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  • Alumni Board

    The alumni board, representing all sectors of the university, is tasked with helping to recruit future board members and provide assistance in increasing and enhancing opportunities for alumni to network, socialize, and connect with and support the university.

    The board members come from a wide range of professional backgrounds and graduation years. Their expertise in various fields and their desire to build a strong alumni presence within the New School community are invaluable assets to the university.

    Martha Alexander: BFA Communication Design '79

    Martha AlexanderMartha currently serves on the advisory council of the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, where she served two terms as a board member and chaired the nominating committee. Martha also served a term on the board of the New Haven Museum. She previously lived in Houston, where she served on the Decorative Arts subcommittee of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and on the board of the Glassell School, the fine arts school affiliated with the museum. Martha also chaired the nominating committee of the Greater Houston Preservation Alliance. Shortly after graduating from Parsons, Martha worked as an art director at Grey Advertising, where her accounts included Revlon, Timex, Renault, and Intercontinental Hotels. Martha recently renovated her home, which was designed in 1914 by Delano and Aldrich (whose commissions included the Union Club and the Chapin School); the home has since been placed on the National Historic Register.

    Sabine Blaizin: BA, Liberal Arts '99

    Sabine BlaizinSabine currently serves as the program manager and director of Alumni Relations and Community Engagement at AmeriCorps Public Allies New York, a nonprofit organization dedicated to training young people to become effective managers and leaders. Sabine also serves on Public Allies New York's alumni advisory board. A jill-of-all-trades, Sabine is a part-time holistic health practitioner and health coach and a DJ who spins global sounds such as house and Afrobeat music. At Lang, Sabine majored in urban sociology. She later earned a master's degree in traditional Chinese medicine at Tristate College of Acupuncture and the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.

    Adam Brown: PhD Clinical Psychology '08

    Adam BrownAdam is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at New York University School of Medicine. He carries out research in anxiety disorders, particularly posttraumatic stress disorder. Adam received his PhD in clinical psychology from The New School for Social Research and completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in brain imaging at Weill Medical College of Cornell University. He was a 2010 Australian-American Fulbright Senior Scholar conducting research at the University of New South Wales and the Macquarie Centre for Cognitive Science in Sydney, Australia. His work has been published in numerous international peer-reviewed journals and books. Adam currently serves as the book editor for the journal Memory Studies and recently co-edited Memory and the Future: Transnational Politics, Ethics, and Society.

    Mark Cajigao: MFA Acting '08

    Mark CajigaoMark is an actor, a founding member of theNEST theater company, and the Digital Content Producer for the Roundabout Theatre Company. When he's not interviewing Broadway stars and producing videos for Roundabout, Mark is on the other side of the camera and on stage himself. His credits include everything from off-Broadway to independent film to a documentary for ESPN. Last year, Mark appeared in award-winning horror film The Fields, starring Academy Award-winner Cloris Leachman and produced by fellow New School Drama alumnus Faust Checho. Mark is also founding member of Young Patrons Society, a group of alumni of The New School's performing arts divisions (Jazz, Mannes, and Drama).

    Stephen Czarkowski: MM, Music '02 (BM, '99, Performance)

    Stephen CzarkowskiStephen is a conductor, cellist and educator in the Washington D.C. area and nationally. He serves as Music Director and Conductor of the Apollo Chamber Orchestra and has collaborated with artists from the Metropolitan Opera and the Washington National Opera. Stephen is currently on the cello and conducting faculty of Landon School and Shepherd University in West Virginia. At Shepherd University he is Principal Cellist (Jim and Linda Walker Chair) of the 2 Rivers Chamber Orchestra and shares conducting duties with the Preparatory Orchestra. This fall, he is the conductor of the University of Virginia Charlottesville Symphony Orchestra. He is also Assistant Conductor of the Opera Camerata of Washington DC, as well as its orchestra personnel manager and principal cellist. He was selected for the 2003 National Conducting Institute and has had other guest conducting appearances with numerous orchestras and symphonies nationally and internationally. Stephen serves on the Board of Directors of the Conductor's Guild.

