Advisory Council

CUNY SPH Dean’s Advisory Council

The Dean’s Advisory Council represents organizations aligned with the school’s mission and goals, as well as individuals with commitment to these shared goals. The members of the council will assist the Dean in his role as the principal liaison with the New York community at large, and, in addition, will help identify and develop opportunities to support the school in fulfilling both its academic and service commitments. Council members will work with students, faculty and staff engaged in areas of public health about which they feel passionate and will have the opportunity to engage in “hands on” activities and impact in their community. Members will also leverage their community connections to raise CUNY School of Public Health awareness and philanthropic support.

Council Chair

Lyndon Haviland

Lyndon Haviland, MPH, DrPH

President, Lyndon Haviland & Co LLC

Lyndon Haviland, MPH, DrPH, is an international health consultant with more than 30 years public health experience. Dr. Haviland began her career in the US Refugee Service, working in multiple camps with South East Asia refugees. In 1991, she co-authored the first humanitarian needs assessment of Cambodia for the US Agency for International Development. Since that time, Dr. Haviland has led various public health campaigns, initiatives and organizations. Her consulting clients include UN agencies, international NGOs, and former Heads of State. She has served as a Board member for numerous international and domestic NGOs including the American Public Health Association where she is the recipient of two of its highest honors, Friend of the Student Assembly and the Director’s Citation.

As a consultant, Dr. Haviland has advised global leaders, presidents and agency heads on maternal and child health, access to vaccines, vaccine hesitancy, sexual and reproductive health, tobacco control and health promotion / disease prevention. Her work spans strategy, communications, leadership and partnership development. She was the Senior Project Leader for the UN Secretary-General’s Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health Every Woman, Every Child) , an initiative helped to align all member states of the United Nations around a common strategy for saving more than 16 million lives and raised more than $40 billion in new resources for women and children’s health globally. Every Woman, Every Child is widely acknowledged as a turning point for multi-sectoral partnerships at the United Nations.
Dr. Haviland has worked in a broad range of professional environments spanning domestic, academic, multinational and multilateral organizations including the Earth Echo International, GAVI, UN Women, Policy Wisdom, Rabin Martin, the Aspen Institute, UNAIDS, the United Nations Department of Public Information, the UN Foundation, HRSA/SPNS projects, UNDP, WHO, the International Medical Corps, the American Legacy Foundation, The International Catholic Migration Commission and the International Organization for Migration. She holds a masters and doctorate degrees in public health from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, and has completed Advanced Management & Leadership training at the Harvard Business School.

Council Members

Oxiris Barbot

Oxiris Bartbot, MD

First Deputy Commissioner, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Oxiris Barbot, M.D. was appointed First Deputy Commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene on March 14, 2014. In this role, Dr. Barbot is responsible for overseeing the implementation of the programmatic priorities of the Commissioner; as well as the general administrative functioning of the agency. Additionally, she will spearhead the department’s newly established Center for Health Equity. Under her guidance the center will focus on the following key areas: Leveraging policy changes to better integrate primary care and public health, building interagency collaboration to implement a multi sectorial approach and increasing access to health care.

Dr. Barbot returns to DOHMH from the Baltimore City Health Department, where she served as the Commissioner for four years. In this role, Dr. Barbot developed technology initiatives to improve health outcomes and increase operational efficiency, and developed capacity within the Health department and sister agencies to conduct health impact assessments. Dr. Barbot was the architect of the Healthy Baltimore 2015 health policy agenda for the city with a central focus of promoting health equity. She introduced a health-in-all-policies approach to city government and chaired the Mayor’s Cross-Agency Health Task Force. During her tenure, Dr. Barbot championed a number of accomplishments, namely a 25% decrease in the number of HIV cases, a decrease in teen pregnancy by 23.5% as well as a reduction of infant mortality to an all-time low of 9.7 with a 37% reduction in disparities.

