Falk College Advisory Board

The Falk College Advisory Board will champion the mission of the college and University to students, alumni, business colleagues and prospective supporters. The Board will provide industry perspective and guidance so Falk students are prepared to enter changing professional fields. The Board will exemplify the values of social responsibility in their citizenship, and embody the University’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Chair Members:

Board Members:

Emeriti Members

Member Biographies:

Corey Schneider, CFP, AIF, CEPA

Corey Schneider PortraitAdvisory Board Chairman; Founding Member, Sentinel Solutions

Corey is deeply passionate about empowering individuals to secure their financial futures, drawing from personal experiences that underscored the importance of life insurance and financial planning. Inspired by these events, he embarked on a career in financial planning after graduating from Syracuse University in 1995. With a background in scientific methodology applied to financial planning, Corey recognized the potential to make a meaningful impact by offering personalized and empathetic financial solutions.

As the Founder of Sentinel Solutions, Corey leads a team dedicated to providing comprehensive, unbiased, and highly tailored financial services. Their mission is to assist clients in building and preserving wealth, enjoying the fruits of their labor, and leaving a lasting legacy for future generations.

Corey’s credentials as a Certified Financial Planner® (CFP®), Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF®), and Certified Exit Planning Advisor (CEPA®) reflect his commitment to excellence in financial services. Recently recognized by Forbes as the top Financial Security Professional in New York and ranked second in the United States, Corey’s expertise and leadership have garnered industry-wide acclaim.

A proud alumnus of Syracuse University, Corey serves as the chair of the Falk Advisory Board, actively contributing to the university’s growth and development. He is also engaged with professional organizations such as the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) and FINSECA, advocating for industry standards and best practices.

In addition to his professional achievements, Corey is the author of “A Life of Saturdays” and finds fulfillment in his roles as a devoted husband and father to three sons.

Jay Canell

Jay Canell portraitManaging Director and Wealth Partner, J.P. Morgan Wealth Management

Jay’s career in financial services spans more than 30 years, and during that time, he has gained a reputation for always placing the client first when making investment decisions. He is experienced across the range of equity and fixed income products, with areas of focus that include portfolio diversification, mutual fund analysis, financial planning and insurance strategies. Recognizing that many clients seek valuable access to credit and lending, he facilitates mortgages, debt refinancing, HELOCs and other forms of liquidity.

Jay was selected as one of the 2022 J.P. Morgan Chairman’s Award honorees. It’s incredibly meaningful to be recognized by the firm’s leaders for demonstrating exemplary leadership, collaboration, client engagement and community partnership.

Jay joined J.P. Morgan in 2017 to offer clients the boutique advisory environment and distinctive services available at the firm. He leverages the wide breadth of J.P. Morgan’s industry-leading resources to help clients pursue their individualized financial goals. In 1989, Jay received his B.A. in International Relations from Lehigh University. He is FINRA Series 7, 31 and 63 securities registered.

Jay resides in Scarsdale, NY and Manhattan with his wife, Sari, and their two children, Hayley and Dylan. Philanthropy has always been an important part of his life, and he is a founding board member of SCOPE, a nonprofit organization that sends less fortunate children to summer camp. He recently received the 2023 Ben Appelbaum Advocates for Youth Award in recognition of his work with SCOPE.

Additional board memberships include The Pediatric Cancer Foundation, where he was honored in 2017 as Co-Person of The Year, My Money Workshop and The Athletes vs. Crohn’s & Colitis Organization. Jay is also actively involved in various charities, educational organizations and public policy initiatives.

Dr. Ruth Dunkle, MSW, Ph.D.

Ruth Dunkle portraitWilbur J. Cohen Collegiate Professor Emeritus of Social Work, University of Michigan

Professor Ruth Dunkle received her B.S. in Child and Family Studies (1969 – Human Development); her M.S.W in Social Work (1973 – School of Social Work); and her Ph.D. in Social Science (1978- Maxwell School of Citizenship) at Syracuse University. She joined the Falk College Advisory Board in 2002 (previously she was an integral member of Syracuse’s School of Social Work Board – 1991-2002). In 2002, Syracuse University and the School of Social Work recognized Professor Dunkle with the “Outstanding Alumni Award”.

