Title V Sophomore Year Initiative (SYI)


Meet the Staff

Dyan Atkins, M.S., SYI Academic Advisor

Dyan Atkins joined the Academic Advising staff in 2013 as the Title V Sophomore Year Initiative Academic Advisor for first-time full-time freshmen and sophomore students. She earned a B.S. in English literature from Iona College, an M.S. in Counseling from Long Island University, and a Professional Diploma in Counseling from Manhattan College. Dyan is a Nationally Certified Counselor. She has worked as an Academic Advisor for Mercy College and Sacred Heart University in Connecticut where she specialized in advising students pursuing the health professions. Dyan has dedicated her career to helping students achieve academic and personal success through a holistic approach to advising.

Julia Naddeo, M.S. Ed., SYI Academic Advisor

Julia Naddeo joined the Academic Advising staff in 2014 as the Title V Sophomore Year Initiative (SYI) Academic Advisor working with first-time full-time freshman and sophomore students. She earned a B.S in Psychology with a minor in Education from University of Massachusetts-Amherst and an M.S.Ed. in Mental Health counseling from Hunter College. Previously, Julia worked as an Academic Advisor specializing in working with freshman students at Kingsborough Community College and as an instructor for New Student Seminar at LaGuardia Community College. Through her extensive experience working with individuals from unique and diverse backgrounds, Julia understands, the various obstacles students face throughout their college experience. As a result, she is committed to providing support and guidance to students in order to help them achieve their highest potential.

Elizabeth Denhoff, M.S., SYI Academic Advisor

Elizabeth Denhoff joined the Academic Advising staff in 2014 as the Title V Sophomore Year Initiative (SYI) Academic Advisor for first-time full-time freshman and sophomore students. She earned a B.S. in Psychology and Art at Muhlenberg College, and a M. S. in Counseling from the College of New Rochelle. Elizabeth is also a certified Crisis and Grief Counselor. She has experience as a Middle School Guidance Counselor, a Private College Counselor for high school students and college students applying to graduate programs, and as an Admissions Counselor and Academic Advisor in higher education. Elizabeth’s expertise is in working with at-risk students, aiding first generation families through the college process, and students going through loss and personal crisis. She has facilitated Parent Panel discussions on applying to and surviving college, student workshops on Time Management and Cyber Bullying, and to faculty and staff on noticing the sings of crisis in a student. With over 25 years of diverse experience, Elizabeth views all aspects of a student’s life when devising a successful academic plan.

Diane S. Machado, M. A., SYI Career Services Advisor

Diane S. Machado has been a member of the Lehman College Sophomore Year Initiative Staff since fall 2014 and serves as the Title V Career Services Advisor for undecided freshman and sophomore students. Prior to coming to Lehman, Diane worked in several private colleges directing career development and internship programs. Her Higher Education background also includes experience in residence life, academic and international student advising. Diane holds an M. A. in Higher Education Administration from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a B. S. in Psychology from Fordham University and has Myers Briggs Type Indicator Certification. She is a past president of MNYCCPOA (Metropolitan New York College Career Planning Officers Association) and has worked as a volunteer Career Advisor for Dress for Success.

Joel Sahadath, M.A., LMHC, SYI Counselor

Joel Sahadath graduated from St. John's University with his Bachelors in Psychology and from New York University with his Masters in Counseling. Joel is a New York State Licensed Mental Health Counselor and our Sophomore Year Initiative Counselor. He specializes in helping SYI students with personal issues that are impacting their day-to-day lives as well as academics. Joel has experience in LGBT issues and the impact of HIV on mental health. He provides counseling services to clients as well as clinical supervision to staff and has worked with individuals with a number different mental health diagnoses. He approaches his work from a strength-based point-of-view and strongly takes clients’ cultural beliefs and values into consideration when working with them. Joel has also co-authored the following publications:
Miville, M. L. & Sahadath, J. (2013). Gender roles among African American men: In M. L. Miville (Ed.), Multicultural gender roles: Applications for mental health and education (pp. 23–63). New York: Wiley.
Halkitis, P. N., Mattis, J., & Sahadath, J., Massie, D., Ladyzhenskaya, L. Pitrelli, K., Bonacci, M. & Cowie, S-A. E. (2009). Meaning and manifestations of religiosity and spirituality in the lives of LGBT people. Journal of Adult Development. 16(4), 250-262.

Jamie Camino, M.S.W., SYI Data Analyst

Jamie Camino joined the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management as a Data Analyst for the Title V Sophomore Year Initiative (SYI) in 2013. She earned a B.S. in Psychology and a M.S.W. with a research concentration from Fordham University. She has worked in various research projects for Women’s Housing Economic and Development Corporation (WHEDco), Survey Research Operations at the University of Michigan, and Jewish Home and Lifecare. Some projects include program evaluations of a peer-led sex education program, childcare providers’ training program, and a high school assistance program. In addition, Jamie has assisted with data collection efforts for studying the impacts of students in Harlem Children’s Zone Promise Academy Charter School. Jamie’s statistically oriented training, broad-based research experience, as well as her exposure as a social worker provides her with the dedication and skills to highlight SYI's program outcomes and accomplishments.

Ramona Texidor, SYI Administrative Assistant

Ramona Texidor joined the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management as Administrative Assistant to the Director of Title V Sophomore Year Initiative (SYI) in 2013. She earned her degree in Office Administration from Queens College. Ramona has over eleven years of experience working in both private and public institutions. She is bilingual in English and Spanish and has extensive experience in the fields of administration, secretarial, and customer service.



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