Donor Stories

Nancy (Hahn) '64 and David Moore

Thanks to the generosity of Nancy Hahn Moore ’64 (Elementary Education) and her husband, David, students affected by the instability of the current economy are receiving some much needed financial assistance.

Leonard Boccia '89

SUNY New Paltz Foundation Board Vice Chair Leonard Boccia '89 has been in the financial services industry for over 24 years. Prior to joining Wells Fargo Advisors in 2005, he was Senior Vice-President of Investments for Advest, Inc.


Nina Zimdahl '11

Senior Specialist Project Manager for AT&T Public Affairs, Nina Zimdahl, ‘11 felt a sense of belonging at SUNY New Paltz. An International Relations major, Nina found a community of like-minded peers at New Paltz with friends who went out of their way to help her with school projects, and professors who facilitated her academic and professional interests. The College opened her eyes to new perspectives and expanded her vision for what she believed was possible in her life. SUNY New Paltz gave Nina the courage to pursue her goal of working for the federal government.


Louis & Frances Saraceno and Family

SUNY New Paltz Professor Emeritus Lou Saraceno and his wife, Frances pictured here with daughters Maria '85 '89g and Gina '88 '91g (not pictured is daughter Francesca '91), formed the Frances and Louis Saraceno Scholarship for Study Abroad to provide funds for students to attend the summer program in Spain.

Gail Gallerie

Now retired, Gail K. Gallerie feels very much at home on our campus, which is no surprise considering she spent more than half her life and her entire professional career at SUNY New Paltz as the executive assistant for six different presidents over the span of 34 years.


Lawrence Braun & Professor Emerita Adelaide Haas

A Brooklyn native, Larry lived in Gardiner and was involved in the life of the Hudson Valley community. He ran for Gardiner Highway Superintendent and was an advocate of environmental causes. Larry was also a communitarian, believing strongly in protecting the earth and all living creatures while respecting and assisting his fellow humans.

As a member of the Unison Arts Center, he took pleasure in many events there and at SUNY New Paltz. His love of New Paltz and all that it offered inspired him to establish an endowment through a bequest in the summer of 2013, the Larry Braun Engineering Scholarship, which supports students from historically underrepresented groups who can demonstrate aptitude and have financial need.

Robert Mountz '68, '71g, '80cas, Henrietta Mountz '68, '71g

Robert and Henrietta (Thomas) Mountz met on a blind date while attending New Paltz. Finding their life's partners is just one of the many fond memories they have of New Paltz. Among them, for Henrietta, were Professor Gerald Sorin's inspiring courses in American history and for Robert, the unforgettably exciting 1965 championship soccer season. Robert shares, "Those four formative years helped us to grow from high school students into professional educators and community leaders."

Dr. Giancarlo A. Traverso

Emeritus professor of Italian and French, Dr. Traverso taught for thirty years at SUNY New Paltz. Since his retirement in 1998, he continues to be engaged in the New Paltz community. He said, "When I first retired I felt a separation from New Paltz but never an exclusion. In the sixteen years since, I can say New Paltz has shown the persuasive charms of a benevolent siren able if the call is heeded to transform you into an art connoisseur at the Dorsky Museum, or an attentive listener at a Distinguished Lecture Series, or a lover of a play or concert in McKenna and Studley Theaters, perhaps even into a donor."