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

330 Powell Avenue, Newburgh, NY 12550
T  (845) 569-3427
E  presidents@cspanys.org  |  patrick.r.duffy@gmail.com
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.

Learn more about Pat on LinkedIn.


President Elect

Kristen Mruk
Associate Director of Student Leadership and Engagement
Buffalo State College

1300 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222
T  (716)878-4631
E  presidents@cspanys.org  |  mrukk@buffalostate.edu
Pronouns  She/Her/Hers

Learn more about Kristen on LinkedIn.

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Past President

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
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.

Learn more about Jude on LinkedIn.

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Vice President for Professional Development

Kelsey Pearson
Assistant Dean of Students for Accommodations and Conduct
Clarkson University

8 Clarkson Ave, Potsdam, NY 13699
(315) 268-2012
E  prodev@cspanys.org  |  kmpearson@clarkson.edu
Pronouns She/Her/Hers
Kelsey Pearson is the Assistant Dean of Students for Accommodations and Conduct as well as Deputy Title IX Coordinator at Clarkson University. Prior to her current role, Kelsey served as the Director of Student Organizations and Student Center (Clarkson University), Area Coordinator (SUNY Potsdam), and Resident Director (Keuka College). Her professional experience includes residence life, fraternity and sorority life, student organizations, student government, new student orientation, student conduct, and Title IX. Kelsey earned her M.A. in Higher Education Administration from Stony Brook University and her B.S. in Accounting from SUNY Oswego. Kelsey first joined CSPA-NYS in 2016 and became a member of the executive board in 2018. Outside of work, Kelsey enjoys reading, doing Sudoku puzzles, and spending time with her husband, stepchildren, and fur babies.

Learn more about Kelsey on LinkedIn.


Vice President for Professional Development Elect

Jill Cole Splawski
Director of Residence Life and Community Standards
Hilbert College

5200 South Park Ave, Hamburg, NY 14075
(716) 926-8933
E  prodev@cspanys.org  |  jillcole@hilbert.edu
Pronouns  She/Her/Hers

Jill Cole Splawski is currently the Director of Residence Life and Community Standards Hilbert College. Jill was most recently engaged in CPSA-NYS as the NYLEC 2019 Conference Chair. Jill’s previous experience includes being a Consultant for Campus Success with Campus Labs and has served in various roles in the Office of Residence Life at Daemen College including Interim Director and Associate Director for Residential Education. Jill holds a Bachelors in Business Economics, concentrated in Environmental Management with a minor in Geology from SUNY Cortland and her masters in Higher Education Administration and Adult Learning from Post University.  Outside of work, Jill has been a Buffalo Bills season ticket holder with partner since 2014 and has a cat named Billy.

Learn more about Jill on LinkedIn.


Vice President for Communication

Julie Moslow
Residence Hall Director
University at Buffalo

108 Lehman Hall, Buffalo, NY 14261
(716) 645-2135
E  communication@cspanys.org  |  juliemos@buffalo.edu
Twitter  @juliemoslow
Pronouns  She/Her/Hers

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 Communications Elect

Britani Pruner
Applied Learning Associate
Niagara County Community College

3111 Saunders Settlement Rd, Sanborn, NY 14132
T (716) 614-5957
E bpruner@niagaracc.suny.edu
Pronouns She/Her/Hers

Britani Pruner is the Applied Learning Associate at Niagara County Community College. In her role she provides guidance and support to all faculty and students in the creation and completion of applied learning experiences including, but not limited to service learning, study abroad, internships, and research. Britani earned her Masters of Education, Student Affairs from The University at Buffalo in 2018 where she also served as a Graduate Fellow in Student Engagement. She has been involved with CSPA-NYS since she began graduate school in 2016, and values the connections and relationships CSPA-NYS creates, as well as the numerous professional development opportunities offered throughout the year.

Learn more about Britani on LinkedIn.

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Vice President for Membership

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.

Learn more about DJ on LinkedIn.

