Faculty and Administrative Employees Hired, Promoted, or New Roles Since August 2017 | St. Lawrence University President's Office

Faculty and Administrative Employees Hired, Promoted, or New Roles Since August 2017

Nicole Adner joined the Financial Aid team in February 2018. Nicole serves as Associate Director of Financial Aid as well as Student Employment Coordinator. Nicole was most recently employed at Clarkson University as Assistant Bursar and has held various positions within higher education. Nicole received a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Potsdam and a master’s degree from Kaplan.

Amanda Birchenough joined the University Advancement Office in December 2017 as the Associate Director of Annual Giving. In this role, she leads and coordinates the reunion fundraising component of the St. Lawrence Fund and manages reunion volunteer committees. Before coming to St. Lawrence, Amanda worked in higher education fundraising at Middlebury College and the University of Rochester, as well as in nonprofit and private sector marketing and communications. She earned her BA from the University of New Hampshire.

Arun Brahmbhatt joins St. Lawrence as Assistant Professor of South Asian Religions. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Toronto's Department for the Study of Religion and Centre for South Asian Studies. His research examines language and modernity in the context of Hindu religious traditions in colonial and contemporary India. He will be teaching introductory and upper-level courses in the Department of Religious Studies and the Asian Studies Program.

Jonathan Brown joined University Advancement as the Advancement Communications Writer in September 2017.  In this role, he develops stories about students, faculty, alumni and others who reflect both the impact of philanthropic giving to St. Lawrence and the good work that giving makes possible. Jonathan has many years of experience as a news reporter, broadcaster and senior writer in higher-ed marketing whose reporting has appeared in print (San Francisco Chronicle, Salt Lake Tribune) and on the air (NPR, Colorado Public Radio, North Country Public Radio). Jonathan earned his BA from The Ohio State University.

Amanda Brewer ’12, M’15 was promoted to Associate Director of Laurentian Engagement in July 2018.  Amanda is responsible for planning all non-presidential regional events, international Laurentian travel programs and for event management during Homecoming, Reunion, and for the upcoming launch of The Campaign for Every Laurentian.  She serves on the Laurentians in Residence Planning Committee and as a co-advisor to the Student Alumni Association (SAA).  Amanda joined St. Lawrence University in August 2013 as the assistant women’s rowing coach and moved to the Office of Laurentian Engagement in September 2015.

Keith Bruno joined the St. Lawrence football coaching staff in August 2017, as the recruiting coordinator/defensive backs coach, and was promoted to defensive coordinator in early 2018.Under Bruno's leadership in 2017, the Saints ranked second in the Liberty League in passing yards allowed per game with just 171.0 and red zone defense, allowing opponents to score on just 35.3% of their trips inside the 20-yard line. Prior to coming to St. Lawrence, Bruno spent two and a half years at Albright College where he helped lead the Lions to an 18-5 record over two seasons, including a Middle Atlantic Conference title and a win in the first round of the NCAA tournament in 2015. In 2016, Bruno was the special teams coordinator at Albright and helped the Lions lead the MAC in net kickoff coverage, field goals, special teams touchdowns and converted fakes. He also coached the team's safeties in 2016 and coached cornerbacks in 2015. Over those two seasons, Albright allowed just 191 passing yards per game and 25 passing touchdowns in 23 games. In addition to his experience on the sidelines, Bruno was the assistant recruiting coordinator for the Lions in 2015, and also gained valuable off-the-field experience as an academic coach and a fundraising coordinator. Prior to his stint at Albright, Bruno was a graduate assistant coach at McDaniel College, working with defensive backs. He also served as the team's academic coordinator and assistant recruiting coordinator. Bruno played football at Albright and graduated in 2012. He was a two-year starter and the team's signal caller in the secondary. After graduating, he spent two years as the linebacker coach at Brick Township Memorial High School in New Jersey.

Aaron Bushey-Hansen is a graduate of St. Lawrence University (May 2016) and holds a M.S. in Education from Elmira College. Aaron served as Assistant Director of Admissions and also as a Residence Life Coordinator at Elmira College since graduating from St. Lawrence.

