Meet Mentors and Mentees
Each year, several hundred students and professionals participate in Manhattan College's Mentor Program. Below are the bios of some current program participants:
State Senator Jose M. Serrano
Education: B.A. in Government ’95 (Manhattan College)
Current Company & Title: New York State Senator representing the 29th Senate District (parts of Manhattan and the Bronx)
Number of Years as a Mentor: 10 Years
After graduating from Manhattan, I worked for 6 years at the world-renowned New York Shakespeare Festival, where I continued to developed my love for the arts and culture in New York City. I left the Shakespeare Festival in 2001 to run for the New York City Council and was elected as an insurgent representing the 17th Council District in the Bronx. After serving in the New York City Council for 3 years, I was elected to the New York State Senate in November of 2004. I currently represent a culturally diverse district which includes neighborhoods in the South and West Bronx, as well as neighborhoods in Manhattan including East Harlem, Yorkville, Roosevelt Island and the Upper West Side.
In the Senate, I serve as the ranking member of the Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation committee. I have a long standing appreciation for the arts and I am dedicated to using the arts as a vehicle for community empowerment and economic revitalization. In addition, I am the sponsor of a wide variety of bills that aim to keep housing affordable, protect public health, enhance our state parks system, defend immigrant rights and conserve the environment.
Manhattan College has made a tremendous impact on my life, and I am thrilled to return to my alma mater and help to brighten the future for today’s class of students.
Joseph L. Guagliano
Education: B.S. in Business Economics and Marketing ’83 (Manhattan College), J.D. (New York Law School)
Current Company & Title: Legislative Advocate, Westchester Independent Living Center
Number of Years as a Mentor: 3 Years
As the Legislative Advocate at Westchester Independent Living Center (WILC) in White Plains, I have worked with municipalities and places of public accommodation in Westchester and Putnam Counties to increase awareness of the Americans with Disabilities Act regulations. Additionally, I advocate for bills/policies at the federal, state and local levels of government that would support the rights of the disabled in the counties of Westchester and Putnam. I also interface with federal, state and local agencies as well. Partly as a result of my efforts, local municipalities in the counties of Westchester and Putnam passed laws/resolutions to enforce the rights of individuals with disabilities to bring a service animal onto a place of public accommodation. In 2007, I received the Excelsior Award from Assemblyman Greg Ball for my work on behalf of the disabled.
In the mentor program, I have worked one-on-one with two undergraduate students and one graduate student. I have thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to work with those students to help them to improve their writing, communication and advocacy skills. Students who work with me at WILC learn a great deal about civil rights for people with disabilities. We welcome student volunteers/interns.
Gina Ting Callender
Education: B.S. in Civil Engineering ’00 (Manhattan College), M.B.A. with a concentration in Management (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)
Current Company & Title: Section Manager of Bronx Gas Construction, Con Edison
Number of Years as a Mentor: 4 Years
I currently work as the Section Manager in Bronx Gas Operations. My responsibilities include managing a staff of over 40 people, including company and contractor forces with a budget of more than $5.6M for the emergency response and maintenance of the Gas Distribution System in the Bronx and the lower 5 municipalities in Westchester County.
I’m also an active recruiter for Con Edison as well as a mentor in Con Edison’s GOLD (Growth Opportunity in Leadership Development) program where I coach new hires in their respective assignments for future success. In my spare time, I enjoy traveling, practicing yoga, snowboarding and running my small art business, Karmic Henna, at local craft shows and festivals.
I participate in the mentor program because I enjoy helping others learn about the practical applications of engineering and guiding people into the career that best suits them. I am an active listener which helps me steer people in the right direction. I enjoy sharing my past experience and explaining my though processes to help others make more informed decisions about their future. It’s also very gratifying to hear their success stories and to future grow my network.
Robert Ervolina, P.E.
Education: B.S. in Civil Engineering ’98 (Manhattan College)
Current Company & Title: GEB/HiRise Engineers, P.C. Partner
Number of Years as a Mentor: 2 Years
I am responsible for managing construction, engineering and real estate due diligence services for both public and private clients locally and nationwide. I provide clients with extensive experience having managed a large variety of infrastructure improvement and private development projects. I earned my BSCE from Manhattan College and am licensed to practice engineering in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. I am also LEED, ACI, NJSSAT (asphalt paving), Property Condition Assessment, Construction Estimating and OSHA certified. In addition, I am a qualified environment professional. An active volunteer in one of the largest engineering societies in America, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), I serve as a board member for the Long Island Branch of the Metropolitan Section. I was also recently named one of Long Islands Top 40 Under 40 by the Long Island Business News.
Alexander F. Gershner, C.P.A., C.F.E.
Education: B.S. in Accounting and Finance ’09 (Manhattan College), Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)
Current Company & Title: Senior Associate at Alvarez & Marsal, Global Forensic and Dispute Services practice
Number of Years as a Mentor: 3 Years
I graduated magna cum laude, with a degree in Business Administration. I doubled majored in the fields of Accounting and Finance, earning me induction into the Beta Gamma Sigma and Epsilon Sigma Pi honor societies. While at Manhattan College, I served as vice president of the Investment Club and cice president and treasurer of the Economics and Finance Society. I was a member of the Dean of Business Student Advisory Committee and Beta Alpha Psi. Now I am a senior associate at the international consulting firm Alvarez & Marsal in the Global Forensic and Dispute Services practice of their New York office. Focusing on litigation and forensic work, I have extensive experience providing professional services to various international institutions. I am a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).
