Foundation Board

The Foundation Board at Rockland Community College is comprised of accomplished individuals from the community who are committed to supporting the institution’s students and advancing its mission.

EXECUTIVE BOARD

Walter GoldmanWalter Goldman, a resident of Rockland County for 40 years, has always been an entrepreneur by figuring out how to meet the needs of others with business solutions. At 16 he started the Bagelnuts, a delivery service, which delivered fresh bagels and donuts to your door every Sunday before 9:00AM.

At 18, Walter started a small business, Rockland Dating Service. In college, in upstate New York, Walter realized that many students needed to get their belongings to and from their downstate home and The College Carriers were born.

In an effort to continue to find ways to assist others by using technology, in 1985 at the beginning of the decentralization of distributed data processing, Walter started a company called Magnacom Data Products. By 1999, this value-added reseller grew to $30,000,000 in sales by offering back-office data solutions, maintenance and repair services.

Walter sold his computer business in 2005 and went on to concentrate on financial planning, operations and logistics, efficiency and assisting others in developing businesses from the ground up to early-stage funding.

In 2009, Walter started a management consulting firm called Goldkap Consulting Group which helps companies start, grow and scale. He continues to own and operate this business today.

Walter has experience in writing and executing business plans, finding ways to bring organizations and executives of organizations to the next level in their business careers while keeping a constant eye on margins, profitability and solutions that can be managed and monitored.

Walter speaks at professional associations throughout the tri-state area and has given multiple classes on how to make it as an entrepreneur in today’s economy.

Walter graduated from Pace University with a BBA in Marketing with a minor in finance. Walter is married with 4 adult children. Walter is a mentor for SCORE and sits on multiple boards that include Rockland Business Owners Group, American Cancer Society, Rockland Community College Foundation and Rockland Development Council. In his spare time, Walter enjoys traveling, reading and working to build a better community.

Howard HellmanHoward Hellman, a devoted third generation Rocklander, has forged a remarkable journey through education and entrepreneurship. He graduated from Ramapo High School in 1970 and went on to earn degrees from Rockland Community College in 1972 and the State University of New York at Oneonta in 1974. In 1970, Howard founded All Bright Electric, an enterprise that has grown to include 100 dedicated employees, serving a diverse clientele in sectors such as Institutional, Healthcare, Educational, Utility, Commercial, Multi-family, and Industrial markets. Expanding his horizons in 2000, he established Hellman Management, overseeing a vast portfolio of over 2,000 residential condominium units and commercial properties.

Howard’s deep commitment to community service has garnered him numerous awards, including the United Way Volunteer Appreciation Award, the Boy Scouts of the Hudson Valley Distinguished Citizen Award, and the Rockland Economic Development Corp Economic Development Award, to name a few. He actively engages with various not-for-profit organizations, serving as Vice Chair for Bridges and the RCC Foundation and holding positions on the boards of the Boy Scouts of the Hudson Valley, Salvation Army, and Habitat for Humanity, among others. Past leadership roles include Chair of the YMCA and American Red Cross, as well as Captain of the Spring Hill Ambulance Corp. Howard is a former President of the Nyack Rotary Club. Most recently Howard was recognized by the Rockland Community Foundation as the 2023 Outstanding Corporate Philanthropist and was also received the 2023 Distinguished Alumni Professional Contribution Award by the New York State Community College Trustees.

Within Rockland County, Howard is instrumental in shaping its future, serving as Chair of the Rockland County Industrial Development Agency and Vice Chair of the Workforce Development Board. Beyond his professional and community commitments, Howard finds joy in hobbies such as organizing, disc golf, jogging, hiking, and real estate. His personal life is enriched by his loving family.

Irene CoughlinIrene A. Coughlin, Chief Financial Officer joined Portables Unlimited, Inc. in January 2007. Prior to joining the Company, Mrs. Coughlin served in a variety of executive financial positions at Curtis Instruments, Inc and Hypres, Inc. over a 17- year period. She comes to Portables with expertise in GAAP reporting, business consolidations/M&A (domestic and international), bank financing, auditing, and compliance.

Irene is a frequent speaker to the RCC President’s society and enjoys mentoring students in their future endeavors.

During her career she has held a variety of finance positions including, Chief Financial Officer, Director of Finance & Administration, and Controller and was instrumental in securing financing and restructuring the companies to adapt to today’s changing business needs. Mrs. Coughlin holds a BBA in Public Accounting from Pace University.

Aida Rosario[email protected]

Aida E. Rosario joined Rockland Community College as the Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Communications, and External Affairs in October 2023. Aida’s exceptional credentials, student-facing experience, and dedication to RCC’s mission make her an invaluable addition to the leadership team.

