The administrators listed on this page are candidates for the position of Senator representing the Administrative Management Council on the University Senate for the 2017-2019 term. Candidates and their statements are listed alphabetically starting with the incumbents and followed by challengers.
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Toni Depena, Department Administrator; Allied Health Program and Dental Hygiene, College of Dentistry. AMC Alternate Senator 2012-14, 2016-17
Norma Kenigsberg, Program Director, IT Policy Development and Compliance; Service, Security and Compliance, NYU IT. AMC Alternate Senator 2012-17
My name is Norma Kenigsberg, and I am the Program Director, IT Policy Development and Compliance in NYU IT (central IT). I joined NYU from CUNY’s Graduate Center just after the 2001 terrorist attacks and was immediately impressed by the professionalism, commitment, and work ethic of NYU’s administrators. I was proud to be an NYU administrator then and am even prouder to be so today.
Every day, I work in areas that deal with NYU at Washington Square and its outlying components, as well as outreach to our global sites and portal campuses; prepare policy position statements throughout the general privacy/security/risk spectrum; participate as a member of various University compliance committees and task forces; and communicate with project and service groups to educate, advise, and help integrate their diverse programmatic requirements into workable policies. I am comfortable in the regulatory and legislative arena and thrive on helping – collaboratively – to identify and define problems and seek solutions. I know how to work with people, challenging when necessary, compromising when appropriate.
Although I am not an NYU “native” -- I earned an A.B. from Vassar College and an M.P.A. from Baruch College – I care a great deal about NYU and the NYU community. I have been involved with the AMC as an AMC Representative for approximately ten years. Currently, I serve as the NYU IT Senior Unit Representative, the AMC’s Parliamentarian, and Chair of the AMC Bylaws Committee. I am the AMC’s appointed member to the Senate Joint Task Force on Policy.
In addition, I have been an Alternate Senator for five years, participating for three years on the Senate Financial Affairs Committee (SFAC) and for two years on the Senate Committee on Organization and Governance (SCOG). SCOG is now in the middle of recommending updates to the Senate Bylaws, to the Senate’s policy approval process, and to the general Senate functioning – and I am eager to continue to serve on the AMC’s behalf to help complete that work. My role at NYU and my AMC service show that I am a solid match for the Senator position.
I believe in the AMC – in its mission and its value to NYU. I would like to help move forward the AMC’s continuing efforts in policy engagement with the University leadership in order to support our strategic goals. It is important that we administrators are respected as an institutional asset for our work, our dedication, and our ideas.
I have no mottos, no rhymes or reminiscences, and no catchy slogans to attract your attention. I am organized, methodical, down-to- earth, and get the job done.
I will make only one campaign promise: I will provide the enthusiastic, knowledgeable representation that our membership deserves – that you deserve -- in order to highlight the priorities of the AMC in the context of broader NYU governance.
As your Senator, I pledge to give voice to the perspectives of the AMC and promise to represent you with the highest degree of commitment and concern.
I ask for your vote for Senator.
Carolyn Ritter, Director of Public Affairs and Events; Office of Special Events, Stern School of Business. AMC Representative 2012-17
My name is Carolyn Ritter and I serve as the Director of Public Affairs & Events at the NYU Stern School of Business. I’m also a newly minted alum of NYU, Class of 2017. My tenure at NYU spans nearly 12 years, making it one of the longest-term relationships of my life. Longer than I’ve been married (only 7 years) and longer than I’ve had my fur baby (5 years). And yes, this is a shameless use of my adorable dog to get your vote!
But on a more serious note, I’m delighted to be running for a Senator position on the University Senate. Over the past year, I had the rather humbling experience of serving as Senior Unit Rep for Stern on the AMC. So I have seen firsthand the dedication and commitment that my colleagues have for this community that we call New York University. It has also opened my eyes to a number of exciting opportunities to continue to enhance this storied and remarkable institution.
In light of recent world events, I also feel compelled – now more than ever – to get involved and to add my voice to the ongoing dialogue in our local NYU community. Like many New Yorkers, I’m a transplant, having grown up in New England. One of the most significant factors in my successful transition to becoming an official “New Yorker” was my connection to NYU. So with that, I would be honored to serve on the NYU Senate, giving back to the institution that has given so much to me.
On a more personal note, I’m a firm believer that there’s no such thing as “work-life balance.” Instead, work is life and life is work. So fostering a work environment that other Universities can look to as the gold standard – one that lifts people up, that invests in professional development, that demonstrates a commitment to community service, that places an emphasis on employee wellness, that fosters intellectual curiosity, that shows an unwavering commitment to discovering truths, that stands for diversity, equity & inclusion, that seeks to transform students into the best possible versions of themselves, and that vows to create a safe place for all people and all ideas – now that is a mission that I would be honored to Support.
