College Board of Trustees Elects New Leadership

Steven T. Sabatini, the CFO of Modern Bank’s holding companies, has been elected the new Chair of the Dominican College Board of Trustees.

The Chief Financial Officer of Modern Bank’s holding companies has been elected Chair of the Dominican College Board of Trustees. Steven T. Sabatini will serve with former Rockland County Commissioner of Health Joan H. Facelle, M.D., who was elected Vice Chair. They assumed their new positions July 1, 2019.

Sabatini has been a member of the Board since 2002 and served as Vice Chair for the past nine years. He is a Certified Public Accountant and served as Chairman of the National Epilepsy Foundation of America and as a Director of the Epilepsy Foundation of Metropolitan New York.

Sabatini said he was honored to be asked to serve as Chair of the Dominican College Board of Trustees and is committed to the College and its continued success.  “As Chair, I would like to see the College continue to provide an affordable, high-quality education to its students, expand enrollment, and develop the facilities necessary to maintain Dominican College’s reputation as an institution of excellence,”  he said.

His priorities as Chair include:  increasing the use of technology; continuing development of sports and sports facilities, including a new turf field; enhancing enrollment; and increasing fundraising and the endowment.

Sabatini replaces Ken Marks who was Chair for the past nine years, and was first elected to the Board in 2000. President Sr. Mary Eileen O’Brien, O.P., Ph.D.,  thanked Marks for his demonstrated passion to the College and his deep commitment to ensuring its success.

College Board Welcomes Two New Trustees

Sr. Michaela Connelly, O.P., President of the Sisters of St. Dominic of Blauvelt.

Michael Santos, Director of Ethics and Business Standards at Orange and Rockland Utilities

Two new trustees — Michael Santos and Sr. Michaela Connelly, O.P. —  are now on the Dominican College Board of Trustees.

Michael Santos has been the Director of Ethics and Business Standards at Orange and Rockland Utilities since 2014 and is responsible for developing, monitoring, and enforcing all aspects of the ethics program. He previously worked for Consolidated Edison in a number of positions concerned with business ethics and employee and labor relations.  He also sits on the board of the Palisades Institute of Dominican College.  

Sr. Michaela is the President of the Sisters of St. Dominic of Blauvelt, taking the top leadership position of the Congregation after serving as Vice President from 2011 to 2017.

Sr.  Michaela also has a long history of working in education. She started her career teaching elementary and junior high school students for the Archdiocese of New York in the Bronx and later served as Dean of Students and Principal at St. Raymond Academy for Girls.  In addition, she worked at Dominican College from 1972-1987 as Director of Public Relations and Director of Development.  Sr. Michaela earned a B.S. in Education from Dominican College in 1968 and an M.S. in Education (Administration) from Fordham University in 1973. 

Two highly-respected trustees who are stepping down from the board – James E. Hennessy and Anthony Montalbano, Esq. – were approved as Trustee Emeriti at the October Board Retreat. 



The College Welcomes New Trustees

The Board of Trustees of Dominican College is pleased to announce the appointment of three new members. They are: Dr. Bernadette M. Kappen, ‘70, Executive Director of The New York Institute for Special Education; Mr. Michael C. Perry, Executive Director of The Investment Casting Institute; and Dr. Erinmarie Sullivan, ‘94, Director of the Hospitalist Group at Lenox Hill Hospital.

Bernadette Kappen, Ph.D., holds a Doctorate in Special Education Administration from Gallaudet University, a Master’s degree in Special Education with a specialization in teaching students who are deaf/blind from Boston College, and a Bachelor’s degree in English/Elementary Education from Dominican College.
Michael Perry holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from William Paterson College and an Associate’s degree in Accounting and Economics from Bergen Community College.

Erinmarie Sullivan, MD, FACP, holds an MD from Saint George’s University, an MBA/Physician Executive degree from University of Tennessee, a Master’s degree in Developmental Psychology from Teachers College of Columbia University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Dominican College.

Dominican College President, Sr. Mary Eileen O’Brien, O.P. praised the new members, as well as the entire board. “We are truly excited to welcome these new trustees. Our board members comprise a dynamic group of effective and visionary leaders, and we are blessed by their ongoing support and encouragement.” said O’Brien.