Board Of Trustees
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
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. Kenneth E. Hartman
Former President of Drexel University Online
Dr. Kenneth E. Hartman is an educational entrepreneur, having served nearly four-decades as a university president, professor, senior academic administrator, and consultant to for-profit companies and investors in the higher education sector. Most recently, Dr. Hartman served as president of Drexel University Online, a subsidiary of Drexel University, where he was responsible for the overall operational and fiscal performance of a multi-million dollar organization serving nearly 8,000 online adult learners in over 100 fully online degree programs.
Dr. Hartman is the author of numerous books and scholarly publications, and is an active presenter at industry conferences. Additionally, Dr. Hartman has served as a commissioned officer in the United States Army, authored a nationally syndicated newspaper column, and could be seen for nearly a decade as the technology reporter for NBC News (WCAU-NBC10) in Philadelphia.
In 2009, Dr. Hartman founded “Our Community Salutes”, a nonprofit (501-c-3) organization, to recognize and honor graduating high school seniors who plan to enlist into the military immediately after high school graduation. Today, OCS Ceremonies are being conducted in over 20 States and over 50 locations throughout the country.
Recent awards and recognition include: 2021 Camden County Freedom Medal, 2020 Fox Nation Most Valuable Patriot Award, 2019 United States Air Force Distinguished Civilian Humanitarian Award, Department of the Army’s Outstanding Civilian Service Medal, Bunker Lab’s Humility and Honor Award, George Washington Medal from the Freedoms Foundation, New Jersey’s Governor’s Jefferson Medal for Public Service, Penn Educator of the Year Award from The University of Pennsylvania, Excellence in Education Award from State University of NY at Geneseo, Leadership in Distance Learning Program Administration Award from the United States Distance Learning Association, Daily Point of Light Award from The Points of Light Institute (President George H. W. Bush), Drexel School of Education’s Faculty Fellow and Associate Award.
Dr. Hartman holds an undergraduate degree from The State University of New York at Geneseo, a master’s degree from Michigan State University, and a doctorate degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
Chief Executive Officer and President of NorthStar Asset Management Group
Al Tylis, 47, is a former real estate executive, having most recently served as Chief Executive Officer and President of NorthStar Asset Management Group (NYSE: NSAM), a $38 billion global real estate and asset management firm. Al successfully led the sale of NorthStar in 2017 in a nearly $60 billion merger. Al has also held several executive and/or Board level positions at prominent real estate companies, including NorthStar Realty Finance (NYSE: NRF), a $20 billion diversified REIT focuses on commercial real estate in the United States, NorthStar Realty Europe (NYSE: NRE), a $2 billion European office REIT, The Townsend Group, a leading provider of global investment management and advisory services focused on real estate with over $100 billion of advised assets, and RXR Realty, a leading real estate owner, investor, operator and developer in the New York area. Al also recently acquired an interest in Morgenstern Capital, which specializes in the investment and operation of multifamily and mixed-use buildings in the New York City area.
Currently, Al is an owner and co-chairman of Club Necaxa, a preeminent soccer team in Liga MX, and has been an owner and Board member of DC United in MLS, having worked closely with his partners to buy out the majority owner of the team in 2018. Al is also an owner and Board member of the New Zealand Breakers, a professional basketball team that plays in the Australian National Basketball League, and an owner of Swansea City, which plays soccer in the second tier of English Football. Additionally, Al is an owner and Board member of G2 Esports, one of the largest and most recognized esports franchises in the world.
Al and his wife, Kate, co-founded the Tylis Family Foundation, which seeks to make a positive impact in the lives of children and their families. The foundation makes grants and supports organizations that provide educational, recreational and health care services, among other socially impactful endeavors. Among the Tylis Family Foundation’s initiatives, Al supports a free soccer camp for underprivileged children in the New York area that was recently chronicled by MLS – https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2019/08/20/free-new-york-city-youth-soccer-camp-funded-d-c-united-co-owner. Al also serves as Vice-Chairman of Project Sunshine, which provides services and events for over 150,000 pediatric patients facing medical challenges.
Captain- Commanding Officer, NYPD – New York, NY
Anthony Guadagno is a problem solver by nature and prides himself with being able to find innovative ways to move the team forward towards accomplishing goals in a complex work environment. He has over 21 years of experience with over 15 as a supervisor and 8 years as an executive. He believes communication and planning ahead are key ingredients for success in any field. Leadership requires clear and effective communication as well as a strategy to move ahead. In addition, he has always made sure that the success of the unit is consistent by implementing programmatic changes to the way he does business. By giving the team members a specific format to use, he can ensure the work product is high quality over a long period of time. He has worked in three different investigative units and collaborated with numerous state and federal agencies to prosecute criminals in NYS as well as federal courts.
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.
Founding Principal, Diana Reyna Strategic Consulting, LLC
As the founding principal of Diana Reyna Strategic Consulting, LLC Ms. Reyna provides clients with the benefit of her vast public and private sector networks and her extensive legislative experience. Ms. Reyna is a former Deputy Brooklyn Borough President for Brooklyn and a former New York City Council Member for the 34th District in Brooklyn. She is also a former Female District Leader/State Committee Member in the 53rd Assembly District and the first Dominican American woman elected to public office in New York State.
Ms. Reyna garnered citywide attention for her efforts in championing affordable housing, economic development, equity in education, green space, waste and environmental justice as well as expanding youth and senior services. Ms. Reyna served as a member of the Land Use, Finance, Ethics, Housing and Buildings, Economic Development, Community Development, Youth Services, and Transportation committees. Ms. Reyna co-chaired the Women’s Caucasus to advance the representation of women in the City Council and served as a member to both the Black and Latino and Asian Caucuses. Ms. Reyna was also a member of the City Council Budget Negotiation Team.
Today Ms. Reyna also serves as a board member to the National Dominican Day Parade and the NYC Habitat for Humanity and Brooklyn Public Library. Ms. Reyna attended St. Joseph High School and Pace University. She holds a B.A. in Liberal Arts.
Director of Auxiliary and Community Affairs, New York City Health + Hospitals
Ms. Wallace has over 15 years of experience in the healthcare industry and has worked in various capacities with Emblem Health, Duane Reade Pharmacy and New York City Health and Hospitals/Kings County. Her social contributions and continued career focus are primarily related to health education, community outreach and initiatives that empower and protect underserved populations. As an immigrant from the Dominican Republic she deeply understands that access to quality healthcare and education and mentorship opportunities are vital. These factors all contribute to her latest pursuit of completing her Master’s degree in Social Work at Fordham University. She currently holds a Bachelor’s degree in Health Service Administration from Herbert H. Lehman College/CUNY and an Associate degree in Early Childhood Development from Borough of Manhattan Community College/CUNY.
Xiomara proudly serves as the Director of Auxiliary and Community Affairs with the New York City Health and Hospitals. In her capacity as Director, she spearheads community outreach and health initiatives for the nation’s largest healthcare system. Xiomara also provides technical support and best practice guidance to 22 facility-based, auxiliary 501c3’s. Ms. Wallace also collaborates with her colleagues in the NYC Health + Hospital Office of Government and Community Relations to help design, develop and implement initiatives that increase community awareness of NYC Health + Hospital health and wellness programs and patient care resources.
Ex Officio Member, ASA College, President
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