Stay up to date on the latest from your fellow Violets! Read about what alumni are up to in education and social sciences, from being named teacher of the year to humanitarian efforts to improve the lives of people in your communities and more.

Please note: Class notes are organized first by school (you may use the links on the right to jump to a school or college you'd like to view notes from) and within each school or college, notes are organized by class year (most recent graduates to older graduates).

College of Arts & Science

Eric Wang (CAS ʼ21) is currently co-leading the Chinese Heritage and Identity through Food And Nutrition (CHIFAN) Project aimed to educate young Chinese Americans about the importance of Chinese cultural foods and food intake diversity. (Summer 2023)

Jumoke Opeyemi (CAS ’18) became a first generation college student in his family. He was recently highlighted by Let’s Get Ready organization who selected Mr. Opeyemi to do a documentary on his life. (Spring 2020)

Lauren Rosenbaum (CAS ’09) is a school psychologist at Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, Massachusetts, the leading school for the blind in the U.S. She presented on accessible psycho-educational assessments for blind and visually impaired children at this year's National Association of School Psychologists annual conference. (Summer 2023)

Jenny Maenpaa, (CAS ’07) celebrated her 10th year as a psychotherapist and women's leadership coach by launching Forward in Heels, a self-paced online course created for women who are ready to take control of their well-being on their own time and design the lives they have envisioned. (Winter 2024)

Wilson Lam (CAS ʼ00) celebrates 19 years in the NYC Department of Education and was recently appointed an Early Childhood Education Director. (Summer 2023)

Mary Rice-Boothe (CAS ’98) is celebrating the publication of her first book, Leading Within Systems of Inequity in Education: A Liberation Guide for Leaders of Color published by ASCD. The book provides concrete competencies and actions for leaders working to create different outcomes for minoritized students in all K12 school settings. (Winter 2023)

Lawrence R. Jones (WSUC ʼ84) is a former New Jersey Superior Court family judge who developed Point C, a non-profit, public service project that provides free educational resources for parents and professionals involved in contentious divorce proceedings and child custody disputes. (Summer 2023)

Dr. Beverly Greene (ARTS ʼ73) was presented the American Psychological Association's 2023 Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Lifetime Contributions to Psychology in Washington DC on August 3, 2023. Greene is a Professor of Psychology at St. John’s University in Jamaica, N.Y. (Summer 2023)

Gallatin School of Individualized Study

Dante Cantú (GAL ’03) is now the Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs at SUNY Westchester Community College. In this role, Mr. Cantú will provide leadership and vision for a comprehensive student experience agenda designed to promote belonging, well-being, and achievement for the diverse student body at SUNY WCC, SUNY’s first Hispanic Serving Institution and the most diverse of SUNY’s 64 campuses. (Winter 2023)

Alexis Haselberger (GAL ’03) has been lucky to be able to serve 30,000+ people throughout the pandemic to help them increase productivity and decrease stress and burnout through her online courses and via 1:1 coaching, group coaching and corporate workshops. (Winter 2021)

Maggie Schein (GAL ’98) is announcing the upcoming publication of her book Cruelty: A Book About Us (Palgrave Macmillan) this season! This book has been over 25 years in the making and Schein is greatly looking forward to any and all conversations it may provoke. (Fall 2023)

Global Liberal Studies

Rina Madhani (GLS ’14) was selected as one of 2022's ten L'Oréal Paris Women of Worth. This prestigious award recognizes the achievements of non-profit leaders making a profound difference in the lives of others by tackling some of our society’s most pressing issues. (Fall 2022)

Graduate School of Arts & Science

Daniel Menely (GSAS ’07, STEINHARDT ’18) is a writing professor at NYU-Tisch, where he has taught for the last 12 years. He is also a psychotherapist (danielmenely.com) with private practices in NY and OR, and runs an admissions essay editing business. (Summer 2022)

Parama Chaudhury (GSAS ’03) has been appointed Pro-Vice-Provost Education (Student Academic Experience) at University College London, the UK's largest university, where she will support faculties and departments to address issues in their student satisfaction data, with a particular focus on aspects of Assessment & Feedback and Teaching Quality. (Fall 2022)

