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 College.

The purpose of the Council is to provide the organization, structure and leadership necessary to interact with the College 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 college;

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

· Engage alumni in the life of the college;

· 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) International Admission Advisor at SUNY New Paltz. Campus directory

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

Robin Cohen-La Valle '77 '82g (New Paltz, NY), 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, 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. Alumnus profile - LinkedIn profile - campus directory

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

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

Destiny Moore '13 (Fayetteville, 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

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

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

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

Student Representatives


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