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Presenters

Presenters

Paul Adamo

Vice President for College Advancement
Executive Director, College at Oneonta Foundation
Paul has been working at the college since 1993. His work includes managing and leading the Division of College Advancement and assisting alumni and friends of the college in making a significant impact through their contributions. He also works closely with the College at Oneonta Foundation Board of Directors to raise and administer gifts and grants to enhance the academic status of the college through endowment, scholarships and institutional programs.

Dexter Bailey

Senior Vice President for University Advancement
Executive Director of the Stony Brook Foundation
Dexter Bailey leads a team responsible for strengthening and enhancing philanthropy across campus including Stony Brook Medicine and Stony Brook Southampton. He is responsible for engaging, cultivating, and stewarding philanthropic relationships with Stony Brook’s 150,000 plus worldwide alumni as well as the University’s many friends, corporate partners, and charitable foundations. Dexter earned a B.S. in Journalism from the EW Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University and an MBA from the University of Toledo.

Maria Balinska

Previously Maria was at the BBC in London where, for 10 years, she was Editor, World Current Affairs Radio. A 2010 Nieman Fellow at Harvard she is also the founder of Latitude News, a digital platform that introduced new ways of covering world affairs for American audiences.

Mike Barone

Mike is Marketing Communications Director with Tipping Point Communications, a 10-year-old marcomm agency with offices in Rochester and Buffalo. He joined Tipping Point earlier this year to lead the company’s new Buffalo office after meeting the agency at the 2015 SUNYCUAD Conference. Before joining Tipping Point, Mike was Director of Marketing and Communications for Fredonia from 2008 to 2016. He is also a former board member of SUNYCUAD, which honored him with two Best of Category awards for Fredonia advertising campaigns, and for whom he co-chaired its professional development conferences in 2010 (Buffalo) and 2015 (Rochester). Mike holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Cornell University, as well as an M.B.A. from the University at Buffalo.

Beekman Boys

They’re not typical farmers in the least, but Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Dr. Brent Ridge hope their entrepreneurial spirit makes up for any shortcomings they encounter in running Beekman Farm in upstate New York.

David Belsky

David Belsky is Director of Marketing & Creative Services at The State University of New York. He drives integrated marketing and brand strategy for the system, guides message development, and serves as deputy spokesperson for the University and Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher – all focused on strategically telling SUNY’s story to the world.

In this capacity David oversees the Office of New Media which manages the University’s digital presence through the web and social media. He also leads university-wide efforts in advertising, multimedia, video production, emergency communications, and shared governance. In particular, David coordinates the annual State of the University Address, the system’s growing presence at the New York State Fair, and the work of the Communications and External Affairs Committee of the SUNY Board of Trustees.

Joining System Administration in 2008, David has also served as SUNY’s Director of University Relations, Director of New Media, Press Officer, and Special Assistant for Strategic Communications. David holds an MPA in Higher Education and Organizational Communication from the University at Albany’s Rockefeller College, and a B.A. in Political Science from Binghamton University.

Erin Boylan

Erin Boylan is the associate director of Alumni Engagement at SUNY Cortland. She oversees student-alumni initiatives and affinity and class reunions. Erin received a B.S. from SUNY Fredonia in 2002 and received the SUNY Cortland Excellence in Professional Service Award in the area of Excellence in Service to Students in 2010. She has vast experience in event planning from intimate dinners for ten to large gatherings of 1,000. She is also relied upon for alumni group management and stewardship.

Christa Carroll

Christa Carroll has worked at SUNY Potsdam in College Advancement for 17 years-first in public relations as the web content manager for 5 years and then as director of Annual Giving for 12 years. She holds a master’s in Professional Communication from Clemson University and a bachelor’s in English from Indiana University.

Chris D’Orso

Chris earned his Bachelor’s in Communications from SUNY Geneseo and his Master’s in College Counseling from Long Island University. He joined Stony Brook’s Admissions Office in January 2005. Aside from his work in the Admissions office, Chris is very involved in campus life, serving as the public address announcer for the “Spirit of Stony Brook” marching band at Seawolves football games and teaching a freshman seminar for the University Scholars program every fall.

Michael Doyle

Michael Doyle (The College at Brockport ’80) is Regional President for Entercom Communications (NYSE: ETM) a multi-platform media company and the 4th largest Radio Broadcaster in the United States. He oversees 13 of the company’s local operating units across the country and is responsible for the operation of SmartReach Digital, Entercom’s Digital subsidiary that operates in all 27 Entercom Markets.

