Meet the Baruch BMI Advisory Board
Dr. Angela Anselmo
Angela Anselmo is the Director of the Percy E. Sutton SEEK Program. In keeping with the SEEK mission statement, Dr. Anselmo
believe that hard-working students who want to succeed should be given
the academic and counseling support they need to accomplish their
goals. She firmly believes it is the job of the SEEK staff to serve its
students. While recognizing the temptation for the counselors to friend
their students, she believes that the students need skilled
professionals who are knowledgeable about Baruch and who will guide.
They have plenty of friends—they never enough support and encouragement
as they strive to realize their dreams. She acknowledges that the staff
has to be tough at times as they help
students move from point “A” to point “B.”
Dr. Anselmo takes her responsibilities as a Baruch faculty member
very seriously. Over the course of her career, she has been part of many
divisional, college and university committees. These include the
department’s P&B; the Faculty Senate’s Educational Policy Committee,
as well as the University Council of Special Program Directors. She
currently serves as the Director of the Black Male Initiative and she is
the creator of the Percy E. Sutton Urban Male Leadership Academy. In
2009, she was the recipient of the Presidential Award for Distinguished
She has two Masters degrees, the first in the area of
Guidance and Counseling from the Consortium for Bilingual Counselor
Education (a Consortium of colleges involving CUNY and the University of
Puerto Rico) and the second in Psychology from Yeshiva University. She
has a combined Doctorate in Developmental Psychology and Linguistics
(Bilingual Developmental Psychology). She attended the New Seminary in
New York City where she was ordained as an Inter-faith minister. She is
also a certified happiness coach.
Dr. Anselmo enjoys lecturing and doing workshops in the areas of
spirituality, metaphysics, meditation and cultural diversity. In 2005,
having wrestled with questions of identity throughout her life, she
co-authored a book with her sister, Dr. Alma Rubal-Lopez, entitled, On Becoming Nuyoricans.
Part autobiography, part reflection on culture and pedagogy, the book
was a defining moment in her intellectual and personal odyssey.
Rebecca Quainoo, MSW, is the Associate Director of the BMI program at Baruch College. In this role, Rebecca is dedicated to supporting Black and Latino males by addressing social and academic inequalities and providing opportunities for them to succeed. She is also committed to increasing enrollment, retention and graduation rates of students from underrepresented populations.
As a SEEK counselor, Rebecca provides academic and personal counseling. She is committed to the field of higher education and is very passionate about empowering and motivating students from diverse socio-economic and cultural backgrounds. Rebecca also enjoys helping students to identify and ignite their academic, social and professional passions.
Rebecca has earned her Master’s degree in social work (MSW) from S.U.N.Y Albany and has dedicated 10 years to providing a range of preventive clinical and case management services to families in the Northeast Bronx.
Rebecca is also the founder and faculty advisor of a newly developed club called Women Empowered for Success, W.E.S at Baruch College. The vision for WES is for women to challenge themselves to address the many obstacles they encounter on a daily basis. WES also aims to empower the whole aspect of a woman by helping them to gain confidence and to work towards becoming the best version of themselves, while allowing their light to shine.
Kristy Clementina Perez
Kristy Clementina Perez is the Deputy Director of the Percy E. Sutton SEEK Program at Baruch College. She is
responsible for providing academic, personal and professional
Additionally, she serves as the Program Director for the Percy E. Sutton SEEK’s Urban Male Leadership Academy Program,
which serves to develop and promote the academic excellence, social
consciousness and leadership skills of Black and Latino male college
Ms. Perez is interested in co-creating transformative, holistic and
life-affirming educational experiences with her students. She considers
herself a social justice educator and actively works with students in
defining their passions and voicing their points-of-views. She teaches a
2-credit leadership course, facilitates diversity workshops and is
certified in Reuven Bar-On Emotional Intelligence EQ-I (Emotional Quotient Inventory).
