UAlbany Forward Together

As UAlbany moves from crisis mode and dealing with minute-to-minute emergency management in terms of the public health risks associated with COVID-19, we must now plan strategically for the coming weeks and months. To address this next phase, UAlbany has launched UAlbany Forward Together (UFT), a new initiative tasked with building out and implementing planning scenarios for Fall 2020. This group is distinct from the COVID-19 Task Force which will remain in place and address issues related to COVID-19 and also stand ready if a resurgence of the virus were to impact our campus. 

The UFT Steering Committee will be the decision-making body, in consultation with the President, for issues such as the date to launch the adopted scenario, communications to be sent campus-wide, and other key planning functions. The decision-making process will be informed by the University's priorities of recruitment, retention, and student success with support from scholarships, marketing, advising, and program innovation. Under the Steering Committee (Provost Kim, Chair), there are four Work Groups comprised of administrators, faculty, staff, students, UUP campus leadership and University Senate representatives. The four Work Groups include: Academic Continuity (Interim Dean JoAnne Malatesta, Dean Kevin Williams, Co-Chairs), Administrative Support, (Vice President Todd Foreman, Chair) Student Life (Vice President Michael Christakis, Chair), and the COVID-19 Budget Group (Vice President Todd Foreman, Chair).  

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UTF Steering Committee

Chair, Carol Kim, Provost and Senior Vice President
Academic Affairs

Damilola Adesanya, President
Student Association

Mark Benson, Director
Athletics

Michael Christakis, Vice President
Student Affairs

James Dias, Vice President
Research

Todd Foreman, Vice President
Finance & Administration

Steven Galime, Associate Vice President and Chief of Staff
Academic Affairs

Jayson Kratoville, Interim Director
National Center for Security & Preparedness, CEHC

JoAnne Malatesta, Interim Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Studies
Academic Affairs

Tamra Minor, Assistant Vice President
Diversity and Inclusion

James Mower, Associate Professor 10 Months
Academic Affairs

Ajay Raghavendra, President
Graduate Student Association

Fardin Sanai, Vice President
University Advancement

Sheila Seery, Vice President
Government & Community Relations

Bruce Szelest, Chief of Staff
Office of the President

Tomoko Udo, Assistant Professor, Health Policy
School of Public Health

Kevin Williams, Vice Provost and Dean
The Graduate School

administrative
Administrative Support Work Group

Jeanette Altarriba, Interim Dean
College of Arts & Sciences

Mashaal Bhatti
Student

Kim Boyer, Dean
College of Engineering & Applied Sciences

Dylan Card
Graduate Student

Karen Chico Hurst, University Registrar
Registrar's Office

Sridar Chittur, Senior Research Associate
Center for Functional Genomics

Christine Doyle, Director
University Events

Laurie Garafola, Assistant Vice President
Student Affairs

John Giarrusso, Assistant Vice President
Facilities

JD Hyde, Deputy Chief of Staff
Office of the President

Jessica Lansing, Associate Registrar
Registrar's Office

Rabi Musah, Faculty Member
Chemistry

Mary Ellen Mallia, Director
Office of Sustainability

Leslie Moore, Associate Dir/Facilities
Athletics

Sandra Peterson, Administrative Assistant
Finance & Administration

Greta Petry, Writer/Editor
Communications & Marketing

Michelle Schifley, Senior Director
University Auxiliary Services

Denise Szelest, Director
Human Resources

Kevin Wilcox, Assistant Vice President
Office of Risk Compliance

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Academic Continuity Work Group

Co-Chair, JoAnne Malatesta, Interim Dean and Vice Provost
Undergraduate Education

Co-Chair, Kevin Williams, Vice Provost and Dean
The Graduate School

Bruce Szelest, Chief of Staff
Office of the President

Karen Chico Hurst, University Registrar
Registrar's Office

Richard Fogarty, Associate Professor
College of Arts & Sciences

Mary Gallant, Senior Associate Dean
School of Public Health

Robert Griffin, Dean
College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity

