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Our Team

Dr. Lytton Smith, Director

Lytton Smith received his Ph.D. and M.F.A. from Columbia University and has been a member of the Geneseo faculty since 2014, teaching Creative Writing, Black Studies, and, with Dr. Nick Warner, a hybrid creative writing/geology study abroad program in Iceland.

He has served as the CIL's Director since its inception in 2018. He brings to this role his passion for joining the dots between people and organizations with connected projects. The recipient of grants from Bringing Theory to Practice and the Modern Languages Association among other organizations, he is committed to learning about the needs and goals of community partners and fostering mutually beneficial relationships with the exciting courses and academic degrees available at SUNY Geneseo. 

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Erwin, Room 217E

Nicole Manapol,
Community Development Specialist, MPA

Since 2003 Nicole has worked at the intersection of international development, entrepreneurship and education designing and leading a variety of programs from small community-based projects to large-scale global initiatives. Working on behalf of the US State Department, Microsoft, USAID and the higher education sector, Nicole has lived and worked in 14 countries across Latin America, the Middle East and North Africa, South Asia and the Asia-Pacific. What she loves most about her line of work is creating opportunities for people, organizations and communities to realize their potential.

Most recently, Nicole served as the Director of Letchworth Gateway Villages, a municipal consortium in the Genesee Valley of New York established to foster long-term economic and environmental vitality through growing nature and heritage tourism.

In her role at the Center for Integrative Learning, Nicole works to ensure SUNY Geneseo's integrative and applied learning curriculum is shared with and responsive to our community partners both regional and international.

Nicole is a Peace Corps Fellow with an MPA from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies and holds a BS in International Affairs from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.

This position is made possible by a SUNY Performance Investment Fund grant; the Center for Integrative Learning gratefully acknowledges SUNY's support.

Nicole Manapol

Erwin, Room 217G


Karie A. Frisiras, Secretary

Karie joined the college in 2001 and spent the first part of her career in the Division of Student and Campus Life before transitioning to the Division of Academic Affairs. She currently serves as the administrative aide for the Center for Integrative Learning (CIL), the Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) and the Office of Diversity & Equity (ODE). Karie has been with the CIL since its inception and has played an integral role in the Student Ambassador Program. She has also been serving the ODE since the office first opened in 2018.

In her spare time, Karie is a Mom to 3 active children. She serves in a leadership role for a non-for-profit organization that provides on-going support to children and families in her community. The highlight of Karie’s years at Geneseo have been seeing the world through the eyes of the students. They all have a vision of how to change the world and a distinctive plan on how to do so.

Karie Frisaris

Doty Hall, 303A

Vanessa Lopez Romero, GLOBE Co-Lab & Integrative Learning Assistant

Vanessa is currently a Geneseo senior studying an economics major with a Spanish minor. In her spare time, she loves traveling and helping others. Vanessa has done a variety of community service locally and internationally. Some of her most recent community service projects have been helping build the foundation of a school in Haiti and teaching English to community members of Leon, Nicaragua. This past summer she had the opportunity to intern with Building Community Bridges which is a non profit organization who work with local community members in Ghana to better their community.

She is actively involved on campus and passionate about getting others involved as well. She decided to work for the Center for Integrative Learning because this was the perfect opportunity for her to get students involved by providing them with the resources needed for future opportunities whether it is finding them an internship or a good study abroad opportunity.

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Erwin 217:
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Tashi Sherpa, GLOBE Co-Lab & Integrative Learning Assistant

Tashi is a senior majoring in economics. She also works on and manages the Teaching Learning Center (TLC) website, which promotes innovative and diverse learning environments by facilitating reflective dialogue about teaching and learning through the collaboration of faculty and administration. She has experience in both marketing and research from her prior internships. She's currently interested in learning more about fair trade and impact investment.


Doty Hall, 303A