He has served on the Boards of The Ronald McDonald House, The American Heart Association (2 years as Rochester Chair) and the Ad Council of Rochester. He currently serves on the Board of The Foundation at the College at Brockport.

Coach Bob Ford

Coach Bob Ford was UAlbany’s head football coach for 44 years! Coach Ford guided the program from a club level program through Division III, Division II and finally to Division I status. In 2013 the football program joined the prestigious CAA Conference.

Ford began his head coaching career at St. Lawrence University in 1965. Forty nine years later Coach Ford left the locker room and joined the Development team as a special ambassador. More than 1200 young men played for Coach over the years, more than 100 current football coaches worked under Ford before pursuing their own coaching careers.

Steven Frederick

Vice President of Institutional Advancement
Executive Director, Clinton Community College FoundationHaving earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Plattsburgh State, Steve worked in the field of career planning & placement for four years at both Plattsburgh State and Clinton Community College. Following an eight year stint as a registered investment advisor for Equity Services, Inc., he returned to Clinton Community College as Dean of Development & Alumni in January 2002.

Michelle Gardner

Michelle L. Gardner is senior director of prospect research at Binghamton University. Her resume includes more than two decades of frontline and operations experience from Brock, Wilfrid Laurier and Binghamton. Most recently, Michelle was asked to oversee a vendor-supplied data mining and predictive modeling project to support her campus. She is on the board of The Parris Foundation, a NYC-based grassroots organization that brings STEM education to traditionally disenfranchised communities in middle schools and colleges. She is a certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and in her spare time is pursuing her masters in systems science at Binghamton’s Watson School.

Andrew Gossen

Andrew is Senior Director for Digital Innovation at Cornell University. He is a social media strategist/social anthropologist with a strong alumni relations background who is interested in the intersection between community, communication, and technology. Andrew has a strong track record of capitalizing on the opportunities offered by emerging technologies to enhance connectedness and engagement between constituents and organizations, as well as among the constituents themselves. Andrew launched Cornell’s crowdfunding program, as one of the very first to realize how crowdfunding could meet organizational advancement goals.

Kerry Gotham

Kerry Gotham, director of alumni engagement at The College of Brockport, has 18 years of experience in higher education and advancement. Prior to that, he also served as the director of alumni relations at Nazareth College. He received his M.S. in higher education administration from Syracuse University and a B.S. in biology from Nazareth College. Gotham has presented at multiple CASE and SUNYCUAD conferences, the Northeast Annual Giving Conference and the CASE Summit. Kerry was the 2015 SUNYCUAD Conference co-chair and serves on the SUNYCUAD Board as Vice President.

Katy Greene

Katy Greene is the Digital Media Manager at Farmingdale State College, SUNY. She specializes in digital marketing, social media, and branding. She received her bachelor’s degree in Adolescent Education Social Studies from SUNY Cortland and a Master’s in Business Administration degree from Dowling College.

Brent Grinna

Brent Grinna is the Founder and CEO of EverTrue. He founded EverTrue in 2010, shortly after serving as a volunteer fundraiser for his undergraduate alma mater, Brown University. This experience led him to realize that the nonprofit world lacked the same technological advances available to the for-profit sector. As donor information shifts to social platforms like LinkedIn and Facebook, he saw an opportunity to provide advancement teams with highly accurate data accessible through an intuitive interface. Today, EverTrue’s software empowers advancement professionals at hundreds of institutions to more easily discover, track, and connect with donors.

Maya Gusak

Maya Gasuk brings over 25 years of experience as a fundraiser to her work as a consultant. In her work, she consistently developed new approaches that led to double-digit increases in the programs she led – whether that was annual fund, endowment or donor growth. Today she works with clients across the country to solve real-world challenges to grow revenue and donors for their programs, including partnering with many SUNYCUAD institutions over the years.

Keith Hannon

Keith Hannon is tasked with managing the various Cornell alumni social network communities, producing video content for the Web, utilizing current and emerging mobile technologies for alumni events, and streaming campus and alumni events live to the Cornell alumni Facebook page. Before joining Cornell, Keith was a senior producer for Six Degrees Games in Los Angeles, CA, where he developed creative content strategies and served as senior community manager for the social gaming company.

Patrick Hennessey

Patrick Hennessey is the Director of College Relations at Westchester Community College. Previously, he handled media relations at the Fashion Institute of Technology. As Communications Director at the Hotel del Coronado in the 1980s, he was part of the management team of this historic property in California, coordinating media relations and helping to coordinate special events including the national historic landmark’s 1988 centennial.

