Finance & Administration

We provide finance, information technology, and human resources services for Facilities Management and Campus Services, as well as CUMC parking communications and billing.

  • Michael Choolfaian

    Executive Director, Finance and Administration

    • 212-305-1358
    Michael Choolfaian
  • Michelle Colindres

    Finance Administrative Assistant, Finance and Administration

    • 212-304-7281

    As a financial and administrative assistant, Michelle Colindres processes procurement transactions, including inputting requisitions for purchase orders, submitting invoices to Accounts Payable for payment, and reviewing and uploading supporting documentation. She also addresses vendor inquiries and assists with parking transactions and tracking information used for specific financial reporting.

    Michelle has been with Columbia University Medical Center for more than 12 years. Previously, she worked as a legal assistant and office manager in retail and educational institutions.

    Office Address

    William Black Building
    650 W. 168th St., BB-17
    New York, NY 10032

    Certifications

    • Notary
  • Mary Ann Egel-Guida

    Director of Finance and Business Processes, Finance and Administration

    • 212-342-4423

    Mary Ann Egel-Guida is a senior financial executive with more than 20 years of diverse experience across many areas of accounting, finance, operations, and information systems. Since joining Columbia University Medical Center in 2014, she has been primarily responsible for the review and approval of all Facilities Management and Campus Services invoices as well as policy development and compliance. She has also been involved in varying aspects of Finance and Administration, along with cross-functional process improvements and system implementations.

    She is an effective cross-functional communicator with hands-on expertise and a proven ability to develop, drive, and implement both short- and long-term strategies that support business and financial objectives. Her mantra is, "Just because it was done that way before doesn't mean it has to be done that way in the future. Together, let's strive to make our process the best and most efficient one possible."

    Office Address

    William Black Building
    650 W. 168th St., B-07
    New York, NY 10032

    Projects

    • CUMC representative, Supplier Management Steering Committee
    • Project Manager, CUMC Maximo Implementation

    Certifications

    • NYS Certified Public Accountant
    • MBA, Information Systems for Business Managers
    Mary Ann Egel-Guida
  • Christina Garcia

    Procurement and Payable Analyst, Finance and Administration

    • 212-305-0971

    Christina Garcia joined CUMC Facilities Finance and Administration in late 2017 as part of the newly-structured Facilities Management Procurement and Payable team within CUMC Facilities Finance and Administration. This team patners with Facilities departmental staff members who are responsible for facilities- and construction-related procurement. She previously worked in Columbia University’s purchasing division and has extensive experience with procurement at Columbia.

    Christina Garcia
  • Laila Ghahramani-Hands

    Director, Finance and Administration

    • 212-342-2923

    Laila Hands serves as the director of finance and administration for CUMC Facilities Management and Campus Services. In this role, she develops budgets and evaluates financial performance for more than 50 business portfolios while managing forecasts and revisions by closely tracking and monitoring personnel and non-personnel operating expenses.

    Laila also compiles and provides ongoing, periodic, and ad hoc financial reporting to various levels of management within Facilities Management and Campus Services. She reconciles actuals to budgets, including processing ledger entries or revisions to estimates for aligning actuals and budgets. She provides analysis management of all financial activities including campus-wide utilities, which constitute the highest expense for central administrative departments at the medical center. Laila is the main liaison for Controller and Budget offices at the University to determine details of updates to estimates, provide variance analysis, record accruals, and perform monthly, quarterly and fiscal year accounting close.

    Laila has close to 24 years of service at Columbia University. Before her current role, she worked in the CUMC Budget Office and Columbia University’s Office of Internal Audit.

    Office Address

    William Black Building
    650 W. 168th St., BB-17
    New York, NY 10032

  • Wendy Jorge

    Finance Coordinator, Finance and Administration

    • 212-305-0225

    Since 1999, Wendy Jorge has been a devoted and essential employee of Columbia University Medical Center. As finance coordinator, she works closely with Capital Project Management's project managers to ensure that their daily tasks run smoothly. She is the point person for any financial capital concerns.

    Wendy is passionate about her work and regularly demonstrates her devotion to ensuring the department succeeds as a whole. In 2016, the division honored her with a Giraffe Award for going above and beyond her role.

    Office Address

    William Black Building
    650 W. 168th St., BB-19
    New York, NY 10032

    Honors

    • CUMC Facilities Giraffe Award, 2016
  • Arthur Lewis

    Manager of Finance Systems, Finance and Administration

    • 212-342-4588

    Arthur Lewis is responsible for managing, creating, and overseeing various critical interfaces for Finance and Administration. He also manages, administers, and configures multiple applications to support various Facilities Management and Campus Services teams, including Capital Project Management and Engineering/Operations. Arthur also serves as a backup for the Finance and Administration team on multiple financial transactions.

