Lizette Alvarado

Lizette Alvarado

Associate Director, International Education/Programs, SUNY Oswego

Lizette Alvarado currently serves as Associate Director of the SUNY Oswego Office of International Education and Programs where she oversees and supervises projects related to recruiting and promoting study abroad to students at SUNY Oswego, including study abroad fairs, class/residence hall presentations, etc.  Lizette Alvarado holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Spanish from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Cortland and a Master of Arts in Anthropology from SUNY Buffalo. In the Fall semester of 1990, Ms. Alvarado served as an Exchange Student for the University of Puerto Rico and conducted anthropology fieldwork in the summer semester of 1993 and 2000 in Yucatan and Quintana Roo, Mexico. 

Meylin Andares

Meylin Andares

Director of Enrollment Management and Student Success, SUNY System (Albany)

Meylin Andares is the Director of Enrollment And Student Success, responsible for creating new strategic initiatives to help targeted populations including but not limited to African-American males, transfers and first-generation low-income students.  Ms. Andares holds a Bachelor of Arts, Latin American and Caribbean Studies and a Master of Arts in Social Studies from SUNY Albany and a Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration from the University of Stonybrook.  Meylin received a letter of recommendation from Board Chair, H. Carl McCall.

Maria Boada

Maria Boada

Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Dutchess Community College

Maria Boada is Associate Dean of Academic Affairs of Dutchess Community College where she works with the Provost, Dean of Academic Affairs and other Associate Deans to supervise instructional support services for the college, assisting the Dean of Academic Affairs to coordinate faculty searches as well as the promotion and tenure process.  Maria also serves on the Administrative Staff Council, Department Affairs Council, Program Chairs Council and other committees as assigned.  Maria Boada holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics from the Universidad de Oriente, Venezuela and a Master of Science in Physics from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH.  Additionally, Maria is in the process of earning her Doctorate in Executive Leadership, expected in May of 2019.

Antonia Custodio

Antonia Custodio

Associate Director, Downtown Operations, Monroe Community College

Antonia Custodio describes herself as a strong effective visionary leader with 10 years campus operational experience overseeing facilities and housekeeping and 25 years’ experience working in a multi-cultural and diverse environment.  Antonia currently is the Associate Director of Campus Operations for Monroe Community College in Rochester, NY.  Ms. Custodio holds an Associate Degree in Liberal Arts from Monroe Community College, Bachelor of Science in Organization Management and Master of Science in Strategic Leadership from Roberts Wesleyan.

Karen Ferrer-Muniz

Karen Ferrer-Muniz

Dean of Retention and Instructional Support, Academic Affairs, Hudson Valley Community College

Karen Ferrer-Muniz is Dean of Retention and Instructional Support and Academic Affairs for Hudson Valley Community College.  In this capacity, Karen’s responsibilities include advisement, developmental learning, instructional support services and retention.  Karen possesses a solid record of accomplishment, combining both areas of academic and student affairs to promote student success and retention.  Dean Ferrer-Muniz holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Puerto Rico, Master of Arts in Latin American and Caribbean Studies and is a PhD candidate/ABD.

Oscar Gomez-Duarte

Oscar Gomez-Duarte

Associate Professor, Pediatrics, University at Buffalo

Dr. Oscar Gomez-Duarte completed his undergraduate education in 1979 earning a Bachelor in Science from Camilo Torres National College in Bogota Colombia.  Dr. Gomez-Duarte leads SUNY University at Buffalo’s efforts of conducting excellence in infectious diseases research, patient care and teaching. 

Lisa Gonzalez

Lisa Gonzalez

Associate Director for Annual Giving University at Albany

Lisa Gonzalez is a fundraising professional currently working as the Associate Director for Annual Giving at the University at Albany.  During her career at UAlbany, Lisa has worked in an academic unit, development research, advancement operations, major giving and corporate and foundation relations.  She manages annual and leadership giving programs for special constituencies, as well as the UAlbany Fund Call Center.  Lisa holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public and Criminal Justice from SUNY Oswego and Master of Arts in Criminal Justice from the University at Albany.

