Student Affairs Advisory Board

About the Advisory Board

The Student Affairs Advisory Board is a team comprised of alumni, parents, business and industry partners, and K-12 educators who provide strategic input and feedback to the Vice President for Student Affairs on programs, services and activities that promote student life, enhance the student experience, and support student success at the University at Albany. 

Topics include but are not limited to student life, health and well-being, leadership, diversity, public engagement, career development, and national trends in higher education affecting the student experience. The Board may perform additional functions as agreed upon by the Vice President and the membership of the Board.

We ask all Board members to make the following commitment:

  • Foster a passion for Student Affairs’ programs, goals, accomplishments and challenges to enhance the UAlbany student experience

  • Enthusiastically advocate on behalf of the University and Student Affairs both in your community and at University events

  • Support the Student Life Fund at a leadership level annually as part of the 1844 Society

  • Cultivate additional support by identifying and encouraging others to invest in Student Affairs at UAlbany.

  • Attend one in-person meeting each September during Family Weekend and at least one additional virtual meeting each spring

  • Participate in at least one engagement opportunity annually

If you are interested in being considered to serve on the Student Affairs Advisory Board please contact Lisa Gonzalez at 518-437-4511 or [email protected].


2023-2024 Board Members

Jennifer Roman

Jennifer Roman ’08, ’10
Chair, 2023-2024
Madison, WI
Redesign Coordinator, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs


Jennifer A. Hepie

Jennifer A. Hepie '05
Vice Chair, 2023-2024
New York, NY
CEO, Cheer Lead Me


Glenda Bautista-Baker

Glenda Bautista-Baker ’98
Immediate Past Chair, 2022-2023
New York, NY
Senior Director, Product at Penske Media Corporation


Mahaliel H. Bethea II

Mahaliel H. Bethea II ’06
Bronx, NY
Director of My Brother’s Keeper & My Sister’s Keeper Initiatives, NYC Public Schools


Jaleesce Brown

Jaleesce Brown ’12
New Castle, DE
Director of Behavioral Health, Henrietta Johnson Medical Center


Peter Brusoe

Peter Brusoe ’03, ‘04
Washington, D.C.
Assistant Professor, SUNY Delhi


Gina Geffrard

Gina Geffrard ’10
Washington DC
Statistician, U.S. Census Bureau 


Maria Hetz Barnes

Maria Hetz Barnes ’14
Boston, MA
The Jed Foundation, Director of Higher Education Recruitment


Philip B. Kelly

Philip B. Kelly ’96, ’98
Albany, NY
Coastal Program Administrative Manager, The State of New York
Co-CEO, Plato’s Closet (Albany)


Stefanos Marcopoulos

Stefanos Marcopoulos ‘07, '08
Pompano Beach, FL
Vice President Global Risk & Compliance, American Express


Gregory Monte

Gregory Monte ’04, ’08
Brooklyn, NY
Social Studies Teacher, FDR High School


Mark Weprin

Mark Weprin ‘83
New York City
Vice President for Government Affairs, Invenergy LLC


Past Members

Matt Brooks ’02
Charlotte, NC

Joseph Grogan ‘94
Washington D.C.

Colin Gerner ’14, ’15
New York, NY

Josh Hewitt ’03, ’05
Apex, NC

Tania Petrina ’04
New York, NY

Sara Richburg, ‘98
New York City