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.
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.
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 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.
Jeanne Cloutier Markin Graduated in 1980 from RSC with a degree in nursing. She currently volunteers as a bereavement facilitator and assisting with outreach to United Way affiliates for the Center for Grieving Children in Sanford, Maine. Most recently she assisted with their first fundraiser in June. Jeanne has formerly worked in the surgical nursing field for over 16 years; primarily at Rochester General Hospital in the operating room (1981-1997). Jeanne has taken three leaves of absences from nursing to take advantage of travel opportunities for my family. The first in 1997-2000 to Shantou & Guangzhou, PR China. The second in 2003-2005 to Xiamen, PR China. Lastly, in 2010- 2012 to Cardiff, Wales. In between ex-pat assignments, she worked for both Blue Cross Blue Shield and Aetna, doing quality assurance for their HEDIS projects. Jeanne has been married for 33 years and has two adult children. She is an active alumna for RSC in the Rochester area (1981- present) and most recently organized a Spring luncheon with speaker, Dean Donna Heald. She attends numerous alumnae events, Reunions, and has previously served on the RSCAA Board.
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.
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.