Star of Queens

By Queens Courier Staff |

Tonia N. Cimino
Christine L. Haider CPS/CAP

First Vice Chair, Community Board 11


COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Christine L. Haider has been with Community Board (CB) 11 since 1991. She is currently the chair of the East Flushing/North Bayside Zoning Committee. “I thoroughly enjoy my zoning work,” she said. Haider has also been appointed historian for the CB. Additionally, she serves on the following committees: Parks, Transportation, Health and Safety, Capital and Expense and Community Facilities. She chairs the Bylaws Committee. For nine years, Haider was also the CB’s representative to Queens Hospital Center’s Community Advisory Board.

Also, as a graduate of St. Kevin’s School – and herself a part of the program as a child – Haider and her husband Howard, Executive Director of the College Point Board of Trade, now run the Sea Cadet Program.

“In 1970, they were looking for a rifle instructor and I came along,” she said. “Howard was a drum instructor.”

Over the years, the couple held many positions within the program they now run. “We do parades, opening ceremonies, teach them leadership . . . we have even slept on a battleship,” she said.

The Sea Cadets, in their 51st year, have a drill competition on Sunday, April 26 at St. Clare’s in Rosedale.

Haider was also on the Youth Guild at St. Kevin’s from 1975-2000.

Currently, among other civic associations, she is the acting president of the Harding Heights Civic Association.

Haider is also a member of the International Association of Administrative Professionals®, Queens County Chapter. She joined PSI®, now IAAP®, in 1992 and was elected to the positions of Corresponding Secretary, Vice President, and later President. She attained CPS® Certified Professional Secretary in 1995 and CAP® Certified Administrative Professional in 2006 and is a member, CPS/CAP Society of New York State.

For her commitment to her community, Haider has been awarded many honors, including the Marjorie Mathews Advocacy Award from the Health & Hospitals Corporation (HHC); Community Service Award, East Bayside Homeowners Association;

Community Board Service Award – Fifteen Years; 2004 Administrative Professional of the Year, American Lung Association; and the Service Award in June 2003 from the National Guard Bureau, Washington, D.C.

PERSONAL: The Haiders have been married for 42 years and have one son, Howard, Jr.

JOB: She retired from Columbia University after 25 years as an officer. At the institution, she was also administrator of the Partner for Gender-Specific Medicine.

PROUDEST MOMENT: “One of my proudest moments in my administrative career was when I became an officer of the university,” said Haider. “I felt that was a tremendous achievement.”

After retirement, she filled a position for two years as a Human Resource Specialist in the military, assisting an Officer Strength Manager recruiting commissioned officers, medical specialties, into the NY Army National Guard.

BIGGEST CHALLENGE: “I love my work with the Community Board, but at times, working on the Community Board can be very frustrating,” she said. “The CB is merely an advisory board. The frustration is in doing what’s right for the community because the ‘powers that be’ can overturn the CB’s decision.”

As someone who lives in the home in which she was raised, Haider said, “I’ve seen a lot of changes in the community. We [the Community Board] try to do our best.”

FAVORITE MEMORY: She counts her wedding day and the birth of her son as her favorite memories.

INSPIRATION: “My grandparents were my inspiration,” said Haider. “They were very good people. They raised me with a good work ethic.” Tonia N. Cimino