Beth Robertson, Associate VP for Admission
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 how 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.
Tom Breen, Senior Director of Undergraduate Admission
Paige Collins, Associate Director of Undergraduate Admission
Chukwuma Asala, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admission
Chukwuma is a native of Nigeria where he was born and raised before moving to the United States at the age of sixteen. He graduated from Union College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Quantitative Economics in 2007. He also completed a Master’s in Business Administration Degree with a concentration in Human Resources & Information Systems from SUNY Albany right before joining the Sage Admission Team in 2009. In his role as Assistant Director for Undergraduate Admissions, he has managed the recruitment of students from Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, and the Hudson Valley Regions of New York State for the last 7 years. He currently serves as a member on the scholarship committee for The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region (CFGCR). In his spare time when he is not mentoring students in his office, Chukwuma can be found pursuing his second passion which is coaching soccer. He coaches a number of local travel teams in the capital district and has also been an assistant coach for both the men’s and women’s soccer teams at Sage in recent years.
Sarah Buckley, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admission
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.
Lindsay King, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admission
Amanda Millier, Russell Sage College Visit Coordinator
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. In her role as Visit Coordinator, she manages and recruits student ambassadors, coordinates campus visits, and serves as the primary juggler of incoming calls. 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
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.
Kelly Gansfuss, SGS ’09, ’10, ’16, Director of Transfer Admission
Kelly has been working at The Sage Colleges since 2007 and has served many roles in her tenure here. Currently, as the Director of Transfer Admission, Kelly assists prospective students with previous college credit enroll at Sage and earn their degree. The best thing about her job is helping students “fill in the pieces” and move from one place in their life to the next. Kelly came to Sage as a student in the MS Professional School Counseling program after earning a BA in History and minor in Psychology at SUNY Plattsburgh. She has also received her C.A.S in School Counseling and recently completed the MBA program. Kelly is passionate about helping her students and loves to see them grow as students, graduate from Sage, and then run into them on a professional level post-Sage. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, managing home-improvement projects, and cooking.
Kathryn Aviza, SGS ’16, Assistant Director of Transfer Admission
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
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
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
Jennifer Yager, Graduate and Adult Admission Visit Coordinator
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 have 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 2 years and coached cheerleading at Gloversville High School. In her spare time, she enjoys dancing, reading, and of course, spending time with her family. She is the mother of two wonderful boys, Brennan, 4 and Liam, 2. Her husband, Kris, also works in education as a Speech Pathologist.