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Staff Stars: Mentoring Program Nurtures Future Leaders

The Colleges of Dentistry and Nursing have launched a new initiative, "Staff Stars," a yearlong program designed to prepare clinical and administrative staff for supervisory positions.

"The Staff Stars program enables us to develop a pool of staff members who have the necessary skills to step in when a supervisory position opens up," said Dr. Lisa Biagas, Senior Director for Human Resources and Faculty Services, who cofounded the program with Mr. Ira Beresnoy, Senior Director for Clinic Operations and Extramural Programs.

Fifteen staff members were selected to participate in the first program. They attend monthly skill-building workshops led by Dr. Biagas and facilitated by guest speakers, among them Dean Bertolami; Dr. Michael O'Connor, Executive Associate Dean for Administration & Finance; and Ms. Myrna Sobel, an instructor in the Leadership and Human Capital Management program at NYU's School of Continuing and Professional Studies. Workshop topics include supervision and team building, conflict resolution, and business-writing skills.

Stars were nominated by their supervisors and selected on the basis of a short essay describing their career plans and the skills they hoped to acquire. The 15 initial Staff Stars are: Veronica Burden, Patient Account Aide, Office of Financial Management and Business Operations; Tyrone Pearson, Sterilization Technician, Central Sterilization; Seth Yeboah, Patient Service Representative, Clinic Operations; Ruthie Davis, Lead Patient Service Representative, Clinic Operations; Russell Carre, Supply Assistant, Clinic Operations; Robin Elliot, Lead Patient Service Representative, Clinic Operations; Richard Anchundia, Administrative Aide, Office of Student Affairs and Admissions; Maritza Gordian, Surgical Technician, Clinic Operations; Lionel Dawkins, Patient Service Representative, Clinic Operations; Dina Figueroa-Bell, Administrative Aide, Health Screening Unit; Cynthia Ruiz, Dental Imaging Technician, Office of Information Systems; Carmelita Maurentt, Senior HR Assistant, Office of Human Resources and Faculty Services; and Alicia Hudson, Patient Service Representative, Clinic Operations, all at the College of Dentistry; and Jacqueline Johnson, Administrative Aide, Office of Student Affairs and Admissions, and Donna Francis, Administrative Aide, Office of Administration, Finance and Planning, both at the College of Nursing.