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.
Erica Allen, assistant director of annual giving in advancement, will manage the Phonathon program in which students reach out to alumni and parents. She will also engage students, specifically seniors, through the Make You Mark! Student Giving Program, which encourages seniors to make their first gift and show commitment to Geneseo before they graduate. Allen has a bachelor’s of science in marketing from St. John Fisher College. Before coming to Geneseo, she participated in the Disney College Program as a merchandise hostess. When not in the office, Allen likes to run, try new restaurants, explore her hometown of Rochester, and travel the United States. She also loves traveling to Disney World.
Sabrina Bramwell ’19, regional admissions counselor in admissions, will be responsible for recruiting students from the Bronx and Manhattan regions in New York City. To accomplish this, Bramwell will be making high school visits and learning more about the communities in which those institutions are located. She hopes that by engaging with students who are low-income, first-generation, and ethnically diverse, she can motivate them to attend Geneseo and take advantage of the many opportunities the College has to offer. Bramwell graduated from SUNY Geneseo with a bachelor’s in English Literature. As a student, she served as an area coordinator for Wyoming Hall, a resident assistant in Wyoming Hall, an assistant to the Title IX coordinator, an orientation advisor, and a research assistant in the Psychology Department. It should come as no surprise, considering her area of study, that in her spare time she enjoys reading. Bramwell also loves to exercise or catch a movie in theatres.
Steve Brookstein joins Geneseo as the VanArsdale Chair in Entrepreneurship. Brookstein previously spent four years as an adjunct in entrepreneurship at the Rochester Institute of Technology; he has also taught at Hobart and William Smith, Nazareth College, and the Fashion Institute of Technology. His research interests include telecommunications, internal/external communications, new business development, and sales and marketing. Brookstein earned his M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, and his B.S. from Temple University.
Mary Cannon, career development coach for the School of Business, will focus on supporting students and engaging employers. She will assist students in developing their personal brand and design and present GOLD workshops. She earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from John Carroll University and a master’s in business education from Nazareth College. Before joining the Geneseo community, Cannon served as a director of admissions, business education chair, and business teacher at Mercy School in Brighton, NY. She was also an entrepreneur and business owner as well as a human resources director. In her spare time, Cannon loves to watch college sports, especially volleyball, both indoor and beach.
Sasha Eloi-Evans, director of multicultural programs and services in the Center for Community, will focus on fostering an inclusive campus community that centers the needs of students from historically underrepresented and multicultural backgrounds. Through collaborations with students, staff, and faculty, Eloi-Evans will offer programming and resources that promote retention and success. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Rochester and a master’s from Syracuse University. Eloi-Evans earned her doctorate in education from the University of Rochester. Prior to joining the Geneseo community, Eloi-Evans served as academic coordinator in the Office of Minority Student Affairs and lecturer in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Rochester. Previously, she worked as an English instructor at the College at Brockport, and as an ESL and writing instructor and coordinator of the ESL Intensive Summer Program at Genesee Community College. She also was an instructional designer at ElementK, a learning solutions provider. In her free time, Eloi-Evans enjoys reading, listening to her son talk about dinosaurs, watching her daughter dance, and spending time with family.
Mackenzie Gerringer is a new assistant professor in the biology department, where she will be teaching Marine Biology, Science Communication, and Animal Physiology this fall. Previously, Gerringer has taught at the University of Washington; the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa; and the Oberschule an der Hermannsburg in Bremen, Germany, as a Fulbright Teaching Fellow. Courses taught have included Introductory Oceanography, Introduction to Biology, Multicellular Life, Ecology and Evolution, Comparative Physiology, Biological Oceanography, Marine Biology, Deep-Sea Biology, Biology of Fishes, Animal Physiology, Life in Extreme Environments, and Scientific Writing. Her research interests include deep-sea trenches and deep-sea fishes. Gerringer earned her B.A. from Whitman College and her doctorate from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, then went on to conduct postdoctoral research as a teaching fellow at Friday Harbor Labs, University of Washington. In her spare time, Gerringer enjoys knitting, reading, travel, and theater.
Jennifer Gibson, director of donor relations in advancement, will be responsible for stewarding Geneseo’s donors and friends, as well as planning the annual President's Gala, working with scholarship students on gratitude communications activities, and executing other initiatives to steward and thank the College’s donors. Gibson earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Ball State University and a master’s in arts administration from Indiana University. Before she came to Geneseo, she was an associate director of volunteers and engagement for the George Eastman Circle at the University of Rochester, director of development for the Veterans Outreach Center, and marketing project manager for MedAmerica/Excellus. She also served as director of development for Lollypop Farm, the Humane Society of Greater Rochester, and development officer at Indiana University. Outside of work, Gibson loves to practice yoga, read, spend time with her three rescue dogs (chihuahuas and a dachshund mix), perform in musical theater productions, and enjoy the beauty of Conesus Lake.
Claire Gravelin joins Geneseo as an assistant professor of psychology. In addition to Geneseo, she has taught at Franklin Pierce University and the University of Kansas, which is where she earned both her master’s and doctorate. She received her B.S. from the College at Brockport. Previously, Gravelin has taught Introduction to Psychology; Psychology of Gender; Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences; Psychology and the Law; Social Psychology; Research Methods; Stereotyping, Prejudice, and Discrimination Across Cultures; and Psychology and Social Issues. Her work predominantly explores the causes and consequences of the marginalization of women, largely as it relates to victim-blaming in sexual assault and women’s under-representation in stereotypically masculine domains. In her free time, Gravelin enjoys obsessing over her two cats, playing volleyball, and hosting game nights along with her husband Jake.