Prior to joining A&M, I was an associate in the Banking and Capital Markets Group of PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Assurance Practice. During my time at Manhattan College, I worked as a summer analyst for various financial services institutions including the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Alliance Bernstein and Goldman Sachs.
After having a rewarding experience as a former mentee, I now participate in Manhattan’s Mentor Program as a mentor. I am grateful for the outstanding education I received here and I remain dedicated to working with the administration, faculty, and students to maintain and promote Manhattan College's tradition of excellence.
Education: B.S. in Chemical Engineering ’05 (Manhattan College), M.S. in Chemical Engineering (Manhattan College, M.B.A. (New York University)
Current Company & Title: Director of Research and Development, Nice-Pak
Number of Years as a Mentor: 6 Years
I graduated from Manhattan in 2005 with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and started my career as an engineer at Wyeth. I finished my Master's in Chemical Engineering at night at Manhattan in 2006. I worked in engineering positions in validation, quality, operations, and then transitioned into project management while at Nice-Pak Products. In 2012 I graduated with an MBA from NYU and expanded my role at Nice-Pak to include product development and marketing. Currently, I work for Nice-Pak as the Director of Research and Development.
Matthew G. McCrosson
Education: B.S. in Accounting (Manhattan College), M.B.A. in finance with a concentration in information science (Manhattan College)
Current Company & Title: O'Connor Davies LLP, Partner
Number of Years as a Mentor: 8 Years
Prior to joining O’Connor Davies, I held a senior position at a firm focusing on organizational studies, operational reviews and technology consulting for colleges and universities, not-for-profit organizations and governmental entities. I have also served as the Chief Operating Officer and the Financial Officer of several national or regional not-for-profit organizations, including the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation, American Lung Association, and the New York Urban Coalition. I regularly participate in speaking engagements outside the firm on the issues of improving financial reporting, organizational efficiency and operations.
- Chairman of the Board-Westchester Community Foundation
- Board Member-Business Council of Westchester
- Board Member, Treasurer-Westchester Community College Foundation
- Former Chairman of the Board, Support Center for Nonprofit Management
- Former Chairman of the Chief Financial Officer Committee National Health Council
- Former Chairman of the Chief Financial Officer Committee National Assembly
- Volunteer Council-American Diabetes Association- Westchester
Milo E. Riverso, Ph.D., P.E., CCM
Education: B.S. in Civil Engineering (Manhattan College), M.C.E. and Ph.D. in Construction Engineering and Management (Purdue University)
Current Company & Title: President and CEO of STV Group, Inc.
Number of Years as a Mentor: 10+
I have more than 30 years of experience in the fields of program management, construction management and general construction. I joined STV in 2005 as senior vice president of STV Construction Inc. and was subsequently named an executive vice president of STV and director and chief operating officer of the firm's national Construction Management Division. Under my leadership, STV's Construction Management practice doubled in size, expanded its range of services and took on larger projects. I was appointed president of STV Group, Inc. in February 2009 and chief executive officer in September 2011. I was also elected to the Board Of Directors in 2011.
Earlier in my career, I served as the president and chief executive officer of the New York City School Construction Authority. In that position I supervised the agency's staff of 900 employees who were responsible for the planning, design and construction of capital improvements and new construction of New York City’s 1,199 public schools.
Mark J. Sheeran P.E.,
Education: B.S. in Civil Engineering (Manhattan College), M.B.A. (NYU)
Current Company & Title: Corporate Development Manager at STV Group, Inc.
Number of Years as a Mentor: 7
I am a Corporate Development Manager at STV Incorporated, focused on the execution of strategic acquisitions, partnering, and public-private partnership initiatives. I am also a Guest Lecturer and Mentor at Manhattan College, passionate about helping students develop professionally from freshman to seniors and into their careers. Previously, I worked in the real estate and construction industry with substantive experiences in all phases of the project life-cycle from site selection, due diligence, and pre-construction activities to construction management, close-out, and asset stabilization.
Patricia Speers ’15
Major: Marketing, School of Business
Areas of Interest: After graduation I would like to pursue a career in marketing, event management, brand management, or any combination of the previously mentioned. Currently, event management interests me the most and I would like to work for an event venue as the manager.
The Mentor Program offers mentees a great experience that cannot come from a classroom. Having access to Manhattan College alumni that work in the field I am interested in gave me great insight into that field and showed me whether or not I really wanted to pursue a career in that area. The program also appealed to me because it is a great way to network since you connect with your mentor, who is one new connection, and then he or she can introduce you to many more people in the industry.
Vincent Terrone ’16
Major: Civil Engineering, School of Engineering (minor in Business)
Areas of Interest: I am hoping to go more into the structural side of the civil engineering field and combine the technical skills I learn with some of the basic business concepts encompassed in the minor I am pursuing.
The mentor program caught my interest when I first heard about it during a summer campus tour of Manhattan College. It was a program that I found, through the college selection process, unique to Manhattan. I knew that meeting prospective employers and networking at such an early stage in my career development would be an opportunity not to be missed.
This program allowed me to really see a in-depth overview of the job I could be doing one day. It helped me solidify my choice in the various disciplines of engineering and learn more about what a typical day in the office is like for a structural engineer as well.
The benefits of this program are unparalleled regarding the experience it gives you as a student. I have gained valuable advice that will help guide me through my academic and professional choices in the future. I am truly grateful for the opportunity to participate in a program that has allowed me to expand my knowledge base in the industry I hope to join one day.