Prior to coming to Baruch College, Ms. Perez served as a high school
English teacher at her alma mater of Perth Amboy High School in New
Jersey for several years. She earned a BA in English from Douglass
College at Rutgers University and a MSW with a concentration in
Community Organization, Planning & Development from Hunter College
School of Social Work.
Ms. Perez is also a poet, writer and community organizer. She is
passionate about social justice issues and provides workshops on
self-healing techniques for women of color throughout New York. She is
proud of her Dominican culture and is the first person in her family to
graduate from college.
James Bravo is a recent graduate from Baruch College/CUNY with a BA in Psychology. He is part of the first graduating class of the Percy E. Sutton SEEK Urban Male Leadership Academy Scholars Program. During his time at Baruch College he became Co-founder of the UMLA Advisory Board, which gives Undergrad UMLA students a chance togive back and help the program continue to grow inside and out of Baruch College. He served as Vice-President for the UMLA Advisory Board for the 2011-2012 academic year. He was fortunate enough to show others the growth and success of the UMLA by presenting at countless conferences such as “Sharing What Works” and “Focusing on Access and Opportunity” Tri-State conference of 2013 on Special Programs as a main presenter alongside Ms. Kristy Perez, Director of the UMLA Program, and three other UMLA Brothers. Throughout his time as an undergrad he has aided in the interview processes for perspective incoming UMLA students and has served as an UMLA Advisory Board Advisor. He has brought some insights as Chair of Marketing for the Dominican Club named ASEDOM (Asociacion Estudantil Dominicana). Post-graduation he has become the Program Coordinator for the UMLA Scholars Program, a Black Male Initiative project at Baruch College, with a mission to expand awareness of the UMLA Program within Baruch and CUNY wide.
Jeffrey Sampson's employment career has involved public, private and proprietary higher education institutions (Baruch College, College of New Rochelle and School of Visual) as a Financial Aid Administration, Associate Director of Financial Aid Services and Loan Director, respectively. Additionally, his career expanded into the private sector, as Sales Executive and Director for companies such as Sallie Mae, Nelnet, Manpower and NexGen Marketing. He is the recipient of several sales achievement awards in 2000, 2006 and 2007. The awards were in recognition of exceeding company target sales goals and increasing market share. His current position is Financial Aid Advisor spearheading the Percy E. Sutton SEEK Program.
Ingrid Tineo is the Manager of Employer Relations & Diversity Initiatives at the STARR Career Development Center at Baruch College. She has received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Fordham University
and holds a Masters degree in Counseling from New York University. She
is a licensed Mental Health Counselor. In addition to career services,
she has also worked in student activities. Ingrid has years of
experience in the corporate sector and has held positions in Human
Resources and Telecommunication Sales.
Dr. Arthur Lewin
Dr. Arthur Lewin is a member of the Black and Hispanic Studies Department at Bernard M. Baruch College of the City University of New York. He has been at the college since 1979. The courses he has taught include Black Americans and the Mass Media, Black Economic Development Since 1860, The Black Family and Africa After Independence. His scholarly works include "Towards A Grand Theory of Black Studies," and his popular publications include the book Africa Is Not A Country: It's A Continent! This summer he will be teaching The Black Male Initiative summer course for high school students for the third year in a row. He is very much interested in the success of the Black Male Initiative Program and the overall success of the mission of the City University of New York of which the BMI is a vital component.
Jeanne Pearson-Gray isan Educational Coach for the
SEEK Program. She works with individual students, teaches Freshman
Seminar and serves as the Study Skills Coordinator for the SEEK Summer
Ms. Pearson-Gray is also a recruiting coordinator for New York City
high Schools. She does countless outreach in Fall and Spring at High
School Fairs and community organizations. She wants prospective students
to know as much about Baruch College as they possibly can.
Ms. Pearson-Gray is a member of the college’s Joint Committee on
Academic Standing. She also serves on the SEEK Program Retention
Committee. She contributes greatly to the Academic Survival and
Leadership programs as well.