Jason Lane, Interim Dean
School of Education

Karl Rethemeyer, Dean
Rockefeller College

Peter Shea, Associate Provost
Online Learning and Teaching

Gilbert Valverde, Interim Vice Provost for CIEGS
Educational Policy and Leadership

Christine Wagner, Professor
College of Arts & Sciences

 

Sub Group for Graduate

Chair, Mary Gallant, Senior Associate Dean
School of Public Health

Soha Acosta, Senior Staff Assistant
The Graduate School

Susan Appe, Assistant Professor
Rockefeller College

Rita Biswas, Associate Professor
School of Business

Alexander Dawson, Associate Professor
College of Arts & Sciences

Cheryl Dozier, Associate Professor
School of Education

Sydney Faught, Records & Enrollment Specialist
Registrar's Office

Leslie Halpern, Associate Professor
College of Arts & Sciences

Oleg Lunin, Associate Professor
College of Arts & Sciences

Randy Moulic, Professor
College of Engineering & Applied Sciences

Dana Peterson, Associate Professor
School of Criminal Justice

Ajay Raghavendra, President
Graduate Student Association

Latonia Spencer, Director
Student Accounts

Paul Stasi, Associate Professor
UUP VP Academics

Lynn Warner, Dean
School of Social Welfare

 

Sub Group for Undergraduate

ChairRichard Fogarty, Associate Professor
College of Arts & Sciences

Rukshanna Ahmed, Associate Professor
College of Arts & Sciences

Victor Asal, Professor
Rockefeller College

Dennis Caplan, Associate Professor
School of Business

Keith Earle, Associate Professor
College of Arts & Sciences

Alex Greer, Assistant Professor
College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity

Linda Krzykowski, Associate Dean
Undergraduate Education

Steve Kudzin, Director
Financial Aid

Rachel Moody, Staff Associate
International Education

Ariel Nunez
Student Representative

Melissa Powers, Associate Registrar
Registrar's Office

Annette Richie, Staff Associate
College of Arts & Sciences

Gary Saulnier, Professor
College of Engineering & Applied Sciences

Stephany Silos
Student Representative

Kristen Swaney, Director
Advisement

Robert Yagelski, Professor
Writing & Critical Inquiry/School of Education

 

Sub Group for Research

ChairChristine Wagner, Professor
College of Arts & Sciences

Thomas Begley, Professor
College of Arts & Sciences/RNA Institute

Deborah Bernnard, Associate Librarian
Libraries

Zakhar Berkovich, Associate Professor
UUP Rep

Jesse Ernst, Associate Professor
College of Arts & Sciences

Janine Jurkowski, Professor
School of Public Health

Satyendra Kumar, Associate Vice President
Research

Siwei Lyu, Associate Professor
College of Engineering & Applied Sciences

Ryan Torn, Professor
College of Arts & Sciences

 

Sub Group for OTL/ITS/ITLAL

ChairPeter Shea, Professor
Online Learning and Teaching

Ashley DeSantis, Assistant Registrar
Registrar's Office

Susanna Fessler, Professor
College of Arts & Sciences

Billie Franchini, Staff Associate
ITLAL

Debra Gelinas, Senior Staff Associate
Experiential Learning

Carol Ann Germain
College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity

Virginia Goatley, Professor
School of Education

Jennifer Goodall, Assistant Dean
College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity

Sheila Mahan, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs
Provost Office

Christopher Moore, Senior Staff Associate
ITS

Edmund Stazyk, Associate Professor
Rockefeller College

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Student Life Work Group

Chair, Michael Christakis, Vice President
Student Affairs

Vice Chair, Mark Benson, Director
Athletics

Pamela Alexander, Associate Director
Student Activities

Holly Barker-Flynn, Director
Orientation & Transition Programs

Graciela Desemone, Director of Student Health Services
Student Health Services

Edward Engelbride, Associate Vice President
Student Affairs

Emily Feuer, Assistant Director
Student Affairs Assessment and Planning

Laurie Garafola, Assistant Vice President
Student Affairs

Stephen Kudzin, Director
Financial Aid

Deborah LaFond, Chair; Subject Librarian
University Life Council; University Libraries

