Choate House on the Pace Pleasantville campus

Benefits Advisory

Established to advise Pace University administration on the ongoing review and update of the University's benefits programs, fringe and retirement plan benefits for all active employees, and retired and long-term disabled individuals. The Committee's role is to bring forth and address employees and University benefit issues and needs by actively participating in the advice of solutions and resulting recommendations. The Committee is the representative body by which faculty, staff and administrators participate in the development of changes to the University's benefit programs. The Committee is an important communication vehicle for our community. The Committee is challenged to view benefits as part of the University's total compensation program and in guiding the evaluation of the benefits programs to make sure they are competitive in the academic marketplace are financially effective and meet the majority needs of our employees.

The Benefits Advisory Committee currently chaired by the Vice President for Human Resources meets at least four times during the academic year. At times, its work is accomplished through a subcommittee structure, smaller groups made up of representatives from the larger Committee, which are charged to research, investigate, and make formal reports/recommendations to the full Benefits Advisory Committee.

The Benefits Advisory Committee's membership is drawn from the various faculty and staff constituencies as follows:

Faculty Council
New York: 5 members
Westchester: 5 members
Law School: 1 member

Administrative/Staff Council
New York: 3 members
Pleasantville: 3 members

The Vice President for Human Resources will also supplement committee membership to ensure a demographically and organizationally diverse Committee, with up to seven members. In addition, incumbents holding the following positions are standing members of the Committee:

  • Provost
  • Vice President for Human Resources
  • Vice President for Finance
  • Associate Director, Human Resources

The authority of the Benefits Advisory Committee is limited to providing advice to the Vice President for Human Resources and, ultimately, to the President of Pace University on major issues and initiatives in the area of benefits.

The Benefits Advisory Committee also serves the function of being the University’s wellness committee. The goal of the committee will be to promote the health and wellness of participants through education and initiatives that encourage habits of wellness, increase awareness of factors and resources contributing to well-being, inspire and empower individuals to take responsibility for their own health, and support a sense of community.

The committee may develop and recommend for implementation any features of the program that are consistent with the concept of wellness, do not discriminate against any individual and/or group, and are legally compliant.

Current Members

New York Faculty Council Representatives

  • Eddis Miller, III - Dyson
  • Aron Gottesman - Lubin
  • Esma Paljevic - College of Health Professions
  • Kaustav Sen - Lubin
  • Charles Tang - Lubin

Alternates: (Alternate members can't serve as the chair):

  • Iuliana Ismailescu - Lubin
  • Matthew Bolton - Dyson

Westchester Faculty Council Representatives

  • Shelia Chiffriller - Dyson
  • Paul Griffin - Dyson
  • Mohsen Shiri-Garakani - Dyson


  • Joseph Franco - Dyson
  • Patrick McGuigan - Lubin

School of Law Representative

  • Emily Waldman

New York Staff Council Representatives

  • Janet Kirtman - Office of the Registrar
  • Marc Potolsky - Development & Alumni Relations
  • Mary Stambaugh - Dyson

Westchester Staff Council Representatives

  • Brian Anderson - Emergency Management
  • Danielle Catalano-Taylor - Enrollment Management
  • Amanda Scully - Campus Planning and Facilities

Appointed Member

  • Theresa Prestopino – Dean’s Office - Law School


  • Nila Bhaumik - Vice President for Human Resources
  • Joe Capparelli - Vice President for Finance/Controller and Chief Compliance Officer
  • Tammy Frary - Associate Director, HR Compliance and Reporting, Human Resources
  • Cathy Pagano - AVP, Academic Finance, Provost/EVP Academic Affairs