Neil Caniga was hired as the head men's tennis coach at St. Lawrence University in the summer of 2013 after a four-year stint at Roger Williams University. He was also named the head women's tennis coach in the summer of 2018 after serving as the interim head coach during the spring schedule of the 2017-18 season and began coaching both programs for the 2018-19 academic year.  Caniga coached the Saints men's team to a 9-9 record in 2013-14 and had three consecutive nine-win seasons through 2015-16. In 2017-18, five of Caniga's men's tennis players were named ITA Scholar-Athletes, while the program also received its first ITA All-Academic Team Award during his tenure. Under his direction St. Lawrence has competed in four Liberty League Championship tournaments, had 11 student-athletes named All-Liberty League in either singles or doubles competition and 11 players compete at the ITA Northeast Regional during the fall season. While the interim head coach of the women's tennis team in the spring of 2018, Caniga coached the Saints to the second round of the Liberty League Championship Tournament. A graduate of Moravian College, he is a three-time Commonwealth Coast Conference Coach of the Year while at Roger Williams in Bristol, RI.  His team defeated regionally-ranked No. 18 Nichols College in 2013, the program’s highest win against a ranked foe.  He coached 20 individual all-conference honorees at Roger Williams as well as the 2013 Player of the Year.  His 2011 squad set the school’s single-season wins record, while the men’s team had perfect conference marks in both 2010 and 2013. Prior to his work at Roger Williams, Caniga was the head tennis coach at Moravian College where he was the Landmark Coach of the Year in 2009 after a 13-6 season, tying the most in school history.  As a player at Moravian, he was a First Team All-Conference player all four years and finished his career in the top-3 for both singles and doubles wins.  He is a USPTA Certified Teaching Professional and current ITA member, served as the conference chair for men’s tennis and was an NCAA Women’s Regional Ranking Committee Member.

Dr. Megan Carpenter comes to St. Lawrence as an Assistant Professor in Psychology from a three-year visiting position at the University of Puget Sound. Dr. Carpenter received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Hawaii in 2015. Her research focuses on human sexual strategies and gender norms. She will be teaching the introductory course in psychology, as well as upper-level courses in human sexuality and the psychology of gender. 

Dakota Casserly As the GIS/GPS and Digital Scholarship Technician, Dakota supports faculty and student engagement with geographic information systems and global positioning systems.  His new responsibilities include assisting in the development of the Sophomore Technology Fellows program, which is designed to enable sophomores to investigate and gain proficiency with a variety of digital platforms, while also critically reflecting on the related impacts on our culture and society.  Dakota holds a BS in Business Administration from the University of Vermont and a MS in Land Use Planning Policy from the University of Nevada, Reno.

Katherine Cleary is a broadly trained conservation biologist. Her research and teaching interests focus on finding a balance between production and conservation in agroecosystems. Dr. Cleary has extensive experience working in tropical ecosystems, first as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala and more recently as a Fulbright Scholar in Costa Rica. Dr. Cleary’s research project in Costa Rica investigated the impact of intensive pineapple plantations on connectivity for bats in a biological corridor linking two national parks. Here in the North Country, she is building a research agenda focused on evaluating the impact of agriculture on biodiversity in the Adirondack to Algonquin biological corridor. When she’s not teaching or chasing her two kids around you can find her hiking, reading, gardening, trying to improve her Spanish, and working on her 100 year old house.

Anne Clements begins her new position as Assistant Director in the Career Services office at St. Lawrence on September 4th, moving from our Annual Giving Office, where she had been the Assistant Director since October of 2012 shortly after graduating with a BA from Denison University.

Beth Colello ’95 joined University Advancement in April 2018 as Director of Donor Relations after previously working as the Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at Clarkson University. Beth has also served as Executive Director of the Thousand Islands Art Center in Clayton, NY and has years of experience working in various sales and marketing roles. As Director of Donor Relations, Beth is responsible for all donor recognition and stewardship programs.

Mary Cosmo was promoted to Senior Controller this past February where she oversees the accounting operations of the University.  During her 21 years at St. Lawrence Mary has served in the role of Assistant Controller, Director of Student Financial Services, and Controller.  Mary is a certified public accountant, and has a BS in Accounting from LeMoyne College.

Doyle Dean joined NCPR as the Production Manager/On-Air Host in June 2018. He has created video and audio content for the past ten years as a freelancer in the North Country. Doyle produced video for and taught Audio Production courses at SUNY Potsdam and co-directed the 2013 feature-length documentary For the Love of the Mambo.  Doyle has a B.A. in Radio/TV/Film from Wayne State University in Detroit and worked for ten years in Los Angeles as a musician and filmmaker.

Dr. Makiko Deguchi is an Associate Professor in Psychology at Sophia University in Tokyo. She earned her Ph.D. in Cultural Psychology from Boston College in 2006, and has taught in the Psychology Department at SLU from 2006-2009. She is returning to for two months as a Fulbright scholar researching the factors that lead dominant groups to engage in collective action on behalf of marginalized groups.

