Executive Board of CSPA-NYS
Assistant Director and Student Support Coordinator
Student Conduct and Advocacy
University at Buffalo
Ben Fabian is currently the Assistant Director and Student Support Coordinator in Student Conduct and Advocacy within the Student Life division at the University at Buffalo. Additionally, Ben has previous experience at Pratt Institute and Wagner College in New York City. Ben has a B.A. in Sociology (’08) and a M.S. in College Student Personnel Administration (’10) from Canisius College. In addition to his current work with supporting students of concern, Ben has professional experience and interests in residential education, new student orientation and first year programs. In addition to his current role on the executive board, Ben previously served as Vice President for Professional Development, Member at Large and a member of the 2012 annual conference planning committee.
Director of Residential Life
Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York
Chris Diggs is currently the Associate Director for Student Affairs at Baruch College in New York City. In her role, she works with the Campus Intervention Team, student conduct administration, and collaborates with departments within the Division of Student Affairs. She is a native New Yorker and previously worked at Wagner College in Staten Island, NY. Her work in student affairs has included career development, residence life, and social justice advocacy. Chris has been a member of CSPA-NYS since 2010, having also served on the conference planning team. She received a B.A. in Political Science and Religion Studies and a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership, both from Lehigh University.
Assistant Director, Office of Student Engagement
University at Buffalo
Jude Butch is the Assistant Director in the Office of Student Engagement at the University at Buffalo. Jude’s love of leadership started as a student at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania where he held numerous leadership positions including Student Body President and a position on the Pennsylvania Board of Higher Education. Jude holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Slippery Rock University and a Master of Science in College Student Personnel from Western Illinois University. Before coming to the University at Buffalo, Jude spent time at George Mason University providing leadership training and advisement to the Undergraduate and Graduate Student Governments. Now at UB, Jude is responsible for leadership education and development, as well as helping students to engage in experiential learning opportunities at UB. Jude has been involved with CSPA-NYS since his move to New York State in 2010, serving in several leadership capacities including Chairs of the Graduate Student Pre-Con and of the Programming Committee, Member-at-Large on the Executive Board, and most recently, Annual Conference Co-Chair for the 2015 CSPA-NYS Annual Conference in Syracuse, New York. Jude lives in Buffalo with his partner, Kelly and their daughter and Goldendoodle.
Vice President for Professional Development
Director of Student Conduct and Leadership
SUNY Polytechnic Institute
Megan Wyett is currently the Director of Student Conduct and Leadership at SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Utica, NY. Prior to working at SUNY, Megan worked in Residential Life at Colgate University and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Originally from Wyoming, Megan earned her degree in Elementary & Special Education from Black Hills State University in Spearfish, SD where she discovered the field of Student Affairs. Upon graduation, Megan continued her journey in Student Affairs by earning a College Personnel Administration Master's degree from The University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Missouri where she was a member of the Missouri state chapter of ACPA, MoCPA. Megan has professional interest in student engagement, social media & digital leadership, and professional competencies within Student Affairs. She was previously a board member of CSPA-NYS as a Member-at-Large as well as served on the board for the state chapter of Massachusetts for two years.
Vice President for Professional Development - Elect
Program Coordinator, Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs
College of Arts and Sciences
University at Buffalo
Danielle Lewis is currently the Program Coordinator for the Graduate Interdisciplinary Degree Program at the University at Buffalo. Prior to her current position, Danielle worked with the Academies living and learning community at UB. She also has experience in Campus Recruiting at M&T Bank and in Residence Life at Hamilton College. Danielle has a B.A. in Political Science from SUNY Cortland and a M.ED. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of South Carolina. Danielle has been a member of CSPA-NYS since moving back to NY in 2008 and is excited to bring her passion for non-traditional methods of professional development to CSPA-NYS members. Danielle lives in Buffalo with her husband, Mike, their daughter and dog, Ralph.
