TEAK staff are talented individuals who bring diverse perspectives, breadth and depth of knowledge, and a shared passion for helping bright, motivated students access high quality education and thrive in their educational and professional pursuits. With an open door policy, staff also welcome opportunities to share our experience, expertise, and best practices. Feel free to contact us if you wish to visit the office, discuss particular aspects of our programming, or partner on projects related to our college access and success work.
- John GreenExecutive Director
Earning his B.A. from Wesleyan and his Masters in Education from Harvard, John Green brings 35 years of educational experience at some of our Nation’s premier independent schools. From 1981-1986, John worked as a teacher, coach, and adviser at the Fessenden School and Western Reserve Academy where he also served as the Director of College Counseling. From 1986-2001, John served as a history department chair, Director of Admissions, Director of College Counseling and a Dean of Faculty at St. Paul’s School. From 2001-2013, John served Head of School at Peddie School. From 2013-2015, John worked as a coach and advises independent and residential schools on strategic planning and administrative and board development. Among a wide range of volunteer activities, John has served on the boards of Choate-Rosemary Hall School, Trenton Community Charter School, American Boychoir School, Beech Hill Middle School, New Jersey Scholars Educators Excellence Dedication (SEEDS), and Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Concord.
- Beth OnofryDeputy Director of Academic Programs and Student Support
Originally from upstate New York, Beth graduated from Dartmouth College and earned Masters Degrees in Education and School Counseling from Harvard University and LIU Brooklyn, respectively. Before joining TEAK in 2006, Beth worked as an Assistant Director and Senior Assistant Director of Admissions at Dartmouth. Over her ten years at TEAK, Beth has utilized her college admissions and school counseling experience to support over 150 students through high school and the college admissions process. In 2015, Beth's role expanded to include oversight of 6-12th grade programming, giving her the opportunity to work with all TEAK students. She has attended numerous conferences, recently presenting at both the NPEA National Conference and College Board Forum. Beth enjoys singing and knitting, and brings staff members together through a weekly craft lunch.
- Wyndy SloanDeputy Director of External Relations
After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in advertising, Wyndy moved to New York to pursue her dream of living in the big city and pursuing a career in the creative industry. After spending several years at leading fashion and entertainment magazines, she joined The Sloan Group where she spent 10 years as the creative director, leading an award-winning team of talented creatives working primarily for clients in the youth and entertainment industries. In 2008, looking for a new and rewarding challenge, Wyndy began her career in the nonprofit sector working at Madison Square Boys & Girls Club as the Director of Marketing and Communications then at the West Side YMCA as the Senior Director of Fund Development, Communications and Membership. Wyndy's passion for helping young people reach their full potential led her to join TEAK in 2015. She enjoys spending time with her husband and three kids, playing tennis and seeing the world.
- Stephanie MillerDirector of Business Operations
Stephanie graduated from Rutgers University in 2001 and earned her MBA from New York University's Stern School of Business in 2009. She previously held roles in finance, operations, and development at two nonprofit organizations: Isles, a community development organization in Trenton, New Jersey, and the New York City Coalition Against Hunger. Immediately prior to joining the TEAK staff in 2015, she was the Grants Director at the Woodcock Foundation, a progressive family foundation based in New York City. She has also held several corporate finance roles. Stephanie is proud to have served on two boards of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN), a grassroots network of emerging sector leaders with local chapters in over 40 cities. She served on YNPN’s NYC Board from 2005-2007 and the National Board from 2012-2014.
- Andrew BarberDirector of Placement and Academic Preparation
Andrew earned his Bachelor's degree from Carleton College in 1996 and his Master's degree in Educational Leadership from University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education in 2004. With teaching experience ranging from first grade to 12th, Andrew has also held a variety of administrative positions such Assistant Director of Admissions at Saint Ann's School and Director of Operations at the Pierrepont School. Andrew joined the TEAK staff full time in 2011, but has helped TEAK Fellows study and prepare for standardized tests, for both high school and college, since 2007. An expert in test preparation, Andrew has helped TEAK Fellows achieve average increases of more than 200 points on their standardized tests. When he isn't working with our Fellows he is chasing his two children around Harlem.
- Viviana BenjumeaAssociate Director of Admissions
Viviana is a proud Williams College alumna from the class of 2013. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Comparative Literature with minors in French and Latina/o Studies. She is also a published Mellon Mays Undergraduate Research Fellow and a Princeton University Summer Journalism Program alumna. Viviana first interned at TEAK in the summer of 2014 and later joined the TEAK staff full-time in October of 2014. Since then, she has increased TEAK's social media following by 301% percent, created TEAK's Instagram presence, and initiated TEAK's first celebrations of national heritage months. Outside of TEAK, Viviana is a semi-professional salsa dancer, an insatiable reader, and a language lover - she speaks English, Spanish, and French.
