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The NYS Student Success Center, hosted by SUNY, would like to announce the following 14 coaches completed the 2021 Spring Coaching Academy Cohort 2 program.

Coaching Academy Cohort 2 Coaches include:

  • Elizabeth Baxter, Program Director, Monroe Community College
  • Michele Campagna, Assistant Dean, Learning Initiatives & Student Success, Westchester Community College
  • Maarit Clay, Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives, SUNY Corning Community College
  • Mary Del Savio, Director, First Year Experience, SUNY Adirondack Community College Brigitte C. Desport, Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives, SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University
  • Evonne Hamler-Cadet, Associate & Community College Liaison, EOP, SUNY System Administration
  • Ronnie Hector, Executive Director, SUNY Bronx Educational Opportunity Center
  • Darrell Jachim-Moore, Associate Vice-President – Administrative Services, Monroe Community College
  • Marie Kropp, Assistant Director of Workforce & Career Development, SUNY Ulster
  • Angela L. Rios, Acting Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Dutchess Community College
  • James M Sunderhaft, Assistant Registrar, Mohawk Valley Community College
  • Gabrielle Thompson, Director of Access and Opportunity Programs, Jefferson Community College
  • Deborah S. Wolfson, College Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs, Suffolk County Community College
  • Kirk D. Young, Vice President of Student Affairs, Jamestown Community College

The coaches completed a rigorous semester professional development program and developed expertise to support SUNY Guided Pathways, Strong Start to Finish programs and other student success projects focused on equity and transformational change.

Special thanks to the Coaching Academy Leadership Team who were instrumental in the design, development and ongoing planning for the program. Members include: Dr. Michael Baston, President, Rockland Community College & Coaching Academy Leadership Team Chair; Wendy Beesley, Assistant Dean for Student Success, SUNY Ulster County Community College; Jennifer Miller, Executive Director, NYS Student Success Center; Carol Ross, Vice President for Student Affairs & Chief Diversity Officer, SUNY Broome Community College; Garry Sanders, SUNY SAIL Leadership Fellow & International Coaching Federation (ICF) Professional Certified Coach; Andrea Wade, Provost & Vice President for Academic Services, Monroe Community College and Dr. Lia Wetzstein, Executive Director, Community College Research Initiatives (CCRI) at the University of Washington and also served as our JFF Coaching Grant partner and advisor for the program.

Additionally, thanks to our peer mentor coaches including: Renee Dimino, Associate Professor and SUNY Guided Pathways Project Director, Monroe Community College; Michele Forte, Manager, Student Support, SUNY Online, SUNY System Administration and professor, SUNY Empire State; Patty Munsch, College Associate Dean for Student Engagement Assessment, Suffolk County Community College and Brenda White, Professor, Mathematics, SUNY Morrisville.

Coaches provide facilitation of change management principles, content expertise around specific coaching topics, and strategic support to guided pathways colleges, as well as other colleges focused on student success reforms. Colleges can engage coaches in short or long-term support of student success projects. If a college is interested in working with a coach, they should reach out to Jennifer Miller, Executive Director, at jennifer(dot)miller(at)suny(dot)edu for more information.

Support for the program was provided by support from the Jobs for the Future (JFF) Coaching Implementation Grant. The Coaching Academy expects to launch the third cohort in Spring 2022.

About the NYS Student Success Center Coaching Academy:

In 2019, the New York State Student Success Center (NYSSSC) launched the New York State Student Success Coaching Academy to provide a professional development & training program for college leaders to support student success reforms at campuses across the state.

By using effective coaching practices and project management strategies within a student success and guided pathways context, the Coaching Academy seeks to:

  • Develop confident, skilled, thought leader peer mentor and institute coaches;
  • Build substantive student success reform capacity, innovation and leadership across the state;
  • Support evidence-based strategies to support student success reforms at scale for all students;
  • Identify structural and cultural practices and policies that positively impact campus-based student success and support closing equity gaps.

For more information on the program, visit:


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