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EOP Staff and Faculty

 

Co-Deputy Director 
 

Ms. Maritza Martinez has served the Office of Academic Support services and Educational Opportunities Program since 1985. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology & Social Science from Fordham University and Master of Social Welfare from the University at Albany.  In these roles, she serves as the Director of the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), an at-risk program for 650 university students. She also coordinates and administers seven university-wide academic support programs.

Co-Deputy Director

Dr. Christopher Fernando has served in the Office of Academic Support Services since 1998. He oversees the TRIO Student Support Services program, known on campus as Project Excel. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and his Doctorate in Educational Psychology from the University at Albany. As Coordinator of Project Excel, "Chris," as he is affectionately known by his students, oversees its daily operations while providing academic support services to low income, first generation, and/or disabled students. He also oversees the daily operations of the campus Collegiate Science Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) and Science Technology Entry Program (STEP).

To assist with the administration of the Office of Academic Support Services and its various satellite programs, Maritza and Chris oversee a dedicated staff of program coordinators, administrative staff, and full counseling and teaching professionals. The counseling staff are trained professionals who provide one on one academic assistance and counseling. The teaching staff consists of five staff members who teach our developmental and high intensity university courses in Mathematics, English, Reading, and Freshmen Year Experience courses.

 


F I S C A L   O F F I C E R


Ms. Mayra E. Santiago is the Fiscal Officer for the Office of Academic Affairs/EOP. She earned her Bachelors of Business Administration from Pace University. She has broad financial experience in the private and public sectors. Over the past 10 years she had been assisting underrepresented individuals successfully plan, develop and start businesses.

 


C O U N S E L I N G   S T A F F 
 

Ms. Monica Hope has served the EOP since 1982. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from the University at Albany. Ms. Hope is also an EOP Alumnus from the University at Albany. 


Tyshena Hunter received her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science in Education Administration from the University at Albany. She is also a proud former EOP student. Tyshena is dedicated to working with low-income and underrepresented college students to achieve multiple college degrees.

 

Mr. Abdul Jarvis earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in African American Studies from the University at Albany. He has served the EOP since 1976. 


 

Mr. Patrick Romain has served the EOP since 1989. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from the University at Albany. Mr. Romain is also an EOP Alumnus from the University at Albany. 


 

Mrs. Gladys M. Santiago-Tosado completed a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Psychology and a Master of Education in Counseling and Guidance from the University of Puerto Rico (UPR). She is currently working on her dissertation for her Ed.D. in Higher and Post-Secondary Education with a concentration in Peace Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Ms. Santiago has several years of experience as a counselor and as a professor of psychology. She has volunteered on human rights and peace education activities in Puerto Rico and New York City, and she is also involved in a diversity of professional associations.

 


  I N S T R U C T I O N A L   S T A F F 
 

Dr. Paul Cummings is a mathematics instructor for the EOP. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Wilkes University in Pennsylvania and a Master of Arts and Doctorate in Mathematics from the University at Albany. He teaches developmental mathematics and University credited calculus and mathematics statistics courses. 


 

Dr. Craig Hancock has served the EOP for fifteen years as an English/Writing instructor. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in English from Rutgers University, a Master of Arts in English from the University of New Hampshire, and a Doctor of Arts in English from the University at Albany. He instructs developmental courses in English and University credited English courses. 


 

Dr. Claudia Ricci is a reading instructor for the EOP. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Brown University, a Masterís in Journalism from the University of California at Berkley, and a doctorate in English from the University at Albany. She instructs University credited courses in the Reading, English, and Journalism departments. 


 

Mrs. Mary Kay Skrabalak teaches university-wide freshman year experience courses. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in English, Master of Arts in English Education, and Master of Science in Reading from the University at Albany. An expert in study skills, she instructs the Freshman Year Experience courses each semester.

 

Nancy Dunlop is an English/Writing Instructor in the EOP. She received her MA in English from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and her Ph.D. in English from the State University of New York at Albany. A published essayist and poet, she has taught literature and writing at a number of colleges and universities for almost 20 years. She has also worked as a Policy Analyst for the NYS Senate and as a grant writer and government strategist for the high tech industry.

 


C S T E P   P R O G R A M 
 

Felicia Collins is the Assistant Coordinator of the Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Siena College in Social Welfare and Master of Arts degree in Educational Psychology from Marist College. She has been employed at the University at Albany since October 2000 as an academic advisor before accepting a position with the Research Foundation.

 

Rolando Valentin

Rolando Valentin is the Academic Counselor of the Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University at Albany in Sociology. He has been employed at the Universityís Office of Academic Support Services since September 2006, working for the Trio program known as Project excel. Rolando enjoys working with students one on one and assisting them with developing their time management and study skills. He has also contributed to the Office of Academic Support Services by participating in various panels and workshops, as well as assisted in upgrading the EOP computer lab.

 


S T E P   P R O G R A M

Mrs. Etwin Bowman is the coordinator of The Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP). She earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Economics from Empire State College and her Master of Science in Curriculum Development and Instructional Technology from The University at Albany. Mrs. Bowman has over 10 years of experience working with STEP. She is also part of a legacy family of The University at Albany.

 

Ms. Felita Orr is the Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP) Assistant Coordinator-College Counselor. She is a University at Albany EOP Alumnus and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Master in Social Welfare. Ms. Orr serves as resource for local historically underrepresented and/or economically disadvantaged secondary school students pursuing post-secondary education. She travels to local schools and facilitates college seminar series workshops helping students through the college admissions process.

 


P R O J E C T   E X C E L 
 

Dr. Christopher Fernando has served in the Office of Academic Support Services since 1998.  He oversees the TRIO Student Support Services program, known on campus as Project Excel. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and his Doctorate in Educational Psychology from the University at Albany. As Coordinator of Project Excel, "Chris," as he is affectionately known by his students, oversees its daily operations while providing academic support services to low income, first generation, and/or disabled students. He also oversees the daily operations of the campus Collegiate Science Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) and Science Technology Entry Program (STEP).

 

Makisha Brown completed her Bachelor of Arts and Master in Social welfare at the University at Albany. She has been a professional staff member for several years at the university. Currently, Makisha is Assistant Coordinator for the Student Support Services program, also known as Project Excel. She instructs a Freshman Year Experience course for new freshman students. Overall Makisha enjoys the opportunity to give back to the UAlbany community and hopes to be a resource for all students. 

 


C L E R I C A L   S T A F F 

Cheryl Mound joined the staff of Educational Opportunities in June of 2007. She has vast secretarial experiences from Biology and the Office of Architecture, Engineering and Construction Management offices here on campus as well as 20 years in the Broadalbin-Perth School District in several capacities, lastly as the secretary in the guidance department.

 

Mrs. Valerie Black supports the wide variety of programs offered by the Office of Academic Support Services. Valerie earned her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Spanish from SUNY Oswego. Valerie brings the University over 10 years of experience in field of Office Management/Administration.