Alumni & Friends
Alumni Council

The Alumni Council represents the 72,000+ members of the official SUNY New Paltz Alumni Association, the only alumni group recognized by the University.

The purpose of the Council is to provide the organization, structure, and leadership necessary to interact with the University on behalf of the alumni in order to assist with the development of strategies and promotion of activities that:

· Sustain a fully informed, representative, and engaged exchange of information between alumni and their university;

· Enhance and inspire alumni involvement that furthers the mission of the University;

· Engage alumni in the life of the University;

· Create networks that promote such engagement;

· Foster enduring relationships with and among our alumni, and

· Bring alumni together at events and for programs conducted on and off campus.

The Alumni Council is comprised of alumni, college administrators, and student representatives. The Director of Alumni Relations oversees all aspects of the council.

Alumni Representatives

Judy (Pietsch) Bishop '82 (Highland, NY) retired from the Center for International Programs at SUNY New Paltz. 

Shana Circe '02 '08g (Kingston, NY) Founder of Umbrella Arts Academy and mixed media artist and photographer.

Brent Cutler '79 (Pelham, NY) Senior Associate to the Vice President at Touro College. LinkedIn profile

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, NY), retired from the Athletics and Wellness staff and Alumni Relations staff, is chair of the Retired Faculty group, and a Heritage Award recipient. Alumnus profile - LinkedIn profile

Onika Jervis '93 '05g (New Orleans, LA) Alumna profile

Denise Kennedy-Shane '89 (New Paltz, NY) works in the childcare industry and is a head teacher for infants at Little Hands Daycare in New Paltz, NY. - LinkedIn profile

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

Renee Padmore-Baccus '91 (Washington, DC), 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, NY) is an Education Assistant at the Anti Defamation League. LinkedIn profile

Valerie Turco '05 '10g (Wappingers Falls, NY) Director of the Center for Student Media at SUNY New Paltz. LinkedIn Profile

Jason Valentino '07 he/him/his (Highland, NY), married to Danielle (Baker) Valentino '11, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® with Gravatt Financial. LinkedIn profile

Phil Velez '91 (New York, NY) is an administrator, blogger, fraternity historian, and genealogist. LinkedIn profile

Student Representatives