Enhancement Center Staff

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Alyssa Gates
845.575.3699 x2325 (Advisor of: Baseball, M&W Basketball, Volleyball, Water Polo and Football)

Alyssa Gates is in her tenth year as the Director of Student-Athlete Enhancement, and her ninth 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.


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Ali Kaptein
Assistant Director
845.575.3699 x6302 (Advisor of M&W Soccer, M&W Lacrosse, M&W Swimming/ Diving and Football)

Ali Kaptein is in her first year as Assistant Director of Student-Athlete Enhancement. She is responsible for monitoring the academic progress and eligibility of assigned student-athletes as well as coordinating the Student Athlete Affairs program and overseeing LEAP (Ladies Empowering Athletics Program). She is also responsible for nominating student-athletes for academic awards and honors.

Prior to Marist, Kaptein worked as an academic counselor at the University of Southern California in Student-Athlete Academic Services. Her primary role was advising women’s basketball, women’s rowing, and the men’s and women’s volleyball teams.  She assisted with the Supplemental Academic Support Program, Book Scholarship Program, and data collection for the  Academic Progress Rate.

Kaptein obtained her Masters of Education in Post-Secondary Administration and Student Affairs with a concentration in Athletic Administration from the University of Southern California in May 2012. As a graduate student, Kaptein worked in Student-Athlete Academic Services in a number of roles including graduate intern, learning assistant, and assistant tutorial coordinator.

Kaptein is a member of the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics (N4A).

Kaptein earned her Bachelor’s degree in Communication with a minor in Business from the University of Connecticut in 2009    and is a native of Vernon, NJ.

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Zacharia Ahmed
Academic Advisement Fellow
845.575.3699 x2723 (Advisor of M&W Crew, M&W X-Country, M&W Tennis, Softball, M&W Track & Field, Football)

Zacharia Ahmed was named the Academic Advisement Fellow for the Center of Student Athlete Enhancement in August, 2014.

Previously, Ahmed has served as a Graduate Assistant for the Office of Academic and Student Athlete Support Services at Fairleigh Dickinson University. In this position he was responsible for working one on one with at risk student athletes from all teams, creating academic events and programs, assisting with the monitoring of initial and continuing eligibility for all student athletes, and creating and maintaining schedules.

Ahmed has experience as an intern with Rutgers University, where he served as an advising intern for the Football team during the spring of 2014. He also served as the Game Day/Special Events intern for The New York Jets Corporate Partnership Division assisting with event promotion and marketing as well as VIP relations during the 2013-14 season.

Ahmed earned his Master’s degree in Sports Administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University in May 2014 and his Bachelor's degree in Business Management in 2012. As an undergraduate student Ahmed earned a full scholarship to compete as a Division I Track and Field athlete as a Thrower, serving as a captain for his Junior and Senior seasons.

A native of East Windsor, NJ, Ahmed now resides in Poughkeepsie, NY.


Sandy Beauvais
Administrative Assistant
845.575.3000 x.2675

Sandy Beauvais is in her first year working at Marist College.

Beauvais attended Syracuse University (MS in Computer Science) and SUNY Potsdam (BA in Computer Science).   She was employed by IBM as a systems programmer in the Hudson Valley for 16 years before leaving to be a stay at home parent.

Beauvais currently resides in LaGrangeville, NY.