Professor Ruth Dunkle’s research, teaching, and clinical practice focus on gerontology. Recent research projects include The Village Model of Care, Mothers of Adult Daughters with a Serious Mental Illness: The Experience of African Americans and Whites and An Historical Perspective of Social Service Delivery in Detroit in the Twentieth Century. Professor Dunkle served as a project co-director of the National Institute on Aging training program, Social Research Training on Applied Issues of Aging, and as co-director of the Geriatric Fellowship Program. She was also Director of the Joint Doctoral Program in Social Work and Social Science as well as Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs. Professor Dunkle has written several books, the most recently one on the oldest old, which examines their future time perspectives and their coping strategies in dealing with the changes in their physical and psychological functioning, and which identifies relevant service delivery strategies for improving the quality of their lives.

Dunkle’s career has focused on clinical gerontology, service delivery to the elderly in various housing settings, the oldest old, coping and service deliver strategies for the elderly, racial and ethnic variations in caregiving to the elderly.

R.C. Faigle

R.C. Faigle PortraitOwner, The Orange Crate Brewing Company

Raymond C. Faigle ,”R.C.”, is a 1993 graduate of Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Human Development. The “RFM”, Restaurant Food Management program was in its inaugural development stage during this time, spearheaded by Norm Failoa, Peter Ricardo, and Brad Beran. Through classroom labs, workshops and educational curriculum, Raymond’s love for the Hospitality Industry continues to this day.

In his 28-years of successful business ownership adjacent to campus, his experience and expertise has helped to benefit Syracuse University students, employing in excess of 2,000 students during this time. His flagship business, the Orange Crate Brewing Company continues to provide a foundational platform for student/alumni interactions. This inspired Raymond to give back to the impeccable success of his alma mater and academic program by naming Falk College’s “Beer and Wine Appreciation” lecture room.

Raymond grew up locally and bleeds Orange, continuing the family legacy by becoming the 22nd member to graduate from SU. In 1979, the interior of the Hall of Languages was dedicated to honor his grandfather and former vice president of the University, Dean Eric H. Faigle. His father and alumnus, Eric P. Faigle was a manager of the football team and member of the 1959 National Championship football program. Raymond is honored to be a part of the Falk College Advisory Board and looks forward to future input in Falk academic programs and the University he cherishes.

Dr. Evelyn C. Granieri, M.D., MPH, MSEd

Evelyn Granieri portraitProfessor Emerita, Columbia University

Evelyn C. Granieri is Professor Emerita at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. She is Affiliate Professor of Medicine at the City University of New York School of Medicine and she is also the Director of Geriatrics for Atria Health. Dr. Granieri is spearheading the geriatrics education initiative with the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Dr. Granieri grew up in Niagara Falls, New York. She began her professional career as a Registered Dietitian at Northwestern University Medical Center, after graduating from Syracuse University in 1978. She subsequently attended Northwestern University Medical School and completed a residency in Internal Medicine and was the first fellow in Geriatric Medicine at Northwestern and served as the first geriatrics trained faculty member there. She later became a faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh where she directed geriatric education for the School of Medicine and for the postgraduate medical education and other healthcare professional programs and as Associate Director of the VA Geriatric program.

She developed innovative curricula and received numerous awards for her teaching and her mentorship. For 10 years she was the medical director of the teaching nursing home and of the geriatric medicine fellowship where she forged interdisciplinary training in geriatrics.

Dr. Granieri was the recipient of the Arnold Gold Award for Humanism in Medicine and the Dennis Jahnigen Award from the American Geriatrics Society in recognition of her national contributions to geriatric education.

She received her master of public health from the University of Pittsburgh and the master of medical education from The University of Southern California, where she also taught medical education. Dr. Granieri became Chief of Geriatrics at the Bronx VA Hospital and Deputy Chair for Education at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. She became Chief of the new Division of Geriatric Medicine at Columbia in 2006, where she has been instrumental in developing the goals and vision of geriatrics within the school and the hospital system.

She has been a consultant to academic geriatrics programs nationally and internationally and teaches locally, nationally, and internationally. She has served on the Board of national geriatrics and academic societies and has been on numerous national councils and committees.

Dr. Granieri also holds leadership positions in the Association of American Medical Colleges and the American Geriatrics Society. She serves as a resource in geriatric medicine for several national lay and professional publications. Dr. Granieri continues to be recognized nationally for her contribution to geriatric medicine. She considers the two greatest honors of professional life to be caring for the frail and vulnerable older persons in our society and training and mentoring others to do the same. Dr. Granieri is dedicated and totally committed to the care of older adults, especially of the most vulnerable, to advocacy for aging issues, to advancing the scope of knowledge about older adults, and to teaching and mentoring future and practicing clinicians in all professions so that they become informed, thoughtful, and compassionate practitioners.

