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Dona Sosa, Dean of Students
Prior to serving as Dean of Students, she served as Senior Enrollment Manager. In that role, she led the administration of a comprehensive range of departments, including Student Services, Admissions, and Career Services. She also served as Director of Student Services and Retention Specialist. She holds Bachelor's degree in Human Services and a Master of Science in Administration from The College for Human Services.
Elaine Wong, Student Affairs Office Manager
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Michael Molina, Assistant Director of Student Services
His experiences in social services helped solidify his belief in education as a path to personal and professional success. Like many MCNY students, he also followed a non-traditional educational and career path, which helped shape his vision of the Office of Student Services as the place where students go to get help when facing the inevitable challenges that arise as part of college life.
Richard Nuñez-Lawrence, Coordinator of Student Support and Development
In his previous work, Mr. Nuñez-Lawrence was the Confidential Executive Coordinator for the Vice President of Student Affairs at LaGuardia Community College. He's also a former Site Manager/Academic Coordinator for the Queens Center of Briarcliffe College. Mr. Nuñez-Lawrence also served as a Professor of English and Political Science at Briarcliffe College as well as an English Professor and Site Coordinator for IniVision Professional Institute. He also worked as the Director of University Relations for the Department of Student Affairs in City University and a Grant Writer/Legislative Liaison for the Brooklyn College Graduate Center for Worker Education.
Mr. Nuñez-Lawrence is a Doctoral Candidate at St. John's University for the Ed.D in Instructional Leadership. He also holds a Master's of Arts in Political Science concentrated in Urban Policy and Public Administration, a Bachelor's of Arts in English Literature, and holds Professional Certificates in both Non-Profit Management and Grant Writing.
In his more than 12 years of professional higher education administration experience, Mr. Nuñez-Lawrence has a background in academic advising, curriculum development, grant writing, and coordinating program outcomes and has a proven history in helping students reach their academic and personal goals. Mr. Nuñez-Lawrence believes a successful education includes classroom teaching as well as extracurricular activities focusing on integrating academics and real world experiences and is a firm believer in the necessity of purpose-driven education and its critical role in student development.
Kare'l Lokeni, Coordinator of Graduate Student Advisement and International Students
Thea Ogunusi, Coordinator of First-Year Advisement and Student Development
Samara Schindler, Coordinator of Student Life
Samara has worked on both the East and West coast in residence life, student activities, and in the office of alcohol and other drugs. With all of her traveling she has found that there is no place like her home town, New York City. Samara believes that the key to a great education, besides studying and going to class, is getting connected to the community. She looks forward to getting to know the student body and finding creative ways to help students get connected and enjoy the outside the classroom experience.
Todd E. Pettiford, Academic Advisor
Telegre Shipman, Graduate Intern
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Trang Le-Chan, Associate Director of Career Services
Ms. Le-Chan had participated in postgraduate leadership training programs at the Immigrant Civic Leadership Program at CORO New York Leadership Center and also holds a certificate from the Middle Management Program for Youth Service Organizations at the Institute for Not-for-Profit Management at Columbia University Business School for Executive Education. Her other post graduate work also includes the Mentoring Supervisor Certificate Program at Fordham University School of Social Services, which is a partnership with the Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City. She is SIFI certified and have served as a Field Instructor to provide education and development to graduate social work students from Columbia University, Fordham University and Hunter College since 2006. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Development from Binghamton University and a Master of Social Work, with a concentration in Administration and Social Policy from the University of Pennsylvania.
Ms. Le-Chan is passionate about bridging the link between College and the professional world through the development of academic and career oriented programs that are designed to both educate and empower students. She believes that all students have the potential to succeed if given adequate opportunity and support. She is excited to join MCNY‘s community and looks forward to contributing to the Office of Career Services.
Angel Ortiz, Coordinator of Career Services
Mr. Ortiz's main goal and passion is to ensure that students are prepared for the world of work and, have developed the necessary job hunting tools and strategies to help them bridge that world. Similarly, he helps and facilitates career planning for students by helping them to conduct self-assessment activities, skills identification, values clarification, career and educational goal setting, and effective job searching strategies and techniques.
Most recently, Mr. Ortiz worked at LaGuardia Community College as an Academic Advisor and Coordinator for the Allied Health/Math and Science Academy. At LaGuardia, he successfully coordinated and implemented a variety of career advising activities aimed at retention and academic development.
Mr. Ortiz graduated from Fordham University with a Master of Science degree in education and human resources development. His undergraduate work was at Lehman College where he obtained a Bachelor's degree in Education and History and early in his career he served as a teacher with the NYC Board of Education.
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