Queens Borough President Melinda Katz installs Queens Council on the Arts' new Board Members

Clubs and Organizations

February 12, 2014


On February 5th in Astoria, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz installed Victoria Schneps, President and Chief Executive Officer, Schneps Communications, Armando Soto, Business Development Associate, Yenni Capital, Inc. and Maria Odysseos, Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager, Investors Bank to the Queens Council on the Arts board of trustees.

As founder in 1985 of Schneps Communications, Victoria Schneps is Publisher/CEO of groups of weekly community newspapers, websites, events, and social media in Queens and Brooklyn; including the Queens Courier, Brooklyn Home Reporter and Brooklyn Spectator Magazine. Schneps Communications also publishes El Correo de Queens, and monthly publications including Queens Business, the Long Island City Courier, North Shore Towers Courier, LeHavre Courier, Aspire and Boro Magazine. Ms. Schneps is the recipient of numerous awards for her dedicated community service. She serves on the boards of the Queens Museum of Art, Life's WORC, South Boys and Girls Club, Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning and Flushing Bank.

Armando Soto currently works at Yenni Capital, Inc a private equity fund, partnering with US companies and helping them grow. Prior to Yenni, He worked at WHC Capital, LLC. a small cap hedge fund. Armando held positions as an investment banker at Halcyon a boutique investment bank providing financial advice to US middle market companies, as an institutional sales associate at ICM Capital Markets, Armando started his finance career with Merrill Lynch. Armando sits on the board of directors of Ingenicard America, Inc., a privately held cash management company. He also serves on the board of advisers of private and public companies. Armando received his engineering degree from Ocean Tech School. He is fluent in Spanish. In his free time he enjoys helping people follow their passion and dreams. He also enjoys deep sea fishing, cooking, and reading.

Maria Odysseos has a 25 year career in banking. She started with Independence Community Bank, which soon became Sovereign/Santander Bank, and for the past 9 months has been with Investors Bank. Her focus has been the Queens banking market and specializing with the Astoria market for the past 15 years. She is a member of the Queens Chamber of Commerce and the Long Island City Partnership. Ms. Odysseos participates in the Relay for Life for Breast Cancer Society and JDRF Walk to the Cure Diabetes. She holds a degree in business management from St. John's University. She is married to real estate broker Odysseas Odysseos and has two sons, Chris and Andreas.

The Borough President was joined by the full board including returning trustees: QCA Board of Trustees President Barbara Pryor, Esq.; Board Secretary Juvenal Reis, President of Reis Studios; Board Treasurer Stephen Martin, VP of Commercial Lending, TD Bank; Catherine Lee, Senior Director at F&T Group; Hal Rosenbluth, President of Kaufman Astoria Studios, Inc. and Gianna Cerbone-Teoli, Chef and owner of Manducatis Rustica in Long Island City, who was recently inducted in October 2013.

The role of the QCA Board is to provide leadership, collective dedication, expertise and creative energy that will enable QCA to remain a national model for exemplary practices and to continue to remain on the cutting edge of innovation and inspired service to artists.

Queens Council on the Arts is the borough-wide arts council of Queens. The mission of Queens Council on the Arts is to foster, and develop the arts in Queens County and to support individual artists and arts organizations in presenting their cultural diversity for the benefit of the community. To learn more visit: www.queenscouncilarts.org/

Pictured from left: Victoria Schneps, President and Chief Executive Officer, Schneps Communications; Maria Odysseos, Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager, Investors Bank; Catherine Lee, Senior Director at F&T Group; Board Secretary Juvenal Reis, President of Reis Studios; Armando Soto, Business Development Associate, Yenni Capital, Inc.; Queens Borough President Melinda Katz; QCA Board of Trustees President Barbara Pryor, Esq.; QCA Executive Director Hoong Yee Lee Krakauer; Gianna Cerbone-Teoli, Chef and owner of Manducatis Rustica; and Board Treasurer Stephen Martin, VP of Commercial Lending, TD Bank.

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