Baruch is part of Ms. Pearson-Gray’s 3rd successful career. Prior to
joining the college she was a manger for Verizon and she retired from
the United States Army Reserve. She earned her BA in Business Management
from Marymount Manhattan College and MSEd in Counseling Psychology from
Denise Patrick has more than 20 years of experience as a project manager, instructor, and corporate trainer with a focus on communication, leadership and diversity & inclusion.
Blending her corporate experience in banking and management consulting for companies like Chancellor Capital Management, JP Morgan and Booz Allen Hamilton, with her academic knowledge of rhetoric and corporate communication, Ms. Patrick now works as a performance consultant to improve business performance through holistic learning and development strategies.
In each client relationship, she ensures that the ultimate outcome is communication and learning that is respectful, creative and synergistic. She is often called on when companies seek innovative ways to deliver important information.
Ms. Patrick is a lecturer at the City University of New York, Baruch College. She is also on faculty with the American Management Association. Prior to joining the faculty at Baruch, she taught at Temple University and the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania.
A member of the American Society for Training and Development and Golden Key International Honour Society, Ms. Patrick holds a B.A. in Corporate Communication from the City University of New York, Baruch College and a M.A. in Rhetoric & Communication from Temple University.
Mary Anne Holley
As a lecturer in the Management Department of the Zicklin School of
Business, Baruch College, Mary Anne Holley teaches Entrepreneurship
Management and is a Field Mentor at the Lawrence N. Field Center for
Entrepreneurship. Ms. Holley is a marketing, financial management and
magazine start-up specialist with over 30 years of corporate, small
business and entrepreneurial experience. Before joining Baruch College,
she was Associate Director of Magazine Acquisitions & Development
for CBS Magazines, General Manager of Quest and Audio magazines,
Publisher of several start-up magazines and developed feasibility
studies and business plans for numerous prospective entrepreneurs. She
has been a consultant for leading corporations including Kodansha, Reed
Elsevier, Reader’s Digest and Christie’s. Her areas of expertise include
marketing, advertising sales, financial management and new business
development. She earned an MBA degree in Marketing from Columbia
University and has lectured at Radcliffe College, Pace College and
Dr. Vilna Bashi Treitler
Dr. Vilna Bashi Treitler is in the Department of Black and Hispanic Studies at Baruch. Her research and teaching focuses on international migration and race/ethnicity. Dr. Treitler teaches courses with titles like "The Evolution and Expression of Racism," "Race and Global Inequality," "Migration and Diasporas," and "Art of the Other." (Her classes are easy to pass if you keep up with the readings, easy to fail if you don't; and she is totally intolerant of cheating and plagiarism.) Her newest book The Ethnic Project; Transforming Racial Fictions into Ethnic Factions (Stanford, 2013) is an selected ethnic history of the United States theorizing that what we claim to know about ethnic groups depends on how we racialize them, and that ethnic groups themselves help create that mythology to improve their racial image. Dr. Treitler is also a visual artist.
Monica Dean is the Administrative Director of the Lawrence N. Field
Programs and Center for Entrepreneurship. She is also an adjunct
lecturer in the Department of Management where she has co-taught a
course she co-created on Women and Entrepreneurship and a special Topics
course on Business Meets 3D Digital Design & Fabrication. She also
developed the curriculum for Baruch’s Certificate in Entrepreneurship
for Continuing and Professional Studies for displaced workers. Monica
has over 25 years of professional business experience in the public,
private and non-profit sectors. Her experience includes six years as a
senior manager at the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City, a
national not-for-profit recognized for developing innovative theories
and practices on inner city business development, and six years as a
consultant with the premier consultancy firm Booz, Allen & Hamilton.
Monica holds an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley and a
BS in civil engineering from Howard University. She has a number of
publications and workshops to her credit, has served as a panelist at
several major business conferences, and has spoken on urban business
issues before various academic and business groups nationwide.