Emily Hutchison

Emily Hutchison joined the SUNY Potsdam Advancement team as Director of Development in 2009; she currently oversees Major Gifts, Planned Giving, Annual Giving, Advancement Services, Research and Prospect Management. Emily works closely with the Director of the Take the Lead Campaign, and serves as the Advancement liaison to the Development, Collections, and Trusteeship Committees of the Potsdam College Foundation. Prior to joining SUNY Potsdam, Emily had more than 20 years’ experience in non-profit social service leadership and fundraising. She also maintains a long-standing grant writing/consulting business with clients throughout the U.S.

Courtney Huff

Courtney Huff earned her bachelor of science degree in applied economics and management (food industry management track) from Cornell University. She earned her master of science degree in student affairs administration from Binghamton University. She has worked in the field of higher education for four years both in student affairs and alumni engagement at two universities, most recently at Binghamton University where she serves as the Assistant Director of Alumni Engagement. She has assisted students both in their transition to college life as well as exploring new careers by connecting with alumni.

Jennifer Janes

Jennifer Janes is the Director of The Cortland Fund at SUNY Cortland. Jennifer began her career in higher education at Utica College and has led Cortland’s annual giving program since 2005. Throughout her tenure, she has seen firsthand the impact that private giving has on students and is passionate about ensuring that all students have a transformational academic experience during their college career, regardless of their financial situation. During her undergraduate years at SUNY Oswego, she was a tele-fund caller and truly believes that philanthropic support is an important source of discretionary funds for colleges and universities. She oversees all aspects of the annual giving program including reunion giving, leadership annual gifts, employee giving and athletic annual giving. Jennifer’s motto, Leave No Stone Unturned, has helped her consistently increase annual giving over the last 10 years.

Steve Jeffes

Mr. Jeffes has had success generating over $50MM in sales and orchestrating the turnaround of several Fortune 200 companies. Mr. Jeffes has nearly 100 career awards and company accolades and has managed P&Ls to $365MM. Mr. Jeffes is considered a thought leader/expert in the following disciplines:

  • Social Media, Marketing, Sales, Customer Service & Strategy
  • Public Relations, Communications & Constituent Relations
  • Organizational Design/Optimization, Change Management

Mary Johnson

Mary Johnson is a Senior Major Gift Officer at the University at Albany. Beginning in 2002, Mary was the Development Officer for The Center for Jewish Studies. One year later, Mary was promoted to Major Gifts Officer for the Athletics Program. Currently Mary is a Senior Major Gifts Officer working with all schools and programs on the uptown campus. Prior to joining the academic world, Mary was a Sales Professional for more than twenty years.

Mike Keegan

Michael Keegan is a Senior Vice President for M&T Bank Corporation and is the Area Executive for Upstate New York and New England.

Keegan joined M&T in 1994 as a vice president. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Massachusetts he holds a Master of Business Administration from Union Graduate College in Schenectady, New York.

He sits on the boards of the SUNY New Paltz Foundation, Retail Council Services Corp., Hudson Valley Economic Development Corporations, St. Peter’s Health Partners and Smiley Brothers Board of Directors.

Mr. Keegan resides with his wife, Mary, and three children in Guilderland, NY.

Renee I. Kelly

Renee I. Kelly is a communications and advancement professional with more than 10 years of experience in event planning. She’s worked in both traditional and nontraditional higher education. For the past five years, she has been the Alumni Affairs Manager at Excelsior College, where she fosters engagement between Excelsior and its 160,000 graduates around the world. In addition, she manages the alumni operation, including a cadre of volunteers, and has been responsible for the alumni portion of the Annual Campaign. She holds a bachelor of arts in English and a master of arts in public communication, both from The College of Saint Rose.

Duncan Knox

Duncan has 5 years’ experience working in crowdfunding and digital fundraising. He founded Hubbub, Europe’s largest provider of crowdfunding services to nonprofits, and has worked with over 30 universities to deliver their crowdfunding programs. Duncan also personally raised £400k through investment crowdfunding for his own company.

Taras Kufel

Taras is the Assistant Director for Digital Engagement at SUNY System Administration. In this role, he manages digital content output on The State University of New York’s main web properties and their associated social media networks. Having spent 12 years in graphic design, web development, and digital communications, Taras has overseen numerous web design projects for private and public organizations while executing marketing & branding initiatives to support and lift these digital elements. Taras holds a B.S. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Electronic Media, Arts, & Communications.

