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AboutOur Staff

  • Dr. Ted Brown

    Executive Director

    Dr. Ted Brown is the Executive Director of CUNY Institute of Software Design and Development, manages collaborative projects with industrial and governmental partners.

    • Jackie Bellando

      Program Director

      Jackie Bellando manages the CUNY Tech Prep team on the ground and co-leads their strategic growth efforts. Before serving in a managerial role, Jackie was a career coach at CTP. A native New Yorker, Jackie is a graduate of Teachers College, Columbia University, and is passionate about education equity, environmental justice, and soccer.

      • Emily Chiu

        Career Coach Manager

        Emily Chiu is the Career Coach Manager at CUNY Tech Prep, where she oversees the professional development curriculum for the Fellows. She has spent her career working with students. She believes language holds power and is passionate about empowering individuals to find their narrative.

        • Mauro Gomez

          Business Development Manager

          Mauro creates and manages partnerships with various New York City tech companies. These partnerships provide a pipeline of employment, internships, and volunteering opportunities for CUNY Tech Prep students. He has extensive experience in higher education and a passion for diversity, social good, and music.

          • Silu Hu

            Community Manager

            Silu is the Community Manager at CUNY Tech Prep. She takes care of all administrative duties for students, such as managing schedules of mock technical interviews, while assisting in students job tracking oversight and event planning.

            • Dr. Edgardo Molina

              Lead Instructor

              Dr. Edgardo Molina is the Lead Instructor at CUNY Tech Prep. He develops and teaches the full stack JavaScript curriculum and initiated the technical interview preparation curriculum at CTP. Edgardo has been with the program since its start in 2015 and is passionate about serving the CUNY community. Dr. Molina's interests are in the fields of education, product development, full stack web applications, machine learning, and computer vision. He received a BS in computer science from the Macaulay Honors College at the City College of New York, and a PhD in computer science from the CUNY Graduate Center.

              • Zack Desario

                Data Science Instructor

                Zack DeSario is a data science instructor at CUNY Tech Prep. Before joining CTP he was the Director of Analytics for a Presidential Campaign, and before that he was a Data Scientist at Google. His passions are data visualization, teaching, surfing, and pinball.

                • Lucy Samuels

                  Career Coach

                  Lucy is a Career Coach and CUNY Engagement Manager at CUNY Tech Prep. Prior to CTP, she helped students and graduates launch new careers in software engineering and data science at a tech bootcamp. Her educational and professional experience also include learning and development, operations, workplace communication, and applied linguistics. Lucy is passionate about empowering underrepresented groups to share their ideas and excel in the modern workforce.

                  • Veronica Sirotic

                    Career Coach

                    Veronica Sirotic is a Career Coach and CUNY Engagement Manager at CUNY Tech Prep, where she works with students on building a foundation for professional development. Previously, she worked as a recruitment coordinator in a NY based startup in the privacy space, as well in business development for an international development government contractor. She is passionate about diversifying the tech industry and limiting barriers to entry. In her free time, she enjoys painting and plant-shopping. Veronica earned her Bachelor’s degrees in Global Development Studies from University of Virginia.