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75 Years of
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The Waldorf Symposium – Alumni Panelists

2021 Panelists to be announced. Keep an eye on Facebook to see who will be joining us!

Josh Blumenthal ‘99
Athletic Director at Wayland Academy 

Josh Blumenthal ‘99, is the Director of Athletics at Wayland Academy in Beaver Dam, WI. He was the Associate Athletics Director/Boys Lacrosse Coach at St. Andrew’s School (Austin, TX), which he held for five years.

The Long Island native just completed his 20th year of coaching lacrosse, having found suc­ cess at the youth, high school, college, and international levels. He has received four “Coach of the Year” awards (two in 2021) and two sportsmanship nods for his team’s efforts.

While at St. Andrew’s, he was in part responsible for the oversight of the budget, operations, marketing, social media, college recruiting, and admissions athletics cultivation. For his efforts, he and his school were honored with the title of “Top Private School Athletics Social Media” and as the #2 Podcast (out of 1,888 private schools).

His first independent school stop was a four­year stint as a teacher, the Sports Information Director, Summer Program Director, and Head Varsity Lacrosse Coach at Palmer Trinity School in Miami. From there, Blumenthal served as Associate Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator for the U­19 Bermuda National Team in 2008 at the Under 19 World Games, held in Coquit­ lam, British Columbia.

He received his undergraduate degree in communications from the University of Rhode Island before obtaining his masters in sports management from Adelphi, where he served as a Grad­ uate Assistant Coach. He also played lacrosse at the University of Rhode Island and was a member of the 2001 Pioneer League championship team.

While at Waldorf, he was a four­year member of the varsity lacrosse team. He garnered two NYMLA All­League honors, captainship, and the 1999 Waldorf Senior Athlete of the Year and Spirit of Athletics Awards.

He and his family, his wife Cherilynn and their two children, Ethan (6) and Harper (1 1/2), re­ main big Waldorf fans.

Josh graduated from The Waldorf School of Garden City in 1999.


Amir Diop
Fine Artist

 

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mir Diop ‘17 emerged onto the New York City art scene in late February 2020 after receiving Conception Art Show’s Award for Excellence. Little did he know that within a few weeks, his art would find a voice through the experience of a global pandemic and rage at injustice toward black lives.

Following the police killing of George Floyd, twenty­one­year­old Diop felt compelled, as a black man, to take to the streets of SoHo in NYC and deliver his message of existence and rel­evance by painting on the plywood boards that covered the windows of retail shops. His daily efforts led him to meet others who found calm and beauty in creating murals in a time of un­ certainty, isolation, and frustration. These chance meetings bonded the group and led to the creation of the artist’s collective, SoHo Renaissance Factory (SRF), of which Diop is a founding member.

While many of Amir’s peers were earning their four­year college degrees, Amir was in the trenches of an accelerated life experience. Being a Bed­Stuy, Brooklyn, NY native, he was pre­ pared to see and express life, as it is, through youthful eyes vividly exhibited in his painting style. One of Amir Diop’s widely popular plywood pieces “went missing” shortly after it was completed and garnered the attention of the press. Soon after, Amir was featured in articles in The Verge, Up Mag, and Esquire.

In September 2020, Amir Diop and SRF cemented an artist’s residency at the NoMo SoHo Hotel in Soho. In addition, the collective collaborated with Sotheby’s on an exhibition at the National Arts Club (NAC.) which ran from December 2020 through January 2021, and with the SoHo Broadway Initiative on the All in N.Y.C. Banner Campaign.

En Route to Positivity, Diop’s solo exhibition with Gobbi Fine Art, debuted in August 2021 at the legendary Platinum Recording Studios pioneered by Fugees, The Score, and producer Jerry “Wonda” Duplessis. Here, Diop formally introduced his unique framing style and coined the phrase “Paintception.”

Amir Diop has also displayed his works at the Wilson Store, Staten Island Ferry Kiosk, and 125th Street Harlem Kiosk.

Amir and his brother Nile attended The Waldorf School of Garden City from 2009 – 2014. His mother also attended The Waldorf School of Garden City.