Melissa M. Morris (GSAS ’00) is a music teacher at James Madison High School in New York City. She was honored with $10,000 in recognition of her work supporting student development and achievement. Ms. Morris now joins winners from all 50 states and the District of Columbia as one of the nation’s top inspiring teachers. (Summer 2020)

Shannon Reed (GSAS ’00) will publish her first book, Why Did I Get a B? And Other Mysteries We're Discussing in the Faculty Lounge (Simon & Schuster). (Winter 2020)

Carlos O. Cortez (GSAS ’99) is a nationally recognized educational leader who has been President of the San Diego College of Continuing Education (SDCCE) since 2015. He will be the next Chancellor of the San Diego Community College District (SDCCD). (Fall 2021)

Vânia Penha-Lopes (GSAS ’91, ’99) has recently had her book, The Presidential Election of Trump and Bolsonaro, Whiteness, and the Nation (Lexington Books 2022), reprinted as a paperback edition in 2023. The book is recommended as "highly readable" by Choice Reviews.

Stefanie Solow Glennon, Ph.D. (GSAS ’91) gave a successful talk last June at an international psychoanalytic conference (IARPP) entitled "Psychic Ramifications of the Assault on Truth". (Fall 2020)

Joseph H. Moskowitz (GSAS ’71, ’83) is a Professor of Political Science at New Jersey City University and past President of the Northeastern Political Science Association, the New Jersey Political Science Association, and the American Federation of Teachers Local 1839. (Winter 2023)

Sheri Prupis (GSAS ʼ83) earned her PhD in Community College Leadership from Old Dominion University, sharing the message that "it is never too late to learn." (Fall 2023)

Andy Rose (GSAS ’82) retired after 42 years in public education. From 1984-2009, he was Chief School Administrator of the Norwood Public School District in Bergen County, New Jersey.

Nancy Krasa (GSAS ’76) and Colleen (Uscianowski) Maas (CAS ’06) announced the publication of their book, How Children Learn Math: The Science of Math Learning in Research and Practice, by Nancy Krasa, Karen Tzanetopoulos, and Colleen Maas (Routledge, 2023). Written in plain English for teachers, special ed teachers, and parents, it is a comprehensive review of the research in mathematical cognition and includes research-compatible home and classroom activities. (Fall 2022)

School of Law

Lauren Burke (LAW ’09) co-founded Camp Equity, a virtual camp to teach young people about social justice by connecting them with lived-experience leaders and other youth from around the country. Camp Equity was founded in the wake of George Floyd's murder and in the midst of the global pandemic. So far they have engaged over 225 young people from over 30 states. (Spring 2021)

School of Professional Studies

April Cardena (SPS ’22) is coming onboard as the new Assistant Director of Advising for University Programs at NYU. She has also recently been named on the Power Player Rising List for AMNY and PoliticsNY.com. (Fall 2022)

Aulston Taylor (SPS ’16) is the President of St. Augustine High School in New Orleans. (Spring 2021)

Shaniqua Taban (SPS ’11) has been nominated to serve on the Natomas Unified School District Superintendent’s Parent Advisory Council, representing the Herredia-Arriaga Dual Immersion School in Natomas, California. (Fall 2023)

Frances Kweller (SPS ’02, STEINHARDT ’04) announces that in collaboration with a sponsorship between the Stuyvesant Alumni Association's "Stuy Prep" and the director of Kweller Prep Tutoring Services, Inc., 25 top-performing 7th-grade students received full scholarships into Kweller Prep's rigorous Specialized High School SHSAT program this summer. (Summer 2020)

Tiffani Bell (SPS ’90, WSC ’92) joined the Board of Directors for Leadership Sandy Springs, which develops, educates, and connects leaders through community engagement, innovative programming, and volunteer opportunities. (Summer 2022)

 