Hector Graciano

Hector Graciano

Associate Dean of Adjunct Services, Professional Development, and Online Education, Westchester Community College

Hector Graciano, is the Associate Dean of Adjunct Services, Professional Development and Online Education for Westchester Community College.  In this capacity, Mr. Graciano develops initiatives to advance professional development, oversees the recruitment and hiring practices for adjunct faculty, collaborate with faculty to develop procedures and guidelines for online education courses and assist with the development and implementation of college-wide training initiatives for assessment, academic scheduling, applicant tracking systems and data analyses.  Hector possesses a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature/Rhetoric from and Latin American Studies SUNY, Binghamton as well as a Master in Arts in Instructional Technology and Media from Teachers College – Columbia University.

Claudia Hernandez Tarquino

Claudia Hernandez Tarquino

Education Abroad and Financial Manager SUNY System (Albany)

Claudia Hernandez Tarquino is the Education Abroad and Financial Manager for the Office of Global Affairs (OGA) at SUNY System Administration. In this capacity, she serves as a liaison between SUNY System Administration and the offices of International Education at each SUNY campus regarding policies, procedures and financial issues related to education abroad.  She is responsible for the review and approval of all SUNY education abroad programs and data collection on student participation for those programs.  As the Financial Manager, she administers the OGA budget and serves as a liaison to the Research Foundation’s Office of Sponsor Programs as the global affairs grant manager.  Claudia joined OGA in 2004, following eight years of a successful career as a lawyer in Colombia. Claudia earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations with a concentration in Latin America from SUNY New Paltz; a Graduate degree in Finance from the Universidad del Rosario, School of Economics, Bogota, Colombia; and a JD from the Universidad Externado de Colombia, School of Law, Bogota, Colombia.

Tibisay Hernandez

Tibisay Hernandez

Assistant Director for Employer Relations University at Albany

As Assistant Director for Employer Relations for the University at Albany, Tibisay hires, trains and supervises student staff member, generates all marketing materials for Employer Relations team programming and coordinates the Fall and Spring semester job and internship fairs, on campus interviews and all employer related programming efforts.  Tibisay earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from SUNY at Albany; Master of Science in Curriculum Development and Instructional Tech and is a PhD Candidate in Education, Theory and Practice Program, SUNY Albany.

L. Sebastian Purcell

L. Sebastian Purcell

PhD, Associate Professor, Philosophy, SUNY Cortland

Dr.  Sebastian Purcell is an award-winning researcher in Latin American philosophy, ethics and logic.  Beyond his professional research, Dr. Purcell uses his training in analytical techniques to make a positive on the world.  Dr. Purcell advocates on behalf of marginalized groups and has received grant funding to support local non-profit organizations in education endeavors.  Sebastian earned a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from The University of Dallas; a Master of Arts and PhD in Philosophy from Boston College. 

Justin Read

Justin Read

Chair/Associate Professor, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures University at Buffalo

In his capacity as department chair of the Romance Languages and Literatures Department of the University at Buffalo, Dr. Read proved his leadership potential by bringing the department faculty together and developing a coherent and innovative plan for the department’s future.  Dr. Read holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Latin American Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, Master of Arts in Comparative Literature, University of Michigan and Doctorate in Comparative Literature, University of Michigan.

Christopher Torres

Christopher Torres

Assistant Professor, Exercise Science, SUNY Potsdam

Dr. Torres is an experienced Assistant Professor with a demonstrated history of working in higher education.  Dr. Torres is skilled in instructional design, academic writing, student development science and statistics.  He is a strong research professional with a Doctor of Philosophy focused in Exercise and Physical Activity Behavior from Ohio State University.

Denise Valdes

Denise Valdes

Associate Professor/ESOL Coordinator Onondaga Community College

Denise Valdes serves as Associate Professor and ESOL Coordinator for Onondaga Community College.  Denise holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and English as a Second Language, Utica College as well as Master of Arts in Linguistics with a concentration in Language, Culture and Society from Syracuse University.  A Master of Philosophy with a concentration in Composition and Cultural Rhetoric is in progress also with Syracuse University.