Enrollment Team

David Placey, Vice President for 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

Hannah Ackerman, Associate Director of Admissions

I was born and raised in Milford, NY and am a proud Smitty, class of ’11, 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 watching football (GO PACK GO!) and pursuing my love of quilting. I’m proud to call this special place my home!


Transfer Counselor

Advanced Studies Coordinator

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

Jodi Rossi, Associate Director of International and Veteran Admissions

Originally from southwest Ohio,  I attended Miami University and New College of Florida where I earned a degree in Cultural Anthropology. I spent several years working at archaeology and heritage sites on the gulf coast of Florida before moving into international higher education.  My husband, son, and I spent summers in the Adirondacks and always knew we wanted to eventually live here full-time. My son is a current proud Smitty!

I love the peace and energy of the area as well as the spirit of community both on and off campus. I enjoy travel, good food, and doing quirky embroidery.

Territory Includes: All Countries outside the United States and proudly serving our Veterans

jrossi@paulsmiths.edu | Office: (518) 327-6072 Cell: (518) 521-5490

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:Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Virginia, Washington DC and the Capital Region of New York.

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

Cori Barnard, Assistant Director of Admissions

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!

Territory Includes: Cayuga, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Fulton, Hamilton, Herkimer, Livingston, Madison, Monroe, Montgomery, Oneida, Onondaga, Ontario, Otsego, Schoharie, Schuyler, Seneca, Tompkins, Wayne and Yates Counties in New York State

cbarnard@paulsmiths.edu | Office: (518) 327-6110  Cell: (518) 521-7047


Erin Ruthenberg, Admissions Counselor

The first time I came to the Adirondacks was when I toured Paul Smith’s College, and I never left. I graduated from the Food and Beverage Program in 2018. I am originally from Cheektowaga, NY where my love for the outdoors began. I love to explore new places in the Adirondack Park and the North East.  In my free time I love to find new swimming spots to bring my dog, Argus!

Territory Includes: Allegany, Broome, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Chemung, Clinton, Erie, Essex, Franklin, Genesee, Jefferson, Lewis, Niagara,Orleans, Oswego, St. Lawrence, Steuben, Tioga and Wyoming Counties in New York State.

eruthenberg@paulsmiths.edu | Office: (518) 327-6227 Cell: (518) 524-6851

Bre Flouton, Admissions Counselor

I transferred to Paul Smith’s because I love the Adirondack’s, and love wildlife even more.  I was born and raised in Schenectady New York but I have called the Adirondack’s my home since 2016! In my free time I like to hike, rock climb, and paddle the ‘dacks.  If I am not out recreating I am out doing research with birds of prey.

Territory Includes: Delaware, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Vermont.



bflouton@paulsmiths.edu | Office: (518) 327-6862  Cell: (518) 521-5787

Gabby Fronckowiak, Admissions Counselor

Born and raised in the Catskills, my family and I would come up to the Adirondacks every summer to go camping. Following my stepdad’s footsteps, I joined my twin sister and transferred to Paul Smith’s College from SUNY Adirondack in the Spring of 2018 and have loved every minute of it. I graduated from the Entrepreneurial Business Program in 2019. In my free time, I love to be outside or spending time with my friends (and my dog).

Territory Includes: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

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

Erin Rogers, Admissions Counselor

I grew up in the Hudson Valley and a decade after high school, I entered Paul Smith’s College as a transfer. Long before graduating from the Natural Resource Conservation & Management program in May 2019, I knew the Adirondacks were my new home. I love to hike, swim, canoe and get crafty in my spare time.

Territory Includes: Bronx, Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Kings, Nassau, New York, Orange, Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester Counties in New York State as well as the City of Buffalo, City of Syracuse, City of Boston, MA and City of Philadelphia, PA.



erogers1@paulsmiths.edu | Office: (518) 327- 6292 Cell: (518) 319-5017

Sonya Stein, Director of Financial Aid

Originally from Troy, NY, I moved to the Adirondacks in 2019 after spending a decade in Alaska. I’ve had the privilege to work in financial aid administration for over 16 years and am actively involved in state, regional and national professional organizations. Having been a first-generation, low income student, I find tremendous satisfaction in helping students overcome financial obstacles to get the education they deserve. I’m so proud of the one-on-one service we’re able to offer to PSC students and look forward to helping you achieve your educational goals. Outside of work, I love hiking, live music, and furry four-legged animals.

sstein@paulsmiths.edu | Office: (518) 327-6019

Elyse Relyea, Financial Aid Assistant

Born in Nova Scotia and raised in Keene Valley NY, the beautiful ADK mountains have been my home for over 25 years. I studied at SUNY Empire and North Country Community College, majoring in Business Administration with a minor in Environmental Studies. I am a mom to two incredible boys and I could not imagine raising them anywhere else in the world.

I am here to assist you as you send your child off to college. From filling out the FAFSA to applying for state aid, I am here to help you along the way!

erelyea@paulsmiths.edu | 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.

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

Donna Kowal, Admissions Office Manager

Originally from Pleasantville, NY, I have had the great fortune of exploring both city and mountains throughout my life. From a young age i was imprinted with a reverence for nature and passion for environmental issues. I am thrilled to now call the North Country home and bring with me over 15 years of experience in higher education and regional collaborations. Outside of campus, I enjoy life-affirming hikes in the High Peaks, volunteering, frequenting ice cream shops and quality time with family and friends. 

*For any group inquiries to visit campus, please contact Donna directly

dkowal@paulsmiths.edu | Office (518) 327-6227