Silver School of Social Work

Imam Kurniawan (SSSW ’23) is working closely and directly with the Minister of Social Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia to lead an initiative to formulate and implement an extensive policy and program designed to strengthen social protection for individuals with disabilities across Indonesia. Our primary objectives encompass the enhancement of their economic prospects, the provision of essential social support, and the facilitation of access to assistive tools and technologies. (Fall 2023)

Teshera Russell, LCSW (SSSW ’17) was promoted to Assistant Clinical Director at Greenwich House Center for Resiliency and Wellness, a mental health program that provides inter-generational, trauma-informed mental health services for 350 clients ages 3 to 103. (Fall 2022)

Nicole Devivo (SSSW ’17) has worked as a Medical Social Worker in a hospital setting for almost three years. Her mission has always been to share the importance of social work in an acute medical setting. On December 4, she will be receiving an award through New York State NASW for Exceptional Social Work Service. (Fall 2020)

Patricia Lee (SSSW ’13) moved to sunny Arizona, where she has been providing therapeutic services to foster children in the State foster care system.

Heidi Wiste (SSSW ’00) became president of Children’s Home Society of Minnesota (Children’s Home) on August 19. She was also named associate vice president for Adoption and Foster Care at Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota (LSS). The two organizations have been partners in Adoption Services since 2012. (Fall 2021)

Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development

Grace Pereyra (STEINHARDT ’22) will be transitioning to a new role as an Elementary Lead Teacher at KIPP Inquire Elementary School in the North Bronx. (Spring 2023)

Jillian Henthorn (STEINHARDT ’21) published two environmental education children's books in 2022, Bunny Builds a Home and Robin Needs a Nest. Copies available online and upon request. (Spring 2023)

Rochelle Jackson-Smarr (STEINHARDT ’12) has been selected as the recipient of the LEAD California 2022 Richard E. Cone Award for Emerging Leaders in Community Engagement, which recognizes an exemplary early-career individual who is an emerging leader in the field of community engagement. (Spring 2022)

Harmony Osei (STEINHARDT ʼ11) is the Director of NYU's Martin Luther King Jr. Scholars Program. (Fall 2023)

Fabian Garcia (STEINHARDT ’09) was welcomed to the Red Oak Middle School Family as the new middle school principal. Mr. Fabian Garcia joins Red Oak ISD with 20 years of educational experience including the past four years as assistant principal in Manor ISD. (Summer 2020)

Jill Moses (STEINHART ’07, ’08) is the founder and CEO of The Inspired Community Project, Inc., transitioning from a 15-year special education teaching career to full-time nonprofit leader and education innovator. She will be presenting at the NYU BeTogether Alumni Conference on Saturday, February 11, 2023. (Winter 2023)

Krista Quinn (STEINHARDT ’02, ’06) won the 2022 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching at Rockland Community College. (Winter 2023)

Jamie Warner (STEINHARDT ’05) was recently named Union County Teacher of the Year in New Jersey. (Fall 2020)

Tara L. Parker (STEINHARDT ʼ05) was appointed Dean of the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Massachusetts Boston. (Summer 2023)

Amy Garay Solomon (STEINHARDT ʼ04) has been promoted to Director of Education at the Hofstra University Museum of Art in Hempstead, NY. (Fall 2023)

Reena (Gold) Kamins (STEINHARDT ’03) recently launched the Ark of Dreams Foundation, a non-profit with the mission of providing scholarships for students who have lost a parent before college. She has been in the higher education space for two decades as an admissions professional and independent educational consultant. Just before the pandemic, she also launched College, Career & Laugh to bring some levity to the stress of the process. (Spring 2022)

Hiram Allen (STEINHARDT ʼ01, ʼ03) was appointed Supervisor of Special Education in the Mt. Vernon City School District. (Fall 2023)

Dr. Bonnie S. Molina (STEINHARDT ’98) earned a Doctor of Education degree in K-12 School Administration from Seton Hall University in December 2020 and is currently a district program supervisor for the Perth Amboy Public Schools in NJ. (Fall 2021)

