STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Four community leaders have been elected to the board of directors for Staten Island University Hospital (SIUH), it was announced by Ronald J. Mazzucco, chairman of the executive committee, and Anthony C. Ferreri, SIUH president and CEO, during the recent annual meeting of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, of which SIUH belongs.
The newly elected members are: The Rev. Dr. Demetrius S. Carolina Sr.; Dr. Richard Guarasci; Laura D. Lauria, and Dr. Tomas D. Morales.
Dr. Guarasci is president of Wagner College, Grymes Hill. An innovator of academic change, he is credited with the success of Wagner's undergraduate program linking interdisciplinary course clusters to experiential learning and civic engagement, called The Wagner Plan for Practical Liberal Arts.
Initiated in 1998, the Plan has been nationally acclaimed by Time Magazine, US News & World Report, Newsweek, The Chronicle of Higher Education and numerous higher education commissions and organizations.
Under Dr. Guarasci's leadership, Wagner's first comprehensive capital campaign for $50 million was successfully realized, leading to the opening of Foundation Hall in 2010, the first new residence facility to be constructed on Wagner College's 105-acre campus in more than 40 years.
Under his leadership, the college also implemented its Port Richmond Partnership. The program allows students to work with more than 20 neighborhood organizations and institutions in addressing the challenges facing Port Richmond in areas of health care, education and economic development.
Dr. Guarasci received his bachelor's degree from Fordham University, and his master's degree in economics and his doctorate in political science from Indiana University.
The Rev. Carolina is the pastor of First Central Baptist Church and is executive director of the Central Family Life Center, both in Stapleton.
A recognized spiritual leader and advocate for justice and human rights, Rev. Carolina also is an educator whose faculty posts include professor at Strayer University and an adjunct professor at Springfield College.
He is the executive director and a board member of the MBD Housing Corporation in the Bronx.
Rev. Carolina holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership/Management from the University of Phoenix, a master's degree in educational administration leadership from Temple University, a bachelor's degree in social science and an associate degree from Richard Stockton College.
Dr. Morales is the president of College of Staten Island. He has the distinction of being one of the nation's few educators to have held senior positions at the three largest public university systems: California State University, State University of New York and the City University of New York.
Dr. Morales serves on the Board of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, is co-chair of the National Task Force on College Readiness, serves on the Executive Committee of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities, and the Commission on Racial and Ethnic Equity of the Council on Education, among others.
He was appointed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg to the New York City Panel for Educational Policy.
Dr. Morales holds a bachelor's degree in history cum laude from the State University of New York, New Paltz, and earned his master's degree and doctorate in educational administration and policy studies from the State University of New York at Albany.
Mrs. Lauria is the comptroller of Mark Lauria Associates, Inc., where she is responsible for all financial operations, oversees the personal lines department and reviews client renewals.
She has been with the company since 1979. Previously, she worked as a registered nurse and holds a master's degree in public health administration.
While raising her children, Mrs. Lauria held executive PTA positions at her children's schools. When her daughter Jennifer was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, she refocused her efforts and began serving on the board of the Staten Island Chapter of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Mrs. Lauria received her nursing degree from St. Vincent's Nursing School and a bachelor's degree from St. Francis College. She earned a master's degree in public administration with specialization in death and dying from Long Island University.
Re-elected officers to the board were: Richard D. Goldstein, chairman; Ronald J. Mazzucco, chairman of the Executive Committee; Frank Besignano, vice chairman; John Alexander; treasurer, Arthur Fried, secretary; and Keith C. Thompson, assistant secretary.