TEDxLIU Coordinators

Dr. Dengting Boyanton, Co-Director

Dr. Boyanton

Dr. Dengting Boyanton is an assistant professor of educational psychology and the director of childhood education program in the College of Education, Information and Technology LIU Post. She received her Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Virginia. Her research interests lie in teaching and learning, student-teacher relationships, engagement, and motivation. Dr. Boyanton has been mentored by many nationally renowned education scholars including Dr. Richard Mayer, Dr. Margaret Eisenhart, and Dr. Cynthia Dillard. Dr. Boyanton has earned many awards in her academic career including American Educational Research Association (AERA) Division K (Teaching and Teacher Education) Early Career Award (nominee), the A.L. Bennett Endowed Scholarship, the Virginia Governor’s Education Fellowship, the Dupont Education Fellowship, and the LIU Teaching & Learning Initiative (TLI) Instructional Innovation award. Dr. Boyanton is also very experienced in directing programs. She directed three programs including UVa Culturefest, UVa-in-Shanghai Chinese Language Program, and UVa Summer Chinese Language Program, and the Conference of Elementary-Secondary Teaching & Learning (CESTL). Dr. Boyanton is currently working on her first book Towards a Mutual Value Theory: Teachers and students as learners to be published by Peter Lang Publication in New York in 2014. Email Dr. Boyanton at: Dengting.Boyanton@liu.edu.

Dr. Vincent Scovetta, Co-Director

Vince Scovetta Dr. Vince Scovetta is an associate professor and active researcher. He continues to present his research at the annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. His studies investigated the subconstructs of leadership (traits, skills, behavior, style, and power) and their respective influences on Knowledge Management Systems. He Is currently working with Dr. Timothy Ellis (Nova Southeastern University) on a study that will focus on leadership in the virtual higher education classroom. His research interests include factors that influence how knowledge is managed, web development, and issues of Privacy and Ethical issues in IS/IT. He holds a U.S. patent in cross platform communications, received his MS/IS from LIU, and earned his Ph.D. in Computer Information Science from Nova Southeastern University. Email Dr. Scovetta at: Vincent.Scovetta@liu.edu.

Dr. Jacquelyn Nealon, Chief Advisor

LIU Jackie NealonDr. Jacquelyn Nealon is chief of staff and vice president of enrollment, campus life and communications at Long Island University. As an accomplished educational leader, Dr. Nealon oversees the areas of admissions, enrollment, recruitment, financial services, academic and career planning, advertising, public relations, marketing, student success, retention, registration, residence life, nontraditional and adult student programs, and student life. Before joining LIU, Dr. Nealon served as vice president for enrollment, communications and marketing at NYIT from 2000 to 2013. During that time, she oversaw a strategic vision that led to strong gains in enrollment; expanded academic and community offerings; significant advances in financial aid; diversification of a student body across three metropolitan campuses; and the establishment of several institutes focused on entrepreneurship, engineering, and international education, among other achievements. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Nealon earned a doctorate in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania; a master’s degree in strategic leadership and communication from Seton Hall University; and a bachelor’s degree in English from Adelphi University.

Mr. George Baroudi, Advisor

LIU George BaroudiMr. George Baroudi currently serves as the Vice President for Information Technology & Chief Business Process Improvement Officer and is responsible for managing all aspects of the University’s information technology operations, including administrative systems, databases, dashboards, networking, video and telecommunications infrastructure. Additionally, Mr. Baroudi provides oversight for University-wide information systems, compliance and security in accordance with set policies, and manages business process improvement initiatives across the University in collaboration with fellow University officers, reporting to the President of the University. Mr. Baroudi is an electrical engineer by training, offering 20+ years of IT infrastructure, program development and ERP implementation experience. Mr. Baroudi entered the IT field at the time of the desktop revolution, when desktops began replacing mainframe systems. Mr. Baroudi actively serves on local and national technology/ CIO committees and recently received special recognition in 2012 by AITP as a guest CIO speaker on cloud computing and higher education mobile technology initiatives. He has been cited in publications such as Forbes magazine, ZDNet, Network world, Campus Technology, Long Island Business News, and contributed to multiple case studies and white papers to promote innovation and mobile technology and learning.

Mr. Matthew Coleman, Program Coordinator

Matthew Coleman Matthew Coleman is a graduate student in the College of Education, Information and Technology at LIU Post. He is working to achieve a Masters in Adolescence Education. He is graduate assistant and current member of the CEIT Student Council. He has also served as the production and program coordinator for the bi-annual Conference of Elementary-Secondary Teaching and Learning at LIU Post. Matthew works as an SAT/ACT tutor and advisor. He previously worked as an Editorial Assistant for Wolters Kluwer Health, where he wrote research-based articles for three monthly publications, travelled and reported on medical conferences, and administrated the website and social media feeds for two publications. He is the founder of The Music Court, an online music blog (www.musiccourtblog.com). Matthew graduated with a BA in English from Binghamton University in 2011. He is also a volunteer Big Brother with Big Brothers Big Sisters Long Island. Email Matthew Coleman at matthewcoleman3@gmail.com.

