NYSCAS: New York School of Career and Applied Studies
Advisors Directory
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Main Campus
27-33 West 23rd Street, 3rd FL
New York, NY 10010
Ms. Sophia Volfson, LMSW
Director of Academic Advisement and Counseling
Phone:(212) 463-0400 ext. 5509 or 5510
E-mail: sophiav@touro.edu 
Office hours:
Monday - Thursday 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
>Ms. Sophia Volfson serves as Director of Academic Advisement and Counseling for NYSCAS at Touro College. Ms. Volfson is a licensed social worker in the State of New York, and holds a Masters Degree in Social Work from Touro College. Her prior position in Touro College was Director of Academic Support Services. Before joining Touro College in 1991, she earned Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Economics and also in Civil Engineering in Minsk, Belarus. Ms. Volfson worked as a Vice President of a sportswear corporation and as an adjunct professor at a College of Civil Engineering. Ms. Volfson also holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Management from Touro College and completed a number of courses in education. Additionally, Ms. Volfson represents the College as a member of the Committee on Academic Standing, the Curriculum Committee, and the Graduation Committee.
Ms. Tammie Moore
Phone: (212) 463-0400 ext. 5394
Room 216
Office hours:
Monday - Thursday 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Ms. Moore is an academic advisor at Touro's Midtown campus. A graduate of Touro College, she has worked her way through college as a work-study employee at both the Admissions and Advisement offices. She then worked as an assistant in the office of Advisement, and was promoted to a full-time professional position in August, 2005.
Prof. Timothy Taylor
Director of Learning Centers\Associate Dean of Students
Phone: (212) 463-0400 ext. 5212
Mr. Chung Pang
Phone: (212) 463-0400 ext. 5304
Before he joined the Touro Academic Advisement team in September 2004, Mr. Pang worked as an Academic Advisor for ten years at the Technical Career Institute in New York. Mr. Pang received his BS in Engineering in 1979 from National Taiwan University. He holds a ME (Master of Engineering) from Manhattan College.
Mr. Ian W Smith
Academic Advisor/Counselor
Phone: (212) 463-0400 ext. 5262
Office hours:
Monday - Thursday 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Mr. Smith is an Academic Advisor Counselor at the main Campus 23rd street in Manhattan. He has an MA in Sociology from City College New York. He also lectures in Sociology at the Borough of Manhattan Community College.
Ms. Lita Cabezas
Academic Advisor/Counselor
Phone: (212) 463-0400 ext. 5262
Office hours:
Monday - Thursday 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Ms. Lita Cabezas is a new member of the Touro Advisement team. Ms. Cabezas has a Bachelors Degree in Computer Science and a Masters in Instructional Technology. She has previously worked in the Academic Computing Department where she worked with Blackboard, Faculty Workshops, and as a Technician in several Computer Labs. Ms. Cabezas is also adjunct Professor in the Computer Science Department.
Linda Boateng
Administrative Assistant
Phone: (212) 463-0400 ext. 5499
Office hours:
Monday - Thursday 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Michelle Coppin
Academic Advisor
Phone: (212) 463-0400 ext. 5303
Office hours:
Monday - Thursday 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Friday 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

SCAS/Avenue J
1602 Ave J
Brooklyn, NY 11230
Ms. Vladimir Shapiro
Director, Academic Support Services
Phone: 718-252-7800 Ext. 229
Room 211D
Email: vladimis@touro.edu
Office hours:
Monday - Thursday 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Friday9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Mr. Shapiro joined Touro College in 2001 as an advisor in our Borough Park site. He holds a Master's Degree in Sociology from the State University of Management in Moscow, Russia. His previous experience includes working as a production technical manager in New York and as Senior Relationship Manager for Gallup Polls in Moscow.

Bensonhurst
1870-86 Stillwell Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11223
Ms. Goldstein Inna
Director of Resource Centers
Phone: (718) 265-6534 Ext. 1023
Ms. Yuliya Sokolovskaya
Phone: (718) 265-6534 Ext. 1019
Room 102
Office hours:
Monday 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Tuesday 10:30 AM to7:00 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Friday 9:00am to 2:00 PM
Ms. Yuliya has been an advisor at Touro College since 2012. She is based at Touro's Stillwell Avenue location. Before becoming an advisor, Ms. Yuliya served as an admissions counselor for NYSCAS, dealing with students on a regular basis. Ms. Solkolovskaya graduated from CUNY Hunter College and received her MS at Touro Graduate School of Education and Psychology.
Ms. Renate Ross
Phone: 718-265-6534 Ext. 1020
Ms. Renate Ross joined Touro college after serving as Program Coordinator and Job Placement Counselor for the Cope Institute. Among her other responsibilities in that position, she provided individualized counseling, assessment and case management to Cope's students. Ms. Ross was also involved in recruiting and registering students in that program. She is a graduate of Brooklyn College.
Ms. Zena Schechter
Career Guidance
Phone: (718) 265-6534
Office hours:
Monday 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, by appointment only
Ms. Zena Schechter serves as a career counseling specialist for Touro College. Her areas of expertise include career counseling, executive coaching, and training programs. She has dealt primarily with mid-level managers and professionals in major corporations, as well as educational, professional, and health organizations. Ms. Schechter has an M. Ed in Applied Human Development and Guidance from Teachers College of Columbia University and a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology from New York University. Besides her counseling responsibilities, Prof. Schechter also teaches for the College in the area of human services.

