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Meet Our New Faculty and Staff

SUNY Geneseo photo/Keith Walters '11

Get to know the faculty and staff who have recently joined Geneseo. This is part one in a continuing series welcoming the newest members of our family and introducing them to the campus. Part 2 Part 3

Amy Braksmajer

Amy Braksmajer joins Geneseo as a visiting assistant professor of sociology. Prior to Geneseo, she has taught at the University of Rochester, SUNY College at Brockport, New York University College of Nursing, and Stony Brook University. Her teaching areas/research interests include sexual risk reduction intervention, HIV discrimination, pre-exposure prophylaxis (HIV, women in violent relationships), race/ethnicity and provider trust, gender bias health issues, and HIV and high-risk heterosexuals. She earned a PhD from Stony Brook University, an MPH from Columbia University, and a BS from Binghamton University.

Elizabeth Felski

Elizabeth Felski is a new assistant professor of accounting in the School of Business. She’s a Certified Public Accountant and gained teaching experience at Daemen College before joining SUNY Geneseo. She holds a PhD from the University at Buffalo and an MBA and BS from Canisius College.

Kerri Howell

Kerri Howell ’97 is Geneseo’s new chief communications and marketing officer. She served most recently as the director of communications and media for the Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University and as an adjunct professor at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. Howell previously held public relations positions at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center, Lockheed Martin Corporation, and Blasland, Bouck & Lee, Inc. and served as a news producer at WSTM-TV and WPTZ-TV. Howell earned her MS from SU’s Newhouse School and her BA from SUNY Geneseo.

Varuni Jamburuthugoda

Varuni Jamburuthugoda joins Geneseo as an assistant professor in the biology department. Previously, she taught at Fordham University, the University of Rochester, and the University of Colombo in Sri Lanka. Her teaching areas/research interests include General Genetics, Genetics Laboratory, Cell Biology, Biochemistry, and Ecology. She holds a PhD and an MS from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and a BS from the University of Colombo.

Lydia Kertz

Lydia Kertz is a new assistant professor in the English department. She. gained postdoctoral and teaching experience at Montclair State University, Columbia University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Florida State University. Her research interests include First-Year Writing Seminar, Freshman Rhetoric and Composition, Early British Literature, Medieval Literatures and Cultures, Word and Image, Critical Writing Seminar, Old English Literature, and Shakespeare. Kertz earned her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania, her MA from Florida State University, and her BA from Emory University.

Ellen Leverich '90

Ellen Leverich ’90 is Geneseo’s new vice president for college advancement. She served most recently as the associate vice president for development for the Bloomsburg University Foundation. Prior to that, Leverich held development and campaign positions at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Pharmacy and the United Way of Roanoke Valley. Her previous experience also includes communications for the Child Health Investment Partnership and program coordination for FOODLINK. Leverich earned her BA from SUNY Geneseo.

Bruno Renero-Hannan

Bruno Renero-Hannan is the new PRODiG Fellow in the anthropology department. With previous teaching experience from the University of Michigan, he has teaching and research interests in Latin American history and culture, indigenous societies, oral history and testimonio, political violence, social movements, prisons, migration, popular religion. He holds a PhD and an MA from the University of Michigan and a BA from the University of Texas.

Madelyn Schwartz '17

Madelyn Schwartz ’17 is a new technology support associate with the Computing and Information Technology department. Prior to joining Geneseo, she served as the technology renewal and business coordinator at Ithaca College. Schwartz earned her BA from SUNY Geneseo.

Michael Taberski

Michael Taberski is Geneseo’s new vice president for student and campus life. Most recently, he served as Vice President of Student Affairs New England College (NEC) in Henniker, NH, a private, liberal arts, doctorate-granting institution. Prior to that, Taberski served in increasingly responsible student life positions for Mount St. Mary’s University, Loyola University Maryland, Oklahoma State University, and George Mason University. He holds an EdD from New England College, New Hampshire, an MS from Oklahoma State University, and a BS from Niagara University.

Bradley Taber-Thomas

Bradley Taber-Thomas joins the psychology department as an assistant professor specializing in the intersection of cognitive, affective, and developmental neuroscience. Prior to Geneseo, he taught at the University at Buffalo. He holds a PhD from the University of Iowa, an MA from Georgia State University, and a BA from Northeastern University.


Marcus Watts

Marcus Watts is the new director of Geneseo’s Access Opportunities Programs (AOP). Most recently serving as the director of Onondaga Community College’s Educational Opportunity Program, he also held a number of positions at Monroe Community College, including assistant director of student engagement, coordinator of academic advisement services, adjunct instructor, and coordinator of the African American and Latino Male Retention Initiative. Watts holds MPA and BS degrees from the SUNY College at Brockport.

Kevin Wojick

Kevin Wojick is the new lead programmer analyst in Geneseo’s Computing and Information Technology department. Prior to joining CIT, he worked for Geneseo as a student database programmer and a teacher’s assistant. Wojick earned his BS at SUNY Geneseo.