Stacy Helfstein, MSW

Stacy Helfstein Portrait
Stacy received a bachelor of social work from Syracuse University in 1998 and master of social work from Columbia University in 1999, with a concentration in Health and Mental Health. After graduating from Columbia, she worked at the Jewish Guild for the Blind’s Continuing Day Treatment Center. Stacy is actively involved with the Abraham Joshua Heschel School, City of David in Israel and UJA Federation of New York.

Stacy is the chair of the board of NAMI-NYC (National Alliance on Mental Illness), is the Seeds of Hope Gala Chair and a Helpline Responder. Stacy became involved with NAMI-NYC because of her passion for breaking down the stigma around mental illness, and her desire to support those living with mental illness and their family members. This passion came out of her work as a social worker, and her personal mental health journey. Stacy is on the board of the Center for Hearing and Communication.

Stacy recently created the Sunflower Scholarship to be awarded each year to an undergraduate social work student at Falk College.

Stacy resides in NYC with her husband Jason ’97 and their children Noah and Talia. Talia is a newly admitted Syracuse University student.

Dr. Jason Kart, PT, DPT, Dip. MT, CMTPT/DN, CAFS

Jason Kart PortraitOwner and Physical Therapist, Core Physical Therapy

Dr. Jason Kart is the founder and owner of Core Physical Therapy in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Kart received his B.S. in Health and Exercise Science at SU’s School of Education in '03 and his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Boston’s MGH Institute of Health Professions in '08. After graduation, he began practice with Harvard’s Sports Medicine Department with focus on the Track and Field, Cross Country, Swimming and Diving, Football, Crew and Squash teams.

Upon relocating to Illinois in 2008, Dr. Kart worked in various outpatient physical therapy clinics before establishing Core Physical Therapy in 2012 in Chicago’s downtown area. Through organic growth, Core Physical Therapy has expanded from one to four locations in the past 10 years. In addition to leading Core Physical Therapy, Dr. Kart continues to practice clinically with a concentration in complex orthopedic cases, specializing in spinal, upper and lower extremity dysfunction. Dr. Kart has been the physical therapy provider of choice for many pro/semi-pro athletes, musicians and executives in the Chicagoland area.

Dr. Kart received his Certified Manual Physical Therapist designation through the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy in 2015. In 2017, he became a Certified Myofascial Trigger Point Physical Therapist/Dry Needling through Myopain Seminars. He also has a Certification in Applied Functional Science through the Gary Gray Institute. Dr. Kart attained his Diploma of Manual Therapy through the Institute of Manipulative Physiotherapy and Clinical Training.

When not in the clinic, Dr. Kart enjoys spending time with his wife and three children, running, reading books on the social sciences and cheering on the SU basketball team.

Jody Levison-Johnson, MSW, LCSW, Ph.D.

Jody Levison-Johnson PortraitPresident and CEO, Social Current

Jody Levison-Johnson is a licensed clinical social worker with over 30 years of experience in the field of human services. She currently serves as the President and CEO of Social Current, a national organization whose mission is to advocate for and implement equitable solutions to society’s toughest challenges through collaboration, innovation, policy, and practice excellence. Social Current is the premier partner and solutions provider to a diverse network of over 1,800 human and social service organizations across the US and Canada and offers an array of solutions and supports to advance the quality and effectiveness of these organizations. Jody is a longstanding champion for systems change which results in the ability for the social sector, individuals, and communities to thrive. Jody has a demonstrated track record of leading disruptive innovation including the implementation of a statewide managed behavioral health care program and county-level children’s system transformation as examples. She has consulted with numerous organizations, counties, and states in the areas of leadership, organizational change, public sector behavioral health, strategic and sustainability planning, service and program reform, and managed care implementation and operations.

Over several decades, Jody’s career has crossed a variety of settings including private providers, state and local governments, and national associations. Much of her work has focused on cross-sector alignment and partnership to increase impact and improve outcomes. Jody’s experience leading system reform efforts across the country has prompted her interest in the environmental contexts that surround leadership of deep change in social and public systems. Jody holds a Master of Social Work degree from Syracuse University, Class of ’98, and a Master of Arts and PhD in Leadership and Change from Antioch University.

Jody resides in Memphis, NY with her husband, Michael.

Lawrence C. Luckwaldt

Managing Partner

Lawrence Luckwaldt received his B.S. in 2004 and M.S. in 2010 from Syracuse University. His undergrad studies were in Hospitality Management and graduate studies were in Information Management. Lawrence is currently a managing partner of a Delaware company that is focused on opening and operating fitness centers on the west coast. His responsibilities include site procurement, project lead, development, and operations.

