Alumnae Association Board of Directors
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Helen Rodriguez Burmaster, (Board President) graduated in 1978 with a Bachelor of Arts in History / Secondary Education. Helen, now retired, worked for over 33 years in New York State government in four State agencies - Health, Higher Education, Social Services, and the Division of the Budget. She has been an active member of the Russell Sage College Alumnae Association since graduating, where she currently serves as President. She previously served as Vice President, Reunion Chair, Nominating and Awards committee chair, and on the Outreach, and Ways & Means, and Finance committees. She has also actively participated in the Alumnae Admission Program. In addition to her work with the Alumnae Association, Helen volunteered in a variety of community based organizations in both the Capital District and now in Central Florida, where she currently lives with her husband of 35 years, David. They have a 33-year old son, David Jr.
Jessica (Lennington) Campbell ‘01: A biochemistry major at RSC, Jess went on to evaluate regulatory features of stem cells in the adult brain in the laboratory of Joanne Conover, completing her Ph.D. in Physiology and Neurobiology at the University of Connecticut in 2012. She is presently a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Yale Child Study Center, studying the neurobiology of childhood-onset neuropsychiatric disorders under the mentorship of Flora Vaccarino. When not in lab Jess plays a traditional harp with Echo Uganda, a folk orchestra that performs widely throughout Connecticut, for United Nations functions, and in educational programs for children. She loves meeting fabulous women of influence - Russell Sage students and alumnae!
Judy Bopp Campisi ‘80 Since graduation, Judy has held leadership positions throughout her 30+ year career with the American Heart Association. She and her husband Dan Campisi live in Wilton, CT. Judy enjoys traveling, gardening, reading, and playing Words with Friends with my RSC classmate (among others). Judy currently serves as an Alumna Trustee for the Sage Colleges.
Grace Collett ’13 Grace majored in history and minored in Spanish while at Sage. She currently living in Watervliet, NY and has the opportunity to frequently return to campus. During her time at Sage, Grace participated in Soccer, Spanish club, chorus, and class officer positions. Grace is excited to be working with the Alumnae Association Board Members as the first year representative to the board.
Carrie Cokely ’97 Following graduation Carrie pursued a MA and PhD in Sociology at Syracuse University. She currently lives in the Boston, MA area and serve as the Interim Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at Curry College in Milton, MA. As an at-large member on the RSCAA Board she serve as the Chair of the Annual Fund committee and on the outreach committee.
Jenna Russell Cuilla '06 has been an RSCAA Board Member since 2010 and serves on the Reunion Committee as co-chair. She lives in Schaghticoke, NY and works for the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region as the Manager of Donor Relations. A wannabe DIY-er, she enjoys crafting, upcycling and repurposing antique décor and furniture, spending time outdoors, traveling and reading.
Ivette Rodriguez Echeverria ’88 graduated from Russell Sage with a degree in criminal justice and business administration and her M.Ed in counseling from Queens College. She is currently a guidance counselor working for the New York City Department of Education. This is Ivette first year on the board and she serves on the Outreach Committee.
Jennifer (Jeff) Flather ’86 is a retired Navy Commander, currently employed as a Program Manager for a Tech Company. She enjoys golf and also serves on the board of the Executive Women’s Golf Association, DC Metro Chapter. Jennifer currently serves as an Alumna Trustee for the Sage Colleges.
Deborah Brownell Foley ’95 (Board Secretary) Deb earned her master’s degree in exercise and sports science from Ithaca College and worked as an athletic trainer at RPI, Cornell, and SUNY Cobleskill. Following a change of career, she was employed as an alumni relations director at The Sage Colleges. Now a stay-at-home mom, Deb devotes much of her time working as PTO co-president for her children’s elementary school, serving on school district committees, assisting with Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts, and supporting local charitable organizations. Deb, her husband, and two children live in Niskayuna, NY. They enjoy traveling and experiencing adventures both near and far.