Vice President for Communication
Title IX Coordinator
Tiffani has worked at Ithaca College since 2006. She currently serves as the Title IX Coordinator for the College. Previously, Tiffani worked as an Area Coordinator in Residential Life and Judicial Affairs. Tiffani began working at Ithaca College as the Coordinator of Judicial and Educational Programs in Residential Life and Judicial Affairs. She earned her Masters in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University (OH), and her Bachelors in English and Political Science from Bradley University (IL). Tiffani’s professional interests include student conduct, residential life, and Title IX advocacy. In addition to her work at Ithaca College and CSPA-NYS, Tiffani serves as a member of the National Council for her sorority, Sigma Delta Tau, where she focuses on leadership development and advising.
Vice President for Communications - Elect
Vice President for Membership
John Robert O'Connor
Director of Student Activities & Leadership and Director of the Student Center
St. Lawrence University
John Robert O’Connor was born and raised in South China, ME and graduated from MCPHS University in 2008 with a degree in health psychology. John began using his academic training in health psychology to develop wellness programs for his residents as an undergraduate resident advisor. While working full-time in student affairs, John earned his graduate degree in college student development and counseling from Northeastern University in 2012 and a second graduate degree in applied positive psychology in 2014. John is actively engaged in developing future leaders through his work on college campuses. John was on the board of the Massachusetts College Personnel Association from 2009-2013 and the Boston Area College Housing Association from 2010-2012. He started a new position as Director of Student Activities & Leadership and Director of the Campus Center at St. Lawrence University in August 2015. Now that he is in New York state he is excited about starting his first year as a Member-at-Large on the CSPA-NYS executive board. Fall 2015 was his first CSPA-NYS Annual Conference. He currently spends his free time training for a marathon, learning new recipes, and exploring the north country of New York.
2017 Annual Conference Chair
Assistant Director of Student Activities
Genessee Community College
Kristen Mruk is the Assistant Director of Student Activities at Genesee Community College in Batavia, NY. In her role, she is focuses in the areas of New Student Orientation, Leadership Development and Student Government. Kristen earned her M.S. in College Student Personnel Administration from Canisius College and her B.A. in Communication from the University at Buffalo. Kristen has served on various committees for the organization including conference planning teams for the annual conference and NYLEC.
Annual Conference Co-Chair
Residence Director and Coordinator of Fraternity and Sorority Life
Jennifer Jerussi is a Residence Director and the Fraternity and Sorority Life Coordinator at Union College in Schenectady, NY. Jennifer earned her M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from the University at Buffalo and her B.S, in Adolescent Education and English from SUNY New Paltz. Jennifer has served on the Annual Conference Planning team in different capacities and co-chaired the Careers in Student Affairs Month Pre-Conference in 2016.
Associate Director, Center for Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution
Rochester Institute of Technology
Residence Hall Director
University at Buffalo
Maureen Van Deusen
Broome Community College
Assistant Director of Residence Life
Rochester Institute of Technology
Ericka Smith-Schubart is currently the Assistant Director of Residence Life at Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY. Ericka has worked previously at Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY and SUNY Delhi in Delhi, NY. Ericka has a B.S. in Business Administration (’01) from Bowling Green State University and a M.S in Education Administration, Higher Education Concentration (’07) of the University at Albany. Ericka has been connected with CSPA-NYS since her first conference in 2001 and has enjoyed working on the conference planning team.
Assistant Director of Housing and Residential Life
Finger Lakes Community College Association
Laura Dulski is currently the Assistant Director of Housing and Residential Life at the Finger Lakes Community College Association in Canandaigua, NY. Laura has worked previously at Monroe Community College in Rochester, NY and Medaille College in Buffalo, NY. Laura has a B.A. in Anthropology (’09) from SUNY Buffalo State College and a M.S. in Student Personnel Administration (’11) from SUNY Buffalo State College. Laura has been involved with CSPA-NYS since her first conference as a graduate student in 2009. Holding various roles Laura has been on the conference planning committee since 2010 with a brief break in 2014. Her personal interests include traveling to Hawai’i, crafting, and being a Thirty-One consultant. Laura lives in Canandaigua with her husband Adam, their chihuahua Ace, and black lab Luna.
