Admission

Office of Admission

Welcome to the Office of Admission at Teachers College, Columbia University! Below you will meet our dynamic team, which is committed to enabling a seamless admissions process for all applicants. Each member of our team is assigned to a specific academic department, so read through these bios to find your dedicated admissions representative who will shepherd you through your admissions process.

Kelly Sutton-Skinner
Kelly Sutton-Skinner
Director of Admission & New Student Enrollment

Interim Liaison: Arts & Humanities

As Director of Admission & New Student Enrollment, I oversee the Office of Admission and the recruitment and enrollment of new Teachers College students. Originally from outside Philadelphia, I earned my bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania, studying Psychology and Hispanic Studies. I began my career in higher education as an Admission and Recruitment Outreach Assistant at Baruch College, City University of New York. Since then, I have represented multiple institutions, gaining broader insight into the landscape of higher education and best practices in efficient, inclusive student service. Along the way, I also earned a Master of Arts degree in Higher and Postsecondary Education from Teachers College. As a proud TC alumna, I am thrilled to be back at my alma mater working with the admissions team to identify and enroll promising future leaders of education, psychology, and health.

Deanna Ghozati Gregory
Deanna Ghozati Gregory
Senior Associate Director of Admission

Curriculum & Teaching
Mathematics, Science & Technology

Hailing from Westbury, Long Island, I earned my B.A. in Psychology at Stony Brook University and went on to attend Teachers College as a student in the Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology. A proud ’06 graduate of TC, my journey in admission began as a part-time student worker, and has led me to my current role as Senior Associate Director. I work directly with two outstanding departments—Mathematics, Science & Technology and Curriculum & Teaching. Whether I am witnessing our Instructional Technology & Media students determine which emerging technologies enrich the learning experience or observing our Elementary Inclusive Education students pursue new ways to re-imagine education in diverse 21st century classrooms, I am constantly in awe of the work being done at TC. Although the students in my departments have varied backgrounds before arriving here, it is exciting to witness them come together with the shared mission of strengthening education throughout the world. I am an avid tennis fan, a cupcake and Disney enthusiast, an accomplished subway surfer, and I aim to have at least one meal a week involving buffalo chicken.

Niki Siniscalchi
Nicole Siniscalchi
Associate Director of Admission

Organization & Leadership

I first began my exciting journey at TC over a decade ago as an M.A. student in the Higher & Postsecondary Education program. Originally from Poughkeepsie, NY, I came to TC shortly after completing my undergraduate studies at Siena College, where I studied Psychology, and more importantly, realized my passion for working in higher education! Engaging with students on and off campus, counseling applicants through the admission and enrollment processes, and hearing how TC students hope to change the world inspires me on a daily basis. While in pursuit of my own graduate degree at the College, I was fortunate enough to acquire a graduate assistantship within the Office of Financial Aid, which helped to shape my professional career within Enrollment Services. I ultimately worked in the field of financial aid for several years before making the transition into TC's Office of Admission. I am extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to contribute to the TC community as a member of the amazing Office of Admission team, as liaison to the Department of Organization & Leadership, and as an alumna! In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, staying active at the gym and through fitness classes, running, traveling, and watching a variety of different sports. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have!

Douglas Alford
Douglas Alford
Assistant Director of Admission

Health & Behavior Studies

I'm so excited to join the TC community as the newest Assistant Director of Admission, and I look forward to being your bridge to our wonderful programs. I am a staunch believer in the value of higher education, and as a recent graduate of the University of Mississippi's Master's of Higher Education/Student Personnel program, I'm excited to work with students who share my interest in Education, Health, and Psychology. My four-year professional career in undergraduate admissions allowed me to focus on providing access to underserved student populations, and I'm thrilled to now work with prospective graduate students who have an interest in Health & Behavioral Studies at TC. As a native of the deep South (Mississippi), I have seen the impact of advanced study in these fields and the benefits they've provided to both rural and urban communities. The health education programs implemented at my school encouraged the active lifestyle I enjoy today. I don't know what's next—it could be my first marathon, a fitness challenge, or those novice swimming lessons I've been meaning to take. Either way, I am ecstatic to be at TC and in New York City, and I hope no one holds the fact that I'm a lifelong Red Sox fan against me!

Ashley Blasland
Assistant Director of Admission

Counseling & Clinical Psychology

A Syracuse native and a University of Virginia graduate, I earned my degree in English with a minor in Drama. Prior to finding a home at TC, I spent several years working in a law firm and performing in theaters across the country. My passion for student services was sparked through my work in Residence Life at UVA, where I had the opportunity to directly navigate hundreds of students through their first year of college. Although I originally joined the incredible admission team as the Welcome Center Coordinator, I've happily held the role of Assistant Director since 2015, specifically working with the Counseling & Clinical Psychology Department. At TC, I am fortunate to engage with dynamic applicants regularly, and I am in constant awe of our vibrant Psychology students who strive to make meaningful change in the field of mental health. I also very much enjoy supervising our amazing Student Ambassadors, who bring joy to our community through their campus tours! When I'm not counseling students, I can be found writing children's stories, scouting out New York City's best mac n' cheese, and voicing cartoons—my favorite being an 8-year-old superhero named Rocket Girl. I would love to hear from you with any questions you may have throughout your graduate school search and application process!

David Estrella
Assistant Director of Admission

Education Policy & Social Analysis
Human Development

My introduction to working in admissions came during my undergraduate years at Emory University, where I served as a student ambassador. Now, I continue my ambassador role here at Teachers College as an Assistant Director in a unique position working remotely from Las Vegas, Nevada. Having completed a master's degree from the University of Chicago and a master's degree from Teachers College in the Department of Counseling & Clinical Psychology, I’m happy to provide insight about the graduate school experience and share my TC experience with those of you hailing from the West Coast. In addition, I work specifically with the Education Policy & Social Analysis and Human Development Departments. I invite you to contact me with any questions you may have.

Perri Meeks
Perri Meeks
Assistant Director of Admission

Biobehavioral Science
International & Transcultural Studies

I joined the Teachers College community after working for three years in undergraduate admissions at my alma mater, Barnard College. I am very excited to work with new populations in my role as Assistant Director here at TC! The most satisfying part of admissions work is connecting with students and assisting them as they navigate the admission process, and I look forward to helping students in the International & Transcultural Studies and Biobehavioral Science departments. My programs draw students from a variety of backgrounds, and I enjoy hearing what has led them to their chosen path. Beyond TC, I enjoy reading, fitness classes, and eating birthday cake from Milk Bar.

Lisa Hong
Administrative Fellow

Originally from Saint Paul, Minnesota, I was first exposed to the world of higher education at my alma mater, Boston University. Through working all over campus, I learned firsthand that there is so much more to a college experience than simply what goes on in the classroom. However, I realized early on that students’ trajectories both up to and through college could vary greatly depending on a variety of factors, many of which may be prescribed or unable to change (such as race or socioeconomic status). I have since been grappling with the question of how to make education equitable and accessible. As a current student in TC's Higher and Postsecondary Education program, it has been a neat opportunity to see the things I’m reading or learning about in class play out in the real world. I’m also dually serving in a role at the Juilliard School in the Office of Residential Life, which has given me exposure and insight into how things work at a smaller institution. When I’m not at work or in class, I love traveling, exploring new spots in the city, and attending events with friends. As an avid dog lover, Central Park is definitely a happy place for me. If you have any questions about my higher education journey or are looking for a student’s perspective on Teachers College (or living in New York), please do not hesitate to reach out!

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