Lawrence started his career at the Dinosaur Bar-B-Que restaurant in Syracuse, working for his parents who are part owners. This experience took him from working almost every position in the restaurant to getting hands-on experience with a private equity deal in 2008. US Beverage Net is a company Lawrence has participated in developing as well. This company holds the patents on a hospitality and supply chain tool that measures the amount of draught beer flow in real-time over the Internet with a point of sale systems.

Lawrence currently splits his time between his home in Syracuse and home in Calabasas, CA with his wife Amanda and their daughter. Amanda Lawrence is also a 2014 graduate of the Syracuse University College of Law. In his free time, Lawrence enjoys using his pilot’s license and watching any sport related to Syracuse.

Dr. LaTisha Marshall, DrPH, MPH

LaTisha Marshall portraitHealth Scientist, Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Dr. LaTisha Marshall is a Health Scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Marshall is an accomplished public health professional with over 20 years of experience providing expertise in the areas of surveillance, evaluation, health care administration, and health equity. She has worked with various countries, as well as federal, state, and tribal programs to assist in their chronic disease prevention and control efforts. In addition, she has led multiple patient care studies within public and private health care settings that have contributed to new patient care initiatives. Dr. Marshall serves as an Adjunct Assistant Professor within the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. She holds a BS in Nutrition Science from Syracuse University, Class of ’98, an MPH from the State University of New York at Albany, and a DrPH from the University of Georgia.

Andrea Massop Ramos, MCN

Andrea Massop Ramos PortraitFounder and CEO, Healthy FRIENDZ Nutrition, LLC

Andrea Massop Ramos is an award-winning clinical nutritionist, private health chef and entrepreneur. She founded Healthy FRIENDZ Nutrition, LLC in 2018 with the mission to build independence and confidence in youth, students with disabilities, and the aging. Her company achieves this by providing an interactive culinary arts experience using fresh foods that represent ethnic culture and heritage. Andrea is also a nutrition consultant for CBS Survivor and an adjunct professor at New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) teaching clinical nutrition to future health professionals.

She received a bachelor of Science in biology and psychology from Syracuse University, Class of ’85, and a masters in clinical nutrition from New York Institute of Technology. Andrea thrives on mentoring and giving back to her community and to all those who paved the way to her success. She began as a peer mentor at SU in 1982 and currently mentors students in the Office of Multicultural Affairs. Andrea chairs the CHIPP program for her sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, which provides food for elementary students during the weekends and holidays. She is also on the advisory board of the NYIT student food pantry, the Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and Access Chair for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and an executive board member of the Westbury NAACP. Andrea has received several citations in New York State for her work with families, schools, and communities, including the Young, Gifted, and Black (YGB) Strategic Vision Award in Health and Nutrition in Brooklyn.

Prior to starting her company, Andrea spent over thirty years in management in the transportation industry. At Piedmont Airline, currently American Airlines, she served as an operations manager responsible for the safe and on time operation of the equipment. She took an early retirement after 20 years and immediately went to work for Metro North Railroad as an operations manager overseeing 900+ locomotive engineers and conductors. After nine years, she was promoted to the office of System Safety as an accident investigator, a first responder for all train accidents and incidents in her territory, where she retired. Andrea is proud of the program she created at the railroad, Healthy4U, a health and wellness working group for employees and families.

You will always see Andrea bringing uplifting energy and an engaging lifestyle as she participates and interacts with students, communities, her peers, and families. Her passion is having fun and fun can always be created around food, a universal language in all cultures. Andrea’s motto is, “If you learn how to eat, you will learn how to live!”

Andrea currently resides in Westbury, New York. She is a mom of two, Paris and Janae, and a current day Mima of 5, Tristan, Hayden, Liam, Cameron, and Dylan.

Michael M. Rollins

Michael Rollins portraitChief Executive Officer and Chairman, Valeo Groupe
President and Director, Rollins Jamaica

Mr. Rollins currently is the Chief Executive Officer of Valeo Groupe which is a student housing owner and operator in the United States and Europe. In the United States Valeo is an owner and operator of senior housing. Mr. Rollins is also the President of Rollins Jamaica, a resort holding company in Jamaica, WI where he oversees the development of 4,500 prime acres of resort property together with other subsidiaries in the utility business and entertainment business. Mr. Rollins was a part of the ownership group of the Brimstone companies which focuses on natural resources mainly timber, natural gas, oil and coal based in the Southeastern United States. Michael started his career in capital markets at Bear Stearns in New York as well as Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse where he helped manage one of the largest private wealth advisory practices.

Mr. Rollins received his bachelor of science from Syracuse University in 2004 and attended the Widener School of Law.