SUNY Buffalo State
Dr. Amy Wilson is an Assistant Professor in the Higher Education Administration department at Buffalo State. Prior to her faculty role, Amy had 12+ years of professional experience in leadership and community engagement, student life, and residence life. Amy earned her PhD in Higher Education Administration from the University at Buffalo, an M.S. in College Student Personnel from Western Illinois University, and her B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies from Colorado State University. Prior to her current role on the executive board she served as the Vice President for Professional Development and was the Programming Chair for the 2011 annual conference.
Senior Student Affairs Officer Liaison
Dr. Melissa Kelley
Title IX Coordinator
807 Union Street, 403E Reamer Campus Center, Schenectady, NY 12309
T (518) 388-6865
Dr. Kelley is the Title IX Coordinator in the Office of the President at Union College. Melissa has served in this role since 2015. She supports and educates students, faculty, and staff in equity matters including sexual misconduct, gender issues, discrimination, and harassment. Melissa oversees all matters related to Title IX, harassment, and discrimination on her campus including policy development and implementation as well as adjudication. Prior to her role at Union College, Melissa was at the University of Rochester for 6 years. Melissa is a Certified Health Education Specialist who has her BS in Health Science/Community Health Education from SUNY Cortland, her MS in Human Service Administration from St. John Fisher College, and her EdD in Human Development from the University of Rochester. Melissa’s doctoral work was completed in 2015 and her study is entitled: “Panhellenic Sorority Women’s Reported Experiences and Perceptions of Hooking Up on Campus.” Melissa recently relocated to Niskayuna, NY with her husband, Ryan, their 9 year old son, Jack, and 3 year old triplet daughters, Molly, Madeline, and McKenna.
Coordinator for Educational Partnerships
Academic Coach/Advisor - Center for Student Success
Mount Saint Mary College
Pat Duffy is currently an Academic Coach/Advisor in the Center for Student Success at Mount Saint Mary College, in Newburgh, NY. Prior to starting at the Mount, Pat worked as the Internship Coordinator in Career Services at Westchester Community College and as an RD at Union College, in Schenectady, NY. Pat completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Denver, in lovely Denver, CO and his MA in Higher Education and Student Affairs at the University of Connecticut (Go Huskies!). Before taking on the role of VP of Professional Development - Elect, Pat served as the 2014 Annual Conference Chair and the 2013 Conference Co-Chair, in addition to multiple roles on the conference committee, starting in 2009.
Teaching Assistant - Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition
Noah Wilson is currently a Teaching Assistant and Doctoral Student in Syracuse University's Composition and Cultural Rhetoric Program. Noah has also served as an Area Coordinator at SUNY Geneseo, SUNY Potsdam, and as a Graduate Resident Director at the College at Brockport where he received his B.S. in Literature/Inclusive Adolescent Education ('09) and also his M.A. in Literature ('11). While most of his professional experience is in residence life, Noah has interests in multicultural affairs, enrollment management, and technology. Noah recently completed his Advanced Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Administration at Stony Brook University ('14) and SUNY Albany's Graduate Certificate in Online Learning and Teaching ('16).
Assistant Director of Residential Life
University at Buffalo
Peter Smith is currently the Assistant Director of Residential Life at the University at Buffalo in Buffalo, NY. Peter has previous experience from Appalachian State University, Rochester Institute of Technology, Eastern Illinois University and Queens University of Charlotte, NC. Peter has an B.A. in Fine Arts from St. Lawrence University and an M.S.Ed. in College Student Affairs from Eastern Illinois University. He is currently working on his PhD. in Educational Culture, Policy, & Society at the University at Buffalo. Involved in CSPA-NYS since 2001, Peter has held many roles including President, Conference Chair, and Member at Large as well as his current role as Historian. Peter’s professional interests include: professional staff supervision, men’s development, spirituality and faith development, leadership, and presentation and workshop development. His personal interests include: his Faith, travel, movies, cooking, the outdoors, gardening & landscaping, and spending time with his wife and two children.