Dr. Samuel Dira is coming to St. Lawrence as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology and African Studies from a postdoctoral stint at the University of West Florida.  Dr. Dira earned his Ph.D. in Sociocultural Anthropology from Washington State University in 2016. His research focuses on how cultures adapt and respond to environmental changes. He has conducted extensive ethnographic research in Ethiopia for several years. He will be teaching a number of introductory courses as well as senior seminars including introduction to cultural anthropology, peoples and cultures of Africa, and environmental conservation in Africa.

Bob Doser was promoted to Senior Associate Director of Gifts, Records, and Analytics in July 2018. Bob has worked in University Advancement since June 2009 and became the Associate Director of Gifts, Records, and Analytics in November 2012. He oversees gift processing and the alumni database functions, which involves data cleansing duties, creating reports, and managing database applications.  

Tonki Downs ’96 joined the University Advancement team in July 2018 as the Associate Director of Parent Leadership Giving and Major Gifts. She has over twenty years of experience at St. Lawrence, working primarily in Admissions as Director of Transfer Admissions and Associate Director of Admissions.  During the 2017-2018 academic year, she served as the Coordinator of Student Experiences in Community Based Learning.  In her new role, she looks forward to identifying and putting to best use the considerable talents and resources of St. Lawrence parents.

Christine Dufore joined St. Lawrence University as Assistant Director of Student Accessibility Services in July 2018. Christine holds a BA in Mathematics and an MS in Teaching from SUNY Potsdam. She brings over thirteen years of experience helping students with learning differences. Previous positions include Learning Specialist/Math Instructor for Mater Dei College and adjunct instructor for SUNY Canton. Most recently, Christine worked for St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES in an intensive needs classroom.

Tara Freeman first joined St. Lawrence as the University Photographer in August 2000 and was promoted to the Director of Visual Communications in April 2018. Tara continues to serve as the primary university photographer and is responsible for the visual expression of St. Lawrence University. She is responsible for all aspects of the development, planning and execution of visual communications. She has collaborative relationships across campus and is a strategic partner in both the recruitment of prospective students and the efforts to build connections with alumni to support engagement efforts.

Megan Fry came to St. Lawrence University in March 2018 after spending two years as an admission counselor at her alma mater, Fairleigh Dickinson University and most recently as part of the Student Success Team at Rowan University. Megan holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from Fairleigh Dickinson and a Master’s of Science in Management from Thomas Edison State University.

Dr. Zenel Garcia joins St. Lawrence as a Visiting Assistant Professor of International Relations. Through a joint degree program, Dr. Garcia earned an M.A. in Asian Studies in 2014 and a Ph.D. in International Relations in 2018 at Florida International University, Miami, FL. His research focuses on Securitization and the political narratives that underpin the processes of regional formation and transformation in Asia. Having taught a broad range of regional and core-discipline courses at Florida International University since 2014, Dr. Garcia will be teaching a senior course on International Security, a seminar on Strategic Studies, and an introductory course on International Relations.

Sharmela Garcia-Martin became Director of Student Accessibility Services in February 2018. Sharmela received her BA in Spanish Literature and Health Science from SUNY Potsdam, followed by an M.Ed, CAS in Counseling and Human Development, M.Ed, CAS in Educational Administration, and M.S. in Mental Health Counseling from St. Lawrence University. Before returning to St. Lawrence University in Fall 2014, she served as an elementary school teacher for the New York City Board of Education and Alexandria City Public Schools, Residence Hall Director at SUNY Canton, school-based mental health therapist, middle school principal, mental health counselor, and special education teacher.

David Geleta assumes duties as interim Director upon the retirement of Director Cindy Atkins.  Dave has been at St. Lawrence for 25 years and was most recently Associate Director of Dining and Conference Services.  He has a BA from SUNY-Albany and an Associate Degree from the Culinary Institute of America. 

Michelle Gillie is a Pittsburgh native. She received her MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh and began her professional career working for transplant pioneer Dr. Tom Starzl.  Before coming to St. Lawrence in 2002, she worked in medical, public, and school library systems; now she manages SLU’s scholarly resources budget and oversees the libraries’ Technical Services Department, which includes Acquisitions, Serials Control, Government Documents, and Interlibrary Loan.  Her professional interests include copyright and intellectual property issues.  Michelle serves on the Center for Research Libraries’ Liberal Arts Working Group and participates in ConnectNY’s cooperative collection development endeavors.  She lives in Canton with her husband and two sons.  Her reading list is ever-increasing and in her free time she enjoys camping, paddling, hiking, and Steelers football.