Before working in New York, Dr. Barbot was the Chief of Pediatrics and Community Medicine at Unity Health Care, Inc. in Washington, D.C. There, she gained knowledge of the community health clinic model and experience serving vulnerable populations. Dr. Barbot received a bachelor’s degree from Yale University and holds a medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. She completed her residency at George Washington University’s Children’s National Medical Center. Dr. Barbot has published several articles in major academic journals within the health filed and has presented on topics including H1N1 response, school health, and health coverage for Hispanic Americans.

Wellington Chen

Wellington Chen

Executive Director, Chinatown Partnership

As Executive Director of Chinatown Partnership, Wellington Chen is responsible for guiding the overall direction of the Chinatown Partnership, including strategic planning, setting policy, and serving as the public representative of the organization.

Wellington is a highly respected public servant and long-time community advocate, urban planner and urban affairs specialist. As senior consultant/advisor of the Planning Advocacy Group for over a decade, Mr. Chen–a long-time Flushing resident–was deeply involved in numerous community projects, including the downtown Flushing revitalization plans. Wellington was also the first Asian American to serve as a Commissioner on the New York City Board of Standards and Appeals. Mr. Chen co-founded Tri Plus Construction Corporation in 1989, a company dedicated to creating affordable housing in New York City.

An architect by training, Wellington worked for renowned architect I.M. Pei from 1980 to 1985. He was a member of Community Board 7Q for over 13 years and a vice chair of Queens County Traffic Safety Board, and currently sits on a number of boards, including the Bowne House Historical Society, the City University of New York, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Healthcare Chaplaincy, NYC Economic Development Council etc. Wellington was born in Taiwan and grew up in Singapore, Hong Kong and Brazil.

Andrea Cohen

Andrea G. Cohen, JD

Senior Vice President, United Hospital Fund

Andrea G. Cohen is the Fund’s Senior Vice President for Program, responsible for shaping and directing the Fund’s program activities and leading Fund staff in their work on Medicaid and other health insurance, quality improvement, innovation strategies, aging in place, and family caregiving. She also oversees the Fund’s grantmaking and conference programs.

An attorney with extensive legal and policy experience in the health care world, Ms. Cohen was Director of Health Services in the Office of the New York City Mayor from 2009 to 2014, serving as lead health policy advisor to the Mayor and Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services, and liaison to the city’s public hospital system and Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

From 2005 to 2009 Ms. Cohen served as counsel at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, advising health care clients on legal and policy issues related to public health insurance programs. Previous experience included positions with the Medicare Rights Center, the United States Senate’s Committee on Finance, and the United States Department of Justice.

Ms. Cohen is a member of the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission, which advises Congress and reviews and makes recommendations on Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program policies and programs. She was appointed to that position, when the Commission was formed, by the Comptroller General.
A graduate of Harvard College, Ms. Cohen earned her law degree at Columbia University.

Freida Foster

Freida D. Foster

Vice Chair, NYS Workers’ Compensation Board

Appointed Vice Chair in 2016 by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Ms. Foster has a long tenure with the NYS WCB, starting as a Board Member in 2009. In her current role, she is responsible to assist the Chair with the Administration and Management of the agency as well as upholding the overall mission to protect the rights of employees and employers by ensuring the proper delivery of benefits to those who are injured or ill, and by promoting compliance with the law.

Ms. Foster has decades of professional experience in the areas of government/civic service, public relations and education.  Prior to joining the New York State Worker’s Compensation Board, Freida entered state service as a community representative for the Executive Chamber, ultimately serving as the director of the Community Affairs Unit.  Resultant of her vast network, Freida was selected to manage one of the largest accounts at Burson-Marsteller, where she led the NYC rollout of new voting machines ensuring NYS’ compliance with the Help America Vote Act.

