Faculty and Staff

Jessica Accurso-Salguero, Ph.D. – Executive Director of Undergraduate Education and Clinical Associate Professor
Jessica Accurso-Salguero

Jessica Accurso-Salguero is an academic leader committed to transforming lives through access to academic excellence. She specializes in the student success landscape, including the transitional period between high school and college. A champion of faculty and students, she brings a wealth of experience in teaching and leading academic success programs, designing curricula, and implementing systems to help students succeed and navigate institutional hurdles.

Jessica holds a Ph.D. in higher education administration, leadership management, and policy from Seton Hall University. She received her M.A. in English and language literacy and higher education from New York University and her B.A. in English and Spanish secondary education from Montclair State University. Over the last 12 years she has taught in the K-12 system, at community colleges, and at four-year universities. She is a published author on several higher education topics and is a national speaker on student success initiatives. At Yeshiva University’s Katz School, she directs all undergraduate programs, including the AS in Management, the AA in Liberal Arts, and YU summer session.

Malka Sigal – Program Manager, Undergraduate Education
Malka Sigal

As program manager for undergraduate education, Malka Sigal supports all undergraduate programs at the school, including the recruitment, retention, academic advising and graduation of undergraduate students. Malka has been at Yeshiva University since 2010, as both a student and an employee. Before joining Katz, she served as the Stanton Fellow in YU’s undergraduate Office of Student Life, where she liaised between and university departments to facilitate student events.

Malka obtained her BA in physics and Jewish studies from Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women. She obtained her MSW and is currently pursuing her PhD at Yeshiva University’s Wurzweiler School of Social Work. Malka has experience in theater production, video editing, and layout design. Her best obsolete skill is DVD authoring.

Robert Allen, D.B.A. – Instructor
Robert Allen

Dr. Allen is a seasoned academic and business professional with over 20 years’ experience in business development, marketing, technology management, corporate training, and college instruction. His areas of expertise include marketing, business management, personal finance, computer technology, audio production and engineering, MS Office applications, and qualitative research. His current research interests include strategies for integrating and sustaining disruptive innovations in small businesses; transitional dilemmas of adopting distance learning in traditional colleges; and leveraging IT resources to gain competitive advantages.

Dr. Allen holds a Doctorate in Business Administration with a concentration in marketing, an M.S. in human resources management, a B.S. in organizational management, and an A.S. in electrical engineering. He teaches courses in management, marketing, finance, economics, computer applications, and algebra.

Cesar Castope, M.B.A. – Instructor
Cesar Castope

Cesar Castope is an experienced educator with a teaching background in economics, accounting, and finance in traditional, online, and certificate programs. He is also a volunteer coordinator for a VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program, which provides income tax services for the public and tax experience for students. 

Cesar holds an M.S. in accounting from Pace University, and M.S. in economics from Hunter College, as well as an M.B.A. in finance. He teaches courses in mathematics, statistics, economics, finance, accounting, and business management. 

Iain Coggins, M.A. – Instructor
Iain Coggins

Iain Coggins is an urban educator with over 20 years’ experience in the K-12 system. Since 2015, Iain has been a Field Supervisor for early service teachers, as well as a literacy coach and consultant. He also teaches and tutors writing at the college level.

Iain holds an M.Phil. in English/language arts teacher education from Teachers College, Columbia University and an M.A. in educational administration and supervision from the University of Phoenix. He is currently completing his Ph.D. in English education at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Debra Inger, M.B.A. – Instructor
Debra Inger

Currently a partner in a laboratory equipment service agency, Debra Inger has over 35 years of business experience in both large and small corporate environments. After serving as controller for the subsidiary of a publicly traded company, she broadened her talents by managing profit center divisions in the HVAC and then laboratory equipment industries. A dedicated teacher passionate about educating future business leaders, Debra shares her broad-based business experience through relatable examples with business students and associates.

Debra holds an M.B.A. and a B.S. in accounting from The University of Central Florida. She teaches courses in business, management, and accounting.

John O’Malley, M.A. – Instructor
John O'Malley

John O’Malley spent over 35 years as a manager in the luxury retail sector in store operations and sales at Macy’s, Barneys, and Sakes Fifth Avenue. In addition, for over 25 years he has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in business, marketing, and management at New York University’s School of Professional Studies. Now at Yeshiva University’s Katz School, he teaches courses in business management, strategy, ethics, and organizational behavior.

John holds an M.A. in Religion/Religious Studies from Fordham University and a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Long Island University.

Marlin Thomas, M.Phil. – Instructor
Marlin Thomas

Marlin Thomas has a background in the humanities and quantitative disciplines. Prior to teaching at Yeshiva University, he taught writing at the New York Institute of Technology and Hudson County Community College. He also taught computer science at Iona College, where he directed a learning center and multiple academic support programs. In addition, he was the founding Director of Academic Computing at St. Francis College and served as a program specialist in the Office of Computer Policy & Planning in the New Jersey Department of Higher Education. He has written extensively on computer science and computer science education and has presented at academic conferences in Canada, Spain, Turkey, and Ukraine. His review of Alan Turing: The Enigma was named the Best Review of 2015 by Computer Reviews. He is also a playwright with an extensive production history. His full-length play, FreudMahler, has been published in both English and Italian.

Marlin holds a B.A. from Queens College, an M.A. from Johns Hopkins University, and an M.Phil. from New York University, each in literature. He also received a certificate in cyber security from Stanford University. He teaches courses in information systems and data science.