Meet Our Staff

Meet Our Staff

Associate Director, Employment Partnerships

Laura Coleman is the Associate Director of Employer Relations at TC NEXT. In this role she develops opportunities for students and alumni to connect with hiring managers and employers across a variety of industries. Previously she was the Associate Director of Alumni & Employer Relations at Sotheby’s Institute Art (New York, NY) where she spearheaded new alumni engagement initiatives, oversaw campus recruitment programs, produced professional development events, and collaborated with talent acquisition teams to provide career opportunities for students and alumni. Laura began her career in higher education at Valparaiso University (Valparaiso, IN) as the Associate Director for International Admission, leading strategic planning for international student enrollment and overseeing application review and scholarship awarding. Laura holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, from Bucknell University with majors in Art History and Spanish, and has studied at the Universidad de Granada in Granada, Spain.

Associate Director, Coaching & Programming

Sabeen Sheikh is the Associate Director of Advising and Programming at TC NEXT. She has an Ed.D. in Educational Policy and Leadership and a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling. Her research is focused on reporting behaviors, campus policies and the impact of institutional culture on Muslim college students. Sabeen’s greatest passions are 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. She currently serves on the founding board of a grass roots non profit, Heal Collective NY, and is a Certified Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructor with the National Council of Behavioral Health.

Career Coach

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 Advising + 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. 

Program Coordinator, Coaching & Programming

Lucy Byrne is a Program Coordinator of Advising+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.

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 is available for student coachings in English, German and Italian, and 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. 

Meet Our Student Staff

Career Peer

Nadia Kelson is pursuing an EdM in Mental Health Counseling and an Advanced Certificate in Sexuality, Women, and Gender studies at Teachers College and working as a Graduate Student Worker of Advising & Programming at TC NEXT. In this role, Nadia supports the team in the planning, promotion, and logistics of important career related programming and offerings for students. Nadia is also a certified career peer and supports students and alumni with resume/cover letter/curriculum vitae review and job search strategies. Prior to pivoting into the mental health and education space, Nadia worked as an event planner, designer, marketing strategist, and community organizer. Underlying Nadia's multidisplinary background is the proven ability to cultivate impactful connections and advocacy initiatives at both the individual and community level. They are passionate about supporting others in their unique journies of growth and healing, and working to dismantle the systemic barriers that impact marginalized communities. They hold a Bachelors degree in Media Arts & Sciences and Psychology from Wellesley College. 

Career Peer

Kella Merlain-Moffatt is pursuing her master's in International Educational Development and is a Graduate Student Worker of Advising+Programming at TC NEXT. In this role, Kella serves as a career peer and provides resume/cover letter/curriculum vitae review and job search strategies for TC students and alumni. Kella is passionate about understanding how our lighted pasts inform our futures, civic engagement and connecting folks with the tools needed to reach their next level. Her experience includes work in communications, social justice facilitation, student leadership development, speech and debate coaching, and international development. She holds a Bachelor's degree, magna cum laude, with majors in International Relations and Africana Studies from Tufts University. 

Administrative Fellow, Employment Partnerships

Tay Leppik is pursuing her MA in Education Policy with a specialization in Data & Strategic Planning at Teachers College, and is an Administrative Fellow at TC NEXT. In her role, Tay is responsible for working with the Employer Relations team to plan and execute events, including Employer Meet & Greets and Career Fairs. With a background in event management and as the Chair of the Student Experience Committee within the TC Student Senate, Tay has a passion for developing engaging and meaningful events for TC students as part of cultivating a deeply valuable TC experience. Prior to moving into the field of education policy, Tay also worked as an account and relationship manager, a recruiter, and a fundraiser. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Politics and Governance from Toronto Metropolitan University and a certificate in Public Policy Analysis from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Administrative Fellow, Employment Partnerships

Laura Shurna has served as an Administrative Fellow on the Employment Partnerships team at TC NEXT since August 2021. Laura is a second-year Ed.M. student in the School Counseling program at Teachers College, Columbia University, from which she is expected to graduate in May 2023. Prior to enrolling at Teachers College, Laura worked in public relations and internal communications. Laura received a B.A. in Journalism and Media Relations from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Administrative Fellow, Coaching & Programming

Ally Porzio is pursuing an M.A. in Higher and Postsecondary Education at Teachers College, and she is working as an Administrative Fellow at TC NEXT. In this role, Ally provides coaching and programming for TC alumni navigating their career pathways. Ally is passionate about conversation facilitation and student support, especially in the realm of professional discernment. 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. 

Graduate Student Assistant, Employment Partnerships

Alea Watson 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.

Career Peer

Mary McGreal 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.

Graduate Student Assistant, Communications & Systems
Victoria is pursuing an EdM in Bilingual Latina/o Mental Health Counseling at Teachers College and is a Graduate Student Assistant in the Communications & Systems department in TC NEXT. In this role she works with creating content, reviewing registrations, and managing the user experience for TC NEXT clients. Before matriculating to Teachers College, she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Adelphi University Honors College. She is passionate about educating the Latine community about mental health and looks forward to providing affordable mental health care to marginalized communities. 


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