MVCC announces several new hires, promotions

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UTICA — Mohawk Valley Community College has announced several new appointments, employee title changes, and promotions as approved by the board of trustees.

Alexandra Almanzar Rivera has transitioned to assistant registrar and will assist the director of student records and registration/registrar in the administration of the office and registration while maintaining student academic records as required by law. She has been with the college since 2018.

Sara Bessette has been appointed to licensed mental health practitioner and will provide counseling, mentoring, and coaching services, as well as personal and educational counseling for individual students. She also will be responsible for the evaluation of mental health and related cases. She may provide short-term intervention or provide referrals to community agencies.

Gabrielle Coffey was appointed women’s basketball head coach/athletic specialist. She previously worked as director of school counseling and head varsity girls basketball coach at Notre Dame schools in Utica; head women’s basketball coach at Herkimer College; head women’s basketball coach and disability services specialist at Finger Lakes Community College; and assistant women’s basketball coach at the University of Rochester.

Colleen Cornmire has been named administrator emerita in recognition of her many years of service.

Dominic DiMaggio has transitioned to director of athletics and will be responsible for providing innovative vision and strategic planning, collaborative leadership, and administration for MVCC’s athletic programs in coordination with the dean of athletics. DiMaggio has been with the college since 2017 as head coach for men’s soccer and athletic specialist.

James Dixon was appointed to the grant-funded position of YouthBuild case manager and will provide counseling, advocacy, and guidance to program members to assist them with their academic, personal, legal, and social service needs, especially those that interfere with their goals. He also will help them build leadership skills and serve as the lead staff member to refer students to community services.

James Fiore has been named professor emeritus in recognition of his many years of service.

• Andrew Glidden has been named professor emeritus in recognition of his many years of outstanding service.

• Michael Grider has transitioned to veteran education coordinator and will be responsible for the oversight, planning, and programming of veteran services. Grider has been working at MVCC since 2019 as a YouthBuild case manager.

• Cymil Hamilton has transitioned to Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP) coordinator. She will be responsible for the daily oversight of STEP, track and process STEP budget transactions, prepare promotional materials, and maintain an updated web presence. She also will chair the STEP Advisory Board and recruit students. Hamilton previously served the college as a STEP program specialist.

• Denicqua Holmes has transitioned to Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) Program specialist and will provide direct services to CSTEP students and assist the director in the development, implementation, and evaluation of the program. Holmes has been with the college since 2019 as a part-time community research specialist.

• Edvina Ikeljic has been appointed admissions counselor and will be responsible for recruiting students to achieve college enrollment objectives by working with high school counselors, participating in information programs, and assisting students in the selection of educational programs.

Christopher Johnston was appointed airframe and powerplant instructor in the School of STEM. Johnston was a teacher’s aide, adjunct instructor, and hangar coordinator at MVCC from 2009 until 2019, and spent more than 20 years as a senior assembler for Lockheed Martin RMS.

• Joseph Kinney has transitioned to technical assistant - life and physical sciences in the School of STEM and will provide skilled assistance to faculty, professional, and administrative staff. Kinney has been an adjunct instructor at the college since 2018.

Matthew Krush was appointed to assistant registrar and will assist the director of student records and registration/registrar in the administration of the office and registration while maintaining student academic records as required by law.

• Todd Kubica has transitioned to director of College Pipeline Programs, a new position at the college in which he will be responsible for administration and oversight of externally funded federal education grants, including TRIO-Upward Bound, GEAR UP, and STEP. He will plan and implement programs, supervise staff, develop and manage budgets, plan curricula, assist with grant applications, and handle federal and state reports. Kubica has been with the college since 2007 as the director of TRIO-Upward Bound and GEAR UP.

 Colton Lucas was appointed peace officer and will have the powers set forth in Section 2.20 of the Criminal Procedure Law.

• Maureen McCleary has been named associate professor emerita in recognition of her many years of service.

• Senad Memisevic was appointed peace officer and will have the powers set forth in Section 2.20 of the Criminal Procedure Law.

Marie Miknavich has transitioned to dean of institutional research and will provide leadership for the Office of Institutional Research in fulfilling its responsibility for coordinating compliance efforts as well as data gathering management, assessment, and analysis to inform planning and decision-making and improve overall organizational performance at the college. Miknavich has been with MVCC since 2016 as director of institutional research and analysis.

• Brian Molinaro has been named distinguished retiree in recognition of his many years of outstanding service.

 James Myers has been named distinguished retiree in recognition of his many years of outstanding service.

• Anne Nolan has transitioned to director of compliance in the Office of Institutional Research and will provide collaborative leadership to ensure the college meets all external data/information compliance requirements for institutional-level reporting, including accreditation, grants, human resources, finance, and institutional research. Nolan has been with the college since 2017.

Sharon Rogge was appointed data analytics and visualization specialist in the Office of Institutional Research and will assist the director with institutional effectiveness and other assessment processes, including enrollment management, post-graduation outcomes, and other analysis.

• Bedour Soliman was appointed programmer in the Information Technology Department and will provide assistance with daily programming tasks, writing reports, and troubleshooting. Soliman began working at MVCC as a student assistant and after graduation, she served as a part-time professional for the college’s GenCyber Camp and a part-time Help Desk assistant.

• Sharmayne VanDyke was appointed YouthBuild program specialist and will provide ongoing counseling support, advocacy, and guidance to program participants to assist them with academic, personal, legal, and social service needs, especially those that interfere with their goals.

For more information about career opportunities at MVCC, go online to mvcc.edu.

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