I thank you for your time and consideration.
Denise Upton, Grants Administrator; College of Global Public Health. AMC Alternate Representative 2017
Hi. I’m Denise Upton. I joined the College of Global Public Health as a Grants Specialist just three months ago and already I have witnessed such a strong sense of camaraderie among NYU administrators. It is obvious that this inclusive and empowering environment is a huge driver of the passion and dedication my colleagues bring to their roles and in turn what helps make NYU such a successful institution. As someone who has benefited from and appreciates this dynamic, I would be honored to work to uphold it and represent the AMC on the University Senate.
As a newcomer to the NYU community with more than 5 years of experience working at small nonprofits, I feel I will bring a unique and fresh perspective to this position. It is important to me that all NYU administrators have a voice and are motivated to grow and develop as individuals. If elected to the University Senate, I will be receptive to the interests and concerns of AMC constituents and help drive policy and practice that encourage a positive professional climate.
I joined NYU to pursue my passion for public service and as a Senator, I will work to represent and empower you, my fellow administrators, to assure your success as members of the NYU community.
Department Manager, College Core Curriculum, FAS. AMC Alternate Senator 2014-17
My Name is Daniel Holub and I am running for a seat on the NYU Senate and today I ask for your vote. I have more than 20 years of experience in Higher Education and 6 of those are with NYU. I currently work with the College Core Curriculum where I oversee the operations for the foundational coursework in the College of Arts & Science. I collaborate daily with departments ranging from the Registrar to Accounts Payable and I interact with students, faculty and administrators frequently. I am also a representative with the AMC and serve on several committees, including the Ad Hoc Committee on Sexual Misconduct, and I believe these experiences provide me with the institutional knowledge and connections to serve you in the senate. Thank you for your time and consideration. -- Daniel Holub
Carrie Meconis, Associate Director, Office Of Faculty; Faculty Services, Tisch School of the Arts. AMC Alternate Senator 2013-2017
My name is Carrie Meconis and I work at the Tisch School of the Arts as the Associate Director in the Office of Faculty. I have been at NYU for 11 years and have spent the last 8 years as a representative on the AMC. I am the Chair of the Community Service Committee and a member of the Benefits Committee. I have been an alternate senator for 5 years. My labor of love has been as the co-chair of the University Senate Ad Hoc committee for Work Life Balance for the past 16 months. You may have gotten an email (or 5), from me to take the Work Life Balance survey and I am proud to say that 58.6% of administrators completed that survey. Amazing results, so thank you for that!
The AMC and this senate run is extremely important to me. As you can see, I fight for what I believe in and I have a passion for working for you and your place in this University. NYU should a place you come to work for a lifetime, not a place where you accept a job and then get here and realize that work-life issues and career advancement are not possible. As a mother of 4, I understand this deeply. Another initiative that I am extremely proud of that I worked on for quite some time, was the flexible work arrangement policy for the Tisch School of the Arts administrators. We had a committee that met many, many times to work out this policy that was officially approved by central HR and legal. This is just another example of how hard I will work for all of you. And I will work for this every day I serve as your senator. Thank you for your time and your vote!
Pamela Stewart, Operations Administrator; Department of Nutrition and Food Studies, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. AMC Alternate Representative 2016-17
Educating others on the opportunities available to them and advocating for the possibilities are important factors that drive how I function as an Administrator, and my reason for running as an AMC Senator. I’m always looking at equity and inclusion for all. As a member of the NYU community for 15 years, I strongly believe that if you don’t ask, you may never receive those possibilities.
Being a part of the AMC has sparked my interest to get more involved, find out what is accessible to Administrators across the university and neighboring communities, and share that information to ensure that all Administrators receive the much needed resources available to be productive, for professional development, and to improve the quality of their personal life. “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” Malcolm X.
Jason Wiker, Assistant Director; Marketing and Communications, Tandon School of Engineering. AMC Representative 2017, Alternate Representative 2015-2017
My name is Jason Wiker and I’m the Associate Director of Strategic Partnerships & Special Projects for the NYU Tandon School of Engineering. I’ve been at Tandon for almost 7 years now, since the NYU-Poly affiliation and through the merger process.
Since the merger was complete, I’ve done my best to take advantage of what NYU can offer to administrators from Brooklyn, since we are now part of the larger University. I often feel that administrators here do not utilize benefits or participate at the University level as much as the Manhattan-based staff, either due to distance or being relatively new to the NYU family. That is part of the reason I have participated in the AMC for the past two years, as both an alternate and full representative. I’ve wanted to become more involved with NYU at the University level, and represent my constituency east of the East River.
