HLI 2021 Fellows

Lynda Perdomo-Ayala, MSW, LMSW, CLC

Administrative Department Head, Department of Pharmacological Sciences at the Renaissance School of Medicine, Stony Brook University

Ms. Lynda Perdomo-Ayala is the Administrative Department Head in the Department of Pharmacological Sciences at the Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University.  Ms. Perdomo-Ayala’s longstanding professional service to the University has been instrumental in ensuring the support and progress of communities of color at the University.  For approximately thirty-five years, she has been advisor to the Latin American Student Organization (LASO), where she has worked closely to mentor undergraduates. She was instrumental in the establishment of the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Center and continues her advocacy, providing a firm foundation of support for the Center as the Chair of its advisory board.  She has supported efforts for the recruitment, retention, and mentoring of minority faculty, staff, and students through her appointments to several University-wide committees and task forces. In these capacities, she has worked directly with Presidents, Provosts, Deans, and other senior level University administrators to increase diversity, equity and inclusion. She has been a key member of the Campus Climate initiative and both the President’s and Provost’s Advisory Council on Diversity. 

 In 2000, County Executive Robert J. Gaffney and the Suffolk County Legislature appointed Ms. Perdomo-Ayala to the Suffolk County Human Rights Commission, where she served as the Vice-Chair, overseeing all administrative committees.  In 2019, Lynda was sworn in as the Chair and has since been focused on Police Reform and Reinvention since the killing of George Floyd, as well as Fair Housing and Diversity on Long Island, and the continued development of the Suffolk County Inter-Faith Anti-Bias Task Force.

 For her work, Lynda has received many distinguished honors including the following highlights: she is a recipient of Chancellor’s award for Excellence in Diversity and Affirmative Action; Stony Brook University Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni for University Service; New York State Social Worker of the Month; Bank of America, Local Hero Award; Woman of the Year, Zonta International Club of Suffolk; Distinguished Social Worker, National Association of Social Workers Latino Social Work Task Force; First Caribbean Award of the Top 50 Latino Leader on Long Island; the Long Island Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Women of Distinction Award; the Victims Information Bureau of Suffolk Lifetime Achievement Award; State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service; Outstanding Women in the Town of Brookhaven; State Senator Phil Boyle honored for service to the Latino community in Suffolk County; the Suffolk County Women’s Advisory Board and the Suffolk Legislature honored her as the 2018 Woman of Distinction County wide for her work and being a role model.

 A native of the Bronx, Lynda was born to Puerto Rican parents, Rosalina and Emilio.  Lynda received her Bachelor’s degree from Adelphi University, earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Stony Brook University, and has certifications in Conflict Resolution from Cornell University, in Divorce Mediation from the Ackerman Institute for the Family and is a Certified Life Coach.

Karla Jaime-Benitez

Director, Student Union, University at Albany

Karla earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from the University at Albany. Karla has spent the last 15 years in higher education cultivating her passion as a student advocate and mentor. Karla oversees the training program and professional development for her team as well as serves on a campus committee that plans professional development for Student Affairs professionals.  Karla recognizes the importance of engaging students outside the classroom and really finds developing students enriching and satisfying. Outside of her work she is also a NASPA undergraduate Fellows Mentor, teaches an essential career readiness course, serves on the University Life Council and is an advisor to many students and student groups. Karla has been part of the senior leadership team for NCBI (National Coalition Building Institute) which is a prejudice reduction model of diversity training. She is sought as a presenter on topics related to leadership, diversity, equity, inclusion and customer service. Additionally Karla is a Project Adventure Certified facilitator and ZUMBA instructor! In everything she does, her main objective is to build relationships and be a light for others.

Angela Herrera Canfield

Director of Undergraduate Admissions, Cornell University, School of Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR)

Prior to becoming director, Angela served as the Coordinator of Multicultural Recruitment/Senior Associate Director of Admissions at the University’s Undergraduate Admissions Office. She is also currently serving on the executive board for the New York State Association of College Admissions Counseling. As a first-generation college student, born and raised in El Paso, Texas, Angela attended Cornell University and received a BA Government, American Studies, and Latino/a Studies in 2003.

