Meet Our Team

Meet Our Team

Meet Our Student Life Leadership Team: 

Denise Boneta (she/her/hers)
Executive Director, 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. 

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Alana Crosby (she/her/hers)
Associate Director, 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, 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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Nelgie Lauredent (she/her/hers)
Assistant Director, Graduate Student Life and Development
Born and raised in Union, NJ, Nelgie Lauredent is a double alumna of Rutgers University, having earned her BA degree in English with a concentration in Medieval Studies, and graduates with an Ed.M degree in College Student Affairs in May 2023. 

Nelgie is dedicated to enhancing the personal and professional journeys of students through intentional and accessible holistic advisement approaches. Support is at the core of Nelgie’s practice, where she strives to empower her students to become impactful change-makers and leaders in today’s society. Excited to bring even more positivity and smiles to the Graduate Student Life & Development Team, Nelgie looks forward to starting her professional journey with the Teachers College community.

Outside of an office, you can find Nelgie exploring nearby cities, enjoying a nice walk in a park, on a quest to find a local bakery, or saying hello to every dog in the area!
Primary Areas of Focus:
  • Academic student organizations
  • Academic Engagement
  • Doctoral Initiatives 
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Kai Santiago (he/they/she)
Assistant Director, Graduate Student Life & Development
Originally from Daly City, California in the Bay Area, Kai has been in New York City since July 2020 where they pursued the MA in Higher and Postsecondary Education from Teachers College and graduated in February 2022. They now serve as the Assistant Director of Graduate Student Life & Development. 
Prior to being a staff member at Teachers College, Kai served as the Student Engagement Coordinator and Graduate Assistant for Student Engagement at Manhattan School of Music. Before coming to New York, Kai got their Bachelor's degree in Psychology from San Francisco State University. Because of their experience as a student leader, both at SF State and Teachers College, Kai has grown very passionate about student development, student involvement, and supporting the creation of a sense of belonging on campus. 
Outside of student affairs, Kai is a freelance makeup artist and has worked with brands like Becca Cosmetics, ONE/SIZE Beauty, and Consonant Skin+Care. They also enjoy singing, Filipino cultural dance, cooking, and going to drag shows in the city!
Primary Areas of Focus:
  • Student Life Ambassadors
  • Community Programming
  • Social Student Organizations
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Meredith Schuman (she/her/hers)
Assistant Director, 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, Graduate Student Life & Development
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

Graduate Writing Center Student Staff

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Elizabeth (she/her)

GWC Writing Fellow

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Felicia (she/her)

GWC Writing Fellow

Kelly (she/her)

GWC Writing Fellow

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Lauren (she/her)

GWC Communications Assistant

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Marissa (she/her)

GWC Assistant

Neha (she/her)

GWC Writing Fellow

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Pavita (she/her)

GWC Writing Fellow

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

Meet Our Student Life Student Staff

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Amelia (she/her)

Administrative Fellow, New Student Orientation & Academic Engagement

Alise (she/her)

Administrative Fellow, Digital Strategy

Mana (she/her)

Administrative Fellow, Community Programming

Maya (she/her)

Student Life Ambassador

Randal (he/him)

Student Life Ambassador

Ricardo (he/him)

Student Life Ambassador

Sarah (she/her)

Student Life Ambassador

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