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2013-2014 Alumni Council Members

Patrick McGuire - President

"[TC has given me] excellent friends and colleagues. As a member I remain active in promoting cutting edge activities and have direct access to TC's scholarship."  

TC Degree & Graduation Year:
Ed.D. 1994
Alumni Council Committee(s) you serve on: International Outreach, Programs & Resources and Nominating.  
Number of years on Council:  8

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Jeffrey Putman - President-Elect; Programs & Resources Committee Co-chair

"My work with Teachers College has challenged me to be the best educator I can be and to encourage the diversity of educators and others who come through TC's doors to work together on the common goal of bettering ourselves, and more importantly, bettering those around us."

TC Degree & Graduation Year:
Ed.D. 2011
Alumni Council Committee(s): Programs & Resources Committee Co-chair
Number of years on Council:  7

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Nabeel Ahmad

"The diverse interests of the TC community let you develop relationships with others on practically any topic."

TC Degree & Graduation Year: Ed.D. (Instructional Technology & Media), 2009
Alumni Council Committee(s) you serve on: Programs and Resources
Number of years you’ve been on Council: 3

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Marion Boultbee - International Outreach Committee Co-chair


"I came to Teachers College in 1989, with plans to complete my doctorate in international education and return to the Northwest.  Twenty happy and rewarding years later, I retired from TC as Director of International Services.  'About 20 minutes' after I retired, I was asked to join the Alumni Council!  At TC I have been a student, a work-study, an intern, a professional staff member, an adjunct assistant professor, and now a Council member.  I continue to value greatly the professional and personal friendships I developed over the years.  I always said I had the best (and most fun) job at TC, as I worked with the College's wonderful international students and scholars, truly 'the best and brightest' from all around the world.  Their dedication to their studies and professional development never failed to impress me.  I feel honored to have helped many of them achieve their academic and personal goals.  Now as a Council member, I am focusing on reconnecting international alumni to the College and to each other.  I am very fortunate to be able to continue the most rewarding aspect of my career at TC through my work on the Alumni Council."

TC Degree & Graduation year:
Ed.D. 1996 (International Educational Development)
Alumni Committee(s) you serve on: International Outreach and Awards & Recognition
Number of years on Council:  13
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Fred Brodzinski - International Outreach Committee Co-chair

"Involvement with the Alumni Association has sparked my intellect, renewed my curiosity, and allowed me to spend time with very interesting people."

TC Degree & Graduation Year: M.A. 1978, Ed.D. 1991 (Both: College and University Administration)
Alumni Council Committee(s) you serve on: Co-Chair, International Committee & Member of the Nominating Committee
Number of years you’ve been on Council: 9

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Mary Lupiani Farrell


TC Degree & Graduation year:
Ed.M. 1975; M.Phil. 1979; Ph.D. 1979 (Special Education)
Alumni Committee(s) you serve on: Programs & Resources
Number of years on Council: 2

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Arnold Fege

"Contrary to conventional wisdom about schools of education, TC successfully and effectively linked evidence, research and theory to almost every aspect of my educational practice.  I frequently find myself reaching back to TC faculty, coursework, colleagues and alumni for new learning, reinforcement, mentoring, and problem solving.  TC especially instilled in me the joy of life-long learning, and the importance of a FULLY prepared teacher, rather then the current belief that five weeks of training and two years of teaching provides the fair, equitable and just education that our special needs children deserve and expect.  Above all, TC taught me about what it means to be part of a professional community.  I want the next generation of education leaders to have that same experience."
 

TC Degree & Graduation Year: M.E. Ed Admin 1975
Alumni Council Committee(s):< International Outreach Committee
Number of years you’ve been on Council:  New Member 2013-2014

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Harriet Fields

"Teachers College, Columbia University has been invaluable to my growth and development personally, professionally, and academically. Now, my honored service on the TC Alumni Council is my treasured time to give back.  For Teachers College, Columbia University becomes part of one’s being. I feel to the fiber of my being that Teachers College launches one to achieve and perform anywhere in the world for the common good and the public trust."

TC Degree & Graduation Year:  Ed.D. 1981; M.Ed. 1971.
Alumni Council Committee(s) you serve on: Wants & Needs and Programs & Resources
Number of years you’ve been on Council:  2

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Scott Gartlan

"TC opened my eyes to the diversity, rigor, and passion in the field of education.  I was awakened to the idea that education matters and can be changed."

TC Degree & Graduation Year: M.E. 2009
Alumni Council Committee(s) you serve on: TBD
Number of years on Council:  2

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Philip Geiger - Nominating Committee Co-chair

"Having earned three degrees and having been an adjunct professor at Teachers College, my horizons were significantly broadened and I have been constantly invigorated to learn more."