Her extensive professional experience spans over 18 years, including management roles at Univision Communications, Inc. and NBCUniversal’s Telemundo stations in the Philadelphia and New York markets. Notably, her background also encompasses significant experience in student-facing roles at Temple University and MCPHahnemann/Drexel University, demonstrating her understanding of the unique needs and aspirations of student communities.

With a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Human Resources and Business Law from Temple University’s esteemed Fox School of Business, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Berkeley College, Aida’s academic achievements reflect her dedication to academic excellence and professional growth. In her free time, Ms. Rosario enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.

Board Members

Dr. Victor Anaya Victor Anaya, EdD joined Rockland Community College as the Vice President of Finance and Administration in January 2024. He has over thirty-five years of experience working in the finance and accounting fields, fifteen of which have been in education. Dr. Anaya has served in executive-level financial roles for several organizations within higher education and elementary education, including CUNY, Bergen Community College, and Tenafly Public School district, to name a few. In addition, Dr. Anaya has held senior financial positions for New Jersey Judiciary, Hertz, Pan Am, and ABC.

Dr. Anaya has a Doctorate in Community College Leadership from National American University, a Master of Science Degree in Managerial and Operational Auditing from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and two Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Business Administration and Accounting from William Paterson University.

In his role at RCC, Dr. Anaya reports directly to the President as a member of the Executive Cabinet, advising in financial planning and developing policies to achieve the College’s goals. His role responsibilities include financial analysis, planning, policy development, financial reporting, operating and capital budget preparation and control, auditing, accounting services and record keeping, payroll, grant accounting services and reporting, inventory control, and risk management.

Dr. Anaya also oversees Facilities, Public Safety, Information Technology, Administrative Services, the Field House and Cultural Arts Theater administration, Hospitality and Culinary Arts Center, Bursar, as well as other administrative departments that support the needs and priorities of the College.

Traci runs Schultz Ford in Nanuet with her brother.  She is a third-generation owner ad a life-long resident of Rockland County. Traci has been a local business leader her whole professional career.  She is committed to the County and our RCC students.

Traci runs the RCC Ford ASSET Program, overseeing the student interns.  She hires the students who want to continue with Ford and guides them into their careers. To learn more about the Ford ASSET Program, please refer to the following 2021 RCC press release where Traci is interviewed. 
https://sunyrockland.edu/2022/05/02/students-begin-sixteen-week-program-to-become-ford-certified/

Sonia Burgos-CrannageSonia is an Associate with Sichol & Hick, P.C. and practices Elder Law, Disabilities, Trusts and Estates, Guardianship, Medicare and Medicaid, Real Estate Closings & Wills.

Sonia is a graduate of Adelphi University and the Jacob D. Fuchsburg Law Center of Touro College where she received her Juris Doctor in 1987. She was admitted to the New York Bar in 1988.

Burgos-Crannage was the former New York State coordinator for the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc. She has lectured on issues concerning the elderly and the disabled at CUNY Law School, Suffolk Academy of Law, C. W. Post College, Hofstra University, various accounting associations, parent organizations, and Senior Citizen centers. She has spoken about Elder Law and issues concerning the disabled on various radio stations.

Angel CardozaAngel Cardoza is Vice President of Substation Operations at Con Edison, the energy company serving the nine million people of New York City and Westchester. Mr. Cardoza is responsible for the safety, construction, operation, maintenance, and reliability of 103 substations. Mr. Cardoza previously served as general manager of Substation Operations and Control Room Operations at Orange & Rockland Utilities. Mr. Cardoza served in a series of positions of increasing responsibility at Orange & Rockland Utilities and Con Edison including general manager of Electric Operations, general manager of Gas Engineering, and general manager of Protective Systems Testing in Substation Operations. He joined Con Edison in 1998 as a management intern. Mr. Cardoza holds a Master of Business Administration from Fordham University. He also holds a Master of Science in organization leadership from Mercy College and a Bachelor of Engineering from the City College of New York in electrical engineering.

Mitch GuslerSenior Partner, Rifkin & Company, LLP, Certified Public Accountants

Mitch Gusler, a Certified Public Accountant as well as a Certified Valuation Analyst, has been a Foundation board member for over 15 years, having served in various leadership positions. Currently, he serves on the Executive Committee as Past Chair of the Foundation. He has been practicing public accounting since 1980, and is a member of the American Institute of CPAs, the New York State Society of CPAs, and the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts.

Mitch previously served on the board of directors of the New York State Society of CPA’s and is currently a member of the board of directors of Meals on Wheels.

