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Alumni Advisory Council

The Alumni Advisory Council represents the 64,000+ members of the official SUNY New Paltz Alumni Association, the only alumni group recognized by the College.

These 15 alumni, two student representatives, and three administrators comprise the inaugural Alumni Advisory Council, charged with assisting the College in better engaging its alumni. The alumni and student representatives report to the Director of Alumni Relations who oversees all aspects of the Alumni Advisory Council.

Alumni Representatives

Felix Chevalier '93, Esq. (Houston, Texas), First World committee member, is counsel at Gonzalez Saggio & Harlan LLP and partner at CHEVALIER HELMS. Alumnus profile - LinkedIn profile

Shana (Bender) Circe '02 '08g (Ulster County, N.Y.), married to Michael Circe '05 '09g, is director of on-campus recruitment and the Welcome Center at SUNY New Paltz. Alumna profile - LinkedIn profile - campus directory

Robin Cohen-La Valle '77 '82g (New Paltz), married to Russell P. La Valle '69 '74g, is dean of students at SUNY New Paltz. Alumna profile - LinkedIn profile - campus directory

Candice Dixon '73 (Atlanta, Ga.), part of a New Paltz generations family (sister Mary Dixon Atkins '66, nephew Arthur Atkins Jr. '90, and brother Marshall Dixon attended), is an active volunteer and retired education professional. Alumna profile

Alan Dunefsky '69 '91g (Kingston, N.Y.), retired from the Athletics and Wellness staff, is chair of the Retired Faculty group, a Heritage Award recipient, and special assistant for projects at SUNY New Paltz. Alumnus profile - LinkedIn profile - campus directory

Amanda Gresens Rogers '08 (Ulster County, N.Y.) is media associate at Mohonk Preserve and a lecturer in the Department of Communication and Media at SUNY New Paltz. Alumna profile - LinkedIn profile

Pascal Guirma '85 (New Paltz), married to Mary (Miciotta) Guirma '86, is a financial representative for Northwestern Mutual and a former Hawks athlete.

Onika Jervis '93 '05g (New Orleans, La.), First World committee member, is associate director of graduate placement and university summer programs at Xavier University in New Orleans, and 2015 Heritage Award honoree. Alumna profile

Keith Kenney '99 '10g (Ulster County, N.Y.), married to Amanda (Havrilla) Kenney '99, is director of wellness and recreation at SUNY New Paltz and a former Hawks athlete. Athletics directory - campus directory

Henrietta (Thomas) Mountz '68 '71g (Connecticut), married to Robert Mountz '68 '71g '80cas, is a Heritage Award recipient and featured in the inaugural Alumni Wall display. Alumni profile

B. Desmond Murray '82 (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) First World committee member, is associate director of field experience, responsible for internships, at Marist College's Center for Career Services. Alumnus profile - LinkedIn profile

Renee Padmore-Baccus '91 (Washington, D.C.), married to Dion Baccus '92, is a public health professional, master gardener, and business owner. LinkedIn profile

Robert "Bob" Thorn '66 '70g (Rhode Island/Florida), married to Jane (Hausz) Thorn '68, is a sculptor, retired art teacher, and Heritage Award recipient. LinkedIn profile

Chanel Ward '10g (Dutchess County, N.Y.) is director of the Scholar's Mentorship Program (SMP) and adjunct faculty member in the Department of Black Studies at SUNY New Paltz. Alumna profile - LinkedIn profile - campus directory

Anthony T. Winn '92, JD MPA (New York City), First World committee member, is a community leader and management consultant. Alumnus profile - LinkedIn profile

Christopher "Chris" Wright '01 (Boston, Ma.) is dean of admissions and enrollment management at Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt), a military veteran, and a former Hawks athlete. Alumnus profile | LinkedIn profile

Student Representatives


  • Director of Alumni Relations:
  • Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations: Erica Marks
  • Former alumni task force chair: L. David Eaton, Vice President for Enrollment Management

2015-16 full Council meetings
Friday, Oct. 2, 2015, 3:30-5:15 p.m. (SUB 62-63), followed by reception (annual Alumni Weekend & Reunion)
Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016 , brunch/lunch provided (afternoon following 100 Days Senior Celebration)
Saturday, May 14, 2016 , brunch/lunch provided (Commencement weekend)

2014-15 Meeting Schedule
• Friday, Oct. 17, 2014 (All-Alumni Reunion weekend)
• Friday, Jan. 23, 2015
• Thursday, April 30, 2015 (First World alumni weekend) - Preceded by governance sub-committee meeting

Learn more about the College's official SUNY New Paltz Alumni Association here.