James Stone, MSW

James Stone portrait
Jim Stone graduated from Syracuse University in 1962 and received an MSW in 1964. His early career was in the juvenile justice system, as Deputy Director of Detention Care (Onondaga County), and then with the NYS Division for Youth in residential facilities for the care and treatment of delinquent and emotionally disturbed adolescents in positions ranging from Director of community-based programs to Superintendent of the largest training school in the state. He moved into the mental health field as a Chief of Service in two NY State Office of Mental Health psychiatric centers, and Director of Community Services for two counties (Livingston, Monroe). He was New York State Commissioner of Mental Health from 1995 – 2003. He then entered the federal Senior Executive Service until he retired in 2009.

Jim has been a board member for over 20 years. He sponsors the annual “James Stone Legislative Policy Day Symposia,” focused on enabling social work students to understand how politics affect practice and calls for advocacy to promote social goals and change.

Jim grew up in Syracuse and spent most of his life in Rochester, NY with his late wife, Joan (MS, ’67), who was Dean of the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences at Rochester Institute of Technology. Jim resides in Albany, NY. He has three sons and eight grandchildren.

Dr. Tatiana Warren, Ph.D.

Tatiana Warren PortraitSocial Scientist, Veritas Management Group, Inc.
Co-Director Community Engagement Dissemination Core, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
CEO / Founder, Just TATI: Teacher, Author, Trainer, Innovator

Tatiana Warren, Ph.D., is a distinguished health equity strategist who established Just TATI, a multimedia initiative to inform and disseminate accurate and evidence-based health topics to diverse audiences. She consults health professionals, community-based organization leaders, educators, and community members in the implementation and evaluation of their health programs. As founder of Just TATI, she works on social justice projects with highly capable and driven organizations that don’t have access to the funding or resources they need to deliver impactful and sustainable community outcomes. She does this by providing access to secure funding and focusing on empowering and elevating local communities.

Dr. Tati, as she is affectionately known proudly hails from Brooklyn, NY and brings with her a wealth of knowledge from her Bachelor of Science (’04) and Master of Science (’06) in Exercise Physiology from Syracuse University; and Doctor of Philosophy in Public Health- Health Aspects of Physical Activity from the University of South Carolina.

Warren currently serves as lead Social Scientist Evaluator with Veritas Management Group on projects with The Food and Drug Administration Office of Minority Health and Health Equity and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity. She also co-leads the Community Engagement and Dissemination Core Advisory Board for the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solution.

Dr. Tati proudly celebrates nearly two decades specializing in community engagement and maintaining quality social impact measures. A career highlighted by many accomplishments in various settings including, healthcare, academia, business entrepreneurship, federal sector, and community service. Dr. Tati wishes to establish a program of research that not only informs public policy but also becomes a nationally disseminated model for improving health in populations most affected. As such, she is passionate about developing the next generation of Public Health Leaders and is honored to support the mission and join the Falk College Advisory Board.

Scott Wolfson

Scott Wolfson portraitDirector of Sales, EPlus

Scott Wolfson is a 1992 graduate of Syracuse University. He majored in Consumer Studies in the College of Human Development. Scott is currently the director of sales at ePlus Technologies where he has been #1 in sales for the past 15 years. His responsibilities include working and managing multiple global enterprise accounts. Scott provides turnkey solutions for all of their technology needs. He develops innovative solutions for increasing reliability and improving productivity within his accounts. He also works with junior sales reps to help them understand and grow their business. Scott is also active in his temple and is on the Board of Trustees at Temple B’nai Abraham and does a great deal of volunteer work in the community.

Scott currently resides in Livingston, New Jersey with his wife Randi, also a graduate of Syracuse University and their two children, Jordan and Jamie. Jordan graduated from Falk College’s sport management program in 2021 and Jamie is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin. Scott is also a member of the Legends Society at Syracuse. His passions include Syracuse University football, Syracuse University basketball and anything orange! He enjoys giving back to SU and visiting any chance he gets.

Zoe Zachs, MSW

Zoe Zachs PortraitTherapist, Within Health
Associate Therapist, Morgan Somer Therapy

Zoë Zachs is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New York City. She has extensive experience specializing in the treatment of eating disorders and mental health issues in adolescents and adults. She provides individual, family, and group therapy in an outpatient setting and day treatment program. Zoë received a bachelor’s degree in social work from Syracuse University in 2015 and earned her Master of Social Work from Columbia University. She is on the board of Dignity Grows, a non-profit organization working to help alleviate the stigma of Period Poverty and hygiene inequity. Zoë is a member of the National Association for Social Work and International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals.