Meet the Staff

Ron Calvosa, Executive Director

Ron Calvosa, a Certified Inspector General and Certified Fraud Examiner, has a total of thirty-nine years of fraud prevention and law enforcement experience. Most recently, Calvosa was Assistant Director for Fraud Prevention/Assistant Inspector General with the Office of Inspector General for the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey (PA/OIG). Calvosa was responsible for managing the PA/OIG’s Fraud Prevention Program for each of the Port Authority’s large capital construction projects. From October 2007 to June 2018, Calvosa was responsible for managing the Fraud Prevention Program for the redevelopment of the World Trade Center site, which was critical to ensuring the integrity of contractors and vendors, and the prevention of waste, fraud, and abuse related to the redevelopment efforts at the WTC site.

Under Calvosa’s leadership, the Fraud Prevention Program, which included the use of Integrity Monitors, was applied to other capital construction projects, such as the Goethals Bridge Replacement Project, the Bayonne Bridge – Raise the Roadway Project, Moynihan Station Redevelopment Project, Lincoln Tunnel Access Program, Hurricane Sandy Recovery Projects, the LaGuardia Airport Central Terminal Building Redevelopment Project and the Newark Liberty International Airport Terminal A Redeployment Project.

Prior to Ron joining the PA/OIG, he served as the Director of Fraud Prevention at the Lower Manhattan Construction Command Center from July 2005 to October 2007, and created their Fraud Prevention Program. From January 1982 to July 2005, Calvosa worked at the New York City Department of Investigation. He was Inspector General for the New York City Departments of Transportation, Design & Construction, Small Business Services and Citywide Administrative Services. Prior to his appointment as Inspector General in 1996, Ron held the positions of First Deputy Inspector General, Deputy Inspector General, Assistant Inspector General, and Confidential Investigator.

In addition to his duties as AIG’s Executive Director, Ron is also an Adjunct Professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

Frank Chen, Deputy Executive Director

Frank is a doctoral student at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He became interested in the AIG when he enrolled in the Introduction to Government Inspection and Oversight course taught by Phil Zisman, the first Inspector General for the City of Yonkers, New York. Frank first volunteered at the Association while pursuing his Master’s degree in Public Administration and is now the Deputy Executive Director. At the AIG, Frank administers the Association’s Inspector General Institute® and annual training.

Frank earned his BS in Economics and MPA-IO at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He also teaches for the Department of Public Administration and the Department of Economics.

Outside of the work place, Frank studies Chinese and Russian. In addition to his interest in languages, Frank is a certified master of Wushu-Martial Arts earning two world championship medals in 2004 and 2005.

Vasily Cheipesh, Information Technology Specialist

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Vasily Cheipesh is a Criminal Justice student at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He graduated John Jay College with a bachelor’s of science in Criminal Justice and a minor in Philosophy. His education at John Jay College gave him opportunities to improve his technical skills and public relations, for which he also practices while on law enforcement patrol.

Given his law enforcement experience and technical knowledge, Vasily began to volunteer at the Association of Inspectors General® (AIG) in 2015 and became the Association’s Information Technology (IT) specialist. As an IT Specialist, Vasily provides all technical support essential for all of the Association’s activities. Moreover, Vasily is accountable for administering the AIG semi-annual Certified Inspector General Institute® and Conferences. He is also responsible for the Association’s certifications, Continuing Professional Education (CPE), and website administration. Currently, Vasily is a Masters of Public Administration student at John Jay College specializing in inspection and oversight.

In addition to Vasily’s education, he continues to improve his foreign language skill by practicing Russian, Ukrainian, Polish, and Chinese. On his free time, he continues to play the piano since his graduation from Korolivska music academy in Korolevo, Ukraine in 2006.

Ersilja Reci, Assistant Executive Director for Membership

Ersilja Reci is an international student at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Association’s Assistant Executive Director for Membership. Prior to her involvement with the Association, Ersilja studied in Italy and Austria and became certified in German, Italian, Albanian, and French. Ersilja’s passion for foreign languages led her to now learn Rusian as a part of her student experience.

In 2016, Ersilja enrolled at John Jay College to study fraud examination and plans to further her education in public administration to learn more about government inspection and oversight. Ersilja’s education and work experience is preparing her for a future career as a fraud examiner.

Since childhood, Ersilja was always fascinated with Baroque art and continues to visit art exhibits in New York City. Her personal hobby is collecting art throughout her travels around the world.

 

 

 

Artem Kovalev, Bookkeeper – Financial Analyst

Artem Kovalev is currently studying for a Bachelor of Science in Fraud Examination and Financial Forensics with a minor in Economics at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He is interested in pursuing a Masters in Inspection and Oversight. Intrigued by this field, and with his background in finance, he contributes most of his time to becoming a forensic accountant. He currently stands as an Association member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and an Associate member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

With his love for the arts, Artem started his own private business where he records and edits videos, produces music for artists, and is a multi-instrumentalist. Artem recorded the voiceover for “Giant!”, a french documentary that has been awarded by the Madrid International Film Festival and recognized by the Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards. He also volunteers his time at a theater in Downtown Manhattan that provides support for at-risk youth and homeless families.