Danielle Gill ’05 
Strategic Business Manager

Danielle Gill ’05 is a Strategic Business Manager at Tata Consultancy Services and is part of their two­year accelerated leadership program. She is currently working on an internal strategy team redesigning the organization’s global business and technology consulting practice. Following this rotation, Danielle will be completing rotations with the Retail and Consumer Packaged Goods and Supply Chain practices to pursue her interest in combining technology and food systems.

Before her current role, Danielle had a nine­year career as a registered dietitian in both the healthcare and public sectors, most recently as the Director of Nutrition at the New York City Department for the Aging. Her experience in this industry sparked her passion for improving food quality and access and has led her to pursue a business degree and pivot her career. She looks forward to combining her experience in nutrition and new knowledge in business and technology to improve the food systems with technology.

Danielle has an MBA from Cornell University, Johnson School of Management, where she was a Roy H. Park Leadership Fellow, a merit­based, full­tuition scholarship, and leadership pro­ gram. Her B.S. in Nutritional Sciences is also from Cornell University.

She attended The Waldorf School of Garden City from 2nd grade through 12th grade, graduat­ ing in 2005. Her brother Jonathan graduated in 2015. Her mother, Aviva Gill, has been the wonderful School Chef since 2000.


Dorian Glover ’84

Upon graduating from The Waldorf School of Garden City, Dorian Glover ’84 attended Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA. He received his B.A. in Business Administration and was included in the National Deans List publication in 1989.

Dorian achieved his life­long dream of becoming a lawyer when he received his Juris Doctor­ ate from Touro College’s Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center and received the CALI Excellence for the Future Award in “Racism in American Law.” He is currently an Adjunct Professor at Touro College (Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center) and was installed at the 118th President of the Nassau County Bar Association (NCBA) on June 2, 2020. Dorian is the second African American to be elected as President of the NCBA in its 122­year history.

A member of the NCBA for over 25 years, he was awarded Director of the Year two times, served as an elected Director, and chaired the Nassau Bar Association Judicial Screening Committee.

Dorian established The Law Offices of Dorian R. Glover in 1998, specializing in real estate, family/divorce, criminal, wills, trusts & estates, and personal injury law. He is a stong believer in community service and continues to give back. He has served as a mentor at Jackson Main Elementary School, Malverne High School, and currently serves as a mentor and coordinator at Barack Obama Elementary School in Hempstead. He has also served as the legal advisor for Valley Stream and Roosevelt High Schools and as a judge in the New York State Mock Trial Competition.

Dorian was given the esteemed honor of having Williams Street in front of the Barack Obama Elementary School renamed “Dorian R. Glover Way” by the Village of Hempstead’s Mayor Wayne Hall and Village Trustees.

On Valentine’s Day of 2020, Dorian married the Hon. Linda K. Mejias ‘97 at the Heritage Club in Bethpage.

For more information about Dorian, visit his website: https://www.dorianrgloverlaw.com/attorneys.

Dorian Glover graduated from The Waldorf School of Garden City in 1984.


Rachel Abigail Holder ‘01
Playwright and Director, Film and TV

Rachael Abigail Holder ’01 is a first­generation Guyanese American filmmaker from New York. Rachael attributes her creativity to attending The Waldorf School of Garden City from nursery through her senior year. Before attending graduate school at NYU Tisch, Rachael wrote an original screenplay for the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC). This Nobel Prize ­nomi­noted organization funded her film in Cape Town, South Africa, where she lived. Her play, Dead Fish, had a successful run at HERE Arts in New York. She was a finalist in NBCUniversal’s Emerging Writers’ Fellowship and listed as a director to watch by the Alice Initiative. Her short­form comedy series I Love Bekka & Lucy, developed by Warner Bros., premiered at SXSW and was nominated for an Emmy.

