Meet the Dyson Advising Team

Heather Calchera, M.S., Assistant Dean of Advising

Campus: Pleasantville and New York City, Downtown
Phone: PLV: (914) 773-3781 / NYC: (212) 346-1518

About Heather

As the Assistant Dean for Student Advising, I oversee the Dyson Advising Offices on both the New York City and Pleasantville campuses. I work with an enthusiastic group of advisers, who genuinely enjoy what they do for a living, and go above and beyond to assist our students in reaching their fullest potential. This makes coming to work every day very easy. I love being part of a team of people that do their best to enhance the experience of our Pace students. Working in advising has proven to be a very rewarding experience for me. It's such an amazing feeling watching the graduating class walk across the stage at commencement each year, knowing that I may have made even the smallest impact on their time as a Pace student.

I started working in Dyson College as a student assistant back in 2002. I graduated from Pace in May of 2004 with my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Masters of Science in Counseling, and was hired as an Academic Adviser in Pleasantville that June. As you can see, Pace and I have a long history. In addition to my role in the Advising Office, I am also an Adjunct Professor in the Psychology Department in Pleasantville, and teach PSY 391- Practicum in Psychology I.

I very much enjoyed my experience as a Pace student, and feel that it really helps me to connect with our current student population. I love working with our students as they begin their college experience and guiding them through to the end. Keeping in touch with them after graduation is an added bonus! The enthusiasm of our students, faculty and staff makes me so proud to be a part of the Pace community.

Although Pace is a huge part of my life, when I’m not on campus, I enjoy going to concerts, soccer & baseball games, and hanging out with friends and family. Some of my favorite things include: my DVR, coffee, and Target.

I want students to know that the Dyson Advising team is always here to help! Often times, students will say that they don't know who to talk to about a certain issue, but if they reach out to us, we're more than happy to assist or connect them with a staff or faculty member who can. It's so important that students connect with an adviser and faculty mentor early in their academic career to ensure that they are maximizing on the opportunities that are available to them in Dyson College and Pace University.

Heather Calchera
Assistant Dean, Academic Advising

Nurys Nuesi, M.A., Graduate Program Manager

Campus: New York City
Phone: (212) 346-1134


Higher Education opens a world of opportunity for students and I’m thrilled to be a tool for students in this process of growth. I’m pleased to join the Dyson Advising team, a group of advisors who are driven and passionate about helping students achieve their academic, professional and personal goals.

I earned my B.S. in Social Work at SUNY Plattsburgh. After 8 years within the social service field, I decided to pursue my M.A. in Higher Education Administration at Stony Brook University. I knew I would continue to help individuals with their life goals but my focus shifted unto college students.

I completed my practicum at Pace’s Advising Center for Exploring Majors. While completing my practicum I learned of the many services and academic programs Pace has to offer its students. I observed how each advisor went above and beyond for their students, and I knew some day that would be me. Through my involvement within higher education I have assisted in student development workshops, co-facilitating in first-year programming, diversity and inclusion programming, major and career exploration, community engagement, mentoring and in Greek Life. 

My advising philosophy is to provide students with the necessary tools to help them feel knowledgeable and empowered with their present and their future.

In my spare time, I enjoy traveling, cooking, dancing, hiking and spending time with family.

Please let me know how I can assist you or just feel free to stop on by and say Hello.

Nurys Nuesi
Graduate Program Manager, Academic Advising

Kathryn Olsen, M.S., Associate Director of Advising

Campus: New York City
Phone: 212-346-1120

About Katie

As an alumna of Pace, and now as an academic adviser at Dyson College, I look forward to helping students just like my advisors helped me! In this role, I will provide guidance to students on graduation requirements, major and course selection, and how to make the most of their time while studying at Pace.

I conducted my studies on Pace’s Pleasantville campus and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology and Human Relations with a Minor in Art and a Master of Science in Counseling.  As a student, I worked on campus, was involved in student activities and was an active member of Greek Life.  As a graduate student, I worked in the Dyson Advising Office and began developing my advising skills. My time at Pace transformed me into an independent, professional and intellectual person and it is my hope that all of our students will feel the same way.

When I’m not working, I enjoy going to the beach or a park, cooking/eating and hanging out with my adorable dog.

I came to Pace as an undecided major and, with the help of my advisors, I found my passion for advising.  Now I am here to help undergraduate Dyson students excel at Pace and beyond. Feel free to call, email or stop by the office so that we can help you with all things Dyson!

Kathryn Olsen
Associate Director, Academic Advising

Ann Marie McGlynn, M.S.T., Senior Academic Adviser

Campus: Pleasantville
Phone: (914) 773-3894

About Ann Marie

It’s such a pleasure to be part of the Dyson Advising Staff! Prior to joining the Dyson Team, I worked in Pace University’s Center for Academic Excellence (CAE). In the CAE, I served in several different roles which familiarized me with the academic support services available to help our students. After 3 years in the CAE, I am excited to work closely with, and get to know, our Dyson students!

