Jude Butch
Associate Director, Student Engagement
University at Buffalo

235 Student Union, Buffalo, NY 14260
T  (716) 645-6469
E  presidents@cspanys.org  |  jcbutch@buffalo.edu
Preferred Pronouns  He/Him/His

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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President Elect

Pat Duffy
Associate Director, Student Success
Office of Student Success
Mount Saint Mary College

330 Powell Avenue, Newburgh, NY 12550
T  (518) 388-6684
E  presidents@cspanys.org  |  patrick.r.duffy@gmail.com
Preferred Pronouns  He/Him/His

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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Past President

Ben Fabian
Assistant Director and Student Support Coordinator
Student Conduct and Advocacy
University at Buffalo

9 Norton Hall, Buffalo, NY 14260
T  (716) 645-6154
E  presidents@cspanys.org  |  blfabian@buffalo.edu
Twitter @benfabs
Preferred Pronouns  He/Him/His

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 and a M.S. in College Student Personnel Administration from Canisius College. Through his career in student affairs, Ben has developed specialties in the areas of student conduct, Title IX compliance, behavioral intervention, crisis management, branding and identity, strategic planning, staff development, residential education, and new student programs. Prior to assuming his current role on the executive board, Ben previously served as Vice President for Professional Development, Member at Large and a member of the annual conference planning committee.

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Vice President for Professional Development

Danielle Lewis
Assistant Director, Strategic Programs
College of Arts and Sciences

University at Buffalo

742 Clemens Hall, Buffalo, NY 14260
T  (716) 645-1457
E  prodev@cspanys.org  |  dvegas@buffalo.edu
Preferred Pronouns  She/Her/Hers

Danielle Lewis is currently the Assistant Director for Strategic Programs within the College of Arts and Sciences 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.

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Vice President for Professional Development Elect

Benjamin Weiner
Residence Director
Union College

807 Union Street, Box #992 Schenectady, NY 12308
(518) 388-5567
E  prodev@cspanys.org  |  weinerb@union.edu
Twitter  @mr7button
Preferred Pronouns  He/Him/His

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

Mary Holland-Bavis
Assistant Director of Student Involvement
Office of Student Engagement and Multicultural Affairs
Ithaca College

Egbert Hall 325, Ithaca College, 953 Danby Road, Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 274-3222
E  communication@cspanys.org  |  meholland@ithaca.edu
Preferred Pronouns  She/Her/Hers

Mary Holland-Bavis is originally from Cazenovia, NY. She received a Bachelor’s Degree from the State University of New York at Fredonia in Political Science and Economics. After an amazing undergraduate experience, Mary attended the State University of New York at Buffalo to receive a Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration where she was introduced to CSPA-NYS and immediately wanted to get more involved. During her graduate experience, she worked as a Graduate Assistant at Medaille College assisting with programming efforts surrounding student activities, multicultural affairs, orientation and family weekend.  Mary began her career back in 2012 at Ithaca College as the Student Organization Business Specialist in their Office of Student Engagement and Multicultural Affairs (OSEMA). During this time, she began to get more involved with the CSPA-NYS Conference Planning committee, serving in a variety of roles, including Chairing the Special Events committee. In 2014, she began a role as a Program Coordinator at Syracuse University in their Office of Student Activities. Here she continued her work with CSPA-NYS, including co-chairing the New York Leadership Educators Conference. In Fall 2017, Mary has returned to OSEMA at Ithaca College once more as the Assistant Director of Student Involvement. She is currently serving as the Vice President of Communications on the CSPA-NYS Executive Board and is really enjoying the experience! Personally Mary enjoys cooking, reading, listening to music and spending time with friends and family.

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Vice President for Communications Elect

Julie Moslow
Residence Hall Director
University at Buffalo

123 Richmond Quad, Buffalo, NY 14261
(716) 645-3969
E  communication@cspanys.org  |  juliemos@buffalo.edu
Twitter  @juliemoslow
Preferred Pronouns  She/Her/Hers

Julie graduated with a master’s degree in College Student Personnel Administration in May 2013 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 Elect.


Vice President for Membership

John Robert O'Connor
Director of Student Activities & Leadership and Director of the Student Center
St. Lawrence University

23 Romoda Drive, Canton, NY 13617
T  (315) 229-5775
E  membership@cspanys.org  |  joconnor@stlawu.edu
Twitter @zestinavest

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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Vice President for Membership Elect

DJ Schier
Director of Student Life

Villa Maria College

240 Pine Ridge Rd, Buffalo NY 14225
(716) 961-1878
E  membership@cspanys.org  |  DSchier@villa.edu

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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2018 Annual Conference Chair

Jennifer Jerussi
Assistant Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life
Union College

807 Union Street, 403E Reamer Campus Center, Schenectady, NY 12309
T  (518) 388-8777
E  annualconference@cspanys.org  |  jerussij@union.edu

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. 

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Annual Conference Co-Chair

Laura Dulski
Assistant Director of Housing and Residential Life
Finger Lakes Community College Association

3325 Marvin Sands Drive, Canandaigua, NY 14424
T  (585) 785-1781
E  annualconferencecochair@cspanys.org  |  laura.dulski@flcc.edu
Preferred Pronouns  She/Her/Hers

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
(585) 475-2974
E  jlevsa@rit.edu

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. 

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Ryan Spearer
Residence Hall Director
University at Buffalo

A102 Greiner Hall, Buffalo, NY 14261
T  (716) 645-8900
E  rjspeare@buffalo.edu
Twitter  @ryanspearer
Preferred Pronouns  He/Him/His

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.


Ericka Smith-Schubart
Assistant Director of Residence Life
Rochester Institute of Technology

Center for Residence Life, 63 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester, NY 14623
T  (585) 475-6046
E  treasurer@cspanys.org  |  elsrla@rit.edu

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.



Megan W. Lennon
Director of Community Standards and Leadership Development
SUNY Polytechnic Institute

100 Seymour Road, Utica, NY 13502
secretary@cspanys.org  |  wyettm@sunyit.edu
Twitter  @MWyett


Faculty Liaison

Amy Wilson
Assistant Professor
SUNY Buffalo State

312 F Bacon Hall, Buffalo, NY  14222
T  (716) 878-4083
E  faculty@cspanys.org  |  wilsonab@buffalostate.edu

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.

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Senior Student Affairs Officer Liaison

Dr. Melissa Kelley
Title IX Coordinator
Union College

807 Union Street, 403E Reamer Campus Center, Schenectady, NY 12309
T  (518) 388-6865
E  kelleym2@union.edu

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


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Noah Wilson
Teaching Assistant - Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition
Syracuse University

004 HB Crouse Hall, Syracuse, NY 13244
T(585) 245-5775
E  webmaster@cspanys.org  |  npwilson@syr.edu

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).


Peter Smith
Assistant Director of Residential Life
University at Buffalo

119 Goodyear Hall, 3435 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14225
(716) 829-3144
E  historian@cspanys.org  |  ppsmith@buffalo.edu
Twitter @peter_p_smith
Preferred Pronouns  He/Him/His

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.