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College Council: HEO Steering Committee and HEO Resources

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HEO Steering Committee Meeting Schedule: Fall 2022



Name Position Department
Winsome Alston Co-Chair, 2022-23 (2025) College Testing Office
Warrick Bell Member (2023) Dean's Office, Chazanoff School of Business
Clarisse Domingo Member (2024) Percy Ellis Sutton SEEK Program
Hernán Green Member (2024) Registrar's Office
Mary Murphy Member (2024) Counseling Center
Angelina Raio Member (2025) CAAS
Suzy Shepardson Co-Chair, 2022-23 (2025) Registrar's Office
Holly Block Alternate (2023) Recruitment & Admissions
Antonio Gallego Alternate (2023) OITS
Julie Guerrero Alternate (2023) ASAP
Damany Higgs Alternate (2023) ASAP
Michael Volpe Alternate (2023) Biology



Name Department Nominee
Manuela Alongi Human Resources President's Nominee
Danielle Dimitrov Interim Executive Director of Student Services President's Nominee
Emmanuel Esperance Recruitment & Admissions PSC-CUNY Nominee
Jennifer Lynch Institutional Advancement PSC-CUNY Nominee
Terry Mares Institutional Advancement & External Affairs PSC-CUNY Nominee
Ashley Ware Student & Enrollment Services President's Nominee



Name Position
Jessica Collura Interim Chief of Staff / Director of Employee Relations and Labor Designee
Susan Holak Dean, Lucille and Jay Chazanoff School of Business
Patricia Kahn Assistant Vice President & Chief Information Officer for Information Technology Services
Mary Murphy Counseling Center / HEO Steering Committee
Jessica Stein Academic Affairs
Robert Wallace Interim Vice President for Economic Development, Continuing Studies, and Government Relations/ Executive Legal Counsel


Publication:  The Activation of Heat Shock Factors Mediates Crucial Cell Survival Responses
Dr. Leonardo (Leo) Pignataro, Center for Advising and Academic Success.

One of CSI HEO staff has contributed a peer-reviewed article to the Special Issue, “Heat Shock Factors: Many Roles in the Nervous System in Health and Disease,” where leading world experts highlight the current knowledge on the regulations of Heat Shock response in the brain.
The Heat Shock response is an evolutive conserved cellular defense mechanism that protects cells from several types of stress, increasing their tolerance against damage, and enhancing their survival. In his article, Dr. Pignataro discusses the beneficial effects of moderate alcohol consumption. He presents compelling evidence that low concentrations of alcohol protect individuals from dementia. Additionally, research suggests that intoxicated alcohol patients are less likely to die due to traumatic brain injury. Finally, low concentrations of alcohol seem to protect the brain from cerebrovascular accidents (CVA).
Dr. Pignataro’s research demonstrates that moderate alcohol consumption, reached during social drinking, activates the expression of the stress chaperone proteins, the Heat Shock Proteins. The activation of these proteins protects the brain cells from further damage and reduces the chances of death. His research elucidated the genetic mechanism, the genomic sequences, and the intracellular transduction pathway that alcohol activates to induce the Heat Shock Proteins. Leo concludes that the complete elucidation of this pathway is essential to identifying potential therapeutic targets that could protect the brain against neurodegenerative and acute diseases.
L. Pignataro Alcohol protects the CNS by activating HSF1 and inducing the Heat Shock Proteins (2019). Neurosci. Letters 713: 134507.