Sara Crosby, Director
Call/Text: (212) 220-8328
Email Sara to make an appointment.
Advisement focus: I am interested in anything that helps BLA students learn, engage, connect, graduate, and then go on to take over the world.
Education: The New School with a Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) and University of Iowa with a B.A. in English and a minor in Italian
Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri
Interests/What I’m usually up to: Birdwatching, reading, hanging out with my dog Andy, running, riding my bike around NYC
A quote that brightens my day is: “Freedom was a community laboring for something lovely and rare.”
― Colson Whitehead, The Underground Railroad
Sheby Abraham, Academic Advisor
Call/Text: (212) 346-8871
Advisement focus: Holistic approach in helping students meet their academic goals.
I am an Alumna of: College of Staten Island, CUNY with a M.S. in Neuroscience and Developmental Disabilities
My hometown is: Staten Island, NY
Interests/What I’m usually up to: Spending time with family
A quote that brightens my day is: “The important thing is to never stop questioning.” –Albert Einstein
Kamilah Bass, Administrative Coordinator
Education: CUNY School of Professional Studies with an M.A. in Youth Studies and Syracuse University with a B.S. in Speech Communication and a minor of Child and Family Studies
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Interests/What I’m usually up to: Listening to music (singing & humming along), eating/snacking, and doing 1000+ piece jigsaw puzzles
A quote that brightens my day is: “Spread Love, It’s the Brooklyn Way”
― The Notorious B.I.G.
Melanie Bonilla, Senior Academic Advisor
Call/Text: (212) 346-8641
Schedule an appointment with Melanie.
Advisement focus: Appreciative Advising is my jam< strong>Education: LIU: Hudson with an M.S. in Bilingual School Counseling and SUNY Purchase College with a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology
Hometown:: East Village, New York
Interests/What I’m usually up to: Playing basketball and reading to my pup, Jax
A quote that brightens my day is: Act as if what you do makes a difference because it does.
Nancy Cortes, Academic Advisor
Advisement focus: Academic self-empowerment and self-advocacy
Education: Borough of Manhattan Community College with an Associates in Liberal Arts, and City College with a B.A. in Political Science.
Hometown: East Harlem, NY
Interests/What I’m usually up to: Watching movies, reading, hanging out with family and friends, strolling around my neighborhood, taking pictures, and trying new food around NYC!
A quote that brightens my day is: “Whatever you do in life will be insignificant, but it’s very important that you do it…”
John Huie, Early Alert Specialist
Education: Fordham University with a B.A. in Information Science
Hometown: Queens, New York
Interests/What I’m usually up to: Competitive Paintball, Photography, Technology
Tommy Leung, Academic Advisor
Call/Text: (212) 346-8873
Advisement focus: Student centered
I am an Alumna of: Brooklyn College with a M.A. in Secondary Education
My hometown is: Brooklyn, NY
Interests/What I’m usually up to: Cars, cats, and video games
A quote that brightens my day is: “Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.” —Mark Twain
James Nadeau, Recruitment Specialist
Call/Text: (212) 776-6368
Schedule an appointment with Jamie.
Advisement focus: I believe each student is a unique individual, and I prefer to get to know my students and what makes them tick. I am particularly passionate about transfer guidance and career development, and love helping my students work toward a future that is fulfilling.
Education: Bowdoin College with a B.A. in Government and Legal Studies and Teachers College, Columbia with an M.A. in Higher and Postsecondary Education
Hometown: Leominster, MA
Interests/What I’m usually up to: Reading, running, hiking, kayaking
A quote that brightens my day is: “And into the forest I go to lose my mind and find my soul.” ― John Muir
BMCC Learning Academy
70 Murray Street, Room M-1413
New York, NY 10007
Phone: (212) 346-8640
9 a.m.–5 p.m.