Alumni Chapter: New York Alumni Association - Board Member Biographies

Andrew Impastato is a 2006 graduate of The Weatherhead School of Managment, where he played varsity basketball and was captain of the team his senior year. After school, he moved back to the NYC area and worked as a futures and options broker for a French bank. He has served on the board for the New York Alumni Association since 2007, serves on the board for the Hoboken Police Athletic League, and is the volunteer varsity assistant basketball coach at Hoboken High School. Andrew founded and is the current head coach of the Hoboken Elite AAU basketball program as well as the founder and director of the Hoboken Adult Basketball League. He currently resides in Hoboken, N.J.

Alexander Harik graduated in 2008 from The Weatherhead School of Management. After graduation he worked as a fixed income analyst at BNY Mellon and in 2010 joined Factset Research Systems in sales. Originally he is from Westchester County, N.Y., but lives in the Financial District of Manhattan. Alexander is a member of the Princeton Club (which has an affiliation with CWRU), volunteers with City Harvest, plays tennis and enjoys visiting the different museums in Manhattan.

Grace Bell is a 2010 CWRU graduate originally from Philadelphia, PA. After graduation Grace decided to apply her self-designed degree in healthcare finance as a clinical operations consultant at Huron Consulting Group. After two years of travel, Grace traded in her frequent flier miles to work at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene as an electronic health records implementation specialist. Currently, Grace lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn, and she volunteers at GEMS. In her free time she also enjoys traveling, hiking and kickboxing.

Dara Berger is originally from northern New Jersey and a graduate of Case Western Reserve University, class of 2001. She left Case to pursue graduate school, both at the University of Illinois, where she earned an MPH, and then the University of Pittsburgh, where she earned a PhD in human genetics. She returned to the NYC area in 2009 and is currently working for Montefiore Medical Center. Dara is new to the board for the New York Alumni Association, however has been helping to coordinate the annual Yankees event since 2011. She also serves on the steering committee for the New York Metropolitan Embryology Society.

Valbona Bushi is a graduate of both the undergraduate and Masters accounting program of the Weatherhead School ('08, '09) where she was a sister of Alpha Chi Omega, a resident assistant for 2 years and a Greek Life Assistant. Right after graduation, Valbona moved to NYC to work for PricewaterhouseCoopers as an auditor in their Investment Management practice. She has served on the Weatherhead Alumni Council from 2009-2012, has been on the New York Alumni Association since 2010 and the Case Alumni Association Board since 2012. Hobbies include traveling (especially to Albania where she was born), CrossFit, running in the warmer months, and checking out new places in the city.

Lee Koenigsberg graduated in 1958 from Adelbert College with a degree in accounting. Lee is still active in his professional career, assisting people to meet their long-term financial goals. He grew up on a farm in eastern Connecticut, then moved to Manhattan after graduate school, where he still lives with his wife Patty, a children's book author. They enjoy travelling both to the west coast and to places all over the world. Lee has been an active member of the NYAA Executive Board for 35 years and is an ardent supporter of CWRU.

Larry Apolzon graduated from the School of Law in 1982. After practicing in Chicago, he moved to NYC in 1988 and joined what is now Fross Zelnick Lehrman and Zissu where he counsels clients on a broad spectrum of trademark and design patent matters. He has been a partner since 1992 and has been on the firm's Executive Committee for over 15 years.

Larry is the co-author of From Edison to iPod: Protect Your Ideas and Make Money and has been a featured speaker at a number of conferences and for several organizations. He is also the past president of both the Chicago Alumni Chapter and New York Alumni Association of CWRU and was also president of the Alumni Council of CWRU. Larry lives in Manhattan with his spouse, Jim Stanton. They enjoy weekends in Roxbury, Conn., where they spend a lot of time gardening and participating in a number of local organizations.

Ben Meck is a 2009 CWRU graduate of the Weatherhead School of Management. At CWRU, he was captain of the varsity swim team and president of the University Program Board. He moved to NYC in 2009 and started his own web design and social media consulting company. In 2010, he transitioned to work at Rosetta Marketing in their analytics department to define how companies and brands measure success for digital marketing campaigns. He currently resides in the Kips Bay area of Manhattan. In his spare time, he ditched the goggles for running shoes and enjoys running all distances (even marathons sometimes). He also is a member of the Zeta Psi Regional Alumni board and runs a summer internship organization for undergraduates of the Zeta Psi fraternity.

Amit Nihalani is a 2003 graduate of The Weatherhead School of Management with concentrations in finance and entrepreneurship. After school he worked at Bear Stearns in NYC. In 2008 he started work at the Empire State Development Corporation and is now a senior financial analyst. He was recently elected to the board for the New York Alumni Association and also serves on the junior board for Children’s Hope India Charity and is active with New York Cares. He lives in Murray Hill and enjoys working out.

Rob Becker is a 2001 graduate of The Weatherhead School of Management, where he played varsity basketball. After school he worked for 5 years at Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch in Cleveland. In 2006 he moved to New York to work for Thomson Reuters. He is now an account director at Thomson Reuters covering their strategic accounts for banking. He has served on the board for the New York Alumni Association since 2008 and also serves on the board for Make Music New York and on the Junior Committee for Helen Keller International. He lives in the Lower East Side and travels often.

Sam Unger graduated from the School of Dental Medicine in 1968. After graduation, he received recognition from the International College of Dentists for outstanding achievement during his years of dental study at CWRU. One year after graduation, Sam opened a dental practice in Brooklyn, N.Y. Sam was an attending at Brookdale Hospital Medical Center in the Department of Dental and Oral Surgery and was also involved in dental implants research. Sam also had a part-time faculty appointment at New York University Dental Center. He is a member of Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity. In 2008 he received the Meritorious Service Award, the highest award bestowed upon a member. Sam is also a past president of NYAA. He lives with his wife Isabelle in Jackson, N.J. and retired from dental practice in 2008.

Margaret Raub graduated from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences in 1962. She obtained her ACSW after working at the Fairhill Pyschiatric Hospital in Cleveland. In the mid-seventies, Margaret moved to NYC to work in book publishing. She spent many years as an independent publicist and consultant for both authors and publishers. In addition to serving on the advisory committee of NYAA of CWRU, she is a member of Off-The-Record (Foreign Policy), local community organizations and has served on many committees that raise funds for community outreach. A resident of Manhattan, Margaret enjoys water aeorobics, USTA events, theater and art exhibitions.

Manjari Mimi Datta was born in Calcutta, India, and moved to Cleveland with her family when she was 18 months old. She attended school on Cleveland’s east side and then graduated from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, with a BA in Philosophy. After spending two years in Boston, she moved back to Cleveland to attend law school at Case Western Reserve University. In 1996, Mimi graduated with a joint JD/MBA from the Franklin Thomas Backus Law School and Weatherhead School of Management of Case Western Reserve University. After graduation, she moved to Manhattan to work as an attorney in a law firm.

In 1998, Mimi joined the board of the New York Alumni Association. In 2002, Mimi accepted a position as associate general counsel at Blyth Inc. in Greenwich, Conn. In 2006, she began working at Honeywell International Inc. in Morristown, N.J. She specializes in intellectual property law with a specific focus on all aspects of trademark law including clearance, prosecution and anti-counterfeit enforcement. After 14 years of living on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, Mimi moved to Morris Township, N.J., with her husband and newborn son in 2010. She enjoys traveling, watching and taking part in all kinds of sporting activities and photography. Her dream job would be to serve as a photojournalist or travel photographer for National Geographic.