Bernie Savarese
Assistant Vice President, Student Success and the Student Experience

Administrative Support

Kelly Fiebrandt
Administrative Aide II, Student Success

Deyna Thompson
Administrative Aide II, Gould Welcome Center Manager
Office of the AVP for Student Success
Jefferey S. Gould Welcome Center

Financial Education

The Office of Financial Education provides educational programming, one-on-one financial coaching, and resources available to help prospective and current students expand their knowledge of personal finance and make sound financial decisions about college and beyond.

Natasha Bean
Program Director, Financial Education

Student Success

Interventions, Consultation, Assessment, Partnership, and Strategy

The ICAPS team is focused on Interventions, Consultation, Assessment, Partnership, and Strategy. This includes leveraging data and evidence-based practice to promote student success priorities at central and local levels, guide strategic interventions through campus-partner engagement, and deliver focused, innovative programming for students and campus partners.

John M. Burdick, PhD
Associate Director, Student Success

Emily Peeler
Program Administrator

Emily Schlam, EdD
Senior Director, Student Success

Whitney Hawkins
Associate Director, Operations and Planning

Grace Rzodkiewicz
Communications and Training Specialist

Student Success

Student Outreach & Support

The Student Outreach & Support (SOS) team is here to ensure all students have access to the people, resources, and information they need to succeed as they progress toward graduation. Through one-on-one meetings and proactive outreach, this team is available to help students overcome any challenge they may encounter on their educational journey, no matter how small.

Faith Allen
Student Success Specialist

Joanie Garcia
Student Success Specialist

Holly Halmo
Director, Student Success Initiatives

Alexander Pines
Student Success Specialist

Solomon Smith
Student Success Specialist

Torrey Crosby
Student Success Specialist

Kurt Grunder
Student Success Specialist

Mary Virginia Ireland
Student Success Specialist

Habibat Shittu
Student Success Specialist

Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholars Program

This immersive, cohort-based honors program brings together students from diverse backgrounds who have demonstrated excellence in academic achievement and distinguished leadership and community service. Together, they work to further the legacy of Dr. King.

Meet the program associates.

Opportunity Programs

These state-funded programs admit historically underrepresented and/or traditionally under-served New York State residents. Through both pre-college and college programs, they provide a range of academic, counseling, and social support that encourages students to maximize their experience, achieve their full academic potential, graduate and contribute to the betterment of their immediate and extended communities.

Meet the OP staff.