• Meet the Staff

    Ar Adler, Career Advisor

    Ar is 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.

    Hasin Ahmed, Data Analyst

    Hasin holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Pace University's Lubin School of Business in New York City, where he majored in International Business and Marketing. He has extensive work experience in the nonprofit sector in New York City and served as the outreach coordinator for Pace University's civic engagement office for three years. Hasin is also an avid traveler and has been to 21 countries, with some of his favorites being Malaysia, Vietnam, and Laos. Currently he is an International Affairs graduate student at Milano, where he is focusing his studies on economic development and policy.

    Kelly Ahn, Director of Career Services

    Before joining The New School, Kelly served as director of the Center for Career Development at Manhattan College and as senior associate director of the Center for Career Education at Columbia University. As a participant in the Fulbright U.S.-Germany Commission Higher Education program and the Australian Education International Seminar (AEI), she brings to The New School global perspectives on supporting students, employers, alumni, and faculty that are particularly relevant to career education and development. Kelly earned her bachelor's degree in psychology from Hamilton College and holds a master's degree in Educational Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University.

    Victoria Brown, Assistant Director of Experiential Opportunities

    Victoria has an extensive history working with international students and students from a wide range of backgrounds. After earning her Bachelor of Arts degree 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, Career Advisor

    John specializes in assisting Parsons students of 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.

    Wanda Chen, Career Advisor

    Wanda is dedicated to a student-centered and holistic advising style. Coming from a undergraduate degree in the liberal arts and having received a graduate degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs, she is excited to serve the students at The New School through individualized student development sessions. She is equipped in helping students translate their knowledge and skills into professional opportunities to aid in their career development. She has experience working in areas and populations in higher education including first year programs, orientation and family programs, college readiness for underrepresented groups, and peer advising. According to Clifton StrengthsFinder, Wanda's top five strengths are Achiever, Deliberative, Empathy, Futuristic, and Harmony.

    Jeff Feld, Senior Office assistant of Experiential Opportunities

    Jeff has a long history of working with New School students seeking and participating in internships. A former public school teacher and social worker, he has extensive experience in education, crisis intervention, and personal development. Jeff holds a Master of Science degree in Community Counseling from the University of Vermont as well as a Master of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture from Parsons The New School for Design. Jeff also teaches in the First Year Study program at Parsons and is a practicing artist who has exhibited his work throughout the United States and abroad.

    Marisa LoBianco, Associate Director of Career Services

    Marisa focuses on providing students with experiential and employment opportunities and assisting first-year undeclared Parsons students. Dedicated to balancing employer needs with student interests, she aims to ensure that graduates gain a competitive edge in the job market. With more than ten years of career counseling experience throughout New York City—in private universities, nonprofit organizations, the public school system, and a culinary school—she engages students in a holistic career development process with an emphasis on self-reflection. Marisa holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Manhattanville College and a Master of Science in School Counseling from Brooklyn College and is a Certified Professional Résumé Writer.

    Jennifer MacDonald, Associate Director of Career Services and Graduate Success

    Jennifer comes to us from the University of Massachusetts, where she created professional development programs pairing graduate students from underrepresented groups with female faculty. Previously, she leveraged her Brandeis University doctoral work and pedagogical knowledge to design a variety of programs to help junior faculty transition into the professoriate at the Center for Teaching and Learning at Trinity College, Connecticut. She regularly travels abroad and has spent several years studying in France and Canada.

    Mel Puerto, Career Advisor

    Mel assists students and alumni in the School of Fashion at Parsons. As a graduate of Parsons' AAS Fashion Design program, she knows 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.

    Lisa Romeo, Experiential Opportunities Coordinator

    Lisa works to facilitate rewarding learning experiences with students and employers. Before assuming this role, Lisa worked as a communications professional for a downtown management organization in Syracuse, New York. Lisa earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English, with a minor in Cinema Studies, at New York University. In addition to working in the Center for Student Success, Lisa is currently pursuing an AAS in Graphic Design at Parsons.

    Katrina Ryan, Senior Office Assistant

    Katrina is committed to connecting students with their future career endeavors. She is a recent graduate from the University at Albany, obtaining her degree in Sociology with minors in French and Urban Planning. During her time at the university, she studied abroad at La Sorbonne Universite in Paris while teaching English conversation to her peers. In addition, Katrina has worked in the nonprofit sector with a variety of local organizations focusing on education and community development and served in Americorps.

    Michael Witt, Graduate Student Career Advisor

    Before joining The New School, Michael worked in higher education in Pennsylvania after spending five years in radio as an 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.

    Khourin Wilkins, Career Advisor

    Khourin has five years of providing career advisement in the non-profit sector. She started off in marketing and branding, and felt compelled to work directly with individuals, particularly hard-to-serve populations, to provide opportunities in education and professional development, a need she observed while mentoring in a local high school. She earned a Master's in Strategic Design and Management from Parsons School of Design to strengthen skills in an array of environments. Khourin's approach to advisement is to employ empathy, creativity, and honesty to bridge the gap between talent and opportunity.