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Stony Brook University Alumni Association Appoints Four New Board Members

Stony Brook University Alumni Association Appoints Four New Board Members

Board welcomes Dr. Kevin J. Abrams, Ernest G. Canadeo, Errol A. Cockfield, Gail S. Hackett

STONY BROOK, NY – June 22, 2010 – Stony Brook Alumni Association is pleased to announce the appointment of four new board members to its board of directors: Kevin Abrams, M.D. ’86, Ernest G. Canadeo ’77, Errol A. Cockfield ’94 and Gail S. Hackett ’85, announced Christina Vargas Law ’90 ’93 co-chair of the Nominating Committee. The new appointments are effective June 19, 2010.

The appointments of these four outstanding individuals exemplify our commitment to enhance our board of directors to represent the entire Stony Brook University student body. The diversity, experiences and skills that each of them bring to the board will support our mission to reach, serve, and engage all Stony Brook alumni, students, and other constituencies to foster a lifelong intellectual and emotional connection between the University and its graduates, and provide the University with goodwill and support.  

“We are privileged to be the home of so many outstanding alumni and in selecting these four individuals,” said Gloria Snyder, President of the Stony Brook Alumni Association. “They embody the excellent success and reputation of our students graduating from Stony Brook University.”

Dr. Kevin Abrams graduated in 1986 with a BS in Biological Sciences. He is the Director of Neuroradiology and MRI at the Baptist Hospital and Health Systems in Miami, Florida where he is overseeing and creating all departmental policies, procedures and protocols relating to imaging the neurological system.  In addition, Dr. Abrams is a member in good standing at American Society of Neuroradiology, American Medical Association, and Community Board Member of the Miami-Dade Chapter of the American Heart Association.  Dr. Abrams lives in Miami Beach with his wife and two sons.

Ernest G. Canadeo graduated with a BA in Psychology in 1977. He is the founder, President and CEO of the EGC Group, Inc., an advertising, marketing and digital media company with offices located in Melville, New York, and New York City. He has served as a trustee on many of Long Island’s prominent boards including Long Island Association, United Way of Long Island, Thomas Hartman Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, Long Island Advertising Club, LI Works Coalition and the LIA Health Alliance. He is also on the editorial advisory council for Long Island Business News, chairs the membership development committee for the LIA and is the current Chairman of the National Stuttering Association. Canadeo lives in Oyster Bay with his wife and two children.

Errol A. Cockfield graduated in 1994 with a BA in English. He is Vice President for Communications and Community Affairs at the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation and previously served as the Press Secretary to Governor of New York David Paterson and his predecessor Eliot Spitzer. Cockfield has also served as president of the New York Association of Black Journalists and a board member of the National Association of Black Journalists. He resides in Brooklyn, NY.

Gail Hackett graduated in 1985 with a BA in Economics. Before recently retiring from MasterCard International, Inc., she was executive vice president and group head for Citibank, responsible for the management of the largest Global Account customer, which spans Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America, Middle East, Africa, and the United States, encompassing 57 countries. She also managed the four largest US based customer accounts for MasterCard. Hackett served as a board member for the Westchester Arts Council in 2006-2007 and as an executive committee member for the Gay Men’s Health Crisis Spring SAVOR event in 2010.  She lives in Kennebunkport, Maine.  

About Stony Brook University Alumni Association

The four new Stony Brook University Alumni Association board members along with Lisa Marie Lord, a undergraduate student representative and, Navneet Singh, graduate student representatives joined the existing board of 25 members. Stony Brook University Alumni Association is an independent 501(c)3 organization which represents more than 135,000 alumni nationwide and abroad. Established in 1965, the Association works to increase communication, encourage involvement, and expand services for alumni, while building support for Stony Brook University. For further information, please contact 

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