SGAA Leadership

Executive Committee

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Heather Hoffman Maldonado ’95, President

“I am excited to serve in a leadership role with the SGAA because I want to give back to my alma mater in a meaningful way. Geneseo provided me with countless opportunities and experiences that broadened my mind and skills—I want to play a part in the college's continued ability to offer those types of moments to future generations of students. Public liberal arts colleges of Geneseo's caliber are rare and special places, and I hope my work with the SGAA will provide me with additional chances to champion Geneseo's excellence.”

  • Major: Political Science with Women's Studies (Public Relations and Philosophy minors)
  • Employment: Vice President for Student Development, Keuka College, Keuka Park, NY
  • Residence: Keuka Park, NY
  • Geneseo Volunteer Involvement: SUNY Geneseo Alumni Association Interim Annual Fund Committee Chair; 1995 Class Leadership Chair; 1871 Leadership Society.

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Doug Dickman ’89, Vice President

“I am excited to be a part of the SGAA Board because I have really enjoyed my previous engagements with the college, and I want to continue to support the college with the talents I bring. I believe in the mission of Geneseo and want to ensure its continued success for current and future alumni in any way I can."

  • Major: Business/Management Information Systems
  • Employment: Volunteer, Rochester Museum and Science Center, Foodlink, Lollypop Farm, Meals on Wheels; retired from Eastman Kodak after 25 years of service followed by two years as a small business owner.
  • Residence: Brighton, NY
  • Geneseo Volunteer Involvement: 1871 Leadership Society; Geneseo Scholarship Committee; former member of the Geneseo Alumni Association Board (treasurer and nominations committee); GOLD workshop presenter.

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Marissa Lewis ’10, Secretary

"As a member of the SGAA, I am excited to help connect current and future Geneseo alumni in fun and meaningful ways."

  • Major: Accounting
  • Employment: Manager of Finance and Accounting, Constellation Brands, Inc., Rochester, NY
  • Residence: Rochester, NY
  • Geneseo Volunteer Involvement: Former member of the Geneseo Alumni Association (audit committee); Parents' Weekend volunteer; Etiquette Dinner volunteer; Life-after-college panel participant. 

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Stephanie Brown ’04, Chair of the Committee on Affinity Chapters

“I am excited to be on the SGAA Board, not only as alumnae of The Agonian Sorority but to represent Greek Life as a whole, as well as all alumni from my generation. I believe the college is on the verge of an exciting period of growth and advancement. As alumni, our input during this time will be crucial to the continued success of SUNY Geneseo and I am honored to be a part of it."

  • Major: Psychology (Biology minor)
  • Employment: Chiropractor at Elevate Chiropractic in Rochester and Chili, NY
  • Residence: Chili, NY
  • Geneseo Volunteer Involvement: President of Alpha Kappa Phi, Inc. since 2005; Inducted into SUNY Geneseo Greek Hall of Fame in 2011 - youngest inductee ever.

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Brock A. Buffum ’02, Regional Chapter Member

“I am honored to be a part of the SGAA Board and thrilled to be working with such dedicated and passionate alumni who are working together to ensure that all alumni engage with and be a part of the continued success of our alma mater.”

  • Major: History
  • Employment: Leadership Gift Officer, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
  • Residence: Ithaca, NY
  • Geneseo Volunteer Involvement: 1871 Leadership Society; SUNY Geneseo Alumni Association Interim Vice President; former Co-Chair of the Buffalo Regional Alumni Chapter Committee; Southern Tier Regional Alumni Chapter Committee member; Class of 2002 Communications Chair; past participant of GOLD Networking Workshop, Career Connections Brunch, Alumni Outreach to Admitted Students, and Parents Weekend Alumni Panel; Class of 2002 10th Reunion Committee member.


Susan Chichester ’79

"It is my pleasure to serve on the SGAA board. I don’t think I am alone in thinking that Geneseo has had a profound impact on my life. Geneseo is a special place. This is a pivotal time for the college and I am committed to giving my best to advance the college’s vision and mission while being guided by our values."

  • Major: Business Management
  • Employment: CIO and Director of CIT at SUNY Geneseo
  • Residence: Mount Morris, NY
  • Geneseo Volunteer Involvement: SUNY Geneseo Alumni Association, proud parent of two Geneseo graduates.

