Staff Bios

Michael Jaromin

Director of Student Involvement & Leadership and Campus Recreation

Michael Jaromin joined the University in 1989 and has served in many roles in Student Success since that time. A dedicated Student Success professional, he was appointed the Director of Student Involvement & Leadership in 1999 and truly enjoys working with all of the diverse student leaders on campus. Mr. Jaromin has been trained by Project Adventure, Inc. and designed and presented many original workshops for student leaders. He is dedicated to enhancing the extra-curricular program for students through quality advisement, services, programs, and leadership development opportunities and has made it the mission of the Office of Student Involvement & Leadership to try and get as many students as possible involved in the life of the campus.

Mr. Jaromin received his bachelor of arts degree from the College of the Holy Cross and his master of arts degree from the University at Albany.

Jennifer Anderson

Associate Director for Event Management

A proud University at Albany alum, Jennifer joined the Office of Student Involvement & Leadership in 1998. She coordinates a variety of campus events, including the Welcome Candlelighting Ceremony for new students and the Torch Night ceremony for graduating seniors.

Beth Conrad

Associate Director for Student Organization Management

Beth joined Student Involvement & Leadership in the fall of 2003 after serving as an Assistant Director of Career Services since the fall of 1999; she has also spent summers as Assistant Director to the Orientation program. In her current role, Beth oversees leadership development initiatives and provides support to UAlbany student organizations. She is also the Faculty Advisor to Five Quad Volunteer Ambulance Service.

Beth has been recognized with the Student Association Outstanding Administrator Award (2007), Student Association Mentor Award (2006), and the Presidential Honors Society Sung Bok Kim Award (2004). In addition, in 2008, she was honored as a Distinguished Member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Since January 2005, she has served as Faculty Secretary to the UAlbany Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society and is the recipient of The Eldridge W. Roark, Jr. Meritorious Service Award and the Robert L. Morlan Outstanding Faculty Secretary Award. Beth earned her bachelor's degree from SUNY Fredonia and her master's degree from the University of Hartford. Prior to joining the UAlbany family, she worked at the University of Connecticut and University of Hartford in counseling and health education capacities. Outside of the office, Beth is an avid downhill skiier.

Pamela Malatesta

Associate Director for Programming

Pamela Malatesta is responsible for the oversight of campus programming, including UAlbany’s Danes After Dark late-night programming initiative, serving as the University advisor to the Campus Programming Board, the Student Association Senate and the Student Association Programming Department, and coordinating the office's marketing and outreach. A member of the Student Success Assessment Council, Pamela assists the Director in the overall assessment of office initiatives, goals, and programs. Pamela came to the University in 2006 in the Office of the Vice President for Student Success after receiving her bachelor of arts in English literature from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. She joined the Office of Student Involvement & Leadership in 2007 and in 2008 completed her master of arts degree in education administration and policy study at the University at Albany. Pamela holds memberships in Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society, National Association for Campus Activities, and NASPA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education.

Arleny Alvarez-Peña

Assistant Director for Student Organization Management

Arleny Alvarez-Peña, a two time alumna of the University at Albany, joined our Student Involvement team in September 2013.  She oversees all recognized fraternities, sororities, and social fellowships at the university in addition to providing leadership development, and serving as a resource to the diverse student population and advocating for their concerns. Arleny received her bachelor in arts in English and Africana studies and her masters in science in educational administration: policy and law studies. Prior to returning to the university Arleny was the Director of Intercultural Leadership at The College of Saint Rose.

Jessica Krupski

Assistant Director for Event Management

Jessica Krupski is the Assistant Director for Evening Events for Student Involvement & Leadership as of the fall of 2013 but is not new to the UAlbany family.  Jessica previously worked for Undergraduate Admissions since May 2011 as the Visitor Center Coordinator and as an Out-of-State Admissions Counselor.  Prior to working in higher education, she worked in global marketing for a Fortune 500 company in New York City.  Jessica is also an active member of the educational administration and policy department persuing her Master’s in higher education.  Jessica’s passion lies in working and interacting with UAlbany students to ensure they have a fulfilling and meaningful experience.  UA UKNOW!!

Doug Sweet

Assistant Director for Programming

Doug  comes to UAlbany from Marist College where he was the Coordinator for First Year Programs and Leadership Development. Doug began his career teaching middle school history in Cleveland, OH. His interest in Student Affairs began during his time as the Graduate Assistant for Student Leadership and Involvement at CU-Boulder. In his current role, Doug is responsible for the overall coordination and implementation of the Pathways for Success program and collaborates with the Associate Director on the office’s marketing and assessment initiatives. Doug received his B.A. in middle childhood education from John Carroll University and his M.A. in educational foundations, policy and practice from the University of Colorado - Boulder.

