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                                                                                              Susan F. Alevas, Esq., President

An engaging management/training consultant and a principled private attorney, Ms. Alevas is licensed to practice law in the states of New York and Florida.  Spanning more than 25 years, her management career includes 15 years of executive leadership in human resources and labor relations in both the private and public sectors in addition to serving as in-house attorney for several private- and public-sector organizations.  Ms. Alevas's leadership was consistently marked by the ethical, creative and cost-effective business solutions she brought to her employers, which she now continues to deliver to her corporate and individual clients.

She has extensive leadership experience in the field of human resources management specializing in the areas of employee/labor relations, budgeting, contract negotiations, conflict resolution, adjudication of employee grievances, recruitment and staffing and HRIS operations (including the design, testing and implementation of a customized company-wide system), performance management, staff development, succession planning and benefits administration.  For more than 17 years, Ms. Alevas served as a public school district administrator, with the majority of her time spent as Director of Human Resources and In-house Counsel to the governing Board for which she also served as the Board's District Clerk.  Additionally, she held appointments as Director of Human Resources/In-house Counsel for Central Suffolk Hospital (now known as Peconic Bay Medical Center) on eastern Long Island and various human resources management positions for New York University and the Economic Opportunity Council of Suffolk, Inc. a county-wide community services agency.  Moreover, Ms. Alevas has delivered numerous in-house and external training sessions in the areas of sexual harassment awareness and prevention; employment and education law issues; workplace ethics; communications; interpersonal skills; conflict resolution; employment-interviewing skills; effective public/media relations and crisis management.

Through the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Ms. Alevas is a trained mediator for disputes involving employment-discrimination claims.  Such claims may be filed under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Civil Rights Act of 1991, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Equal Pay Act of 1963, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) of 1967 and/or the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1987.

An adjunct instructor at Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Ms. Alevas teaches Effective Interviewing; Fundamentals of Human Resources; Ethics in the Workplace, Selection and Staffing and Building and Managing Employee Relations.  For eCornell, the University's online teaching division, she teaches Equal Employment Opportunities Laws, Employment Law and the HR Professional, Legal Issues in the Workplace, Systems and Strategies for Managing Organizational Conflict, Resolving Disputes/Alternative Dispute Resolution, The Selection and Staffing Process, Human Resources Leadership, Aligning HR Strategy with Organizational Strategy and Retirement Benefits.  Further, Ms. Alevas develops related curriculum projects for the University, as well as customizes and delivers training programs for the University's corporate clients.  Also serving on the faculty of the State University of New York at Stony Brook where she teaches School Law for Administrators as a part of the New York State administrative, post-graduate licensing program, Ms. Alevas is an adjunct faculty member at New York University.  She teaches Human Resources Management Leadership and Strategy through the University's School of Continuing and Professional Studies Program and Labor Relations and Employment Law and Conflict Resolution in the University's Master's degree program in Human Resources Management.  Previously, at Dowling College, she taught post-graduate and graduate courses in Education Law and graduate courses in Human Relations and Education Law and Personnel Administration for the College of St. Rose (CITE).  Moreover, Ms. Alevas served as an adjunct faculty member at Briarcliffe College where she designed and taught undergraduate courses in Litigation; Ethics; Business Law; Human Relations; Business Management; Domestic Relations Law and Estates, Trusts and Wills. 

In a private consulting capacity, Ms. Alevas designs and delivers training sessions throughout New York State on sexual harassment awareness and prevention; public and media relations; child abuse prevention and related legal issues for school and corporate personnel, as well as effective interviewing, employee/labor relations and presentation skills.  Additionally, she is an experienced political consultant having served as press secretary in a Congressional campaign, as well as consulting for candidates seeking election to a variety of other federal, state and county offices.  She is the co-author of "Can School Districts and Personnel Be Liable Under State Tort Law for Students Sexually Harassing Other Students?" Catalyst (paper presented at the National Organization of Legal Problems annual conference), "The Ethical Enabler: Empowering Employees to Become Chief Ethics Officers" ( 2005 Susan F. Alevas, Esq., Molloy College Center for Business Ethics Fall 2005 Journal)  and "Business Ethics Shouldn't be an Oxymoron" , "Acronym for Success:  A Back-to-Basics Approach,"  and "Making Good on Positive Employee Relations Pledge",  In 2005, Molloy College's Center for Business Ethics nominated Ms. Alevas for membership on its Business Ethics Advisory Committee, which Ms. Alevas was honored to accept.

While holding a demanding executive-leadership appointment, Ms. Alevas received her Juris Doctoral degree from the Touro School of Law in New York.  She was awarded school-wide honors both for her Moot Court oral argument and Moot Court written brief and earned Dean's List status in addition to receiving academic scholarships from the law school.  Ms. Alevas received her B.A. in Psychology from the State University of New York.

She is committed to a variety of charitable organizations, including the Medford Volunteer Ambulance Company in which she is a charter member of the Board of Directors and for which she served as its first secretary-treasurer while an undergraduate college student.  Most recently, through the New York City Bar Association September 11th Pro Bono Project, Ms. Alevas donated her legal services to the survivors and families of September 11th victims in New York City.  She serves as a volunteer speaker/mentor for the Long Island Works Coalition, which partners business executives with public school students.  Moreover, she was pleased to accept an invitation to join the Long Island Business Network, which is partnering with regional companies to promote disability awareness in the workplace.  Additionally, Ms. Alevas continues to donate her legal services to Election Protection, a non-partisan organization that advocates for the protection of voters' rights throughout the United States.  As a part of this initiative, she served as a volunteer attorney monitoring polling activities in Broward County, Florida during the 2004 Presidential election, and in Palm Beach County, Florida during the 2008 Presidential election.

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