Lucy Byrne is a Program Coordinator of Coaching and Programming at TC NEXT. In this role Lucy will help expand career development workshops and program initiatives, as well as advising TC students and alumni. She has a Bachelor's degree in Criminology and Linguistics from Hofstra University. Her greatest passions are in social justice, specifically penal abolition and forensic linguistic research in capital cases. Lucy’s experience includes work in vocational rehabilitation with marginalized communities, linguistic analysis, along with public speaking and debate.
In this role, Laura leads the Employment Partnerships team, whose scope of work encompasses employer relations, data and systems, marketing and communications, and on-campus student employment. Laura spearheads relationships with a network of over 3,000 TC NEXT employer partners and develops opportunities for students and alumni to connect with hiring managers across a wide variety of industries.
Previously Laura was the Associate Director of Alumni & Employer Relations at Sotheby’s Institute of Art (New York, NY) where she developed new alumni engagement initiatives, oversaw campus recruitment programs, and produced professional development events. Laura began her career in higher education at Valparaiso University (Valparaiso, IN), primarily serving in the role of Associate Director for International Admission, leading strategic planning for international undergraduate student enrollment and overseeing application review and scholarship awarding.
Laura is a member of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), the Metropolitan New York College Career Planning Officers’ Association (MNYCCPOA), and Higher Education Professionals of Long Island and New York City (LICSPA). She has given talks and presented at conferences on a pathways model of success for graduate students and career transitions within the higher education sector. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, from Bucknell University, has studied at the Universidad de Granada in Granada, Spain, and is currently pursuing graduate studies at Teachers College, Columbia University.
Tiffany serves as the Associate Director of Coaching & Programming at TC NEXT. Through experiential learning opportunities, customized programs and up-to-date coaching models, Tiffany will guide the coaching & programming team to deliver high-quality opportunities for TC students and alumni through all stages of their career lifecycle. As a coach and higher education practitioner, she is extremely passionate about helping students navigate their professional and academic careers with ease. She believes in empowering students at every point of their career journey by identifying strengths, exploring their interests, and creating meaningful connections between their past and future aspirations.
Prior to joining TC NEXT, Tiffany served as the Assistant Director of Career Development at NYU, where she oversaw programming and operations as well as provided one-on-one coaching to support students as they developed their professional brand and navigated their job search. Prior to her time at NYU, she served in a variety of roles in higher education, serving students in residential life, multicultural affairs, admissions and access programs at FIU, CUNY, St. John’s, Johns Hopkins, and Harvard University.
She holds a BS in Legal Studies from St. John’s University, MS in Higher Education Administration from Florida International University, and is an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) with the International Coaching Federation. She looks forward to working with you and being of service to the TC Community.
Uyanga is an Employment Partnerships Coordinator at TC NEXT. In this role, she will be continuing the development of partnerships with employers to provide career networking opportunities for students and alumni. Uyanga has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Education from Clark University. Previously, Uyanga was a kindergarten teacher in the US and abroad in international schools across China. Additionally, she has worked with domestic and international students in a variety of roles, such as an Admissions Counselor and Risk and Safety coordinator, spearheading counseling in higher education and employment opportunities. Uyanga is more than happy to assist in Mongolian and in Russian.
Vince Ricco (he/him)Assistant Director, Communications & Systems
Vince Ricco is the Assistant Director of Communications & Systems at TCNEXT, where he concentrates on strategic messaging, curated events and programming to best serve students, as well as tracking the career outcomes data of recent Teachers College graduates.
Vince began his career in education at sea, spearheading the on-board delivery of anthropological content as Cruise & Travel Director for Holland America Line, and spent the following two years as Headmaster of Challenger School in Silicon Valley–projects which have endowed him with a multidisciplinary and multicultural approach to educational programming, paired with a very personal commitment to encouraging workplace equity for the LGBTQ+ community.
Vince holds a Master of Arts in International Economics, Business & Cultural Diplomacy from Hochschule Furtwangen University and the Institute of Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin, as well as a Bachelor of Music from Montclair State University, just across the Hudson. He is available to assist in English, German and Italian.
Sabeen Sheikh is the Director of TC NEXT at Teacher College, Columbia University working in student affairs, career services, and higher education for over 10 years. Sabeen has an Ed.D. in Educational Policy and Leadership and a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling. Sabeen’s work spans over career and student development in higher education, and addressing mental health issues in various communities. Her experience includes work in strength-based counseling, career coaching, social justice, domestic violence, undoing racism, and student leadership development.
Sabeen is a Lecturer in the Higher Education Administration Program for the School of Professional Development at Stony Brook University and has previously taught in Hofstra University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She currently serves on the founding board of a grassroots nonprofit, Heal Collective NY, and is a Certified Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructor with the National Council of Behavioral Health, and American Muslim Health Professionals.
Genevieve Thevenin is a career and academic coach. She has over ten years of experience in coaching, advising, tutoring, and teaching students across secondary, higher, and post secondary education. At TC NEXT she provides resume/cover letter/curriculum vitae review, job search strategies, salary negotiation advice, and interview preparation to TC students and alumni. As a member of the Coaching and Programming team, Genevieve also supports the development of workshops, learning modules, and professional development opportunities. She has a proven record of meaningful connections through one-on-one coaching, including experience with non-traditional and underserved students. An engaging facilitator and speaker, Genevieve is a huge advocate for the use of campus resources to support students on their educational journey. In addition to her work in career coaching, her personal mission is to support students of color in making positive changes to their financial trajectories and empowering them to shatter glass ceilings and dismantle systemic inequalities.