Tiffany (Magnino) Grygus '03 serves as Outreach Committee Chair and Archivist of the Alumane Association. She has served on the RSCAA Board since graduating in a number of roles. Tiffany considers herself a "freelance" teacher substituting and tutoring several subjects in Endwell, NY. She also is a volleyball coach for Maine-Endwell and runs the booster club program. She and her husband Mike are a part of the cycling community in Binghamton, racing in every displine of the sport. Tiffany's team Mission in Motion Cycling raises funds for a local mobile mammography van and breast cancer awareness.
Joyce Isabelle ’88 (Treasurer) has been a partner at Growth for Good which provides nonprofit management consulting services since the summer of 2010. Prior to consulting she was a development officer for several New York City nonprofit theatre companies. Joyce has a B.S. in Arts Management from Russell Sage College with concentrations in chemistry and music history and continued her graduate studies in Financial Management for Nonprofit Organizations at Seton Hall University. As a keyboardist, she has performed and recorded with original blues and rock bands and currently plays in three bands. She lives with her husband Robert Sandow (RPI ’87) and two cats.
Ann Marie Paulhus Iwanicki ’86 (Vice President) graduated from RSC in 1986 graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Management. She spent 11 years in the banking and financial services industry before starting several businesses. She currently owns a home-based fashion business called “Compliments” which provides women with top quality designs through a customized trunk show shopping experience. Annie resides in Tampa, FL with her husband of 24 years, John. In her spare time, she plays tennis and golf. In addition to her Alumnae Association activities, Annie serves as a class agent for the class of 1986.
MaryAnn Publicover Kniska ’91 has a BA in Psychology and received a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell in 1993. She is an in-patient per diem PT at Baystate Medical Center and is the supervising PT for the Longmeadow Public School system. Her volunteer work beyond the alumnae board, includes board of directors for LEEF (Longmeadow Educational Excellence Foundation), various committee work for her children’s schools PTO and Parent Advisory Council, co-leader of her daughter’s Girl Scout troop and is a 4th grade Faith Formation teacher. MaryAnn, her husband Andrew and their two children live in Longmeadow MA and enjoy hiking, tennis, and traveling. She is excited to help develop RSCAA outreach programs.
Debbie Mitchell McAllister '83 and '97 SGS has been a Special Ed teacher for the last 16 years and an Assistive Technology Specialist for the last seven years. She has worked at the Center for Disability Services for the last 14.5 years working in the preschool division. Debbie lives in Colonie, NY with her husband where they have raised four children. Their youngest became the last of the four to graduate from college in May 2013. Debbie loves to read and craft and is taking sign language classes and Irish Cooking classes.
Nancy Meyer, '71, graduated from RSC with a degree in Sociology. Following graduation she worked in Adolescent Psychiatry/Mental Health for 30 years, including hospital administrator positions after receiving her Master's Degree in Health Care Administration from St. Joseph's University (Philadephia) in 1983. In 2000, Nancy made a dramatic career change into the natural health arena, earned her Dr. of Naturopathy in 2006, and currently has a Private Practice in the Philadelphia area. This is Nancy's third year on the RSCAA Board participating in the Outreach Committee as liaison to the Sage Partner's Program and currently serving as Chair of Ways and Means. She also serves as a Class Agent for '71 and remains committed to Russell Sage College.
Tami Andrews Miller '83 is enjoying her first year on the RSCAA Board. She has been an Administrator and Special Education Teacher in the Capital District area for the past 30 years working in private special education programs. Tami and her husband live in Latham, NY. She has two children in college
Tammy Harrison Parsons ‘97 currently lives in Watervliet, NY with her husband and three children. She has been working at Excelsior College as a Senior Academic Advisor in the School of Nursing since 2004. Tammy graduated from Russell Sage College with a B.A. in Psychology and the Sage Graduate School with a M.S In Guidance in Counseling in 2001. At Excelsior College she serves on the President's Committee on Inclusion( PCI), Wellness Committee and Graduate Awards Subcommittee. She is very active in her church groups and in her spare time loves to scrapbook!