Freida served as a CUNY trustee for ten years (2006-2016), helping oversee campus management as vice chair for the Student Affairs Committee and chair for the University’s Standing Committee on Facilities. However, Freida began her CUNY experience as the NYC Human Resources Administration Liaison and Recruiter for CUNY’s Borough of Manhattan College Opportunity to Prepare for Employment Program (COPE) where she recruited for the program and advocated for student needs and resources.

Fiercely dedicated to helping others and giving back to the community, Freida serves (and has served) in many capacities including: Board of Director for the Harlem Community Development Board, WNET/Thirteen Community Advisory Board, Life Member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. and the Brooklyn Branch of the NAACP; in the past as Trustee for the City University of NY, CORO Leadership Program, Teacher’s Retirement System (TRS) and NYC Education Retirement System (NYCERS), Board Member for the Panel for Educational Policy (PEP), Founding member of Hofstra’s Women in Leadership Group and many others.

A lifelong Harlem resident, Ms. Foster holds an MS in Corporate Communications from the University of Wisconsin and a BA in Communications from Hofstra University.

Dr. Max Gomez

Dr. Maximo Gomez

One of TV’s most respected medical journalists, Dr. Max Gomez has produced award-winning health and science segments for network stations in New York and Philadelphia. Dr. Max has reported for Dateline, Today Show and 48 Hours.

Over more than three decades, he has earned nine Emmy Awards, three New York State Broadcaster’s Association awards and UPI’s “Best Documentary” award. In addition to NYC’s ‘Excellence in Time of Crisis’ for his September 11 coverage, Dr. Max has been singled out nationally for special award recognition by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and The National Marfan Foundation. He was also named the American Health Foundation’s “Man of the Year.” A noted moderator and speaker, Dr. Max is the regular moderator for Memorial Sloan-Kettering’s Cancer Smart public education series. He was also an organizer and moderator for two international conferences on adult stem cells hosted by and held at the Vatican.

Dr. Max also trains physicians nationally in public speaking and presentation, speaking to groups as diverse as the National Cancer Institute and the College of American Pathologists. Max is the co-author of “Our Stem Cells – The Mysteries of Life and Secrets of Healing”, a layman’s guide to the medicine of the future, showcasing a wide array of emerging adult stem cell breakthroughs, including their ability to repair damaged hearts and organs, restore sight, kill cancer, cure diabetes, heal burns and stop the march of degenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis and Lou Gehrig’s disease. Covering stem cell applications in everything from orthopedics to heart disease, cancer and HIV, it includes a special address by Pope Benedict XVI, urging increased support and awareness for advancements in adult stem cell research in order to alleviate human suffering.

Dr Max is also the co-author of “The Prostate Health Program: A Guide to Preventing and Controlling Prostate Cancer.” The 384-page book explains how an innovative program consisting of diet, exercise and lifestyle changes may help prevent prostate cancer. He has also served on numerous boards, including the American Heart Association, Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America – Long Island Chapter, and The Partnership for After School Education, a city-wide group of 1,600 community-based programs that tutor and mentor students.

Dr. Max also mentors undergraduate journalism students, as well as medical students and physicians who are interested in medical journalism. He is an honors graduate of Princeton University and the Wake Forest University School of Medicine (PhD in Neuroscience) and was an NIH postdoctoral fellow at Rockefeller University.

Kharry Lazerre-White

Khary Lazarre-White, Esq

Executive Director & Co-Founder, The Brotherhood/Sister Sol

Khary is a social entrepreneur, writer, organizer and attorney. In 1995 he co-founded The Brotherhood/Sister Sol –  a nationally renowned, comprehensive youth development and educational organization that provides rites of passage programming, arts and enrichment based after school care, counseling, summer camps, job training, college preparation and scholarship, employment opportunities, community organizing training, legal representation, and month long international study programs to Africa and Latin America. The organization provides direct service, trains educators across the nation on its model and organizes to advance policy and social change. Khary has extensive experience as a public speaker across the country, writes regular opinion pieces and essays for publications that include Huffington Post, NYU Press, Nation Books, and He has appeared as a regular guest contributor on MSNBC, on CNN, and widely on other media sites as well. Khary has been recognized with an array of awards including from Oprah Winfrey, Ford Foundation, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Black Girls Rock, Andrew Goodman Foundation, Union Square Awards, Brown University, the National Recreation Foundation’s Robert W. Crawford Achievement Prize and with a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Fellowship.  Khary received his Bachelors in Arts, with honors, in Africana Studies, from Brown University, and his Juris Doctorate from the Yale Law School where his focus was international human rights law and constitutional law. Khary is the author of Passage, a novel, published in September 2017 by Seven Stories Press and distributed by Penguin Random House.