Brighton
532 Neptune Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11224
Ms. Danielle Alltkin
Phone: (718) 449-6160 ext. 113
Ms. Altkin recently joined the Touro advisement staff. Her past experience includes positions in case management for social service and non-profit organizations. Ms. Altkin has a B.S. degree with a double major (psychology and French?italian literature) and an M.S. in Guidance and Counseling, both from Brooklyn College. She is fluent in Frech and Arabic.
Ms. Anita Quinde
Paraprofessional
Phone: (718) 449-6160 ext. 113
Office hours:
Monday - Thursday 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Friday 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Ms. Zena Schechter
Career Guidance
Phone: (718) 449-6160 ext. 113
Office hours:
Wednesday 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, by appointment only
Ms. Zena Schechter serves as a career counseling specialist for Touro College. Her areas of expertise include career counseling, executive coaching, and training programs. She has dealt primarily with mid-level managers and professionals in major corporations, as well as educational, professional, and health organizations. Ms. Schechter has an M. Ed in Applied Human Development and Guidance from Teachers College of Columbia University and a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology from New York University. Besides her counseling responsibilities, Prof. Schechter also teaches for the College in the area of human services.
Ms. Anna Veretilnaya
Phone: (718) 449-6160 ext. 123
Office hours:
Monday 2:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Tuesday 10:30 AM to 8:00 PM
Wednesday 2:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Thursday 10:30 AM to 8:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Ms. Anna Veretilnaya has been an advisor at Touro College since 1998. She is based at Touro's Brighton Beach location. Before becoming an advisor, Ms. Veretilnaya served as assistant to the director of SCAS advisement and as staff assistant for the college. Ms. Veretilnaya graduated from Touro College where she was the class valedictorian.

Spring Creek
1390 Pennsylvania Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11239
Ms. Ilene Z. Rubenstein
Phone: (718) 642-6562 ext. 108
Office hours:
Monday 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Tuesday 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Wednesday 9:30 AM to 7:00 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Friday 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Ms. Rubenstein comes to Touro after spending over twenty years as an advisor and counselor at Kingsborough Community College. She was involved in such Kingsborough programs as their ESL program, College Discovery, College Now and The Honors Option. Ms. Rubenstein has a Masters of Social Work and a Masters in Psychology from New York University, where she earned her Bachelor's degree as well.
Mr. Leo Safyan
Phone: (718) 642-6562 ext. 106
Office hours:
Monday - Thursday 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Friday 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Mr. Safyan serves as an advisor at the Spring Creek (Starrett City) location. He holds a Master's Degree in Education from the Pedagogic Institute, Odessa, Ukraine, along with a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Polytechnic Institute, Odessa, Ukraine. Before joining Touro, Mr. Safyan counseled foreign students entering U.S. colleges on academic and career-related topics. Additionally, he developed and implemented new educational curriculae for the Department of Education in Odessa.

1726 Kings Highway
1726 Kings Highway
Brooklyn, NY 11229
Ms. Galina Reznikova
Phone: (718) 336-6471 ext. 115
Office hours:
Monday & Tuesday 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Wednesday & Thursday 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Mr. Barry Katz
Academic Advisor
Phone: (718) 336-6471 Ext.30109

Mr. Barry Katz, an academic advisor for the New York School of Career and Applied Studies, joined Touro College in 2011 after more than a decade of experience working in the educational field. He earned his B.A. from Brooklyn College and his M.S.Ed. from Long Island University in School Counseling. Mr. Katz was an admissions counselor for the Lander College of Arts and Sciences for two years before becoming an academic advisor. In addition to his advising duties, he is an adjunct professor in the College.


Dov Revel
71-02 113 Street
Forest Hills, NY 11375
Ms. Jennifer Wiener
Phone: (718) 520-5107 x110
Ms. Wiener holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Hofstra Univeristy, a Master of Science in School Counseling from LIU Post, and an Advanced Certificate in Bilingual Pupil Personnel Services from Touro College. Prior to becoming an Academic Advisor at Touro College, Ms. Wiener worked as an Independent Contractor/Bilingual Special Education Counselor in the New York City Public Schools.
Ms. Laura Rusakova
Phone: (718) 520-6471
Ms. Laura Rusakova recently joined the College as an advisor in our Forest Hills, Queens location. Ms. Rusakova graduated from Touro College and is now studying for her master's degree in International Business Finance in Touro's graduate program.
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