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Convenient and safe student housing is key to academic success. At Educational Housing Services (EHS), we put community and quality of life at the forefront of everything we do. A not-for-profit organization founded in 1987, we host thousands of students and interns from over 150 colleges and 50 countries around the world as they study and work in New York City. We provide comfortable and secure residences and a comprehensive Student Life Program so students and interns can get down to work while enjoying NYC.
Mr. Jeffrey Lynford is the President and CEO of Educational Housing Services. Previously, he was the co-founder of the Wellsford group of public and private real estate companies and provided 18 years of continuous executive corporate leadership as the Chairman of three exchange-listed corporations, and previously, for nearly a decade, he held senior investment banking positions on Wall Street.
Mr. Lynford brings extensive not-for-profit, higher education, business, real estate, and civic experience to the EHS leadership position. Currently, he holds a gubernatorial appointment as a Commissioner of The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. In addition, he serves on the boards of New York University and the NYU Tandon School of Engineering (formerly the Polytechnic Institute of NYU), where he is its Deputy Chair. Previously he was a Member of the New York State Council on the Arts and a Trustee of the Trust for Governors Island (both gubernatorial appointments). He was a member of the Advisory Council of the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, Vice Chair of the Global Heritage Fund, and a trustee or director emeritus of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, the Citizens Budget Commission, and the Caramoor International Center for Music and the Arts.
Mr. Lynford holds three university degrees, including a Masters in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School of Princeton University, a Juris Doctor from Fordham University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts with Distinction at the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Mr. Ramalingam “Ling” Ganesh is the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and has been with EHS since September 2015. Mr. Ganesh brings more than 20 years of success in providing oversight over operations, accounting and compliance of mutual funds. He has consistently demonstrated talent in translating complexities into practical business initiatives, and has a vast range of areas of expertise including not-for-profit accounting. Previously Mr. Ganesh served as Chief Financial Officer (Funds) at Torchlight Investors, LLC and as Executive Director at Morgan Stanley Investment Management. He is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the California Society of CPAs. Mr. Ganesh earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Major in Accounting) from Thomas Edison State College in New Jersey, and a Bachelor of Commerce from Loyola College in India.
Ms. Faye Bean is the Senior Vice President of Leasing and Marketing and has been with EHS since 1998. Ms. Bean is responsible for designing creative marketing campaigns and developing effective methodologies and processes for their execution. Her expertise in hospitality, business, and creative marketing has set new operation standards within the company. Ms. Bean attended SUNY Brockport where she studied liberal arts.
Ms. Christy Chatfield is the Senior Vice President of Student Life and has been with EHS since 2004 when she joined to organize the Student Life department. She provides leadership and vision in the design and the administering of a comprehensive range of programs and services related to campus programming and planning. She assists in creating a culture that promotes academic achievement, oversees security and crisis response, advocates on behalf of the students, and fosters collaborative relationships amongst students, staff, and clients. Previously Ms. Chatfield served as the Dean of Students at Marymount Manhattan College, after having served as the Director of Residence Life. Ms. Chatfield is a graduate of New York University with a Master’s degree in Student Personnel Administration in Higher Education and Widener University with Bachelor degrees in Psychology and Social Work.
Mr. Ariel Dybner is the Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary and has been with EHS since 2013. Previously Mr. Dybner served as a Partner at leading law firms Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP and Mayer Brown LLP, and as Vice Chair of the Maplewood Township Zoning Board of Adjustment. Mr. Dybner holds three university degrees, including a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Amherst College, a Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, and a Juris Doctor from Columbia University, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and the Articles Editor of the Columbia Business Law Review. In addition, Mr. Dybner is a Partner at Dybner & Dybner, a boutique transactional firm, a member of the New York and New Jersey Bar, and an Attorney Affiliate Member of the National Association of Development Companies.
Mr. Joseph La Vacca is the Treasurer and has been with EHS since 2002. With over 20 years of accounting experience, Mr. La Vacca is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day financial operations, the analysis and development of budgets and financial forecasts, as well as the year-end audits and financial personnel. Previously he served as the Assistant Controller for the Parish of Trinity Church, an Accounting Manager at Graham & James, LLP, Controller at Sanus Health Plans of NY, and as Assistant Controller at Reid & Priest, LLP. Mr. La Vacca is a graduate of CUNY College of Staten Island with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting.
Mr. Kevin Gross is the Vice President of Facilities and Property Management and has been with EHS since 2005. With over 12 years experience in property management, Mr. Gross is responsible for current and longer term real estate projects, building maintenance, repairs, and capital improvements. Previously he served as Director of Facilities and Special Projects for ARAMARK Education. Mr. Gross is a graduate of Trinity University with a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Masters degree in Urban Studies. In addition, he attended the Teachers College Columbia University where he studied Applied Anthropology.
Mr. Pagola has been with EHS for almost 20 years. Prior to EHS, he worked for two large IT consulting firms as well as in the Software Division of SIEMENS Argentina. His areas of expertise include Networking, Database, Software Development, Systems Administration, OS Deployment and Management. Mr. Pagola studied Computer Science at the CAECE University in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Fredrick Neglia is EHS' Director of Public Safety with more than thirty years of Life Safety and Law Enforcement experience, which included over twenty years with the New York City Police Department as a Patrol Officer/Homicide Detective Investigator and more than ten years at Nassau Community College. While there, he rose to the rank of Assistant Chief/Director of Public Safety. Fred has been the recipient of numerous accolades, including the Nassau Community College Leadership Award (2011), United States Congressional Award (2001), Nassau County Executive Award (2001), U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency-Excellent Service Award (1996), as well as numerous NYPD awards. Fred holds degrees from SUNY-Empire State College and the New York City Police Academy. His goal is to provide a safe, secure and worry free environment for both the EHS residents and their guests.
The Honorable Jerry Hultin is the EHS Board Chair and serves on the Governance, Finance and Compensation Committee. Mr. Hultin is a graduate of The Ohio State University (BA) and Yale Law School (JD), and is currently the Chairman of the Global Futures Group, LLC, a company organized to support the innovative use of technology to improve the quality of life and inclusiveness of cities around the world. He was recently a Senior Presidential Fellow at New York University and the 15th President at Polytechnic Institute of NYU (2005 - 2012). Formerly he served as Dean of the Howe School at Stevens Institute of Technology (2000 - 2005) and as Undersecretary of the Navy in the Department of Defense (1997 - 2000). He was appointed by President Clinton, with Senate confirmation, to serve as second in civilian command of the Department of the Navy.
Educational Housing Services, Inc. (EHS) has announced the election of new Board Member Dennis R. Irvin, effective immediately. Mr. Irvin’s appointment expands the EHS Board to seven. Other Members include The Honorable Jerry Hultin, Samara Barend, William Cockrum III, John RandolRead More >
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