SCHOLARSHIP FUND TRUSTEES BIOS
Isabella Bertoletti, President
Isabella Bertoletti is a Professor and Chairperson of the Modern Languages and Cultures Department at FIT. She was educated in Italy and at the Graduate Center in NY, where she completed a PhD in Comparative Literature. Her publications include scholarly essays on Medieval literature, film, psychoanalysis, the history of the Italian language and Italian feminism. She has translated works by the Italian political philosophers Paolo Virno, Antonio Negri and Christian Marazzi into English (MIT Press) and is a member of International Pen. She is VP for Faculty for the UCE of FIT, Trustee of the UCE of FIT Welfare Fund and has served the UCE on a variety of committees including Executive, Nomination and Election and Grievance and as a delegate to conferences.
Eric Ramirez, Executive Vice President
Eric Ramirez is an Associate Professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology SUNY in the Textile/ Surface Design Department where he has worked since 1988. He is also an alumnus of FIT where he holds an AAS and BFA degree. As a faculty member he remains active in several college wide and department committees. He has served as the Assistant Chairperson of the TD/SD for six years and chairperson for three years. With the United College Employees of the Fashion Institute of Technology he has served as secretary and in the spring of 2008 he has been appointed as second VP for faculty. He continues to do design work to remain current in the textile and related areas, as well as pursuing his fine art work. For the past ten years he has taught a study abroad course taking students to Europe, introducing them to a global perspective.
Shawn Grain Carter, Secretary
Shawn Grain Carter is an Associate Professor. Her career began as an Executive at Bloomingdale’s. In 1986 she launched Bergdorf Goodman’s Home Furnishings Division “The Home on Seven.” Years later she joined Ann Taylor Stores as a Buyer of Dresses, Sportswear, and Accessories until 1991 when she gave birth. Subsequently, she became Merchandising Director at a European luxury brand MCM. Her responsibilities included marketing for Canada, the United States and Japan. In 1997, Macy’s lured her with a promise to launch their website Macy’s.Com. Her responsibilities included Designer Sportswear such as Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren. Professor Carter was selected as a Visiting Scholar and Lecturer at the University of Huddersfield, England in 2004. Ms. Carter received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia. She serves on the Board of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. and received the Jack and Jill of America “Distinguished Mother of the Year Award.”
Paul C. Clement, VP of Finance/Treasurer
Paul C. Clement is a Professor of Economics and Chair of the Department of Social Sciences at FIT, State University of New York (SUNY). He holds a Ph.D. in Politics from The New School University, A Master of Arts (MA) degree in Politics from The New School University, a Master of Arts (MA Honors) degree in Economics from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York (CUNY), and a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Accounting from Brooklyn College, CUNY. His interests are in the areas of International Political Economy and Comparative Politics. His current research focuses on the politics of regional integration in the developing world (Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa). He is the Treasurer of the UCE of FIT, Chair of the UCE of FIT Sub-Committee on Diversity, Trustee and General Secretary of of the UCE of FIT Welfare Fund as well as Trustee and V.P. of Finance for the UCE of FIT Scholarship Fund.
Loretta Volpe, VP of Communications
Loretta Volpe has been a special events and public relations Professor at the State University of New York for over 20 years. She has been involved with several high profile events including, the New York Organ Donor Network, YAI, the Pier Hotel, Celebrity Golf and both the Liberty and Nets basket ball teams. Overall, she deals with sports and entertainment marketing. As a Professor, Loretta understands the value of market research, analyzing the latest trends and evaluating an ever-changing marketplace, while ensuring the most efficient deployment of her client's budget to achieve their corporate marketing and advertising goals. Loretta is currently the Chairperson of D&IM at FIT. Loretta is also an award-winning advertising executive with 25 years of marketing experience. Loretta is currently the owner of GMLV, an integrated marketing agency based out of New Jersey. Current clients include, Chubb Insurance, Barnes & Noble, ASCAP, Jordache, Zensky Electric and Route 23 Honda.
Amy Zaborowski-Smith, VP of Trust Administration
Amy Zaborowski-Smith is the Administrative Coordinator in the Modern Languages and Cultures Department and has been at FIT since 2007. Prior to joining the Department, she was the Administrative Coordinator in the Film, Media, and Performing Arts Department. A founding member of the Annual International Dance and Music Festival in 2010, Amy is a former member of the UCE Executive Committee and the FIT Diversity Council. She is the Secretary for the UCE, Co-Chair for the UCE Women's Committee and a member of the statewide New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) Women's Committee. In addition, Amy has served many years as a delegate for the New York Central Labor Council as well as a delegate to the Representative Assemblies for NYSUT, American Federation of Teachers and the United Federation of Teachers. Some of her activities include UCE Coordinator of the Labor Day Parade and raising money for the American Cancer Society's Making Strides annual event. She received her Bachelor's Degree from Manhattan College.