Joshua Goodman received his PhD in Political Science from Yale University in the spring of 2018. He studied the politics of counterinsurgency, examining the ways in which policymakers’ political interests and the foreign policy pressures they face shape the strategies they adopt, as well as how institutions of command and control shape the likelihood of cooperation and coordination among different actors during counterinsurgency campaigns. Dr. Goodman’s work is qualitative and historical, drawing on archival research on the history of the British Empire, especially in the British Mandate for Palestine. His research also focuses on regional conflict and cooperation in the Middle East, especially in the Persian Gulf, as well as the long-term effects of colonial state-building on contemporary politics in the Middle East.

Caitlin Goolden ’13 was promoted to Associate Director of Prospect Research and Prospect Management in July 2018. She joined University Advancement in November 2013 as a Prospect Research Assistant and assumed the role of Assistant Director of Prospect Research in May 2014. In her current position, she is responsible for all areas of prospect research, including updating biographical information for alumni, parents and friends, preparing summaries on event attendees, and conducting proactive research to identify and evaluate the philanthropic capability of new prospects.

Dr. Paul Goulet comes to St. Lawrence University as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry. He earned his BSc and PhD degrees in Chemistry from the University of Windsor, and was a postdoctoral fellow at McGill University. From 2012 to 2018, he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Science at Clarkson University. His research is focused on the synthesis, characterization, and application of metallic and semiconductor nanoparticles. He teaches courses in the areas of general, analytical, physical, and materials chemistry.

Dr. Abdul Alim Habib joins St. Lawrence as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Global Studies.  Dr. Habib earned his Ph.D. in Geography from Queen’s University, Canada, in 2014, where he also served as Adjunct Professor before his appointment at St. Lawrence. His research focuses on how neoliberal globalization is reconstituting forms, functions and social tensions of urban governance in the global south. He has conducted extensive research on Ghana’s capital Accra on diverse topics, including forced evictions, urban entrepreneurialism and city-marketing, and extreme policing and youth resistance. In addition to senior seminars on globalization and African diaspora, Dr. Habib will be teaching introductory courses in global political economy.

Abigail Hampson joined the athletic training staff at St. Lawrence as a temporary hire in the fall of 2017 and was selected to fill a permanent position as an athletic trainer in the spring of 2018. Hampson graduated Cum Laude from Alfred University with a Bachelor of Science degree in athletic training. During her time at Alfred, she worked for four years as a student athletic trainer, working with the Saxons' soccer, football, cross country, swimming and diving, wrestling, track and field, women’s lacrosse and softball. She also served as an intern at St. Lawrence for two summers, assisting with summer sports camps, games and practices. Hampson is NATABOC certified as well as Red Cross certified in First Aid/CPR. She is currently the athletic trainer for volleyball, field hockey, women’s basketball, women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s tennis.

Bob Hance came to St. Lawrence University in 2006. He held the position of Capital Projects Manager until his recent promotion (January 2018) to Associate Director of the Central Heating Plant.  In this position, he oversees the heating plant and all skilled trades employees.  Mr. Hance also supervises the Capital Project Manager. Bob’s work experience includes twenty plus years in heavy industry, working as an engineer for both General Motors located in Massena, NY and ACCO USA based out of Lincolnshire, Ill.  Bob holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from SUNY IT.

Steve Hietsch joined St. Lawrence as Vice President for Finance and Administration in July.  Steve holds a Bachelor’s degree in history and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Penn State University.  He also holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Shippensburg University.  Prior to coming to St. Lawrence, he served as Associate Vice President for Budget and Auxiliaries at Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA.  Steve was also previously a municipal manager and Executive Director of the Public Safety Training Center at Harrisburg Area Community College.

Florence Hines joined St. Lawrence as Vice President and Dean of Admissions & Financial Aid in July.  Florence holds a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Millsaps College.  Prior to coming to St. Lawrence, she served as Vice President for Enrollment and Dean of Admissions at McDaniel College in Westminster, MD for 12 years where she led admissions, financial aid, digital communications and the Office of Communications and Marketing. 

Kristine Hoffmann is a new Visiting Assistant Professor in Biology. Kris is a herpetologist, and her research focuses on the conservation needs of amphibians and reptiles. She has worked in the field with snakes, turtles, frogs, and salamanders and her dissertation from the University of Maine examined the habitat use of an all-female lineage of salamanders that reproduces by stealing sperm from a different species. Her post-doctoral work included following frogs in the rain at night to see how they migrated through urban lawns. Kris was a teaching fellow at the University of Virginia's college at Wise, a popular public speaker for Maine Audubon and other environmental groups, and has produced a variety of educational materials for children. She will be teaching courses in habitat management, herpetology, and ecological statistics, and her Labrador retriever will join her in teaching biology of dogs this semester.

