When you meet Vilma Bordonaro, chances are she’ll have a smile on her face. “I smile all the time because I love what I do,” she says. “I don’t have very many bad days; I laugh it off and move on.”
Being chief of staff at New York Medical College gives her plenty of reasons to stay excited. Bordonaro oversees the operations of the office of the chancellor/CEO, as well as personnel actions, senior-leadership recruitments, and compliance for the college’s $126 million annual budget, plus supervision of the college dining services, annual commencement exercises. She is also liasion staff support of the college’s Board of Trustees and Senior Leadership Committee.
In addition to fostering increased gender and racial diversity on the college’s Board of Trustees via key recruitments, Vilma has conducted two successful searches for new deans, kept NYMC’s budget in the black, and even opened the college’s new coffee shop.
It’s been an exciting journey for the Yonkers resident, who started her career in healthcare as a plastic surgery resident coordinator at Mt. Sinai Medical Center 16 years ago, after which, she came to New York Medical College and worked her way up through the ranks, culminating in her current role, which she took on in 2016.
Bordonaro’s secret to juggling so many different responsibilities comes in the form of building great relationships. “I have a magnificent team at the college who support me endlessly,” she says.