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Ben Conard ’16, Co-Chair of the Committee on Young Alumni & Students

“My Geneseo education and experience continues to have a deep impact on my professional and personal life in so many profound ways. It is at Geneseo where I felt awakened by adventure, strengthened by my identity, and humbled by the journey. Geneseo doesn't owe me a single thing. I am, however, forever and proudly indebted to this institution and community.”

  • Major: Business, Minor: German
  • Employment: Chief of Staff to the CEO at Fair Trade USA
  • Residence: San Francisco, CA 
  • Geneseo Volunteer Involvement: Mentor for the CBYX student fellowship; campus speaker.

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Kate DeForest ’93

“It’s an honor to serve on the SGAA Board working alongside my fellow members as we help advance the college’s mission and priorities. Geneseo gave me so much: life-long friendships, a world-class education, and a career I love. I’m deeply grateful for all of it. If my service and philanthropy can ensure the same opportunities for future generations of Geneseo students, count me in!”

  • Major: English
  • Employment: Assistant Dean of Development, School of Social Work/Director of School Development, Boston University, Boston, MA
  • Residence: Watertown, MA
  • Geneseo Volunteer Involvement: Former New England Regional Alumni Chapter Committee Chair, Boston Externship Program: 2003 Co-Chair, 2006 & 2009 Committee member, 2012 Co-Chair, 2015 Chair; Campaign Committee member and New England Campaign Launch Co-Sponsor, 10th Reunion Committee member, 20th Reunion Committee member.

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Maddy Hymowitz ’24, Co-Chair of the Committee on Young Alumni & Students

“I am excited to join the board because I think it’ll be a great opportunity to become more involved in UAA and Geneseo. It will also be a good way to make connections and network. As a member of the UAA Executive Board, I look forward to attending conferences and learning more about other schools’ activities and thinking of new ones for Geneseo.”

  • Major: Chemistry; Spanish minor
  • Employment: Full-time SUNY Geneseo Student
  • Residence: South Beach, NY 
  • Geneseo Volunteer Involvement: Undergraduate Alumni Association (UAA); Chemistry open house event volunteer.

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Sandra Kupprat '90

“Geneseo was such an important part of my life and gave me the tools to succeed in life. I am excited to give back to my alma mater, a place that gave me lifelong friends and relationships that I treasure. Having worked in corporate, government, higher education, non-profit and research industries since graduating, I hope to support Geneseo students to better utilize their alumni from a career perspective.”

  • Major: Psychology
  • Employment: Career Counselor/Psychologist, Baruch College (CUNY) Starr Career Development Center
  • Residence: New York City, NY
  • Geneseo Volunteer Involvement: SUNY Geneseo Alumni Association


Hannah Loo '17

“My time at Geneseo was fundamental to my growth as a leader, thinker, and global citizen. I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to give back and work with alumni in supporting the college's mission and growth.”

  • Major: Biology and Music (Vocal Performance)
  • Employment: PhD Candidate in Neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania; Founder and Executive Director of Project SHORT 
  • Residence: Philadelphia, PA
  • Geneseo Volunteer Involvement: Advisor for the Alumni Career Advisor Network; Career Chat Panelist: Navigating Medical and Graduate School Admissions; Geneseo Biology Department Seminar speaker and co-organized the Geneseo Alumni Seminar Series with the Biology Department.


Waleed Mahmood '07

"My time at Geneseo played an integral role in shaping me into the person I am today. When I reflect about those years, I am truly amazed about the multitude of experiences and quality of education that Geneseo offered me. Serving on the SGAA is an honor and I hope I can do my part to help the college achieve its goals and objectives."

  • Major: Communication
  • Employment: Vice President of Resource Management and Talent Acquisition, Digitas Health
  • Residence: Leesburg, VA
  • Geneseo Volunteer Involvement: Featured alumni speaker at 2021 Freshman Convocation, Guest lecturer and panelist.

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Dave Miller ’90, Regional Chapter Member

  • Major: Sociology
  • Employment: Senior Manager, Strategic Services, Deloitte
  • Residence: Riverview, FL
  • Geneseo Volunteer Involvement: Tampa Regional Alumni Chapter Committee member

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Rachel Laber Pulvino '10

  • Major: Communication
  • Employment: Director of Communications and Public Relations, Visit Rochester
  • Residence: Rochester, NY
  • Geneseo Volunteer Involvement: Rochester Regional Alumni Chapter Committee member; former Class Leadership Committee member.


