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About our Staff

Diane Yee | Director

Diane Yee is in her fourth year as Director of Athletics and Recreation at The New School. In her inaugural year she launched a school-wide mascot election that brought The New School Narwhals to life in an effort towards “creating campus.” In just one short year Diane has created new events such as an Annual 5K Run/Walk Rabbit Run, Picnic on the Pier, The New School Urban Hunt, and Club New. She has also fostered partnerships with NYSC, NYHRC, and Chelsea Piers Sports Center to bring gym memberships to The New School community. By year three, the number of varsity athletes has tripled with the addition of soccer and men’s & women’s tennis. To create more competitive play for our athletes Diane has created an annual basketball tournament called the Northeast Art School Basketball Invitational (NASBI) and an annual cup to be won in soccer between the Narwhals and the Hawks of Cooper Union. In working with the University Student Senate and the Office of Alumni Relations, she plans on reaching current and former students with healthy, networking opportunities. Diane has also created programs to benefit the employees of The New School such as Staff Development Day and Lunch Buddies. She serves on several committees on campus including Staff Advisory and Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day.

Prior to her current position, Diane was the Director of Campus Recreation Services, at Drew University where she oversaw the operations of the recreation center, intramurals, club sports, fitness program, and outdoor adventures. She has also worked at Brown University and Villanova University in similar roles. At Brown, she created the extramural tournament called the Rhode Island Quahog Classic, which pins the championship teams in five sports from the five largest colleges in a year-long statewide tournament.

Diane earned her M.S. in Sport Management from West Virginia University and her B.S. in Business Administration from The College of New Jersey.

Angelica Dios | Office Manager

Born in Peru and raised between Peru, Mozambique and the US, Angelica has always been interested in keeping an active lifestyle. She played varsity high school volleyball, participated in recreational swimming and soccer, and is very fond of horseback riding, zip-lining, hiking and dancing. Angelica started working for the department of Athletics & Recreation in Spring 2015, she is currently in the undergraduate Strategic Design and Management program at Parsons. She wishes to pursue a career in development management and global studies, due to her interest for service learning, community service and global issues. You can catch her at intramural soccer, fitness classes, day trips or most likely busy working on something in the office.

Hannah Emmert | Outdoor Adventures Coordinator

Hannah is a student at Eugene Lang and The New School for Jazz & Contemporary Music studying economics and voice. She came to The New School as a transfer student from the University of London. As a native New Englander, she has extensive hiking, camping, boating, skiing, rock climbing and wilderness and outdoor leadership experience all over the Northeast. On a hike you will usually find Hannah with a camera in hand as she is also an avid photographer. Hannah is a qualified Waterfront Lifeguard with CPR & First Aid, US Sailing Instructor and Red Cross Small Craft Safety Instructor. When she can’t get out to the mountains, Hannah enjoys running, swimming, yoga, pilates and contemporary dance classes in the city.

Casey Barber | Social Media Coordinator

Casey is from Fenelon Falls, Ontario and is studying Fashion Design at Parsons. She has always kept an active lifestyle as she was a competitive figure skater for 15 years as well as played provincial level basketball and high school level volleyball, tennis, and track & field. Since moving to the city, Casey played 1 year of New School Basketball while exploring and falling into her newest and full-time obsession, Crossfit. She has been working for the Athletics and Recreation Department for two years and runs all Narwhal Nation social media platforms in addition to monitoring fitness classes, running outdoor adventures and hangin out in the office. Casey is in her junior year of the fashion program and is planning to following her passion for textiles. You can find her working in the 3D printing / laser lab, getting her fitness on at Reebok, or instagramming an awesome narwhal moment.