Rachael is an active member of the Director’s Guild of America. She has directed episodes of OWN’s Love Is , Freeform/Hulu’s Everything’s Gonna Be Okay, and upcoming blocks of Bon­nie Hunt’s Amber Brown, and Dickinson for Apple TV. Currently, Rachael is attached to direct the feature films Fleeing with Andre Holland and Danielle Brooks and You’re Ugly, Fat And Stupid with Gabrielle Union. She is represented by CAA and MACRO’s M88.

Rachael lives in Jersey City with her partner Jamie, a chemical engineer, and their pet plants.

Rachael graduated from The Waldorf School of Garden City in 2001, as did her sisters Nerissa ’97 and Joylynn ’99.


Karnika Kisnadwala ‘12 
Founder & CEO, Kaanjj

Karnika Kisnadwala ‘12, is the Founder & CEO of Kaanjj, a curated collective of 50 plus South Asian emerging designers & artisans. Based in London & Bombay, Karnika founded the e­commerce platform alongside her mother Sonal, during the pandemic.

From a young age, Karnika was exposed to the wonderful world of art and fashion that always surrounded her mother. Born in New York, and later living in London and Hong Kong, Karnika created Kaanjj to exemplify the melting pot of style and taste that embodies the modern indi­ vidual.

Kaanjj’s stylistic flair is imbued with the storied Kisnadwala family history, culture, traditions, and heritage­­and South Asian art. From sourcing the silk and getting it to market in Thailand and Cambodia, to seeing how ikats and patola sarees are painstakingly woven in Bali and Gujarat before they grace the waists of the fashionable around the world, Karnika has had the great pleasure of experiencing the artisan process throughout South East Asia.

In London, Karnika completed her undergraduate degree in communications, marketing, and PR, and her master’s degree in Luxury Brand Management. Using the knowledge she gained from her life experiences, education, and work, Karnika felt driven to make her and her mother’s vision for Kaanjj a reality.


Ken Marissael
Owner M & K Sales Associates

Ken Marissael graduated from The Waldorf School of Garden City in 1971 and went on to attend Adelphi University earning a B.S. degree in Earth Science.

After college, Ken moved into the scientific field of lab supply distribution with Curtin Mathe­ son Scientific, where he quickly earned honors and was promoted to a newly formed division within the company called Network, selling lab supplies and equipment through physician of­ fice distributors. Ken was the top rep for the division for three consecutive years. He was then encouraged to join the clinical division selling directly to reference labs and hospitals. He was awarded honors as the top rep in the country by many manufacturers and was often in the “Top Ten” reps in the entire company.

At this point, CMS was purchased by Fisher Scientific, the largest distributor in the country. Ken won the primary lab supplier contract for what is now known as the Northwell Health System, one of the largest healthcare organizations in the country. It was the single largest contract ever awarded in Fisher Scientific history. Ken is recognized for his knowledge and ex­pertise by his peers throughout the country. Because of this Ken, was sought after and went to work for VWR Scientific, the second­largest distributor. He was quickly recognized for his rapport with customers, mentoring new sales representatives, and being the division’s top rep for seven consecutive years.

Ken is currently the principal owner of M & K Sales Associates, a corporation that sells scien­tific and laboratory supplies to anatomical pathology labs and reference labs. His company has been in business for eight years. Ken says that the best compliment he ever received that meant more to him than all his awards came from a customer who told him, “You have set a new standard for all sales representatives.” Ken now enjoys woodworking and gardening, and especially his grandchildren.

Ken Marissael entered The Waldorf School of Garden City in fourth grade when his mother “Madame” became the French teacher for the lower school. Ken’s daughter (Juliane ’09) is an alumna, and his grandson began the early education program this September.


Hon. Linda Kelly Mejias-Glover ‘97
Judge NYS Court of Claims

Judge Mejias-Glover ’97 was appointed as a Judge of the New York State Court of Claims in June of 2021. Judge Mejias-Glover made history in 2017 when she became the first person of Latinx descent to be elected to the position of Nassau County Family Court Judge and the first person of Latinx descent to be elected to any countywide judgeship in Nassau County.