Fred Rich

Fred Rich, JD

Author; Of Counsel, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Fred Rich is an author whose most recent book, Getting to Green, Saving Nature: A Bipartisan Solution  (W.W. Norton, 2016), tells the story of how the American environmental movement lost its way and explains how it can get back on track.  His first book, Christian Nation (W.W. Norton, 2013), is a work of speculative fiction that predicted the rise of demagogic populism.  Rich studied public and international affairs at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School and moral philosophy at King’s College, Cambridge, before receiving his law degree at University of Virginia Law School.  He spent his law career as a partner of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, an international law firm, before leaving at the end of 2014 to devote himself full-time to writing and teaching.   Rich is a passionate environmentalist who serves as Chair of the Foundation for Landscape Studies, Vice Chair of the national Land Trust Alliance and The Battery Conservancy, and director of the Hudson Highlands Land Trust.  He also serves on the Advisory Board of The Hastings Center (bioethics).   He is the winner of the Battery Urban Farmer Award (from The Battery Conservancy, for promotion of urban agriculture, 2012), the Environmental Advocates of New York Advocates Award (for environmental advocacy in New York State, 2011), and the Frances Reese Medal (from Scenic Hudson, for service to the Hudson Valley, 2010).

Mitchell Silver

Mitchell J. Silver

Commissioner, NYC Parks

Mitchell J. Silver became Commissioner of the New York City Department of Parks in May 2014. Commissioner Silver is also the immediate past president of the American Planning Association (APA) and an internationally recognized planner. As Parks Commissioner, Mitchell Silver oversees management, planning and operations of nearly 30,000 acres of parkland, which includes parks, playgrounds, beaches, marinas, recreation centers, wilderness areas and other assets.

In its search for a Parks Commissioner, the de Blasio administration sought Silver for more than his passion for community equity and thoughtful planning. Silver’s unique brand recognizes the link between space-making and how neighborhood access to parks and open space favorably impact health and community well-being. Silver authored Planners and Public Health Professionals Need to Partner Again, an article published in 2012 by the North Carolina Medical Journal.
Mitchell Silver received a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from Hunter College in NYC.

Dennis Walcott

Dennis Walcott

Dennis M. Walcott was the Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education from 2011 to 2013.

Although Walcott lacks training as a schools administrator and requires a waiver from the New York State Education Department under Education Commissioner David M. Steiner, he is a former employee at Amistad Day Care Center, holds a master’s degrees in the education field and is a former member of the New York City Board of Education. He also served nine years as New York City Deputy Mayor for Education.

Prior to joining Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2002 as Deputy Mayor for Education, he headed the New York chapter of the Urban League.

In 1975, Walcott founded the Frederick Douglass Brother-to-Brother mentoring program. He went on to become President and Chief Executive of the New York Urban League for 12 years, where he expanded educational and youth service programs. He also served as Executive Director of the Harlem Dowling Westside Center, expanding services to children and families in need. In 1993 Mayor David Dinkins appointed him to the predecessor agency to the Department of Education, the New York City Board of Education. His term extended into the mayoral term of previous mayor Rudy Giuliani. He also taught as an adjunct professor of Social Work at York College, and was a talk show radio host on community issues.

