Meet The Staff
Clarence L. McNeill
Assistant Vice President
Mr. McNeill (or “Clay”) is the Assistant Vice President for Student Success and Director of the Office of Conflict Resolution & Civic Responsibility. Mr. McNeill joined the University at Albany as an E.O.P student in 1990. He earned his B.A in Africana Studies in 1995, Master’s in Education Administration & Policy Studies in 1997 and his Certificate of Advanced Study in the same discipline. Mr. McNeill has held a variety positions in the Department of Residential Life (from Resident Assistant to Assistant Director) and has been in position to focus on student development in each of those roles. He chairs the University’s CUBIT Team, and is currently the President of the SUNY-Wide Judicial Administrator group.
In 2005 when he was named Director of Conflict Resolution & Civic Responsibility, Mr. McNeill quickly began working on a more progressive method of student discipline and case resolution. With the support of his Associate Directors, Assistant Director, Assistant to the Director, Secretary and Graduate Assistant, Conflict Resolution & Civic Responsibility is responsible for educating the UA community and implementing a community conscious campus student conduct program.
Sally A. D'Alessandro
Ms. D’Alessandro holds three degrees from the University at Albany: a B.A. in English in 1987, an M.A. in History in 1991 and an M.S.W. in 1998. As a graduate student, she served as the Outreach Coordinator for the award-winning, on-campus peer counseling and education program, Middle Earth. Upon her graduation in 1998, she joined the staff of the Department of Residential Life (Residence Director to Assistant Director), working and living with Students on Indian, State, and Colonial Quads. In 2005, she left Residential Life to work in the Office of Conflict Resolution & Civic Responsibility. Ms. D’Alessandro enjoys the opportunity to continue to work closely with her colleagues in Residential Life as the Office’s liaison to State and Colonial Quads and University Apartments.
Ms. D’Alessandro is particularly interested in the restorative justice approach to student discipline. As a volunteer for the Albany County Community Accountability Board, she learned to put this philosophy into practice and adapt it to campus community in the form of the University Community Accountability Board.
Nancy M. Lauricella
Ms. Lauricella joined the University at Albany in 2004. Prior to her position with the Office of Conflict Resolution and Civic Responsibility, she was the Coordinator for Fraternity and Sorority Affairs for the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership at the University and also worked for several years in the public relations field.
As the Associate Director for Conflict Resolution, Ms. Lauricella’s primary responsibilities focus on resolving off campus conduct issues. She represents the unit on several University and Divisional committees including Student Success’ “Assessment Council” and “Strategic Planning Advisory Committee”. She has presented to numerous University and community entities on topics related to conflict resolution, effective communication techniques for organizations, restorative justice and has presented at national conferences on assessment topics. She is a mentor for the NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program. Ms. Lauricella received her B.A. degree in Rhetoric & Communication from the University at Albany in 1998 and M.S. degree in Public Relations from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications in 1999.
Brian T. Stephenson
Mr. Stephenson is the Assistant Director of the Office of Conflict Resolution & Civic Responsibility. In this role he oversees the office’s technological initiatives and serves as one of the student conduct administrators for the office. Prior to joining Conflict Resolution & Civic Responsibility, he worked for five years as a Resident Director for the Department of Residential Life and two years as an Assistant to the Director for the Office of Orientation.
Mr. Stephenson also serves on many university committees including the University Senate’s Council on Academic Assessment (CAA), the CAA’s General Education Assessment Committee (GEAC), and Student Success’ MyInvolvement Team (iTeam). He is also a member of NASPA and a mentor for the NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program.
Mr. Stephenson earned his B.A. in Political Science, with a minor in Economics, and a Masters of Public Administration (MPA) concentrating in Financial Market Regulation and Public Management from the University at Albany’s Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy.
Meggan A. DeGennaro
Assistant to the Director
In 2002, Ms. DeGennaro graduated from the University at Albany with a B.A. in Theater. Shortly after graduating, Ms. DeGennaro moved to Austin, Texas and began working at The University of Texas at Austin. As an administrator at UT-Austin, one of Ms. DeGennaro’s main functions was the coordination and summarization of hazing investigations. She also helped student organizations navigate through the risk management process. Ms. DeGennaro has nine years of experience working in Student Affairs and enjoys the day to day interactions with students.
Ms. DeGennaro provides direct support to the Director of Conflict Resolution & Civic responsibility. She also serves as the scribe for the University’s CUBIT and BRISK teams.