Our Team

Meet Our Experts

Mike O’Donnell

Mike O’Donnell

President and C.E.O.

Mike is originally from Flatbush, Brooklyn, and has a lifelong relationship with safety and service. His father and three older brothers were NYC firefighters, and his fourth brother is a Sergeant with the NYPD. Instead of joining the FDNY or NYPD, Mike chose to serve our great country in the U.S. Navy. Mike graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy (Annapolis, MD) and served as a carrier-based Naval Flight Officer with multiple combat deployments and later served as a senior military instructor at the Naval Academy. After resigning his commission to pursue teaching, Mike taught at St. John’s University, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The Fashion Institute of Technology (F.I.T.), and Nassau Community College before founding New York Safety and Training in June of 2014. Mike is an OSHA authorized outreach trainer in the Construction and General Industries and brings his lifelong passion for education and service to the development and administration of all of NYST’s safety training. Mike lives in Rockaway Beach, NY, where he enjoys running on the boardwalk and walking his three dogs on the beach.

Joseph O’Donnell

Joseph O’Donnell

Vice President

Joseph has a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Health and Safety and has spent his entire adult life as a safety professional.  Joseph is a retired New York City firefighter, where he was assigned to Special Operations, worked as a rescue technician, and taught at the Fire Department Training Academy.  Joseph also served our country for 22 years as a Naval reservist as a SeaBee (Construction Battalion).  After the fire department, Joe continued in the safety field as a safety engineer on the East Side Access Transportation project and on the Madison Square Garden Transformation, as well as other major NYC projects.  Additionally, He has provided safety training to U.S. military and consultants in Iraq, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia. Joseph is a married father of four living in Massapequa, NY. 

Sharon O’Donnell

Sharon O’Donnell

Chief Operations Officer

Before joining NYST, Sharon was the Executive Assistant to Executive Counsel and General Counsel for the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) for 20 years.  At MLBPA, Sharon organized international and domestic special events and travel, oversaw renovations at MLB stadiums, traveled to Florida and Japan to support players during training and all-star games, and managed MLBPA intern hiring and supervision.  Prior to working for the Players Association, Sharon was the assistant manager at the Harbor Light Restaurant for 8 years and a flight attendant for several years.  Sharon now puts her decades of organizational, operational, management, and customer care experience to work in service of NYST’s instructors, students, and clients.  Sharon is originally from Brooklyn, NY and now lives in Massapequa, NY with her family.

Alejandro Alvares

Alejandro Alvares

Instructor

Alejandro is a minority owner of a social enterprise, Envirolution One, which provides energy efficiency training and connects participants to the industry, and he also manages a DOL-funded construction training program for Youth Action YouthBuild in East Harlem for young adults ages 17-24 who are pursuing their high school equivalency diploma.. Prior to Envirolution and YouthBuild, Alejandro joined Americorps as a first-grade teacher assistant at Jefferson Elementary School in New Rochelle and then was a Journeyman Journeyman in Local 157 Carpenters Union in New York City for five years. Alejandro is an OSHA authorized outreach trainer for Construction, and he also delivers Green Construction skills training and NCCER Certifications. Alejandro was born in Port Chester, NY and now lives in New Rochelle.

Ana Lucas

Ana Lucas

Instructor

Ana has nearly 25 years of experience in the construction industry, with a focus on electrical contracting.  In 2004, Ana was one of the founders of Starlite Electric, which specializes in Commercial and Industrial Electrical Contracting.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Education from Rutgers University and a Master’s Degree in Administration from Nova University.  Ana is an OSHA authorized outreach trainer in the Construction industry and teaches most of NYST’s Brooklyn Spanish weekend classes.  Ana is originally from Spain and lives in Howell, NJ with her husband and two children.

