School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Congressman Jamaal Bowman, Ed.D., represents New York’s 16th District, which includes the Northern Bronx and parts of Westchester County, including Yonkers, New Rochelle, and Mount Vernon. Bowman was born and raised in New York City, spending his early years in public housing and rent-controlled apartments. He was raised by his mother, who supported them with her post office worker’s salary. After graduating from the University of New Haven, Rep. Bowman began his career as a crisis intervention teacher in a Bronx public school and went on to earn a master’s degree in guidance counseling from Mercy College and a doctorate in education from Manhattanville College.
In 2009, Bowman founded Cornerstone Academy for Social Action, a Bronx middle school focused on unlocking the natural brilliance of all children through a holistic curriculum, where he served as principal for a decade. At CASA, Bowman worked to center students’ voices, cultural awareness, and love. He worked to ensure advanced student involvement in science, technology, engineering, art, and math. Bowman has also been an outspoken advocate for rethinking education, including ending state-sanctioned yearly standardized testing.
Bowman was elected to Congress in 2020, running on a platform of transformative progressive policies that will improve the lives of those who have been legislated out of the American dream. Congressman Bowman is dedicated to passing visionary policy that infuses climate justice with economic and racial justice, and to highlighting the importance of research and investing communities of color.
Bowman lives in Yonkers, New York, with his wife and children.
School of Education
Dr. Andrea Coddett is the founder and CEO of Empowered for Learning, LLC, an educational consulting firm committed to improving life outcomes for underprivileged, disenfranchised and differently abled youth. She is also an adjunct professor for Mercy College and Fordham University, teaching graduate and doctoral educational leadership courses.
Dr. Coddett is a graduate of Fordham University, where she earned a doctorate in Executive Leadership. She holds Masters' Degrees in Curriculum and Instruction with a Reading specialization and Educational Administration from Pace University and a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Mercy College. Dr. Coddett also holds administrative certifications in School District Administration and School Building Administration and Supervision and teaching certifications in Special Education, birth through 21, and General Education, N-6.
Having lived in and been educated in four different countries on three different continents, Dr. Coddett considers herself a global citizen. She contends that as an educational leader, she is one of tomorrow's gatekeepers and believes that every child deserves an excellent education. As a learning leader and lifelong learner, Dr. Coddett’s personal motto is “Empowered for Learning, Empowered for Life.”
School of Business
Michael Hayes is a partner in the Investment Management practice of KPMG, based in the Stamford office. He leads the Stamford office hedge fund practice and provides audit and business advice to investment funds and endowments. Michael has worked with a number of private equity funds, hedge funds, fund of funds and asset allocator clients. Michael has deep industry knowledge in areas such as financial reporting, internal controls, valuation and governance. He has participated as a speaker at a number of industry seminars. He leads a quarterly roundtable of CFOs, COOs and Controllers of alternative investment funds based in Connecticut and Westchester, NY. These meetings help to provide points of view in areas such as potential regulation, investors' due diligence focus, tax structuring, third-party assurance and other current issues. Michael has served on many not-for-profit boards in the health and welfare organization, educational and arts industries. He is a volunteer firefighter in his hometown of Katonah, NY, and a very proud alumnus of Mercy College Class of 1992. He was recently elected as a member of the Mercy College Board of Trustees.
School of Liberal Arts
A founding member, Managing Partner, and Executive Vice President at MeritDirect, Paulette has had the privilege of guiding high-profile clients to great success spanning a career of over 25 years. Working with SMB’s as well as Fortune 100 companies, Paulette has specialized in B2B customer acquisition and retention, including the development of customized solutions for Lifetime Value, Reactivation, and Attribution, employing Modeling and Analytics for true data driven results. Her clients are recognized as some of the top B2B marketers in the nation. This diverse set of clients including – LL Bean (Direct to Business), Godiva (Direct to Business), Wall Street Journal, Kiplinger, Staples, 4Imprint, and Yahoo! – allowed her to deliver a unique perspective and broad B2B expertise in the field of Multi-channel marketing. Paulette currently sits on the Marketing Advisory Board for the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College, and has mentored marketing students with Baruch’s EOC (Executives on Campus). Most recently, Paulette is honored to be serving on the newly-formed Mercy College School of Business Advisory Board. She is the immediate past-President of Direct Marketing Club of New York (DMCNY) after four years as President at the helm of this esteemed 70-year-old association.
When not fully immersed in the business world, Paulette has always made time for her passion – music and theatre, utilizing her B.S. Degree in Music from Mercy College. She has two Off-Broadway productions to her credit, as well as appearances in many regional and local productions. In addition to performing, she has recently entered into the realm of producing for Broadway including last year’s Tony-Nominated musical “The Prom” – where her business expertise blends seamlessly with her passion for the arts.
School of Health and Natural Sciences
Michele A. Quirolo is a 42-year veteran in the field of home health care and hospice. She was the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Visiting Nurse Association of Hudson Valley (VNA) for 24 years. The VNA was a multi-program organization that included Hospice Care in Westchester & Putnam and VNA Home Health Services, a private duty agency. Following a merger into Northwell Health in 2017, Ms. Quirolo sat as the Vice President of Operations at the VNA/Northwell.
During her tenure, the VNA partnered with community leaders and healthcare executives to transform the agency into the area’s largest provider of home care services established and headquartered in Westchester County. Under her leadership the agency was constantly striving to expand community services. Responding to an identified need from the county, Ms. Quirolo agreed to provide community education services and support to underserved seniors living in county apartment buildings. She led the agency’s affiliations with the former Sound Shore Health System and Putnam Hospital through acquisitions of their home health agencies. Ms. Quirolo launched the first local children’s bereavement program, the Caring Circle, to support children experiencing grief through loss. The program was later expanded to include support for families of serious ill patients. Her belief in supporting the future of healthcare was shown when she opened her organization’s offices to provide a clinical placement site for nursing students at Mercy College and other local college programs. As further proof of this commitment Ms. Quirolo joined the college faculty as an Adjunct professor in 2006. Since 2018 she has served on the Board of Trustees at Mercy College.
A hallmark of Ms. Quirolo’s leadership has been her belief that the comprehensive care offered to patients can be enhanced through the use of cutting edge technology. Her agency was the first in Westchester and Putnam, almost 20 years ago, to use video Telehealth. Telehealth is an innovative approach to home care that utilizes monitors, diagnostic peripherals and cameras to enable a nurse to virtually visit a patient without leaving the office.
While growing the agency and dealing with local issues, Ms. Quirolo also turned her attention to the strategic and policy issues facing the home care and hospice industry in both the state and national arenas. She served on the board of the National Association of Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), the nation’s largest trade association representing home care and hospice providers; home care aide associations and medical equipment providers. In 2009 she was elected Chairperson of the association during a time of intense change focused on health care reform. Ms. Quirolo has also served as Chairperson of the Homecare Association of NYS and continues to serve on its Board of Directors.
Upon her retirement from the VNA of Hudson Valley/Northwell, Ms. Quirolo was providing consulting services through Quirolo Consulting, LLC.
As an advocate for home care Ms. Quirolo’s leadership positions have been numerous. Her dedication to the field was recognized through the various awards she has received. She was inducted into the NAHC Hall of Fame in 2009. The Home Care Association of NYS presented her with the Ruth F Wilson Award, its highest honor and she received the Distinguished Public Health Service Award from the Westchester County Board of Health. Mercy College recognized her achievements with the Distinguished Alumni Award and the Dr. Carolyn Lansberry Alumni Award.