TC Degree & Graduation Year: M.A. 1972, M.E. 1973, Ed.D. 1981
Alumni Council Committee(s) you serve on:
TBD
Number of years on Council: 
2

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Margaret Granados


"I have been enormously proud and grateful for the international recognition my TC degree has afforded me.  Thanks to the open-mindedness and various approaches discovered through my time at Teachers College, I have been able to forge my own educational philosophy and pedagogy and be the curious, active learner modeled for me by those outstanding professors. "

TC Degree & Graduation Year:  M.Ed. 1989, Curriculum and Teaching
Alumni Council Committee(s) you serve on: TBD
Number of years you've been on Council: New Member 2013-2014

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David Hoff - Nominating Committee Co-chair

"It has enabled me to connect with fellow TCers and hopefully contribute to TC."

TC Degree & Graduation Year: M.A. 1973 (Counseling); M.Ed. 1973 (Applied Human Development)
Alumni Council Committee(s) you serve on: International Outreach and Nominating
Number of years you’ve been on Council:  2

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Myah Moore Irick - Member at Large

"I have had the unique opportunity to both study and work at TC. This diverse and open community has exposed me to a distinct way of thinking. TC has encouraged me to continuously challenge myself and those around me, with the ultimate goal of promoting acceptance and mutual respect. By continuing to engage with fellow alumni and former colleagues, I am reminded to live my life with purpose and to motivate others to do the same."

TC Degree & Graduation Year: M.A. 2006
Alumni Council Committee(s) you serve on: 2
Number of years on Council:  New member of the Alumni Council

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Beverly Elmyra Johnson - Programs & Resources Co-chair

"The experience of study and social interaction that I encountered at Teachers College broadened my world beyond my expectation,for this I am very grateful."


TC Degree & Graduation Year:
Ed.D. 1986
Alumni Council Committee(s) you serve on: Programs & Resources
Number of years on Council: 2


Emmanuel "Noel" Leyco


TC Degree & Graduation year:  MA 1980, Organizational Pyschology
Alumni Committee(s) you serve on: TBD
Number of years on Council:  New Member 2013-2014

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Shenzhan Liao


TC Degree & Graduation Year:
M.E. 2004, Anthropology and Education
Alumni Council Committee(s) you serve on:  TBD
Number of years you’ve been on Council: New Member 2013-2014

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Betsy McIntyre - Member at Large

"My involvement in TC alumni activities has been valuable to me personally in that it has rekindled my idealism after many years away from teaching."

TC Degree & Graduation Year: MA 1995 (Social Studies)
Alumni Council Committee(s) you serve on: Programs & Resources, Wants & Needs and DC in TC Representative
Number of years you’ve been on Council: 3

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Mary Jo Meade-Weinig

"My involvement with TC has been worth the time and effort it requires.  I am [also] delighted to host events and equally pleased to connect with our alumni, both here and abroad."

TC Degree & Graduation Year: MS 2000 (Speech-Language Pathology)
Alumni Council Committee(s) you serve on: International Outreach
Number of years you’ve been on Council: 3

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Peter Moock

"My involvement with Teachers College is both long and rewarding. My first visit to TC was during my senior year at college, when I came to New York to be interviewed for the Teachers for East Africa (TEA) program, which was administered by TC and with which I then spent a year studying at Makerere University and two years teaching in Tanzania. At the two-week orientation for American "Group B" participants (those who went to Makerere to study for the Graduate Diploma in Education before being assigned to a school in Uganda, Kenya or Tanzania), I met such TC luminaries as Karl Bigelow, R. Freeman Butts, Lawrence Cremin and David Scanlon (and also a young and talented Jim Shields, whose association with TC pre-dates even my own and with whom I am happy now to be serving together on the Alumni Council). After TEA and then teaching at a private school in New Jersey, I returned to TC to enter an EdD program in African History and International Affairs. In my first semester, I happened to take a course with Harold Noah, a life-changing event that convinced me to switch my focus from history to economics. For my PhD research, I returned to East Africa (Kenya), after which I went to the University of Michigan as an economic researcher. In 1973, I was hired by the Department of Philosophy and the Social Sciences to join Harold Noah and teach economics and education at TC. I did this for ten years before leaving teaching to join the World Bank as an education economist. Recently, having retired from the World Bank, and working as an independent consultant, I have been part of a TC-led technical assistance team hired by the Asian Development Bank to assist the Government of Mongolia on issues of education reform and poverty alleviation. I look forward to serving on the TC Alumni Council. I see it as an opportunity to pay back, in small part, my debt to the College."

TC Degree & Graduation Year:MA 1968 (Comparative Education), PhD 1973 (Economics and Education)
Alumni Council Committee(s) you serve on:  International Outreach and Nominating Committees
Number of years you’ve been on Council: 2

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Diana Newman - Awards & Recognition Committee Co-chair

"TC is always recognized as a leader in nursing and nursing education. I love my TC peer relationships because they are so professional."

TC Degree & Graduation year: Ed.D., 1981 (Research in Nursing Education)
Alumni Committee(s) you serve on: Awards & Recognition Committee
Number of years on Council: 4
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Tara Niraula

"My involvement with TC has had great value. I have had the chance to network with members of the alumni council and former students. I have also attended some very useful events."

