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Global Pathways Admissions and Wrap Around Services

Catrillia Young DirectorCatrillia Young
Email | (212) 346-1447

Catrillia "Cat" Young works for Kaplan International as the Director of Global Pathways located at Pace University. Cat works closely with university faculty and administrators to oversee student support services. She also collaborates with colleagues in Kaplan’s Global Pathways team around the world to increase the number of international students joining the program. Before moving to New York City, she worked at SUNY Plattsburgh in Northern New York as the Associate Director for International Admissions.

Cat attended Ripon College in Wisconsin where she earned a BA in French and Global Studies. She earned her MA in French Civilization at Middlebury College in Vermont and Paris, France.

Vivienne Beshay Operations ManagerVivienne Beshay
Operations Manager
Email | WeChat | (212) 346-1445

Vivienne is ready to take care of all your application queries and questions: whether you’re a new applicant, a curious student or you have a cousin who would love to learn more, feel free to get in touch! Vivienne studied in the US as well as the UK, and she understands how important it is to have comprehensive wraparound services for international students who may need a little extra guidance.

Naomi An Operations CoordinatorNaomi An
Operations Coordinator
Email | (212) 346-1368

Naomi works as the Operations Coordinator at the Pace International office. She serves as the primary point of contact and resource for callers and visitors to the office. Naomi uses her strengths in organization and communication to assist students and colleagues.

Naomi earned a B.A. in Elementary Education and Human Development from Boston College. She worked as an advisor for a high school international exchange organization before joining the Global Pathways team.

Global Pathways Program and Academic Services

Mackenzie Lirakis Academic Director Mackenzie Lirakis
Academic Director
Email | (212) 346-1572

Advising hours: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 12:30-3:00pm
Walk-in hours: Thursdays, 1-4pm

Mackenzie Lirakis works with students, faculty, and staff to ensure that the Global Pathways program is operating successfully. Through monitoring curriculum, implementing support systems, and facilitating interdepartmental and community outreach, Mackenzie hopes to guarantee that Global Pathways is doing everything possible to prepare its students for a successful academic career at Pace University.

Mackenzie holds a BA in Communication with a minor in English from Marist College and an M.Ed with a concentration in English for Speakers of Other Languages from Concordia University. Prior to joining Pace University in the fall of 2017, she gained extensive leadership experience serving as program director in English language schools throughout New York City.

Martin Molden Undergraduate Program Coordinator

Martin Molden
Undergraduate Program Coordinator
Email | WeChat | (212) 346-1148

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Walk-in hours: Thursdays, 1-4pm

Martin supports and advises the undergraduate student population at Global Pathways to ensure that they reach their full academic potential. He manages the Global Pathways' tutoring programs, monitors student progression, and liaises between the English Language Institute and Pace Academic Advisors to facilitate class registration, transfer credits, and student holds. Martin also participates in orientation, rates placement tests for the English department, and teaches UNV 101 and ENG 110A.

Martin earned a B.A. in General Teacher Training from Nord University, and an M.A. in TESOL from Hawaii Pacific University. He has presented and published research on speech recognition's affordances for language learners, and has taught and advised large and diverse groups of language learners in Hawaii, New York, Norway, and the United Kingdom in the past. To further develop as an international education professional, Martin is also pursuing a B.B.A. in International Management at Pace University.

Joanna Lockspeiser Graduate Program Coordinator

Joanna Lockspeiser
Graduate Program Coordinator
Email | WeChat | (212) 346-1034

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Walk-in hours: Tuesdays and Fridays 11am-1pm, Thursdays 12-3pm

Joanna supports and advises the graduate student population at Global Pathways and helps to guide them through all the decisions and actions that occur prior to becoming a Pace University student. She monitors student progression and serves as liaison between the English Language Institute and Pace academic advisors in terms of registering for classes, transferring credits, and supporting any students who need help. Joanna also runs the Global Pathways Academic Success Series workshop which prepares its attendees for the world of American graduate studies.

Joanna holds a BA in Psychology from Mount Saint Mary College and a MS in Global Affairs from NYU. Prior to starting at PACE University, Joanna taught English as a Second Language for seven years in NYC and abroad.

Chuangyu Xu (Frank) & Hairong Wang (Davina)
Student Aids
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Frank and Davina work as a Student Assistants for Global Pathways at Pace University. They provide administrative support to the office. Their main responsibilities are responding to student inquiries, tracking students’ tutoring, and ensuring successful collaboration and communications between Pathways students, faculty, and staff. Frank and Davina also assist with course registration, new student orientations, and general administrative duties, as assigned by the office.