Dr. Kay Sato, Advisor

LIU Kay SatoDr. Kay Sato is the Assistant Provost and also the Director of The Hutton House Lectures Series at LIU Post, where Long Island seniors indulge their love of learning with courses and lectures on the arts, sciences, and current events, has won a national award from the Association for Continuing Higher Education. The Hutton House Lecture Series led by Dr. Kay Sato has been awarded as a “Model Program” at the ACHE Annual Convention in Lexington, Ky., in November, 2013. Established in 1975, the Hutton House Lectures have grown in popularity over the past decade, with annual course registrations increasing from 1,500 to more than 7,000. While not bearing credit, the courses are generally considered graduate-level material. Among the more than 60 courses being offered in the fall 2013 semester are “The Rodgers and Hammerstein Era: Reinventing Musical Theater,” “Great Moments from Opera,” “Investment Basics and the Economy,” “The Twentieth-Century Novel in English,” “Monet’s Women” and “Socrates, Corrupter of Youth.”

Dr. Maura Belliveau, Advisor

LIU Maura BelliveauDr. Maura Belliveau is an Associate Professor of Management at LIU Post. Prior to joining LIU, Dr. Belliveau was a faculty member at several leading business schools including Emory University and the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, where she was named one of the outstanding business school faculty members in the U.S. by Business Week. Before earning her doctorate at UC Berkeley, she worked in the entrepreneurial sector as a strategy consultant and senior manager for Cambridge Technology Group, a successful start-up that went public in 1993 (as Cambridge Technology Partners), and which continues to spawn many other thriving entrepreneurial ventures in technology and consulting.

Dr. Belliveau's most recent research and teaching focuses on the processes that define the success of professional, technical and managerial employees, particularly those factors that differentially affect men's and women's job search and salary attainment. Her research has been published in top scholarly journals in management and organization studies and been featured in The New York Times, Business Week, Fortune, The Economist, Fast Company, The Boston Globe, Washington Post, and on NPR.

Dr. Amy Gaimaro, Publicity Coordinator

LIU Amy GaimaroAs the LIU Post Instructional Designer, Dr. Amy Gaimaro works with faculty to effectively integrate learning technologies into face-to-face, blended and online courses. She coordinates the Online Teaching Forum, where faculty share best practices for teaching web-facilitated, blended and online courses. She manages the LIU Online Faculty Development Program, which provides faculty with access to online courses about topics related to blended and online teaching. She is an Adjunct Assistant Professor for the College of Education, Information and Technology at LIU Post. Dr. Gaimaro has extensive experience in higher education administration with assessment database management systems, electronic portfolios and faculty development. Her research interests include online faculty development and technology acceptance in higher education. She holds a B.B.A. in Finance, M.S. in Accounting, and D.B.A. in Information Systems. E-mail Dr. Gaimaro at amy.gaimaro@liu.edu.

Ms. Rita Langton, Advisor

Executive Director of Strategic Partnerships and Operations

Mr. Michael Schiavetta, Advisor

LIU Michael SchiavettaMr. Michael Schiavetta serves as the Director of Editorial Services, Communications and Marketing Office at Long Island University. Before joining LIU, he worked as an Associate Director of Editorial Services, Communications and Marketing at New York Institute of Technology. Mr. Schiavetta received his Master’s Degree in Communication Arts from New York Institute of Technology-Old Westbury and B.A. in English from State University of New York at Stony Brook. Mr. Schiavetta has More than 16 years of experience generating and directing content in the areas of education, technology, gaming, health and wellness, finance, and entertainment.


Mr. Stephen Hausler, Graphic Designer

LIU Stephen HauslerMr. Stephen Hausler serves as Director of Creative Services/Creative Director in the Division of Communications and Marketing of University Center at Long Island University, Post. Mr. Hausler has 33 years experience in the advertising and design field. Mr. Hausler Began career at an ad agency in New York City as a junior art director, Mr. Hausler is currently the Assistant Vice President for Creative Services/Creative Director for Long Island University for the past 18 years. His special skills include Brand development and implementation, creative concepts and execution, marketing specific targeted audiences, print, web, and all media design.