Regina Scarano LaGatta

Interim Executive Director of Hudson Valley Community College LaGatta formerly served as vice president for college advancement and executive director of the Foundation at SUNY Cobleskill, where she was a member of the chancellor’s strategic planning committee and the executive committee for SUNY Advancement. In this new position, LaGatta will continue developing corporate, community and alumni relations to raise visibility and support of student scholarships and academic programs. LaGatta received an associate degree from Hudson Valley Community College in 1973, a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Brockport and a master’s from The College of St. Rose.

Brian Lacy

Brian Lacy has more than 25 years of experience in higher education development. From Houston, TX, he is invited to speak locally and nationally about developing effective fundraising systems. Brian’s past employers and recent clients give him the highest marks and his work has been awarded recognition by CASE and AFP organizations. Fifteen years ago, Brian founded Brian Lacy and Associates. As President of BL&A, he develops fundraising solutions including development research, data enhancement and matching gift services, and other program elements for more than 170 clients annually.

Martin LaMonica

Martin has worked as a reporter and editor covering technology, science and business for more than 20 years. Before joining the Conversation, he wrote regularly for MIT Technology Review, Xconomy, IEEE Spectrum, the Boston Globe and the Guardian. He previously worked at CNET/CBS Interactive and technology publisher IDG.

Hal Legg

Hal Legg founded the Office of Communications at SUNY Oneonta in 2012, bringing together social media, video, photography, design, editorial, web development, and printing services. He established key performance indicators for communications, launched the college’s Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat accounts, developed its institutional social media content strategy, and created its campus-wide social media policy. Legg also plays a leadership role in crisis response. He is SUNY Oneonta’s official spokesperson and author of the college’s urgent messaging plan. He holds a master’s degree in public administration from SUNY Brockport and a bachelor’s degree in communications from SUNY Geneseo.

Kevin Lobdell

Kevin earned his bachelor of science degree with distinction in business and technology management (human resource track) and e-business (supply chain management track) at Clarkson. He earned his master of arts in higher education and student affairs at the University of Connecticut. He has been in the field of higher education for six years with a focus on alumni engagement. At Binghamton University, Kevin’s focus is on working with regional chapters, affinity groups and Homecoming.

Michael Mancini

Mancini joined SUNY Empire in 2008 and serves as chief of staff and is an integral link between the Office of the President, other administrative offices and the college community. Mancini also assists the president on all major initiatives and projects and provides input and counsel on a broad range of college and external matters. He provides leadership in developing local, state and federal government relations and advocacy efforts. Mancini also serves on the board of directors for SUNYCUAD. Mancini earned a BA in History from SUNY Purchase and Master of Education from the University at Buffalo.

Jonathan May

Jonathan is originally a digital technologist and graduate of King’s College, University of Cambridge. Jonathan has 6 years experience in crowdfunding and has been a Director of the UK Crowdfunding Association for the past 2 years. Jonathan is an Associate at More Partnership and a Winston Churchill Fellow (2016), and is also the Founder of Hubbub, the UK’s largest provider of crowdfunding services to non-profits. In 2014 he raised almost £500k ($750k) through equity crowdfunding for Hubbub.

H. Carl McCall

H. Carl McCall was appointed Chairman of the State University of New York Board of Trustees October 17, 2011. The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States, educating nearly 463,000 students on 64 college and university campuses.

Mr. McCall served as Comptroller of the State of New York from 1993 to 2002. As Chief Fiscal Officer of the State, he was responsible for governmental and financial oversight and pension fund management. As sole Trustee of the State and Local Retirement Systems, Mr. McCall was responsible for investing a pension fund valued at $120 billion.

Mr. McCall has had a distinguished career as a public servant. He served three terms as a New York State Senator representing the upper Manhattan district of New York City; as an Ambassador to the United Nations; as a Commissioner of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey; and as the Commissioner of the New York State Division of Human Rights.

Mr. McCall has been a passionate advocate for public education. He served as President of the New York City Board of Education from 1991 – 1993, where he set policy for the largest school system in the nation and as the Chairman of the Public Higher Education Conference Board, a coalition of 14 member organization which supports a strong and vibrant public higher education system in New York State.

He has also been active in the private sector; he served as a Vice President of Citibank and as Corporate Director of the New York Stock Exchange, Tyco International, New Plan Realty Corporation and Ariel Investment.  

