Meet the Team

Executive Director, Professional Development & Career Education
James Kingham serves as Executive Director of Professional Development and Career Education for the Stern Undergraduate College. His team’s objectives include: 1) expanding and diversifying career paths for Stern undergraduates; 2) providing meaningful opportunities for students to engage with alumni and employers across industries; and 3) enhancing student satisfaction by enabling students to make well-informed career decisions. Before joining the Undergraduate College, James spent more than 10 years working with Stern MBA students in career coaching and admissions roles, where his dedication to students twice earned him “MBA Administrator of the Year” honors. 

James is a proud NYU alum, as he holds a doctorate in education (Ed.D.) from NYU Steinhardt. He also holds an M.S.Ed. in Higher Education from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in Psychology from Yale University. James lives in New Jersey with his family, including two young children. Other fun facts: he was born in Singapore, is a dual citizen of the U.S. and U.K., and is a proud member of the Stern Singers--a faculty and staff singing group.
Akiko Yamaguchi
Director, Student Engagement
Akiko Yamaguchi serves as the Director 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, and is currently pursuing her EdD in Higher Education Administration at NYU Steinhardt. 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.
Mandy Lancour
Associate Director, Professional Development & Career Education
Mandy Lancour serves as an Associate Director in Stern's Undergraduate Professional Development & Career Education office. 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.
Stephanie Valentino
Stephanie Valentino
Associate Director, Student Engagement
Stephanie Valentino serves as an Associate Director in Stern’s Office of Student Engagement. She is responsible for advising our student clubs and organizations.

Stephanie has worked in Residential Life for the past 6 years, most recently at Columbia University. For the past 4 years at Columbia University, she oversaw the Special Interest Community program and advised several student organizations, including the National Residence Hall Honorary. Additionally, Stephanie received her Masters Degree in Higher Education Administration from Fordham University in 2012. Born and raised in New York City, she enjoys exploring museums, unique events, and new restaurants around the city. In her free time she can often be found taking walks with her dog, experimenting with new baking recipes, reading a new book, or binge-watching TV shows, especially documentaries.
Katie Anderson
Katie Anderson
Administrative Aide, Professional Development & Career Education
Katie Anderson serves as an Administrative Aide in Stern's Professional Development & Career Education office. Katie is responsible for supporting professional programs and communications.

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, cycling, doing 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 and appeared on Google Street View. She's also a proud member of the Stern Singers!
Taylor Ann Winkler
Taylor Ann Winkler
Administrative Aide, Student Engagement
Taylor Ann serves as an Administrative Aide in the Office of Student Engagement. Taylor Ann is responsible for supporting social programs.

Prior to joining the Office of Student Engagement, Taylor Ann graduated with a B.A. in Literature and a minor in Psychology from Ramapo College of New Jersey in 2019. While attending Ramapo, Taylor Ann was involved in the Orientation Program, the Peer Facilitation Program, and was a member of Theta Phi Alpha Sorority. Taylor Ann first served as the Graduate Fellow for Orientation and Student Council in OSE before making the transition into being an Administrative Aide. Taylor Ann is currently seeking her M.A. in Higher Education and Student Affairs at NYU Steinhardt. In her spare time Taylor Ann enjoys finding new places to eat, going to the beach, and hiking with her dog, Olaf. 
EJ Oliverio
EJ Oliverio
Graduate Fellow, Student Engagement
EricaJoy "EJ" Oliverio serves as a Graduate Fellow in the Office of Student Engagement. She supports student clubs and organizations.

EJ graduated from the University of Virginia in 2017 with a BA in English & Media Studies. During her undergraduate career, she was a member of UVA's programming board and Gamma Phi Beta sorority. Following graduation, she served as the Executive Director of the Virginia Club of New York, a non-profit dedicated to connecting UVA alumni in the tri-state area through social, educational, and service programming. EJ is currently pursuing her MA in Higher Education and Student Affairs at NYU Steinhardt. In her free time, she can be found volunteering for her alma mater, or exploring Brooklyn, one craft fair or coffee shop at a time.
Vaishali Gupta
Vaishali Gupta
Graduate Fellow, Professional Development & Career Education
Vaishali serves as a Graduate Fellow in Stern's Professional Development & Career Education office. She is responsible for supporting professional programming and supervising the Peer Mentors program. 

After completing her Master's degree in Human Resource Management in India, she joined Deloitte as a Talent Analyst and later moved to the Human Capital consulting team working on large scale transformation projects for multinational clients. 

Vaishali is currently a second-year MBA student at NYU Stern School of Business and would continue her career in management consulting after graduation.  At Stern, she is on the board of the Management Consulting Association (MCA) and the Student Government Body. 

In her free time, she likes to cook, watch a lot of Bollywood movies and spend time with her family.