In 2008, she completed a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Cornell’s Institute for Public Affairs where she focused on employment policy in national security agencies. Angela enjoys mentoring admissions counselors who are passionate about diverse students and working closely with community-based organizations.

AnnaMaria Cirrincione

Director of Multicultural Life and Diversity Office, SUNY Cortland

AnnaMaria was born in Queens, NY and moved to the Central NY area in the year 2000. She is Ecuadorian and Italian. AnnaMaria attended Utica College and received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mathematics in 2010. After working at Utica College for three years, first as an Assistant Director of Admissions and then as a counselor in Opportunity Programs Office, AnnaMaria decided that she wanted to further her career in Student Affairs and went back to school for her master’s.

In May 2015, she graduated with her Master of Science in Higher Education Administration from Syracuse University while she worked as one of the Graduate Assistants in the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs. AnnaMaria is Greek as well and is an hermana (sister) of Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha, Inc. While pursuing her master’s, she also served as a practicum student in the Days-Massolo Cultural Education Center at Hamilton College and the Office of Off-Campus and Commuter Services at Syracuse University. After graduating, she was hired as the Assistant Director of the Multicultural Life and Diversity Office at SUNY Cortland, and after one year became the Director of the office. From March 2020 to August 2020, she served as the Interim Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) at SUNY Cortland to help continue the very important work of the Institutional Equity and Inclusion Office while the search for a new CDO took place.

Ana Costa, MD

Assistant Program Director for Residency Education, Department Anesthesiology, Renaissance School of Medicine, Stony Brook University Hospital

Dr. Costa is an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at the Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University in New York, where she has practice since 2013. She practices general anesthesiology with a focus on urological surgery. In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Costa’s primary interests are education and mentoring. Dr. Costa is the Assistant Program Director for Residency Education for the Anesthesiology Department. She guides anesthesiology residents throughout their residency years, including facilitating their clinical advancement in practical skills with appropriate clinical assignments, frequent interactions with faculty and oversight of the educational component of their lectures and clinical rotations. Dr. Costa has mentored senior residents in the creation, preparation, and presentation of their senior grand rounds presentations as the Director of the Stony Brook Anesthesiology Grand Rounds Advisory Council. She also serves as a mentor for undergraduate and medical students, as well as, underprivileged high school students. Dr. Costa is Chair of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee at the Anesthesiology Department, a position where she promotes diversity in a multitude of areas within Stony Brook University and beyond. She truly enjoys visiting with her previous mentees and residents and rejoicing in all that they have accomplished.

Angelina Díaz-Myers, PhD

Licensed Psychologist, Counseling and Psychological Services, University at Albany

As a licensed psychologist and the Coordinator for Digital Services and Technology at the University at Albany’s Counseling and Psychological Services, Dr. Díaz-Myers established the Center’s technological infrastructure in accordance with American Psychological Association (APA) ethical guidelines and NYS law on the practice of psychology.  She also established the Center’s evidence-based approach to multicultural training and education.  Moreover, her skills with data compilation and analysis provided the Center a tool for evaluating the accessibility of services for students, and particularly those from groups that, in the U.S., historically have not had access to student services.  As a native Spanish speaker Dr. Díaz-Myers uses her bilingual fluency to great effect in her clinical and consultation practice.  Similarly, being able to understand and interpret the professional languages used in technology and psychology practice has been of great benefit to the development of the Center’s technology infrastructure.  She obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Wesleyan University and a PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University at Albany, where she received the Presidential Doctoral Dissertation Award for her dissertation on “The Relationship Between Cultural Identity and HIV Risk Behavior in Latina Women”.  Her dissertation findings demonstrated the benefits of a bicultural or multicultural identity on the health of the individual.  To understand the intersection of race and poverty from a global perspective, Dr. Díaz-Myers volunteered at the Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children (FIMRC), a medical missionary.  The missionary is situated in Restauración, the second poorest region of the Dominican Republic.  Located just 7 miles from the Haitian border, it provides services to Dominican and Haitian families.  Although FIMRC is a medical missionary, it employs a community-based public health model and recognized the value of adding a psychologist to their team.  This proved mutually beneficial allowing Dr. Díaz-Myers to deepen her understanding of the interplay of  race, poverty and trauma on people, and further their mission of community empowerment and improved health outcomes.

