Beth Robertson
Associate VP for Admission

Email:  robere@sage.edu
Phone:  518-244-2217

Beth Robertson

Beth has been working in higher education for over 26 years and has been at Sage since 1999.  She completed her undergraduate degree at Southern Vermont College and her master’s at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. She has been involved in many higher education organizations including NACAC, NYSACAC, NEACAC, NYSTAA, and AACRAO. Serving as chief admission officer for Sage, she develops and implements the strategic recruitment plan for all students, Beth works closely with the Offices of Communication and Financial Aid. Born and raised outside of Troy, NY, and now a resident of Saratoga County, Beth loves to talk to prospective students about the wonderful opportunities in the Capital Region. In addition, Beth serves as the Chair of the Board of Trustees at a local charter school, and is a mentor to young college students. In her free time, Beth loves skiing, sailing, playing golf, and Zumba.  Most of all she loves the times she spends with her family and friends.

First-Year Admission

Tom Breen
Senior Director of Undergraduate Admission

Email: breent@sage.edu
Phone: 518-292-1926

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A native of Central New York, Tom grew up in the harbor city of Oswego, NY. He graduated from the University of Rochester, where he studied English and Linguistics. After completing his undergraduate degree, Tom earned his Master’s in Business Administration degree from the State University of New York at Oswego, concentrating in Finance and Marketing. It was during this time that Tom developed a strong interest in working within a college environment. Shortly after receiving his graduate degree, he moved to the Capital District to join the admission team at The Sage Colleges. During his professional career in higher education, he has had the opportunity to work with a diverse population of amazing students, as well as fantastic colleagues throughout the Sage Community. He feels fortunate to have played a small part in so many success stories. Tom firmly believes that one of the most incredible and gratifying moments one can experience is to watch a student walk across the graduation stage and fulfill a lifelong dream. In his free time, Tom enjoys being with family and friends, reading, scuba diving, snorkeling, exploring new places and meeting new people – both close to home and abroad.

Sarah Buckley
Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admission

Email: buckls@sage.edu
Phone: 518-292-1750

Sarah Buckley

Sarah graduated from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts with a BA in English/Communications with a concentration in Journalism and a minor in Women’s Studies. She is currently enrolled in the Professional School Counseling program at Sage Graduate School and hopes to graduate in May 2017. She has been working at Sage since 2013 and assists first time freshman students from Schenectady County, the North Country, central and western New York. From North Attleboro, MA, Sarah moved to the Capital Region in 2010 after serving 2 years as an AmeriCorps VISTA at Bridgewater State University. It was her VISTA position that sparked her passion for working with young adults in higher education! In her free time, she loves reading, spending time with friends and family and being outdoors.

Jonathan Ferguson
Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admission

Email: ferguj5@sage.edu
Phone: 518-292-1750

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Jonathan graduated from the State University of New York at Oswego with a B.A. in Psychology and minors in Public Justice and Forensic Science.Originally from Bayside, NY, Jonathan moved to Albany in 2015 after completing an internship at Gracie Square Psychiatric Hospital in New York City.  He is currently enrolled in the Forensic Mental Health program at the Sage Graduate School and hopes to graduate in May 2017. Jonathan started working in the Graduate Admissions office in the fall of 2015 where he helped graduate students navigate through the application process.

Rachel Kahn
Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admission

Email: walker2@sage.edu
Phone: 518-292-1730

Rachel Kahn

Rachel grew up in Albany, NY and has always had a passion for education and helping others. Once graduated from Siena College with a Bachelor of Arts in History Education, she began teaching in the public school system. After a couple of years, Rachel felt called to higher education and began her journey with The Sage Colleges working in the Financial Aid office. Since then, Rachel has worked in various capacities within the Student Services department before moving to the Admissions team. Rachel is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration. As the Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admission, Rachel enjoys working with college-bound students to get them excited about all that The Sage Colleges has to offer! In her spare time, Rachel enjoys spending time with her husband hiking and kayaking, as well as cooking, singing and acting. Sage is such a special place because of the small class sizes and outgoing faculty. Sage is truly invested in student success!

Amanda Millier
Assistant Director of Undergradate Admission

Email: millia2@sage.edu
Phone:  518-244-2217

Amanda grew up in Otisco, NY and spent most of her time on the lake with friends and family. She attended SUNY Oswego where she completed a B.A. in Communication and Social Interaction. Venturing away from life in Central New York, she began her new journey as the Visit Coordinator of the Russell Sage Campus in September 2015 and has transitioned to her new role as Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admission.  Her territory includes Hudson Valley Region of New York State and New Jersey  She is currently enrolled in the MBA program at Sage Graduate Schools. She loves spending time reading, hanging out with her cats Mac and Dee, and hot yoga.

Julianna Reilly, SCA ’16
Sage College of Albany Visit Coordinator

Email: reillj2@sage.edu
Phone:  518-292-1730

Julianna Reilly

Julianna hails from the Capital District, and will graduate from SCA this December 2016 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Law & Society; Psychology and Criminal Justice. She aspires to one day work within the Law Enforcement Field to better understand Offender Behavior and Motivation. She previously worked as the Head Student Ambassador and Assistant to the Transfer Department within the Albany Admissions Office, and is an active member of “It’s On Us”. She was the first student from SCA to be inducted into the Psi Chi Honor Society, and is a member of Phi Kappa Phi as well. She enjoys frequenting the movies, reading and origami.

