Enhancement Center Staff
845.575.3699 x2325 (Advisor of: Baseball, M&W Basketball, Volleyball, Water Polo and Football)
Alyssa Gates is in her ninth year as the Director of Student-Athlete Enhancement, and her eight year with the Marist department of athletics. In her position, she oversees the Center for Student-Athlete Enhancement, including the assistant director and the academic advisement fellow. She is responsible for the academic monitoring and the continuing eligibility of more than 550 student-athletes at Marist College.
In each of her first four seasons at Marist, the Red Foxes have led the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Academic Honor Roll each year. In 2008, 13 of her student-athletes were named Academic All-District by ESPN The Magazine as selected by CoSIDA, while two were named Academic All-Americans.
Gates also serves as an adjunct instructor of Psychology in the school of Social and Behavioral Science.
Prior to her current positions, she served as the Academic Advisement Fellow for the Red Foxes during the 2004-05 school year. As the Academic Advisement Fellow, Gates coordinated and hosted the first ever Mid-Hudson Parkinson's Walk to raise awareness for the disease.
While earning her master's degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education at Kutztown University, Gates was a graduate assistant in the advising center where she worked with students who were on academic probation.
Before she began her career in academic advisement, Gates coached field hockey for three seasons. She was the head coach at Transylvania University in Lexington, Ky., for two years. Also, she spent a season as an assistant at Kutztown where in addition to her on-the-field responsibilities, she was responsible for the academic monitoring of the team.
She gave the keynote address at Windsor (N.Y.) High School's National Girls and Women in Sports Day event, delivering a presentation entitled "Taking It to the Next Level: Planning For and Achieving Success as a College Athlete and Beyond". Gates also was a panelist at Freshmen Student-Athlete Orientation at her alma mater, Mansfield University (Pa.).
Gates is a member of the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics (N4A) and the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA).
Gates is a cum laude graduate of Mansfield with a Bachelor's Degree in Communication. During her time there, she played four years of field hockey, serving as captain her senior season.
She currently resides in Hyde Park.
845.575.3699 x6302 (Advisor of M&W Soccer, M&W Lacrosse, M&W Swimming/ Diving and Football)
Cammie Jones is in her fourth year as Assistant Director of Student-Athlete Enhancement. She is responsible for academic advisement of probationary student-athletes, assisting in the development and implementation of the CHAMPS/Life Skills and gender-equity programming in the areas of leadership, career development, and community service, as well as coordinating the nomination of student-athletes for academic awards & honors.
Jones obtained her Masters of Arts in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Louisiana State University A&M in May 2010. During her time at LSU she was an Academic Mentor and Tutor, a student activities advisor and a career and tutorial development program intern. Her primary function as an academic mentor and tutor was to assist at-risk student-athletes with academic course planning, test preparation and life skills.
In her role as a student activities advisor she assisted honors students with course and major selection. She also worked with the Student Activities Coordinator with the instruction of a course that work with internships, field work and off campus programs.
Prior to her two-year stint at LSU, she served as a mentor for women's sports within the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics at the University of Texas at Austin. While she was with the Longhorns, she assisted at-risk student-athletes in developing time management skills and assisted student-athletes in the sport management program. Furthermore, she worked within the recreational and events staff departments and assisted with programs, intramurals, and game day staff.
Jones serves as a committee member on the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics (N4A) for Life Skills. Additionally, she is a member of Xi Gamma Lambda Multicultural Sorority, Junior League of Poughkeepsie, NASPA, and the Hudson Valley Young Professionals.
A native of Dallas, TX, she currently resides in Poughkeepsie,NY.
Academic Advisement Fellow
845.575.3699 x2723 (Advisor of M&W Crew, M&W X-Country, M&W Tennis, Softball, M&W Track & Field and Football)
Dasha Cherkasov is entering her second year at Marist and will serve as the Academic Advisement Fellow. She comes to Poughkeepsie after receiving her Masters of Science in Education Candidate in School Counseling from Fordham University in 2012. While at Fordham, Cherkasov interned at New Rochelle High School and Concordia College, working in a variety of counseling capacities
Cherkasov attended Boston College as an undergraduate student, receiving her Bachelor's degree in Psychology, with a minor in General Education, in 2009. While at Chestnut Hill, she was a member of the Eagles' women's tennis team. She was a team captain her senior season while playing at the first and second singles' positions and at first doubles. She was a member of the All-ACC Academic Honor Roll in her final three seasons and also represented women's tennis on the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).
Cherkasov currently resides in Hyde Park, N.Y.