Zara KhanZara Khan, is a second-year student at Rockland Community College and is enrolled in the Sam Draper Honors Program. Currently a STEM major, who is focusing specifically in Biology, she plans to go into medicine. Zara is very interested in plastic and reconstructive surgery and hopes to be able to open a clinic one day.

Zara works part-time as a medical scribe, and was recently hired to work in the Reading and Writing Center at RCC. On campus, she is secretary of the Wonder Girls Club, the Vice President of Scholarship in Phi Theta Kappa, a member of the Student Government Association council for ’23-’24 school year, and part of the Student Activities Board at RCC.

Distinguished Service Professor, Program Director – Visual and Performing Arts, and Faculty Representative to the RCC Foundation Board

Patricia Maloney-Titland is a dedicated professor and arts advocate who has received the SUNY Distinguished Professorship, the highest rank bestowed by the State University of New York. In addition to her role as professor, she is a professional actor and director, and has received numerous accolades for her contributions to the arts, including the Arts Council of Rockland Award for Arts Educator (which she has received twice), the Rockland Community College Foundation’s Leadership Award, and their Person of the Year. With her wealth of experience, creativity, and passion, Maloney-Titland has made a lasting impact on the lives and careers of her students, helping them achieve their goals and pursue their dreams in the arts.

In recognition of her dedication to education, and commitment to students and community, Maloney-Titland is the recipient of Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) National William H. Meardy Faculty Member Award, the ACCT Northeast Regional Faculty Excellence Award, two SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence, one in Faculty Service and one in Scholarship and Creative Activities, as well as the “Champions of Education” Award.

Maloney-Titland is a driving force in the arts community, both as a professor and as the co-founder and co-artistic director of the award-winning, and long-running Rockland Shakespeare Company. The company has achieved great success under Maloney-Titland’s leadership. In addition to her work with the company, she has been continually engaged in a wide range of creative and academic pursuits, including the production of events and performances for Heritage Month celebrations, scholarship and philanthropic fundraisers, advocacy for students with disabilities, implementation and cultivation of professional Internship programs, and rigorous curriculum-based productions, for which she has been recognized by her peers, the College, and the Community.

Adam O'GormanAdam has a business-oriented mindset. He started a very successful tutoring business when he was 17 and continued to run it for 10 years.

He was also a teacher for 4 years and turned around 2 school’s math programs. After fulfilling his goal of being a teacher, he shifted industries and became a managing partner of a fine dining Japanese restaurant.

After completing that goal, Adam decided to sell residential real estate. He finally found his niche in the commercial real estate market and is the owner of Nova North Commercial, a boutique commercial real estate brokerage. Adam proudly uses a company logo designed by the Rockland Community College Street Team for Nova North. He excels in providing his clients with honesty, promptness, and aptitude. Adam treats his client’s properties as if they were his own. As one client writes, “Working with you was a trouble-free experience and you were very accommodating in all the tasks needed to the job done. Thank you for making out renting process smooth and helping us find the perfect tenants to fit our requirements.”-S Macchia

In his spare time Adam is the President of Habitat for Humanity of Rockland and is a member of the RCC Foundation Board of Directors where he chairs the Alumni sub-committee.

John PiccininniJohn is the President of Piccininni Development Corp., Real Estate Development & Management

Susan Oelkers-RamosSusan, a Stony Point businesswoman, was appointed by Governor George E. Pataki in January 2004 to serve as a member of the SUNY Rockland Community College Board of Trustees for a term to expire on June 30, 2010, as successor to Mr. Isidro Cancel. She was reappointed in July 2010 for a term to expire in June 2017. Ms. Oelkers-Ramos is the sole proprietor of Environmental Construction of Stony Point, a position she has held since 1988. Originally from Manhattan, Ms. Oelkers-Ramos earned her General Education Diploma and attended classes at SUNY Rockland.

Ms. Ramos has served the community in many capacities. She recently donated time and equipment towards the restoration of Nyack’s Memorial Park, and was responsible for the renovations to Emanuel Welder Park in Monsey. She was a 2003 recipient of Partner for Growth award from Orange & Rockland Utilities and belongs to the Lions Club of Stony Point.