He was educated at Dartmouth College, Andover Newton Theological Seminary and the University of Edinburgh. He is the recipient of nine honorary degrees.

Ken Meifert

Ken Meifert is the Vice President for Sponsorship and Development at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Ken is responsible for all of the Museum’s fundraising activities,  government relations and box office operations. A graduate of the SUNY system with an AAS from Farmingdale and a BS from SUNY Poly Ken has spent the last 22 years at the Hall of Fame. During this time Ken has taken the Museum’s membership program from 8,000 to 35,000 members, secured funding for numerous capital projects, and worked to raise the organization’s profile with local, state and federal officials. Active in the community, Ken serves on a number of volunteer boards including the Destination Marketing Corporation for Otsego County, the New York State Tourism Industry Association and the Museum Association of New York.

Debbie Millman

Named “one of the most influential designers working today” by Graphic Design USA, Debbie Millman is also an author, educator, brand strategist and host of the podcast Design Matters. As the founder and host of Design Matters, the first and longest running podcast about design, Millman has interviewed more than 250 design luminaries and cultural commentators.

Debbie is the Chief Marketing Officer at Sterling Brands, where she has worked with over 200 of the world’s largest brands, including the redesign of Burger King, merchandising for Star Wars and the positioning and branding of the No More movement. She is also President Emeritus of AIGA, one of five women to hold the position in the organization’s 100-year history and a past board member and treasurer of the New York Chapter.

Currently, Debbie is the Editorial and Creative Director of Print Magazine, the oldest magazine about design in the United States.

https://twitter.com/debbiemillman

Roger Mirabito

Roger Mirabito has been the Communications Coordinator at Onondaga Community College since 2012. He’s responsible for the College’s Media Relations, story writing and photography for the e-publication “Today @ OCC,” social media postings and copious amounts of institutional writing. Prior to joining OCC Mirabito spent more than 30 years in traditional media working in Radio and Television News and Sports in both on-air and management roles. His final stop before jumping off the media merry-go-round was WSYR TV in Syracuse. Mirabito is a native of Fulton, a graduate of Syracuse University and has no financial connection to the Mirabito Fuel Group.

Sylvia Nicosia

Sylvia Nicosia is Director of Web Programming and Development in the Office for Institutional Advancement at Farmingdale State College. In this position she oversees the college website and content management system, and in 2015 was project manager for the college’s latest web redesign.

A 2004 graduate of Farmingdale, where she was class valedictorian, she has held two other positions at the college, where she has been employed since 2005. She was the Annual Fund Coordinator in the Development Office, and Web Manager for Alumni Affairs.

Sylvia has earned a number of awards during her time at Farmingdale, including the college’s Exceptional Service award; and two “Best in Category” awards from SUNYCUAD, the state university’s professional development organization.

She holds a BS in Computer Information Systems from Farmingdale and an MS in Information, Design and Technology from SUNY Polytechnic Institute, where she was named Outstanding Graduate Student.

Sherry Paradis

Sherry Paradis has been a member of the College Advancement team at SUNY Potsdam since 2001, first in Alumni Relations, and since 2009 as Director of Donor Relations and Director of the College’s Take the Lead Campaign. She currently oversees all Donor Relations and Stewardship functions (including donor acknowledgment, recognition, communications and reporting), Alumni Relations (including local and regional alumni engagement events and activities), and Campaign (including procedures, policies, communications, events and volunteer management). Sherry and her husband are both proud graduates of SUNY Potsdam.

Summer Reiner

Summer M. Reiner, PhD., LMHC, NCC, ACS, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Counselor Education at the College at Brockport, SUNY. Her areas of expertise include work addiction, leisure development and life balance. She is the President Elect of the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) and previously served as president of the North Atlantic Region ACES (2012- 2013), American Counseling Association of NY (2011- 2012), and the Association for Adult Development and Aging (2009- 2010).

Brian Sagrestano

Brian M. Sagrestano, JD, CFRE is an author, public speaker and thought leader in the gift planning world. After many years running gift planning programs for nonprofits he formed his consulting firm, Gift Planning Development eight years ago. Brian is also a principal in Constellation Advancement, a full-service development consulting firm. He has co-authored three books, including the soon to be released Getting Started in Charitable Gift Planning and Getting Started in Charitable Gift Planning Resource Book from Charity Channel Press. Brian has presented at conferences around the country for organizations such as the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning, the Council on the Advancement and Support of Education, and the Association of Fund Raising Professionals. Over the last fourteen years, he has spoken to hundreds of groups and developed philanthropy training programs for many nonprofits. He earned an A.B. cum laude from Cornell University and a J.D. cum laude from Notre Dame Law School.

