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Nina Zimdahl

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.

Since she graduated, Nina pays it forward and has supported SUNY New Paltz nearly every year.  In light of recent budget cuts to education by the state legislature, Nina feels strongly that it’s important for alumni to support New Paltz to ensure the school continues to attract the best and brightest students, particularly those students who cannott afford tuition without such support.

Nina lives in Washington D.C. with her boyfriend and dog.


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.

During the pivotal decade of the 70s, Gail worked closely with President Stanley K. Coffman to establish the SUNY New Paltz Foundation, one of the first foundations created within the SUNY system to respond to the growing need for private support. In 1976 Gail became one of the Foundation’s first donors. Since scholarships played a decisive role in Gail’s ability to obtain her undergraduate and graduate degrees, she wanted to help make that critical difference for students at New Paltz. Moreover, Gail’s annual donation is a vote of confidence in the Foundation. She has given every year since its inception and considers her gifts to be an expression of her profound gratitude for the privilege of her career here.

Gail enjoys living in New Paltz with her husband, Joseph and plays an active role in the community.