2018 Alumni Awards Dinner

Photographer: Zack Lane

The Hofstra University Board of Trustees and the Alumni Organization will host the 2018 Alumni Awards Dinner on Thursday, September 27, at 6:30 p.m. at The Garden City Hotel in Garden City, New York. Business attire is suggested.

This year’s awards pay tribute to eight distinguished members of the Hofstra community for exemplary career achievement and outstanding service to Hofstra University or the Alumni Organization. The awards include Alumnus of the Year, Honorary Alumna, Alumni Achievement, and Young Alumnus.

For more information on tickets, sponsorship, and journal tribute opportunities, visit Or contact Alex LaMagna, special events coordinator in the Office for Development and Alumni Affairs, at (516) 463-5284 or

This year’s roster of honorees is:

The Alumnus of the Year Award

JULIO A. PORTALATIN ’81, President and Chief Executive Officer, Mercer

Julio A. Portalatin is president and chief executive officer of Mercer, a leading global consulting firm that delivers advice and technology-driven solutions that help organizations meet the health, wealth, and career needs of a changing workforce. He is a steward of the World Economic Forum, has shared insights in international media, and has written op-eds in The Wall Street Journal and Fortune magazine. He serves on the board of Covenant House International, which works with homeless youth, and is a member of Hofstra University’s Board of Trustees.

Honorary Alumna

FLORENCE KAUFMAN, Philanthropist, Robert and Florence Kaufman Foundation Inc.

Florence Kaufman has been an associate trustee at North Shore University Hospital for more than 35 years and headed its Interior Planning and Design Committee for a decade. Ms. Kaufman served as a Hofstra University trustee for 26 years and has since been honored as a trustee emerita.


Alumni Achievement
TRACEY ANT ’87, Senior Vice President and Head of Field Sales & Execution, The Hartford

Ms. Ant is responsible for sales growth and underwriting as well as the national distribution strategy of The Hartford, a financial services firm. She is a member of the Hofstra Women In Leadership Initiative, and is active alumna with the Hofstra Women’s Basketball Team. She is also a member of the board of Freedom House, a nonprofit organization that focuses on services for men and women seeking recovery from addiction and mental health disorders.

MICHELE L. CUSACK ’93; ’01, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Northwell Health

As Northwell Health’s chief financial officer, Ms. Cusack manages the health system’s day-to-day finance operations. As senior vice president, she manages various corporate financial operations, including financial reporting, budgeting, cash management, tax management, and other financial functions that collaborate with revenue cycle, managed care and operational teams across the organization. She has an administrative role on the finance and audit committees of Northwell’s board of trustees, and is a member of the dean’s advisory board of Hofstra University’s Frank G. Zarb School of Business.

EUGENE T. MACCARRONE ’76, ’81, Professor of Legal Studies in Business and Accounting, Hofstra University

Professor Eugene Maccarrone served as advisor to the University’s chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants for 20 years, and served for 15 years as co-chair of the New York State Society’s Career Opportunities in the Accounting Profession program for 11th-grade minority students at Hofstra. He continues to serve as Hofstra’s liaison with the Nassau County chapter of the State Society for student club activities. He has taught legal studies in business and accounting courses at Hofstra since 1980.

MIGUEL ALEXANDER POZO ’94, Partner, Cozen O’Connor

Miguel Alexander Pozo is a partner at Cozen O’Connor. He practices in the area of business litigation, with an emphasis on employment law, internal investigations, and trademark/intellectual property matters. While a student at Hofstra, Mr. Pozo became president of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity chapter. A proven leader with a wealth of experience, Mr. Pozo has had several high-profile leadership roles, including as national president of the Hispanic National Bar Association and president of the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey.

MATTHEW SCHRIER ’01, Professional Speaker, Author

Matthew Schrier is a Jewish-American, former freelance photographer, who is the first person to have escaped from al-Qaida after seven months of captivity in Aleppo, Syria. Since his return home, Mr. Schrier has spoken to the U.S. Army, Marine Corps, Defense Logistics Agency, and the LAPD Counterterrorism Unit to share his unique insight on what it is like to be held by Islamic extremists. He has written a memoir, The Dawn Prayer (or How to Survive in a Secret Syrian Terrorist Prison).


Young Alumnus – honoring an alumnus of the last decade

JOHN T. SANTUCCI ’11, Senior Editorial Producer, ABC News

Emmy award-winning producer John T. Santucci serves as a senior editorial producer for ABC News based in Washington, D.C. He manages all of ABC News’ relationships with the White House, broader Trump administration, and government agencies as the network’s senior politics booker. At Hofstra, he served as a rare two-term program director of WRHU-FM, managing news, sports, and informational programming across the station.



Platinum and Gold Sponsors of the 2018 Alumni Awards Dinner are: Marsh & McLennan Companies and Berdon LLP – Accountants and Advisors, Florence Kaufman – in memory of Robert Kaufman, and Northwell Health. Dinner patrons are Drs. Mindy and Arno Fried, Advanced Neurosurgery Associates, PC; the Joseph G. and Libby Shapiro Family Foundation; Mitchell & Titus, LLP; Anthony A. Lombardi ’87, ’89; and Schaeffer & Sam, CPA, P.C.

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