Nine distinguished members of the Hofstra community will be
honored for exemplary career achievement and outstanding service to the
university at the 2019 Alumni Awards Dinner on Thursday, September 26, at 6:30
p.m. at the Garden City Hotel. Business attire is suggested.
The awards include Alumnus of the Year, Honorary Alumnus, Alumni Achievement, and Young Alumnus.
For more information on tickets or sponsorship opportunities,
visit hofstra.edu/alumniawardsdinner or
contact Alex LaMagna,
special events coordinator in the Office for Development and Alumni Affairs, at
This year’s roster of honorees is:
ALUMNUS OF THE YEAR
MINIERI ‘82, BBA (Accounting),
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Development and
Construction Services, RXR Realty
As executive vice president
of RXR Realty (“RXR”) and chief operating officer of RXR Development
Services and RXR Construction Services, Joanne Minieri, CPA, oversees an over
$3 billion development pipeline of 6,000 multifamily and condominium units
along with approximately 2 million square feet of commercial space. Minieri
serves on the board of Trinity Place Holdings Inc., Hofstra University, NEW
(Nontraditional Employment of Women), and NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate.
She cochairs the annual National Symposium of Women in Real Estate on behalf
of the Schack Institute of Real Estate and the NYU School of Professional
Studies. Minieri is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public
Accountants and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants.
GOLDBERG, President, Fay J. Lindner
Robert Goldberg, a former educator and administrator in the New
York City and Oceanside school systems, is currently a partner in commercial
and residential real estate ventures on Long Island. He became president of the
Fay J. Lindner Foundation in 1991 and president of the Diane Goldberg Foundation
shortly thereafter. Both foundations are dedicated to improving the quality of
life for Long Island residents. Under Goldberg’s leadership, more than $40
million has been invested in capital projects and programs throughout Long
Island. The Diane Lindner-Goldberg Child Care Institute, the Donald and Barbara
Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, and the Hofstra Northwell
School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies are among the
foundations’ most successful investments.
DEMPSTER ‘94, BA (Political Science), President,
In his role as president of Merkle Americas, Craig Dempster oversees all aspects of Merkle’s North American operation, including sales, account management, solutions, services, and marketing. He is responsible for driving the P&L for Merkle Americas, representing more than 80% of the agency’s revenue and employee base. His team of more than 3,500 is charged with the core goal of delivering exceptional value for clients across the full spectrum of people-based marketing competencies, including performance media, customer experience, CRM, loyalty, and enterprise technology services. In addition, Dempster is responsible for the discovery, vetting, and management of acquisitions that support the strategic direction of Merkle Americas’ plan.
T. FRISINA ‘77, BA (Communication Arts/Journalism), Associate Professor of Journalism, Media
Studies, and Public Relations, Hofstra University
Professor Ellen T. Frisina founded the Hofstra chapter of Public
Relations Student Society of America; has taught in study abroad programs in
Italy, France, and Spain; and is most proud of the hundreds of careers she launched
by creating a strong network of public relations professionals throughout the
country. At Hofstra, Frisina served as chair of the University Senate Executive
Committee, and has served on numerous committees in the Herbert School and at
the University. She has done enormous community service as well, participating
with the National Association of Mothers’ Centers, Philanthropic
Educational Organization (PEO), Society of Professional
Journalists, and Public Relations Society of America, among others. She is co-author
of College Is Not 13th Grade – A Guide for
Parents of College-Bound Students. In addition, her essays have been
published in The New York Times, Newsday,
PR Tactics, and dozens of books internationally.
LEMPEL ’95, BS (Communication Arts), Senior
Vice President and Head of Global Marketing, Sony Interactive Entertainment
As senior vice president and head of global marketing at Sony
Interactive Entertainment, Eric Lempel leads teams across the globe managing PlayStation,
one of the largest and most beloved entertainment brands in the world. Lempel
is responsible for marketing and advertising for the entire portfolio of
PlayStation products and services. He also leads the teams responsible for
other marketing functions, including CRM, consumer insights, marketing
technology, web, creative, events, design, brand alliances, promotions, and
Lempel is currently the West Coast chair of the Dean’s Advisory
Board for The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication.
SULLIVAN ’64, BA (Drama), ’01 Honorary Doctorate, Actress
Two-time Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Susan Sullivan starred for
seven successful seasons as Martha, Nathan Fillion’s outrageously entertaining
mother, on the hit ABC series Castle.
She is currently appearing opposite Alan Arkin and Michael Douglas on the
Golden Globe-winning Netflix/Chuck Lorre series The Kominsky Method. She recurs on the current Tim Allen reboot of Last Man Standing, and previously
recurred alongside Martha Plimpton and Jay R. Ferguson on ABC’s The Real O’Neals. Sullivan is well known
to television audiences for starring roles in long-running hits Dharma & Greg and Falcon Crest, and has made innumerable
recurring and guest appearances on Two
and a Half Men, The Nine, and Judging
Amy, to name a few. Sullivan also
starred in numerous features and television movies, including My Best Friend’s Wedding, The Incredible
Hulk, Midway, A Perfect Stranger, and the classic miniseries Rich Man, Poor Man.
WACKER, ’76, BA (Social Science), CEO,
Chris Wacker is a technology entrepreneur and CEO of Laserfiche,
an elite provider of enterprise software for automating business processes and
enabling digital transformation.
As CEO, Wacker sets Laserfiche’s strategic vision and drives
business growth. With 30 years of industry experience, Wacker has a unique
perspective on connecting inspiration and information, technology’s
capabilities and the human touch. He is committed to leading a customer-centric
organization —ensuring that every single user has an exceptional, distinctive
J. WESCOTT, ’03, BA
(Video/Television), Vice President
and Integrated Producer, Townhouse Worldwide
Rondell Wescott has produced radio, print, and digital content to
global television campaigns for various brands, including Dr. Scholl’s,
Chobani, NBC Universal, ExxonMobil, and Gillette. Wescott was the producer for
Gillette’s most controversial and talked-about ad to date, titled “We Believe,”
which addressed the #MeToo Movement and toxic masculinity, among other issues. He
also recently established the Rondell J. Wescott Endowed Scholarship at Hofstra
University, to be awarded every year to one or more deserving students from
socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds who are pursuing an undergraduate degree
in television at The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication. Wescott is vice
president of Hofstra’s Black/Hispanic Alumni Association and serves as
parliamentarian/historian for the Hofstra University Alumni Organization.
DESAI ’11,Consultant, Bain & Company
Monte Desai has driven change in the public and private sectors.
He is presently at Bain & Company, a leading management consulting firm
that advises leaders of Fortune 500 companies and private equity investors on
their most critical issues. Desai earned an MBA at Harvard Business School,
where he focused on technology and emerging markets. At Hofstra, he was part of
Honors College and earned a BS in Economics.
Sponsors of the 2019 Alumni Awards Dinner are: Platinum sponsor,
RXR; Gold sponsor, ASM Mechanical Systems; Silver sponsor, Intracoastal
Abstract Co., Inc.; and Bronze sponsors, Cameron Engineering and Ted Moudis
Associates. Dinner patrons are Laserfiche; the Joseph & Libby Shapiro
Family Foundation; and Schaeffer & Sam, CPA, P.C.