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Meet the Staff

Student Affairs

Dona Sosa, Dean of Students
212-343-1234 ext. 2800
Dona Sosa has been with the College since 1982 and has served as Dean of Students since 2002. She is responsible for the leadership and administration of multiple student services including Orientation, Student Life (Student Government and Student Groups), Career Services, First Year Experience, International Students, Veterans, Advisement, Students with Special Needs, and Student Conduct.

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
212-343-1234 ext. 2813
Elaine joined Office of Student Services in December 2012. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from University at Buffalo. She managed student volunteers and worked with student clubs during her internship to improve on a green initiative at University at Buffalo. She participated in Leadership Development and Intercultural & Diversity programs at her school. Before joining MCNY, Elaine worked with a diverse population such as non-profit organization, government agencies, business owners, attorneys, etc, in the corporate world. Elaine enjoys mostly working with students and believes that education is a continuous journey that gears you to your professional goals.

Office of Student Services

Michael Molina, Assistant Director of Student Services
212-343-1234, ext. 2801

Mike has been a part of the Student Services team since 2002. He has a strong background as a student services generalist, with more than two decades of experience in the field. His professional experience includes counseling, advisement, campus activities, advisement for international students, intramural sports, and staff training. At MCNY, Mike oversees the investigation and resolution of student conduct issues. Prior to his work in higher education, Mike spent ten years in social services, in such positions as child protective services caseworker for NYC Administration for Children's Services, and in various community based organizations as the coordinator of youth programs and latchkey program director. He earned an Associate degree in Human Services at LaGuardia Community College and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology at Hunter College. He completed his Master of Science in Education in counseling, with an emphasis in student affairs administration, at St. John's University.

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
212-343-1234 ext. 2808
Richard Nuñez-Lawrence is the Coordinator for Student Support and Development at Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY). In this position, Mr. Nuñez-Lawrence works as an Academic Advisor, coordinating the Office for Students with Disabilities, and working to enhance the extracurricular student experience.

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
212-343-1234 ext. 2819
Kare'l joined the Office of Student Services in September, 2011. She received her Bachelor of Arts in anthropology from the University California Los Angeles and her Masters in Social Work from Columbia University. Kare'l has worked in student-initiated outreach and retention programs in Los Angeles and has continued her passion with working with students in New York City. Through her own academic experience, Kare'l believes that education can be the great equalizer and is the gateway to better opportunities across the globe.

Thea Ogunusi, Coordinator of First-Year Advisement and Student Development
212-343-1234 ext. 2802
Thea joined the Office of Student Services in June 2011. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in sociology and black American studies, a minor in women's studies and a Master of Arts in community development from the University of Delaware. She has worked in residence life and multicultural programming. Thea has conducted and presented Participatory Action Research that focused on college and street oriented populations. She believes that education can connect you to your passion.

Samara Schindler, Coordinator of Student Life

Samara joined the Office of Student Services in July 2012. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences with a concentration in Physical Therapy and a minor in psychology from Quinnipiac University. She has also earned a Masters of Arts in Student Affairs Administration with a concentration in Leadership and Development from Binghamton University, where she conducted research on at risk students and programs that increased their success at college.

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
212-343-1234 ext. 2805
Todd joined the Office of Student Services in August, 2010. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from Hampton University and his Masters in Education in college student personnel administration and counseling psychology from James Madison University. Before returning to higher education full time, Todd spent many years in the world of entertainment, performing in numerous Broadway, International and regional productions. Having lived abroad and traveled to five continents and over forty countries, Todd has a specific interest in the celebration of cultural diversity.

Telegre Shipman, Graduate Intern
Telegre joined the Office of Student Services in August 2013. She holds a Baccalaureate of Arts in Theater Arts with a minor in Sociology, a Master's of Arts in Liberal Studies, and is currently pursuing a Master's of Science in Education (MS.Ed) concentrated in Higher Education Administration with the School of Public Affairs at Baruch College. Her professional experiences in higher education includes peer counseling, program assessment, event planning, and student outreach. Telegre believes that education will bridge the gap between preparation and opportunity making all individuals successful in their life endeavors.

Office of Career Services

Trang Le-Chan, Associate Director of Career Services
212-343-1234 ext. 2319
Trang Le-Chan joined the Office of Career Services in July, 2012 as the Associate Director of Career Services. With many years of professional experience working with the New York City social service programs, she has dedicated herself to the local community. Ms. Le-Chan joins MCNY with a background in education, student services, student affairs, program development, volunteer management, and non-profit fundraising. Before joining the staff at Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY), she served as the Director of Academic Success Programs & External Affairs, at Professional Business College (PBC) where she designed, developed, and managed the Academic Success Center and the Alumni Association.

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
212-343-1234 ext. 2316
Angel Ortiz has a strong background in career development services. His experience spans over 20 years of working within a variety of City University Colleges of New York. Mr. Ortiz has worked in diverse capacities within the student development and services area. In addition, he has worked as an adjunct lecturer teaching courses such as advanced career planning, freshman orientation, and public administration courses.

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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