Mary Zeno


Mary began her career at The University at Albany in 1982 working for the Office of Disabled Student Services and International Student Services. She has become a staple at The Office of Student Involvement and Leadership for almost 15 years providing support to all professional staff, as well as students in the office. Mary has provided invaluable service assisting major campus events such as Danes After Dark and the President’s Award for Leadership and Spellman Awards Program. In addition, she supervises and trains all Federal Work Study students.

When a student visits the office for the first time, she is usually the go-to person - knowledgeable in current activities sponsored by the office and throughout campus. Prior to coming to the University she worked for the Department of Labor.

“It is always great meeting new people, so stop by and visit and say hello.”

Denee Easy

Fraternity & Sorority Affairs Graduate Assistant

Deneé is here to assist not only fraternity and sororities here on campus, but any undergraduate student searching for information.  Deneé completed her undergraduate education here at the University at Albany and will continue on to receive her masters in Africana studies. Deneé has been working with the Office of Student Involvement & Leadership since August of 2009. As an undergraduate student, Deneé took advantage of all the activities that the University has to offer. She was a leader of several organizations such as Pan Caribbean Association and Project SHAPE. Deneé enjoys being involved on campus and is here to answer any questions you may have.

Joe ErmanJoseph Erman

Graduate Assistant

Joseph Erman is the Graduate Assistant in charge of running UAlbany’s Danes After Dark program for the department of Student Involvement & Leadership. He graduated from the University at Albany’s undergraduate program in 2012, whereupon he received his bachelor of arts in both history and anthropology. In 2012 he began working for Student Involvement after three years of working for the Department of Residential Life as a Student Assistant. He is currently pursuing his master’s degree in European history from the University at Albany.

Emily Davis

Graduate Assistant (Reservations Manager)

Emily is a graduate of SUNY Plattsburgh where she received her bachelor’s degree in political science and anthropology. During her time at SUNY Plattsburgh, she was actively involved in a local sorority and served on the Inter-Sorority Association. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree at UAlbany in educational administration and policy studies. She is here to help with room reservations and event planning so feel free to come and talk with her about your organization’s next event!

Susan Henry

Graduate Assistant for Leadership Development

Susan is the graduate assistant for Leadership Development. She is currently a Ph.D. student in UAlbany’s Philosophy Department and received her master’s in philosophy from SUNY Binghamton. She helps with the planning and implementation of the Emerging Leaders Program as well as aiding in the advancement of other leadership programs.  Her aim is to facilitate students’ success in leadership roles so don’t hesitate to contact her if you have questions about how UAlbany can assist you in furthering your own leadership skills and goals.

Alicia Lewis

Graduate Assistant

As a graduate assistant for the Office of Student Involvement & Leadership, Alicia works as an evening event staff supervisor.  She is responsible for serving as a primary supervisor for student event staff.  She is here to ensure the safety and security of students as well as provide management for student organization events.  Alicia is currently pursuing a masters of social work here at UAlbany.

"I am excited to be here, and I am looking forward to helping students get the most out of their college experience."

Marcy Casavant

Office Manager, Intercultural Student Engagement

Marcy has been serving the Office of Intercultural Student Engagement as well as Student Involvement & Leadership for 2 years. She provides support to many campus events including Danes After Dark, and the President’s and Spellman Awards Program. She has become an invaluable member of our team.

D. Ekow King

Director, Intercultural Student Engagement

D. Ekow King is a graduate of the University at Albany (BA ’90, MA ’95) Master of Arts Program in Africana Studies. He has served as a Residence Hall Director, Area Coordinator, and Assistant Director for the Department of Residential Life at the University at Albany. An African storyteller and motivational speaker, Mr. King has performed throughout NY state in that capacity. He is a senior trainer for the National Coalition Building Institute, International (N.C.B.I.) a Washington, DC based organization which conducts leadership training throughout the world. He is a member of Men for Relationship Education and Change, (Men REACH) a group of university faculty and staff who conduct workshops on sexual harassment, assault, and date rape on college campuses. Mr. King is also an adjunct professor in the Liberal Arts and Science Dept. at SUNY Cobleskill, where he teaches Introduction to African Studies.