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For over 20 years, ASA has been proud to support and promote the importance of education to the NYC community, with a special focus on historically under-served students (single mothers, working students, etc.). ASA strongly believes that higher education should be possible for everyone. By providing students with flexible schedules, strong academic and student support, and lifetime job placement assistance, we help ensure that their futures will be successful.

ASA’s Department of Government and Community Relations, plays a major role in building lasting relationships with various community organizations, as well as elected officials to help reach communities that can grow through higher education. The department also works closely with the Board of Trustees.

 

Current Members of the Board of Trustees

 

Frank R. Seddio, Chair of the Board

Former Kings County Surrogate Court Judge and Chairman, Brooklyn Democratic Party

Frank R. Seddio (born October 14, 1946) is an American politician and lawyer who served as a member of the New York State Assembly representing southeastern Brooklyn from 1999 to 2005 before serving as a Kings County Surrogate Court Judge from 2006 to 2007.
He served as the chairman of the Brooklyn Democratic Party from 2012 to 2020, when he resigned to focus on his legal business. He remains a district leader for the 59th Assembly District, an unpaid volunteer party position he serves in since 2010.
Prior to elected office, Seddio held several government positions. The first as a caretaker in the New York City Housing Authority before he served as a police liaison in the New York City Police Department for the 67th Precinct from October 1967 to May 1980. There he was tasked with overseeing the annual West Indian Day Parade in Crown Heights, starting with the inaugural one in 1969.
From 1980 to 85 he served as district manager for Brooklyn Community Board 18 and later as chairman of the board from 1995 to 1998. He also served in the New York City Department of Transportation from 1985 to 1991, when he retired to start a law practice.
In 1999, Seddio succeeded Anthony Genovesi in the New York State Assembly representing the 39th Assembly District, which included parts of southeastern Brooklyn. After redistricting in 2002, the area became part of the 59th Assembly District, a district Seddio represented in the Assembly until his resignation in 2006 after he was elected Kings County Surrogate Court Judge.]
Seddio was elected chairman of the Brooklyn Democratic Party in September 2012 after former Chairman Vito Lopez resigned.
He remains a district leader for the 59th Assembly District and one of the leading figures of the Thomas Jefferson Democratic Club in Canarsie.

Dr. Oscar Odom, Vice-Chair of the Board

Vice President of Security, Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation 

Dr. Oscar Odom III currently serves as the Vice President of Security for the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation. Dr. Odom has served as a Commissioner on the New York City Districting Commission of New York City. Dr. Odom is the former First Deputy Sheriff Commissioner and Four (4) Star Chief of the New York City Sheriff’s Office. Also, a Retired New York City Police Detective (20 years). Dr. Odom has served several New York City Mayor’s. Dr. Odom has held several assignments in the New York City Police Department, Patrol Officer, Police Academy Instructor, Intelligence Division, Career Criminal Investigation Unit and Juvenile Crime Squad (Fugitive Enforcement Division). Also, serve a news commentator on policing, criminal justice and terrorism issues. Additionally, Dr. Odom has an academic career that expands over twenty years and has served has as a professor in graduate and undergraduate colleges in criminal justice, law and emergency & disaster management. Dr. Odom is a member of the Oxford Roundtable in the United Kingdom. Dr. Odom earned his B.S. degree in Correction Administration from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Juris Doctorate degree from the City University of New York School of Law, where he was Associate Editor of the Law Review, and earned his Doctorate of Education with a Specialization in Educational Leadership and Management with Distinction /4.00 Grade Point Average at Capella University. Dr. Odom is a Fulbright Scholar Criminal Justice Peer Reviewer.

Dr. Keisha Allsop, Secretary of the Board

Special Education Teacher, NYC DOE, Progress Highschool, Brooklyn 

Is a current DOE employee (2017-present), teaching U.S. History and Earth science to 11th graders at Progress High School, also serving as Advisor to the My Sisters Keeper Program, and Peer Group Connections, both mentoring programs for teens. Prior to becoming a high school teacher, Keisha lectured at ASA College and New York Career Institute, respectively (2015-2019). She is also COO of United Communities Autism Network, an organization she started in honor of her 13- year old non-verbal autistic son. She serves on the board of both the Queens County Parent Autism Coalition and the Citizens Committee for Children in NYC.
Keisha holds an Associate degree in the medical field from ASA College, and was the 2016 Alumni of the year. She obtained her B.S. degree in Community Health and Human Services from St. Josephs College, an MPA from MCNY, an M.Ed from Long Island University, and Ph.D from Capella (ABD). She also holds a Non Profit Leadership Certificate from Fordham University. She currently resides between Brooklyn and Ghana, with her husband and (6) children.

Harris Miller, M.Phil.