Judge Mejias-Glover is active in her local community and church as a mentor and leader. She is passionate about helping young members of the Latinx community, especially young women, understand and appreciate their full potential. She encourages her mentees to take the time to develop and take care of themselves in the various areas of their lives – education, professional development, health, spirituality, and relationships. She has also worked within the minority communities on Long Island through various organizations such as the Long Island Latino Teacher’s Association, Girl’s, Inc., and the Latina Moms of Long Island to teach students and parents about the value and necessity of higher learning and education, as well as the importance of working hard in school and any employment to achieve the “American Dream.”

Judge Mejias-Glover is the Immediate Past President of the Long Island Hispanic Bar Association and has previously served as Vice-President, Secretary and President of the Nassau County Chapter of the LIHBA. She was the first person of Latinx descent to be elected as a Director of the Nassau County Bar Association. As a member of the Association Membership Committee of the Nassau County Bar Association, she worked to develop strategies and programs to increase the diversity of the NCBA. In 2017, Judge Mejias-Glover founded the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the NCBA and served as Chair of the Committee until June of 2019. Judge Mejias-Glover is a Past President of the Nassau County Women’s Bar Association. She has also proudly served as Chairwoman of the Board of Herstory Writers Workshop, Inc., an organization whose mission is to bring unheard voices into the public arena, transforming lived experiences into written memoirs powerful enough to change hearts, minds, and policy. She also serves on the Board of Latina Moms Connect, Inc.

Judge Mejias-Glover graduated from The Waldorf School of Garden City in 1997, where she later served on the Board of Trustees. She graduated magna cum laude from Wellesley College and later received her Juris Doctorate from Columbia Law School. She served as the President of Wellesley on Long Island Alumnae Club from 2017 to 2021.


Simran (Sim) Singh ‘07
Partnerships Manager, Creative Technology Facebook/Instagram

Simran (Sim) Singh ’07 attended St. John’s University, where he graduated with a BA in Finance. Upon graduating, he began to learn more about jobs in Digital Media and how one could apply problem-solving skills from majors like Finance. He went on to have roles at Major League Baseball, Tremor Video (an ad-tech platform), and Roku, with roles covering Business strategy, operations, and monetization. Currently, he works at Facebook as a Partnerships Lead on the Ecosystem Development team focused on Creative partnerships.

In his current role, Simran advises and brings on new startups as Facebook/Instagram partners. He guides them on new opportunities to innovate and build offerings to solve their largest user and brand needs. These partners have built technology to provide efficiency at scale for specific verticals, creator/influencers, all the way down to the smallest brick and mortar businesses building their online offering through the Facebook family of apps. Some categories include platforms to help automate digital advertising globally, immersive builder software for augmented reality, 3D, interactive, creator/influencer marketing workflow tools, creative insights tools, and cost-effective apps for small businesses to generate their digital storefront.

Many startups rely on Simran’s guidance and feedback on what to build next and how to serve their customers best. Simran takes a lot of pride in his role helping startups discover new opportunities, generate new revenue streams, raise funding, and create jobs. Over the years, Simran has built relationships and friendships with several C suites advising them on where to take their business next and even several M&A conversations. He is always thinking of bold ideas for his partners and learning from the ecosystems he serves.

When he is not helping or finding new startups, Simran can be found in NYC trying different restaurants weekly and avidly playing & watching tennis with friends.

Sim graduated from The Waldorf School of Garden City in 2007.


Elana Temple ‘07
Communications Specialist, & Coach Quadruple Threat Consulting

Elana Temple ‘07 attended CW Post/Long Island University for two years, where she studied to be an arts management major, dance/performing arts minor – studying African, Modern, and Ballet dance. To tap into her passion for writing, she became an active writer for both the university’s magazine and newspaper. Elana was awarded, alongside other young standout students, the 143rd Women’s Achievement Award. Her poem “Just Breathe” became critically acclaimed within the academic community and subsequently awarded, among other poets, as best poem of the year. To communicate better with the other international students living on campus, particularly those from Japan, Elana learned Japanese, Hiragana, and Katakana.