Colin Burton, SCA ’16
Russell Sage College Visit Coordinator

Email: burtoc2@sage.edu
Phone: 518-244-2217

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A Capital Region native, Colin hails from Saratoga Springs, NY. He arrived at Sage as a transfer student in January 2014, and completed his B.A. in History in 2016. Academically, Colin’s goal is to further is education and earn his PhD in History. Colin loves the fun and friendly atmosphere of Sage, and thoroughly enjoys working with prospective students and their families. In his free time, Colin enjoys reading, studying German, biking, and golfing.

Transfer Admission

Kathryn Aviza, SGS ’16
Director of Transfer Admission

Email: avizak@sage.edu
Phone: 518-292-1928

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Kat began her journey at Sage as a student in the School Counseling Program Fall of 2013.  Native to Long Island, she moved upstate to pursue higher education. She has a Bachelors of Arts from the University of Delaware and a Masters Degree in Professional School Counseling from The Sage Colleges. She is currently the Assistant Director of Transfer Admission and thoroughly enjoys working with Transfer students to assist them in the College Admissions Process. She enjoy helping make connections for students. In her free time she enjoys spending time with the Aviza family,  friends, mindfulness and Zumba! She loves working for Sage because of the community; the faculty and staff care about each student as an individual. The small class sizes are ideal for students to be successful!

Graduate and Adult Admission

Wendy Diefendorf
Senior Director of Graduate and Adult Admission

Email: diefew@sage.edu
Phone:  518-292-8615

Wendy Diefendorf

Wendy has worked in higher education for over 20 years. She joined The Sage Colleges in 2008. The majority of her experience in college admission has focused on graduate and adult recruitment. Wendy earned a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Skidmore College. She later received a Master’s in Education and a Master’s in Organizational Management from Cambridge College. Wendy will embark on a new challenge in the fall of 2016 when she begins the Doctorate of Educational Leadership at Sage. In her free time, Wendy is an active volunteer for the Girl Scouts of Northeastern, NY. She was recognized this year with The Golden Leader award and the Volunteer of Excellence award. Wendy also serves as a National Delegate for Girl Scouts of Northeastern, NY. Wendy is married to her husband Christian, who is a professional musician and educator. Together they are raising their two daughters, Bonnie and Gigi, and their little rescue puppy Nevaeh.

Michael Jones, SGS ’10
Associate Director of Graduate and Adult Admission

Email: jonesm4@sage.edu
Phone: 518-292-8615

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Mike graduated from Ithaca College with a Bachelor’s degree in History. He then received his Master’s degree in Professional School Counseling from Sage Graduate School, where he began his professional career in higher education. Mike works primarily online programs and has also become involved in developing corporate relationships between businesses in the Capital Region and The Sage Colleges. Mike enjoys playing basketball, golfing, and hanging out with friends in his free time.

Noel Blair
Assistant Director of Graduate and Adult Admission

Email: blairn@sage.edu
Phone: 518-817-3329

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Noel hails from Albuquerque, New Mexico where she received her Bachelors degree in Anthropology and Women Studies from the University of New Mexico. Before she came to the Sage Colleges, she spent some time as a homeless advocate for families at Joseph’s House & Shelter in Troy, New York. In addition to being the Assistant Director of Graduate & Adult Admission, Noel is currently working on her Master’s degree in Professional School Counseling from Sage Graduate School. Noel is also a certificate yoga instructor and is a mentor through the New York State Governor’s Mentoring program. Noel also loves dogs and long walks on the beach.

Jennifer Yager
Graduate and Adult Admission Visit Coordinator

Email: yagerj@sage.edu
Phone: 518-292-8615

Jennifer Yager

Jen is thrilled to join the Graduate Admissions Team at The Sage Colleges as she has been looking to begin a career in Admissions/Higher Education Leadership. She has been working in education for the past 16 years, teaching in school districts that include Niskayuna, Gloversville, Scotia-Glenville, and Mohonasen (her Alma Mater!)  Although she has her master’s in Childhood Ed., she has been fortunate to work with students in grades K-12, as she taught Summer School Spanish at Mohonasen for two years and coached cheerleading at Gloversville High School. In her spare time, she enjoys dancing, reading, and spending time with her family.  She is the mother of two wonderful boys. Her husband, Kris, also works in education as a Speech Pathologist.

Admission Processing

 

James Biegner
Director of Enrollment Information and Enrollment Processing

biegnj@sage.edu
518-292-8647

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Sarah Russo
Coordinator of Admission Information Systems

russos@sage.edu
518-292-1939

Sarah is originally from Guilderland, NY and has been working in database administration and prospect management for the past four years, managing volunteer, client, donor, student, and library patron data at various non-profit institutions. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in History at Binghamton University, and then went on to receive her Master’s in Information Science at the University of Albany. Sarah is a two-time AmeriCorps alum, serving in both NCCC in Iowa and VISTA in Schoharie, NY. At Sage, Sarah makes sure prospective students are running smoothly through the database lifecycle. In her free time, Sarah enjoys reading, creative writing, gardening, yoga, and travelling.

Neidy Hammer
Admission Information Specialist

hammen2@sage.edu
518-292-1907

Meaghan Cahill
Admission Information Specialist

cahilm3@sage.edu
518-292-1924

Meaghan Cahill

Meaghan currently works as an Admissions Information Specialist. She has been with us here at Sage since 2015. She graduated Magna cum laude from The College of Saint Rose with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications with Concentration in Public Relations and Advertising. Meaghan loves animals, iced coffee, and volunteering in the community. Helping people in their daily lives is something Meaghan is passionate about!