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Welcome to New Juilliard Staff Members

Conductor, arranger, and administrator Virginia Allen, associate dean for administration at Juilliard, will work closely with the School’s provost and dean, Ara Guzelimian, as well as with staff and faculty members from all three divisions. She will play an important role in the planning, budgeting, and implementation of policies and procedures that are handled by the Dean’s Office. An article about her ran in the March issue of The Juilliard Journal.

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Gustavo Araoz, the new staff electrician in the Production Department, is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University (2004) and an alumnus of the Juilliard Professional Internship Program (2005). Since moving to New York, he has served as a freelance electrician and designer. He has traveled extensively as a stage manager for the José Limón Dance Company, and as the lighting supervisor for the Paul Taylor Dance Company. In his spare time, Gustavo enjoys photography, reading, music, and computing.

Colleen Campbell is the new financial aid/academic support services assistant. While earning her B.A. in art history at the University of Michigan, Colleen worked in both admissions and new student programs, spending two summers as an orientation leader. Originally from New Jersey, she is delighted to return to the tristate area and is eager to explore all that it has to offer.

Caroline Earp joined the staff in November as the assistant administrative director of the Vocal Arts Department. A native of Charleston, S.C., Caroline received her Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance from Columbia College. Prior to coming to Juilliard, she was the executive assistant to the director of the Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in Lower Manhattan.

Rochelle Gallo is the new payroll coordinator in the Business Office. She lives in Queens with her husband and 4-year-old son. An alumna of Queensborough Community College and Queens College, Rochelle previously worked in various corporate and C.P.A. environments, responsible for payroll, human resources, and accounting departments. She is thrilled to be at Juilliard and enjoys the pleasant environment it provides.

Wen Juan Huang, assistant director of financial aid, attended SUNY-Binghamton, earning an undergraduate degree in sociology. She is currently working on her master’s degree at SUNY-Stony Brook. Before coming to Juilliard, she worked in the financial aid office at Tompkins Cortland Community College. Prior to that, she worked in the SUNY-Binghamton office for a number of years. Wen lived upstate for three and a half years and is excited to return to New York City.

Shane Mathews joined the Recording Department as assistant engineer in November. In addition to his work with Juilliard, he enjoys remixing/editing music and the exciting work of doing live sound and lighting design for amazing performers and entertainers across the country. He especially enjoys continuing his nearly 20-year career as a professional D.J. Shane looks forward to meeting and working with as many talented Juilliard students and faculty in the studio as possible.

Adriane Medina, evening administrative assistant for the Office of Student Affairs, grew up in Florida, but ventured north to Vermont to attend Middlebury College. Studying dance and teacher education, Adriane assisted in elementary-school classrooms, taught creative movement classes, directed the tap dance troop On Tap, and worked in the Center for Campus Activities and Leadership. She also performed in and choreographed for nearly every dance production at the college. Upon graduation, Adriane joined the Big Action Performance Ensemble (Big APE), a Vermont-based dance company. She finds working at Juilliard to be a wonderful blend of her interests.

Before coming to Juilliard as senior investment analyst in November, Apurva Mehta was a vice president at Lehman Brothers in the investment banking division and a vice president at Neuberger Berman, focusing on business planning and strategy for senior management. Prior to Lehman Brothers, Apurva worked as a senior investment analyst for Citi Institutional Consulting in Washington, D.C., focusing on asset allocation and manager due diligence for endowments, foundations, and pension funds. At Juilliard, he will be part of the Investment Office team that monitors the School’s endowment performance and its various money managers, performs research and due diligence on prospective managers, and assists the board’s investment committee in making decisions regarding the portfolio. He received his B.B.A. in finance and accounting from George Washington University in 2003. In his spare time, Apurva enjoys cooking and outdoor activities and is very involved in volunteering for nonprofit organizations.

Anna Metzger, administrative assistant in the Office of Student Affairs, is a recent graduate of Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa. Having grown up in Maine, she loves the outdoors, but has grown to love the city as well. In her spare time, you can find her surrounded by friends and family, singing in her car, and if she’s lucky, whitewater kayaking down a wild river up north.

Nurse practitioner Chenin Woodbury, who joins Health Services, graduated from Columbia University School of Nursing in 2006 and had been living and working in San Francisco until she recently returned to New York City. She is thrilled to join The Juilliard School and take part in the health care of its students.

 

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