Student Affairs

Meet the Student Affairs Team

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On campus? Feel free to drop by our offices (room 120) near the School’s cafeteria!

917-493-4525 | studentengagement@msmnyc.edu
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  • Monica Christensen

    Dean of Students
    mchristensen@msmnyc.edu

    I worked at MSM for most of the 1990s, and returned in January 2015 — There is something very special about this place! I graduated in Asian Studies from Dartmouth College, and earned a doctoral degree in Higher and Postsecondary Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, where I’ve been a faculty member since 2000, and teach part-time. My husband and I are very proud of our three young adult children who were raised in Brooklyn but are now scattered across the country. When I am not busy “deaning” or teaching or being with family, I enjoy cycling, reading, and gardening.



  • Audrey Kajumbula

    Director of Student Engagement
    akajumbula@msmnyc.edu

  • Kai Santiago

    Student Engagement Coordinator
    rsantiago@msmnyc.edu

    I am a Bay Area native from Daly City, California who moved to New York City to pursue a MA degree at Teachers College, Columbia University in Higher and Postsecondary Education. While in the program, I was the Graduate Assistant for Student Engagement for the 2020-2021 school year at MSM. Prior to my time in New York City, I received my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from San Francisco State University in 2017. With my background in Psychology and Higher Education, I am passionate about student leadership development and ensuring that students feel a sense of belonging on campus. In my free time, I am a freelance makeup artist who enjoys cooking traditional Filipino dishes and singing karaoke (I’m a tenor!)

  • Megs Ricci

    Graduate Assistant for Student Engagement
    mricci@msmnyc.edu

    Hi all! My name is Megs and I am from Boston! I am currently the Graduate Assistant of Student Engagement! I graduated May 22 from Salem State University with a degree in Business/French. I am currently attending Teachers College in the Higher and Postsecondary Education program. I was heavily involved in my undergrads Alliance, Student Government, and Phi Sigma Sigma. My passions involve equity in higher education and creating a safe space for students to be their most authentic selves and giving them a place to grow into tomorrow’s leader! In my spare time I’m wedding planning.

  • Vaughn Watson

    Associate Director for Student Success
    vwatson@msmnyc.edu

    Vaughn first got to know MSM when working in the English as a Second Language program as a tutor and as a teacher in MSM’s Summer English Study program. Vaughn has taught and tutored students in many settings including the New York City public schools, the BASIS International School Shenzhen, and most recently, as part of the Queens Educational Opportunity Center at York College in Queens. Vaughn loves meeting people from other cultures, learning new languages and doing crossword puzzles!

  • April Jenkins

    Director of Residence Life
    ajenkins@msmnyc.edu

  • Makila Kirchner

    Residence Coordinator
    mkirchner@msmnyc.edu

  • Nadia Lyall

    Graduate Assistant for Residence Life
    nlyall@msmnyc.edu

  • Cai McPhee, EdD, RN, AHN-BC

    Campus Health Nurse
    campushealth@msmnyc.edu

  • Thalia Phillip

    Graduate Assistant for Health & Wellness
    tphillip@msmnyc.edu

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