    Colin Dean: BFA Jazz Performance '06

    Colin is a professional bassist and composer and a consultant on music business and international affairs. He currently works part-time for AFM Local 1000, the North American Traveling Musicians Union. He is an alumnus of both The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music and the New School's Graduate Program in International Affairs, where his area of concentration was security and conflict.

    In 2010, Colin released his debut record, Shiwasu, to critical acclaim from publications such as Jazz Times and Jazz Inside Magazine; the album received national radio airplay on programs including NPR's Weekend Edition. He has headlined performances at venues such as the Blue Note and Joe's Pub in New York and has performed in major venues and music festivals throughout North America. He has collaborated with Grammy-nominated talent in genres ranging from Latin jazz to hip-hop and has opened for notable artists including Snoop Dogg. Colin is currently playing bass in a number of projects featuring some of Broadway's top vocalists.

    Colin interned at Velour Music Group after finishing his undergraduate studies. He served for nearly three years as communications and marketing coordinator for iASO Records, an independent world music label. He has also worked as a consultant and music director for Nomadic Wax, a U.S.-based social enterprise that produces music, film, and educational events promoting cross-cultural exchange and awareness of global issues. Colin volunteers on the Artists for Peace Concert Series planning committee for the lay Buddhist organization SGI-USA and on the Justice for Jazz Artists Committee at AFM Local 802, the Musicians Union for Greater New York. Much of Colin's graduate-level research focused on music in international affairs and cultural diplomacy, and he aspires to work internationally using music as a tool to promote peace.

    Angelina Gadeliya PDPL: Performance '05

    Angelina has performed widely as a soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician throughout the United States and in France, Italy, Spain, Mexico, Israel, and Ukraine. As a fellow in The Academy, a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and The Weill Music Institute, she completed three seasons with their prestigious Ensemble ACJW. As a member of The Academy, she was actively involved in educational outreach to New York City's public schools. Angelina's recent performances include solo and chamber music recitals at Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie's Weill and Zankel Halls, the Consulate of France, the Ukrainian Institute of New York, the New-York Historical Society, the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art in Chicago, the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, and the Beethoven Master Course in Positano, Italy. Angelina organized a benefit concert at New York's Steinway Hall to aid refugees in Tbilisi, Georgia and toured Ukraine several times, playing benefit concerts for families with children who have special needs. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook University and is also a graduate of The Juilliard School.

    Jahmila K. Joseph: BA Liberal Arts '06

    Jahmila K. JosephJahmila Joseph currently serves as Executive Director, Office of Intergovernmental Affairs for NYC Department of Education. Prior to working with the NYC Department of Education, Ms. Joseph was the Deputy Chief of Staff to New York City Public Advocate, now mayor, Bill de Blasio. Ms. Joseph also served as the Assistant Director of Political Affairs at the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators, a public labor union representing over 16,000 members working within the New York City public education system, and as the Vice President of Operations for Carl Andrews and Associates, a full-service government and community relations firm.

    While a student at Eugene Lang, Ms. Joseph participated in the internship program which helped her transition her role at the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy from intern to Program Coordinator where she spent her final two years at Lang balancing a full course load with the demands of a full-time job producing and managing public programs and events.

    Ms. Joseph co-owns the event management firm, Fresh Squeezed Events, which has managed and produced events for the HBO Latino Film Festival, Random House, the NAACP, and numerous elected officials. Ms. Joseph also serves on the board of Best of Brooklyn, Inc. and currently resides in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn.

    Priyanka Sen Kundu: AAS, Fashion Marketing '07

    Jahmila K. JosephPriyanka is a product development manager at Coach. She manages development and commercialization of handbags representing around 15 percent of the business. She also serves on the Board of The New School Alumni Association representing Parsons The New School for Design. Priyanka has worked for companies like Prada, American Eagle Outfitters, and Raymonds in Marketing, Production, and Design roles. As part of her first job as a designer she traveled across Europe researching trends and styled a fashion photo-shoot in London. In 2008, she also styled and designed the wardrobe for the indie movie Clap Clap.

    In 2011, Priyanka received the Coach Excellence Award and in the following year served as a jury member of the award committee. She was a panel member at New York City Fashion Campus 2011 and went on to be a lead speaker in the following year's event where she addressed New York City interns from diverse disciplines including fashion, finance, and business. She is also an avid volunteer supporting social causes like Free Arts NYC, Festival of Peace, NYC °CoolRoofs, and Governors Island Alliance in New York City.