Rita Rogan '19

"I’m excited and honored to serve on the SGAA board alongside fellow alumni who are committed to helping advance the mission of the College. Geneseo is a special place and it provided me with so much: an excellent education, lifelong friends, and unique opportunities that led to a career I love. I want nothing more than for future Knights to have these same opportunities."

  • Major: Communication
  • Employment: Sr. Assistant Director of Annual Giving, Marist College
  • Residence: Wappingers Falls, NY
  • Geneseo Volunteer Involvement: President of the Undergraduate Alumni Association (UAA); Reunion Student Worker; Captain of the Geneseo Cheerleading team.

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Valarie Ann Scott ’82, Chair of the Committee on Regional Chapters

"I am thrilled to be a part of the SGAA as it continues the legacy of strengthening the bonds between the college and alumni. I look forward to helping to grow the connections between alumni and the college as we move into the future and reap the rewards of increased alumni involvement. As the Regional Committee Chair I am excited for fellow alums to see that Geneseo is still a rich part of their lives, no matter when they moved into the world."

  • Major: Elementary Education/Fine Arts Concentration
  • Employment: Ombudsperson for the City School District of Albany, Retired from Schenectady City Schools after 30 + years
  • Residence: Schenectady, NY
  • Geneseo Volunteer Involvement: 1871 Leadership Society; SUNY Geneseo Alumni Association Chair of the Committee on Regional Chapters; Capital District Regional Alumni Chapter Committee Chair; Former member of the Geneseo Alumni Association Board (secretary, scholarship, and education committees); GOLD workshop presenter; active with Phi Lamb; 2017 Excellence in Education Awardee.


Dave Slade '71

"Geneseo is a special place.  It offers students the opportunity to learn, gain experience, and make friendships that will last a lifetime.  I was honored to be asked to serve on the SGAA Board.  My involvement will allow me to connect with those who have the shared experience of being a Geneseo alum.  The education and related activities Geneseo provided led to a rewarding and satisfying career.  The opportunity to reach out is a meaningful way to give back to my alma mater and others who hold the college dear."

  • Major: Communications
  • Employment: Retired.
    Career Accomplishments: Play-by-play announcer for the Rochester Red Wings, Durham Bulls, Oneonta Yankees, and NC State Wolfpack; Stadium announcer for the Carolina Mudcats; Covering the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid and witnessing The Miracle on Ice in person; Serving as Technical Advisor for the radio studio scene in the movie Bull Durham; Disc Jockey in Rochester, Buffalo, Geneva, Warsaw, and Batavia, New York and Raleigh and Durham, North Carolina
  • Residence: Durham, NC
  • Geneseo Volunteer Involvement: Numerous reunion committees including the combined 50th for the classes of 1970, 1971, and 1972 and the 50th and 55th WGSU reunions.  Encouraging and mentoring former and current students.

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Clint Sugnet ’09, Affinity Chapter Member

“Being a part of the SGAA is an exciting privilege. It offers the opportunity to develop and procure relationships and means to continue Geneseo's ability to offer its students with unique and extraordinary experiences in and out of the classroom.”

  • Major: Biology
  • Employment: Optometrist, Alexander Eye Associates & Lifetime Health Medical Group 
  • Residence: Rochester, NY
  • Geneseo Volunteer Involvement: Former Chair of the SGAA Committee on Affinity Chapters; Rochester Regional Alumni Chapter Committee member; student shadow program host; 2009 Class Leadership Chair to the Alumni Council.

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Anne Irwin Tillinghast '96, Foundation Board Representative

“Considering the significant role the SGAA plays connecting our extraordinary students and alumni to each other and back to the College, I'm incredibly enthusiastic to be part of this marvelous group of Geneseo alumni and leaders.  The College was and continues to be an invaluable springboard into a life of learning, critical inquiry, and service.  Attending Geneseo will always be a guiding touchstone in my life, and I'm proud to serve the College now through the SGAA and the Geneseo Foundation Board."

  • Major: Anthropology; Dance minor
  • Employment: Former Assistant Director of Athletics & Recreation at Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD)
  • Residence: Baltimore, MD
  • Geneseo Volunteer Involvement:  Geneseo Foundation Board of Directors; MacVittie Legacy Society; 1871 Leadership Society; Baltimore regional volunteer.

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Rahamatu Wright ’02

  • Major: Political Science & International Relations
  • Employment: Executive Director, Founder & CEO, Shea Yeleen International, Inc. 
  • Residence: Washington, DC
  • Geneseo Volunteer Involvement: SUNY Geneseo Alumni Association