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Staff Biographies

The State University of New York
Office of General Counsel
H. Carl McCall SUNY Building
Albany, NY 12246
(518) 320-1400

The SUNY Office of General Counsel cannot provide legal advice to students or employees of the State University of New York on personal matters. If you have such questions, you should consult your personal counsel. Communications with office lawyers are protected by the privilege for attorney-client communications, and therefore are confidential, if they are made for the purpose of seeking legal advice on behalf of the University. Such communications can be revealed only to other university officials, on a need-to-know basis.

Unless otherwise noted, the General Counsel staff listed below can be reached at 518-320-1400.

A

Lisa A. Alexander
Chief Campus Counsel
Syracuse Office
Counsel: Upstate Medical University

William Arnold
Associate Counsel – Labor/Employment
Syracuse Office

B

Kelly M. Berger 
Chief Campus Counsel
College of Environmental Science & Forestry Office
Counsel: SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry

Susan Blum
Chief Campus Counsel
Stony Brook Office
Counsel: Stony Brook University Hospital/ Health Sciences Center/The Long Island State Veterans Home

Elizabeth Brooke
Paralegal
Stony Brook Office

Todd Burdick
Paralegal
Albany Office at University at Albany

C

Lisa S. Campo
Senior Paralegal
Albany System Office

Theresa Canino
Office Coordinator/Manager, Executive Assistant to Senior Managing Counsel 
Stony Brook Office

Linda Corby
Administrative Manager
Brooklyn Office

D

Anne Dotzler
Senior Campus Counsel
Syracuse Office
Counsel: Upstate Medical University - Labor

Martin Durkin
Senior Campus Counsel
Syracuse Office
Counsel: Upstate Medical University - Health

F

Annetta Frank
Administrative Assistant
Farmingdale Office

G

Geraldine Gauthier
Senior Counsel, Contracts
Albany System Office
Specialty Counsel: Contracts
Contract Specialist: SUNY Canton, SUNY Potsdam, Empire State College, System Administration

Cynthia Gonatas
Legal Assistant
Stony Brook Office

H

Heather Haglund
Senior Campus Counsel
Syracuse Office
Counsel: SUNY Upstate Medical University - Health

Adam Haney
Assistant Deputy General Counsel (Campuses)
Albany System Office
Counsel: SUNY Canton, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Delhi, Empire State College, SUNY Plattsburgh, Purchase College, and Rockefeller Institute

Kevin M. Hayden
Chief Campus Counsel
Binghamton Office
Counsel: Binghamton University

Kelly Hendricken
Associate Counsel
Albany System Office
Counsel: SUNY New Paltz and SUNY Potsdam

Caroline A. Hill
Senior Campus Counsel
Stony Brook Office
Counsel: Stony Brook University Hospital/ Health Sciences Center/The Long Island State Veterans Home

Eileen Holloway
Senior Campus Counsel
Buffalo Office
Counsel: University at Buffalo Academic Health Center - Health

I

Adeidra Irvin
Legal Operations Manager/Executive Assistant to the General Counsel
Albany System Office

J

James L. Jarvis
Chief Campus Counsel
Buffalo Office
Counsel: University at Buffalo

K

Cindy Knickerbocker
Assistant to the Associate Counsel
Binghamton Office

Kimberly S. Krzemien
Senior Paralegal
Buffalo Office

L

Christine M. La Place
Chief Campus Counsel
Farmingdale Office
Counsel: Farmingdale State College

Mark J. Lemire
Chief Campus Counsel
Albany Office at SUNY Polytechnic Institute
Counsel: SUNY Polytechnic Institute

Kelly Lester
Senior Campus Counsel
Albany System Office
Counsel: Alfred State, College at Brockport, University at Buffalo, SUNY Buffalo State College, SUNY Fredonia, and SUNY Geneseo - Contracts

M

Amanda Maleszweski
Chief Campus Counsel
Albany Office at University at Albany 
Counsel: University at Albany

Katie McCutcheon
Associate Counsel
Albany System Office

Tanisha McKnight
Assistant Deputy General Counsel (Legal Operations)
Albany System Office

Jeffrey A. Meyers
Senior Counsel
Albany System Office
Counsel: Old Westbury
Specialty Counsel: Real Estate & Contracts

K. Blaine Miller
Associate Counsel
Albany System Office
Specialty Counsel: Contracts

N

David Nida
Senior Campus Counsel
Stony Brook Office
Counsel: Stony Brook University Hospital; Health Sciences Center; The Long Island State Veterans Home

O

Beth Osborne
Administrative Assistant to the Deputy Counsel
Albany System Office

Kingsley Osei
Senior Campus Counsel
Brooklyn Office
Counsel: Downstate Health Sciences University - Contracts

P

Michael Pasternack
Senior Campus Counsel
Stony Brook Office
Counsel: Stony Brook University Hospital

Elaine Pelletier
Paralegal
Syracuse Office

Charles Pensabene
Associate Counsel
Albany System Office
Counsel: SUNY Cortland, SUNY Oswego, SUNY Morrisville, and SUNY Maritime College 

April Polikoff
Senior Campus Counsel
Stony Brook Office
Counsel: Stony Brook University/University Hospital/ Health Sciences Center/The Long Island State Veterans Home - Contracts

Christine Porcaro
Administrative Assistant
Albany Office at University at Albany

Elise Rosen Puzio
Associate Counsel
Albany Office at University at Albany
Counsel: University at Albany

R

Wendy Ravitz
Chief Campus Counsel
College of Optometry Office
Counsel: College of Optometry

Stephanie Rubino
Paralegal
Stony Brook Office

S

Cara Palumbo Schrantz
Assistant Deputy General Counsel (System), Special Liaison to the Office of Government Relations & Community Colleges, and University-wide Ethics Officer
Albany System Office
Counsel: SUNY Oneonta

Diaka Sylla
Legal Assistant
Syracuse Office

Suzanne V. Shane
Assistant Chief Campus Counsel
Stony Brook Office
Counsel: Stony Brook University Hospital/ Health Sciences Center/The Long Island State Veterans Home

John Sierotnik
Assistant Counsel
Syracuse Office
Counsel: Upstate Medical University

V

William Versfelt
Assistant Chief Campus Counsel
Brooklyn Office
Counsel: Downstate Health Sciences University

W

Jacquelyn R. Weisman
Senior Counsel
Stony Brook Office
Counsel: Stony Brook University Hospital/ Health Sciences Center/The Long Island State Veterans Home

Debra E. Williams
Administrative Staff Assistant
Syracuse Office

Raquel A. Williams
Senior Campus Counsel
Brooklyn Office
Counsel: Downstate Health Sciences University

Mishka Woodley
Assistant Counsel, Student Affairs
Albany System Office

Z

Lauren Zaccagnino
Senior Campus Counsel
Brooklyn Office
Counsel: SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University – Health

George Zimmermann
Senior Campus Counsel – Labor/Employment
Buffalo Office

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