Meet Our Staff

Meet Our Staff


Program Coordinator of Advising and 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.

Associate Director of Employer Relations

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 of Advising and Programming

Sabeen Sheikh is the Associate Director of Advising+Programming at TC NEXT. She has a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling and is currently in the last year of her Ed.D. in Educational Policy and Leadership. 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.

Director of TC NEXT

Ashley Smallwood is the Director of TC NEXT. In this role, Ashley works alongside the team to bring to life TC NEXT's vision of student-centered, holistic career and professional support.

Ashley comes to TC with 15 years of experience in education, human-centered design, and strategy. Most recently, Ashley ran a consulting practice called Looking Glass Strategy,  where she consulted with educational institutions and mission-driven organizations to bring human-centered strategy, messaging, and processes to their work.

Ashley began her career in consulting at creative firms IDEO and Clear USA, where she managed key client relationships as well as business development. She was one of the first 60 employees at fast-growing startup Tough Mudder, where she led the Creative Team.

In 2014, Ashley left her private sector career to pursue one in education. In 2015, she graduated from Harvard's Graduate School of Education with a Masters in Education, specializing in Learning and Teaching. After graduating, she spent two years as a 7th grade English teacher at Girls Prep Bronx Middle School, a formative experience that led to her forming her consulting business to support students and the adults who serve them.

Career Advisor

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. 

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