Staff Biographies

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

Hannah Alvarez
Paralegal WestCam
Western Campuses Office

B

Faith Beckmann
Paralegal
Binghamton Office

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

Jarrid Blades
Senior Counsel
Albany System Office
Counsel: SUNY Canton, SUNY Plattsburgh, SUNY Potsdam

Kishena Bruno
Paralegal
Charter Schools Office

Todd Burdick
Paralegal
Albany Office at University at Albany

Erika Bush
Paralegal
Stony Brook Office

C

Lisa S. Campo
Senior Paralegal
Albany System Office

Theresa Canino
Office Coordinator/Manager, Executive Assistant to Chief Campus Counsel
Stony Brook Office

Cassandra Carudo
Legal Fellow
Albany System Office

Bess Chiu
Deputy General Counsel and Chief of Staff
Albany System Office

Marina Chu
Assistant Counsel
Albany System Office
Specialty Counsel: Contracts

Jennifer Church
Assistant Campus Counsel
Binghamton Office
Counsel: Binghamton University

Linda Corby
Administrative Manager
Brooklyn Office

Michael Cusack
Managing Counsel for Contracts
Albany System Office

D

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

Martin Durkin
Chief Campus Counsel
Syracuse Office
Counsel: Upstate Medical University

F

Rachael Franco
Paralegal
Stony Brook Office

Annetta Frank
Administrative Assistant
Farmingdale Office

G

Carrie Gee
Chief Counsel, Charter Schools
Charter Schools Office

Cynthia Gonatas
Legal Assistant
Stony Brook Office

Cat Graziose 
Assistant Counsel
Albany System Office
Counsel: SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Delhi, SUNY Morrisville

H

Hannah Hyde Hage
Assistant Counsel
Albany System Office
Specialty Counsel: Contracts

Adam Haney
Deputy General Counsel
Albany System Office

Peter Harrington
Senior Counsel
Albany System Office
Counsel: SUNY Oswego, SUNY Poly

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

Kelly Hendricken
Managing Counsel for Student Affairs
Albany System Office

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

Stephanie Hymowitz
Legal Assistant
Stony Brook Office

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

Christian P. Jones
Senior Campus Counsel
Syracuse Office  
Counsel: Upstate Medical University - Labor/Employment

Mairead Jones-Kennelly
Senior Counsel
Albany System Office  
Counsel: SUNY Maritime, Purchase College

K

Kristin Klein Wheaton
Chief Campus Counsel (WestCam)
Western Campuses Office  
Counsel: Alfred State, Brockport, Buffalo State University, Fredonia, and Geneseo

Kimberly S. Krzemien
Senior Paralegal
Buffalo Office

L

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

Martin Levine
Senior Counsel
Albany System Office
Counsel: SUNY Cortland, SUNY New Paltz, SUNY Oneonta

Kapil Longani
Senior Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs & General Counsel
Albany System Office

M

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

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

Alexandra Monson
Assistant Counsel
Charter Schools Office

Kelly Mooney Lester
Senior Campus Counsel
Western Campuses Office
Counsel: Alfred State, SUNY Brockport, Buffalo State University, SUNY Fredonia, and SUNY Geneseo - Contracts

Steven Mosenson
Chief Campus Counsel
SUNY Empire Office 
Counsel: Empire State University

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Jasmine Narang
Assistant Campus Counsel
Brooklyn Office
Specialty Counsel: Downstate Health Sciences University

Brendan Neill
Associate Campus Counsel
Buffalo Office
Specialty Counsel: University at Buffalo - Contracts

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

Rebecca Novick
Staff Attorney
Albany System Office 
Special Counsel: Student Affairs

O

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

P

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

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

Erica Pritchard
Managing Counsel for Litigation and Labor
Albany System Office

Christine Porcaro
Administrative Assistant
Albany Office at University at Albany

Elise Rosen Puzio
Managing Counsel for General Affairs and Intellectual Property
Albany System Office

R

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

S

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

Diaka Sylla
Paralegal
Syracuse Office

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

John Sierotnik
Associate Campus Counsel
Syracuse Office
Counsel: Upstate Medical University

Nihla Sikkander
Assistant Counsel
Albany System Office  
Specialty Counsel: Litigation/Labor

Juliana Spano
Assistant Campus Counsel
Stony Brook Office
Counsel: Stony Brook University/Stony Brook University Hospital/Health Sciences Center/The Long Island State Veterans Home - Labor/Employment

T

Robert Tietjen
Senior Counsel
Albany System Office  
Specialty Counsel: Litigation/Labor

V

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

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Kelsey Wagner
Assistant Campus Counsel
Syracuse Office  
Counsel: SUNY Upstate Medical University - Health

Jacquelyn R. Weisman
Senior Campus Counsel
Stony Brook Office
Counsel: Stony Brook University/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
Associate Counsel
Albany System Office

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Dalia Yousif
Legal Operations Manager
Albany System Office

Z

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

George Zimmermann
Senior Campus Counsel
Buffalo Office
Counsel: University at Buffalo Academic Health Center - Labor/Employment

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