Lebanese American University

New York Academic Center


Shannon_headshot.jpgShannon Connelly (Director of Development) oversees major giving, annual giving, and donor relations efforts for LAU in North America.

Shannon has over a decade of experience in fundraising and program development for museums and universities, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Columbia University, and the Museum of the City of New York.

She received her Ph.D. in art history from Rutgers University and her B.A. from New York University. As an independent scholar, she writes on German modernism and teaches museum-based courses in public art.

Shannon Connelly, Ph.D.
Director of Development
Tel: 212.203.4333 ext.3547

Farrah1.jpgFarrah Farley (Operations and Development Associate) supports the Alumni and Special Projects, Communications, Development, Operations and Student Services teams. 

Before joining LAU NY, Farrah worked across the country as a Field Director for Hillary for America, and before that was a Budget and Legislative Analyst, Communications Director, Arabic Translator and Paralegal for the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division.

Farrah received her Master’s in Global Policy Studies with a concentration in Energy, Environment and Technology Policy at The University of Texas at Austin, Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs. Farrah earned her BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. with an Arab Studies Certificate from the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies. She also studied Arabic with SINARC in Beirut. 

Outside of LAU, Farrah teaches Vinyasa yoga and has been practicing since 2003. 

Farrah Farley 
Operations/Development Associate
Tel: 212.203.4333 ext.3510

DG_headshot.jpgDavid R. Grosner (Chief Investment Officer for LAU) manages all facets of LAU’s $500 million endowment, including asset allocation, manager selection, due diligence, liquidity, and risk management. Mr. Grosner joined LAU in the summer of 2009, and currently manages the New York Investment Office.

Prior to joining LAU, he worked for Hewitt Investment Group as principal, senior investment consultant, and co-head of investment manager research. Mr. Grosner has also held positions with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, and RXR Capital Management.

Mr. Grosner has almost 25 years of investment experience beginning his investment career in 1993. Mr. Grosner graduated magna cum laude from Providence College in 1993 earning a Big East Scholar-Athlete Award for Division 1 Varsity Golf. In 2001, he earned an MBA graduating with distinction (top 10% of class) from the NYU Stern School of Business.

At NYU, he was selected as a graduate teaching assistant and Stern Scholar. He earned the CFA and CAIA designations in 2004 and 2011, respectively. Mr. Grosner enjoys golf, running, and travel. He is a lifelong resident of Fairfield, CT. 

David R. Grosner, CFA, CAIA 
Chief Investment Officer 
Tel: 646.255.1331

Erika1.jpgErika Iverson (Associate Director of Developmentis proud to be a grant writer and fundraiser for Lebanese American University. Most recently, she served as the Project Manager for the successful crowdfunding campaign supporting the Courage to Fight Breast Cancer program. She received her B.A. from Williams College and an M.F.A. from Columbia University.

Before LAU, she worked for The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Daryl Roth Theatre, and the Magis Theatre Company.  In addition to her work at LAU she co-produces a storytelling series and podcast called No, YOU Tell It!  

She is a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique and a podcasting nerd. Her solo performance work has been seen at the Cornelia Street Café, Fez, Jimmy’s No 43, and The Alchemical Laboratory Theater. 

Erika Iverson
Associate Director of Development
Tel: 212.203.4333 ext. 3524

Elida_HS.jpgElida Jbeili (Director of Communications and Media) manages the communications channels and tools that increase the presence and promote the image of LAU in North America. Previously, Elida has worked at City College of New York, UNICEF, and Amnesty International.

In her most recent role as a Program Officer for Religions for Peace, her work involved running and setting up communications campaigns for the global youth program that she managed in 5 regions and 93 nations.

Elida received her M.A. in Near & Middle Eastern Studies from The Graduate Center and her B.A. from The City College of New York. Born in Beirut, raised in Sweden, she has now lived in New York City for 15 years. 

Elida Jbeili  
Director of Communications and Media 
Tel: 212.203.4333 ext.3515 

Pete_headshot.jpgPeter Moffett (Assistant Director of Development for Prospect Research) is responsible for supporting overall New York Development Office strategy by seeking potential individual and institutional major gift donors to LAU. Before joining LAU, Peter worked as Membership Manager at Louis Armstrong House Museum in Queens, NY, and before that as Prospect Researcher for his Alma Mater, New England Conservatory.

Peter is a freelance performing musician and music educator outside of LAU. He has been in New York for three years and performs and tours with a number of musical projects. Peter also maintains a robust teaching studio outside of his hours at LAU. He earned his B.M. in Jazz Performance from New England Conservatory in 2010. 