Meredith Patik ’02 has a BS in Biopsychology and received her Master of Science in Human Genetics from University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health. As a part of the RSCAA, she is on the Outreach Committee, Ways and Means Committee and House Council. Meredith lives in Pittsburgh, PA where she works in newborn screening at PerkinElmer Genetics, Inc. In her leisure time, she is an avid co-ed softball player and involved with the Pittsburgh Ski Club.
Jean Seyfried Radtka ’73 began her career teaching PE. Since retiring Jean has once again committed her time and energy to Russell Sage. Now in her 6th year on the board, Jean serves as Reuion Co-chair. Jean is a supporter of athletic events, she attends new student welcome luncheons and prospective student breakfasts and Move in Day for freshman students and the annual Sagette concerts as well as Rally Day activities and class day. She is a constant at many Capital District alumnae and student focused events. Jean has also served as one of her Class Agents. Jean and her husband Bob have two grown daughters. She and Bob now reside in Florida.
Linda Rimkunos, MD’ 75 After graduating from Sage, Linda attended New Jersey Medical School, and completed her residency at Albany Medical Center. She now enjoys working as a locum tenens Emergency Physician in PA, OH, VT, WA, and a VT ski area. She has previously served the Alumnae Association as chairperson of the Career Services and Reunion committees and as Vice President, and is now Chair of House Council and a member of the Ways and Means Committee. Linda is also an Assistant Scoutmaster, served on the medical staff of two national Boy Scout Jamborees, received her district's award of merit, and is the mother of an Eagle Scout. She is president of a book club, assistant director of a Wood Badge course, and an avid letterboxer.
Jamie Salm ‘01 After over a decade of working in the public sector, Jamie returned to school for massage therapy and now has multiple locatons in the Albany, NY area. Her practice is focused on physical relaxation and emotional restoration, pain relief, rehabilitation, and recovery from injury. Each session is unique and customized to meet the specific needs of the individual through the integration of multiple modalities including Myofascial Release, Neuromuscular Therapy, and muscle energy techniques. When not working with her massage clients, she is also a group fitness instructor, certified to teach Les Mills BODYPUMP and indoor cycling. Jamie loves working with both her clients and class participants and empowering them to live healthier lives.
Kathryn Saulsbery- Kate, known by her classmates and Sage friends as “Steak” graduated in 2011 as a Life Sciences/Childhood Education major. Upon graduation this 3rd generation Red Devil join the RSCAA Board and has been a member for the last 3 years. After graduating Kate moved to Connecticut and currently works as an admissions counselor at a Women’s University in West Hartford, CT. In her free time Kate is a FIRST Robotics mentor and works to inspire student’s passions for careers in Science Technology Math and Engineering (STEM). Kate is a board member at large and serves on the Outreach Committee.
Ronnye Berg Shamam ’64 was a Spanish/French/Secondary Ed major at Sage. Since 1983 Ronnye has been the owner of Shamron Mills LLC, manufacturer of textile items and apparel for health care and industrial use. She has served on the alumnae board in various roles for the past 10 years, most recently as alumnae trustee and currently serves as a Trustee on the board for The Sage Colleges. She resides in NYC.
Amy Gilbert Wolfson ’68 was a history major at Russell Sage. After graduation she received her M.Ed in counseling from Lesley College and her J.D. from Franklin Pierce Law Canter. She is currently senior partner in the law firm of Wolfson and Bernazzani, PLLC, recognized as one of the leading family law firms in New Hampshire. Amy has been a member of the RSCAA board since 2008 serving on the Outreach Committee and past chair of the Nominating and Awards committee.
Cathy Lewandowski Zwolinski ‘81 serves Chair of the Nominating and Awards Committee; this is her third year on the RSCAA Board. She has been a Reading Specialist in Littleton Massachusetts for the last sixteen years. Cathy and her husband have lived in Westford, MA for almost thirty years where they raised their two grown sons. They enjoy restoring their 1842 home. Forever the English major, she remains and insatiable reader.