Terri Arnold-McKenzie, MBA is the Program Manager for the Ascend Long Island program in the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship on the campus of Hofstra University. She is also a consultant specializing in Small Business Development and MWBE Compliance and Procurement. She holds an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management, a Master of Science degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from Roosevelt University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Northern Illinois University. Before starting at Hofstra University in 2019 Terri opened her consulting firm, TAM Business Consulting, LLC in 2017. Prior to that, Terri spent 10 years with the United States Tennis Association (USTA) working in all areas of Diversity & Inclusion programming and Community Outreach & Engagement. In continuing with her passion to increase access for individuals with diverse backgrounds and women, in both the public and private sectors, Terri currently assists in developing an ecosystem for diverse business owners; connecting diverse business owners with vital resources and pipeline development opportunities that will directly contribute to building their capacity for their businesses. Terri holds leadership positions on several Diversity & Inclusion committees as well as an executive board member role with the Long Island Region – Eastern Section USTA. Terri is a proud member of the Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce. She is also a member of the MWBE Steering Committee for the Nassau County Comptroller’s Office. Terri proudly holds lifetime memberships in Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and the Order of the Eastern Star. Terri Arnold-McKenzie lives in Baldwin, New York with her husband and two children.
Executive Dean, National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University
As a journalist and PBS public affairs show host, Larry won many of journalism’s top awards, including Pulitzer Finalist, for works on suburban politics, education, taxation, housing and other key issues, blending national trends and local perspectives. At NCSS, he works closely with Hofstra’s strong academic community to shape an innovative agenda for suburban study, which includes a focus on diversity and sustainability and partnerships with businesses, not-for-profits and government agencies. Larry chairs Northwell’s Community Research Advisory Board, dedicated to promoting diversity in research and treatment.
Executive Dean of Entrepreneurship and Business Development at Hofstra University
Stacey Sikes is the Executive Dean of Entrepreneurship and Business Development at Hofstra University, where she oversees the Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Scott Skodnek Business Development Center and multi-year grant programs from federal, state, and private sources, totaling over $2.9 million. She has developed and implemented many new initiatives to support students and regional/national entrepreneurs, including the ideaHUb NYS Certified Business Incubator and Hofstra Veterans Venture Challenge. Stacey was recently named one of Long Island’s Power 25 in Higher Education by Long Island Business News and has been a featured speaker on several Newsday panels discussions offering advice to businesses navigating the COVID-19 pandemic. Stacey collaborates on regional initiatives to support the innovation economy, including serving as a writer for the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council and developing surveys on behalf of Nassau and Suffolk counties to assess the ECONOMIC impact of the pandemic on the economy and small businesses. She previously served as the Assistant Executive Director for Accelerate Long Island, a seed fund supported by Long Island's regional academic and research institutions. Stacey’s career started in government, serving as aides to local, state, and federal officials, including U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer, Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi, and Brookhaven Supervisor Mark Lesko.
Ascend Long Island Business Connector
A Consultant with Ascend Long Island, Valerie serves as the initiative’s “Business Connector” where she matches the program’s cohort members with contract opportunities from the program’s Anchor Partner Council members and with contract opportunities from local, State, and Federal government agencies. She also refers new cohort members and Anchor Partner Council members to the program. Valerie is the Nassau County Director for the Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce (LIAACC) and VP, Membership, Fundraising Chair, and Board Member of the Uniondale Community Land Trust, (U-CLT). She graduated from Long Island University-Brooklyn Campus, where she double majored in Business and Information Systems and earned a B.S.
Associate Executive Director, South Shore University Hospital
Anthony Pellicone is an Associate Executive Director at South Shore University Hospital, in Bay Shore, the eastern most tertiary campus in the Northwell Health System. Anthony is a strategic and dynamic leader responsible for hospital operations including capital project development, procurement and other ancillary and support departments. With nearly 30 years in healthcare Anthony has produced strong and enduring results for healthcare operational performance in departmental, system and community environments. As an alumni of Hofstra University with a Masters Degree in Strategic Business Management, he is able to be a resource of vision and policy locally, but has served and continues to serve on international, national and local boards that enhance advocacy, education, awareness and compliance.
Supply Chain Operations, MMIS, and Supplier Diversity Leader at Northwell Health
Dawn Wells is a supply chain professional passionate about health equity. She holds a Masters of Public Health from Adelphi University and is currently Senior Director of Supply Chain at Northwell Health, New York’s largest healthcare provider, serving NYC, Long Island, and Westchester. In this role she leads supply chain operations for ITS [the Health Systems’ ] Ambulatory Care Network comprised of more than 830 physician practices and outpatient facilities. Dawn is also responsible for leading Northwell Health’s Supplier Diversity Program and supporting the organization’s Sustainable Sourcing Initiatives. Dawn joined Northwell Health in 2003 as a member of the [ERP] implementation team that established A framework for integrating finance, supply chain, and human resources under a shared-services umbrella.
Supply Chain Project Manager, Northwell Health
Lyndon Chichester is a Supply Chain Project Manager at Northwell Health. In this role, he manages procurement integration and supplier diversity projects for the health systems’ ambulatory care network comprised of over 800 physician practices and outpatient facilities. Lyndon also has prior experience managing the health system’s veteran inclusion program which has hired over 1000 veterans across the health system.
Ascend Long Island Community Consultant
After a long and noteworthy career in the public sector, Vanessa Pugh formed Acts2 Consulting, LLC., to create and foster a market for the inclusion and expansion of small business, minority owned business, and nonprofits servicing disenfranchised communities. This work is accomplished by designing, leading and implementing strategic activities to engage, inform and educate stakeholder and shareholder groups regarding a variety of related community/economic issues. These services are offered to non-profit organizations, municipalities, as well as local and regional institutions. With more than 20 plus years in public service career, Vanessa built a reputation on Long Island as a highly regarded community advocate and community development professional. Most recently, Vanessa served as Chief Deputy Commissioner of the Suffolk County Department of Labor, Licensing and Consumer Affairs Previous non-profit work includes engaging and facilitating over 3000 stakeholders in community-visioning events in six communities. Vanessa has been an integral part of high-performance teams in both Nassau and Suffolk Counties advancing workforce housing, economic development, job creation, and investment in human capital. Her experience also includes consulting work in Puerto Rico, North Carolina, Louisville, and Florida.
Ascend Long Island Community Navigator
Falischa Jones-Moss, a native Long Islander, has worked in local government in various support roles with increasing responsibility since 2009. She is the co-founder of Black Long Island, a social media platform on Facebook with over 37,000 members and increasing daily. Black Long Island serves as a platform to inform, engage, and educate the Pan-African communities across Long Island, focusing on Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Falischa has planned many community events, that include, but are not limited to, Ujamaa Fest featuring over 112 minority owned businesses, The State of Black Education, which opened a dialogue between school administrators, teachers, and parents regarding student academic concerns and lack of staff diversity, and Weed & Seed Night Out.
Ascend Long Island Community Navigator
Angelina M. Ramirez is Principal of The Amblyn Group, a New York City-based marketing and business development firm. Her expertise includes strategic planning, brand identity, research, messaging, and grassroots outreach. Angelina provides her clients with a customized, integrated, and omni-channel approach to helping businesses grow and scale, combining creativity, analytics, and flawless execution that exceeds expectations. Angelina’s prior clients include Fortune 200 global companies including PepsiCo, American Express, and Philip Morris. She was also the Executive Director of the NYC-BASED Washington Heights Business Improvement District. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from New York University and a Masters in Business Administration from the NYU Stern School of Business.