Peter Moffett  
Assistant Director of Development 
Tel: 212.203.4333 ext. 3549

Wendy_headshot.jpgWendy Palmer (Executive Assistant to the Vice President of University Advancement) serves as primary support to the VPUA along with supporting overall Development team efforts. In this role, she also oversees USAID grant administration and has acted as Annual Fund Manager for North America. Her previous experience includes work in politics as a Congressional office staff member, and at Murphy Putnam Media, a Democratic political media firm.

She also served as Research & Policy Associate at a child advocacy non-profit. Wendy is a former English teacher in Palestine and proficient in Arabic with intensive studies in Morocco. She earned her B.A. in Economics from the University of North Texas.

Wendy also makes fun of things and is planning a future podcast, Wendy Makes Fun of Things (credit Peter Moffett). 

Wendy Palmer 
Executive Assistant to VPUA 
Tel: 212.203.4333 ext. 3518

Rico_HS.jpgJohn Parodi (Senior Operations Associate) oversees all IT related projects and is responsible for all computer and multimedia support. He is also responsible for various administrative duties including funds processing and accounts payable. John has over a decade of experience in IT and Tech Support and has been with LAU for 4 years.

On his off time, he keeps tabs on new consumer technology and fast cars, his two passions. 

John Parodi  
Senior Operations Associate 
Tel: 212.203.4333 ext. 3510

 MP_headshot.jpgMarge Pfleiderer (Executive Director of Operations) came to New York after getting a degree in music to work in the theatre as a stage manager, then became a cabinetmaker, a recruiter, an office manager, and finally came to LAU, where she essentially has come full circle: operations and stage managing having much in common. 

Marge Pfleiderer
Executive Director of Operations
Tel: 646.255.1330
Email: mpfleiderer@lau.edu

JohnO_headshot.jpgJohn Onderdonk (Operations Project Manager) is a native New Yorker with a degree in economics. After a career in banking, John stepped away from Wall Street and devoted his time to raising his son as a full-time parent. In his spare time, John applied his financial background as a board member and treasurer of a local non-profit organization and his residential cooperative. When the opportunity presented itself, John decided to get back into the workforce.

Who knew that finance, volunteering, and child-rearing would be just the right training to become an Operations Project Manager; the position he currently holds at LAU New York.     

John Onderdonk  
Operations Project Manager
Tel: 212.203.4333 ext. 3514


Sarah_HS.jpgSarah Shedeed (Student Services Assistant) serves as the representative of LAU’s Student Development and Enrollment Management department at LAU NY. In this capacity, she is the administrator of the SINARC NY Arabic Language program.

Sarah also works with the Office of Civic Engagement to coordinate the Global Classrooms International Model UN conferences as well as the Global Outreach and Leadership Development conference. Prior to joining LAU Sarah taught and served as the Model UN advisor at a high school in New Jersey.

Sarah is currently pursuing an M.A. in International Educational Development at Teachers College, Columbia University and received her B.S. in Diplomacy and International Relations from Seton Hall University.

Sarah Shedeed 
Student Services Assistant 
Tel: 212.203.4333 ext. 3540

ED_HS.jpgEdward Shiner (Director of Alumni and Special Projects) began his service to LAU in October of 2006. This is Ed’s fourth career and he still “doesn’t know what he wants to be when he grows up!” He has a B.S. degree in Music Education with a concentration in piano performance and taught public school, gave private piano lessons and was a professional ballet pianist for over ten years.

Ed has also managed a family candy business and served as the Executive Director of The National Apostolate of Maronites (NAM) for 23 years.

Ed’s love of music has developed into a 26-year active member of the West Village Chorale in New York where he sings tenor and has served on the chorale’s board of directors for 25 years, holding all officer positions at one time or another over those years. All four of his grandparents’ hail from Lebanon. 

Edward Shiner  
Director of Alumni and Special Projects 
Tel: 646.255.1099 

Hasan_headshot.jpgHasan Trosclair (Social Media Consultant) is a hybrid marketer, specializing in public relations and social media, with almost 10 years of experience in the industry.  Hasan’s great passion for media relations led him to optimize his knowledge and become a media consultant. Since 2011 Hasan has helped LAU harness the power of social media in today’s digitally empowered world.

Hasan has done freelance work for small business owners, the sports and entertainment industry, and non-profit organizations. He holds an Associate of Science degree in Digital Media Arts from the Technical Career Institute in New York. 

Hasan Trosclair 
Media Consultant  
Tel: 646.371.7868 



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