Alumnae Association Board of Directors
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Mary Altpeter '71 graduated from RSC with a Bachelor's degree in Natural Sciences. She went on to the University at Albany to obtain Masters degrees in Social Work and Public Administration, and to Memorial University of Newfoundland for a PhD in social work. In addition, she earned a certificate in Gerontology from Case Western Reserve University. She has spent nearly 40 years designing professional training and educational materials for human services professionals and in conducting research in the field of health promotion and aging. She has served as a health promotion consultant to the National Council on Aging, Grantmakers in Aging, the Administration on Aging, numerous foundations and universities, as well as state and local aging services agencies. Working with the European Union Masters in Gerontology Program, the Pan American Health Organization, US AID, the Soros Foundation, and as a Fulbright Scholar, she has extensive international experience teaching about social work and in the field of aging. She is currently a Research Scientist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and serves on the Advisory Board of the Orange County Department on Aging. Mary currently serves as an Alumna Trustee for the Sage Colleges.
Janet Barclay is a proud member of the class of 1978 and graduated with a degree in Physical Therapy. "In 1998, I completed and received a MSEd in Health Education from SUNY at Brockport. I have been practicing as a PT in Rochester, NY since graduation and have worked in a variety of health settings. For the past 9 years I have been working in home health care for Lifetime Care. I have been a class agent since graduating and have also been very active in the Rochester Alumnae club through the years. In my free time, I enjoy being outdoors- biking, kayaking, hiking, cross country skiing and enjoying all the wonderful things that Rochester and the Finger Lakes area has to offer."
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.
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.
Angela Puorto Cortina '07 graduated from Russell Sage with a B.A. in Political Science, as well as from Sage Graduate School in 2009 with a M.S. in Organization Management. Angela and her husband, Angel, live in the Burlington, VT, area with Angela's two stepsons. Angela and Angel are expecting their first child in April 2016. Angela works in Human Resources for the US Department of Homeland Security. In her spare time, she enjoys watching and playing hockey, fishing, and cooking. This is Angela's first year on the RSCAA Board of Directors.
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.
Erin Daly graduated in 2014 with a BS in Health Science and Psychology. While at Russell Sage, Erin was an active member and purple cow, participating in traditions, clubs and athletics. Erin currently is attending Sage Graduate School to obtain a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. In her free time Erin enjoys being active, enjoying the outdoors and traveling.
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.
Tiffany (Magnino) Grygus '03 serves as House Council Chair and Archivist of the Alumnae Association. She has served on the RSCAA Board since graduating ina number of roles, including Association Secretary and Outreach Committee chair. 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 and organize a cyclocross bike race in that area. Tiffany's cycling team Mission in Motion Cycling raises funds for a local mobile mammography van and breast cancer awareness. Tiffany is currently staying at home with her 1 year old MJ while she continues her volunteering.
Theresa Hotte '15
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.
Jan Murray Keravich graduated in 1986 with a BS in a self-designed major, Health and Fitness for Special Populations (commonly known as Therapeutic Recreation). She received a Master’s in Special Education in 1988 from Lesley College /University in Cambridge, MA and taught in an early intervention program in Portsmouth NH for 11 years. "I have been home with my children, Sophia, Christopher, Johanna and Josiah since 1999. I am currently homeschooling our 10 year old, Josiah. I teach at our coop on 7 subjects (math, geography, Latin, English grammar, science, history) one morning a week. I am involved with my church in the Women's bible studies, and on the team that coordinates a weekly brunch after service on Sundays. My favorite activities include reading, knitting, crocheting and playing games with my kids and I enjoy camping, especially in the fall! I am very happy to be back on the RSCAA board. It is a pleasure to get back to campus often and be with an awesome group of Sage Women!!"
MaryAnn Publicover Kniska graduated from RSC in 1991 with a BA in Psychology and received a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell in 1993. She is the supervising PT for the Longmeadow Public School system and a per diem PT at Baystate Medical Center. Her volunteer work beyond the RSCAA include the Board of Directors for LEEF (Longmeadow Educational Excellence Foundation) and various committee work for her children’s schools and activities. MaryAnn, her husband Andrew and their two children live in Longmeadow MA and enjoy hiking, tennis, and traveling. She is excited to help develop alumnae groups and events as an Outreach Co-chair.
Jeanne Cloutier Markin graduated in 1980 from RSC with a degree in nursing. "After spending a majority or my nursing career in both the critical care and quality assurance areas, I am now retired. Most recently, I have been providing childcare for my first grandchild, while my daughter completes her master's and works fulltime as an ESL teacher. I am also focusing my efforts as a volunteer with the Center for Grieving Children in Portland, Maine, as a bereavement facilitator. Bouncing back and forth between Wells, Maine and Buffalo (Hamburg), NY. is often a bit complicated, yet it keeps life interesting. I have been married to my husband John for 35 years. He is an RPI alumna. We have two children, both are married, and one grandson. I am currently serving my second year as an Alumna Trustee I have been very actively involved with the Rochester Russell Sage Alumnae group, since 1981 "
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.
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 - Jamie graduated from Russell Sage in 2001 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. She has spent most of her career in government and can currently be found at the New York State Board of Elections. Jamie is also a Licensed Massage Therapist and a certified group fitness instructor, where she helps her clients and class participants live healthier lives. When she’s not at the office or the gym, she can usually be found out and about in her community, participating in one activity or another to benefit one of the many causes she supports.
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 4 years. After graduating Kate moved to Connecticut and currently works as a STEM Educator at the Connecticut Science Center in Hartford, CT. In her free time Kate is a FIRST Robotics mentor and works to inspire student's passions for careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). Kate is board member at large and serves as a Co-chair on the Outreach Committee.
Bri Dolan Tracy '08
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.