David 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
Erika Iverson (Associate Director of Development) is 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.
Associate Director of Development
Tel: 212.203.4333 ext. 3524
Elida 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.
Director of Communications and Media
Tel: 212.203.4333 ext.3515
Dash Krempel (Student Services Assistant) is the administrator of the SINARC NY Arabic Language program and serves as the representative of LAU’s Student Development and Enrollment Management (SDEM) department at LAU NY. He also works with the Office of Civic Engagement to coordinate the Global Classrooms International Model UN conferences and Global Outreach and Leadership Development (GOLD) conference.
Dash graduated from Syracuse University in May of 2018 and has research and development experience across five continents. He aspires to start his own non-profit organization or be drafted into the NBA, whichever comes first.
Student Services Assistant
Tel: 212.203.4333 ext. 3532
Peter 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.
Assistant Director of Development
Tel: 212.203.4333 ext. 3549
Wendy 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).
Executive Assistant to VPUA
Tel: 212.203.4333 ext. 3518
Marge 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.
Executive Director of Operations
John 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.
Operations Project Manager
Tel: 212.203.4333 ext. 3514
Edward 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.
Director of Alumni and Special Projects
Hasan 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.