Alumni & Friends
Alumni Council

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

These 17 alumni, two student representatives, and three administrators comprise the inaugural Alumni 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 Council.

Alumni Representatives

Harry Bonsu '90 (Middletown, N.Y.)

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

Robin Cohen-La Valle '77 '82g (New Paltz, N.Y.), 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

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

Patricia King '60 (New Paltz, N.Y.)

Rosemarie McBride '60 (Highland, N.Y.)

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

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

Nia Thomas '11 (New York City)

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

  • Dani Ackerman '16 '18g
  • Nazareth McNair '19


  • Director of Alumni Relations: Shana Circe '02 '08g
  • Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations: Erica Marks
  • Former alumni task force chair: L. David Eaton, Vice President for Enrollment Management

2016 - 17 full Council meetings
Friday, Oct. 14, 2016, 4:00 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. (Sojourner Truth Library, M38)
Friday, Feb. 10, 2017 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. (Location TBD)
Saturday, May 20, 2016  (Time and Location TBD)


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