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  • Meet the Staff

    Ar Adler is a career advisor dedicated to cultivating emerging professionalism and career readiness in Mannes, Jazz, Drama, BAFA, and NSPE students. With more than 20 years of higher education administration experience—as a former associate director of career development and assistant director of alumni affairs at Manhattan School of Music—she has helped thousands of students and alumni develop successful careers. Ar is a musician and songwriter whose music has been featured on the BET and A&E TV networks; she has produced two internationally distributed original CDs and holds a degree in jazz performance from New York University.

    Victoria Brown is assistant director of experiential opportunities and has an extensive history working with international students and students from a wide range of backgrounds. After earning her BA in News Editorial at Northern Arizona University, she entered the Peace Corps and served in sub-Saharan Africa advising students on their professional and academic paths. She also spent time in South Korea and Germany as a teacher and mentor to graduating college students. Just 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 has had the opportunity to work for an Internet start-up, learning the fundamentals for success in today's tech industry. In addition to working for the Center for Student Success, she is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Organizational Change Management at the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy. 

    John Cardillo is a career advisor specializing in assisting Interior Design, Design and Management, Architectural Design, Product Design, Urban Design, Graphic Design, and Photography students, as well as alumni and students from The New School as a whole, achieve their desired career and experiential learning goals. Before coming to The New School, John counseled career changers and job seekers at TheLadders.com and The New York Public Library. John holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Seton Hall University and a Certificate in Career Planning and Development from The School of Continuing and Professional Studies at New York University.

    Lisa O'Connor is an assistant director dedicated to helping students in Eugene Lang College pursue their passion. With more than ten years of experience in higher education, media and entertainment, nonprofits, human resources, and public relations, she has developed and implemented programs, conducted research and presented at conferences on best practices, and taught courses in career development. A volunteer and advocate of education, Lisa holds a Master of Science in Education with a specialization in Mental Health Counseling from Hunter College and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Baruch College.

    Mel Puerto is a career advisor assisting students and alumni in the School of Fashion at Parsons. As a graduate of Parsons' AAS Fashion Design program, she has the discipline and resourcefulness necessary to pursue a career in the arts. Mel also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Media, a Master of Arts in Counseling from Manhattan College, and a Certificate in Career Planning and Development from New York University. As an advisor, Mel encourages individuals to maximize professional and experiential opportunities by exploring varied interests. With over a decade of film and design industry experience, she is excited to return to her roots in the New School community.

    Michael Witt is a career advisor for NSPE and Parsons graduate students. Before joining The New School, Michael worked in higher education in Pennsylvania after spending five years in radio as a on-air broadcaster. With more than ten years of combined experience in media and education, Michael is particularly well equipped to help his students navigate their career opportunities and develop themselves as aspiring professionals. Michael holds a Master of Science in Education with a specialization in Counseling from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Muhlenberg College.

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