“The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” – Steve Jobs
So who are the people of the Instructional Support team?
They're great people who love what they do.
Teamwork Makes the Dream Work
Before joining the SPS Instructional Support team at Columbia University, Daniel was an Administrative Assistant for four consecutive summers within the Columbia Athletics Department. In addition to working on special projects with the Athletic Director and senior staff, Daniel helped coordinate athletic events and prepared on-boarding materials for newly hired head/assistant coaches.
Outside of work, Daniel enjoys participating in any physical activity ranging from basketball all the way to ultimate frisbee. Most of his free time is spent on developing ways to conquer the world. Here are a couple of fun facts about Daniel: his favorite number is 2, his all-time favorite movie is Mr. & Mrs. Smith, and his favorite basketball player is Kyrie Irving.
Oh, one more thing…he loves cheesecake.
Jessica earned her Bachelor of Arts from the City College of New York, and a Master of Public Administration from Metropolitan College of New York. Her background includes nonprofit, customer support, and event planning. When someone needs a helping hand, she is always willing to collaborate and lend her support.
Born and raised in Queens, she demonstrates one of the population's best characteristics within the borough: she enjoys outgoing conversations with anyone and everyone. She loves learning about different cultures, exploring hidden secrets of New York, and has a major sweet tooth.
When not at work she is usually at home cuddling her cat, at the gym, or starting an arts and crafts project at home.
Maryellen has worked at the School of Professional Studies for more than six years in various capacities and with different teams. The one consistency throughout her six years at SPS has always been the people: amazing, talented, and dedicated colleagues. Maryellen's professional background includes marketing, content development, and client relations. She's designed and produced integrated campaigns for numerous industries ranging from software manufacturing to graduate-level education. She's also been directly responsible for creating and reorganizing customer programs and events – such as advisory councils, user groups, online communities, and microsites. As the Co-Manager of the Instructional Support Department, she's pleased to have the opportunity to leverage all of the best practices she's experienced throughout her career and apply them to a best in class service center.
In May 2016 Maryellen graduated from the SPS MS in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution program. "It's a wonderful program and I highly recommend people review the different courses and consider enrolling in one or all of them", she explained. "I can show off my diploma, but better yet check me out in the NBC Nightly News 'Commencement 2016 Annual Salute to the Year's Graduating Class' http://nbcnews.to/1r68YN [advance to minute 3:28]. Yes that's me representing the University!"
Maryellen lives in Washington Heights near Fort Tryon Park and thoroughly enjoys the diversity/sense of community within the neighborhood.
She encourages you to reach out to anyone on the IS team should you have questions, suggestions, or could use a coffee break.
Meesha joined the SPS Instructional Support team in May 2017, coming from an eclectic background of film & art production, office management, and customer service.
He radiates a positive and creative energy that encourages trust in his many unique abilities. Meesha's enthusiasm for helping people makes meeting the instructional needs of SPS a special passion for him. Meesha earned a Bachelor in Linguistics from the Ohio State University - so feel free to submit requests in Russian, Spanish, and/or Arabic.
On weekends you might find Meesha playing soccer at Brooklyn Bridge Park or hustling the chess tables at Washington Square Park.
Other interests include knowledge landscapes, sneakers, climate change, filmmaking, material science, furry animals, magnetics, and being weird.
Megan joined the SPS Instructional Support team in April of 2018. Prior to arriving at Columbia's School of Professional Studies, she exclusively managed and coordinated events, drafted written content for release, and essentially kept a nonprofit labor organization afloat on Long Island. She was eager to bring her skills, including interpersonal communication and client relations, to the Instructional Support team.
Megan attended La Salle University in Philadelphia studying Communications. She returned to New York, earning her Bachelor of Arts in Media and Communication with a focus on Public Relations and Marketing, from The City College of New York.
While living on the south shore of Long Island, Megan spends her spare time exploring and relaxing at a nearby park or beach, biking, reading, baking, or watching movies.
Steven has a somewhat unique story with Columbia University.
He started working at Columbia in 2011 and left in 2015. After two years of working between NYC and out of state, he returned to Columbia and joined the Instructional Support team in 2017.
Steven is an out-of-the-box thinker who thrives off of his interactions with people, and builds valuable relationships across all levels. Having earned a Bachelor in Corporate Communication from Baruch College, you can find him demonstrating what he learned as he chats it up with any Columbia employee or affiliate throughout the campus. And, it's highly likely they'll all be wearing large smiles because Steven brings out the best in everyone.
When he’s not at work you can find him trying all types of new activities from indoor rock climbing to resting at the Montauk Salt Cave Downtown, to brunching in Astoria or Williamsburg.
Steven is a jack-of-all trades, and a master-of-all. Yes, of all.