Christyn Sanagursky

Christyn Sanagursky joined the MCC Foundation as assistant director of development in 2013. She is passionate about preserving access to higher education and cultivates, solicits, and stewards donors in support of the Foundation’s scholarship initiative. She previously held a variety of positions in advancement and alumni relations at the University of Rochester and earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from American University in Washington, DC. In her spare time, Christyn volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House, follows her favorite food trucks around Downtown Rochester, and finds balance through yoga.

Fardin Sanai

Vice President for University Development
Executive Director, University at Albany FoundationFardin Sanai was appointed to the position of Vice President for University Development and Executive Director of The University at Albany Foundation in Fall 2007. Mr. Sanai is responsible for all fund raising, alumni affairs and foundation operations at the University. A dedicated volunteer, Fardin has served on the boards of the Capital Region Chapter of the New York State Civil Liberties Union and the Nur University Foundation in Bolivia. He has also served on committees for the United Way of Northeastern New York and volunteered for WMHT, the local PBS affiliate in Albany.Fardin received his B.S. from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York. He and his family reside in Albany.

Terri Scalise Roller

Terri Scalise Roller has more than thirty years of experience in higher education and non-profit management. She is currently the Associate Director for Corporate Partnerships at the University at Albany.

Prior to joining UAlbany Terri was with Excelsior College where she served as the Director of Alumni and Donor Relations.

Terri has served on numerous boards including United Way of the Greater Capital Region and WERC (Women’s Employment and Resource Center.)

Terri is a graduate of Herkimer County Community College, SUNY Geneseo and The College of Saint Rose.

Heather Shank

Heather Shank is the Special Events Coordinator at Westchester Community College Foundation. She has coordinated two campus events with former President Bill Clinton, 12 seasons of the Foundation’s Celebrity Salon Series, The Gateway Campaign and building opening, and most recently the 2015 Presidential Inauguration of Dr. Belinda S. Miles. Previously Heather was the Food and Beverage Director at the Apawamis Country Club.

Karen Shaw

Karen Shaw celebrates her 15th year with the Monroe Community College Foundation and currently serves as the alumni and annual giving coordinator. In her role she collaborates with the Foundation’s development team and board volunteers to deliver award-winning, record-breaking annual campaigns. She also develops alumni engagement activities to cultivate new and existing relationships. Karen earned her A.A.S. degree from Monroe Community College.

Scott Titus

Scott Titus is the Director of Marketing and New Media at Onondaga Community College and the incoming President of SUNYCUAD. In his role at OCC he oversees the college’s branding, advertising, internal communications, web properties and social media. He received his bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems and Technical Communications from Clarkson University and a Master’s in Business Administration from Syracuse University.

Walter Williams

Walter C. Williams joined SUNY Empire State College as its Vice President for Advancement in May of 2015. Over the course of his twenty three-year career in higher education fundraising he has held positions at Slippery Rock University (PA), Ithaca College, Cornell University, Syracuse University, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He received his B.S. in Journalism and Public Relations from the University of Mississippi and his M.S. in Communications from Ithaca College. He currently resides in Ballston Lake, NY, with his wife Amy (a PhD candidate at UAlbany) and their daughters Sarah and Rebecca.

Maureen Winney

Maureen Winney is the Director of Alumni and Student Relations at SUNY Empire State College. She has spent the majority of her 30 year career in the higher education arena and for the last 22 years at Empire State College, a non-traditional institution. The 45 year old college, which serves adults who study both online and in guided independent study, now has 77,000 alumni. With more than 100 alumni student events each year, Empire State College has had to be creative and responsive to a very challenging group of constituents who are non-campus based. She holds a BA from SUNY Potsdam in Sociology and Psychology and a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of South Florida.

Mike Zaccardo

Mike Zaccardo is the Assistant Director of Alumni Engagement at SUNY Cortland. He oversees young alumni programming, the office internship program, athletic alumni coordination, and faculty/presidential travel. He also assists with alumni communications, web marketing and national alumni chapter coordination. Mike is a 2008 and 2014 (Masters) graduate of SUNY Cortland. He is a former all-American baseball player at Cortland, and a current assistant coach. He was part of the coaching staff on the 2015 Division III National Champion team.