• Meet the Staff

    Lisa Ann O'Connor, Assistant Director of Career Success

    Lisa O'Connor is a career development professional who takes pride in helping people pursue their passions. She has worked in various career coaching and management roles that foster personal growth, future-oriented thinking, and independence. Lisa is adept at one-on-one and group career counseling, development and facilitation of workshops, review of career documents, and event planning. She enjoys creating action plans for students, discussing networking strategies, building relationships, and guiding students through the job search process. Lisa delivered a presentation at the 2011 NASPA Annual Conference based on her research on how career services can address the sophomore slump and another at the 2008 CUNY Student Development and Enrollment Management Conference on best practices for student services working with student leaders. Before her employment in higher education, she worked in media and entertainment, nonprofit, human resources, and public relations.

    Lisa holds a Master of Science in Education in Mental Health Counseling from Hunter College and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Baruch College.

    Kyle Younger, Assistant Director of Employer Relations

    Kyle Younger works to develop and maintain relationships with employer partners and oversees policies and procedures for the internship program. He works closely with the staff to offer career programs and services tailored to the needs of New School students and alumni. Before joining The New School, Kyle worked in strategic communications with Brunswick Group, LLC, and in career services at Columbia University. He also served as an adjunct professor of communication studies while pursuing a career as a performing artist.

    Kyle holds a Master of Arts in Administration and Supervision from Montclair State University, a Master of Education in Communications from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Thomas Edison State College.

    Victoria Brown, Internship Coordinator

    Victoria Brown has extensive experience working with international students and students from a wide range of backgrounds. She entered the Peace Corps and served in sub-Saharan Africa advising students on their professional and academic paths and spent time in South Korea and Germany as a teacher and mentor to graduating college students. Before coming to The New School, Victoria worked in San Francisco helping college students majoring in the arts make industry connections and achieve their career goals. In New York City, she worked for an Internet start-up, mastering the fundamentals needed for success in today's tech industry.

    Victoria holds a Bachelor of Arts in News Editorial from Northern Arizona University and is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Organizational Change Management at the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy.

    Joseph Palladino, Career Success Counselor

    Joseph (Joe) Palladino worked for more than eight years in the Programming and Acquisitions Department at ESPN. His focus was negotiating and managing broadcast rights acquisitions and creating and developing multimedia content. As a career changer, Joe understands the complexity of life transitions and is looking forward to working with students.

    Joe holds a Master of Arts in Counseling and Guidance from New York University’s Steinhardt School and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Loyola University Maryland.

    Jenna Campolieta, Career Success Counselor and VIP Employer Relations (Part-Time)

    Jenna Campolieta joined The New School in 2011 as an internship seminar facilitator at Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts. She is committed to and passionate about the field of experiential education and internships and has worked in academic and career services at Seattle University, the University of Miami, and Pace University. Her areas of specialization include internship program development, career advising, résumé writing, interview skills, graduate school preparation, exploration of options after high school graduation (gap year), job development, employer relations, and engaging and supporting students in their career development.

    Jenna holds a Master of Arts in Student Development Administration from Seattle University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from SUNY Albany.

    Heather Golden, Senior Career Success Advisor

    Heather Golden has worked in product development for a number of accessories companies. Her designs have been marketed under private labels in stores such as Kohl's, Target, J.C. Penney, Urban Outfitters, Meijer, and Marks and Spencer. She also has experience in television wardrobe styling, handbag design, and T-shirt design. Before coming to The New School, Heather worked at the University of Denver Career Center, where she specialized in reviewing résumés, advising on creative and artistic careers, and helping students make the transition to life after college.

    Heather has a Master of Arts in Higher Education from the University of Denver and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fabric Styling and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Accessories Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology.

    Ar Adler, Career Success Advisor

    Ar Adler has more than 20 years of experience in higher ed administration and student advisement in settings including CUNY/NYC Department of Ed's College Now collaborative program and Brooklyn College. Before joining The New School, she served as associate director of Career Development at Manhattan School of Music. 

    Ar is a musician, songwriter, recording artist, studio teacher, and performance coach. She has opened for Count Basie and his Orchestra, was the featured vocalist at the 100th birthday party of legendary Broadway producer George Abbott, and has performed at many New York City venues including Kenny's Castaways, Dangerfield's, New York Marriott Marquis, The National Arts Club, Queens Theatre, Tavern on the Green, and the Waldorf Astoria. Ar has produced two internationally distributed CDs, Hurry Up and Change and Coney Island Rhapsody, and her music was featured in Red Wall Productions' indie short film BFF, which premiered at Lincoln Center and was shown at more than 50 film festivals. Ar is a member of BMI and a contributor to the JinglePunks licensing catalog. In addition, her tunes have been broadcast on WBAI radio as well as TV's BET and A&E networks.

    Ar holds a Bachelor of Music from New York University.

    Allison Pirpich, Career Success Advisor

    Allison's passion to help others led her to work for the nonprofit National Multiple Sclerosis Society. As a development associate, she assisted in raising funds for health services and medical research for individuals affected with MS. This passion continued in graduate school, where Allison gained counseling experience in career, individual, couples, play, and group therapy. This experience has led Allison to adopt an integrative approach to counseling, incorporating Person-Centered, Solution-Focused, and Reality therapies. Her focus on counseling clients from childhood to young adulthood fuels her belief that counseling during development has a critical and lasting impact on self-actualization and positive growth in adulthood. In her spare time, she enjoys learning about different cultures, traveling abroad, and baking. Allison graduated with a Master of Education in Counselor Education, Professional Counseling, from Texas Tech University and has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin.

    Career Advice: Take an active approach to your career! Start taking steps now (e.g., internships, networking) to get yourself where you want to be in five to ten years.

    John Cardillo, Career Success Advisor

    John Cardillo is a career services professional with more than four years of experience helping students and jobseekers pursue their passion and develop their careers. He has served as the coordinator for Job Search Central at the Science, Industry, and Business Library branch of the New York Public Library and a team lead of Career Services for, helping seasonal professionals find their next job.

    John holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Seton Hall University, a Certificate in Career Planning and Development from New York University's School of Continuing and Professional Studies, and certifications in career coaching and interview preparation from the National Association of Professional Resume Writers.

    Administrative Support

    Davima Broadbelt, Senior Office Assistant, Operations and Scheduling

    Tiffany-Nicole Bennett, Senior Office Assistant, Events and Programming

    Stephanie Andares, Social Media and Marketing Assistant

    Tasia Prince, Social Media and Marketing Assistant

    Yael Palmon, Social Media and Marketing Assistant

    Danielle Reuben, Events and Programming Assistant 

    Jermaine Daniels, Events and Programming Assistant

    Jessie Shroyer, Events and Programming Assistant

    Allison Griffin, Operations and Scheduling Assistant

    Ariana Lujan, Operations and Scheduling Assistant

    Julia Himmel, Operations and Scheduling Assistant

    Marjorie Chamberlain, Operations and Scheduling Assistant

    Michelle Tappan, Operations and Scheduling Assistant