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2013-2014 Community Development Team

The Community Development Team is here to support you! Please don't hesitate to reach out to us with any questions, concerns, or program ideas!

Residential Services Coordinators (RSCs)

The Residential Services Coordinators are responsible for assisting with the overall management and leadership of a residential community comprised of over 650 graduate students. The RSCs are responsible for supervision of the Community Assistant team, and oversee an array of project areas include programming, community development, policy enforcement, and staff selection and training. Moreover, the Residential Services Coordinators serve as a vital link between the Office of Residential Services and other departments throughout the College community.

Janine Martire, Email Address:
Welcome to TC! I'm looking forward to learning new things and meeting new people in my second year as both a Residential Services Coordinator and a student in the Speech & Language Pathology program. Aside from work and school, I enjoy foreign languages, running, soccer, swimming, visiting family and friends, watching movies, travel, culture, dogs, Yankees baseball and rainy weather. Our office is here as a resource and to work with you on addressing your questions, concerns and ideas.

Amy Liss, Email Address:
Greetings! My name is Amy Liss, and I am excited to begin my sixth year as a Residential Services Coordinator (RSC) at Teachers College! As an RSC, I am here to support you in your personal and academic endeavors and to serve as a resource in navigating the campus and local community, along with our wonderful team of Community Assistants (CAs). In addition to working for the Office of Residential Services, I am a doctoral student in the Health Education program and work as a birth/postpartum doula, childbirth educator, and lactation counselor. In my free time, I enjoy hanging out with my cats Henry & Seamus, playing Scrabble, cooking, and practicing yoga. Please don't hesitate to contact me with any concerns, program ideas, or questions. I wish you all a wonderful year and look forward to getting to know you!

Community Assistants (CAs)

Community Assistants are part-time staff members who serve as a resource to all residents. Community Assistants are responsible for programming, community development, crisis intervention, and fostering a living environment that is supportive of and productive for all groups and individuals in the residence halls.


Whittier Hall Staff 

Kenay Sudler, Floors 2-4. Email Address:

Kenay is a second year M.S. candidate in the Speech-Language Pathology program. She is pursuing the bilingual extension in her program, and plans to practice in English, Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese. Kenay is originally from Baltimore, but also has a deep love for Virginia, where she double majored in Linguistics and Psychology at the College of William and Mary. In her free time Kenay enjoys reading, cooking, playing board games, taking walks around the city, finding free and cheap events to go to, and volunteering. As a first time community assistant, Kenay is excited to work with the TC residential community this year. 
Erica Colmenares, Floors 5-7. Email Address:

Erica is currently a third-year doctoral student pursuing an E.d.D. in Educational Leadership and School Change. Originally from Venezuela, Erica grew up in the capital city, Caracas, but spent her last three years of high school in Kuwait. Passionate about teaching, particularly elementary education, Erica graduated from Vanderbilt University and then, lured again by the wonders of  the Middle East, taught grade five there for three years. After a brief break to pursue her Masters degree at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, Erica went back overseas, this time teaching third grade in Indonesia. Erica absolutely loves traveling and can frequently be found plotting her next adventure. She is absolutely thrilled about the prospect of serving the diverse and incredible community of residents at Teachers College. Erica, however, has issued out a warning: She has an identical twin sister who frequently visits. So, if think you happen to see “Erica,” but she doesn’t smile back or say hi, it’s most likely her twin, something which has already happened numerous times over the past year!

Garvey Pierre, Floors 8-10. Email Address:

I was born in Boston but I spent my first fifteen years in Haiti where most of my family is from. After my undergraduate years in DC, I moved to Miami where I had a chance to teach for two years. I also got a chance to work in Boston for the same Upward Bound program that helped me get into college when I was in high school. I am now enrolled in the International Education Development program at TC with a focus on peace and human rights education. In my spare time, I love to play soccer and listen to good music. I am excited for this opportunity to serve as a Community Assistant and to meet many more members of the TC community.

 New Residence Hall Staff


Michael Laucello
, Floors 2-7, 9-10N. Email Address:

Originally from Upstate NY, Mike Laucello is an Ed.M. student in the School Psychology Department. Before joining Teachers College, he spent two terms with AmeriCorps, performing home repairs for low income families in St. Louis, and working with high risk youth in Upstate NY. In his free time Mike enjoys skiing, soccer, and tennis. He looks forward to continuing his role as a Community Assistant.

Serge Romero, Floors 11-18N. Email Address:  

Serge Romero is a Master's student in the Department of Organization and Leadership. Before joining Teachers College, Serge lived in Washington D.C. where he consulted for various agencies within the Federal government in the fields of change management, communications, and learning.  He is currently using his background in his exploration of different research topics. Work and school aside, Serge is an avid learner and listener.  He feels that everyone’s story is unique and is often fascinated by the different ways in which these stories are told.  Serge is a returning Community Assistant and looks forward to getting to know this year's residents.

Andrea Rosko, UAH Floors 2-11S. Email Address:

Andrea Rosko is currently an M.A. student in the International Education Development program at Teachers College. Originally from New Jersey, she has spent the past three years exploring the Middle East. After traveling, she settled in Beirut, Lebanon where she worked for a variety of educational organizations, an experience that inspired her continued pursuit of education and her eventual move to TC. In her spare time, Andrea can be found attempting to replicate traditional Lebanese cuisine, reading anything she can get her hands on, and above all else, learning from and chatting with the people around her. She is known by her friends for her caring and warm personality and is always willing to welcome new friends and adventurous “taste testers” into her home and kitchen.

 Grant and Sarasota Halls Staff


Jeffrey Fletcher, Email:
Originally from Georgia, Jeffrey Fletcher is a Ph.D. student in the department of Education Policy and Social Analysis pursuing a degree in Economics and Education.  Before making his way to New York, Jeff attended Johns Hopkins University, taught middle and high school in Louisiana and Los Angeles, and was a full-time mentor and college access team leader in Boston with the non-profit Summer Search.  Jeff is one of four siblings and a proud uncle of a 8 year old niece and 5 year old nephew.  The other (better half) of your Grant and Sarasota Community Assistant is his wife Melanie, a former HR consultant turned-jewelry artist who's currently a 2nd year student in the jewelry design program at FIT, the Fashion Institute of Technology.  Both are fans of the winter. Really big fans of winter.