Admissions

ENROLLMENT TEAM

David Placey, Vice President of Enrollment Management

I was born and raised in Dearborn, Michigan and earned my degrees from the University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University. With over 30 years in enrollment management, I have served at large public institution as well as small private colleges and truly believe that small private colleges offer unmatched educational and leadership experiences for students they serve.

In my free time, I enjoy art, cooking and exploring new places.

dplacey@paulsmiths.edu | Office: (518) 327-6014

Amy Tuthill, Director of Veteran and Transfer Services

As a fifth-generation “Adirondacker”, birth brought me here. Love of area and my very large, extended family is why I stay. Also, you can’t beat the North Country when it comes to hospitality and a sense of community. I love to travel, see new places, and meet new people. Summer is my favorite time of year, followed closely by fall and the amazing colors on display here. Classic rock is the music I enjoy most and spicy foods are my weakness. I work primarily with veterans and members of the National Guard and Reserve, including my role as the School Certifying Official for VA Education Benefits; as well as transfer students at select colleges throughout the Northeast.

atuthill@paulsmiths.edu | Office: (518) 327-6862

Hannah Ackerman, Associate Director of Admissions

Born and raised in Milford, NY. Proud Smitty, class of 2011 where I majored in Hotel, Resort Tourism Management with a minor in Business. I fell in love with the area after attending school here and have never left! I love to spend my free time reading, spending time outdoors with my dog, and in the winter time curled up on the couch knitting and watching football (GO PACK GO!). I’m proud to call this special place my home!

Territory includes: Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Washington D.C., Virginia, Rhode Island, Delaware, Connecticut, North Country, Capital Region, Lower Hudson Valley, Greater NYC and Long Island.

hackerman@paulsmiths.edu | Office: (518) 327-6021 Cell: (518) 524-6308

Ashley Youngberg, Assistant Director of Admissions

I am a Paul Smith’s alum from the class of 2015. I double majored in Environmental Science and Biology and was a member of the women’s soccer team. I fell in love with the Adirondacks after spending half of my life moving around the U.S. and Europe and just couldn’t bring myself to leave after graduation. There really is no place like it! I work primarily with students from the Seattle, WA, Portland, OR, Bend, OR, Bozeman, MT, Jackson Hole, WY, Fort Collins, CO, Boulder, CO, Minneapolis, MN, Asheville, NC, Flagstaff, AZ, Knoxville, TN, Juneau, AK, & Rapid City, SD areas.

ayoungberg@paulsmiths.edu | Office: (518) 327-6031 Cell: (518) 524-6309

Ben Wood, Assistant Director of Admissions

Raised in Hopkinton, NY. Attended Cazenovia College for Criminal Justice and Homeland Securities Studies. When not working for Paul Smith’s, I really enjoy serving my community as Assistant Chief of the Hopkinton Ft. Jackson Fire Department and member of the Tri Town Rescue Squad. Favorite Movie: End of Watch; Favorite Song: Calling Baton Rouge;  Favorite Sports Team, New York Rangers, and my favorite place in the world, the Adirondacks!

Territory includes: Central, Western, St. Lawrence Valley, Finger Lakes, Leatherstocking, and Southern Tier Regions of New York State

bwood@paulsmiths.edu  | Office: (518) 327-6209 Cell: (518) 524-6851

Nicole Klohmann, Assistant Director of Admissions

I was born and raised in Ithaca, NY. I attended the University at Albany (SUNY) where I majored in Human Biology. I have been camping and hiking in the Adirondacks since I was a little kid, and I am happy to now call it my home. In my free time, I love to be active indoors and outdoors. I also love to travel, and curl up and watch some of my favorite shows.

Territory includes: Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Washington D.C., Virginia, Rhode Island, Delaware, Connecticut, North Country, Capital Region, Lower Hudson Valley, Greater NYC and Long Island.

nklohmann@paulsmiths.edu | Office: (518) 327-6229 Cell: (518) 481-7228

Mary Gallagher, Admissions Communications & Events Manager

I’m originally from Rouses Point, NY and the youngest of five. I attended Plattsburgh State University and double majored in Business Administration and Management Information Systems. I frequented the Adirondacks for summer camp and fell in love with the area. I’m beyond grateful that I’ve found a career in a place that I love. I enjoy hiking, canoeing, running, and anything outside. My favorite days consists of adventures with my two pups, good food, and of course my family.

mgallagher@paulsmiths.edu | (518) 327- 6245

Mary Beth Sommers, Interim Director of Financial Aid

Mary Beth Sommers started her career in higher education in the Admissions Office at Marietta College in 1979. After serving in a number of student services positions, she accepted her first financial aid directorship in 1990 at Maine Maritime Academy where she implemented MicroFAIDS. She went on to serve as the financial aid director for several other private and public institutions.  Since 2001, in her role as a consultant, Mary Beth has assisted numerous colleges and universities with the implementation of new ERP systems as well as serving The College Board as a functional technical support specialist during the transition from PowerFAIDS to .NET PowerFAIDS.  She works as an independent financial aid consultant for Financial Aid Services of Atlanta, GA and is currently serving as the interim Director of Financial Aid at Paul Smith’s College.

msommers@paulsmiths.edu | Office: (518) 327-6119