Meet the Staff
Melissa Grant is the Assistant Dean of Graduate Academic Advising and Student Development. Prior to joining Pace University, she has devoted nearly 18 years to teaching and designing programs for student & staff success at the Brooklyn Campus of Long Island University, The City University of New York, Parsons School of Design, and The New York Department of Education. Dedicated to developing services that enhance academic, professional and social success, Dean Grant prides herself on being highly collaborative and accessible to students, faculty, and staff. When she's not brainstorming with her amazing team for new ways to support Lubin students, she is most likely training for one of her many half and full marathons. You can always stop her in the hallway to chat, but good luck stopping her on a race track.
Brooke Hasan, Director
Brooke Hasan is the Director of the Office of Graduate Academic Advisement and Student Development. Ms. Hasan joined the advising team as an Academic Advisor in 2011. Prior to working at Pace University, she held various positions in Admissions, Degree Completion Services and the Office of Multicultural Programs & Services. Brooke earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Florida State University and later graduated from Florida International University with a Master's degree in Higher Education Administration. Brooke is committed to helping students meet their educational and professional goals and thoroughly enjoys working in a collaborative environment with new situations and opportunities for professional growth. Ms. Hasan was born in Atlanta, Georgia, but spent her time growing up in seven southern states and is proud to call New York City her home. Brooke spends her free time walking around NYC with her adorable Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and exploring new neighborhoods.
Joe Palladino, Academic Advisor
Joe joined Lubin Graduate Advising in December 2014. Originally from Brooklyn, Joe graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from Loyola University in Maryland where he also studied abroad in Melbourne, Australia. A career-changer, Joe worked for over eight years in the Programming and Acquisitions Department at ESPN, Inc. where he managed and developed multimedia content for the “worldwide leader in sports.” After his time at ESPN, Joe pursued a M.A. in Counseling at New York University where he completed an internship at a New York City high school. Prior to joining the Graduate Advising team at Lubin, Joe was a Career Advisor at The New School’s Career Services office where he helped students develop job search, networking, resume and cover letter writing skills. While a native New Yorker, Joe believes there is always more of New York to explore and in his spare time enjoys planning food adventures with family and friends and attending concerts ranging from jazz to rock.
Leah McNally, Academic Advisor-International
Leah joined the Lubin Graduate Advisement team in the summer of 2015 after two years as a Program Coordinator with Pace International in the Global Pathways office. She earned a Master’s degree in Higher Education & Student Affairs from New York University in 2015 and has a particular focus on international higher education. Originally from Nova Scotia, Canada, Leah has lived in various countries around the world; most recently, she spent four years working and living in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, where she served as the Director of Student Services at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) from 2011-2013. Leah lives with her husband in Brooklyn and spends much of her free time running and biking around NYC.
Sabrina Hines, Administrative Assistant
Sabrina Hines has worked at Pace since 1994 as the office manager. Sabrina enjoys working with students and making a difference in their lives as they pursue their graduate degrees. She prides herself on providing excellent customer service to students and the Pace community; her outstanding commitment was recognized one year as she received the President Extra Mile Award, nominated by the Pace Community. Sabrina is the mother of two beautiful children and the grandmother of five. She enjoys spending time with her family and brings that warmth to the workplace, creating a connection with everyone with whom she comes into contact. During her time away from Pace she is also very involved in her church community. She has a love for reaching out and helping those who are less fortunate. One of the highlights of her community service has been providing coordination for two homeless ministries within her church: The Early Bird Ministry (for homeless man where they came in and received showers as well as a hot meal) and the Women's Ministry for homeless women, which provides shelter and comfort to women in need.
Claudia Velez, Student Aide
Claudia Velez is a student aide in the Graduate Advisement department. She is a freshman at the Lubin School of Business majoring in Arts and Entertainment Management. She comes from the island of Puerto Rico and is happy to be achieving her dream of living in NYC. Her future plans include working professionally in the theater industry. She is thankful to be working at the office of graduate advisement and hopes to continue learning to ropes needed to work in this office.
Mary O'Connor, Administrative Assistant - Pleasantville campus
Mary O'Connor has worked for Pace University since 1987. She started her career as a secretary for the Pleasantville Registrar's Office, better known now as OSA (Office of Student Assistance). Her daily connection with students allowed her to help steer them in the right direction and offer advice. In her current position at the Graduate Center, she found a new outlook on school life from working with Lubin faculty and students. Mary has three daughters. Two are Pace University graduates and one from Geneseo. Her oldest recently received her master’s degree. Many visits are made with her four beautiful grandchildren. During the weekend she is active in her church choir and is a Eucharistic Minister. Her husband sometimes taps her to help with his electioneering.