Campaign for Free College Tuition, Cofounder

Harris N. Miller is retired and, in a volunteer capacity, provides strategic, fundraising, and marketing advice to non-profits in the arts, veterans’ affairs, higher education, and health care. He recently completed a two-year term as the Chairman of the Board of the National Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorale, during which he took the organization from the brink of bankruptcy to one on solid financial footing.
He served as CEO/President of two large DC area-based business associations: the Information Technology Association of America (1995-2005) and its global counterpart, the World Information and Technology Association, and the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (2007-2011). He currently is the Audit Committee Chair of UC Assets, an investment company based in Atlanta, Georgia.
He served as a Research Assistant in the British House of Commons to the late the Rt. Hon. Lord Roper, then John Roper, MP (1973-76), and was among only five academics selected as an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow in 1976. He published articles in numerous refereed academic and general audience journals (e.g., The Wall Street Journal), and has spoken at major conferences in the US and around the world. He served for several years on the faculty of the US Department of Agriculture Graduate School and as a lecturer for the US Office of Personnel Management.

Dr. Christopher S. Bjornstad

Director of Accreditation & Institutional Effectiveness, The Art Institutes, Atlanta

Christopher S. Bjornstad currently serves as the Director of Institutional Effectiveness for the Art Institutes; a not-for-profit system of schools that offers applied-arts programs to students seeking post-secondary education.  As a senior executive leader with 18+ years of experience, he has managed state authorization, accreditation, strategic planning, and institutional effectiveness projects for organizations in higher education and healthcare.
Prior to his tenure in higher education, Chris worked in the field of healthcare as a Behavioral Analyst, a Licensed Social Worker, and a Mental Health Counselor.  He also had the opportunity to work as a paralegal for a short period where he learned how to navigate the world of civil litigation.
In addition to his professional experience, Chris has served on numerous non-profit boards.  His board experience includes serving as the founding member and Secretary of the Las Vegas FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association; the Board Chair for a non-profit agency providing outreach to older adults in the community; and the Secretary for a local non-profit swimming association.
He possesses a doctorate in the field of Psychology focused on improving organizational effectiveness by identifying factors that impact motivation at the executive leadership level.

Nadeem Hussain M.D.

Attending Psychiatrist, Dept. of Psychiatry, Montefiore Mount Vernon Hospital 

Dr. Nadeem Hussain is a qualified psychiatrist with vast experience in mental health science; a successful individual that possesses substantial skills in treating mentally ill and disturbed patients. He served at Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla and affiliated with many hospitals in the area, including Montefiore Mount Vernon Hospital and Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn. Attended numerous informative and counseling meetings organized by clinics and hospitals and facilitated several individual and group therapies. He received his medical degree from Quaid-e-Azam Medical College Bahawalpur, Pakistan in 1992 and possesses over 28 years of experience in the medical field.
Dr. Nadeem Hussain is a Double Board-Certified Psychiatrist, Diplomat of American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology 2015 and American Board of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 2021. He was Academic Coordinator and Professor teaching Allied Health discipline at ASA College. He also served in Advisory Board for Allied Health at ASA College. He has been teaching medical students, residents and nursing students at Montefiore Mount Vernon Hospital and Maimonides Medical Center. He has vast knowledge and experience in Academia. He is specialized in Child and Adolescent psychiatry and presently serving in Montefiore Mount Vernon Hospital and Maimonides Medical Center, New York as a board-certified Psychiatrist. He is also a member of Board of Trustee at ASA College.

Jeffrey Volshteyn

Partner of Erda Capital Management

Jeffrey Volshteyn is a Partner of Erda Capital Management. Mr. Volshteyn brings over twenty years of experience in for-profit education, ranging from a role of a Wall Street analyst responsible for covering the for-profit education sector for a major bank to an operating executive of education startups and CFO of ASA College.
At Erda, Mr. Volshteyn helps companies define their strategic direction, develop growth opportunities and facilitate capital transactions. Mr. Volshteyn steers clients through a systematic data-driven process of analysis to create value and identify strategic opportunities.
Prior to Erda, Mr. Volshteyn was a Senior Equity Analyst at JP Morgan covering a group of Professional Services companies including for-profit education companies. While at JP Morgan, he was a member of the #1 Institutional Investor-ranked All-America Research Team in 2008-2014 and the recipient of JP Morgan’s Best Stock Pick award in 2013. He was recognized for thoughtful “deep dive” research which combined a detailed analysis of financial, regulatory and operational factors within the for-profit education sector. He frequently presented at various industry conferences, board meetings and meetings with state and federal regulators. Mr. Volshteyn has authored hundreds of publications and had been referenced in national media such as Barron’s, CNBC, and Bloomberg, as well as industry publications.
Previously, Mr. Volshteyn served as CFO of ASA College, a for-profit college in NYC, and served as a board member of several education startups.
Mr. Volshteyn earned an MBA from Columbia Business School and BS in electrical engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He lives in New York City with his wife and two kids.

 

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