TC Degree & Graduation year: 2002
Alumni Committee(s) you serve on: Awards & Recognition
Number of years on Council: 2

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Fran Riemer - Member at Large


TC Degree & Graduation Year: M.A. Organizational Psychology, 2001
Alumni Council Committee(s) you serve on: 2012-13 Programs and Resources, By-laws (Summer 2012), Adhoc Council Member 2011-12
Number of years on Council:  2

When I began the M.A. program in Organizational Psychology at TC back in 2000, I had already been in the working world for almost 20 years.  I found it exciting to be learning the theory behind the organizational dynamics playing out in front of me from my position in the corporate world.   I was able to use the Master’s program as a learning laboratory and to apply in real-time the leadership and change models I was studying.  I believe this provided a clear return-on-investment for my company and provided a strong foundation for my eventual career as an OD consultant.

TC continues to nourish me both personally and professionally.  I am inspired by the exceptional people I meet through my ongoing involvement with the College and the constant flow of ideas that TC supports across a broad range of disciplines.  I am grateful for my TC education, and committed to staying connected and giving back through the Alumni Council for years to come.

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Pola Rosen - Historian


"[My involvement with TC has] allowed me to meet new friends, renew old friendships, create new ideas and ways to help TC students and alumni."

TC Degree & Graduation year: M.A. 1973 (Special Education)
Alumni Committee(s) you serve on: International Outreach
Number of years on Council: 5

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Carla Shere

"My involvement keeps me up to date on relevant trends and issues in education.  It is also a great networking avenue as I meet people with great ideas and knowledge they are willing to share."

TC Degree & Graduation year: Ed.D. 1993
Alumni Committee(s): Programs & Resources
Number of years on Council: 2

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James Shields

"Membership on the Council has enriched my life with wonderful, long standing friendships with fellow Council members and has deepened my appreciation of what an outstanding and important institution of higher education Teachers College has been throughout its long history and continues to be even in these most challenging of times, nationally and globally. "

TC Degree & Graduation year:  Ed.D., 1963 (Philosophy and the Social Sciences)
Alumni Committee(s) you serve on: International Outreach
Number of years on Council: 13

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Courtney Steers

TC Degree & Graduation year: M.A. 2010, Politics and Education
Alumni Committee(s) you serve on: TBD
Number of years on Council:  New Member 2013-2014
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Vanessa Tesoriero

It was at TC that I became immersed in Deaf Culture for the first time since losing my hearing at age 17.  Through my program—the wonderful professors, classmates, and opportunities—I discovered confidence and direction.  Every single one of those experiences helped shape my identity as a Deaf woman and challenged me to pursue a career in which I would promote inclusion and create opportunities for children and adults with disabilities.

TC Degree & Graduation year: 
M.A. & M.E. 2005, Hearing Impairment
Alumni Committee(s) you serve on: Programs and Resources
Number of years on Council:  New Member 2013-2014

Mitchell Thompson - Awards & Recognition Committee Co-chair


TC Degree & Graduation year: M.A. 1996 (Organizational Psychology)
Alumni Committee(s) you serve on: Nominating and Awards & Recognition
Number of years on Council:  3

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Bernardo Tirado

"TC has brought a significant amount of enriching experiences in my career and being a part of the Alumni Council has enabled me to give back and support others as they continue and grow in their career paths."

TC Degree & Graduation year: M.A. 2000 (Social-Organizational Psychology)
Alumni Committee(s) you serve on: Programs & Resources
Number of years on Council:  2

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Adam Vane - Immediate Past President

"Teachers College provided me with a powerful set of consulting tools that continue to offer value – both to me and my clients - many years after graduating. I also made lifelong connections at TC with insightful and talented people who are among my closest friends and professional colleagues. Staying connected to the school not only helps me stay in touch with people who have similar values, it helps me stay connected to my own values and what I consider to be most important, which is  no small thing in this complex, non-stop world."

TC Degree & Graduation Year:  M.A. 2001 (Social-Organizational Psychology)
Number of years Council: 11
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Nicole Vartanian

"I am so grateful for the lifelong friendships and cherished colleagues I have found as a result of my time as a TC student and Alumni Council member."

TC Degree & Graduation year: Ed.D. 2000 (Sociology and Education)
Alumni Committee(s) you serve on:  Programs & Resources
Number of years on Council: 4

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Affiliate Members

Francine Fabricant

Past Presidents and Mentors

John Battles
Irene Buchman
Diana Clark*
Joyce Cowin
Susan Diamond
Joseph Dionne
Delores Friedman
David Gomez
Jonathan Hughes
Claude Mayberry
Andre McKenzie
John Nolan
Frances O'Connell Rust
Ellen Saxl
Christopher Scott
Sonya Shapiro
Susan Smyth
Elizabeth Stern
Charles D.W. Thompson
Adam Vane
Alice Wilder
Anna Bell Washburn
Robert Weintraub
Dorothy White*

*-Deceased