About Us

Sara Remedios
Associate Dean of Students

Dean Remedios directs the Academic Resource Center in addition to overseeing the Dean of Student Office's academic and learning initiatives. Prior to joining GS, she worked to restructure the CUNY Pipeline Honors Program, a program dedicated to assisting exceptional undergraduate students from underrepresented backgrounds in gaining admission to doctoral programs. She is also an accomplished teacher. Dean Remedios holds a B.A. in English and political science from Washington University in St. Louis (2009), an M.Phil. in English literature from the City University of New York (2014), and a Ph.D. in English literature from the City University of New York (2016).

Brian (Mike) Allen
Senior Assistant Dean of Students

Dean Allen advises Postbac and undergraduate premedical, preveterinary, and predental students. Prior to joining the Postbac Premed Program, he served as an advisor for students who were interested in careers in science. He earned a B.S. in computer science and an M.S. in college student personnel and administration from the University of Central Arkansas.

Amber Griffiths
Assistant Dean of Students

Dean Griffiths joined GS in 2016 and has a strong history with Columbia and GS. From 2009-2010 she worked as a financial aid counselor with Student Financial Services, providing counseling and guidance to new and continuing students on federal financial aid programs. In 2010, Dean Griffiths was named Columbia's first manager of military and veterans affairs, and remained in this position until 2014. Most recently, she was the director of the Veteran Crisis and Suicide Prevention Program with Services for the Underserved. Dean Griffiths completed her B.A. at California State University Northridge, and her L-MSW with Columbia's School of Social Work in May 2015. At GS, in addition to advising students, she coordinates academic and learning initiatives as part of the Academic Resource Center (ARC).

Angela McKay

Angela McKay manages the daily administration of the ARC. She is a graduate of Rutgers University. Prior to coming to GS, she worked at Duke University as a project coordinator.




Stephen O'Connell '17GS
Academic Resource Center Coordinator

Stephen O’Connell joined the GS Dean of Students Office in 2017 after graduating from the School of General Studies. His role as Academic Resource Center Coordinator includes working on academic support programs, overseeing the Tutoring Center, teaching University Studies, managing the Peer Advising Team, and academic advising. Prior to coming to Columbia, he worked for five years in various roles in Boston Public Schools and with AmeriCorps. Stephen holds a B.A. in history and sociology from Columbia University.