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Undergraduate Team

Ashish Bhatia
Ashish Bhatia

Assistant Dean of Students, Engagement, & Innovation
Ashish Bhatia (B.S. ’02) is the Assistant Dean of Students, Engagement, and Innovation in the Undergraduate College. In his role, Assistant Dean Bhatia develops the vision for and oversees the activities of the Undergraduate College's Office of Student Engagement (OSE). OSE plays a critical role as it supports our vibrant community of 2500+ students through the development and delivery of professional development, leadership and community building programs.
Prior to joining Stern in 2015, Assistant Dean Bhatia was the Director of Central Banks & Public Policy at the World Gold Council. In that role, he worked as a market economist and policy advisor to global central banks. He was responsible for managing relationships with global central banks and developing insights on foreign exchange, fixed income, and gold. Working with faculty at the University of California at Berkeley HAAS School of Business, he also developed and directed the Executive Program in Gold Reserves Management.
Assistant Dean Bhatia started his career at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York where he served in many different roles. He started as a Bank Examiner, monitoring market and liquidity risks in the Financial Institutions Supervisory Group, and then later was a Portfolio Manager within the Markets Group, where he was responsible for managing the United States' Japanese yen reserves for the US Department of the Treasury and the Federal Reserve System.
Assistant Dean Bhatia is an alumnus of the NYU Stern Undergraduate College; he graduated in 2002 with honors in Economics and a co-major in International Business. He received his Master's degree from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University.
Akiko Yamaguchi
Senior Associate Director, Student Engagement
Akiko Yamaguchi serves as the Associate Director in the Office of Student Engagement. Her primary responsibilities include overseeing the social and community building programs, planning various school-wide programs, and implementing diversity and inclusion initiatives. Prior to joining NYU Stern, Akiko worked at NYU School of Medicine where she oversaw professional and social programming along with new student orientation. Her background in Higher Education began in Residence Life and she has served in various Residence Life capacities at Vassar College and the University of Southern California.

Akiko graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a B.A. in International Studies and holds an M.Ed. in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs from the University of Southern California. Akiko is originally from Tokyo, Japan and during her spare time, can be found walking her dog, visiting museums, and working on graphic design projects.
Kim Maees
Kimberly Maes
Associate Director, Student Engagement
Kimberly Maes serves as the Associate Director in the Office of Student Engagement. She is responsible for overseeing  professional programs and managing corporate relationships, and works with the Assistant Dean on the vision for the professional development of Stern undergraduate students. Prior to joining Stern, Kimberly worked at NYU Tisch where she advised a large cohort of undergraduates and managed graduation services and special events for the Department of Drama. Her higher education career began at the University of Southern California, first as an Academic Advisor and subsequently in the Dornsife College Dean's Office managing study abroad, scholarship, and research programs for undergraduate students. 

Kimberly graduated from the University of Southern California with a B.A. in Theatre Arts and holds an M.A. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from NYU Steinhardt. In her spare time she enjoys spoiling her dog, salsa dancing, and traveling.
Karen Lee
Associate Director, Student Engagement
Karen Lee is as an Assistant Director in the Office of Student Engagement and serves as an advisor to Stern's clubs and oversees leadership development for student leaders.

Karen graduated from Stony Brook University with a B.S. in Psychology. Prior to joining Stern, she worked with the offices of Multicultural Affairs and Student Activities at Stony Brook University as an advisor to student organizations and coordinator of multicultural programs. Her background in higher education is shaped by the experiences she has gained working with students throughout the different stages of their college careers. In addition to student leadership and activities, Karen has been involved in the areas of admissions, orientation, and academic advisement. Karen enjoys traveling, exploring other cultures, and is motivated by new experiences. 
Rachel G
Rachel Goldfarb
Associate Director, Student Engagement
Rachel Goldfarb serves as an Assistant Director in the Office of Student Engagement. She is responsible for social programming for Stern undergraduates, including the planning of Orientation, Block Party, and Baccalaureate as well as the adviser to Studnet Council. Prior to joining the Office of Student Engagement, Rachel served as Assistant Director of the M.S. in Business Analytics program in Stern's Office of Global and Executive Education.

Rachel graduated from Colgate University with a B.A. in Psychology and Philosophy, and is currently pursuing her M.A. in Higher Education and Student Affairs at NYU Steinhardt. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, reading, and exploring NYC.
Mandy Lancour
Assistant Director, Student Engagement
Mandy Lancour serves as an Assistant Director in Stern's Undergraduate Office of Student Engagement. Mandy is responsible for overseeing professional programming.

