2017 Alumni Awards Dinner

Photographer: Zack Lane

Nine distinguished members of the Hofstra community will be honored for exemplary career achievement and outstanding service to the University or Alumni Organization at the 2017 Alumni Awards Dinner on Thursday, September 28, at 6:30 p.m. Hosted by the Hofstra University Board of Trustees and the Alumni Organization, the dinner takes place at the Garden City Hotel in Garden City, New York (business attire suggested). The awards include Alumnus of the Year, Honorary Alumnus/Alumna, Alumni Achievement, and Young Alumni.

This year’s roster of honorees is:

Stuart M. Saft

The Alumnus of the Year Award  – STUART M. SAFT ’68, Partner, Holland & Knight

Stuart Saft is a partner of the law firm Holland & Knight and chairman of its New York Real Estate Practice Group. He co-chairs the firm’s Global Hospitality, Resort and Time Share practice and the Condominium Development Team.  He also serves as the chairman of the Council of New York Cooperatives and Condominiums. For more than a decade he chaired the New York City Workforce Investment Board, which was responsible for New York City’s Federal job training funds.

Peter G. Schiff

Honorary Alumnus – PETER G. SCHIFF, Founder and Managing Partner, Northwood Ventures

Northwood Ventures is a leading venture capital and buyout investor. Aside from serving as a director of many of Northwood’s portfolio companies, Peter Schiff is a member of the Advisory Board for the North Shore Land Alliance. He is a member of the Hofstra Board of Trustees, where he has served as vice chairman and secretary of the board. He is also a member of the Joint Board of Overseers of the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine.

Alumni Achievement

Michael Delaney

MICHAEL P. DELANEY ’85, Vice President and General Manager of Airplane Development, Boeing Commercial Airplanes

Michael Delaney is vice president and general manager of Airplane Development with responsibility for all Boing Commercial Airplane (BCA) development programs. He leads the design, development, integration, testing and certification of the next generation of airplane models, including the 737 MAX, 777X and 787-10. Delaney also oversees all aspects of product development, the engineering team that formulates the preliminary design of new and derivative airplanes and systems.

Jayne Kitsos Ellinger, PhD

JAYNE KITSOS ELLINGER ’93, Associate Professor, Department of Health Professions, Athletic Training Education Program Director, Hofstra University

Dr. Ellinger is an associate professor of Health Professions in Hofstra University’s School of Health Professions and Human Services. She serves as a primary instructor for the BS in Athletic Training. Instructional content includes health care administration, emergency care, evaluation of injury and illness and supervision of senior research assignments. In addition, Dr. Ellinger is the faculty advisor for the University’s chapter Iota Tau Alpha, the National Athletic Training Honor Society. Administrative service has included program director for the BS in Athletic Training program (2004-Present), coordinator for the Department of Health Profession’s Health and Safety program (2004-Present), and chairperson for the Department of Health Professions (2014-2017).

Bettina Diane Hindin

BETTINA DIANE HINDIN ’82, Partner, Hindin Deutsch, P.C.

Bettina Hindin is an accomplished and experienced matrimonial litigator, recognized for her skill and expertise in the investigation and analysis of the complex financial issues that arise in matrimonial and domestic relations matters. She is an acknowledged expert in the field and has appeared often as a commentator on these issues for MSNBC and CNN.


Larry Keigwin


Choreographer Larry Keigwin has danced his way from the Metropolitan Opera to downtown clubs to Broadway and back. He founded KEIGWIN + COMPANY in 2003 and as artistic director, Keigwin has led the company as it has performed at theaters and dance festivals throughout New York City and around the world. Keigwin’s work in musical theater includes the 2011 production of the musical Tales of the City at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, and the off-Broadway production of Rent, for which he received the 2011 Joe A. Callaway Award from the Stage Directors & Choreographers Foundation. In 2013 Keigwin choreographed the Broadway musical If/Then, starring Idina Menzel. He was recently selected as one of the first choreographers to be commissioned by Paul Taylor’s American Modern Dance.

Spencer Lubin, MD

SPENCER LUBIN ’82, President, Stoneywell Medical, P.C.

Dr. Spencer Lubin attended Hofstra as part of the NOAH program and went on to medical school at the SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn, formerly known as Downstate Medical Center. He continued his post-doctoral training at Downstate Medical Center and Kings County Hospital completing his residency in the field of Anesthesiology in 1990. As an attending physician of anesthesiology, Dr. Lubin served as a member of the faculty at both the Downstate University Hospital and the Kings County Hospital Center from 1990 through 1998. During those years, he attained the ranks of clinical associate professor and director of obstetric anesthesia. Dr. Lubin has been the recipient of many awards for outstanding leadership in promoting intellectual excellence and community commitment. Before going private and forming his own anesthesia companies, Stoneywell Medical PC. and Ambucare Anesthesia PC, Dr. Lubin served as head of the Department of Anesthesia at Saint Mary’s Hospital in Brooklyn and as chairman of the Department of Anesthesia at the Brooklyn Hospital Center.

Young Alumni – honoring alumni of the last decade

Darren Brownlee

DARREN BROWNLEE ’09, ’12, Assistant Administrator, Department of Medicine, Johns Hopkins Medicine

As assistant administrator for the Department of Medicine for Johns Hopkins Medicine, Brownlee manages the financial and administrative activities of multiple divisions within the department, serves on multiple Chairman’s Office initiatives and on multiple hospital committees. He is the president of the National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE), Baltimore Chapter, an organization geared towards the elevation of quality healthcare services rendered to the poor and members of minority races in the United State. He has been very active at the local level and has expanded his involvement to the national level through various capacities. His involvement has helped lead Public Policy throughout the state as the consecutive chair of Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland symposiums since 2013.

Chris Vaccaro

CHRIS R. VACCARO ’07, Editor-in-Chief and Director of Live Mobile Operations, The Topps Company

As editor-in-chief and director of live mobile operations for The Topps Company, Vaccaro has helped build the company’s digital division into a modern and progressive publishing suite full of some of the world’s top grossing sports and entertainment apps (yes, digital baseball cards!). At Topps, he oversees content innovation, business development, partnerships and licensing. He developed and executes on the company’s live digital signature program, which has revolutionized the memorabilia industry.

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