ABOVE: Christian Hemans, Lewis Bartfield & Mark Healy.
Hemans finishes internship
Queens native Christian Hemans recently completed a newly established internship program to develop the next generation of diverse business leaders.
The internship is the first phase of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Howard University’s “Next-Gen Business Partnership,” which formally launched last month.
During the program, interns were able to research policy issues, prepare briefing materials, participate in strategy meetings, and lead special projects.
“This internship has been nothing less than phenomenal,” Hemans said. “It brought together eight students from different walks of life and put them in an environment with all different types of people and backgrounds – we not only grew, but the environment changed as well.”
Hemans is a rising senior at Howard University studying Public Relations and Political Science.
He graduated from Benjamin N. Cardozo High School in Bayside, and this summer he worked as an intern in the Congressional and Public Affairs division of the Chamber. He has a strong interest in entrepreneurship.
Bartfield moves up at ALA
Queens native Lewis Bartfield has been named the chief division officer for the Western Division of the American Lung Association. Bartfield attended Jamaica High School and Queens College.
As chief division officer, Bartfield is responsible for enhancing the presence and impact of the Lung Association in 25 states. He will support regional and local teams as they plan, develop and direct the execution of all programs, policies and services as they relate to the Lung Association’s education and advocacy initiatives.
“With more than 33 million of people across the country impacted by lung disease, we all need to come together to fight,” said Bartfield.
Bartfield joined the Lung Association in March of 2013. Prior to joining the American Lung Association, Bartfield spent more than 20 years with the American Diabetes Association, where he managed fundraising, program services, corporate and volunteer recruitment programs and staff.
Gallagher to head CPA chapter
Matthew Gallagher, financial business manager for facilities at St. John’s University, is the new president of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants Queens/Brooklyn Chapter.
His one-year term began on June 1. Gallagher has been a member of the chapter since 2009.
Gallager earned his B.S. and MBA in accounting, taxation and business from St. John’s University.
Founded in 1897, the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants has more than 26,000 members residing and practicing in New York State, encompassing all areas of public practice, including government, education and industry.
Healy joins team at LaGuardia
After a nationwide search, LaGuardia Community College has named business leader Mark C. Healy as vice president of Continuing Education, which serves 30,000 New Yorkers.
Healy brings more than 35 years of experience in business and financial services, including serving as president and CEO of AST Financial Group.
He has held senior positions at National Financial Services/Fidelity Investments, and TD Securities. Most recently, he was owner and president of BGBY Investments, LLC, a wealth management practice.
Healy graduated from LaGuardia in 1983 with an associate degree in accounting.
“I credit LaGuardia with much of my professional success,” he said. “It’s where I learned how to merge my street smarts with my acquired accounting expertise, and where I met faculty who helped me establish a career on Wall Street, mentorship that was vital as I didn’t have professional role models in my personal life.”
Healy and his four siblings grew up with limited means in Jamaica. Their mother struggled to make ends meet after Healy’s father died suddenly when he was 10 years old.
After high school, Healy took a job driving cargo trucks at Kennedy Airport. After a year he decided that he needed to go to college, and enrolled at LaGuardia. After graduating, he earned his bachelor’s in public accounting from LIU Post and started a successful career in finance.
LaGuardia’s Continuing Education Division serves adults who need to finish high school, immigrants wanting to improve their English language skills, professionals seeking new skills, and entrepreneurs working to grow their businesses.
“I want students to know that I understand what they’re going through, and encourage them to stay in college and graduate so they can have a better future,” Healy said. I’m thrilled to be in this new role supporting our adult-learners on their journeys to improving their lives and careers.”
Healy takes the reins from Jane E. Schulman, who stepped down last month as vice president of continuing education.