Pat Wang

Pat Wang, JD

Chief Executive Officer, Health First NY

Pat Wang is the CEO of Healthfirst, a one million member, not-for-profit health insurance plan serving the New York City metropolitan area. Healthfirst is a 4-Star Medicare Advantage plan and the top ranked Medicaid managed care plan for quality in New York State. The company also coordinates the long term care of frail elderly and disabled individuals through a variety of programs, including Senior Health Partners and CompleteCare, and offers its Leaf plans on the New York State of Health (Health Exchange). Healthfirst specializes in the needs of the region’s multi-cultural populations. As a provider-sponsored health plan, it relies on a partnership model with its healthcare system sponsors, primary care providers, and community-based organizations to support and help build population health management capability at the delivery system level.

Prior to joining Healthfirst in 2008, Ms. Wang clerked for the Honorable Whitman Knapp in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and practiced health law at Kalkines, Arky, Zall and Bernstein. She worked at the Greater New York Hospital Association for 17 years where she served as Senior Vice President, Health Finance and Managed Care and where her first major project was to create Healthfirst. She is a graduate of Princeton University and New York University School of Law, where she received her J.D. degree, cum laude. She has lived in China and Yugoslavia and is a longtime resident of New York City.

Emad A. Zikry

Emad A. Zikry, Ph.D.

Chairman, Institutional Business
Pioneer Investments –
President of Vanderbilt Capital Advisors

Pioneer Investments has more than $300 Billion in assets under management. The parent of Pioneer, UniCredit S.p.A., recently merged with Capitalia S.p.A. making UniCredit the largest bank in Italy and the second largest bank In Europe. Vanderbilt’s client base includes Central Banks, Commercial Banks, Multi-national Corporations, Public Funds, Foundations/Endowments, and Taft Hartley accounts.

Emad has had numerous articles published in professional and academic journals such as The Journal of Forecasting, The American Economist and The Journal of Fixed Income. He is a Board member of The National Investment Company, and an Associate of The ForeignPolicy Association. Emad was a member of the Board of Advisors of the Pacific Institute and The Advisory Committee of Fulcrum Global Partners. He also served on the Board of Directors of Quality Systems Inc., The Park Avenue Bank and The New Providence Fund and Associates LP. He currently is on the Board of Directors of the University of Albany Foundation.

Emad is an FINRA Arbitrator. He is also a member of the Fixed Income Analysts Society, the National Association of Business Economists, the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, The Economic Club of New York.

Emad holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Albany, and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Kansas.

Council Ex-Officio Members

Duffie Cohen

Duffie Cohen

Executive Director, Invest in CUNY Campaign

Duffie Cohen is Executive Director of the Invest in CUNY Campaign. In collaboration with the Dean for Advancement, Duffie provides leadership for the University’s $3 billion campaign and supports CUNY’s colleges, graduate and professional schools and programs in their fundraising efforts. In addition to working with the colleges individually to build fundraising capacity, Duffie oversees the Campaign Office’s professional development efforts, creating programs and conferences for academic and advancement leaders and professionals. Before joining CUNY in 2005, Duffie worked for 15 years in the non-profit sector, primarily with educational and social service organizations. Earlier in her career, Duffie worked as a journalist in New York City.

Andrea Shapiro

Andrea Shapiro Davis

Associate Vice Chancellor for Corporate, Foundation and Major Gifts Development, CUNY

Andrea Shapiro Davis is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Corporate, Foundation and Major Gift Development at the City University of New York (CUNY). She has had a long and distinguished career in public service, including 11 years working for Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, where she served as Special Advisor to the Mayor, Executive Director of the Mayor’s Office of Appointments and Executive Director of the NYC Commission on Women’s Issues. Prior to joining the Bloomberg administration she was the Director of Development and External Relations at the CUNY School of Law. She also spent four years as an Assistant District Attorney in Queens County and was an attorney in private practice. Ms. Davis is also the founder of the Women’s City Network. She is a graduate of Queens College and Hofstra University School of Law, and is the proud mother of twin boys.