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 alumni, student representatives, and administrators comprise the 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

Claudette Aldebott '06 '08g (Rock Tavern, N.Y.) is the Associate Director of Bard Education Opportunity Program. LinkedIn profile 

Judy (Pietsch) Bishop '82 (Highland, N.Y.) International Admission Advisor at SUNY New Paltz. Campus directory 

Brent Cutler '79 (Forest Hills, NY) Senior Associate to the Vice President at Touro College

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

Onika Jervis '93 '05g (New Orleans, La.) 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 

Liza Lopez '90 (Belleville, N.J.) is an attorney. LinkedIn profile

Felix Muzza '75 (Rochester, NY) Retired Educator from Jamestown School District. Currently a program career assitant at Finger Lakes Community College. 

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

Keisha A. Parker Esq. '00 (Brooklyn, NY) Attorney, Cornell Grace, P.C.

Kevin Sanchez '15 (New York, N.Y.) is an Education Assistant at the Anti Defamation League. LinkedIn profile

Valerie Turco '05 '10g (Wappingers Falls) Director of teh Center for Studnet Media at SUNY New Paltz. 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

Anthony T. Winn '92, JD MPA (New York, N.Y.) Alumnus profile - LinkedIn profile

Student Representatives


  • 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

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