Ms. Katherine Howlett, Sponsorship Coordinator

LIU Kate HowlettKate Howlett has been a member of the LIU Post Development and Alumni Office since 2007 and currently serves as the Director of Alumni Relations and Development Officer. Prior to LIU Post, Kate worked as a Development Associate at Touro Law Center and as a Graduate Assistant in the Office of External Affairs at Dowling College. In her current role, Kate is responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive alumni relations program for LIU Post. She serves as the University liaison for the LIU Post Alumni Association Board of Directors and also manages the Alumni Admissions Ambassadors program. Kate coordinates alumni and development events including Homecoming, regional alumni receptions and campus fundraisers, is responsible for alumni communication/outreach and oversees the day-to-day activities of the Office of Development and Alumni Relations. Kate holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Stony Brook University with dual-degrees in History and Art History/ Criticism, and a minor in Cinema and Cultural Studies. E-mail Kate at katherine.howlett@liu.edu.

Dr. Robert Hannafin, Advisor

LIU Robert HannafinDr. Robert D. Hannafin, an accomplished educator, technologist and business executive, is the dean of the College of Education, Information and Technology at LIU Post. Dr. Hannafin was previously the director of learning and development at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, where he was responsible for faculty performance, course development and the delivery and facilitation of online offerings. Prior to joining PwC, Dr. Hannafin served for 13 years on the faculties the schools of education at University of Connecticut, the College of William and Mary, and Auburn University. Before entering the field of higher education, Dr. Hannafin established a career in banking, attaining the position of vice president at Den Danske Bank. Dr. Hannafin's current research interests include open learning environments, technology issues surrounding teacher education, and technology integration challenges in K-12. Dr. Hannafin holds a B.S. in accounting from St. Francis College, an M.B.A. in finance from Fordham University and a Ph.D. in psychology in education from Arizona State University.

Ms. Rebecca Saltzman, TEDxLIU Club Coordinator

LIU Rebecca SaltzmanMs. Rebecca Saltzman is an undergraduate student majoring in Secondary Education in the College of Education, Information, and Technology at Long Island University, Post. She was known for her passion for teaching, her creativity and critical thinking, her strong communication skills, her persistence and effort to improve herself, and her high degree of self-discipline. Ms. Saltzman is also a very good public speaker. As a class project, she conducted research on the topic of adolescent motivation. She presented her research findings at the 10th Conference of Elementary-Secondary Teaching & Learning (CESTL) in April, 2013. Her presentation was so engaging that she impressed many of the audiences at the conference. Ms. Saltzman was very passionate about becoming a teacher and she is excited that she will start student teaching in Spring, 2014.

Dr. Oscar de Rojas, Advisor

LIU Oscar DeRojasDr. Oscar de Rojas is the Assistant Dean in the College of Education, Information and Technology at Long Island University, Post. Dr. Rojas retired from service in the United Nations in 2009 after serving for 10 years as Director of the Financing for Development Office in the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs. Mr. de Rojas was responsible for the organization of the well-known International Conference on Financing for Development held in Monterrey, Mexico, in March 2002, and was Executive Secretary of the Follow-up Conference held in Doha, Qatar, in 2008. The DESA/FfD Office was established to provide support to the various UN intergovernmental processes related to the follow-up of those conferences. Dr. Rojas has a Bachelor degree in Engineering and Masters degrees in Economics and in International Affairs from Columbia University. He has received awards and distinctions from several countries and entities, including the United States, the Holy See, Brazil, Chile, France, Malta and St. John’s University. He is a Knight of the Sovereign Hospitaller Order of Malta and is engaged in various development policy, human-rights and humanitarian assistance organizations.

Ms. Theresa Duggan, Hospitality Coordinator

Ms. Theresa Duggan has been the Director of Conference Services at LIU Post for over 10 years. She assists with planning and executing events on campus. Prior to her position on campus, she was Director of Sales & Marketing at the Courtyard by Marriott in Ronkonkoma and worked for over 10 years at the Garden City Hotel. Ms. Duggan has her Masters of Public Administration from LIU Post which was completed in 2009.

Other Team Members

  • Ms. Yingying Cao, Graphic Designer, Master’s Student, English as a Foreign Language, CEIT
  • Ms. Tara King, Publicity Assistant, Junior Instructional Designer Dr. Julia Miller, Publicity Assistant, Instructional Designer at LIU Brooklyn
  • Ms. Kim Mullins, Publicity Assistant, MLS, MSIT, Assistant Professor and Instruction Design Librarian
  • Ms. Samantha Milwich, Program Assistant, Master’s Student, Adolescence Education
  • Ms. Zhenting Wu, Hospitality Assistant, Master’s Student, English as a Foreign Language, CEIT
  • Ms. Yue Liu, Hospitality Assistant, Master’s Student, English as a Foreign Language, CEIT 
  • Mr. Al Brussey, Technology Assistant 
  • Mr. Phil Chery, Technology Assistant
  • Dr. Arnold Dodge, Chair, Department of Leadership & Administration, CEIT
  • Dr. Lynne Manouvrier, Director of Center for Gifted Youth, CEIT
  • Dr. Roberta Levitt, Associate Professor, CEIT