Julia Fallon (STEINHARDT ’93) became the Executive Director of the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) in January, where she works with U.S. state and territorial digital learning leaders to empower the education community to leverage technology for learning, teaching, and school operations. (Winter 2021)

Buddy Walter (STEINHARDT ’88) is among two NYU alumni who received a $2,500 grant through Palo Verde Fiesta Bowl Charities Wishes for Teachers Draft Day. A Performing Arts teacher at Arts Academy at Estrella Mountain in Tolleson, AZ, Walter will use this grant to purchase materials for their school musical production. (Fall 2023)

Chuck Rhoades (STEINHARDT ’82) recently had his book, Teaching Teens about Relationships: A Guide for Teachers, Counselors, and Youth Group Facilitators, published by Rowman & Littlefield. (Fall 2023)

Todd Daley (STEINHARDT ’81) retired last year after a 50-year career teaching high school and junior college. He has written five novels including Fable, Blue Collar Works, The Mariners Harbor Messiah, and The Pulaski Prowler. (Summer 2020)

Janet Goldner (STEINHARDT ’81) has received a Fulbright Specialist Award to Uganda at Makerere University. (Spring 2022)

Fred Nadelman (STEINHARDT ’66) is currently a retired social worker alongside his wife, while being politically active for the Humane Society and is an aficionado of the social sciences. (Fall 2023)

Stern School of Business

Andrew Cassidy (STERN ’15) had an op-ed published in his hometown newspaper, the Denver Gazette. (Fall 2023)

Julia Cherashore (STERN ’09) has joined 2 non-profit Boards this year. After serving on the Advisory Board of Mamaroneck Schools Foundation (a 501(c)3 dedicated to elevating quality of public education), she joined the full Board this year. In addition, Julia joined the Board of Friends of New York City Family-Nurse Partnership, a non-profit dedicated to improving lives of mothers and babies in New York City, this year. (Fall 2023)

Will Robalino (STERN ’06) has been named Chief Financial and Administrative Officer of Little Kids Rock, a national nonprofit dedicated to transforming lives by restoring, expanding, and innovating music education in public schools across the country. (Summer 2022)

Neha Bajaj (STERN ’03, GSAS ’05) has written and released her first children’s picture book, Noah’s Intense Day. The launch of the book is aligned with Autism Acceptance Month in April, and the book focuses on themes of empathy and understanding our differences. (Spring 2023)

Aniko DeLaney (STERN ’99) is now an Adjunct Professor of Marketing at NYU Stern and a full-time Lecturer of Marketing at Fordham University. After 30 years of working in financial services marketing, it is exciting to bridge the academic and professional worlds and help students prepare for their future careers. (Fall 2023)

Harry Prassakos (STERN ’98) was elected as a Trustee to the Wayne Township (NJ) Board of Education alongside being voted in as the Board's Vice President for 2023. (Spring 2023)

Gerry Ginsburg (STERN ’77) was ordained as a Rabbi and received his M.A. in Jewish Studies from The Academy for Jewish Religion (NY). He is a rabbi at Temple Beth El in Stamford, CT. (Winter 2020)

Tandon School of Engineering 

Ronald Daniels (TANDON ’77) recently had his book trilogy acquired by the Schomburg Center of Research and Reference In Black Culture. (Summer 2023)

Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service

Christine Stellar (WAG ʼ09) was appointed as Chief Development Officer of Boston-based nonprofit United South End Settlements. (Fall 2023)

Walter Fields (WAG ’90) was appointed to the Prince George's County (MD) Board of Education by County Executive Angela Alsobrooks. Fields is also Co-Chairperson of Strong Schools Maryland, a statewide education equity organization, and has helped establish the National Center for the Elimination of Educational Disparities (NCEED) at Morgan State University. (Winter 2023)

Mark Redmond (WAG ʼ86) had a $1 million endowment named after him, the Mark Redmond Fund, recognizing the work he has done as executive director of the nonprofit, Spectrum Youth and Family Services, helping homeless and at-risk youth for more than four decades in Burlington, Vermont. (Fall 2023)