2020-2021 Guest Lecturers

Below is a list of our 2020-2021 guest lecturers! If you’re interested in participating in this program, please contact Ms. Ann Straub at astraub@lasalleacademy.org or 212-475-8940 ext. 376.

Spring semester
Ms. Romanosky’s French class
NYU Graduate students in French, under the direction of Dr. Stephane Gerson, NYU Professor in French and Director of the Institute of French Studies, will be teaching in our French class throughout the semester.
May 26th
Ms. Bu’s Spanish 1 Native class
Dr. Cristina Domenech, Coordinator of Education & Public Programs, with interns Ryan Pinchot and Maria Barney, from the Hispanic Society

Cristina Doménech holds a PhD in Art History from the University of Valencia. She has worked as a documentalist at the Museo Sorolla in Madrid and at the Real Academia de la Historia. From 2011 to 2012 she collaborated as a researcher with the team responsible for organizing the Sorolla in America exhibition. Since 2014 she has been Head of Education and Public Programs at the Hispanic Society of America in New York. Cristina Doménech has taught courses in Spanish art at the University of Valencia and at the Accademia di Brera in Milan. She has also published several essays on modern and contemporary Valencian art and artists.

Ryan Pinchot is a PhD student and graduate instructor at Rutgers University in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. He holds a BA and an MA from Cleveland State University’s Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. In addition to his work as an educator at the Hispanic Society, his research focuses on cinematic representations of indigenous and campesino groups in Colombia, touching on issues of decoloniality, environmental humanities, and social movements.

Maria Barney is a Museum Educator at the HSA. She received her MA in art history from the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU where she focused her studies on the influence of Islamic art in various parts of the world, including Spain. She is currently working on her degree in Library and Information Science at Pratt Institute in New York.

The Hispanic Society of America was founded in 1904 by Archer Milton Huntington (1870-1955). His passion for the art and culture of the Iberian Peninsula drove his commitment to establishing the museum and its library. The institution was centered around the “advancement of the study of the Portuguese and Spanish languages, literature, and history.”

The Hispanic Society’s vast collection ranges from the first millennium BCE to the 20th century, and includes masterworks by El Greco, Velazquez, Goya, and Sorolla. The building’s exterior, Audubon Terrace, is decorated with bronze works by Huntington’s wife, noted sculptor Anna Vaughn Hyatt.

May 18th
Entrepreneurship Series
Mr. Len Adams ’72, CPC, CTS, Founder and CEO of ACG Resources/Adams Consulting Group, LLC, will be speaking to Ms. Tavera’s class.
May 17th
Mr. Perez’s Spanish class
Ms. Patrice Degnan Erquicia, Executive Director, The Queen Sofia Spanish Institute
April 30th
Mr. Neering’s Biology class
Dr. Jennifer Odien, WTC Anthropologist, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, NYC
April 22nd
Entrepreneurship Series
Mr. Henning Seip, Founder and President of Candogram, Inc., will be speaking to Ms. Tavera’s class.
April 21st
Entrepreneurship Series
Mr. Anthony Celano, Founder and Owner of CEO Full Security, will be speaking to Mr. Cygan’s class.
April 20th
Mr. Hurley’s Sociology class
Dr. Robin Lovell, Founding Director, Geography Program and Assistant Professor, Sociology Department, Manhattan College
April 19th
Entrepreneurship Series
Christoph Winkler, Ph.D., Founding Program Director at Hynes Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Iona College, will be speaking to Mr. Murphy’s class. As a well-respected leader in entrepreneurship education, Dr. Winkler has been pushing boundaries and re-envisioning traditional academic practices in higher education. He presently serves on the board of the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship® (USASBE), as well as the co-executive editor of the journal Entrepreneurship Education and Pedagogy (EE&P), playing a pivotal role in advancing the field of entrepreneurship education. Dr. Winkler received his Ph.D. in educational psychology from the Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York (CUNY) and currently holds a joint faculty appointment at Iona College’s School of Arts & Science (Psychology) and the LaPenta School of Business (Management).

