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Photo of Assistant Dean Tardis Johnson
 
Tardis Johnson is the assistant dean of Academic Advisement. He has over ten years of experience in the field of student services on SUNY campuses. Prior to joining the FIT community, Dean Johnson was dean of academic support services/associate dean of students at SUNY Maritime College, where he worked extensively with first-year students, helping to enhance the curriculum and advisement process, raise retention rates, and recruit and train academic and personal advisors. He earned a BA in mathematics from the University at Albany Ė SUNY and an MS in higher education from Baruch College, and he is currently working on his dissertation for a doctor of education degree from Northeastern University. In his spare time, he enjoys studying history. 
  Photo of Regan Christie
Regan Christie is a counselor who comes to FIT from Hunter College, where she provided academic advisement to pre-health and liberal arts students for more than seven years. Regan holds a BS in secondary education from the University of Vermont and an MA in higher education and student personnel administration from New York University. She moved to New York City from Vermont eleven years ago and enjoys taking her dogs to the park.
 Photo of Aisha Cornelius
Aisha Cornelius is a counselor associate with over twelve years of experience at FIT. She most recently served as office associate in the office of the vice presidents for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management and Student Success, where she resolved concerns for the division.  Aisha has a BA in broadcasting, telecommunications, and mass media from Temple University and an MA in public communications from Fordham University.  Aisha loves spending time with her family and collecting vintage toys from her childhood.
 Photo of Flora Engevik
Flora Engevik is a counselor associate who has worked in higher education for over ten years. She started her career in the continuing education office at Nassau Community College before moving to FITís Registration Center, where she assisted with course planning. She earned her BA in language and literature: English from SUNY Old Westbury. New York is dear to her heart, as she enjoys its diversity as well as tasting a wide variety of cuisines and running in Central Park.
 Photo of William Hanauer William Hanauer is a counselor associate who has previously worked in several departments at FIT, including the Financial Aid Services and Health Services offices. Most recently, he served as the Admissions office coordinator, where he helped incoming students navigate the admissions process and advised them on residency issues. William received a BA in history from St. Francis College and an MA in international affairs from CUNY Brooklyn College. A native Queens resident, William is an avid NY sports fan, and he enjoys photography and playing guitar.
  Photo of Mike Heidenberg
Mike Heidenberg is a counselor associate who previously worked for eleven years at Fordham University as a graduate assistant advisor to student athletes, a professor of English, and a writing center tutor. Mike has a BA in anthropology and archaeology from The New School and an MA and MPhil in English literature from Fordham. At Fordham, he specialized in working with at-risk students and students with communication issues. An accomplished musician, Mike has recorded an album and performed at venues in and around Manhattan.
  Photo of Marcia Lezama
Marcia Lezama is a counselor associate who worked for ten years in FITís Financial Aid Office, where she specialized in analyzing student data, processing loans, and determining eligibility for grants. She earned a BS in legal studies from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Marcia is a proud Brooklynite who loves shopping and spending time with her family. She is very active in supporting a number of causes in her community.
  Photo of Beth Lish
Beth Lish is a counselor associate who comes to FIT from New York University, where she worked for three years as a financial aid counselor. Her previous experience in higher education includes providing graduation advisement at the University of Southern California, assisting students in the Registrarís Office at the Art Institute of Boston, and teaching English at a technical college in China. Beth earned a BA in English from Barnard College. She enjoys making jewelry, taking long walks, and traveling.
  Photo of Nicky Mar
Nicky Mar is a counselor associate who has a long history at FIT. An FIT graduate, he earned his AAS and BS degrees in Production Management. Nicky began his higher education career in the Admissions Office at FIT more than a decade ago. He is excited about continuing to encourage the academic growth of the many talented students at FIT. A native New Yorker currently living in Brooklyn, he enjoys international cuisine, getting lost in museums, and traveling.
 Photo of Elizabeth McGrane Elizabeth McGrane is a counselor associate whose student service experience includes working as a financial aid counselor at both New York University and Touro College, where she worked closely with students to ensure that their satisfactory academic progress standards were met in order to maintain aid eligibility. She earned a BS in Business Management at SUNY Farmingdale. Elizabeth is from Long Island and loves going to the beach, shopping, and trying new restaurants. 
  Photo of Phillip Menzies
Phillip Menzies is a counselor associate who served for seven years as an advisor and tutor coordinator in the Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) at Fordhamís Lincoln Center campus. He earned a BA in sociology from Fordham University and is currently pursuing an MSEd in higher education administration from Baruch College. He is committed to academic achievement and student advocacy, and he has been attracted to the creativity and uniqueness of FIT since he first toured the college in 2011. Phill enjoys sports, listening to music, and practicing martial arts.
 Photo of Madeleine Meyerson
Madeleine Meyerson is a counselor associate who previously served as the coordinator for FITís Liberal Arts Center for Academic Advisement and Placement, which she developed and ran from 2006 to 2013. She also was a counselor for and is an adjunct assistant professor in the Educational Skills Department, where she has taught since 1987.  Madeleine holds a BA in English and secondary education from the University of Georgia and an MA in TESOL from Hunter College.  She thoroughly enjoys working with students and looks forward to continuing her satisfying career here at FIT.  She loves good conversation, family, friends, and especially beautiful music.
  Photo of Benita Pratt
Benita Pratt is a counselor with over ten years of experience in higher education in admissions, career services, and student activities. She received a BA in American studies and media and communications from SUNY Old Westbury and an MPA from Metropolitan College of New York. As the Military and Veteran Coordinator at Monroe College, she developed policies and procedures that helped student veterans navigate through college from admissions to graduation. She enjoys spending time with her family and is active in her community through her membership in Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.
 Photo of Giselle Puello
Giselle Puello is a counselor associate and graduate of FIT who earned an AAS in Patternmaking and a BS in Production Management as an EOP/CAP student. She previously worked for over 10 years in the Office of Educational Opportunity Programs and has freelanced in the fashion industry. Giselle looks forward to continuing to help students succeed in the competitive environment at FIT. In her spare time, Giselle enjoys spending time with her family and taking vacations to the Caribbean.
  Photo of Penny Tomasello
Penny Tomasello is the executive coordinator. She has over twelve years of experience in student affairs at FIT. Penny received an AAS in business administration from Elizabeth Seton College, a BA in business administration from Bernard Baruch College, and an MS in human resources relations from the New School. She loves spending time with her family, traveling, solving puzzles, and gardening.
  Photo of Devon Vidal
Devon Vidal is a counselor who previously served as the coordinator of international student services at SUNY Maritime College, where she worked closely with the international student population and served as a first-year student advisor. Devon holds a BA in sociology, an MS and certificate of advanced studies in educational administration and policy studies with a concentration in higher education from the University at Albany Ė SUNY, and a certificate in immigration law studies from CUNY School of Professional Studies. In her free time, Devon stays active by kickboxing.
 Photo of Nedean Wilson
Nedean Wilson is a counselor associate who previously worked at SUNY Maritime College, where she served as the graduate and international admissions counselor and the Educational Opportunity Program coordinator for the office of admissions. She also served as a first-year advisor for the LEAD program. Nedean holds a BA in communication with a minor in film studies from Boston College and an MS in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania. She is an avid reader who someday hopes to visit the many countries she reads about.

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