 

Balfour Albacarys

Balfour Albacarys

Instructor

Balfour “Rico” Albacarys was born in Colombia and emigrated to the United States when he was four years old and speaks fluent Spanish.  Rico served in the United States Armed Forces for 24 years, 13 years with the U.S. Army and 11 years with the U.S. Navy.  In the Navy, Rico was a SeaBee (Construction Battalion) and served as his Battalion’s Safety Petty Officer and mishap investigator.  Rico is now a Uniformed Park Officer for New York City Parks and Recreation and is the Parks Department’s lead trainer for the borough of Queens.  He has an Associate Degree in Communication from the Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC).  Rico is an OSHA authorized outreach trainer in the Construction and General Industries and teaches most of NYST’s Bronx Spanish classes.  Rico lives with his wife and three children in Jackson Heights, Queens.

Brian Bowers

Brian Bowers

Instructor

Brian Bowers spent seven years as a union plumber with Local 9 and then six years as a union laborer with Local 79. Brian is a military veteran and served four years with the U.S. Army as a 31 uniform Signals Support. Brian is an OSHA authorized outreach trainer in the Construction industry and regularly teaches Brooklyn and onsite safety classes for NYST. Brian grew up in Hells Kitchen, NYC and now lives in Bayonne, NJ with his wife and three children.

Brian Schroeder

Brian Schroeder

Instructor

Brian has spent six years working in construction health and safety. In 2011 he started with New Jersey’s largest electrical utility company (PSE&G) as a site safety professional. Brian now works as a Field Safety Professional for a union electrical contractor in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Before his career led him to construction health and safety, driven by the 9/11/2001 terrorist attacks, Brian joined the United States Army. He served two overseas tours in the Global War on Terror. Brian now lives in Cherry Hill, New Jersey with his wife and 6 children.

Diane Kelly

Diane Kelly

Instructor

Diane has over twenty years of experience as an educator for NYC Department of Education at schools in Brooklyn and East Harlem. Diane teaches Chemistry, Earth Science, and Spanish to General Education and Special Education students. Diane is an OSHA authorized outreach trainer for Construction and General Industry. Diane speaks fluent Spanish and teaches both English and Spanish classes for NYST; as a professional educator, she has provided essential contributions to NYST curriculum development. Diane grew up in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn and now lives in Nanuet with her husband and their four sons.

Ed Opfer

Ed Opfer

Instructor

Ed has over 30 years of experience in Safety and Emergency Preparedness, both as a responder and a trainer.  Ed served the city of New York for 21 years as an NYC firefighter.  During his tenure in the FDNY, Ed responded and assisted with the search and rescue effort during the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks and with the response and recovery phase in the months that followed.  Ed currently manages the Americas Region for an international financial banking firm as Vice President of Health & Safety.  Ed has a Master of Science in Emergency Management from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and is an OSHA Authorized Trainer for General Industry and the Construction Industry.  Ed is a native New Yorker who grew up in Manhattan and continues to work in Manhattan.

Jack LaMantia

Jack LaMantia

Instructor

Jack has managed Safety and Health programs as a director for over 30 years and has been in construction for over 44 years. He is a Certified Safety Professional with a Master’s Degree in Environmental Occupational and Health Sciences. Jack became the Director of Health and Safety for Brooklyn Union Gas and retired after 30 years of service. Jack then held a position for 10 years as a Project Director managing an environmental health and safety auditing consultant’s contract for a major New York City Public Agency and then served for 4 years as the NY Metro region Director of Environmental Health and Safety for a global construction company. Jack is an OSHA authorized outreach trainer for the Construction industry and holds a certification as an Associate in Risk Management. Jack was born in East Flatbush and now resides in Staten Island with his family.

Jim Krebs

Jim Krebs

Instructor

Jim is an OSHA authorized outreach trainer in General Industry and Construction. In addition to teaching for New York Safety and Training, Jim is currently employed as an Equity Trader at Pzena Investment Management, where he has run the Trading Desk for the last 20 years. Prior to that, he was a Trader and Operations assistant at Brown Brothers Harriman. Jim attended Boston College as an undergraduate, and received his MBA from Fordham. He grew up in Queens and now resides in Westchester.

