BY JOE MARVILLI
The Queens Library’s Board of Trustees is slowly filling up.
Both Mayor Bill de Blasio and Borough President Melinda Katz appointed a new member to the board last week, adding two more names to the list of individuals replacing the trustees removed earlier this year. The Mayor selected James Haddad, a litigation attorney, and Katz went with Dr. Lenore Gall, a retired college administrator.
Haddad, a longtime Queens resident, is the third person de Blasio has appointed to the Board, following Jukay Hsu and Martha Baker. The attorney is a principal at the Law Office of James M. Haddad, where he advises and represents clients on insurance matters and commercial litigation. He serves as a fellow for the Center of International Legal Studies and previously was a volunteer with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and New York County Lawyers Association.
A Forest Hills resident, Haddad provides pro bono legal assistance in his neighborhood. He is a member of the Forest Hills Civic Association and the New York Chapter of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. Haddad helped to found the Kidz Care Junior Civic Association and volunteered as a Little League coach with the Forest Hills Youth Athletic Association.
Gall, who hails from East Elmhurst, previously worked as Dean of Students and Academic Services at CUNY’s College of Technology. Gall started at the school, also known as City Tech, in 1994, where she played a key role in creating new baccalaureate degree programs. As Dean of Students and Academic Services, she started a peer mentoring and faculty advisement program to assist students on academic probation.
Gall was also president of the National Association of University Women from 2002 to 2006. With her in charge, the organization backed projects for middle and high school girls that worked to increase their interest in mathematics and science. She also implemented educational programs on HIV/AIDS.
Gall previously served on the Queens Library Board of Trustees for three years, starting in 2005.
“Dr. Gall has extensive experience in higher education and has also made major contributions at the NAUW and at other organizations like the Queens Library, where she has previously served as a Trustee,” Katz said. “Her intelligence, dedication and commitment to the public good are most impressive and will serve the Queens Library and the people of Queens well.”
Gale joins Earl Simmons and Robert Santos on the Board of Trustees, with all three appointed in the last few months by the Borough President.
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