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Alumni Advisory Council

The Alumni Advisory Council represents the over 63,000 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), First World committee member, is counsel at Gonzalez Saggio & Harlan LLP and partner at CHEVALIER HELMS. LinkedIn profile

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

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

Candice Dixon '73 (Atlanta), 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.

Alan Dunefsky '69 '91g (Kingston, NY), 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. LinkedIn profile - campus directory

Amanda Gresens '08 (Ulster County) is lecturer in the Department of Communication and Media at SUNY New Paltz. LinkedIn profile - campus directory

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

John Hoeschele '86 (Cortland/Syracuse), married to Lisa (White) Hoeschel '85, is marketing communications and government relations Manager at Anaren. LinkedIn profile

Onika Jervis '93 '05g (New Orleans), First World committee member, is executive director of Youth Run Nola, a non-profit empowering underserved youth through running.

Keith Kenney '99 '10g (Ulster County), 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

B. Desmond Murray '82 (Poughkeepsie) is associate director of field experience, responsible for internships, at Marist College's Center for Career Services - 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) is director of the Scholar's Mentorship Program and adjunct faculty member in the Department of Black Studies at SUNY New Paltz. LinkedIn profile - campus directory

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

Christopher "Chris" Wright '01 (Boston) is director of enrollment technology at Emerson College and a former Hawks athlete.

Student Representatives

  • Oladoyin Olanrewaju '15 (NYC) is a resident advisor and SUNY New Paltz blogger. NP Bloggers page
  • Brian Spina '15 (Delmar/Albany) is a Hawks athlete and orientation leader. LinkedIn profile

Administrators

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

2014-15 Meeting Schedule
Friday, Oct. 17, 2014 (All-Alumni Reunion weekend)
Friday, Jan. 23, 2015
Thursday, April 30, 2015

To learn more about the College's official SUNY New Paltz Alumni Association, click here.