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Meet Our Staff

The full time staff of the Office for Students with Disabilities consists of the Director, who is a learning disabilities specialist and a counselor, the Coordinator for Services for Students with Disabilities, also a counselor, Tutor Coordinator, Master Tutor and a CUNY Office Assistant. Part-time staff includes readers, note takers and tutors.

Matthew S. Joffe, Director

Matthew Joffe

Matthew S. Joffe, Director, came to LaGuardia in August, 1994. He has over 25 years experience as an educational therapist and psychotherapist. In addition, he holds certificates in mediation and alcoholism and chemical dependency counseling. He is an accomplished actor, having co-written and performed in two original plays in New York City. A music lover, his tastes range from classical and world music to the blues and cabaret. His other passions include art glass and food from around the world.

Jhony Nelson. Coordinator of Services

Jhony Nelson

Jhony Nelson has been working at LaGuardia since September 1991. He came to this college from Andrews University ( where he received a graduate degree in counseling. He is an active member of Phi Delta Kappa since his initiation in 1990. He is a certified Instructor of the Phi Theta Kappa Leadership Development Program. He has also received a certificate in Assistive Technology Applications from the College of Extended Learning at California State University, Northridge. His motto is: Yes, It is Possible!

Regina Varin-Mignano, Counselor Coordinator

Clara Roca

Regina Varin-Mignano began her higher education career as a disabilities counselor in 2007 and then Joined LaGuardia CC as the Counselor/Coordinator in November 2008. She coordinates disability as well as mental health services for the students that come through the office. Ms. Varin-Mignano Received her MSW from Adelphi University in 1998 and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 15 years of experience in the autism and health care fields. She is also co-advisor for the CUNY Coalition for Students with disabilities and is currently doctoral student for her PhD in social work at Adelphi University.

Clara Roca, Office Manager

Clara Roca

A native of Lima, Perú, Clara has been a New Yorker for over 26 years. She has been with OSD since 1996, serving as the chief liaison between the staff and students. As OSD's Office Manager she is also responsible for the smooth running of day to day operations of the office. Her ability to multi-task is only matched by her genuine interest in the students' academic achievement.

Astrid Adriana Niebles, Tutor Coordinator

Astrid Adriana Niebles

"I attended LaGuardia Community College in the Spring of 1994. I received an AA degree in Human Services/Mental Health from LaGuardia Community College. After graduating from LaGuardia, I began working as a part time tutor in the Office for Students with Disabilities. In February of 1999 I was promoted to the position of Tutor Coordinator. I am responsible for coordinating primary and secondary services for degree seeking students at LaGuardia C. C. who are disabled."

Christian "Fletcher" Brewer, Master Tutor

Maria E. Diaz

Fletcher moved to New York from England in 2003, and attended LaGuardia Community College as a student from 2007. While pursuing an Associate's degree in Philosophy, he was hired as an English tutor in the OSD. After graduating, he was promoted to Master Tutor; Fletcher assists students primarily in English and reading classes, acts as a liaison between students, other tutors, and Astrid Niebles, the Tutor Coordinator. In addition, he helps to oversee the Student Government Association Study Hall in room M-159, where tutoring services are available to the whole college population. He greatly enjoys philosophy, literature, religious debates and video games.