Dr. LeAnn M. Holland joins St. Lawrence as an Assistant Professor of Education and the Coordinator of the Educational Leadership program. She has taught a number of graduate and undergraduate courses in introductory philosophy, ethics, and philosophy of education and most recently worked as a senior guide for Discover Outdoors in New York City, building wilderness educational curriculum. She earned her Ph.D. in Philosophy and Education from Columbia University and has published on learning in weather-rich environments in several peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Holland looks forward to teaching both undergraduate and graduate seminars at St. Lawrence.

Jac Jemc comes to St. Lawrence as the Viebranz Visiting Professor of Creative Writing after serving as a visiting assistant professor at Illinois Wesleyan University. Ms. Jemc earned her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has published several books of fiction that explore speculative tropes, fragmentation and hybridity. She will be teaching a number of introductory and special topic courses in fiction writing. 

Rachael Marne Jones was invited to St. Lawrence as a Visiting Assistant Professor in Ceramics and Drawing and earned her MFA from Montana State University. This summer, she participated in the Global Sustainability Fellows Program, an initiative of the Sustainability Laboratory to train the next generation of young professionals in systems thinking and forward action to encourage cooperation among nations to create a better world.  She is the founder of the Seed Bank Project, a global, social initiative to create a network of in-situ, stored seeds that have ecological and cultural significance to specific locations and cultures. She is excited to guide Laurentians through Ceramics I & II and Drawing I this fall, and the following spring semester.

Meg Keniston was promoted to Director of Marketing in April 2018. In her new role, she is responsible for promoting and strengthening the visibility, stature, and reputation of the University and actively positioning it with key constituents and critical audiences. Meg has two degrees from St. Lawrence: a bachelor’s degree in English (2007) and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership (2009). She returned to her alma mater in March 2012 to work in University Communications.

Barbara Knauf became University Advancement’s Associate Director for Major and Planned Gifts for Special Initiatives in January 2018. In this new role, she is charged with managing special fundraising initiatives that support The Campaign for Every Laurentian priorities and developing a pre-50th reunion development program.  Barb previously served for five years as the Director of Annual Giving. She has a B.A. from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. 

Timothy Kologrivov, who spent the previous three seasons as a defensive line coach at Susquehanna University, has been named the recruiting coordinator/defensive line coach for the St. Lawrence University football team. Kologrivov replaces Keith Bruno, who was promoted to the Saints' defensive coordinator position earlier this spring. Kologrivov helped the River Hawks improve in each of the last three seasons, moving from a 2-8 record in the year before his arrival to an 8-3 record with a win in the Centennial-MAC Bowl last season. Last year, Susquehanna finished the season ranked 24th nationally in total defense and led the Centennial  Conference with just 172.9 passing yards allowed per game. "Tim is a highly recommended and proven young football coach," said head coach Dan Puckhaber. "His experience and expertise will help elevate the Saints football program." A 2015 University of Albany graduate, Kologrivov was a team co-captain and led the Great Danes in sacks and tackles for a loss as a senior. He started 33 games and played in all 47 of Albany's games over his four-year career.

Tsewang Lama was appointed as International Student Advisor (emergency appointment) this past September.  She received both Bachelor and Master degrees from St. Lawrence and served as the Coordinator of International Student Services from 2010 until 2012 when she moved to Buffalo and served as a Program Assistant at the International Institute of Buffalo.

Victoria Lederer M’14 joined University Advancement in November 2017 as Associate Director of Laurentian Engagement.  In this position, Victoria is responsible for the organization and execution of Reunion, Homecoming, Legacy Days, and other on-campus events supported by University Advancement. She previously worked in the Student Life Division as Residential Coordinator after serving as the assistant coach for the men’s and women’s swimming teams. Victoria earned her graduate degree from St. Lawrence in 2014 in Educational Leadership and her undergraduate degree from Kenyon College in 2011.

Dr. Kyu Young Lee comes to St. Lawrence as a Visiting Assistant Professor in Government from a visiting stint at Cornell College. Dr. Lee earned her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Iowa in 2017. Dr. Lee's research focus is international and comparative political economy. She will be teaching a couple of introductory courses as well as advanced-level seminars on political economy.