April 19th
Mr. Estevez’s and Mr. Pena’s Global Religion classes
Rabbi Joseph Potasnik, Executive VP of the New York Board of Rabbis
April 19th
Ms. O’Mara’s Advanced Art class
Ms. Shanta Lawson, Director of Education, The Studio Museum of Harlem
April 16th
Ms. Bu’s AP Spanish class
Dr. Marlene Gottlieb, Chair, Department of Modern Languages and Literature, Manhattan College
April 15th
Ms. Bu’s Spanish 2 Native class
Dr. Laura Redruello, Associate Professor, Department of Modern Languages and Literature, Manhattan College
April 12th, 19th & 26th
Ms. O’Mara’s Advanced Art class
Felipe Galindo Feggo, Visual Artist (Cartoonist, Illustrator, Fine Arts, Educator for the Hispanic Society)
March 31st
Entrepreneurship Series
Mr. Kevin Shakespeare ’02, Owner of Shakespeare Hospitality Consulting, LLC, will be speaking to Mr. Murphy’s class. Mr. Shakespeare has 20+ years of experience in the hospitality industry. He opened boutique hotels in Brooklyn, turned around high profile rooftop bar concepts in Manhattan and was heavily involved in the planning and execution of all food and beverage outlets for one of the city’s most respected educational institutions. Shakespeare is a member of the Hospitality Advisory Board at Bay State College and has received the distinguished “10 Under 10 Award” from Johnson & Wales University, which is given to the 10 students whom have distinguished themselves with career progression and community involvement within 10 years of their graduation date. He describes himself as an avid lover of food, wine, and all New York sports.

March 24th
Entrepreneurship Series
Ms. Cori Gordon, CEO or Cortoyou, LLC, will be speaking to Mr. Cygan’s class.
March 23rd & April 20th
Mr. Rosich’s Health classes
Professor Fidelino Lim, NYU Clinical Nursing Professor
March 18th
Entrepreneurship Series
Dr. Donald Gibson, Dean and Professor in the O’Malley School of Business at Manhattan College, will be speaking in Mr. Neering’s and Mr. Hackshaw’s classes along with Adjunct Professor, Winston Peters, and Manhattan College senior, Jeffrey Bartlett.
March 15th
Ms. Giancaspro’s English class
Dr. Brian Chalk, Associate Professor of English, Manhattan College
March 15th
Ms. Morales’ Physics Class
Dr. Bart Horn, Assistant Professor of Physics, Manhattan College
March 10th
Ms. Romanosky’s English Class
Dr. David Witzling, Associate Professor of English, Manhattan College
March 9th
Mr. Flax’s Introduction to Music Class
Dr. Michael Kaminski, Professor of Fine Arts, St. Francis College
March 9th
Ms. O’Mara’s Introduction to Art Class
Mr. Gregory F. Tague, Ph.D., Professor, Departments of Literature, Writing and Publishing, Interdisciplinary Studies, St. Francis College
February 24th
Mr. Murphy’s Economics Class
Ms. Emily Horowitz, Associate Government Relations Manager for the American Heart Association (AHA), oversees a portfolio of AHA’s advocacy priorities including tobacco control, maternal and child health, and nonprofit finance. In this capacity, she manages relationships with Members of Congress and partner organizations. In 2019, Emily successfully lobbied to pass bipartisan legislation raising the federal minimum legal sale age of tobacco from 18 to 21. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, she has been a vocal advocate to ensure nonprofits are included in economic relief packages from Congress and the Federal Reserve.
January 20th
Ms. Giancaspro’s English 2 Honors Class
Mr. Jeffrey Sussman, Author and Public Relations Consultant
January 15th
Ms. Masullo’s Geometry Honors Class
Mr. Emau Vega and Ms. Xuxa Edwards, Architects at FXCollaborative
January 13th
Ms. O’Mara’s Advanced Art Class
Mr. Howard Skrill, St. Francis College Art Professor
January 12th
Ms. Tavera’s Finance Class
Social media webinar presented by the Jets Manager of Social Media, Mr. Kevin Kline
January 12th
Mr. Cygan’s Criminal Law Class
Mr. Phillip Hamilton, Esq., Founding Partner at Hamilton Clarke, LLP
December 16th & 18th
Mr. Estevez’s and Mr. Pena’s Social Justice classes
Nationally renowned attorney, recognized by numerous “best lawyers” publications, Ms. Cheryl David, will address immigration law, naturalization, etc. within a Christian context.
December 11th
Ms. Giancaspro’s 10th grade English class
Ms. Ann Segan, Ph.D., Co-Director of the Arthur Rothstein Legacy Project and Research Associate at the Living New Deal, will use her father’s New Deal photographs in an interdisciplinary illustrated lecture that promotes knowledge of history,  and the value of expressive arts for healing and social change.
December 10th & 17th
Mr. Rosich’s Health classes
Professor Fidelino Lim, NYU Clinical Nursing Professor, and NYU nursing students
December 4th
Mr. Murphy’s Government class
Mr. Matthew Washington, Deputy Manhattan Borough President
December 3rd
Ms. Tavera’s Finance class
NY Jets marketing webinar presented by Mr. Jose Rey, Director of Creative Services for the NY Jets and Ms. Jessica Blank, Senior Manager, Marketing for the NY Jets