Meet recent alumni who say the professional preparation and supportive community they found at Sage helped to set them up for early career success. 

Nicole Collazo

Nicole Collazo finished her bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, Law and Behavior Science at Russell Sage College in 2021 and now works at the Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York. It’s fulfilling to know she’s part of helping clients access needed assistance, Nicole says.

Connie Amedore

Special Education teacher Connie Amedore earned a bachelor’s degree and two master’s degrees from Sage’s Esteves School of Education. “This is a really great profession,” she said of her work teaching kindergartners and first and second graders with autism. “You get to make a difference in kids’ lives, in their parents’ lives.”

Liz Karam

“I don’t think I could have picked a better major and minor for the work I am doing now,” says Sage Psychology and Women’s Studies graduate Liz Karam, who is the volunteer coordinator and a case manager at St. Peter’s Crime Victim Services.

Andrew Edwards

U.S. Army veteran Andrew Edwards said advice from Sage alumni and professors helped prepare him for medical school. Today, he is a medical student at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Alice Antwi

Public Health graduate Alice Antwi has an impressive resume that includes a Women & Public Policy fellowship; an adjunct teaching role; and work in Albany Medical Center’s pediatric emergency department.

Daniel Bentley

Physical Education grad Daniel was named athletic director at Schodack Central School District in August 2022.

Ashli Fragomeni

Ashli is a Russell Sage College History graduate and the executive director at Girls Inc. of the Greater Capital Region.

Santino Sementilli

Santino is a Health Sciences grad in medical device sales at Zimmer Biomet.

Nyla Brotherson

Nyla Brotherson is a Criminal Justice, Law & Behavioral Science graduate who recently started her new job as assistant director of Eleanor’s Legacy.

Brooke Perry

Brooke is working in kitchen and bath sales while she is training for a full-time designer role with Curtis Lumber.

Shauna Wheeler

Health Sciences grad Shauna Wheeler is a clinical assistant at Sampson’s Prosthetic and Orthotic Laboratory — and she’s preparing for the exam to become a Certified Prosthetist Assistant.

Tanesha Beebe, MD

Tanesha graduated from Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine. She’s now a chief resident at the University of Vermont Medical Center.

Matthew Hickling , MSN, RN, CPNP-PC

Matt oversees health services for a local school district and is an adjunct Nursing professor.

Aliceon F. Calta, RN

Aliceon is a registered nurse in Florida, on a cardiovascular progressive care unit. She joined the Shared Governance Council at her hospital and will begin her master’s degree in the near future.

Amari Duncan

Amari initially put her Business degree to work in professional sports. She now works in fundraising and events at the United Way of the Greater Capital Region, and she’s opening an event space in Albany.

Nick Martiniano

“My experience in the theatre industry really guided my career choice,” says Nick, a Musical Theatre grad and law student. “Comparing the working conditions in my non-union contracts versus those I experienced as a member of Actors’ Equity Association motivated my decision to advocate for others’ workplace protections.”

Jennifer Nissley

Jennifer’s novel, The Mythic Koda Rose, was published by Simon & Schuster in 2021. “It can be so intimidating sitting in a room full of talented writers waiting to dissect your story or poem,” she said of pursuing an MFA after earning her bachelor’s in English, “but thanks to Sage, I never doubted that I deserved to be among them.”

Tayron Lopez

Tayron is in the University of Buffalo’s Master of Fine Arts program. “Sage definitely helped me prepare for the next level,” he said. 

Carrie Harring, MBA

Carrie accepted her first full-time position the same week she received her Business bachelor’s degree. Five years later, she is a senior legislative associate at a government affairs firm and a rising star on City & State New York’s 40 Under 40 list.

Savanna Gephard, DVM

Admission to veterinary school is notoriously hard — there are only 30 accredited vet schools in the country. Thanks to Sage’s “Let’s see how we can make that happen for you” approach, Savanna got in, and graduated from the University of Illinois-College of Veterinary Medicine in 2021, with a position already lined up.

Lucas Aurelio Phayre-Gonzalez

Theatre graduate Lucas Aurelio Phayre-Gonzalez has worked with the New York Public Theatre and the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble. He’s done children’s theatre, immersive performance and musical theatre. Recently he got a part in a series being produced for Amazon Studios.

Leah Barna

In just a few years, Leah has worked for one of Albany’s major design firms and created her own business with a solid portfolio of work in design, photography and motion graphics.

Alexandra Betancourt-Pérez, RN

Alexandra is an RN in the Albany Medical Center Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. She provides nursing care to newborn babies and support to their families.

Meriam Murray

The Troy architectural firm where Meriam interned, Architecture +, hired her after she graduated in 2020.

Ariannah Logan

Ariannah is a first grade teacher and gives Sage’s Childhood Education program credit for preparing her for this demanding career. “I still remember and use so much of what I learned at Sage.”

Monica Salafia

Monica is a graduate of Sage’s bachelor’s program in Nutrition Science and graduate-level Dietetic Internship program. She owns Mind on Nutrition, a coaching and consulting company in Denver, and is the consulting dietitian for the Denver Nuggets.