Karina began her career in higher education at UC Berkeley where she worked in Human Resources coordinating arrivals of visiting scholars. Prior to joining TC Next, she worked at the Columbia University Medical Center as the Program Manager of Student Research in the Office of Medical Education, where she developed resources and enhanced platforms to support students navigating scholarly projects.
Karina grew up in Oakland, California and is a community college graduate. She holds a BA in Sociology from UC Berkeley, and is an alum of the Higher and Postsecondary Education program at TC. She is passionate about empowering students to achieve both personal and professional goals, and cultivating safe spaces for belonging.
Alea is an incoming student at Teachers College and is pursuing her Ed.M. in Mental Health Counseling, while also working as a Graduate Student Assistant at TC NEXT. In this role, she focuses on employment partnerships, and building relationships between current students, alumni, and various employers. Alea is extremely passionate about mental health awareness and interventions, especially within minority communities, and using community engagement as a tool to build long-lasting skills and relationships. She graduated magna cum laude from Rutgers University - New Brunswick in May 2022 with her Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice.
Ally is pursuing an M.A. in Higher and Postsecondary Education at Teachers College. She is working as an Administrative Fellow at TC NEXT, and a Curriculum and instruction Fellow with Hats & Ladders, an award-winning foundational career readiness program.After graduating from Villanova University in 2021, Ally joined the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and served as an Education Assistant in Minneapolis. While engaging with elementary-aged students, she was reminded of her goals as a future advisor and administrator: to help students and alumni embrace childlike curiosity while considering personal and professional options.
Bayla is pursuing her M.S. in communication sciences and disorders in order to pursue a career in speech language pathology. She is passionate about creating accessible therapy services for those living in underprivileged communities. In this role, Bayla focuses on building relationships with students, alumni, and employers. Bayla is originally from a small suburb outside of Boston. She completed her undergraduate degree in psychology in May of 2023 at Binghamton University.
Kayla (she/her) Systems and Digital Communications Assistant
Kayla is pursuing an M.A. in Bilingual/Bicultural Childhood Education at Teachers College, through which she will earn her initial teacher certifications in Childhood Education for grades 1-6, and the NYS Bilingual extension in Spanish. In her role, Kayla focuses on digital experience, communication, and engagement as tools for providing more tailored career services and accessible resources for students. Kayla’s passion is in the education field, and creating positive learning experiences and providing accessibility for all. Kayla also has a background in the administrative duties of direct marketing, student philanthropy, and using data to inform decision-making processes in education. Prior to starting at Teachers College, Kayla graduated with cum laude and high honors from New York University, with a degree in Spanish and History, and a minor in Teacher Education.
Mary is pursuing an M.A. in Elementary Inclusive Education with Gifted Extension at Teachers College, through which she will earn her initial teacher certifications in Childhood Education for grades 1-6, Teaching Students with Disabilities for grades 1-6, and the NYS extension in Gifted Education. She is a Graduate Student Worker on the Coaching+Programming team at TC NEXT. In this role, she serves as a career peer and provides resume and cover letter guidance to TC students and alumni, in addition to lending job search strategies and overarching support for life after graduate school. She will also assist with the digitalization of TC's fabulous resources to an accessible Canvas course. She's excited at the prospect of coaching and collaborating with her peers and discovering entirely new perspectives, career paths, and aspects of TC through their eyes. Prior to pivoting into education, she worked as a software engineer and a server at a restaurant in the East Village. As a New York native, she is extremely passionate about fighting inequity within the nation's largest and most segregated public school system. She is an alumna of Barnard College where she studied Computer Science and Economics. She was an active member of Beyond Barnard during her time on campus, and is excited to continue advancing equity and access across all industries and career ambitions within the TC community.
Maya is pursuing an Ed.M. in Mental Health Counseling. As a Career Peer at TC NEXT, they will assist with programming for events and operations on the Coaching and Programming team, support TC students and alumni with job application materials, and work with the Career Closet. Maya strives to be a therapist, researcher, and educator specifically trained to work with survivors of relationship violence in the LGBTQIA+ community. This passion was fostered at Clark University, where they graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, highest honors, and a Bachelor’s degree in Women's Gender Studies.
Nafiza Tarannum is actively pursuing her Masters of Education in School Counseling at Teachers College, driven by her passion for a future career in guiding high school students. She is passionate about counseling students from marginalized communities with cultural backgrounds where the topic of mental health is considered taboo. In this role, she provides coaching and programming for TC alumni navigating their career pathways. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from The City College of New York in 2022 with a Bachelors in Communications and minors in Publishing, Art and Creative Writing.
Vera (she/her) Administrative Fellow, Student Employment
Originally from China and having completed undergrad at University College in Dubling, Ireland, Vera is pursuing an M.A. in Social-Organizational Psychology at Teachers College. Vera's 5-year work history includes her role in Human Resources Manager at Procter & Gamble, where she was exposed to a variety of HR disciplines including recruiting, employee relations, and change management. Vera is passionate about people and organizational development, and is thrilled to join the Employment Partnerships team in supporting TC students’ personal and professional growth.
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