Knowledgeable Advisors 


Steve Goldstein

Steve Goldstein is a Senior Consultant to New Hampshire based tech startup WINNINGALGORITHMS. He previously served as head of corporate communications for DOW JONES / The Wall Street Journal and Chief Communications Officer for TIAA. Steve was a presidential appointee in charge of Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of the Interior.


Al-Husein N. Madhany

Al-Husein N. Madhany is the Executive Assistant to the Chief Information Officer at Facebook. He serves on the advisory board of C-Suite Executive Support Professionals, a national organization that helps expand the scope of the administrative assistant role into a strategic business partner one, through education and coaching.

With advanced degrees from Harvard, Georgetown, and the University of Chicago, Al-Husein has consulted domestically and internationally within both the private and public sectors on philanthropy, civic engagement, corporate social responsibility, and leadership development.

Al-Husein was a professor at Georgetown University and is a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy. He has served on the Council on Foreign Relations and was recently an Aspen Ideas Scholar. Al-Husein was also a senior fellow at the George Washington University Center for Cyber and Homeland Security and has served on the advisory board for the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies at Stanford University.

In his free time, Al-Husein serves as senior advisor to, a startup that has quickly become the premier online destination to explore and experience the world's beliefs. Al-Husein lives in Cupertino with his wife and two children, where he enjoys running and volunteer teaching in his daughter’s elementary school. 

John Spagnuolo

John is currently Director of Communications at TIAA, managing internal communications, corporate culture and human capital programs for more than 2,500 employees across the United States. 

Prior to TIAA, John was Vice President of Integrated Communications and Insurance Industry Spokesperson for the Insurance Information Institute. Considered the insurance industry's "new media guru", John has consulted to chief communications executives of top insurance and financial services companies around the world, advising them on new technologies in communications and media relations. 

John earned his Masters Degree in Strategic Communications from Columbia University and his B.S. in Marketing from Rutgers University. 



Wendy DeSimone | Secretary

Wendy DeSimone has been supporting senior level executives for over 20 years, and has assisted CEOs for the last 10 years.  She is currently Executive Assistant and administrative partner to the CEO of RGI Home based on Long Island, NY.  Her career has spanned many well-known companies including Nestlé USA while she was living in the Los Angeles area, and Univision Communications upon returning to her home city of New York in 2000.  She was Executive Assistant to the CEO of Dressbarn, the women’s retail clothing company, and relocated to Long Island to become the lead Executive Personal Assistant to the CEO of Cablevision, who is also the Executive Chairman of The Madison Square Garden Company and owner of the New York Knicks and New York Rangers sports teams.  She also assisted the CEO of Steinway & Sons, the prestigious piano manufacturer.  Wendy is a member of New York Celebrity Assistants and a long-time volunteer with Guiding Eyes for the Blind. 

Cindi Romano | Treasurer

Cindi Romano has been working at the C-Suite level for over 6 years. Her current title is Manager, Administration at TIAA where she reports to the CEO, Roger W. Ferguson, Jr.  In this capacity, she provides executive support to the Office of the CEO.  Cindi provides mentoring and guidance to various assistants throughout the organization.  She is a founding member of C-SESP.

Judy Fallon | Co-Chair, Admissions

Judy Fallon’s career spans over 33 years in the corporate world.  Beginning as a Senior Secretary in the World Insurance Group of Chemical Bank working for a group of 8, Judy moved up the ranks to The Wall Street Group within the Bank reporting to the Senior Vice President-Group Head.  Following a position in Private Banking, Judy’s next role was in the Merger Department for the Chemical Bank-Manufacturer’s Hanover merger followed by the Chemical-Chase merger reporting to the Merger Manager.  Working for the Senior Vice Chairman of the new Chase Manhattan Bank was followed by a move with her boss to AXA Financial, Inc. in his new role as President and CEO.  Judy’s Executive Assistant role continued working for the Former President and CEO until April 2013 with her new role as Senior Executive Assistant to the Chairman of the Board at American Express Centurion Bank.  Professional Memberships include The Seraphic Society and C-SESP (C-Suite Executive Support Professionals).   

Karen Lewis | Co-Chair, Admissions

Karen Lewis has been working at the C-Suite level for over 15 years, currently working as Executive Assistant to Michael Senackerib, Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer as well as assisting Samuel Monnie, Director, Marketing Capability.  Karen’s career spans almost 27 years with Campbell’s and during this time Karen has provided mentoring and guidance to various assistants throughout the company as well as externally.  Karen has also served as Chairman of the CAP’s (Campbell’s Administrative Assistant Network). Karen is also very passionate about volunteering and is serving as a Trustee on the Campbell Soup Foundation Board, which provides grants to various non-profits where Campbell employees work and live.  Karen also serves on the local United Way Board, also as a Trustee and a liaison between United Way and Campbell’s.

Noreen Denihan | Co-Chair, Website Committee

Noreen is the Senior Executive Assistant to Donald J. Gogel, Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer of Clayton Dubilier & Rice, LLC, one of the oldest and most respected private equity investment firms in the world.  Noreen has worked with Mr. Gogel since 1998 coordinating and supervising his business and personal work and assisting in his commitments to outside boards including his position as Senior Vice-Chair of Mount Sinai Medical Center, Trustee of the Rhodes Trust and Chairman of the SeriousFun Children’s Network (the Paul Newman Foundation camps for seriously ill children).  Noreen began her career in Albany, New York, as Secretary to the Executive Director of the Civil Service Employees Association, the union representing State and County workers.  Four years later, she moved to New York City where she briefly worked for an advertising firm. She subsequently joined Revlon, Inc. and in 1976 was asked by Chairman, President and CEO, Michel C. Bergerac to become his Executive Assistant.  In 1982, Noreen joined City Investing Company as Executive Assistant to the President and Chief Operating Officer, Peter Huang.  Noreen worked with Peter for over 15 years at City Investing Company and later at his firm, Peter Huang Associates, managing much of his business while he was working and residing in Signapore.  Noreen is a member of The Seraphic Society and President of Feis Na Nollag, the managing association of the Donny Golden School of Irish Dancing.  She enjoys traveling, skiing, hiking and reading her Nook!  She has raised two children, Sean and Chloe.

Ed Gordils | Co-Chair, Website Committee

Ed Gordils is currently a Senior Consultant for Continuous Improvement and Advance Learning of Peak Performance Methodologies for Finance and Actuarial Services at TIAA. Prior to this he was head of Infrastructure Technology Back Office Operations and lead executive support at TIAA. Ed Gordils holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and a Master in Administrative Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University.