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Picture of OA Director, Sudi Shayesteh

Sudi oversees the daily operations of the AccessABILITY program involving administrative, budget, staff supervision and trainings, and interactions with students, staff and faculty . She is a licensed school psychologist and a mental health counselor with a certificate in bilingual education.

Sudi's background of almost twenty years in higher education and disability services has led her to many leadership positions both at the City and the State level, including co-chairing the CUNY Council on Student Disability Issues. In addition to her role as Director of the Office of AccessAbility, she is the current President of New York State Disability Service Council in Higher Education.

Sudi Shayesteh, N.C.S.P, M.S.Ed, LMHC
Director


Dan is the Assistant Director of the Office of AccessABILITY and oversees the operations at the Access & Technology Center in Room 300, North Building. Dan has a background in non-profit disability service and over ten years experinece working and collaborating with various non-profit, private and governmental agencies.

Dan has an MA in Disability Studies and he is currently working on his MS in Disability Services in Higher Education.

Daniel Chan, MA
Assistant Director
Access & Technology Center


James Poyerd, LEADS/Counselor

As our LEADS Advisor at Hunter College, Jim helps to transition students into the college setting, assisting with: how to choose majors/careers while providing academic counseling, teaching career development skills, and preparing the student for life after degree completion. Jim acts as an advocate for the AccessABILITY students and as a consultant to the faculty and staff. He collaborates with Acces-VR colleagues and helps students transition to work and or internships via individual and group workshps.

Jim has a MSEd in School and Community Counseling Psychology from Bonaventure College and an MA in Forensic Psychology from CUNY-John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

James Poyerd, M.S.Ed
LEADS Counselor


Stephanie counsels students, and supervises the Eye to Eye mentoring project and advises the PossAbilities Student Club. Stephanie enjoys working with students, staff and faculty and her passion for learning has lead her to aquire three Bachelor Degrees and is now working on her Master's in Higher Education Administration at Baruch College and is expecting to graduate in 2018.

Stephanie Pietropaolo, BA
Counselor


Assistive Technologist Jose Fernandez

Jose is our Assistive Technology specialist. He believes that technology can be very helpful but can also be very confusing; so he trains students, faculty and staff when needed. Jose oversees the maintenance and updating of the technology and computers at the center and other labs at Hunter. He also collaborates with other CUNY campuses regarding assistive technology, and stays current with the latest information regarding software and hardware.

Jose has a Master's Degree in Rehabilitaton Counseling, and over 20 years of experience within the field.

Jose Fernandez, M.S.Ed
Adaptive Technology Specialist
Access & Technology Center


Testing Coordinator Song Yun

Song is responsible for facilitating alternate testing arrangements at the Office of AccessABILITY. He works directly with students, staff and faculty to schedule exams, and ensure their safty. Whether it is a quiz, test, mid-term or final, Song works tirelessly to provide students with their appropriate testing and other related accommodations, while he collaborates with other members of the program.

Song Yun, BA
Testing Coordinator
Access & Technology Center


Photo of Gwen Little, Classroom Accommodations

In her capacity as the Coordinator of our Classroom Services, Gwen oversees the classroom accommodations during the academic semesters. She hires, trains and supervises note-takers and readers for our students, while she collaborates closely with faculty members and the program staff to ensure students' success.

Gwen Little, AA
Coordinator of Classroom Accommodations


Photo of Tasita Doumassi, Administrative Assistant

Tasita is the Administrative Assistant for the Office of AccessABILITY. She manages the East Building office, organizes coordinators' and counselors' schedules, assists our students with referral to various programs and resources on campus and assists the program director with the day-to-day activities of the office.

Tasita also helps to train work-study students, and provides assistance in meetings, workshops and program events.

Tasita Gumbs, AA
Administrative Assistant


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