Meet The Staff


Kathryn BetheaKathryn Bethea-Rivera, PdD, EdM:  Director, Myra Kraft Transitional Year Program

Kathryn holds a BA in Psychology and Africana Studies from the University of Notre Dame, an Ed.M. in Human Development and Psychology at Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a PhD in Higher Education Management from the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Education. Her research focuses on college access, transition, and retention for marginalized, underserved, and underrepresented students. She has presented her work at various professional conferences such as the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) and the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Kathryn’s most recent publications are “Understanding Student Identity from a Socialization Perspective” and “Conceptualizing Socialization of Graduate Students of Color: Revisiting the Weidman-Twale-Stein Framework” stemming from her work with mentor John Weidman at the University of Pittsburgh. Before joining Brandeis, she worked as Asst. Director of Undergraduate Admissions and Chair of the College Success 101 program at Carnegie Mellon University. She has also served as an adjunct psychology instructor at various colleges in the Pittsburgh and Boston areas.

Kathryn has worked for over fifteen years in higher education and three years with the MKTYP where she has honed her leadership skills. In this capacity, she has engaged in strategic planning, budget management, fundraising and institutional advancement, community building, and coordination of workshops and presentations for the program. Kathryn believes in the importance of diversity where faculty, staff, and students can learn and work in an inclusive and collaborative environment for greater academic inquiry, excellence, and justice. She is ready and willing to support student learning, as she has done throughout her education and career. Overall, she is excited to continue MKTYP’s legacy into the next 50 years!

When Kathryn is not working, she helps with the youth at her church, enjoys spending quality time with her husband and their cat, cooking with her favorite InstantPot, international travels, and loves to watch Bollywood movies while eating her favorite dessert, banana pudding!

Lily PineiroLily Pineiro:  Senior Department Coordinator

Lily joined the Academic Services team in 2016 as a Senior Department Coordinator. Originally from Colombia, she holds a BA in Business Administration and a Master's in Marketing from the UNAB - Colombia. Prior to working at Brandeis, Lily's work experience includes supporting International Students as an admission officer for Approach International Student Center. She also has more than eight years of experience working as a Commercial Developer and Sales Coordinator in Colombia for Nutresa Food Conglomerate.

With the MKTYP, Lily spearheads our events and has overseen collaborations with various university partners to sponsor multicultural events/celebrations that included roundtable discussions/panels, our Night of Artistic Expressions with the Gittler Residency Program, Brandeis’ MLK Day of Service, annual retreats, game nights, our Night of Inspiration, leadership and relationship workshops, our yearly newsletter, and our MKTYP Scholars’ Closing Ceremony.

In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband and twins, working out at the gym, going for walks at night and trying international cuisines.