Dr. Kristen Loutensock is joining St. Lawrence University as the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Health Humanities from a visiting position in disability studies and gender studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.  She received her PhD in Film and Media from the University of California, Berkeley in 2016. Her work focuses on the history and depiction of autism and empathy in American medicine and popular culture. This year, Loutensock will be teaching courses on disability, medicine and gender in popular culture as well as on health and the body in the arts.

Lyndsay Malcomb was promoted to Senior Associate Director of Admission in recognition of her outstanding contribution to recruitment initiatives and leadership roles within Payson.

Ms. Rachel Maina comes to St Lawrence as the new Swahili Fellow from Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya where she is a PhD student in Swahili Linguistics. She holds a B.Ed (arts) degree and an M.A in Swahili Studies from Kenyatta University. Ms. Maina is interested in Language, Literature, Culture and Translation.

Jessica Manning joins the LIT division as a Business Systems Analyst.  She is a recent graduate of Clarkson University with dual master's degrees in Data Analytics and Business Administration.  She holds a Bachelor's of Science in Accounting, Mathematics, and Business Administration from SUNY Plattsburgh and has a NYS certificate in Accounting.  Jessica will be acting as a liaison between IT and the campus community.

Kc Marchione recently transistioned from Manger of the Northstar Café to Purchasing & C-Board Manager.  Kc has been with the University since August 2015 and transitioned to this newly created position in February 2018.

J. Michael Martinez joins St. Lawrence as a visiting assistant professor in Creative Writing Poetry in the English Department.  Selected for the National Poetry Series in 2017 and a recipient of the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets, Martinez is the author of three collections of poetry.  He is the Poetry Editor of NOEMI Press and his writings have been widely anthologized.  With an MFA from George Mason University, J. Michael will be teaching introductory and advanced creative writing workshops in poetry and creative nonfiction.  

Matt McCluskey was appointed St. Lawrence’s first Coordinator of Academic Engagement in February 2018. In this new role, he will work with sophomores in a wide variety of contexts, lead our Peer Tutor Program, advise our Peer Mentors, connect students with engaged learning opportunities, and serve as Advising’s liaison to Athletics. He will teach a number of sophomore seminars in this position—including an offering this fall on land use issues in St. Lawrence County. Matt will also work individually with students seeking to improve their classroom performance and develop a better sense of academic direction. A ’99 alumnus of St. Lawrence, Matt returned to Canton in 2008 and has served numerous offices on campus, including Academic Support, Student Accessibility Services, HEOP, and the FYP. He earned a master’s degree from Duke University and has worked previously as a secondary-level teacher and public policy professional.

Sinead McSharry was named the head women's soccer coach at St. Lawrence University in January 2018. McSharry, the fifth coach in program history, comes to St. Lawrence after a successful five-year stint as the assistant women's soccer coach, recruiting coordinator and strength and conditioning coach at Hamilton College. McSharry helped lead Hamilton to an at-large bid to the NCAA Division III championships in 2017. The Continentals finished sixth in the NESCAC (New England Small College Athletic Conference) regular season standings, upset Middlebury 1-0 in the quarterfinal round of the NESCAC championship and nearly pulled off another upset against Tufts in the conference semifinals, falling to the Jumbos 3-2. Hamilton ranked 22nd nationally in shutout percentage (.611) last year, and the Continentals also qualified for the NESCAC quarterfinals in 2015 and 2016. During McSharry's tenure at Hamilton, three players earned Second-Team All-NESCAC honors, 40 were named Academic All-NESCAC, and four earned All-NESCAC Sportsmanship Awards. In addition to her role at Hamilton, McSharry served as the Director of Coaching for the Odyssey Sport FC in Utica, New York, since 2013, and was the Regional Coach for the Empire Development Academy since October 2017. She also served as the Lead Soccer Coach at Manchester United FC in Manchester, England, from 2010-2014, where she was one of 20 staff members chosen to attend the Manchester United Premier Cup in Shanghai, China. She also volunteered as a lead coach at FOOTICA, is a program inspired by Luma Mufleh of "Fugees Family," a former Smith College soccer player. FOOTICA is an after-school program that offers free soccer coaching to refugee/underserved children living in the city of Utica. McSharry graduated with a Bachelor of Science in sport science from London's University of Greenwich. She earned her Masters of Science in exercise and sports studies from Smith College, while serving as the graduate assistant soccer coach and teaching fellow, and holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from the University of Gloucestershire and a Postgraduate Certificate in Secondary Physical Education from the University of Greenwich. She has also obtained a UEFA B coaching certification, a NCSA-CSCS strength and conditioning certification and a Functional Movement Screen Level 1. As an athlete, McSharry played professionally for the Millwall Lionesses FC in the National Premier League.

