Leadership


2019-2020 Leadership Team

 

Sofia-Jeanne Roggeveen, President


Sofia-Jeanne is fascinated by the making and breaking of cultural patterns (i.e., “attractor states”) on an individual, organizational, and national level. She integrates backgrounds in cognitive science, meditation, computer programming, personal development, and group facilitation to explore leverage points for change. Currently a second-year student in the Social-Organizational Psychology M.A. program and President of OHDCC, Sofia-Jeanne lives to learn and apply the knowledge passed down to her in everything she touches. She’s dedicated to working with organizations and leaders fostering the evolution of compassionate and equitable cultures that catalyze psychological safety and growth. Over the summer she completed an immersive internship at a modern monastery in Vermont that focuses on leadership development, social responsibility, and organizational effectiveness.
She’s usually reading at least four books at once (topics range from strategy and economics to creativity and spirituality), she likes to posit less popular opinions to shake up conversations, deeply appreciates humor as an enabler of difficult conversations, and strives to be honest, open, and learning in every interaction. One of her goals this semester is to spend as much time as possible with other people–so don’t hesitate to say hello!

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Zad ElMakkaoui, Vice President

Zad is currently pursuing her master's degree in Social-Organizational Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University. Zad has worked in people and organization consulting as well as in social impact and philanthropy advising in the Middle East, Europe, and Singapore. She is interested in the future of work, team dynamics, leadership development, and change management. Zad holds a BA in Psychology from the American University of Beirut and is a CIPD certified L&D associate. Zad is always up for dancing, outdoor activities, and concerts.

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Lilly Phillips, Director of Communication

Lilly is currently in her second year of the Social-Organizational Psychology program at Teachers College, Columbia University. Before coming to Teacher's College, Lilly worked in mental health counseling, operations, and organizational consulting in Chicago and Los Angeles startups. Her interests include leadership development, diversity and inclusion, sustainable social enterprise, and creativity in groups. Lilly holds a BA in Health and Developmental Psychology from Stanford University. This past summer, Lilly was a graduate intern at Ketchum Inc, working with their internal Learning and Organizational Development consulting team. When she's not studying, you can find her exploring the city by foot, reading in the park, printmaking, and learning how to code!

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Magnus Mee, Director of Professional Development

Magnus Mee is excited to join OHDCC this year as Director of Professional Development. Currently starting his second year of an M.A. in Social-Organizational Psychology, he is looking forward to a year filled with self-discovery and service to the student community within the program. In the past, he has had the pleasure of serving for two years on the Board of Directors of a student housing co-operative, which made him a firm believer in student empowerment and the co-operative spirit. This past summer, he interned in the L&OD department of Regeneron, a pharmaceutical company in Tarrytown, NY. Classes that he has enjoyed taking at TC include Applied Regression Analysis, Multivariate Analysis, Group Dynamics, and Executive Coaching. He also loves cooking, reading, and exploring meetups on meetup.com.

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Lianna LitvakDirector of Member Engagement

Liana is in her second year of the Social-Organizational Psychology program at Teachers College, Columbia University. After graduating from UCLA in 2017 with a BA in Psychology, she worked full-time in Human Resources in the entertainment industry in Beverly Hills. She is now interning in Benefits, Compensation, and Payroll for a sports and entertainment company in NYC. This year, she would like to explore topics related to engagement, talent management, and social responsibility. Her favorite pastimes include dog spotting, binging Love Island, and picking up a book by the Chelsea Piers (currently reading The Dinner by Herman Koch). If you see Liana in the hall or in your class please come say hello!!

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Yvonne Xiong, Director of Alumni Affairs

Graduated from Tufts University with a degree in Psychology, Yvonne has spent the past few years of her career working in the space of people & operations, across organizations of various sizes and industries, from the oil construction field in Texas, to blockchain startups in New York. She spent the first year of her masters as a part-time student (with a full-time career at a tech startup) and is now transitioning to a full-time student to graduate with the class of 2020 cohort and follow through on her passion for people and organizations. Throughout the Organizational Psychology Program, Yvonne has been most passionate about Consulting, Leadership, and topics in the People Analytics space. In her free time, Yvonne can be found trying out different fitness classes and cooking a delicious, healthy meal afterward.

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Sarah Brazaitis, Ph.D. Faculty Advisor

Sarah has enjoyed serving as OHDCC’s faculty advisor for over a decade. OHDCC started in the early aughts as a small group of students sponsoring a handful of offerings and over the years it has developed into a high performing team designing and implementing dozens of workshops, panels, social gatherings, mentoring and networking events and an annual human capital case competition. Working closely with the students in OHDCC is inspiring and rewarding. They are fun and funny, smart and motivated, and, also, wonderful examples of service – generously sharing their time and wisdom with our Social-Organizational community every day. OHDCC is truly a reminder of the power of teams and of servant leadership. Outside of work, Sarah spends most of her time practicing servant leadership with her favorite team – Buddy, Javier, Mateo, and Grandma She She. (Well, with her two teenage sons, she’s mostly doing the servant part.)