Staff Bios

Michael Jaromin

Executive Director of Campus Life

Michael Jaromin joined the University in 1989 and has served in many roles in Student Affairs since that time. A dedicated Student Affairs professional, he was appointed the Director of Student Involvement 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 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.

Pamela Alexander

Associate Director

Pamela joined the Office of Student Involvement in 2007. Committed to the Student Experience, Pamela’s focus includes oversight of the UAlbany Programming Board, applied learning initiatives and student staff development. Pamela also orchestrates various spirit and UAlbanyGO initiatives. Additionally, Pamela coordinates the office's marketing and outreach as well as assessment efforts. She holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in English Literature from UMass Dartmouth and a Masters of Arts degree in Education Administration and Policy Study from UAlbany. Pamela holds memberships in Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society, National Association for Campus Activities, and NASPA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education.

Jennifer Anderson

Associate Director

A proud University at Albany alum, Jennifer joined the Office of Student Involvement 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

Beth joined Student Involvement 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. 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.

Arleny Alvarez-Peña

Assistant Director

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.

Ashley Walker

Assistant Director

Ashley Walker joins the Office of Student Involvement as the Assistant Director of Programming, overseeing the UAlbany Programming Board to organize and produce events that enhance the student experience here at the University at Albany. Ashley joins the office after working with the Department of Residential Life for 10 years in the roles of Resident Assistant/Senior Resident Assistant, Graduate Assistant, Resident Hall Director, and Apartment Coordinator. As an Apartment Coordinator, Ashley was also Programming Director for the University Apartments – the role that would increase her passion for event planning. Along with event planning, she is also passionate about assisting with the personal, professional, and academic success of students as well as other professionals, serving as a mentor to many individuals she has met and/or worked with.

Ashley has received her bachelor’s degree in sociology and master’s degree in Africana studies from the University at Albany.

Dawn Hubert

Financial Manager

Dawn has worked within the finance/budgetary area on college campuses for well over a decade.  While at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute she held the position of Budget Manager within the Campus Planning Department, and more recently managed all finances for The College of Saint Rose's Student Association. Dawn received her bachelor's degree in business from SUNY Oswego.  As Financial Manager in the Office of Student Involvement, she manages the budget for OSI and the UAlbany Programming Board and lends her expertise to Student Association and the Graduate Student Association.

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 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.”

Stephany Ruiz

Fraternity & Sorority Affairs Graduate Assistant

Stephany is a UAlbany class of 2015 alumna with a bachelor of arts in criminal justice and psychology. A sister of Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc. since Spring 2013, she is currently pursuing her master's degree in criminal justice at UAlbany.

Saben Durio

Graduate Assistant for Programming

Saben is from Long Island, NY. He is a graduate student in the School of Education. He wanted to be a part of the UAlbany Programming Board because he has a passion for increasing the student experience on campus in any way he can. Working with both the Department of Residential Life and New Student Programs for 2 years he is excited to embark on this new chapter helping the student population. Some of his hobbies include sleeping, video games, basketball, and reading comics.

Christine Jolly

Graduate Assistant for Programming

Christine is a University at Albany alumna, now seeking a master’s degree in educational administration policy studies, with a concentration in higher education. Christine spent her undergraduate years working in different realms of Student Affairs including the Student Association, Campus Center Management, and the UAlbany Programming Board. Christine’s love for student involvement has ultimately lead to her aspirations to one day work as a Student Affairs professional at a college or university. Christine currently holds membership in the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, Chi Upsilon Sigma National Latin Sorority Inc., and received the Outstanding Senior President's Award for Leadership.

Susan Henry

Coordinator for Student Organizations

Susan is the new Coordinator for Student Organizations. She is currently a Ph.D. student in UAlbany’s Philosophy Department and received her master’s in philosophy from Binghamton University. She helps with the planning and implementation of the Student Organization Resource Center which aids student organizations with everything from planning events to transitioning their e-boards. Her aim is to facilitate UAlbany student organization success so don’t hesitate to contact her if you have questions about how UAlbany can assist your organization.

Marcy Casavant

Office Manager, Intercultural Student Engagement

Marcy has been serving the Office of Intercultural Student Engagement as well as Student Involvement for 2 years. She provides support to many campus events as well as the President’s Award for Leadership 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.