• Meet the Staff

    Career Success Advisors

    Ar Adler is a career success advisor dedicated to cultivating emerging professionalism and career readiness in Mannes, Jazz, Drama, BAFA, NSPE, and Parsons Fine Arts 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.

    John Cardillo is a career success 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 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 and Parsons Design and Technology and Environmental Studies programs 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 an MSEd in Mental Health Counseling from Hunter College and a BA in Communications from Baruch College.

    Joe Palladino is a career success advisor working with Parsons Schools of Fashion (BFA), Integrated Design (BFA), Photography (BFA) and Art, Media and Technology. Prior to earning an MA in Counseling from New York University, Joe spent over eight years working at ESPN in Programming and Acquisitions managing content negotiations and scheduling for the leading company in sports media. As a career changer, Joe has experienced the ups and downs of choosing a new career path and enjoys coaching and advising the creative and ambitious students at The New School while living in the greatest city in the world. 

    Allison Pirpich is a career success advisor working with master’s students from NSPE and Parsons. Allison holds a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling with a career guidance specialty from Texas Tech University. Allison has experience advising students in their career development in higher education institutions and in event management for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. As an advisor, Allison focuses on guiding students to achieve their career goals through empowerment and education. She enjoys working with New School students, as she believes career development is the start to a fulfilling and satisfying life.