Meet the Team

Faculty/Staff Members

Annabelle Abbadessa

Health Services Office Manager
Pronouns: She/her/hers

Inclusive collaboration of community health education to stop sexual violence on our campus.

Amy Belair

Counselor
Pronouns: She/her/hers

I am a counselor here on campus and see students affected by sexual violence often. My hope is to make a difference and lessen the occurrence on campus.

Erin Cass

M.A., Library Technician, Lecturer
Pronouns: They/them/theirs

I am a library technician and instructor here at PSC, so I interact with a lot of students and am responsible for helping them engage in critical thinking and skill development. Because many of the students I work with have or will encounter the issues of sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and/or stalking, I see the mission of the CARE Team as a critical component of my work here on campus.

Tracy Elliott

Tutoring & SI Services Coordinator
Pronouns: She/her/hers

Teresa Grosskopf

Compliance Coordinator, Title IX Coordinator, COVID Coordinator
Pronouns: She/her/hers

As the Compliance and Title IX Coordinator on campus, I am responsible for coordinating the College’s response to all complaints involving possible sex discrimination. This responsibility includes monitoring outcomes, identifying and addressing any patterns, assessing effects on the campus climate, and educating the campus community on sexual misconduct, reporting and the rights and options that students have.

Bre-Ann Flouton Johnson

Admissions Counselor
Pronouns: She/her/hers

I have been a part of care team for a year now and have enjoyed my time! I am so thrilled to be working with a group of amazing humans who all share common goals for our campus. As a student I was an RA and would often team up with counseling to talk about challenging topics. I was so happy to join the care team and continue to be an advocate for students. I am also part of the speakers & events subgroup. I can’t wait to get some amazing events going on campus!

Lou Kaminski

Director of Residence Life and Housing
Pronouns: He, him, his

Greg Landon

Campus Safety Officer & Title IX Investigator
Pronouns: He, him, his

Greg works for Paul Smith’s College as a Campus Safety Officer and Title IX Investigator. He has an extensive background in Human Services and he has worked with diverse communities from all around the country. Greg is originally from Paul Smiths and spent many years running around a much different-looking campus as a kid, and he is thankful to be back home and happy to once again be a part of the Smitty community. Greg recently completed his certification as a R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense) Women’s Self-Defense Instructor and hopes to be able to start teaching classes soon.

Holly Parker

Director of Campus Safety
Pronouns: She/her/hers

Holly started her career at Paul Smith’s College in 2007 as a Campus Safety Officer. In 2010, she was promoted to Lead Campus Safety Officer (Sergeant) and, in 2015, she was promoted to Assistant Director. In January 2016, she took on the role of Interim Director and was officially promoted to Director in July 2016. She is a Title IX investigator. She is also a New York State Security Guard Instructor, a R.A.D. (self-defense) instructor, and an American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI) instructor. She has an Associate in Applied Science degree from North Country Community College and Bachelor in Technology, Law Enforcement Leadership degree from SUNY Canton.

Andrew Relyea

Systems Administrator
Pronouns: He, him, his

My volunteer-based work as a Presiding Officer and panelist for student sexual misconduct adjudication hearings has intersected with the activities of the CARE Team. I have served as a core team member since December 2017 and I also provide technological insight for how PSC software systems can best support our community and the overall agenda of the CARE Team.

Annie Rochon

Assistant Professor of Classical and Modern Languages
Co-Chair of the Global Diversity & Inclusion Council

Pronouns: She, her, hers

Born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, Canada Rochon relocated to Peru, NY in 2005 and became an American Citizen. French is her native language – however growing up in a multicultural city and being surrounded by different languages has been a great advantage to her and she has been studying foreign languages since elementary school. Ms. Rochon received her CEGEP degree in Languages and Literatures from Champlain College, her Bachelor of Arts degree in Specialization in Translation from Concordia University and a Master of Education degree in Foreign Languages from SUNY Plattsburgh. Rochon recently completed a certificate on Fostering Inclusion and Diversity from Yale School of Management. She is a NY State certified translator and interpreter. She also expresses pride in her Native heritage. “I find an identity worth being proud of and exemplary traits within each culture: Canadian, American and Mohawk.”

In her teaching career, she has taught all levels from elementary students to middle/high school as well as in a Maximum-Security Prison. She is proud to share her language and culture with her students and others. Coming from a multicultural background, she is a strong advocate for diversity. Furthermore, she ardently believes that languages, travels and cultures and the beauty of cuisine will always be connected. She strives to promote diversity across the campus. Rochon is the co-chair of the Global Diversity and Inclusion Council. She is trying in all her capacities for working towards inclusion, equity and access for all.