If elected as a senator, I will continue to represent Brooklyn as well as the interests of the administration University-wide. As with the prevailing interests of the administrators, I will continue the push for a healthy work-life balance, as well keeping our compensation and benefits competitive. Also, I don’t believe benefits for children and dependents should come at a net loss for the employee or their partner/spouse. I believe that families come in all shapes and sizes, and I will do my best to represent the interests of all administrators, not just the ones with traditional family units.
It would be an honor to serve you and I appreciate your consideration.
Pamela Kavalam, Student Services Administrator; Wagner School of Public Service. AMC Senator for 2016-17, Alternate Senator 2015-16
My name is Pam Kavalam and I am an academic advisor at NYU’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. I have been at NYU for nearly a decade and have served on the AMC for six years. For the past two years, I have served as the “Senior” Senior Unit Representative. I have served one year as an Alternate Senator and one as a Senator with both years spent on the Senate’s Committee on Organizational Governance (SCOG). I have also represented the AMC on NYU’s Women’s Leadership Committee as well as on AMC’s Professional Development and Special Events Committees. Outside of NYU, I spent seven years running the 501(c)3 nonprofit alumni association for the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program.
In the coming two years, I would like to continue to keep diversity, inclusion and equity among the Senate’s top priorities. The senate faculty in particular have pushed for this- with emphasis on equity and inclusion- and being part of the incredible AMC Inclusion, Diversity and Equity (AIDE) committee allows me to be more engaged in this discussion. I’ll also be running the AIDE book club this summer which I hope many of you will join! Please keep an eye out on the AMC website for more information.
One of my main successes on the AMC has been as an evangelist for the group- convincing my talented, passionate and motivated colleagues to join a committee or come to a general meeting and spreading word about how the important work that so many of our committees have been doing! At Senate meetings, we get to hear directly from fascinating people like the architects constructing the new building at 181 Mercer as well as the Government Affairs office about how NYU is directly affected by new federal and state policies. I’ve shared and discussed this with my colleagues at Wagner and friends around the university and I hope to continue to do this on a bigger scale. I highly recommend that you skim through the Senate reports as there is a lot of great information there.
What AMC has taught me is that a small group of motivated, passionate and talented people can have a huge effect on the outcomes for all of us. I hope to continue to work on this amazing team as your senator. Thanks so much for reading and for your support. Hope you have a great start to the summer.
Meredith Rendall, Vendor and Contract Management Analyst; Business Services Office, NYU IT. AMC Alternate Senator 2016-17
I am pleased to have the opportunity to run as a candidate for AMC Senator. I have worked at NYU 10 years, and have been an active member of the AMC the past three years.
I have had the distinct pleasure of serving the AMC and our constituency as both a Representative and Chair of the Benefits and Compensation Committee. I am a Sustainability Advocate, an Alternate Senator serving on the Senate Financial Affairs Committee, and a representative on the University’s Tuition Remission Ad Hoc Committee.
Through participation on these different committees, I have been able to breakdown the silos differentiating Tenure and Tenure Track Faculty, Contract Faculty, and Administrators such that we now have Joint Benefits Meetings with all three council representatives and HR.
I am proud of our community work, charitable activities, and our respected voice in the Senate. It has been my honor to unify our voice during the writing and refining of our annual letter to the Senate Financial Affairs Committee; and it was my honor to present it along with John DeSantis and Carrie Meconis to Tony Jiga and the rest of Senate Financial Affairs.
When you cast your vote for AMC Senator, please select my name as your first preference so I can continue protecting our interests as administrators. I look forward to representing you at the University Senate.
With much gratitude for your consideration,
Arly Tuysuzian, Director, Finance And Administration; Bluestone Center for Clinical Research, College of Dentistry. AMC Alternate Representative 2015-17
My name is Arly Tuysuzian and I’m the Director of Finance and Administration at the Bluestone Center for Clinical Research at NYU’s College of Dentistry. I’ve been in the healthcare and higher ed industry for over 12 years, eight of which are at NYU.
Although my experience with the AMC community has been as an alternate, I am very enthusiastic and committed to bringing a fresh perspective to issues that are presented to the AMC Senate. My educational background and current role is in financial and operational development and management for clinical and basic science research. As an AMC senator I would further apply these skills to represent the needs and objectives set forth by the AMC.
It’s been a blessing to work at NYU, specifically the College of Dentistry. I’m deeply humbled for the opportunity to be nominated.The University has harnessed my skill and further my professional growth. I would be honored to be able to give back and represent the Administrative Community with the University Governance.