    Priyanka earned her Fashion Marketing degree from Parsons The New School of Design in 2007. She was awarded her undergraduate degree in Fashion Design from the National Institute of Fashion Technology in India before moving to New York City in 2006. She also holds an MBA. She has been trained on denim finishes and washes at Jeanologia, Spain. Priyanka is passionate about painting, particularly oil on canvas. She loves to travel and read. Giverny, Paris, Capri, Rome, and Jaipur are a few of her favorite destinations.

    Dee MacDonald-Miller: BFA Environmental Design '75

    Dee MacDonald-MillerDee is a managing director in the Tenant Representation Division at Jones Lang LaSalle in Washington, DC. In this role, she develops and executes complex real estate planning and major facility acquisition projects. Her areas of expertise include corporate real estate consulting, workplace strategy, leasing structures and transactions, and leading project teams in corporate development and built-to-suit projects. Dee also serves on the advisory board of the Girl Scouts of the National Capital Area and is the chair of Parsons DC, the first official chapter of The New School Alumni Association. She is a major donor to the university and has spearheaded the Parsons DC Alumni Scholarship, a group scholarship that provides $5,000 in tuition assistance annually to a student with demonstrated financial need. Dee was also a supporter of last year's joint Parsons-Milano-Stevens Institute Solar Decathlon project.

    Michael McKinnon: Cert. Interior Design '05

    Dee MacDonald-MillerMichael is founder, president and chief creative officer of Michael McKinnon, Inc., a full service luxury residential and contract interior design and decoration firm based in New York City. He and his work have been featured in Veranda, House Beautiful and Traditional Home, among other publications. A participant in the 2008 Kips Bay Decorator Show House, Michael has also designed centerpieces for the New York Botanical Garden's annual Orchid Dinner benefit gala. He has been named to a select group of Franco-American designers slated to produce a tribute to Edith Wharton at The Mount in Lenox, MA in 2011 under the aegis of French design legend Andrée Putman. Before moving into the interior design world, Michael worked in advertising and public relations. In addition to his program at Parsons, his educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and French, as well as graduate work in contemporary French politics and French literature in Paris. Michael has served as a guest critic, interviewer, and portfolio reviewer for Career Days at Parsons. He also served on the Parsons Reunion committee in 2007.

    James Stenerson: MA Media Studies '80

    James StenersonJim is the executive director of the Pforzheimer Center for Faculty Development and the Center for Teaching Learning and Technology at Pace University. Some of Jim's accomplishments in this role include serving as principal investigator for a $3 million grant from the Verizon Foundation, developing and teaching the first online public speaking course, and designing and implementing a full-motion video conferencing network for the delivery of courses between campuses. Jim has also been an adjunct associate professor at Pace and is currently co-advisor to the Gay-Straight Alliance student organization; he previously served as the director of Educational Media for the university. Jim is a chairperson of the Westchester County LGBT Advisory Board and a member of the Yonkers Historical Society. He has also served on the board of directors for SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders) and was a member of the City of Yonkers Cable Television Commission. His long list of scholarly achievements includes papers, presentations, lectures, and conference and roundtable facilitation at conferences and roundtables on faculty development and information technology. Jim holds a PhD in Information Science, with a concentration in the philosophy of technology, from Long Island University. He is a leadership donor and served on the New School Reunion 2010 committee.

    Morris Yankell MA: Human Resources '86

    Morris YankellMorris is the founder and chief consulting officer of Metropolitan Systems Consulting, a boutique human resources and technology firm headquartered in New Jersey. Morris helps companies improve their human resources, compensation, recruiting, employee engagement, organizational development, and systems functions through the use of technology and new processes. He has worked in the financial, pharmaceutical, entertainment and media, health care, manufacturing, hospitality, and insurance industries in the United States, Latin America, and Europe. Morris is a New School donor and a member of the developing New School Philadelphia chapter; he also maintains a group on the website LinkedIn for graduates of Milano's Human Resources program. Morris enjoys coaching youth lacrosse, blogging on HR tech at www.hrcomputes.com, and collecting wine and cookbooks.

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