Mandy is a transplant from Athens, GA where she received a B.S. in Psychology and a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Georgia.  There, she researched spatial and relational reasoning and visual attention of capuchin monkeys in the Primate Cognition and Behavior Lab. She also worked as a Teaching Assistant with Discover Abroad, a sustainability-based study abroad program traveling to New Zealand, Australia and Fiji. Mandy is enthusiastic about meeting new people, reflective thinking, and continuing to explore the world around her.
Katie AndersonKatie Anderson
Administrative Aide, Student Engagement
Katie Anderson serves as the Administrative Aide in the Office of Student Engagement. Katie is responsible for supporting professional programs and communications from OSE.

Katie is a proud graduate of Stern where she concentrated in Business Economics and minored in Math. In her time at NYU, she held various positions in residence life and was a three-time Stern Orientation Leader and CLP Guide. As an Admissions Ambassador, she gave more than 200 NYU campus tours and loved almost every single one. In her free time, she loves reading, needlepoint, and writing comics about her adventures--both real and fictional. In 2016, she won second place in the NYU Stern March Madness bracket challenge. She has also appeared on Google Street View. She's absolutely thrilled to be part of the OSE team!

Fatima ChishtiFatima Chishti
Graduate Fellow, Student Engagement
Fatima Chishti serves as a Graduate Fellow in Stern’s Office of Student Engagement, where she is responsible for supporting the professional programs. She is also pursuing her M.A. in Higher Education and Student Affairs at NYU Steinhardt.
Fatima is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she obtained her degree in English and secondary education. After graduation, Fatima spent six years working as a high school English teacher in a diverse Chicago suburb. Prior to taking on the role of Graduate Fellow, Fatima mentored novice teachers, built school culture, and designed progressive curriculum through New York City’s charter school network. An avid traveler, Fatima’s most memorable trip was a two-week educational tour of England with her AP Literature students. Her move from Chicago to the Big Apple has left her longing for kitchen counter space, but luckily the restaurant selection in Queens has yet to disappoint!  
Tom Guarino
Tom Guarino
Graduate Fellow, Student Engagement
Tom Guarino serves as a Graduate Fellow in Stern’s Office of Student Engagement, where he is responsible for supporting the social programs. He is also pursuing his M.A. in Higher Education and Student Affairs at NYU Steinhardt.
Tom graduated with a B.S. in Health Promotion from American University and is also a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES). During his undergraduate career, he worked for new student programs, campus wellness education, and various policy initiatives for health at American. Most recently, Tom worked with young adult patients of substance abuse at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation’s lower Manhattan recovery clinic and residence. In his spare time, Tom enjoys visual and performing arts, photography, traveling, singing, and exploring! He hopes to re-visit Australia where he once studied and interned abroad.  
Nathan Faust
Nathan Faust
Graduate Fellow, Student Engagement
Nathan Faust serves as a Graduate Fellow in Stern’s Undergraduate Office of Student Engagement on the Leadership team. Nathan is helping with the advisement in clubs and is the direct point of contact with Stern’s Undergraduate identity-based clubs. Nathan is pursuing his M.A in Higher Education and Student Affairs at NYU Steinhardt.

Nathan is a recent graduate of NYU and received his B.A in Individualized Study from the NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study where he created the concentration of Cultural Development and Social Preservation. Nathan got his start in student affairs through hall council and residential life as a first year student, getting progressively more involved through the Inter-Residence Hall Council, the Student Senator Council, and finally becoming a Resident Assistant in his senior year at Founders Residence Hall. His goal in student affairs is to become a true advocate for students and student life, using his background in advocacy, policy work, and activism both at NYU and through his previous internship at GLAD. In his spare time, Nathan enjoys studying geography, listening to and discovering new music, and trying out new recipes in the kitchen with friends.
 Alicia Houser Alicia Houser
Graduate Budget Assistant, Student Engagement
Alicia Houser is currently working in OSE as the Graduate Budget Assistant. Her role includes working with student clubs and organizations on their budgets and processing student reimbursements. 

In 2015, she graduated from the College of Charleston with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. As an undergraduate student, Alicia was actively involved with Undergraduate Admissions and Residence Life and Housing. Her roles as a student leader on her undergraduate campus sparked her interest in Higher Education. Alicia is pursuing her M.A. in Higher Education and Student Affairs program at NYU Steinhardt. She is passionate about college access and the retention of students of color. She looks forward to working with students in this area when she graduates from NYU. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, reading, and listening to podcasts.