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2014-2015 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 700 graduate students. The RSCs oversee an array of project areas, and serve as a vital link between the Office of Residential Services and other departments throughout the College community.

Amy Liss, Email Address:
Greetings! My name is Amy Liss, and I am excited to begin my seventh 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!

Jenna Chewens, Email
Welcome to TC!!!  My name is Jenna and I could not be more excited to start my first year as a Residential Services Coordinator (RSC)! I am currently a masters student in the department of Curriculum and Teaching, persuing my professional certification in elementary education with extension in gifted education. Originally from Syracuse, New York, I studied at State University of New York at Oswego to receive my degree and teaching certification for elementary education. After teaching abroad in elementary schools in West Africa and the Dominican Republic, I came to the great city of New York to peruse my teaching career further through changing the lives of students in urban educational settings! Aside from school and work, I enjoy running, soccer, skiing and of course, laughing at my own jokes!  I am so excited for what amazing this year brings at Teachers College and look forward to meeting all of the new residents who join this warm and diverse community!

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 


Tonya Bushway-Flynn, Floors 2-4. Email Address:

Tonya is a second year doctoral student pursing a PhD in Applied Anthropology. She is originally from Massachusetts, where she split her time between Boston and Northampton. Growing up, both of Tonya’s parents were early-childhood educators, and she followed in their footsteps, working as an early educator in a variety of settings. She graduated from UMass Boston in 2010, with a Bachelors degree in Cultural Anthropology. In 2012 she earned her Masters degree in Child Development and Psychology from Harvard Graduate School of Education. Tonya loves being outdoors, especially hiking, swimming, and skating. She also enjoys photography, rock climbing, traveling, and exploring museums and historic buildings. She is joined in Whittier by her partner, Vijay, who is in the process of earning his EMT certification. They are both very excited to be part of the TC residential community! 

Asha Gipson, Floors 5-7. Email Address:

Asha is a second year Ph.D. student in the Social-Organizational Psychology program. Although Asha was born in Colorado, she considers herself a California girl. She grew up in San Diego and attended Pomona College in Claremont. After college she taught English and Physical Education on a Fulbright Fellowship in the Czech Republic. In her spare time, Asha enjoys riding her bike, exploring New York's many parks, listening to live music, attending Broadway shows, playing basketball, and making homemade costumes. As a first time Community Assistant, Asha is thrilled to serve the residential community here at Teachers College.

Cat Tierney, Floors 8-10. Email Address:

Cat is an MS student in the Neuroscience and Education department. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 2011 with a double major in English and Biology. Though originally from New Jersey, she has an enduring love for Western Massachusetts. After college she spent a year tutoring and mentoring middle school students as a member of the MATCH Corps in Boston. Prior to starting at TC, she was a 7th grade life science teacher at KIPP WAYS Academy in Atlanta, Georgia. In her free time Cat loves to run, bike, listen to music, and volunteer. Cat will be joined by her fantastic partner Cassidy, a clinical research assistant at a reproductive immunology practice. 

New Residence Hall Staff


Andrea Rosko
, Floors 2-7, 9-10N. 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.

Erica Colmenares, Floors 11-18N. Email Address:

Erica is a 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!


Ranjana Srinivasan, UAH Floors 2-11S. Email Address:

Ranjana is a second year Ed.M. candidate in the Counseling Psychology program with a focus in mental health. Before joining Teachers College, Ranjana attended Berklee College of Music in Boston M.A. where she studied to become a Music Therapist. She is a singer and plays many instruments such as the piano, guitar, and flute. Ranjana is very involved in the TC community as a research assistant, working with adolescents doing Youth Participatory Action Research, as well as working on a body image study involving Asian American women. In her spare time she loves to work out, create music, cook, and explore the city. Ranjana is very excited to start her first year as a Community Assistant, and looks forward to meeting all of the new residents.

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 9 year old niece and 6 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 recently graduated from FIT, the Fashion Institute of Technology, and is now happily pursuing her passion for jewelry production.  Both are fans of the winter. Really big fans of winter.