Meet the Staff

Philip Zisman, Executive Director 

01_28_15_Philip_Zisman_portraits_(c)_arpi_pap_studio-13-1Phil Zisman was appointed the Association’s Executive Director in May of 2011. He is also a Distinguished Lecturer in the Department of Public Management at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, in New York City.  For 12 years prior to becoming Executive Director and joining the faculty at John Jay, Phil was the first Inspector General of the City of Yonkers, NY, and created that office. According to Phil, “the Association was very important to my professional development as an inspector general. By attending the Inspector General Institute and a number of Association conferences, I developed a network of contacts and friends within the inspector general community who both inspired me and served as important resources as I worked to build an effective local municipal inspector general office in Yonkers.”

As Executive Director, Phil is delighted to be giving back to the IG community that has been so professionally important to him. Phil manages the day-to-day activity of the Association, along with a staff of John Jay students, in the Association’s office, which is housed at the college. The staff’s responsibilities include attending to membership matters, administering the two annual Inspector General Institutes, assisting in the planning for the annual conference, overseeing the issuance of continuing professional education credits, and facilitating the two annual Board of Directors meeting.

“It’s rewarding” Phil said, “to work with students in administering the Association. The students are dedicated and energetic and represent the future for the organization.” The Association is lucky to have a strong affiliation with John Jay. As a John Jay professor, Phil teaches graduate school courses on Government Ethics, Public Employment Law, and Public Sector Inspection and Oversight. He is also an instructor at the Association’s Certified Inspectors General Institute®.

Phil received his law degree from American University, Washington College of Law in 1986.  He earned his Inspector General Certification from the Association of Inspectors General in 2002. Phil’s recent articles include: Inspectors General in Small and Mid-Sized New York Municipalities: A Practical Approach, for a New York State Bar Association Government Law and Policy Journal; and The People’s Watchdog, for the Council of State Governments magazine Capital Ideas. 

Jessica Cabrera, Associate Executive Director for Membership 

2Jessica Cabrera is the AIG  Associate Executive Director of Membership.  She first became involved with the Association in 2008 during her pursuit of a Master degree in the Public Administration Inspector General Specialization at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She began as a graduate student volunteer, and shortly thereafter, became part of the membership services team. Jessica’s education and professional interests have always centered on public administration. She previously worked for the City of Toronto, Canada. She also obtained a Specialized Honors Undergraduate degree in Public Administration at York University.

Jessica is currently a Doctoral Candidate in the John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY Graduate Center PhD Program with a Policy Oversight and Administration specialization.  Jessica is an adjunct professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice Master in Public Administration Inspector General Program.  She teaches  courses  on ethics and  government oversight and inspection.

Jessica’s involvement with the Association’s Board of Directors and her work on Institutes and conferences has given  her valuable insights  into the inspector general community.  This has been a significant influence in studies, research and professional growth.

Janet O. Hicks, Junior Public Accountant

JanetOHicks_AIG1Janet O. Hicks, a native New Yorker, a part-time employee at Association of Inspectors General (“AIG”).  She is a full-time student at John Jay College of Criminal Justice studying Fraud Examination and Financial Forensics (BS) in New York, New York.  She is planning to graduate in Summer, 2017.  Janet intends to pursue the Master of Public Administration: Inspection and Oversight (“MPA-IO”) with a concentration in Inspection and Oversight. She discovered the Association of Inspectors General while researching the (“MPA-IO”) program.

As Junior Public Accountant, Janet provides financial support via accounting and digital forensics. She is also responsible for the preparation of financial reports, budgets, and payroll implementation.  Janet is proficient in managing multiple projects, meeting deadlines under pressure and acting as a supportive team member.  Working for (“AIG”) has been a valuable experience for her, allowing her to apply and put into practice, what she learned through coursework, on a daily basis.

Janet maintains memberships in good standing with the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, Association of Inspectors General, Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting, and Phi Theta Kappa.

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.

Frank Chen, Special Assistant to the Executive Director 

chen_headshotFrank is a doctoral candidate in the John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY Graduate Center PhD Program with a specialization in Policy Oversight and Administration. He became interested in the AIG when he took Professor Zisman’s class—Introduction to Government Inspection and Oversight. Frank first volunteered at the Association while pursuing his Master’s degree in Public Administration and now works as the Special Assistant to the Executive Director.

As the Assistant Executive Director, Frank is an industrial technologist and provides technical support for all of the Association’s activities. He is also responsible for the administrative preparations for the Association’s semi-annual Certified Inspector General Institute®. According to Frank, “Working for this Association has been a valuable experience. As a doctoral candidate, my work for the Association has given me insights into the data analysis skills for quantitative research and has introduced the important work that inspectors general perform.” Frank’s research focuses on the factors that create Offices of Inspectors General.

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

Outside of the work place, Frank studies Chinese, Russian and Spanish. 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.