Two New York Locations

ROCKLAND: 845.358.1710
MANHATTAN: 212.625.0500




Office of Student Development (NYC)

The Office of Student Development serves Nyack's mission by serving its students.  Blessed with a long history of diversity, Nyack College has an opportunity to tell the story of the gospel through loving community in a powerful way.  Accordingly, the Office of Student Development works hard to contribute to the spiritual and academic growth of the student community.  We seek to create extra-curricular and co-curricular activities, facilitate worship experiences and organize missional projects wherein students can develop a fuller sense of their unique identity within God's Kingdom. 
Charles Hammond

Associate Dean of Student Life

Dr. Hammond is the Associate Dean of Student Life for the NYC Campus. Charles has served on the Pastoral staff at the Brooklyn Tabernacle Church for over twenty-five years. Charles received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from New York University, a Master of Professional Studies Degree in Urban Studies from Alliance Theological Seminary and his Ph.D. Degree from Trinity Theological Seminary in Newburgh, Indiana. Charles' passion is to serve as a mentor in the lives of Nyack's diverse student community and watch God transform men and women into world changers.
Deborah Harris

Asst. to the Associate Dean of Student Life

Deborah Harris has served the community at he NYC Campus for over 15 years.  Deborah received a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies (Christian Education/Bible) and a Master of Divinity from Alliance Theological Seminary.  As her education suggests, Deborah serves the Office of Student Development and the student body out of a mature and carefully nurtured Christian worldview.  Deborah seeks to empower Nyack students by helping them pursue their goals with wisdom, confidence and diligence.    

Esther Jhun, LMHC

Student Counselor, Counseling Supervisor

Esther Jhun is a New York State licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) whose influences stem from Christian academia. With a B.A. in Biblical/Theological Studies from Wheaton College and a M.A. from Nyack's own Alliance Graduate School of Counseling, Esther believes that what we discover in general revelation ultimately comes from God ("all truth is God's truth").  She has worked with children, youth, and adults both in and out of the context of ministry. Her most recent work involved the mentally ill living in Far Rockaway. 

Tiffany Austin

Director of Career Counseling and Services

Tiffany Austin has been employed at Nyack College since 2009 serving as the Director of Career Counseling and Services. As the institution-wide Director, Tiffany provides individual career counseling; workshops and classroom presentations; graduate school and internship resources; job postings and resume/cover letter assistance at the Rockland and New York City campuses.

Tiffany is passionate about assisting students and alumni in making informed decisions and providing them with the support they need at every stage of their career development.

Tiffany has a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies from SUNY Old Westbury, and a Master of Arts degree in Higher and Adult Education.

Johanna Dillenbeck

Intern Student Counselor

Johanna Dillenbeck is enrolled in Nyack’s Alliance Graduate School of Counseling. She has a B.S. in General Education from Long Island University and a M.S. in Special Education from Adelphi University. Johanna desires to encourage others to apply God’s promises and provisions while trusting His unique plan and purpose for their lives. She has been an educator and administrator in the New York City public schools for over twenty-five years, working on behalf of students with a range of abilities. Johanna considers it a privilege to be able to apply spiritual principles to her counseling practices at Nyack.

Farrah Ferrell Cogdell

Intern Student Counselor

Farrah (Ferrell) Cogdell is originally from Chicago, IL and has served in ministry and secular counseling roles surrounding youth, adolescents and adults. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Bennett College, an M.S. in Christian Counseling from Philadelphia Biblical University and has completed all coursework for Nyack’s Alliance Graduate School of Counseling. She is currently a Mental Health Counseling Intern for Nyack’s City campus. Farrah has a special regard for people with heavy burdens and emphasizes an environment of safety and genuine care.

Sigfrido "Jeff" Padilla

Student Development Intern 

Sigfrido “Jeff” Padilla comes to Nyack College with over 5 years of experience in event planning, community development and over 10 years in youth ministry. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work at Nyack College, with the goal of better serving his congregation and community in the Bronx. He currently serves as an Elder over the youth ministry in his local church, the Glory of Christ Church.