Meet Our Team

Meet Our Team

Meet our Student Life Leadership Team: 

Denise Boneta
Denise Boneta (she/her/hers)
Director, Office of Graduate Student Life & Development

Born and raised in Queens, NY, Denise Boneta joins Teachers College as the Director of Graduate Student Life and Development. Denise is a facilitator and student affairs practitioner with experience in social justice education, orientation, commuter affairs, and leadership development. With a focus on infusing social justice principles into advising and programming, Denise strives to bring intentional reflection and dialogue into co-curricular spaces. Prior to Teachers College, Denise has worked at Hofstra University, Barnard College, New York University, and UMass Amherst. Denise holds an M.Ed in Social Justice Education from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a B.S. in Childhood/Special Education from New York University.

Denise currently serves as the New York Metro Representative on the NASPA Region 2 Board. In her spare time, Denise enjoys visiting the Catskills, frequenting a Broadway show, and spending time with friends and family. 

Senate Advisor
Alana Crosby (she/her/hers)
Assistant Director, Office of Graduate Student Life & Development

Alana Crosby has been an Assistant Director in Graduate Student Life and Development since 2018. Alana holds an M.A. in Higher Education & Student Affairs from New York University. Before starting at TC, Alana had full-time positions and internships in student affairs at various schools within NYU as well as the New Jersey Institute of Technology and Baruch College. Alana grew up in Reno, Nevada, and studied psychology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. 

Some of Alana's favorite parts about working at Teachers College are facilitating co-curricular conversations with students about social & racial justice and recognizing student achievements & development at the annual Provost's Student Excellence Awards.

Alana enjoys people-watching in Washington Square Park with her friends, reading fantasy novels, and eating the fluffiest croissants from the Hungarian Pastry Shop near TC's campus.

Primary areas of focus: 

  • Community Programming 
  • Student Life Ambassadors
  • Identity-Based & Social Student Organizations
Fanny He (she/her/hers)
Associate Director, Office of Graduate Student Life & Development
Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Fanny He serves as the Associate Director of Graduate Student Life and Development. Fanny is passionate about building community, developing students' personal and professional growth, and finding 
best practices to navigate the academic journey. Coming from a diversity, equity, and inclusion-focused academic and professional journey, Fanny is intentional about bringing social justice into her work in student advising and programming. 

Fanny has worked and interned at various higher education institutions including: New York University, Marymount Manhattan College, Brown University, and SUNY Fashion Institute of Technology. Fanny has earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology with a minor in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Studies, and her Master of Arts degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs, both from New York University. She is currently in a Doctor of Philosophy program for Sociology of Education at NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. 
Primary Areas of Focus:
  • Academic Engagement
  • New Student Orientation
  • Academic & Pre-Professional Student Organizations
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Whitney E. Hedgepeth (she/her/hers)
Manager of Operations, Office of Graduate Student Life & Development

Originally from York, Pennsylvania Whitney is a graduate of the Clinical Psychology Program at Teachers College and currently serves as the Manager of Operations. Previously, serving as an Assistant Director for Graduate Student Life and Development starting in 2017. Whitney is passionate about student development and strives to ensure a meaningful, productive, and welcoming experience for all students. She is committed to providing accessible and inclusive programming from point of entry at New Student Orientation through Commencement. She has also worked at the NYU School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, as a program coordinator for The Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic. Prior to her work at Teachers College, Whitney resided in Baltimore, Maryland (Go Ravens/O’s!), where she studied at Towson University and the University of Maryland, University College (UMUC) and earned her B.S. in Psychology. 

Currently, Whitney serves on the Staff Advisory and Support Council (SASC) at Teachers College, the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Region II Mid-level Manager Advisory Committee, and served on the Region II Careers in Student Affairs Conference Planning Committee (hosted at Teachers College) in 2019. In her spare time, Whitney enjoys spending time with her furry companion, Brady, catching a happy hour or dining out with friends, reading in Central Park and cooking. 


Primary areas of focus: 

  • Student Communications (including weekly newsletter to social media management) 
  • Student Engagement Portal
GWC Coordinator: Meredith
Meredith Schuman (she/her/hers)
Administrator, Graduate Writing Center

Meredith Schuman has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College, where she studied Poetry with Allen Ginsberg and Lou Asekoff. Her work has been published in several small literary journals including Mudfish and B City.  She has a BA in Theater from Binghamton University and spent a semester at The Imperial College of London. She was an English Instructor at NYU Tandon School of Engineering for many years and served as Graduate ESL Program Director. Her experience includes teaching literature, expository and creative writing, and public speaking in various schools and centers, with a focus on adult ESL populations.  She is an avid photographer, enthusiastic theater-goer, BBC binger, and obsessive knitter.


Primary areas of focus: 

  • Peer Consultations
  • Reading/Writing Workshops
  • Writing Retreats
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Shirley Altamira (she/her/hers)
Student Parent Coordinator
Born in Chinatown and raised in Queens, NY Shirley Altamira currently serves as the Student Parent Coordinator at Teachers College. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a mother, who began motherhood while working full-time at the height of COVID-19, Shirley understands the importance of providing the needed supports to the student-parent community in order for them to succeed not only academically but also in their families and communities. With more than 10 years of counseling and student affairs experience working alongside individuals, families, and community members in outpatient mental health and academic settings, Shirley is excited to be a part of the Student Affairs team at Teachers College. Shirley strives to integrate her professional and personal experiences to provide collaborative, strengths-based, culturally-sensitive, and quality care wherever she goes. 

Shirley is a proud daughter of immigrants and has spent more than two decades growing up in NYC. She holds an MSW from NYU School of Social Work. Though a NYC native, Shirley has found home in Sacramento, CA and Richmond, VA and she hopes to cultivate a homey feeling here at Teachers College. Shirley is making an effort to invest in her self-care and is currently watching The Great British Baking Show as she has binge-watched the seasons on multiple occasions. 

Meet Our Student Teams


GWC Consultant: Catherine

Catherine (she/her)

GWC Lead Workshop Fellow

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Lauren (she/her)

GWC Communications Assistant

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Marissa (she/her)

GWC Assistant

Felicia (she/her)

GWC Writing Fellow

Kelly (she/her)

GWC Writing Fellow

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Martha (she/her)

GWC Writing Fellow

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Peter (he/him)

GWC Writing Fellow

GWC Writing Fellow

Sarah (she/her)

Writing Fellow

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To meet with any of our consultants for a one-on-one writing consultation session, please schedule an appointment*

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 Visit the Writing Center Website

*Appointments available to currently registered degree-granting students only with a maximum of one appointment per week. 

Meet Our Student LIfe Student Staff

Amelia (she/her)

Administrative Fellow, New Student Orientation & Academic Engagement

Claire (she/her)

Administrative Fellow, Communications & Web

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Brian (he/him/they/them)

Student Life Ambassador

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Jay (she/her)

Student Life Ambassador

Mana (she/her)

Administrative Fellow, Community Programming

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Meg (she/her)

Student Life Ambassador

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Nandini (she/her)

Student Life Ambassador

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Nick (he/him)

Student Life Ambassador

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Ricardo (he/him)

Student Life Ambassador

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