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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 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.

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

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. 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

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

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 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 director of enrollment technology at Emerson College and a former Hawks athlete. Alumnus profile

Student Representatives

  • Oladoyin Olanrewaju '15 (New York City) is a resident adviser and SUNY New Paltz blogger.
  • Brian Spina '15 (Delmar/Albany, N.Y.) is a Hawks athlete and orientation leader. FACES profile - LinkedIn profile


  • 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

2015-16 full Council meetings
• Friday, Oct. 2, 2015: 3:30-5:15 p.m. 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.