Among other recognitions, Ms. Rochon has received the Lantern Award twice, for her volunteer work dedicated to the Underground Railroad Museum. She also received the Excellence in Teaching Award by The National Society of Leadership and Success. She is the proud mother of Amanda, 24 and Jonathan 22, and Eleana, 2 her precious granddaughter.

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Erin Rogers

Admissions Counselor
Pronouns: She/her/hers

Hi there! I’m Erin and I am a part of the CARE team because I believe in inclusive, comprehensive sex education for everyone. Being part of this team allows me to continue my passion for fun, informative safe sex and relationship education. As a student at PSC, I helped run programs through the Counseling Center as a Peer Educator, served as a member and President of PSC Pride, and enthusiastically engaged my friends and peers in open, honest conversations about birth control, gender roles and love. I’m happy to assist clubs, RAs and faculty with any discussions or programs relating to our work on the CARE team. Shoot me an email and let’s get started!

Abigail Smith

RN, BSN, Director of Health Services
Pronouns: She/her/hers

Abigail provides patient care, collaboration with community medical care, patient education from the health care stand point and assesses behavior and the impact to the PSC community.

Nicola Smith

Coordinator of Care Team
Pronouns: She/her/hers

Nicola is committed to reducing gender-based violence in a macro-scale approach. Nicola is the Co-Chair of the Care team and works in a multi-faceted approach to improve response to gender based violence and reduce it on campus via education and programming with an intersectional lens.

Jill Susice

Student Activities Coordinator
Pronouns: She/her/hers

Jill grew up in Northern New York and graduated with both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from St. Lawrence University. While completing her Master’s Degree, she was Residence Director in Residence Life and completed an internship in the Student Activities Office. Before Jill started at Paul Smith’s College in 2006, she was the Coordinator of Programming and Co-Sponsorships at Denison University in Ohio and the Director of Student Activities at Delaware Valley University in Pennsylvania. In her spare time, she likes to read and bake cookies for the students.

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Ricky Williams

Coordinator for New Student Orientation and Student Conduct
Pronouns: She/her/hers

Rikelmy (Ricky) Williams was born in the Dominican Republic moved to New York City at the age of eight. After graduating from Paul Smith’s College in 1995 with an AAS in Hotel Restaurant Management, I married my college boyfriend who joined the Army. We lived in Tennessee and Hawaii throughout his career. After 10 years in the military and three children, we decided to come back to the Adirondacks to raise our family because this was home to us. I always wanted to end up at Paul Smith’s again, and when the opportunity came, I took it. I’m very happy to now be working at my alma mater. In my spare time I love spending time with my children, enjoying the beautiful lakes in the Adirondacks, traveling and reading.

External Partners

Mason Dierich

Mason Dierich, BS/CRCC, Supportive Counselor at Planned Parenthood
Pronouns: They/them/theirs

I provide sexual violence prevention education and free, confidential supportive counseling services to students, faculty, and staff on college campuses in Franklin, Clinton, and Essex Counties. During these uncertain and unprecedented times, I am still able to provide these services to campus communities via email, phone, or video conference. I am part of the CARE Team because I want to help make a difference on campus in the hope that students will carry what they learn out into the world. If you have questions or concerns related to sexual violence or know someone who has been impacted please reach out to Sexual Assault Services toll-free, confidential, 24/7 Hotline at 1-877-212-2323. If you would like to contact me directly, my email is mason.dierich@ppncny.org and office line is 518-891-0046 ext. 366.

Student Members

Natalie Cross

CARE Peer Educator

I am a Peer Educator with the CARE program at Paul Smith’s. I coordinate events and provide support for my peers. I also enjoy skiing, hiking, and gardening.

Molly Graham

CARE Peer Educator
Pronouns: She/her/hers

My name is Molly Graham and I am a sophomore here at Paul Smith’s College and am majoring in Psychology. I became a peer educator because I want to be able to help spread awareness of sexual violent and help educate other on how to help prevent it.

Bethany Orvis

Paul Smiths College Collegiate FFA President
Pronouns: She/her/hers

On campus I viewed as a helping hand! I am apart of three clubs, Women’s Rugby, MERT (Medical Emergency Response Team) and the FFA (Future Farmers of America). I also have two work study jobs with Jill Suice and the Academic Career and Success Center as Office Assistants. This year I am also serving as the Paul Smith’s College Student Government Secretary. When you see me on campus, I will always greet you with a smile!A fun fact about me is I have a passion for Crocs, Dunkin’ Ice Coffee and Cows. When I leave Paul Smith’s college my hope is to become an agriculture teacher! Any Questions just ask!

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Contact »

Nicola Smith
Coordinator of CARE
Phelps Smith Administration Building, 011
Paul Smith’s College
Paul Smiths, NY 12970
(518) 327-6263
nsmith2@paulsmiths.edu