Monet Lewis, transitional opportunity program (TOP) counselor, will work through the Access Opportunity Programs (AOP) office to provide personal, financial, academic, and career support for multicultural, underrepresented, and first-generation students. Additionally, she will teach the AOP First-Year Seminar course, edit the AOP newsletter, and advise the Women’s Leadership Institute. She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing and management, and a master’s in creative studies and change leadership from SUNY Buffalo. Previously, she worked as admissions advisor for the University at Buffalo, racial equity initiatives associate for the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, and program coordinator for Buffalo State’s Office of Equity and Campus Diversity. In her spare time, she facilitates diversity and inclusion workshops for the National Federation for Just Communities and is taking a beauty industry essentials online course through the Fashion Institute of Technology.
Maribel Maldonado, financial aid advisor, will help students with financial aid questions and issues, including those related to aid packaging and adjustments and loan processing, such as parent plus loans. She will also provide students and families with financial aid counseling and options for how to pay for college. Maldonado has a master’s degree in higher education, enrollment management, and institutional marketing from Walden University. Having worked in higher education for more than 15 years, she has served in a wide variety of areas, including registration, financial aid, housing, student accounts, and academic advising. Former employers include Nazareth College, Caribbean University, and Monroe Community College. Outside of work, she takes bachata classes, a social dance from the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean. Maldonado also loves salsa dancing, which she notes is part of her Puerto Rican culture.
Heather Morens ’08, career advisor in the Department of Career Development, will help students build strategies for effective career planning throughout their time at Geneseo and beyond. She will offer in-depth advising in areas such as major selection, career decision-making, graduate school applications, internships, and job search strategies. Morens will also oversee the college’s career peer mentor program and develop initiatives for undecided students. Morens holds a bachelor’s in business administration with a second major in Spanish from SUNY Geneseo. She also holds a master’s degree in educational administration with a focus in student affairs administration and academic and career advising from the Warner School of Education at the University of Rochester. She joins us from the University of Rochester, where she served as academic advisor for several multidisciplinary programs. Before that, Morens spent several years as a staff member with the Binghamton University libraries. Outside the office, she enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, biking, and cooking new recipes.
Thomas Osburn joins the physics and astronomy department as an assistant professor. He earned both his master’s and doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his bachelor’s from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Osburn’s teaching/research interests include Computational Physics, Mechanics for Physical Sciences, Electromagnetism for Physical Sciences, Mechanics for Life Sciences, Electromagnetism for Life Sciences, and Gravitational Wave Astronomy. Prior to Geneseo, he taught at Oxford College and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and did postdoctoral work as a research specialist in physics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In his free time, Osburn enjoys hiking with his wife Sarah and their dog.
Lee Pierce (pronouns: they/she) is a new assistant professor in the communication department. Pierce earned her Ph.D. from the University of Georgia, her M.A. from the College at Brockport, SUNY, her B.A. from Elmira College, and her A.A. from Corning Community College. Pierce’s teaching/research interests include Introduction to Public Speaking, Politics of Style, Interpersonal Communication, Rhetorical Criticism, Political Campaign Communication, College Composition, Visual Rhetoric, Speech and Media, Podcasting, and Rhetoric of Stand-Up Comedy. Prior to Geneseo, she taught at the University of Georgia, Harvard University (Summer Speech Lab Workshops), and Georgia State University.
Robyn Rime joins the communications and marketing team as senior writer and editor. Most recently, she worked in the marketing department at Nazareth College, where she edited the alumni magazine and managed email programs. She has previously produced publications for both George Eastman House and Strong Museum in Rochester, edited books by Captain Kangaroo at Fairview Press in Minneapolis, and copyedited books in the American Girls Collection for Pleasant Company in Madison, WI. She earned her master’s in English literature from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and her bachelor’s from Gustavus Adolphus, a small Swedish-Lutheran college in St. Peter, MN, familiar to about six people in upstate NY. In her spare time, she prints out recipes that she will never cook, watches superhero movies with unabashed enthusiasm, and wishes she could drive a Zamboni. She has two boys and one dog and zero space in her house for more books.
Dian Romonosky is a new lecturer in the chemistry department. She has a Ph.D. from the University of California at Irvine and a B.S. from Millikin University in Illinois. She also served as a postdoctoral research associate in Earth and Environmental Sciences at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Romonosky’s prior teaching experience includes the University of California at Irvine, Orange Coast College, and Millikin University, and her research interests include general chemistry, analytical chemistry, atmospheric chemistry, and environmental chemistry. Her hobbies and spare time activities include bowling, board games, video games, reading, cooking, and exploring the new-to-her western New York region.
Weizhe Weng joins the School of Business as an assistant professor of economics. Prior to Geneseo, Weng taught at Virginia Tech, and her courses/research interests include Real Estate Data Analysis, Environmental and Natural Resource Economics, Applied Econometrics, and Agricultural Economics. Weng earned her Ph.D. from Virginia Tech, her M.S. from Jinan University, and B.S. and B.A. degrees from Jiangxi University of Finance and Economics. Her hobbies include hiking, badminton, and the Chinese lute.