Clay McNeill, Assistant Vice President, Dean of Students
Student Affairs

Alice Oldfather, Assistant to the President/Strategic Communications
Office of the President

Steve Pearse, Executive Director
United Auxillary Service (UAS)

Carol Perrin, Director
Residential Life

Cindy Riggi, Assistant Vice President
Student Affairs

Estela Rivero, Director 
Counseling and Psychological Services

Brian Stephenson, Senior Staff Assistant
Dean of Students

 

Sub Group for Student Health & Wellbeing

ChairGraciela Desemone, Director of Student Health Services
Student Health Services

Vice ChairBrian Stephenson, Senior Staff Assistant
Dean of Students

Support, Judy Squadere, Director of Operations
Health & Counseling

Martha Asselin, Staff Associate
Leadership & Service

Vanessa Borum, Academic Advisor
Academic Support Center

Dolores Cimini, Director
Behavioral Health Promotion

Sally D'Allesandro, Assistant Dean of Students
Student Affairs

Joyce Dewitt-Parker, Clinical Director
Counseling & Psychological Services

Christy Jerome, Records & Enrollment Specialist
Registrar's Office

Michael Jaromin, Executive Director
Student Involvement

Shanise Kent, Assistant Dean
The Graduate School

Ekow King, Director
Intercultural Student Engagement

Giza Lopes, Senior Staff Associate
School of Criminal Justice

Mary McCarthy, Lecturer
Advocacy Center

Jillian Mertzlufft, Senior Staff Assistant
Campus Recreation

Robert Miller, Associate Professor
School of Social Welfare

Caitlin Reid, Assistant Dean
School of Public Health

Luke Rumsey, Senior Staff Assistant
Dean of Students

Patricia Tierney, Senior International Student Coordinator
Center for International Education & Global Strategy

Sarah Wilkins, Senior Financial Aid Advisor
Financial Aid

 

Sub Group for Orientation & Welcome Planning

ChairHolly Barker-Flynn, Director
Orientation & Transition Programs

Vice ChairPamela Alexander, Associate Director
Student Activities

Support, Raymond Webb, Associate
Student Activities

Zakar Berkovich, Director of Undergrad Student Services
Rockefeller College

UUP Chapter Secretary

Anita Bernardi, Community Relations Associate
Enrollment Marketing

Christine Binney, Associate Director
University Events

Jameelee Ford, Assistant Director of College Housing
Residential Life

Michael Geroux, Academic Advisor
Academic Support Center

Shelby Giaccarini, Assistant Registrar
Registrar's Office

Lisa Gonzalez, Associate Director of Annual Giving
Advancement

Anne Hildreth, Associate Professor
Rockefeller College

Linda Krzykowski, Assistant Dean
Undergraduate Education

Amanda Lowe, Senior Assistant Librarian
Libraries  

Carolyn Malloch, Director Special Student Programs
Disability Resource Center

Michelly Pena, Senior Staff Assistant
Dean of Students

Brendon Phillips, Social Media Specialist
Communications & Marketing

Damira Pon, Academic Coordinator
School of Business

Patrick Romain, Senior Academic Advisor
Educational Opportunity Program

Meryl Schwalb, Associate for University Systems Analysis
Financial Aid

Cheryl Simmons, Senior Staff Assistant
Leadership & Service

Noah Simon, Director
Career and Professional Development

Christine Smith, Assistant Dean, Professional Studies
School of Education

Vivian Wilson-Hwang, Senior Counselor
Counseling & Psychological Services

 

Sub Group for Enrollment Management

ChairEdward Engelbride, Associate Vice President
Student Affairs

Vice ChairStephen Kudzin, Director
Financial Aid

Support, Elizabeth Conrad, Associate Director
Enrollment Management

Jane Champagne, Associate Director of Admissions
The Graduate School

Suraj Commuri, Associate Dean
School of Business

Ashley DelSignore, Sr. Manager, Content Marketing and Strategy
Communications & Marketing