Dr. Lester Sandres RápaloDr. Lester Edgardo Sandres Rápalo, EdD, MBA, MA, joined Rockland Community College as the Institution’s eighth President in July 2023. RCC is one of 30 community colleges within the State University of New York (SUNY) system, located about 25 miles outside of New York City. The College offers a safe, supportive learning environment for thousands of students from diverse backgrounds. Affordable tuition, an array of degree, certificate and workforce development programs, and a commitment to career readiness and upward economic mobility makes RCC the “first choice” for students of all ages. With over two decades of experience in higher education, Dr. Rápalo believes in the transformative power of education. He brings his passion for and commitment to creating affordable educational opportunities for all to Rockland Community College and the larger community. Dr. Rápalo’s experience has focused on bringing together multiple stakeholders to provide and make quality education accessible to all members of the community. As a college administrator, Dr. Rápalo has experience in academic affairs, student affairs, enrollment management, strategic and fiscal planning, fundraising, business partnerships and coalition building, study abroad, on-line learning and assessment, and faculty and student conflict resolution. In addition, Dr. Rápalo has demonstrated a strong commitment to celebrating diversity and fostering an inclusive environment conducive to faculty, student, and staff success. Prior to joining RCC, Dr. Rápalo was the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Bronx Community College, City University of New York (CUNY). In this role, Dr. Rápalo was responsible for the total College budget, approximately $140 million, and supervised 5 deans, 15 academic departments, 260 full-time faculty, and 440 adjuncts. Dr. Rápalo also oversaw the Associate Dean for Success Programs, the Associate Dean for Curriculum Matters and Academic Programs, the Director of Institutional Research, the Assistant Dean for First Year Program, the Scheduling Office, and the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology. He helped lead the Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) and worked closely with Admissions to increase the automation of the enrollment process for CUNY Start and Math Start programs. He was also involved in CUNY-wide (25 colleges and universities in total) governance, including serving as the Co-Chair of the Recognizing and Rewarding Excellence in Teaching Task Force Committee and membership in the CUNY Academic Council, the Committee on Academic Policy (CAP) and the Reimagining Strategic Finance Committee. At Bronx Community College, Dr. Rápalo facilitated the College’s win of the prestigious Innovations in American Government Award from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He also oversaw the accreditation renewal process with the Council for Education in Nursing (ACEN) for the College’s Nursing Program. In addition, Dr. Rápalo’s leadership efforts secured various grants for the College, including a $3,000,000 Title V Grant awarded by the Developing Hispanic-Servicing Institutions (DHSI) Program to assist Hispanic-Servicing Institutions build academic programs and improve program quality to help Hispanic student retention. Dr. Rápalo has also worked to strengthen the Workforce Development initiatives at Bronx Community College, partnering with organizations such as JPMorgan Chase, Ernst and Young and Blackstone. Dr. Rápalo is a National Community College Hispanic Council (NCCHC) fellow and board member. He is the author of several textbooks and has made multiple appearances in media outlets including Telemundo, ABC Channel 7, and Azteca TV (México). Dr. Rápalo was born in Honduras and speaks Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese.

Aimee VargasAimee is Senior Advisor to the Dean at the NYU Silver School of Social Work working to expand the reach and impact of its educational, research and program work, locally and nationally.

As Senior Advisor, Aimee manages the Silver School’s external affairs, including federal, state, and city government relations; effectively translate and broaden the impact of faculty research on policy and practice; and play a lead role in establishing and facilitating community partnership initiatives.

“Aimee is fiercely dedicated to advancing equitable policies for underrepresented communities, a mission that we shared during the time that we worked together in Albany,” said New York State Assembly Member Catalina Cruz.  “She excels at bringing people together to find common ground, and never hesitates to stand up for the Latino community and other communities who are in need of social supports and resources. Appointing her as Senior Advisor is a fantastic move for Dean Michael Lindsey and the NYU Silver School of Social Work.”

Vargas was Director of Downstate Intergovernmental Affairs amongst many other roles during the Cuomo administration, during which she helped to design and execute outreach strategies to support the Tappan Zee Bridge replacement, the Penn Station/Farley project and the Jacob Javits Center revitalization.

At the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, where she was the Chief Government and Community Affairs Officer, Vargas helped to advance major projects, such as the LIRR Third Track Expansion project, the 2nd Avenue Subway construction project, the L Line Reconstruction project and the Penn Access project.

As Associate Counsel and Director of Environmental Justice at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Aimee built strategic partnerships with community-based organizations to develop public policy initiatives that protect culturally diverse and socio-economically distressed communities.

Vargas is an Adjunct Professor of Communications at Marist College. She also is the Board Secretary of Hunger Free America and a Board Member of the SUNY Rockland Community College Foundation. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Community Affairs and Communications at Sands Corp. Prior roles included Director of the Mid-Hudson Region at the Empire State Development Corporation and Senior Director of Corporate Communications – U.S. Reputation at Anheuser-Busch.  Aimee is a graduate of Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.