Upon transferring to American University in Washington, Elana joined the Muslim Student Association to engage in more active dialogue about interfaith understanding. Elana focused on mass communications (with a minor in anthropology and a particular interest in journalism/reporting in the Middle East). Being rather linguistically curious/inclined, she also began studying Arabic and continued studying Hebrew as part of her goal to live and work professionally in the Middle East eventually.

After graduating, Elana became a part-time contributing writer/blogger for several publications, including the elephant journal, Elite Daily and MENASAWORLD. She interned as a litigations associate for PRCG|Haggerty, a leader in legal PR, litigation communications, crisis, and other PR-related issues. During this period, she also started “Campaign GenerationYNot?” an online social media campaign promoting Generation Y-ers’ diversity, creativity, and innovative qualities at large via social and digital media platforms. The campaign went on to be ranked #1 in readership, resourcefulness, and popularity by “The Fashion & Film &Music & Life” blog, spearheaded the creation of other similar campaigns such as “Young People: Informed” and “Young Entrepreneurs.” The campaign was also honorably and frequently mentioned in “The Literartist” blog.

In 2018, she opened QuadrupleThreat Consulting, a boutique-style firm that focuses on coaching employees from a wide range of industries –including banking/finance, law/legal, digital/mobile application, commercial real estate, and market research– and from across the world –from California and NY to Mexico, Serbia and Saudi Arabia– on sharpening/fine-tuning their professional written and verbal communication best practices, both internally and externally (for share/stakeholders, investors, end-users, panels, vendors, suppliers, and other clients).

Elana attended The Waldorf School of Garden City, from grade 8-12 (from 2003-2007), with Mrs. Vasilica Vascu Hal as a class advisor. Her fondest memories at Waldorf include playing Sheri-Shae Phillips in Tim Kelly’s “Night of the Living Beauty Pageant” in Mrs. Somers’ directed senior class theater production, as well as all trips to Camp Glenbrook over her five years at the school.


Anne M. Murray ‘85
Partner, Rivkin Radler LLP
Moderator

Anne M. Murray ‘85 counsels insurance companies on complex first and third­party claims, including general liability, construction defect, personal and advertising injury, toxic tort, asbestos, environmental, product liability, employee benefits liability, labor law, bad faith, and other emerging issues.

She is an accomplished litigator. Her achievements include successfully representing a major insurer as lead counsel in a New Jersey coverage action seeking several hundred million dol­ lars in insurance coverage and involving 14 hazardous waste sites across the country. Anne also served as counsel to the insurer throughout the successful jury trial and subsequent ap­ peals in the ACC Chemical insurance coverage action, which sought over $100,000,000 in­ insurance coverage. On behalf of her insurance clients, Anne has won summary judgment dismissing claims for defense and indemnity in a variety of various matters, including cases of first impression in courts in New York and elsewhere.

Anne wrote the chapter on environmental and toxic tort insurance coverage issues for New Appleman Law of Liability Insurance, one of the country’s leading insurance law treatises.

A frequent speaker on insurance coverage issues, Anne has given seminars for the New York State Bar Association, the American Bar Association as well as for national and international insurance and reinsurance companies. In November 2018, Anne presented a New York City CLE program on Construction Site Accident Claims & Litigation before the New York State Bar Association. She served as a panel member on emerging allocation issues at the ABA Insur­ ance Section: Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee’s annual meeting in February 2017.

The Legal 500 recommended Rivkin Radler’s Insurance Coverage practice in which Anne is a member of the “Insurance: Advice to Insurers” category. The Insurance Coverage Practice Group since 2016 has been included in the Chambers USA directory in the “Insurance: Dispute Resolution: Insurer” category, and in the U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” Metro­ politan New York Tier 1 for Insurance Law.

Anne has been active in Rivkin Radler’s pro bono program, assisting the Volunteer Lawyers Project of Nassau County in representing poor and underserved tenants in housing disputes.

In 2005, Anne was named one of the Long Island Business News’ “40 Rising Stars Under 40.” She was named in 2019 as one of Long Island Business News’ Top 50 Most Influential Women in Business.

Anne attended The Waldorf School of Garden City from 1979 – 1985.