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. | Office: (518) 327-6014

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, New Hampshire, Vermont, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and the North Country and Lower Hudson Valley of New York State. | Office: (518) 327-6021 Cell: (518) 524-6308

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: Vermont, Massachusetts,Connecticut, Rhode Island,Virginia. Maryland, Washington D.C., Long Island and the Capital Region of New York. | Office: (518) 327-6229 Cell: (518) 481-7228

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. | Office: (518) 327-6031 Cell: (518) 524-6309

Cori Barnard, Admissions Counselor

Born and raised in Spencerport, NY and I had attended Fredonia State University for Public Relations. Ever since I was a little girl, my family and I would also come up to the Adirondacks to go camping so calling this place my home is a dream! In my free time I love to be outdoors, spend time with friends and family, photography and playing with my  pup. GO BILLS!

I primarily work with New York State students in the following counties: Orleans, Genesse, Wyoming, Monroe, Livingston, Steuben, Ontario, Wayne, Seneca, Cayuga, Tompkins, Onondaga, Cortland, Oneida, Herkimer, Otsego, Schoharie and Delaware. | Office: (518) 327-6110  Cell: (518) 521-7047


Elyse Relyea, Financial Aid Assistant | Office: 518-327-6220

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. | (518) 327- 6245