John Donoghue, Senior Academic Advisor
Office of Undergrad Education

Tyler Lowell, University Data Base Administrator
Enrollment Management

Michael McKeon, Director of Admissions
Enrollment Management

Beth Novak, Communications Manager
Enrollment Marketing

Todd Schnitzer, Senior Academic Advisor
College of Engineering & Applied Sciences

Latonia Spencer, Director
Student Accounts

Renee Wallingford, Assistant Dean
Rockefeller College

Meghan Wilkinson, Senior Staff Assistant
Enrollment Management

 

Sub Group for Residential and Student Life

ChairCarol Perrin, Director
Residential Life

Vice ChairSteve Pearse, Executive Director
United Auxillary Service (UAS)

Support, Brittany Bookman, Assistant Director of College Housing
Residential Life

Sam Axley, Director
Campus Recreation

Michelle Bowen, Senior Director Marketing and Communication
University Auxilary Services

William Brooking, Senior Financial Aid Advisor
Financial Aid

Paul Burlingame, Deputy Chief of Police
University Police Department (UPD)

Chevy Chushnie
Student

Stephen Conard, Emergency Management Coordinator
Risk Management

Jason D’Cruz, Associate Professor
College of Arts & Sciences

Diana Delp, Senior Staff Associate
Facilities

Kevin D'Onofrio, SDX Resident DM
Sodexo

Lisa Donohue, Director Environmental Health and Safety
Facilities

Bill Dosch, Director of Physical Plant
Facilities

Tuuli Edwards, Senior Budget Analyst
Financial Management and Budget

Michael Elliot, Director
International Student and Scholar Services

David Ferris, Central Plant Operations Manager
Facilities

Laurie Garafola, Assistant Vice President
Student Affairs

John Giarrusso, Assistant Vice President
Facilities

Leandra Harris, Associate Director
Residential Life

Mark Hughes, Director of Accounting Programs
School of Business

Karla Jaime-Benitez, Director of Student Union
Campus Center

Jason Jones, Director
Parking & Mass Transit

Jayson Kratoville, Interim Director
National Center for Security & Preparedness, CEHC

Anil Mangal, Associate Director of Operatioins
Facilities

Leslie Moore, Associate Director
Athletics

Joseph Murphy, Academic Advisor
Academic Support Center

Charles Rogers, Interim Associate Dean of Students
Student Affairs

MO Schifley, Senior Director
University Auxilary Services

Jonathan St. Clair, Director
Risk Management

Carol Stenger, Director
Advocacy Center

Daniel Townsend, Assistant Director of College Housing
Residential Life

Teniell Trolian, Assistant Professor
School of Education

Roxanne Welch, Senior Dining & Contract Operations
United Auxillary Service (UAS)

Kevin Wilcox, Assistant Vice President
Risk Management

budget
COVID-19 Budget Group

Chair, Gerard Marino, Controller
Finance & Administration

Nicholas Chin
Undergraduate Student

Abdoullah Goudiaby
Undergraduate Student

William Hedberg, Senior Vice Provost
Academic Affairs

Janell Hobson, Professor and Chair
Women's Gender and Sexuality

Paula Kaloyeros, Assistant Vice President
Sponsored Programs Administration

Marlena McNamee, Director of Operations
Advancement

Alfredo Medina, Executive Director
Office for Public Engagement

Rebecca Mugridge, Dean
University Libraries

Penny Ng, Manager of Finance & Ops (SOE)
UUP Asst Vice President for Professionals

Sandra Peterson, Administrative Assistant
Finance & Adminstration

Ajay Raghavendra, President
Graduate Student Association

Karin Reinhold, Associate Professor
Mathematics and Statistics

Cindy Riggi, Assistant Vice President
Student Affairs

Nilanjan Sen, Dean
School of Business

Denise Szelest, Director
Human Resources

Alisa Tyson, Director
State Accounting

Travis Wilson, Associate Director for Business
Athletics