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Vice President for Membership Elect

Ashlee Downing
Associate Director - Student Activities and Leadership
St. Lawrence University

23 Romoda Drive, Canton, NY 13617
T  (315) 229-5135
E  adowning@stlawu.edu
Pronouns  She/Her/Hers

Ashlee Downing is currently the Associate Director of Student Activities & Leadership and Coordinator of Volunteer Services & Community Partnerships at St. Lawrence University. Ashlee is new to CPSA-NYS after attending the annual conference including the mid-professionals track.  Prior to this role, Ashlee served as the Community Service Coordinator at Bridgewater State University. A passion to give back and to engage with the local community has allowed Ashlee to succeed in these roles.  Ashlee holds a Bachelors in Political Science from Fairfield University and her masters in College Student Personnel Administration from James Madison University.  Outside of work, Ashlee enjoys spending time with her partner, their eight year old son and three cats! Together the family enjoys playing cards, going camping and cheering for Boston sports teams.

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2019 Annual Conference Chair

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

3325 Marvin Sands Drive, Canandaigua, NY 14424
T  (585) 785-1781
E  annualconference@cspanys.org  |  laura.dulski@flcc.edu
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.


Annual Conference Co-Chair

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

16 Crescent Dr., New York Mills NY 13417
T  (315) 792-7535
E  annualconferencecochair@cspanys.org  |  meganwyett@gmail.com
Pronouns  She/Her/Hers

Learn more about Megan on LinkedIn.



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
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.


Chelsea Montrois
Student Affairs Assistant - School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
University at Buffalo

410 Bonner Hall, Buffalo, NY 14261
T  (716) 645-0958
E  cmontroi@buffalo.edu
Pronouns  She/Her/Hers

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.

Learn more about Chelsea on LinkedIn.


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.



Andrea Brown
Assistant Director of Student Life
Finger Lakes Community College

3325 Marvin Sands Drive, Canandaigua, NY 14424
T 585-785-1399
E andrea.brown@flcc.edu
Pronouns She/Her/Hers

Andrea Brown is currently the Assistant Director of Student Life at Finger Lakes Community College in Canandaigua, NY, where she gets to wear many different hats.  Andrea previously worked at Binghamton University as the Late Nite Binghamton Program Coordinator and then as a Resident Director.  Andrea earned her A.S. in Social Science and Humanities at Corning Community College, B.A. in Sociology and M.S. in Student Affairs Administration at Binghamton University.  She attended her first CSPA-NYS conference in 2016, and jumped right into serving on the Conference Planning Committee for 2017.  She is excited to get more involved in the association with this opportunity to serve on the Board.  Outside of work, Andrea enjoys reading, genealogy, photography, and traveling as often as she can with her husband, Matt.

 Learn more about Andrea on LinkedIn.

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Faculty Liaison

Susan Iverson
Professor and Director, Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership
Manhattanville College

School of Education, 2900 Purchase Street, Purchase NY 10577
T  (914) 798-2712
E  faculty@cspanys.org  |  susan.iverson@mville.edu 

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. 

Learn more about Susan on LinkedIn and follow Susan on Twitter, @susaniverson1

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.

Learn more about Melissa on LinkedIn.

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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

23 Romoda Drive, Canton, NY 13617
T  (315) 229-5775
E  educationalpartners@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.

Learn more about John Robert on LinkedIn.

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Robert Binnall
Assistant Director of Residence Life and Housing - Operations
SUNY Cortland

P.O. Box 2000, Cortland, NY, 13045
T (607) 753-4724
E  webmaster@cspanys.org  |  robert.binnall@cortland.edu
Pronouns He/Him/His

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.

Learn more about Robby at @robbybphotography or on LinkedIn.


Peter Smith
Assistant Director of Residential Life
University at Buffalo

123 Richmond Quad, Buffalo, NY 14261
(716) 645-6304
E  historian@cspanys.org  |  ppsmith@buffalo.edu
Twitter @peter_p_smith
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.