Executive Board of CSPA-NYS
Associate Director, Student Success
Office of Student Success
Mount Saint Mary College
Pat Duffy is currently the Associate Director of 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!). Pat has served in multiple roles on the executive board during his time in CSPA-NYS, including VP-Professional Development, Annual Conference Chair and, most recently, Coordinator of Educational Partnerships.
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Associate Director, Student Engagement
University at Buffalo
Jude Butch is the Associate Director in 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.
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Vice President for Professional Development
Ben Weiner is a Residence Director at Union College in Schenectady, NY. Ben earned his M.S. in College Student Development and Counseling from Northeastern University and B.S. in Pre-Law from Newbury College. Ben attended his first Annual Conference in 2016 and instantly wanted to get involved! Ben recently served on the 2017 Annual Conference Planning team and is excited to start his first year on the CSPA-NYS executive board. He currently uses his free time working to get to the professional gaming level, watching anime, and spending time with his girlfriend and French Bulldog Tina.
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Vice President for Communication
Residence Hall Director
University at Buffalo
Julie graduated with a master’s degree in College Student Personnel Administration in May 2015 from Canisius College. Since then she has worked at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY for a year as an Area Director, in which she oversaw a residence hall and advised a student programming board. In August 2016, Julie returned to her roots in Buffalo, NY and joined the University at Buffalo family, working in Campus Living as a Residence Hall Director. Julie was engaged as a member in CSPA-NYS throughout her graduate career, and once she joined the UB community she rejoined CSPA-NYS and volunteered with the 2017 conference planning team. She has continued to enjoy her time with CSPA-NYS, and is excited to have a larger impact through her new position as Vice President of Communications.
Vice President for Membership
Director of Student Life
Villa Maria College
DJ Schier is currently the Director of Student Life at Villa Maria College in Buffalo, NY. Previously, DJ has worked at Niagara County Community College as a Technical Assistant in the Office of Student Life. DJ has a B.S. in Communications & Public Relations from SUNY Fredonia (2011) and a M.S. in Higher Education & Student Affairs Administration from SUNY Buffalo State (2013). DJ has been involved with CSPA since he was in grad school and has loved the opportunities he has had working with the organization, including being the Keynote Chair for the NYLEC 2017 Conference.
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2019 Annual Conference Chair
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.
Jessica Ecock Rotondo
Associate Director, Center for Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution
Rochester Institute of Technology
Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution, 63 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester, NY 14623
T (585) 475-2974
Jess Ecock Rotondo is currently the Associate Director in the Center for Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Jess is a self-proclaimed “conduct nerd” and loves working with the creative students and staff at RIT. Jess is a two-time Saxon, receiving both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Alfred University. She has also worked at Ithaca College and the University of Rochester and is a proud New Yorker! Since graduate school Jess has been involved with CSPA-NYS and her favorite memories are serving on the various annual conference planning committees. In her free time, you can catch Jess singing, visiting wineries, hanging with her friends, and sweet-talking her wife Danielle.
Residence Hall Director
University at Buffalo
Ryan Spearer is currently a Residence Hall Director at the University at Buffalo. Prior to his current position, Ryan served as an Assistant Hall Director at the University at Buffalo, while earning his M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration. He also has a B.S. in biology from Syracuse University. Ryan has served on the Annual Conference Planning team for the past two years, including co-chairing the student pre-conferences.
Student Affairs Assistant - School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
University at Buffalo
410 Bonner Hall, Buffalo, NY 14261
T (716) 645-0958
Chelsea Montrois currently serves as Student Affairs Assistant for the University at Buffalo School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. In her role, she provides direct support for the Associate Dean of Accreditation and Student Affairs, provides leadership support for the executive boards of more than 30 engineering and applied sciences clubs and organizations, coordinates social and educational programming, and serves as administrator for experiential learning programs for the unit. Chelsea holds a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Language and Literature from the University at Buffalo and a Master of Science in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration from Buffalo State College. Currently, she is working toward a second master’s in Information Design and Technology through SUNY Polytechnic Institute. Chelsea joined CSPA-NYS as a graduate student in 2016, contributing as a conference volunteer and 50th Anniversary Task Force member, and is now proud to serve her first executive board term as Member-at-Large. Chelsea lives in Buffalo, New York with her partner Andy, and enjoys working with power tools and playing bass and trombone with her bands.
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Assistant Director of Residence Life
Rochester Institute of Technology
Ericka Smith-Schubart is currently an Associate 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 was the Conference Chair in 2015. Ericka enjoys curling at the Rochester Curling Club, spending time with her husband, Andrew and dog, Monster, and traveling in her free time.
Professor and Director, Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership
Dr. Susan V. Iverson is Professor of Higher Education Leadership, and Director of the EdD Program, at Manhattanville College. Iverson's research interests include equity, diversity, status of women, leadership in higher education. Before her current position, Iverson served as faculty of Higher Education Administration & Student Personnel at Kent State University where she was also an affiliated faculty member with both the Women’s Studies and LGBT Studies Programs. Prior to becoming faculty full-time faculty in 2006, Iverson worked in student affairs administration for nearly 15 years at institutions in Massachusetts, Virginia, and Maine. Iverson holds a B.A. in English from Keene State College (NH), a M.A. in Higher Education Administration from Boston College, a M.Ed. in Counseling from Bridgewater State College (MA), and earned her doctorate in higher educational leadership, with a concentration in women’s studies, from the University of Maine. Iverson's daughter was born while she was a doctoral student, and developed her critical consciousness of being a mother in higher education.
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.
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Coordinator for Educational Partnerships
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.
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Assistant Director of Residence Life and Housing - Operations
Robert Binnall is currently the Assistant Director of Residence Life and Housing for Operations at SUNY Cortland. In addition to the Webmaster role, Robby has served on the annual conference planning team for the 2017 and 2018 conferences. Robby is originally from Massachusetts and has a M.Ed. from Suffolk University in Administration in Higher Education and a B.A. from Nichols College in History Education. He has worked in Residence Life and Housing for seven years and has also worked at Ithaca College in their First Year Experience office in planning new student orientation. Robby is a photographer on the side and works with folks for portraits, engagements, and wedding photography.
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.