Frank is currently an MBA student at Pace University majoring in Public Accounting; Davina is currently an MBA student at Pace University majoring in Investment Management.

Global Pathways Tutoring Services


“I have been in tutoring since I came to Pace University and I’ve had many great sessions with my tutors. I have learned a lot about American pronunciation and culture and I highly recommend tutoring sessions to other international students.”

Mengxi Yang (Mency)
Former Undergraduate Pathways Student


“I was so thrilled that I could get awesome feedback from professional teachers. The sessions were totally different from the ones that I had elsewhere at Pace. I could not only know what my weaknesses were in my writing, but also learn some styles and concise expressions of English. Through these sessions, I could make my writing look neat and organized -better than the first draft- and could polish my English. The instructors were very experienced and gave lots of helpful advice.”

Miae Jeong (Erin)
Former Graduate Pathways Student

Annette Miller ESL Instructor and TutorAnnette Miller
ESL Instructor and Tutor

Annette Miller has been teaching and tutoring non-native English speakers in New York City since 2002. She has taught and tutored academic English at Pace, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and LaGuardia Community College. She has also taught in adult TESOL programs at Queensborough Community College and the Queens Borough Public Library system. As a Global Pathways ESL tutor, she assists students with all facets of English language learning. Annette especially enjoys helping international students develop their vocabulary and teaching them cultural and historical material, which is so deeply embedded in the language. In return, she appreciates how much she learns from her students!

Nicole Gunn ESL Instructor and TutorNicole Gunn
ESL Instructor and Tutor

Nicole tutors and teaches English as a Second Language courses in communication skills, speaking, listening, reading, vocabulary and business writing at Pace University. In addition, she gives workshops and tutors students in the Tools for Clear Speech Program at Baruch College and works as a private tutor. Prior to becoming a teacher, Nicole worked as a senior human resources professional for more than a decade, and she enjoys incorporating her buesiness experience into her teaching when working with students to help them succeed.

Nicole received a BA in Political Science from Rutgers University and an MA in TESOL from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Tara Vassallo ESL Instructor and Tutor

Tara Vassallo
ESL Instructor and Tutor

Tara has been an instructor at the English Language Institute at Pace University since 2009. She holds an MS in TESOL, Ed. & Sp. Ed. from Touro College, and a BA in Linguistics & Italian from the University of Wisconsin. Her primary instructional focus has been in Academic Writing and Research in both the Pre-Undergraduate and the Graduate programs. In addition, she is also passionate about Vocabulary and Grammar and enjoys teaching these elective courses. At Pace University, she has facilitated TESOL teacher training workshops to visiting international faculty. Training modules have included, building fluency, integrating skills, multiple intelligences, and creating a student-centered learning environment.

Tara has worked as an ELA and ESL instruction and curriculum consultant for Brown University and the NYC Department of Education. Early in her career, she taught new arrivals at Liberty HS in New York City. She has also been a language trainer since 2007 for business professionals and their families relocating to the US. Tara has lived, studied, and taught in Italy, Brazil, and Africa.

Marisa Granizo ESL Instructor and Tutor

Marisa Granizo
ESL Instructor and Tutor

Marisa has been an ESL adjunct professor for the English Language Institute and the English Department at Pace University for several years. She has worked at several universities in New York, including Parsons the Newschool for Design, the American Language Institute at NYU and Fordham University. She has taught and teaches intensive writing courses for undergraduate and graduate students. Although her expertise is in critical writing, she also enjoys teaching communication skills and film studies, particularly American Culture in Film.

She has a B.A. in Art History-Italian Renaissance Art/Gothic Architecture from Purchase College, NY and an M.A. in TESOL/Linguistics from New York University (NYU).

Liza Bell Prospective ESL Instructor and TutorLiza Bell
Prospective ESL Instructor and Tutor

Liza Bell volunteers weekly as an English tutor for Global Pathways. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Administration on the Government track from Pace University while also working as the Administrative Coordinator in Pace University’s Office of the Provost. Liza received her bachelor’s degrees in International Relations and Economics from Seton Hall University. She enjoys musical theatre, traveling, visiting museums, and learning about different cultures.

Jungeun Kim Prospective ESL Instructor and TutorJungeun Kim
Prospective ESL Instructor and Tutor

Kim tutors and assists international students at Global Pathways and the English Language Institute at Pace University. Kim is also a graduate student in the TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) program at Pace University and is scheduled to graduate in May 2020. Kim received a bachelor's degree in English and has helped students improve their English grammar, reading comprehension, writing, and listening skills for over 3 years in South Korea. After relocating to New York City, Kim enjoys teaching students from all over the world. In her spare time, Kim loves to paint abstract acrylic paintings.