    Office Address

    Tower 1
    60 Haven Ave., B4-424
    New York, NY 10032

  • Jahaira Lopez-Cruz

    Finance Administrative Assistant, Finance and Administration

    • 212-304-7625

    At Columbia University Medical Center, Jahaira Lopez-Cruz performs the day-to-day processing of various financial transactions, including processing and monitoring payments and ensuring that vendors and suppliers are paid within established time limits. She is also responsible for processing and following up on requisitions, purchase orders, and change orders for Capital Project Management.

    Office Address

    William Black Building
    650 W. 168th St., BB-19
    New York, NY 10032

  • Susann Miles

    Finance Coordinator, Finance and Administration

    • 212-305-1088

    Susann Miles is a community development and finance professional with business and creative experience. As a member of the Finance and Administration team since late 2016, she has been working closely with Capital Project Management on grant funds capture.

    Before joining Columbia University Medical Center, Susann's broad experience included serving as a director of special events and communications for the Abyssinian Development Corporation, where she was responsible for planning and executing their major fundraising event. As controller for the organization, she oversaw the operations of the finance department and programmatic and government contracts. She also designed mission critical budgetary formats and operational procedures, and spearheaded a long-term Housing and Urban Development grant to support case management.

    Susann has also served as the vice president of administration at an urban fashion technology firm; senior financial analyst for the YWCA of the City of New York; and chief financial officer working to establish a 501(c)(3) crisis-intervention organization in East Harlem. She served on the Empowerment Zone application process and the pre-conference activities for the White House Conference on Aging.

    Office Address

    William Black Building
    650 W. 168th St., B-06
    New York, NY 10032

    Susann Miles
  • Carmen Nava

    Finance and Administration Analyst, Finance and Administration

    • 212-305-2589

    As a finance and administration analyst, Carmen Nava assists with processing transactions in Columbia University Medical Center's financial, human resources, and payroll systems. She compiles reports and prepares reconciliations, processes data, prepares accruals files, reviews results, and processes corrective entries. Carmen is responsible for analyzing a large volume of data, budget tracking, audit research and investigation, and financial reporting. She tracks multiple types of expenses, reviews and processes utility payments, and processes vouchers. She maintains and updates multiple backup files on a daily basis.

    Before joining Columbia University, Carmen worked in the real estate and property management industry. There she performed as a senior accountant and an accountant/analyst for internal audits, accounts payable, and accounts receivable.

    Office Address

    William Black Building
    650 W. 168th St., Room B-19
    New York, NY 10032

  • Angelic Pla

    Manager of Human Resources, Finance and Administration

    • 212-305-5803

    Angelic Pla joined CUMC Facilities Finance and Administration in early 2017 as manager of Human Resources. 

    Serving the teams under CUMC Facilities Management and Campus Services, Angelic is the point person for all human resources matters handled at the department level (excluding the Augustus C. Long Health Sciences Library and Student Health Service), including new job postings, hiring, leave management, and payroll processing and inquiries.

    She previously worked for Columbia University’s central Human Resources office, where she focused on worker’s compensation, disability, and other leave management cases.

    Office Address

    William Black Building
    650 W. 168th St., BB-06
    New York, NY 10032

    Angelic Pla
  • Janet Salinas-Vasquez

    Administrative Coordinator, Finance and Administration

    • 212-305-1766

    As an administrative coordinator for Finance and Administration, Janet Salinas-Vasquez ensures that daily finance activities run smoothly. She processes requisitions, purchase orders, and invoices within the Engineering, Custodial, Compliance, and Parking departments of Columbia University Medical Center's Facilities Management and Campus Services. She also oversees CUMC Parking, which includes managing the parking database, inputting applications, processing monthly payroll deductions for employees, and making sure customer accounts are up to date. She played a crucial role in assisting the department's transition to the new Maximo work order system.

    A dedicated and valued team member at CUMC since 2000, Janet is known for wearing many hats and serving as the go-to person for her colleagues. In 2016, the division honored her efforts with a Giraffe Award, for going above and beyond.

    Office Address

    William Black Building
    650 W. 168th St., B-17
    New York, NY 10032

    Honors and Certifications

    • CUMC Facilities Giraffe Award, 2016
    • Notary
  • Daisy Wen

    Reporting and Analytics Coordinator, Finance and Administration

    • 212-305-1268

    As the reporting and analytics coordinator, Daisy Wen is responsible for collecting data from various University and departmental systems in order to develop and generate management and operating reports for the department. She also helps in the maintenance, enhancement, and end user training/support for all CUMC Facilities Management systems. Previously, Daisy has held positions at nonprofit organizations, media companies, and her university’s athletics department.

    Office Address

    William Black Building
    650 W. 168th St., B-19
    New York, NY 10032