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Admissions

Bob Herr, Vice President for Enrollment Management

Paul Smith’s College provides one of the truly unique educational environments in today’s world.  I encourage you to visit our Adirondack campus and find out what might make PSC the right fit for you.  I’ve spent over 30 years in college admissions & enrollment, and have been at PSC since 2021.  I’m originally from Lancaster, PA and spent many summers living in Ocean City, MD.  Whenever I have the chance, you’ll find me at the beach or on a golf course.  I’m the proud parent of three children (one already in college, so I’ve been through the college search as a parent too) and a precocious “double doodle” named Tucker.  And, I’m an avid Capitals fan – Go Caps!

rherr@paulsmiths.edu | Office: (518) 327-6031

Hannah Ackerman, 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, 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!

 

 

 

Territory Includes:

New York State Counties: Alleghany, Broome, Cattaraugus, Cayuga, Chautauqua, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Erie, Genesee, Livingston, Madison, Monroe, Niagara, Onondaga, Ontario, Orleans, Otsego, Schoharie, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins, Wayne, Wyoming and Yates.

States: Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington DC and West Virginia.

All Transfer Students

Advanced Studies Coordinator

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

Jodi Rossi, Associate Director of International, Veteran and Graduate 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, Graduate students 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:

New York State Counties: Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren and Washington.

States: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont.

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

Jessica Rodino, Admissions Counselor

Originally from Lewiston, NY, I have spent most of my life moving around all area’s of WNY before Paul Smith’s College brought me to the Adirondacks. My fiance is a Veteran student and from the moment we stepped foot on campus, we knew this is where we were meant to be! I attended Buffalo State College where i graduated with a BS in Psychology with a minor in Neuropsychology (’17). In my free time, you can find me hiking or cross-country skiing with my dogs. I also love to spend time with my family and friends, travelling, good food (both cooking and eating!) and photography. The Adirondacks was my family’s yearly vacation spot growing up, so I am happy to finally call this place home!

Territory Includes:

New York State Counties: Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Montgomery, Oneida, Oswego and St. Lawrence.

States: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

jrodino@paulsmiths.edu | Office: (518) 327-6292 Cell: (518) 806-8585

Rachel McCloskey, Regional Director of Admissions

My name is Rachel, and I am a proud Pennsylvanian serving prospective “Smitties” from the New York metropolitan area! I was born and raised in Altoona, PA and spent my undergraduate years in Huntingdon, PA where I attended Juniata College. As a first-generation college student, my admission counselor, Michelle, played a pivotal role in my college search process. Since graduating in 2017, I have enjoyed embodying her spirit and assisting students in the college application process. With more than five years of admissions experience, I have worked at both small and medium sized institutions truly enjoying personalizing the experience for my students. In my free time, I enjoy being outdoors, shopping for vintage furniture, trying new coffee shops, and traveling. Let’s connect!

Territory Includes:

New York State Counties: Bronx, Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Kings, Nassau, New York, Orange, Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk, Sullivan, Ulster, Westchester

States:  New Jersey

rmccloskey@paulsmiths.edu | Office: (518) 327-6150 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 Counselor

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, Director of Admissions Operations & Communications

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