- Daniel BlednickDirector of College Guidance
Dan earned his Bachelor's degree from Amherst College and his Master's degree in Sports Management from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He was the Assistant Baseball Coach at Amherst College from 2002 until 2004, and played four seasons of professional baseball in Germany while also serving as assistant coach for the Great Britain national baseball team. Dan joined the TEAK staff in 2006, and since that time has guided over 200 TEAK Fellows through the college admission process, while helping their families secure over $50 million dollars in financial aid. In addition, Dan has visited over 100 colleges and universities, completed the Developing Leaders Program at Columbia University School of Business, the Harvard Summer Institute on College Admissions and has presented at many national and regional conferences. Dan thinks the Yankees are awesome, is an avid stoop gardener and can recreate his Italian grandmother’s meatball recipe perfectly.
- Stefany CastrillonOperations Manager
Stefany graduated from The City College of New York in 2014 with a degree in Political Science. Since then, she has explored her education, journalism, and financial interests working as a special education teacher assistant, an accounts receivable specialist, and holding several intern positions at South-South News, Sirius XM, and The Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition. Her transition to TEAK in 2016 combines all her interests and reflects her deep concern for education and economic issues affecting minorities in the US. Stefany's passions include drawing, crafting, fashion, and all art in general. She also loves languages - Spanish and Portuguese especially - and dreams of one day experiencing Rio de Janeiro's Carnival.
- Nina GlickmanAssistant Director of High School Programs
A native New Yorker and the daughter of educators, Nina graduated with a BA in English and Creative Writing from Cornell University in 2004. She began her career in education in the summer of 2008, when she worked as an instructor with Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO). Upon completing her MFA in Fiction in 2010 from The New School, where she won the 2010 Chapbook Award for Short Fiction, Nina pursued a full-time teaching career by joining the New York City Teaching Fellows and earning a Masters in Special Education from Hunter College. She taught Special Education English for three years at a large public high school in Brooklyn, and in the summer of 2013, she moved to Madrid, Spain on a governmental grant, where she taught English language and test prep in the bilingual public schools for the next two years. Nina enjoys cooking, writing, game nights, and seeing the world with her husband, and can proudly complete an entire week of The New York Times crossword puzzles (in pen, of course).
- Vanessa GreerDirector of College Success
Vanessa earned a Bachelor of Arts in Africana Studies with a minor in Education from New York University College of Arts and Science in 2001 and her Master’s degree in Social Work from New York University in 2006. In 2002 Vanessa joined AmeriCorps VISTA, where she served at Jumpstart for Young Children in New York City. Prior to joining TEAK, Vanessa was the Director of The Workplace Mentoring Center at Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC, connecting at risk NYC public middle and high school students with highly qualified corporate mentors to help them reach their full career potential. In addition, Vanessa completed the Mentoring Supervisor Certificate Program through Fordham University in conjunction with Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC in 2007 and the Developing Leaders Program at Columbia University School of Business in 2012. Vanessa joined TEAK in 2014.
- Natalie GreenhouseDirector of Career Programs
Natalie graduated from Occidental College in 2010 with a bachelors in psychology and her teaching credential. After graduating, Natalie worked as an admission officer at Occidental where she recruited and evaluated prospective students for the college and managed a variety of campus programs. Growing tired of all the sunshine, she headed east to NYC! In 2015, Natalie completed her Masters in Education Policy, specializing in college access and success for underrepresented students, from Columbia University's Teachers' College. Natalie joined the TEAK staff in 2014 and has enjoyed becoming part of the TEAK Family! In that short time, she has supported TEAK Fellows in completing over 10,000 hours of service to their communities.
- Glendys RodriguezDirector of Admissions & Director of Technology
Glendys earned her Bachelor's degree in Biology from The City College of New York in 2013. She joined the TEAK staff full-time in 2011, but her involvement with TEAK began in 2006 as a summer high school intern at the TEAK office and Summer Institute program. Born and raised in Washington Heights and the Bronx, Glendys is deeply committed to serving the youth in her community. Throughout college, she volunteered in the neonatal intensive care unit at Morgan Stanley's Children Hospital in Manhattan, while balancing her full-time undergraduate studies and managerial responsibilities at TEAK. Fluent in Spanish and having a deep desire to connect with families, Glendys served for many years as the office manager helping translate for families, assisting departments and the general operations of the organization and ultimately in 2014, she moved into the position as the Director of Admissions. She works with New York City guidance counselors and principals to find and recruit 6th grade students, she helps families navigate the application and financial process, and she oversees the selection committee. She adores working with the applicants and their families.
- Nelly SemelaAssistant Director of High School Programs
Nelly graduated from Colgate University with a BA in Art & Art History, with an honors focus in Architectural Studies. Also a graduate of Prep for Prep and Friends Seminary, Nelly has worked in education since 2012, serving as Communications Manager and Admissions Fellow at The Spence School for four years. Nelly specializes in the teaching of leadership and is a teacher and mentor in the Interschool Leadership Fellows as part of the Interschool Association. Nelly joined TEAK in 2016 and is passionate about working with our Middle High School Fellows on navigating Independent School work and life. In his spare time, he plays basketball, football, and the guitar.
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