Academic Support Center Staff


Email Dr. JoAnne Malatesta

Dr. JoAnne Malatesta

Interim Vice Provost
Dean for Undergraduate Education

Welcome to the Academic Support Center! Our mission is to recognize and foster the unique potential of each student to succeed in their personal academic journey. Our advisors are dedicated to helping you achieve your academic goals by providing personalized and holistic advising as you chart your educational path. We look forward to getting to know you and participating in your future!

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Email Kristen Swaney

Kristen Swaney

Interim Director


College may be the first time in your life that you get to choose what you want to learn about, so take advantage of the opportunity! I am here to be a resource and advisor to you during your first few years at Albany, and I want to help you take ownership of your education to set your goals.

Email John Donoghue

John Donoghue

Assistant Director


Students come first! This is my personal philosophy as an academic advisor at the University at Albany. In working with students I hope to help them explore their academic options, help to make them aware of the various opportunities available at University at Albany, or just being there to listen.


Email Vanessa Borum

Vanessa Borum

Academic Advisor


Advising is about deep witnessing. I see my role as your advisor to be in the struggle with you and be your biggest champion. I want you to feel comfortable sharing your hopes and dreams. We will work together, discuss classes, strategies and experiences that build on your strengths. Let’s find threads of hope, positivity and respect together.

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Email Barbara Brown

Barbara Brown

Advising PLUS Coordinator
Academic Coach


A+ Tutoring and Academic Support is the place to go when you are not sure what you need to be successful. We help connect students to the resources they need. I work with students to help them pinpoint areas of stress and then develop personalized strategies and plans for success.

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Email Nicole DeSorbo

Nicole DeSorbo

Academic Advisor
Pre-Law Advisor


As an academic advisor, my purpose is to support you as you navigate this new stage in your life. I serve as mentor and guide, working with you to identify your passions and achieve your educational, professional, and personal goals.


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Email Sabrina Eames

Sabrina Eames

Academic Advisor


I am here to be your sounding board, confidant, shoulder to cry on, cheerleader, friend, mentor, and whatever else you need while on your journey. College is filled with both triumphs and tribulations; I am here to help you navigate this uncharted territory and to be successful at UAlbany.


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Email Dr. Kathryn Fore

Dr. Kathryn Fore

Academic Advisor


My purpose as an academic advisor is to give students the tools and information they need to set and achieve their academic and personal goals, to encourage a sense of belonging on campus and in their chosen field, and to find their place and sense of purpose at UAlbany and beyond.


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Email Christopher Gebhardt

Christopher Gebhardt

Academic Advisor
Pre-Law Advisor


As an advisor, I think building a relationship is extremely beneficial to helping students. I believe advising to be a critical part of student development, and a significant role in the growth of an individual as they work towards their goals.


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Email Michael Geroux

Michael Geroux

Academic Advisor
Peer Advisor Program Coordinator


As you make your decision to pursue a degree in higher education, know there are times you will thrive and others that will be very challenging. It takes persistence to succeed in both education and life. It is my mission to be a champion for all students and help you achieve your goals.

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Email Anita Hanson

Anita Hanson

Senior Academic Advisor
Honors Advisor


Hi, I’m Anita, the advisor for the Honors College. We are an inspired community of students, faculty, staff, and administrators. I work closely with Honors College students over time as you envision, articulate, and explore opportunities for learning. I respect each one of our journeys.

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Email Imani Hill

Imani Hill

Academic Advisor


As an Academic Advisor, I strive to ensure that all of my incoming first-year students are advised to begin their college career on a 4-graduation track and for those transferring in, assist them with continuing their journey or beginning a new academic route.


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Email Kimberly Kerker

Kimberly Kerker

Pre-Health Coordinator


Pre-health advisors work with students to help them understand the requirements of these graduate programs and to explore ways to meet them. The pre-health advisors offer our students individual meetings; weekly walk-in hours; pre-health programming and workshops; and resources on our pre-health website.

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Email Brandon Lewis

Brandon Lewis

Academic Advisor


My purpose as an Academic Advisor is to ensure that students thrive academically, reach their full potential, and utilize the provided resources on and off-campus to ensure continual growth and learning.



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Email Bryan Mannarino

Bryan Mannarino

Academic Advisor


I feel it is important to take a developmental advising approach with a strong emphasis on building a trusting relationship. There can be many barriers to attaining one’s education. Students must feel comfortable sharing their trials and tribulations so that we can partner proactively to overcome those barriers.

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Email Marcelle Martens

Marcelle Martens

Academic Advisor
Pre-Health Advisor


I’m here to support you, academically and otherwise, and be a resource for you on campus. I’ll be there to help you work through challenges, and celebrate your successes.



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Email John Martinez

John Martinez

Academic Advisor


My approach to advising centers on encouraging personal responsibility and self-reflection. As there is a tremendous variation in how people view the world, my goal is to use differing viewpoints to provide changes to perspective. This can lead to opportunities for personal growth and
higher confidence.

Email Joseph Murphy

Joseph Murphy

Academic Advisor


As an Academic Advisor, my goal is to help you navigate your college experience. Through the sharing of life lessons and experiences, while challenging you to expand your thinking beyond your comfort zone, I hope to help you as you
develop into your future self.


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Email Amanda Parker

Amanda Parker

University Tutoring Coordinator


A+ Tutoring and Academic Support is the place to go when you are not sure what you need to be successful. We help connect students to resources they need, and I work specifically with undergraduate peer tutors. If you think you need a tutor, or if you would like to become a tutor, contact me!


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Email Matthew Ruiz

Matthew Ruiz

Academic Advisor


I tell students every day that my job is to give them the best possible information that they need to make conscious decisions about their next steps. I often say “you can’t build a house from the 2nd floor down, you have to first establish a strong foundation to build on. That’s why you are here.”


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Email Casey Sheridan-Smith

Casey Sheridan-Smith

Academic Advisor
International Student Specialist

I’m all about trying new things and I encourage my students to try EVERYTHING. If you don’t try things, you’ll never know what you might miss! Adapting can even lead to better things than plans do! I work with my students to find opportunity everywhere, and to not get discouraged when the path doesn’t seem linear. That’s when it’s at its most exciting!

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Email Danielle Vassi

Danielle Vassi

Academic Advisor
Pre-Health Advisor


My role as your academic advisor is to support you in recognizing and achieving your goals. Together we will construct an educational plan consistent with your goals that incorporates your interests and strengths.


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Email Lisa Jones

Lisa Jones

Office Manager


What I love most about my job is the day-to-day interaction with students, being a sounding board or just lending an ear to listen. I often share words of wisdom and a good laugh from time to time, which always seems to help alleviate the stress of being a student!


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Email Michele Schofell

Michele Schofell

Operations Coordinator


In our ever-changing technology-rich world, I take pride in providing assistance to my colleagues and our students for new and continuing technologies. It is my goal to enhance and support the technological needs of the Academic Support Center and provide a seamless, efficient experience for everyone.

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