SSSP Staff Profiles

Staff Profiles

Elizabeth Thangaraj, Program Director

Dr. Elizabeth Thangaraj earned her PhD in Educational Administration, Organization and Policy from the SUNY at Buffalo. She is the Principal Investigator for a TRIO Grant sponsored by the US Department of Education. She has served as the Chairperson and a Lecturer for St. Joseph’s College for Women’s Physics Department, an Academic Advisor at her former university, a Director of Orientation and Special Programs at Baruch College and several other fulfilling positions before engaging in her current position as SSSP Director at CCNY. Dr. Thangaraj has also been the recipient of several Awards and Recognitions, including her nomination, by the Provost’s Office at Baruch College, for the Most Outstanding Student Advocate at the CUNY Student Personnel Conference. Her hobbies include participating in choral singing, hiking and traveling to historic sites.


Vatsala Ponnuraj, Program Coordinator

Ms. Vatsala Ponnuraj possesses a background in teaching and educational administration. She managed the Goodwill Girls Boarding Home in India. She transitioned into a teaching career and served as the chair of the History department. Ms. Ponnuraj immigrated to the United States in 1994. She has volunteered at the Herman Day Care Center and worked at The Columbia Pres-byterian Hospital. She joined SSSP in September 1997 to manage the day-to-day operations of the program. She holds an M.A. in Public Administration from CCNY. She is an executive board member in a national organization for women. Her hobbies are knitting, crocheting, quilting.


 Tyson Ward, ARC Coordinator,

Tyson Ward coordinates the Academic Resource Center for SSSP. He is also an adjunct lecturer for the English Department at CCNY. He has taught numerous courses in writing and literature since his arrival on campus in 2003. A native Californian, Mr. Ward earned a B.A. in English from the University of California at Davis in 1996 and went on to earn an M.A. in Renaissance Literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1999. After working as a conversation instructor in Japan from 1999 to 2002, he moved to New York, where he completed an M.F.A. in the creative writing of poetry in 2008. Mr. Ward is also the test center supervisor for LSAC exams on campus. He is an enthusiast of poetry and basketball, not necessarily in that order.

 Ann Bascom ,Counselor , Fusion Club Advisor

Prior to joining the Student Support Services Program during the 2007-2008 academic years, Ann worked at a non-profit mental health organization for ten years. Five of those years were served in a managerial position as a Residence Director. She graduated from The City College of New York with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, a Master of Arts degree in Sociology and a Master of Public Administration. She is passionate and committed to helping the underserved

 Ahalya Bodasing : Counselor ,Consultant ,L.E.I. Club Advisor ,Lecturer

Ahalya Bodasing specialized in non-profit administration. She worked as a PR /Marketing consultant in Durban and Johannesburg, South Africa. After immigrating to the United States, she became a purchasing stylist on Sixth Avenue; and later, the coordinator of the Simon H. Rifkind Cultural Arts Center at CCNY. She also supervised academic advising and degree auditing for The Division of Humanities and Arts, CCNY. Ahalya has completed a B.A. in prose and an M.A. in English literature at CCNY. She has taught in the fields of composition, literature and ethnographic studies. She has worked as a writing consultant for various centers. Ahalya joined the staff of SSSP in fall 2015. She enjoys culinary try-outs, yoga, arts-and-crafts, crime shows and creative writing.

 Katherine Reynoso: Counselor, Lecturer

Katherine’s admiration for the Sciences began in high school when she learned how every cell in our body works together to provide a greater function, creating life. Consequently, she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Forensic Science from John Jay College. Katherine’s fascination with how genetic mutations lead to diseases and disorders guided her to pursue a Doctoral Degree in Molecular Biology at the CUNY Graduate Center. While conducting breast cancer research and having to teach undergraduates, Katherine realized that her greatest passion stemmed from the instant gratification she felt as she interacted and taught her undergraduate students how to appreciate the Sciences. Katherine has a Master’s in Biology from Hunter College. She is currently a counselor for SSSP and an adjunct lecturer. During her spare time, Katherine enjoys traveling, taking long walks and practicing meditation. Katherine hopes to continue to provide the guidance and care her students need for them to succeed.