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Traci Palmieri, Program Director

Palmieri is the Program Director for two of the TRiO Programs that run out of the Center for School and College Collaboratives; Careers in Teaching and the Educational Talent Search Program.  She obtained her MSed degree in School Counseling from Lehman College in 2009. Palmieri has worked at Lehman College since 2003 and has been with the Center since 2008.  Prior to working at the Center, Palmieri has worked in several offices on campus, including Academic Advising and Career Services.

Born and raised in the Bronx, Palmieri was raised by a single mother along with her two older brothers.  She is the first in her family to hold a Master's degree and makes it her mission to help as many Bronx high school and college students achieve their dreams to hold a post secondary education degree.

Kalya Castillo, Counselor Advocate

Castillo has a master's degree in counselor education from Lehman College and a bachelor's degree from Bard College. Raised by a single mother who emigrated to the United States, Castillo is the first in her family to receive a college degree. Prior to completing her master's at Lehman, Castillo spent two years as a classroom teacher for a non-profit organization, where she worked with students in seventh through twelfth grade. She has participated in several programs serving underprivileged youth, and has counseled and mentored public school students throughout New York City and Westchester. 

Johanny Santana, Counselor Advocate

Santana graduated from Lehman College with a bachelor's degree in psychology. She was a SEEK student—the first in her family to receive a four-year college degree. While at Lehman, Santana worked for the Work Study Program and became familiar with the Education career path and programs in the Elementary Education department. After graduation Santana worked for the Lehman College SEEK program and Graduate Admissions as a Counselor Assistant. Those experiences gave her a desire to continue working for the students of the college and for future college generations to come.

A former elementary school teacher for the New York City Department of Education, she has first-hand experience as a teacher and is an asset to Careers in Teaching.

Minosky Pérez, Administrative Assistant

Pérez holds two bachelor degrees—one from Lehman College in accounting and the other from City College of New York. She is also the first in her family to receive a college degree. She recently joined Careers in Teaching and is proud to be part of a program that helps students of today achieve their dream of becoming the teachers of tomorrow. Throughout her career, she has assisted in various programs that provide services to low-income families in New York City.