Juilliard Welcomes 7 New Staff Members

Eddie Buggie returns to Juilliard as residence hall director for operations, after being gone for three years. He was the School’s assistant director of residence life from 2002 to 2006, and graduated from Juilliard in 1994 with a B.F.A. in dance. Eddie has danced for a number of modern dance companies and has toured extensively through Europe and Central and South America. He is happy to be back working with the wonderful Student Affairs team.


Marcy Davis, director of merchandising services, is joining Juilliard from the world of sports and entertainment. Marcy brings a wealth of experience in the field of brand development, marketing, special events, merchandising, and licensing, including two years as the senior vice president of branding at the Sports Museum of America, eight years as a vice president at Madison Square Garden/Radio City Music Hall, preceded by two years at the National Basketball Association, where she was responsible for the flagship N.B.A. store on Fifth Avenue. Marcy studied business administration and music at Kent State University—her instrument was clarinet and she attended the school on a music scholarship.

Rebekah Gilbert, assistant to Laurie Carter (vice president and general counsel, and executive director of jazz studies), graduated from Tufts University in 2009 with a degree in music and communications/media studies. She performed with the Jackson Jills, Tufts’s oldest female a cappella group, and strived to strengthen her musical community through business and social media. She moved to New York during the summer of 2009 and has since worked with arts organizations in theater and music. She feels very fortunate to join the Juilliard Jazz Studies and Legal Affairs offices, and now finds herself scatting jazz tunes every so often. Although she’s native to sunny South Florida, she is an avid skier and loves the changes of season, especially in the Big Apple.

Michelle Kay joins the staff as family nurse practitioner in health services. She is a graduate of Columbia University School of Nursing and has worked as a nurse at in- and out-patient services. Before she was a nurse, Michelle worked as a personal chef and substitute teacher. She grew up in the metropolitan Washington area and earned a bachelor’s degree in religious studies and women’s studies from the University of Maryland. She spends much of her free time playing with her pit bull, Tziporah, and making plans to learn the accordion.

Gary Plutko joins the Juilliard Store as lead sales associate. Born and raised in Southern California, Gary has worked most of his professional life in retail sales and management. Since moving to New York, he has worked with the New York Yankee Clubhouse Shops and the Sports Museum of America. Gary is looking forward to being a part of the Juilliard Store team as it starts a whole new chapter in its latest incarnation.

Beth Techow, health and counseling services administrator, has managed and coordinated young adult medicine programs for more than seven years at the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center and in a private medical practice. She received a master’s degree in education from the University of Louisiana in Lafayette, and a bachelor’s degree in history from Louisiana State University. She enjoys attending student and faculty performances at Juilliard and living in Brooklyn with her family, including her two young daughters.

Meghan Lynch joins Juilliard as the assistant to Riccardo Salmona, vice president for development and public affairs. Before joining the Development Office, she completed internships in public relations and marketing at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and Jazz at Lincoln Center. Meghan graduated in 2009 from Wagner College and obtained a bachelor’s degree in arts administration and marketing. She has studied flute performance since she was 11, but her first love has always been and continues to be dance. In her spare time, Meghan still enjoys taking dance classes, long walks in Central Park, reading, traveling the world, and brownie sundaes.


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