Julieta (Julie) Majak

Assistant Vice President for Administration, Campus Controller, SUNY New Paltz

Julie has been a part of the SUNY New Paltz community for 27 years.  She currently serves in the role of Assistant Vice President for Administration and campus Controller.  Throughout her time at New Paltz, she has held the roles of Contract Administrator in Purchasing, Associate Director of Administrative Services & Telecommunications, Director of Administrative Services, Director of Facilities Finance, and Assistant Vice President for Research Administration and Operations Manager for Research Foundation.  Julie has held supervisory responsibilities throughout her tenure for many departments including Accounting Services, Purchasing, Internal Controls, Mail Services, Receiving, Property Control, Parking & Telecommunications Payments, Administrative Services and Research Foundation Post Award Administration.  She has served on many campus committees, including the Facilities Master Landscape Plan, multiple Middle States Reaccreditation Teams, Budget Goals and Plans and the Strategic Planning and Assessment Council.

Prior to arriving to New Paltz, she worked at Ogden Industrial Services in the division of Facilities Maintenance & Management at the Poughkeepsie and Kingston IBM locations for 3 years.  Julie holds a master’s in Education Administration from SUNY New Paltz and a bachelor’s in Marketing and Management from Siena College.

Dr. Fred Millán

Director of the Graduate Mental Health Counseling Program, Interim Undergraduate Psychology Chair and Professor of Psychology, SUNY Old Westbury

Dr. Millán received his doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Teachers College/ Columbia University, is licensed in New York State as a psychologist and board certified in psychoanalysis by the American Board of Professional Psychology.  

Dr. Millán currently serves as Trustee of the American Insurance Trust, member of the New York State Board for Licensure/Discipline and EPPP-I Domain 8 (Ethical/Legal/Professional Issues) Chair of the ASPPB Item Development Committee. He is a former president of the National Latinx Psychological Association and Association of State & Provincial Psychology Boards, former chair of the American Psychological Association Ethics Committee and the New York State Board for Psychology and former co-chair of the APA/ASPPB/Trust Joint Task Force on Telepsychology. He is the co-editor of A Telepsychology Casebook: Using Technology Ethically and Effectively in Your Professional Practice (2017). He has presented and published on diversity issues in psychotherapy and clinical supervision; telepsychology; and ethics.

Glenn Pichardo

Senior Counselor, Educational Opportunity Program; Adjunct Instructor Teaching Introduction to Leadership, Diversity and Teaching; Developmental Course for Opportunity Program Students on Academic Probation, SUNY Oneonta; Leadership Development Specialist, SUNY SAIL Institute

Glenn Pichardo currently serves as a Leadership Development Specialist at the SUNY SAIL Institute. At the SAIL Institute Glenn is responsible for developing and facilitating leadership programming as well as developing and teaching curriculum for the Mindful Leadership Certificate Program. Being trained in Vipassana meditation as well as earning certificates in mindfulness and meditation, Glenn specializes in developing programs around mindful leadership, mindful self-care, meditation and other contemplative practices to help people reach their full potential in both their professional and personal lives.  He thoroughly enjoys helping people learn and grow and has a passion for teaching and mentoring others.

Glenn also serves as a Senior Counselor at SUNY Oneonta in the Educational Opportunity Program and an adjunct instructor teaching Introduction to Leadership, Diversity and Teaching as well as a developmental course for opportunity program students on academic probation. Previously, Glenn worked at Mercy College in Academic Advising and Opportunity Programs. Before working in higher education, he worked in government serving as a Legislative Aide and Chief of Staff in the Suffolk County Legislature.

Glenn is passionate about the SUNY System having earned all 3 of his degrees from SUNY. Glenn earned a Bachelor’s Degree is Art from SUNY Oneonta, a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Stony Brook University and a Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration from the University at Albany.  He is currently pursuing his fourth SUNY degree as he is enrolled in the Educational Policy and Leadership Doctoral Program at the University at Albany. Glenn’s professional interests include leadership development, opportunity program management, mindfulness and meditation, academic program development, teaching, diversity, equity and inclusion and increasing student success for underserved populations.