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Meet the Staff

Student Affairs

Dona Sosa, Dean of Students
212-343-1234 ext. 2800
Dona Sosa has been with the College since 1982 and has served as Dean of Students since 2002. She is responsible for the leadership and administration of multiple student services including Orientation, Student Life (Student Government and Student Groups), Career Services, First Year Experience, International Students, Veterans, Advisement, Students with Special Needs, and Student Conduct.

Prior to serving as Dean of Students, she served as Senior Enrollment Manager. In that role, she led the administration of a comprehensive range of departments, including Student Services, Admissions, and Career Services. She also served as Director of Student Services and Retention Specialist. She holds Bachelor's degree in Human Services and a Master of Science in Administration from The College for Human Services.

Elaine Wong, Student Affairs Office Manager
212-343-1234 ext. 2813
Elaine joined Office of Student Services in December 2012. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from University at Buffalo. She managed student volunteers and worked with student clubs during her internship to improve on a green initiative at University at Buffalo. She participated in Leadership Development and Intercultural & Diversity programs at her school. Before joining MCNY, Elaine worked with a diverse population such as non-profit organization, government agencies, business owners, attorneys, etc, in the corporate world. Elaine enjoys mostly working with students and believes that education is a continuous journey that gears you to your professional goals.

Office of Student Services

Michael Molina, Assistant Director of Student Services
212-343-1234, ext. 2801

Mike has been a part of the Student Services team since 2002. He has a strong background as a student services generalist, with more than two decades of experience in the field. His professional experience includes counseling, advisement, campus activities, advisement for international students, intramural sports, and staff training. At MCNY, Mike oversees the investigation and resolution of student conduct issues. Prior to his work in higher education, Mike spent ten years in social services, in such positions as child protective services caseworker for NYC Administration for Children's Services, and in various community based organizations as the coordinator of youth programs and latchkey program director. He earned an Associate degree in Human Services at LaGuardia Community College and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology at Hunter College. He completed his Master of Science in Education in counseling, with an emphasis in student affairs administration, at St. John's University.

His experiences in social services helped solidify his belief in education as a path to personal and professional success. Like many MCNY students, he also followed a non-traditional educational and career path, which helped shape his vision of the Office of Student Services as the place where students go to get help when facing the inevitable challenges that arise as part of college life.

Cheryl Coveleski, Coordinator of Student Support and Development
212-343-1234 ext. 2808

Cheryl Coveleski is the Coordinator of Student Support and Development. In conjunction with more than 10 years of higher education experience, she is skilled in advising, counseling, registrar functions, staff training and development, event coordination, public speaking, recruiting, career counseling, and staffing.

Cheryl's former positions in higher education include: Dean of Advisement, Assistant Dean of Advisement, Academic Advisor, Tutoring Program Supervisor, and Assistant Director of Admissions at colleges in New York City and Philadelphia. She also served as a member on student retention and success committees, and received awards for increasing student retention rates at her previous employers.

Currently, Cheryl is a Doctoral degree candidate for Nova Southeastern University's Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership, with a minor in Human Resources Development. She earned a Master of Arts degree in Professional Counseling from Argosy University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Millersville University.

Overall, Cheryl believes in lifetime learning and development, maintains a student-centered attitude, and is passionate about helping others to succeed and attain their goals. She bases her leadership on positive psychology and welcomes conversations centered on creative ways to motivate and support students.

Thea Ogunusi, Coordinator of First-Year Advisement and Student Development
212-343-1234 ext. 2802
Thea joined the Office of Student Services in June 2011. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in sociology and black American studies, a minor in women's studies and a Master of Arts in community development from the University of Delaware. She has worked in residence life and multicultural programming. Thea has conducted and presented Participatory Action Research that focused on college and street oriented populations. She believes that education can connect you to your passion.

Samara Schindler, Coordinator of Student Life

Samara joined the Office of Student Services in July 2012. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences with a concentration in Physical Therapy and a minor in psychology from Quinnipiac University. She has also earned a Masters of Arts in Student Affairs Administration with a concentration in Leadership and Development from Binghamton University, where she conducted research on at risk students and programs that increased their success at college.

Samara has worked on both the East and West coast in residence life, student activities, and in the office of alcohol and other drugs. With all of her traveling she has found that there is no place like her home town, New York City. Samara believes that the key to a great education, besides studying and going to class, is getting connected to the community. She looks forward to getting to know the student body and finding creative ways to help students get connected and enjoy the outside the classroom experience.

Todd E. Pettiford, Academic Advisor
212-343-1234 ext. 2805
Todd joined the Office of Student Services in August, 2010. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from Hampton University and his Masters in Education in college student personnel administration and counseling psychology from James Madison University. Before returning to higher education full time, Todd spent many years in the world of entertainment, performing in numerous Broadway, International and regional productions. Having lived abroad and traveled to five continents and over forty countries, Todd has a specific interest in the celebration of cultural diversity.

Telegre Shipman, Graduate Intern
Telegre joined the Office of Student Services in August 2013. She holds a Baccalaureate of Arts in Theater Arts with a minor in Sociology, a Master's of Arts in Liberal Studies, and is currently pursuing a Master's of Science in Education (MS.Ed) concentrated in Higher Education Administration with the School of Public Affairs at Baruch College. Her professional experiences in higher education includes peer counseling, program assessment, event planning, and student outreach. Telegre believes that education will bridge the gap between preparation and opportunity making all individuals successful in their life endeavors.

Office of Career Services

Angel Ortiz, Coordinator of Career Services
212-343-1234 ext. 2316
Angel Ortiz has a strong background in career development services. His experience spans over 20 years of working within a variety of City University Colleges of New York. Mr. Ortiz has worked in diverse capacities within the student development and services area. In addition, he has worked as an adjunct lecturer teaching courses such as advanced career planning, freshman orientation, and public administration courses.

Mr. Ortiz's main goal and passion is to ensure that students are prepared for the world of work and, have developed the necessary job hunting tools and strategies to help them bridge that world. Similarly, he helps and facilitates career planning for students by helping them to conduct self-assessment activities, skills identification, values clarification, career and educational goal setting, and effective job searching strategies and techniques.

Most recently, Mr. Ortiz worked at LaGuardia Community College as an Academic Advisor and Coordinator for the Allied Health/Math and Science Academy. At LaGuardia, he successfully coordinated and implemented a variety of career advising activities aimed at retention and academic development.

Mr. Ortiz graduated from Fordham University with a Master of Science degree in education and human resources development. His undergraduate work was at Lehman College where he obtained a Bachelor's degree in Education and History and early in his career he served as a teacher with the NYC Board of Education.

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