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The Mayor recently installed two top advocates with the appointments of Michelle L. Goldstein as Director of the Office of State Legislative Affairs and of Eddie Bautista as Director of the Office of City Legislative Affairs. Goldstein, who was Director of Government Affairs for the MTA, replaces Anthony “Skip” Piscitelli, who has been named a Special Assistant to Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta. Bautista, who was Special Advisor to the Deputy Mayor for Government Affairs, as well as Deputy Director for the Office of City Legislative Affairs, replaces Karen Meara, who is becoming a student at Cardozo School of Law. Brooklyn Heights resident Goldstein has also held a variety of other city government jobs; her new office advocates for the city in Albany and is responsible for reviewing all state legislation. Bautista, of Clinton Hill, becomes the chief representative of the Mayor and city agencies to City Council and liaison to the comptroller, public advocate and borough presidents.

With the appointment of Dorita Gibson, the Department of Education has a new Regional Superintendent of Region Seven, including all of Staten Island and part of Brooklyn. Gibson is moving up from the post of Deputy Regional Superintendent there. She has also been a Deputy Superintendent of District 25 in Queens, a special education teacher and a school principal during her 24 years working for city public schools. Gibson will assume her new position on August 31. She will replace Michelle Fratti, who has held the position for the last three years of her 34-year NYC public schools career. The Deputy Superintendent position Gibson vacates will go to Laura Feijoo, currently Community Superintendent of District 20 and Local Instructional Superintendent in Region Seven. Feijoo also served as principal of a school in Queens.

Following a six-month search, the YWCA of Brooklyn announced the hiring of Martha Kamber as its new Executive Director. Kamber, of Sunset Park, has worked in nonprofits for more than 20 years. She served as Executive Director of Brooklyn Child and Family Services and as Director of Family Support Services for Lutheran Health Community Programs. She has also worked for Settlement Health in East Harlem and on adolescent programming for The Door. Kamber has contributed her efforts to community groups as well, including Brooklyn’s Community Board 7 and the Bay Ridge Arab American Alliance, where she was chair. She earned a Master’s Degree in Education and Counseling from Brooklyn College. Kamber replaces Barbara Turk, who left at the end of June after leading the YWCA for four years. Under her tenure, the YWCA raised funds that pulled the organization out of a financial slump and will allow renovation of its headquarters.

Dr. Scott Kellerman left his position as Assistant Commissioner for HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control in the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to become a Senior Epidemiologist for the DOHMH’s Division of Epidemiology, where he will continue to work on HIV along with other infectious diseases. During his tenure, Kellerman greatly expanded HIV testing and condom distribution. DOHMH Commissioner Thomas Frieden appointed Dr. Adam Karpati as Acting Assistant Commissioner for HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control until the department finds a permanent replacement. Karpati, formerly Assistant Commissioner for the Brooklyn District Public Health Office, has worked for the DOHMH for six years. Kellerman and Karpati both assumed their new positions on July 10.

Maureen Friar left her post as Executive Director of Supportive Housing Network of New York, a network of nonprofits throughout New York State that work to provide housing to disadvantaged tenants. Maureen held the position for 13 years. She is succeeded by Ted Houghton, who worked for the last decade as a writer and policy advisor for government, foundations and nonprofits on topics of affordable housing, mental health and employment, among others. Houghton also served as Director of Program and Housing Placement for the city Department of Homeless Services, and worked at the Coalition for the Homeless.

The Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development welcomes Dave Hanzel, who recently received his M.P.A. from NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service, as Policy Director. Hanzel replaces David Greenberg, who became a Research Associate at MDRC.

At the Lawyers Alliance for New York, provider of business law services to city nonprofits, Citigroup Global Corporate and Investment Bank General Counsel Edward F. Greene was elected new Vice Chair of the Board of Directors. [07/31/06]

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