Klingenstein Center Team Profiles

Nicole FurlongeNicole Brittingham Furlonge is Professor and Director of the Klingenstein Center, Teachers College Columbia University. She also serves as Narrative Medicine Core Collaborator at Columbia Medical School and is co-founder of LEARNS Collaborative, a catalyzer for human-centered, equitable change in organizations. A first generation college student, Nicole earned her Ph.D. and BA in English from the University of Pennsylvania, and her M.A. from the University of Michigan. Prior to joining Teachers College, Nicole served as Director of Teaching and Learning at the Holderness School. She has taught English and served as English Department Chair and Director of Diversity at several independent schools, including St. Andrew's School (Delaware), The Lawrenceville School, and Princeton Day School. Nicole is the author of Race Sounds: The Art of Listening in African American Literature, published by the University of Iowa Press. Her book demonstrates listening as an essential interpretive and civic act that leads to deeper engagement with others. Nicole has previously served on the boards of People and Stories/Gente y Cuentos and Village Charter School in Trenton, NJ. Currently, she serves on the board of the Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning. Dr. Furlonge’s research examines the intersections between listening, cognitive neuroscience, social justice, and school leadership. She lives in Yonkers, NY with her spouse, Nigel (Klingenstein Center alum), their three children, and their puppy.

Latoya AllenLatoya Allen is the newly-appointed Associate Director of Admission and Enrollment Management at the Klingenstein Center. Prior to joining the Klingenstein Center, Latoya worked at Riverdale Country School as the Associate Director of Lower School Admission and the Director of Community Engagement. She earned both a bachelor's degree in speech pathology and a master's degree in special education, and she is a trained SEED (Seeking Educational Equity & Diversity) facilitator.  An islander at heart, Latoya immigrated to the United States from Jamaica as a young child. Latoya is thrilled to be joining the Klingenstein Center.

KidestKidest Fikremariam joined The Klingenstein Center in 2017. As program associate, she serves as executive assistant to the Director and provides general administrative management and support for all Klingenstein programs. Prior to joining the Klingenstein Center, she worked as an ESL teacher in Osaka, Japan as part of the Japanese Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program. She holds a B.A. in political science and East Asian languages and cultures from Columbia, and has studied at the School of African and Oriental Studies in London, as well as International Christian University in Tokyo.

Jessica Sepke HeadshotJessica (Sepke) May is the associate director of strategic marketing and communications for the Klingenstein Center and is a alumna of the Full-Year Master's Degree program. Prior to coming to New York, she worked at Saint Mary's School in Raleigh, NC in a variety of roles including director of technology and communications, computer science and chemistry instructor, and residential faculty. Between her time as a Klingenstein student and returning to join the team, she served as the operations director at Harlem Village Academies High School.

CindyCindy Uejio has been with the Klingenstein Center since 2003. As operations manager she handles the Center’s contracts, requisitions and reimbursements, as well as the administration of the non-degree programs, the Klingenstein Heads of Schools program and the Summer Institute for Early Career Teachers. She earned an M.S. in information and digital resource management from Columbia and a B.A. in sociology/anthropology from Carleton College, spending a year in Kyoto, Japan. 

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