Sara Crosby joined the Learning Academy in Fall 2017, after teaching and serving in administration at Brooklyn College, Kingsborough Community College, and New York City College of Technology. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English at the University of Iowa and a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) at The New School in New York City. Sara has spent fifteen years helping students transition to college and become more successful learners, and she is honored to be a part of the Learning Academy’s efforts to support students all the way to graduation and transfer.
James (Jamie) Nadeau joined the Learning Academy at BMCC in the spring of 2017. A Government and Legal Studies major at Bowdoin College, he has worked for several nonprofit organizations at home and abroad that focus on postsecondary access and success. In 2016, Jamie earned a master’s degree in Higher and Postsecondary Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, where he focused on issues of transition and retention at community colleges. He is thrilled to be part of the BLA team and looks forward to spreading the news about BLA and supporting amazing students at BMCC.
Sean Persaud joined the BMCC Learning Academy in the spring 2018. Sean is an alumnus of BMCC and the BLA program. Prior to joining BLA, Sean worked in Student Affairs at BMCC. Sean graduated from The City College of New York with Bachelors of Arts degree in Anthropology and History. Sean is excited to be a part of the BLA team and cannot wait to work with BMCC’s diverse students.
Kristin Bennett joined the BMCC Learning Academy Program in the Spring of 2015, after working as an academic adviser with Freshman Learning Academies Program at Queensborough Community College. She is a proud graduate of Hofstra University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and an M.S.Ed in Higher Education Leadership. She is also a CUNY graduate, earning a Master of Arts in English Literature from Queens College. She thoroughly enjoys engaging students and motivating them to be their best selves in and out of the classroom, as her own advisor once did for her many years ago.
Jordan Evans is originally from Indiana, but recently relocated to Brooklyn. Before he became a Learning Academy at BMCC advisor, he was an academic advisor for Ivy Tech Community College in South Bend, Indiana. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Bethel College where he worked as a tour guide and camp counselor for the Office of Admission. He also participated in student government and an after-school mentoring program. Jordan started his graduate program in Higher Education at Baruch College in the Spring of 2015. His passion is helping others pursue their educational goals.
Christopher Rafinski has a background in Student Services and International Humanitarian Aid. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from New York University and his Master’s from Queens College. His greatest drive is knowing the inherent value, potential, and purpose of every individual. A quote which best illustrates his work’s passion from Howard Thurman reads, “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive
Gabrielle Lloyd is originally from Georgia and obtained her Bachelor’s from the University of West Georgia in Middle Grades Education, where she worked within UWG’s admissions, financial aid, and graduate school departments. Gabrielle decided to make the move to New York to pursue her M.A. in Higher Education and Student Affairs at New York University. While pursuing her graduate degree, she served as a college assistant at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the advisor for the Community Engagement Board at Pratt Institute. Gabrielle is very passionate about working with students to ensure their successful transition into college. She greatly enjoys connecting with students through motivating and mentoring.
Cindy Louissaint joined the Learning Academy at BMCC in the spring of 2018. Cindy earned her bachelor’s degree in Art at the College of Staten Island. Cindy worked at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum as a certified horticulturalist teaching art and garden cultivation workshops to elementary school groups. Thereafter, she worked with a non-profit organization CAMBA for 9 years as an Advocate Counselor. She provided services to at- risk youth who were over-aged and under-credited. She was able to guide high school students removing barriers towards graduation by engaging students in college preparatory activities, providing support services and teaching life skills workshops. She believes students deserves the opportunity to excel beyond their greatest expectations. She is honored to be part of the BMCC Learning Academy team where she can continue to support students achieve their academic goals.
Mark Podlas joined the BMCC Learning Academy in the Fall of 2016. Before coming to BMCC, Mark earned his Bachelor’s degree in Communication Management at the University of Dayton. Mark is passionate about helping students maximize their potential and achieve academic success.
Brittany Sinodinos joined the BMCC Learning Academy in spring 2018. Before joining the Learning Academy, she earned her Bachelor’s degree in English and Gender Studies at the College of Staten Island through the Macaulay Honors College. She worked for the College of Staten Island in several positions through her undergraduate career and beyond as a writing tutor, Orientation Leader, Women’s Center Intern, and most recently as the Pluralism and Diversity Coordinator for the Office of Student Life. Helping students achieve success has been a long-standing passion, one that she is excited to pursue as an advisor at BLA.
Rachel Woolslayer was born and raised in California and received her Bachelor’s degree in Communication from UC San Diego. After graduation, she worked in the nonprofit and corporate world while living in Austin, Texas, until her passion for higher education drew her to graduate school. Driven by her time spent as an orientation leader and student affairs intern while an undergraduate, Rachel moved to New York City in July 2016 to obtain her Master’s in Higher and Postsecondary Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Along with her Master’s degree, she has gained experience working in Student Services and Admissions at the Columbia School of Social Work and is excited to have made the transition over to Academic Advising.
Kamilah Bass joined the BMCC Learning Academy in Fall 2017 though she has been with BMCC since 2007. She first started in the Admissions Office, then went on to work in the Women’s Resource Center. Kamilah received her Bachelor of Science degree from Syracuse University and is currently working toward her graduate degree. Kamilah adores working with and supporting BMCC’s diverse student population and is overjoyed to be a part of the Learning Academy after working so closely with them over the years.