Joe Livoti

Joe Livoti

Instructor

Joe has nearly 25 years of experience in the construction industry, with more than half of that time in supervisory and management positions at major construction sites.  Joe worked his way up from starting as a roofing laborer in 1993 to opening his own company in 2001.  Joe employs over 250 people daily and is on construction sites throughout New York City 50 – 60 hours per week.  Joe is an OSHA authorized outreach trainer in the Construction industry and teaches all of NYST’s Queens classes every weekend.  Also, Joe speaks fluent Spanish and often teaches Spanish classes for NYST.  Joe’s parents emigrated from Reggio, Calabria in Italy; Joe grew up on Long Island, NY and now lives in Astoria, Queens with his fiancé.

 

Ammishaddai "Liv" Ben-Levi

Ammishaddai "Liv" Ben-Levi

Instructor

Liv leads a double life, working as an I.T. consultant and working in the construction industry. His love of safety came from his grandfather who was a carpenter by trade and consistently pushed safety on any job. He worked with his grandfather’s company for a few years, learning the trade, and volunteered services at various community buildings in Brooklyn. Liv is an OSHA authorized trainer for Construction and currently lives in Queens with family. 

Lloyd Hunsdorfer

Lloyd Hunsdorfer

Instructor

Lloyd is a retired New York City Licensed Master Plumber who owned and operated his own successful plumbing company for over 35 years, serving the five boroughs of New York City.
Lloyd is now the nationwide safety and plumbing instructor for Roto Rooter.
Prior to his plumbing career Lloyd served in the U.S. Navy for eight years at the Naval Amphibious Force stationed in Norfolk, Virginia where he achieved the rank of “Chief Hull Technician” for four years followed by two years of reserve duty. Lloyd is an OHSA authorized outreach trainer for Construction and General Industry. Lloyd was born in Cleveland, Ohio and lives on Staten Island with his wife, with whom he has 3 children and 8 grandchildren.

Phil Chodroff

Phil Chodroff

Instructor

Phil has 35 years of experience in the construction industry and has always prioritized safety in his various projects. Phil began as a carpenter but also has experience in the solar, granite and stone fabrication, metal working, and high-end furniture industries. Phil has been contracted for work at many of the nation’s most prestigious universities, schools. libraries, and private companies. Phil is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) and an OSHA authorized outreach trainer in Construction and General Industry. Even after training thousands of students, Phil still considers himself a student and is pursuing a Masters Degree in Occupational Health and Safety.

Sharlene Lawrence

Sharlene Lawrence

Instructor

Sharlene is a carpenter by trade, out of Union Local 157, with a family history in the industry. Her grandfather was a carpenter from Jamaica and her father was an electrician from Belize. Sharlene has been working with and providing carpentry training to under-privileged youth in Harlem for more than a decade. Sharlene is an OSHA authorized outreach trainer for Construction and General Industry and teaches both with NYST. Sharlene is originally from Belize and lives in Harlem with her husband of 25 years and their three children.

Andrea

Andrea

Administrative Assistant

Andrea provides admin support for the NYST Bronx and Harlem classes. She is fluent in Spanish and is a senior in high school preparing to go away for college.  Andrea lives in Manhattan with her family.

Barbara Nusbaum

Barbara Nusbaum

Office Manager

Barbara is integral to the NYST team as a part time Office Manager for our weekend classes in the Bronx. In addition to her work with NYST, Barbara is a dedicated Hospital Administrator and System Director for the Department of Behavioral Health of a leading health system in NYC. Barbara has extensive experience in regulatory compliance and system operations. Barbara was born and raised in New York City, and she resides with her son in the same Manhattan apartment in which she grew up.

