Staff Bios

Michael Jaromin

Executive Director of Student Involvement

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

Director, Student Activities

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, Student Activities

Jennifer joined the Office of Student Involvement in 1998, and has had the opportunity to support student involvement in a variety of roles during that time, including campus programming, student organization advisement, and event management.  In her current role Jennifer is focused on campus life initiatives including student involvement alumni support, staff development, event management efforts, and overseeing the campus traditions of Welcome Candlelighting Ceremony and Torch Night.  A proud alumna, Jennifer received her bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University at Albany.  Prior to joining Student Involvement, Jennifer worked for Alumni Affairs at Albany Law School, and the Office of Community Relations and the Office of Orientation at the University at Albany.

Beth Conrad

Associate Director, Center for Leadership and Service

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 skier.

Arleny Alvarez-Peña

Assistant Director, Fraternity & Sorority Life

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, Student Activities

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, Student Involvement

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

Secretary, Student Involvement

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.”

Hairat Ajose

Graduate Assistant, Fraternity & Sorority Life

Hairat is a class of 2016 alumna with a bachelor of arts degree in criminal justice and communications. While in her undergraduate years, Hairat has worked with numerous campus offices including Residential Life and Campus Center Management to promote leadership and service among students. A sister of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. since the spring of 2015 she is now obtaining her master’s degree in international affairs with a goal of working for The United Nations.


Taariq Jones

Graduate Assistant for Programming

My name is Taariq Jones, originally from Kingston, NY. I attended the University at Albany on a full athletic scholarship for the men's track and field program. I earned many athletic awards and was a 8x conference champion and USA national qualifier. While attending the school, I was also a member of the EOP program, where I achieved academic success. The program pushed me to strive for greatness, ultimately leading me to apply for graduate school. Currently I'm a full-time graduate student pursuing a master's in business administration.

A few things I like to do when I have free time is work out, share stories about life with friends, and listen to music. I love the old-school '70s-'80s music my mom plays. My favorite food is baked mac and cheese. I'm also a very passionate Patriots (football team) fan.

Vanessa Salamy

Graduate Assistant for Events

Vanessa graduated in Fall 2016 with a bachelors in communication with minors in business and education from UAlbany.  As a member of several student organizations on campus and having worked in various capacities across campus, she is excited to begin her studies with the Educational Administration and Leadership master's program.

Raymond Webb

Graduate Assistant for Student Government, Office of Student Activities

Ray is from Farmingdale, Long Island, NY. He is a proud alumnus of the University at Albany, earning a Bachelor of Arts majoring in political science.  He is now a graduate student studying education administration and policy at UAlbany.

Ray is excited to be a part of the Student Involvement team as a Graduate Assistant. After serving in the Student Association for 3 years and most recently as Chair of the student senate, Ray hopes to bring his knowledge and expertise to aid the Student Association, Graduate Student Association, and our great student groups on campus. These organizations are a big part of the community spirit on campus, and Ray's top priority is making sure they are on track for a successful and fun year!

On his off time, Ray enjoys reading about history and politics, trying new food, and spending time with his friends made here at UAlbany. Go Danes!