Arthur Luger is SLA’s CFO. While it is true he got his job through nepotism, there have been no regrets about hiring him.
After obtaining a Ph.D. In Physics, Art worked for many years as a consultant on Wall Street, specializing in Risk Management. In 2007, he thought it might be a good time to retire and take it easy. His wife (Executive Director Susan Luger) had a better idea. In need of a business manager for SLA, Susan realized she knew the perfect candidate. And the rest is history.
Art is an essential member of the SLA Team. With his skills in project management, he has done a masterful job of organizing the business side of SLA. He and his business office team keep everything humming on the third floor so the advocates on the second floor can better serve our clients.
Randall is our new Business Manager, reporting to Art.
Randall comes to us with an extensive resume in Finance, Business Analysis, and Project Management from JP Morgan Chase and other well-known firms. He has an MBA from Case Western Reserve University and is a CPA.
Randall looks forward to continuing SLA’s tradition of excellent customer service and strong internal controls.
Kate Vasquez is an important member of the Settlements Team. As the mother of twin boys, she understands the school process very well. Kate has a background in the medical field with strength in the patient relations department.
Since joining SLA’s Settlement Team, she has developed many ways to make the process more efficient, ensuring that parents receive their payments as soon as possible. Additionally, Kate speaks fluent Spanish.
Anny joined the SLA family in 2014 and is currently an Administrator for the Advocacy team. She is responsible for scheduling parent advocates to accompany clients to CSE Reviews and school site visits as well as managing other administrative and clerical tasks. She has a M.S.ed in Childhood Math and Science from Hunter College and has 10 plus years of teaching experience including teaching students with special needs. She is fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese, therefore, she often acts as a liaison between the SLA team and potential/current Chinese clients.
Annie DeLeon is a certified paralegal with years of experience in special education and dealing with the NYCDOE. Annie works with both the Business Office Team and the Settlement Team. Annie holds a certificate as a Paralegal and an Associates Degree in Human Services. With Annie’s help, we have improved the efficiency of our hearing and settlement processes. As Annie will gladly tell you, her greatest achievement has been the birth of her beautiful daughter Julia in December 2015.
Louis Chi has been the Impartial Hearing Manager at SLA since 2009. In addition to serving as Impartial Hearing Coordinator, Louis is now actively assisting Art with tasks relating to client reimbursements. Louis is fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese.
Bonnie returns to SLA after becoming a recent mother to an awesome 3 year old boy. She graduated with an English B.A. from SUNY Buffalo and is a professional people pleaser. She works closely with our Impartial Hearing Manager and provides support to our administration staff as well. When she’s not talking your head off, you can spot her hanging in Queens sipping on bubble tea and stuffing her face with the latest food trend. In that order. Bonnie is fluent in Cantonese and Mandarin.
Ira Kushin has rejoined the Collections and Reimbursement Team. Before joining SLA, Ira worked for several corporations and legal firms as a Legal Records Manager. His skill in managing and collecting records will be very useful in his new role.
Jennie comes from a large family and is very used to being at the hub of activity, which makes her a perfect fit for SLA’s busy office. When she’s not at the Office, you’ll find her either in the park with a good book or pursuing her passion for illustration and graphic design by doing commissioned work for various publications.
While not a native New Yorker, Jennifer has thoroughly enjoyed transitioning from suburban life to the faster pace of the city. She currently lives in Manhattan with her wonderful husband and one timid, but very sweet, cat.
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