Hannah Milan joined the Admissions staff as Assistant Director of Admission this summer. Hannah is a graduate of Colgate University with a degree in Sociology and Anthropology and most recently served as Assistant Director of Admission and head coach of girl’s varsity hockey at Hebron Academy in Hebron, ME. Prior to her time at Hebron, Hannah worked for Salesforce and Patch in San Francisco.

Elizabeth “Liz” Miller is a 2017 graduate of St. Lawrence University from Woodstock, Vermont. As an undergraduate, Liz worked in Communications as an assistant to the University Photographer, as a student writer, and as a team leader of the University’s Student Social Media Team. Liz, a member of Kappa Delta Sigma sorority, graduated with a degree in Performance and Communication Arts. As the Marketing Coordinator, Liz is charged with assisting University Communications with increasing the national visibility of St. Lawrence by developing visual and written content.

Brooke Moreau joined the Laurentian community in November 2017 as Purchasing Manager.  In her role, Brooke will provide procurement leadership, best practices, coordination and strategy in support of the University’s long-term growth.  Brooke holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics and Business Administration and is certified as a Senior Professional in Supply Management. She brings with her over 15 years’ experience in the fields of financial management and business administration with the last thirteen years directly related to supply chain management.  Brooke is a North Country native and looks forward to making a positive contribution to future goals and successes of the University.

Sebastian Notaro joined the Laurentian community in May 2018 as Assistant Controller.  In his role, Sebastian oversees accounts payable and general accounting functions in the Business Office.  Sebastian earned an MBA from Le Moyne College in Syracuse and also holds Bachelor of Science degrees in accounting and information systems.  He is a certified public accountant and a former board member of the Institute of Management Accountants’ Syracuse chapter.

Meghan O’Brien was promoted to Senior Associate Director of Admission in recognition of her outstanding contributions to recruitment initiatives and leadership roles within Payson.

Matt O’Neil joins the LIT division as our new Discovery Services Librarian. He comes to us from Florida, where he served as the Technology Coordinator at Pinellas Public Library Cooperative. Matt will be assuming a wide range of responsibilities, including managing, supporting, and evaluating library systems such as the web discovery platform, Encore, and the Integrated Library System (ILS), Sierra.  He will also participate in instruction and research services to gain further insight into users’ practical experience with library discovery tools. He has a MSLIS from Florida State University as well as a BS in Information Studies from FSU. 

Casey Ostler is the assistant director of the Peterson Quantitative Resource Center. She graduated from St. Lawrence University in 2018 where she was a mathematics major and education certification minor. She is now perusing her masters in education.

Carlos Andrés Paredes comes to St. Lawrence as a Fulbright Scholar in Residence. Paredes is finishing his PhD in International Studies from the Latin American School of Social Sciences (FLACSO-Ecuador), focusing on the Colombian conflict, human rights and peace processes. He holds a Master in International Relations from the same institution and a BA in Politics and French from Earlham College.

Jasmine Patraw joined the office as Assistant Director in December 2017. She will be collaborating with faculty and staff on surveys, projects, and data needs, as well as maintaining the Institutional Research website. Prior to coming to St. Lawrence, Jasmine worked for Hornby Zeller Associates as a Research Associate focused on child welfare and public health, and then for the New York State Police as a Program Research Specialist focused on surveys, data analysis, and equipment evaluation. Jasmine holds a M.A. of Anthropology with an emphasis on topics such as HIV/AIDS, gender roles, and LGBTQ issues from East Carolina University. Outside of her career, Jasmine enjoys outdoor activities such as camping and boating, playing volleyball, and traveling.

John Pezdek ’03, M’07 was promoted to Director of Annual Giving in January 2018. In this new role, he is responsible for the overall management and execution of St. Lawrence’s annual giving program. John joined St. Lawrence in 2005 as a graduate assistant in the Athletics department and has been member of the University Advancement office since 2009, most recently serving as the Associate Director of Parent Leadership Giving and Major Gifts.

Joe Prashaw joined St. Lawrence University in 2004 as a Facilities Manager.  In January 2018, he was promoted to Capital Projects Manager where he now oversees all major capital building projects. Prior to St. Lawrence University, he worked on the planning and construction of the Iroquois Gas pipeline.  He was also a Purchasing Supervisor at Enbridge St. Lawrence Gas and a Production Supervisor at General Motors.   He is a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology with a BS in Engineering.  He resides on a hobby farm in Crary Mills.

