The Laureate Collaborative

The Laureate Collaborative Program

“Leadership holds a moral imperative to grow and develop persons to the best of their ability and within an institution and its mission.”

Dr. Frank J. Sirianni, VP/CIO


The Fordham IT Laureate Program is a professional leadership development program designed for select Fordham IT staff. The program encourages learning about new management styles, models of engagement, project management and working collaboratively between varying departmental divisions.

The Laureate Program’s goal is to produce capable and empowered individuals throughout Fordham IT who exercise day-to-day leadership in their current positions to positively impact the organization and the University.

Facilitated by Dr. Joseph Sclafani, executive partner of the VP/CIO.

2019 Laureate Alumni


Marcos Carrasco, Business Analyst​
Omar Cheikh, Assistant Director, IT Customer Care
Melanie Fairfax, Executive Assistant
Muhammad Farhan, Analytics Team Lead
Heather V. Hill, Instructional Technologist
​Gregory P. Rivas, IT Security Engineer


2017-18 Laureate Alumni


​Katherine Gomez/Senior Systems Analyst
​Shawn Hill/Instructional Technologist/Digital Scholarship
​Tams Mathew/Director of Application Security
​Jose Deleon/Manager of Integration
​Joan Huberty/IT Business Services Supervisor
​Anthony Barracca/IT Security Engineer
​Stephen Reynolds/Senior Project Manager
​Denis Cobos​/Senior Network Engineer

2016-17 Laureate Alumni

Andrew Angelopoulos, Lead of Enterprise Systems
Alan Cafferkey, Director of Faculty Technology Services
Robert Hallett, Lead of Infrastructure Solutions Team
Rashid Khan, Director of Fordham Analytics
Stanly Mathew, Oracle DB Administrator
Shannon Ortiz, Director of IT Security
Masood Rahman, Enterprise Systems Analyst
Nelson Roman, User Support Specialist

2014-15 Laureate Alumni

Daniel Balan, Virtualization Specialist
Stafford Davis, Technology Manager/Smart Classrooms
Miguel De la Cruz, User Support Specialist
William Shuriff, Director of IT Customer Care
Kanchan Thaokar, Instructional Technologist
Tanya Thomas, User Support Specialist
David Whitney, Director of Computer Services

2013-14 Laureate Alumni

Richard Eberhardt, Multi-Platform Systems Team Lead
Fred Forte, Manager of Enterprise Content Management
Diego Gomez, Messaging Team Lead
Lindsay Karp, Instructional Technologist
Kevin Muller, Web Projects Manager
Judith Rothschild, Student Technology Services Manager
Michael Shanberg, Special Projects Manager
Nicole Zeidan, Instructional Technologist

Take a look at what the 2013-14 Alumni had to say about their experiences in the IT Laureate Program!

2012-13 Laureate Alumni

Silvio Balzano, Director of IT Risk & Integrity
Calvin Byer, Senior Systems Engineer
Marcos Carrasco, Senior Programmer/Analyst
Melissa Forston, Manager of Operations
Jeffrey Haynes, Technical Specialist
Shabana Pathan, Assistant Director
Ramon Perez, Assistant Director
Marlyn Soto, Manager of Operations for HR

Reflections on the Laureate Program

“The Laureate Program is a tangible expression of Fordham IT’s commitment to the continuous development of its professional staff. Especially noteworthy is the Program’s approach to individual and group learning that recognizes the value of its participants’ experiences, and of the insights that can emerge from the sharing of those experiences with each other. Working with the Laureates has been a genuine pleasure and a valuable learning experience for me as well, both personally and professionally. The high energy and intelligence each of them brought to the process is the main reason for the Program’s success to date. No less impressive has been the Laureates’ application of the process of reflective inquiry to a wide range of management issues and conundrums, which clearly enhanced their individual and collective contributions to Fordham IT’s effectiveness in serving the University community.” — Dr. Joseph Sclafani, Executive Consultant to VP/CIO, who is the team facilitator, mentor & guru.

“The Laureate Program really opened some new ways of thinking to me. It was a great learning experience and I enjoyed the candid and frank discussions that the group participated in during our meetings together. I personally benefited from the program and highly recommend it to all within Fordham IT.” –Silvio Balzano

“By illuminating my strengths and challenges, the Laureate Program has been a massive catalyst for my growth, both professionally and personally.” –Calvin Byer

“The IT Laureate Program is an experience that I feel every IT professional should participate in at some point in their career. I learned that if you want to make change, then you have to start with yourself. It is not easy to change someone else, but if you work on yourself, then maybe you can serve as the catalyst for positive change in others. This then leads to productive dialogues and collaborations between colleagues and opportunities for coworkers to work together as a cohesive unit.” –Marcos Carrasco

“My participation in the Laureate Program was everything I thought it would be and more. The techniques learned proved to be valuable in my professional, as well as personal life.” –Melissa Forston

“The skills I’ve learned and the partnerships I’ve built are immeasurable. A paradigm shift will only occur with leaders willing to accept change in themselves. Changes aren’t permanent, but change is.” –Jeffrey Haynes

“This has been more of a personal journey for me than a professional one. Sharing experiences, successes, and challenges with my colleagues in a confidential environment has been invaluable. The knowledge and skills acquired will continue to help me make a positive contribution to the University. I would encourage everyone to seize this wonderful opportunity and participate in the program.” –Shabana Pathan

“The Laureate Program showed me the human side of business processes. It awakens your positive thinking within you, that perhaps in one way or another you are unable to exercise.” –Ramon Perez

“The Laureate Program allowed the cohort to discuss management topics in a cohesive and positive fashion. Personally participating in the program allowed me to identify professional and personal traits that I was not conscious of in the past. It was an invaluable experience that I look forward to continuing as a Laureate alum.” –Marlyn Soto