My own academic career started as a Communication Studies student at SUNY Plattsburgh, where I was heavily involved, particularly in Greek Life. After graduating, I went on to a teaching assistantship at Central Michigan University where I completed graduate study in the Interpersonal and Public Communication department. Soon after returning from Michigan, I completed a M.S.T. degree from Pace University. As a whole, these experiences inspired me to work with students in higher education and led me to Dyson Advising. Now, as an Adviser, it’s important to me that I help students realize their potential, strive for excellence and get involved in their campus’ community to make the most of their college experiences.

Professionally, I’m a huge proponent of lifelong learning. Personally, I’ll be a student for life since I love meeting new people, learning new things and having new experiences. As a current student, it may be difficult to imagine continuing in school after graduation, but it’s a path which can lead you to down paths you would, otherwise, never explore!

When I’m not at Pace, I love spending time with my daughter, husband, and dog, Gracie. I’m also a huge NY Jets, Knicks and Mets fan (though I will play nice with my pro-Yankee colleagues). As a big fan of Jeopardy, I’m hoping that one of my advisees will someday make an appearance on the show!

Whatever kind of day a student is having, I hope they know they can walk into my office and know I’m here to support and guide them. I won’t always have the answers, but I will help them to find answers, and feel confident in the decisions they make.

Ann Marie McGlynn
Senior Academic Adviser

Nicole Gilman, MSEd., Senior Academic Adviser

Campus: New York City, Downtown
Phone: (212) 346-1104

About Nicole

I am extremely enthusiastic to be part of Dyson’s phenomenal advising team! I look forward to meeting new students, and helping them learn what Pace has to offer.

I graduated from SUNY Albany with a BA in Sociology and a minor in Psychology. I received my Master’s in Counseling and Personnel from Fordham University.

I enjoy spending my free time with my family and friends, listening to music, traveling, and camping.

I believe in going above and beyond to assist students with any and all of their academic needs. My door is always open to any student in need of my assistance. Please feel free to come by or contact me whenever you have a question or concern.

Nicole Gilman
Senior Academic Adviser

Seanna Wright, M.S., Academic Adviser

Campus: New York City
Phone: 212-346-1857

About Seanna

I am extremely pleased to officially be a member of the Dyson Advising team! I started as an undergraduate student athlete at Pace in 2009 where I had the opportunity to be a part of the women’s soccer team. The university provided me with endless amounts of support both on and off the field, and I was able to excel in my academics which lead me to graduating in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in Applied Psychology and Human Relations.  

I continued my graduate studies at the university in the fall of 2013 in the Masters of Mental Health Counseling program. During this time I was able to work with the Dyson Advising team as Graduate Assistant. I had the opportunity to work with students and really learn the importance of academic advising from behind the scenes. As soon as I started as a graduate assistant, I knew this was where I wanted to continue my career, and now being part of the team officially, I couldn’t be happier.

Throughout my time at Pace thus far, I have connected with great individuals that have helped me find my passion for helping students. I hope that I can have an impact on students the way my advisors at Pace did for me! That being said, please feel free to contact me or stop by! I’d love to meet you and help guide you toward graduation.

In my free time, I enjoy being outside, playing and/or watching sports (Yankees & Jets!), and spending time with my family.

Go Setters!

Seanna Wright
Academic Adviser

Samantha Clarke, M.A., Academic Adviser

Campus: Pleasantville
Phone: 914-773-3538

About Samantha

Being an Academic Advisor in the Dyson Advising office is something I am extremely excited and passionate about. I am a Pace alumna and have seen myself continuing my career at Pace since my first semester of college. Each semester at school I found myself getting closer and closer to the Dyson Advising Office as I was a teaching assistant to a former Academic Advisor, a peer leader to another one, and then became a graduate assistant to the office during my final two years of school. Advising was something I began to do naturally in school and am beyond happy to have found a career doing it.

My undergraduate and graduate degrees are in Media and Communication Arts. I have always been one to use my communication skills to my advantage and Pace gave me plenty of opportunities to continue this path. While my initial focus was driven by my interest in event planning, I found that I was insistent on making sure that new Pace students had the same amazing experiences that I was able to have. While at Pace, I was very involved. Throughout my years, I was an Orientation Leader and a Peer Leader, and was also a member of Greek Life and the Setters Leadership Program. In these roles I was able to give back to the school that had helped shape me into the mature, communications professional that I am today.

When I am not in the office with the best group of people around, you can find me rooting on my favorite athletic teams (Rangers, Giants, Yankees, and Knicks), drinking Dunkin Donuts, coaching my high school varsity cheerleading squad, and hanging out with my friends and family. I love to keep busy and stay close to the people I love the most, which is why you can still find me at Pace University.

I believe that my love for communicating and helping others develop is what makes me enjoy my position as an Academic Advisor the most. Being that I took full advantage of what Pace has to offer, I think I can have a positive effect on the lives of the current and future students here by making sure they get the attention, advice, and guidance they need to be successful at Pace.

Because of my Pace experiences, I am a great source of information for our Dyson undergraduate students. My door is always open and I am happy to help anyone figure out their path and make sure that they are pointed in the right direction.