Brendan

Brendan

Administrative Assistant

Brendan provides admin support for the NYST Brooklyn location and often oversees multiple Brooklyn classes. He is skilled with computers and helps keep many files updated and organized. He graduates from Chaminade High School in 2018 and aspires to attend the University of Massachusetts to pursue a career in Veterinary medicine. Brendan has taken six years of Spanish throughout his schooling and loves administering Spanish classes. Brendan is from Nassau County and currently lives there with his family.

Daniel Figueroa

Daniel Figueroa

Senior Admin Assistant

Daniel provides admin support for the NYST Brooklyn Training Center and often oversees multiple Brooklyn classes. He is highly skilled with computers and is integral to NYST recordkeeping and class management.  He graduated from Baruch High School in 2015 and is aspiring to attend college for Information Technology.  Daniel understands basic Spanish and is happy to assist with Spanish classes and students.  Daniel is from Manhattan and lives in the West Village with his family.

Deana

Deana

Administrative Assistant

Deana provides admin support for NYST classes in Brooklyn and the Bronx. Deana is a senior in high school and will continue her education at the College of New Jersey for Engineering Education. Deane lives in New Jersey with her parents and brother.

Fara

Fara

Administrative Assistant

Fara provides administrative support to NYST Bronx classes.  Fara is a senior in high school in Harlem and hopes to become a chef.  She lives in the Bronx with her mother and five siblings.

 

Jackie

Jackie

Administrative Assistant

Jackie provides admin support for NYST Harlem and Bronx classes.  She is a first generation Mexican American and speaks fluent Spanish.  Jackie attends the Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC), majoring in criminal justice.  Jackie lives in Washington Heights with her son Aidan.

Janellie

Janellie

Administrative Assistant

Janellie provides admin support for NYST Queens and Bronx classes.  Janellie recently graduated from Central Park East high school and now attends the SUNY Potsdam, majoring in Mathematics and Education.  Janellie speaks fluent Spanish and lives in Washington Heights with her family.

Karen Carney

Karen Carney

Office Manager

Karen Carney is an integral part of the NYST team as a part-time Office Manager for our Brooklyn Training Center. When not working with NYST, Karen is a preschool teacher in Nassau county. Karen holds a BA degree from Brooklyn College and a MA from Tuoro University. Karen was born and raised in Flatbush, Brooklyn and now lives in Nassau county with her husband and four children.

Maci

Maci

Administrative Assitant

Maci provides administrative assistance at NYST’s Brooklyn Training Center. Maci attends high school in Nassau County, where she studies American Sign Language. Maci lives in Nassau County with her parents and three siblings.

Mairead

Mairead

Administrative Assitant

Mairead provides administrative assistance at NYST’s Brooklyn Training Center. Mairead attends high school in Brooklyn. Mairead lives in Brooklyn with her parents and three siblings.

Rene

Rene

Administrative Assitant

Rene provides administrative assitance at our NYST Brooklyn Training Center on weekends.  She speaks conversational Spanish and oversees Spanish class registration.  Rene is originally from Pennsylvania and now lives in Manhattan.

Siobhan O'Donnell

Siobhan O'Donnell

Social Media and Contact Manager

Siobhan works remotely for NYST doing assorted data entry, class filings, client correspondence, and social media work while pursuing her Masters in Occupational Therapy at Tennessee State University in Nashville. When home in New York, Siobhan serves as an NYST assistant Office Manager at our Bronx location. Siobhan graduated from SUNY Cortland in 2016 with a degree in Exercise Science and a minor in Psychology. Siobhan was born and raised in Nassau County and now lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

Tim Albert

Tim Albert

Office Manager

Tim provides admin support for and oversees NYST Bronx classes. In addition to being an Office Manager for New York Safety and Training, Tim is currently employed as a Merchandising Coordinator at 1-800-Flowers.com INC. Tim attended Southern Connecticut State University and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Health. While attending Southern, he was captain of the Men’s Lacrosse team. Tim currently resides in Lindenhurst, NY.

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