Paul Redfern was named Vice President for Communications at St. Lawrence University in December 2017. He is a member of the senior staff and leads an award-winning communications team as well as oversight for North Country Public Radio. He is responsible for leading efforts to strategically shape and communicate the compelling story of the St. Lawrence community of students, faculty, administration, and alumni. Paul comes to St. Lawrence from Gettysburg College, his alma mater, where he was executive director of communications and marketing.  Paul assumed this role in 2011 after more than a decade of experience at Gettysburg in various positions, including athletics, admissions, and web communications.

Marcus Sherburne began his career at St. Lawrence in 1996 as manager of the Grounds Services Department.  In January 2018, he was promoted to Assistant Director of Grounds & Campus Support. He now oversees all campus set-ups and major events physical requirements. Marcus is a veteran of the US Army, and has worked in various management roles with two private country clubs in Albany NY, as well as Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in plant science and was raised in Minnesota.

Alexis Smith joins the Residence Life staff as a Residential Coordinator.  She received her master degree from Binghamton University and her bachelor degree from SUNY-Cortland.  While obtaining her master degree, Alexis was an Intern for Crime Victim Assistance Center and an Assistant for REACH (Real Education About College Health).

Karen Smith was promoted to Associate Director of Off-Campus Programs in January 2018. She works closely with students who study off-campus and provides support to international students and faculty. Karen graduated from Dublin City University, Ireland with a BA in International Marketing & Languages.

Dr. Carolyn Twomey joins St. Lawrence as a Visiting Assistant Professor of European History. She completed an MA in Medieval Studies at the University of York, UK, and received her PhD in History last year from Boston College with research focusing on ritual, religion, and material objects in early medieval England. Coming from teaching in Boston College's core history program, at SLU Dr. Twomey will be teaching introductory courses on European studies, medieval and early modern Europe, and an advanced seminar on the history of the Vikings.

Fei Wang comes to St. Lawrence as a Visiting Instructor in Chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Fei Wang’s research focus is in quantum dynamics. He will be teaching general chemistry and physical chemistry.

Ms. Yuhua (Irene) Wen joins St. Lawrence as our Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant in Chinese Language. Yuhua Wen earned her Master Degree in foreign language and applied linguistics from China in 2009. She is a lecturer at Inner Mongolia Agricultural University and has taught English since 2004. Ms. Wen’s research focus is English teaching methdologies. She will be teaching Chinese 201/202 at St. Lawrence and supporting Chinese language instruction.

Rosa Williams returns to St Lawrence as an Assistant Professor in History and African Studies. Dr. Williams earned her Ph.D. in History from the University of Chicago in 2013. She has subsequently been a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of the Free State, in South Africa and has taught at St Lawrence in the First Year Program and in History. Her research focuses on histories of medicine, migration and humanitarianism in South East Africa. She looks forward to teaching courses on the histories of Africa, empire and public health. In 2018-2019, she will serve as the coordinator for the African Studies program.

Eric Williams-Bergen was recently promoted to Director of Research & Digital Scholarship. In this new role, Eric brings together his knowledge of scholarly resources and emerging technologies to partner with faculty and students on projects that feature innovative approaches and creative uses of digital scholarship, data, & technologies. Eric is also a member of the University's Library and Information Technology leadership group. He received his undergraduate degree in Philosophy from St. Lawrence University, a Master’s in Library and Information Science from Simmons College, is a Frye Leadership Institute fellow, and recipient of the Louis and Frances Maslow Award.

Dr. Amanda Wyant earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from North Carolina State University in 2018. She will be starting as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Sociology department. Her research and teaching cover a range of subjects including work and employment, international development, and sociology of food. 

Dr. Guanyi Yang comes to St. Lawrence as an Assistant Professor in Economics. Dr. Yang earned his Ph.D. in economics from the Ohio State University in 2018. Dr. Yang’s research examines the distributional effect and business cycle fluctuations of the macroeconomy with concerns on inequality, education, human capital theories, and allocation of production factors in the labor market. He will be teaching a number of elective courses in macroeconomics and labor economics.

Ms. Mahrou Zhaf came to St. Lawrence as a visiting lecturer in Gender and Sexuality Studies in 2013. She soon defends her Doctoral degree in Psychosocial Studies at Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis. Her research focuses on the gender, culture, and Media in the Middle East. She teaches introductory courses in Gender studies as well as advanced seminars on Transnational Feminism, Gender and Psychoanalysis, and Gender in the Middle East.