepted a position in the Health Sciences Center as an Assistant to the Dean for Student Affairs in the School of Allied Health Professions (now known as the School of Health Technology and Management). She was subsequently promoted to the Assistant Dean for Academic and Student Affairs and Clinical Assistant Professor. She chairs the School's Admissions Committee, works closely with the Curriculum Committee and oversees all academic and student affairs related issues and processes for 14 professional and clinical health professions programs.
Her campus involvements include Stony Brook Child Care Services Board of Directors (Chair), Hillel Board of Directors, Proclarity Budget Group, Middle States Self Study, Health Sciences Mental Health Advisory Board, to name a few, and has served on numerous search committees and task forces. As an administrative leader who solves problems and mentors faculty, staff and students, Dean Mendelsohn is dedicated to student development andeadership, and has a special interest in interdisciplinary education.
Dr. Ira Rezak is a graduate of Columbia College (1959) and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (1963). After an internship at SUNY Syracuse and two years’ service as a medical officer in the US Navy, he was a resident in internal medicine at Montefiore Medical Center, and subsequently a fellow in pulmonary medicine at Albert Einstein. He was on the faculty of SUNY Stony Brook School of Medicine from 1970 to 2010 where he became Professor of Clinical Medicine (now Emeritus). While at Stony Brook he was head of the MICU and of pulmonary medicine as well as acting Chief of Staff at the Northport VA Medical Center, secretary of the Medical Faculty Senate, head of the physical diagnosis course, founder and organizer of the School's History of Medicine Group, President of the Stony Brook Hebrew Congregation, and a Member and Past President of the Board of Directors at Hillel of Stony Brook. For most of his life Dr Rezak has been a student of Jewish and of Medical History and has collected objects, especially medals, that shed light on such history. Dr Rezak is a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine, the American College of Physicians and the American Numismatic Society. For the past 15 years he has been President of the Harry G. Friedman Society , a group of collectors and curators concerned with Jewish material culture, at the Jewish Museum in New York City. He is married to Dr. Brigitte Miriam Bedos-Rezak, a Professor of Mediaeval History at NYU.
Howard Schneider is the founding Dean of the School of Journalism at Stony Brook University, spearheading the team that developed the
proposal for SUNY’s first School of Journalism. For more than 35 years. Schneider was a reporter and editor at Newsday. For nearly 18
of those years, he was managing editor and then editor.
Under his tenure, the paper won eight Pulitzer Prizes in categories including investigative reporting deadline reporting, arts criticism,
specialized beat reporting and foreign affairs reporting. Under his leadership, Newsday was among the first newspapers in the country to
create news websites; he also led efforts to introduce TV and radio into what had been an all-print newsroom.
At Stony Brook, Schneider helped develop the nation’s first course in News Literacy, which seeks to have undergraduates across all
disciplines study how to become discerning news consumers. The course has subsequently spread to universities around the nation. He is the
executive director of the school’s Center for News Literacy. He also collaborated with the actor Alan Alda in launching the country’s first
Center for Communicating Science, which is housed in the journalism school, and which trains future and current scientists on how to
communicate more effectively with the public.
Schneider began his teaching career at Stony Brook as an adjunct professor of journalism from 1980-1982. Previously, he had been an
adjunct professor of journalism at Queens College in 1979. In 2003,Schneider was the recipient of the Columbia Graduate School of
Journalism Alumnus Award (M.S.’67). He earned his B.A at Syracuse University in psychology and journalism (’66). He has been a member of
the Pulitzer Prize judging panel three times.
Dr. Shamash is Vice President for Economic Development and Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Stony Brook University. As Vice President, a position he has held since 2000, Dr. Shamash supervises the University’s three incubators, two New York State Centers for Advanced Technology, the NYS Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology (CEWIT), the Small Business Development Center, and the workforce development programs of the Center for Emerging Technologies. The College of Engineering and Applied Sciences has over 1,500 undergraduate and 900 graduate students. In 1994 he led the effort by SUNY's engineering schools to create the highly successful state-wide SPIR program (Strategic Partnership for Industrial Resurgence). During the past ten years, working through the SPIR program, the College has partnered with more than 220 companies to assist them with more than 1,150 projects.
Dr. Shamash is a member of the Board of Directors of the Long Island Software & Technology Network (LISTnet) and the Long Island Forum for Technology (LIFT). He serves on the boards of Keytronic, American Medical Alert, Netsmart Technologies, and Invision.com. Prior to joining Stony Brook, Dr. Shamash served as Director of the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Washington State University and was responsible for the establishment of a National Science Foundation Industry/University Center for the Design of Analog/Digital Integrated Circuits. He has held faculty positions at Florida Atlantic University, the University of Pennsylvania and Tel Aviv University. A Fellow of the IEEE, he received undergraduate and graduate degrees from Imperial College of Science and Technology in London, England, and has authored more than 130 publications.
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Mark Snyder is president of Mark J. Snyder Financial Services, Inc., a full service financial consulting firm, and Long Island Financial Advisors. He supervises more than 30 independent advisors as a Managing Executive of Royal Alliance Associates, Inc., a FINRA registered broker/dealer and a subsidiary of AIG. He earned a Bachelor of Engineering Sciences degree at Stony Brook University and is a Qualified Financial Planner, Chartered Life Underwriter, Chartered Financial Consultant, Registered Financial Consultant, Certified Fund Specialist, Chartered Mutual Fund Counselor, Certified Retirement Counselor, Registered Fiduciary and Retirement Management Analyst as indicated by the designations following his name. Such designations are earned through extensive study and tests administered by prestigious institutions.
Mr. Snyder began his financial services career in 1971 and currently manages over 250 million dollars of clients’ funds. Accountants and attorneys frequently call upon him to assist in matters relating to retirement planning and handling of windfall monies. Pension and 401(k) rollovers, court settlements and inheritances are just a few unforeseen situations involving large sums of money. In cases such as these, where professional guidance is needed, Mr. Snyder advises the client as to the best way to protect these funds while providing for their future income needs.
In addition to having his articles published in a number of major financial journals and often quoted in national publications, Mr. Snyder is the author of the book “On Educated Investing”. Mr. Snyder’s biography appears in Marquis Who’s Who in America. Worth Magazine has chosen him as one of America’s top financial advisors for four consecutive years. He was the winner of the “2002 Outstanding Broker Award” from Registered Representative Magazine, was named one of Bloomberg Wealth Manager Magazine’s “Top Dogs” for the last twelve years, and was inducted into the “2001 Advisor Hall of Fame” by Research Magazine. Additionally, Mr. Snyder was named a FINRA Arbitrator.
Mr. Snyder has served as president of several professional organizations and remains actively involved in the community. He is a board member of the Suffolk County Council Boy Scouts of America, serving as chairman of their Trust Fund, and was recently awarded the Boy Scout’s “Silver Beaver Award”. He is an active member of Rotary International in Patchogue, and was conferred with the distinction of being named a “Paul Harris Fellow”. Mark is also an active member of Temple Isaiah, past president of the Gloria & Mark Snyder Hillel Center at Stony Brook University, past president of Stony Brook University Alumni Association and board member of Theater Three in Port Jefferson, in addition to freely contributing time and service to numerous other local charitable organizations.