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Reopening Committees

President Murray designated the formation of committees to oversee the reopening of the College focusing
on Academics, Campus Operations, and Student Success.

In addition to the work of the committees independently and collectively, the College planning discussions
have included extensive input from the Student Government Association, the Faculty Affairs Committee, the
Deans’ Council, and the Marist College Board of Trustees. In addition, dozens of individual members of the
community—students, faculty, staff, alumni—have provided important suggestions and critical insight into
this process. Marist College is deeply appreciative of the wide range of discussion resulting in our planning.

Academic Planning Committee

Charge: Prepare the College’s academic schools for a return to in-person operations for the fall semester, and
propose plans for necessary adjustments to instruction, research, and student support based on stakeholder
outreach to faculty and students. Additionally, the committee has prepared for contingencies should it not be
safe to return, in part or in full, to on-campus operations in the fall.


  • Thom WermuthChair, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty 
  • Nancy CalabreseHead of Public and Research Services 
  • Toni ConstantinoManager of Online Programs 
  • Kate DonhamAssociate Dean for Academic Affairs 
  • Deborah GatinsDean, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences 
  • Kevin GauglerAssociate Professor 
  • Eitel Lauria, Professor 
  • Jim MelitskiProfessor 
  • Roger Norton, Dean, School of Computer Science and Mathematics
  • Mike Powers, Associate Professor
  • Carol Rinke, Associate Professor
  • Andy Ryder, Senior Lecturer
  • Julin Sharp, Assistant Vice President, Information Technology
  • Tenzin Tsundu, Student
  • Joey Wall, Director, Media and Instructional Technology
  • Melinda Weisberg, Assistant Professor

Operations Committee

Charge: Prepare campus operations for a return to in-person instruction and residential academic experience
for the fall semester, focusing specifically on health and well-being, support services, campus events and
activities, and campus spaces.


  • Geoff BrackettChair, Executive Vice President 
  • Sima Saran AhujaCollege Counsel 
  • John Blaisdell, Director of Safety and Security 
  • Justin Butwell, Director, Physical Plant 
  • Mike CaputoVice President for Information Technology/Chief Information Officer
  • Alexa D’AgostinoAssociate Vice President of College Marketing and Communications
  • Christina DanieleVice President for Human Resources
  • Steve KatzMedical Director, Physician Assistant Program
  • Erin McLaughlin, Clinical Assistant Professor
  • Alicia SlaterDean, School of Science

Student Affairs Committee

Charge: Prepare Student Affairs operations for a safe, high-quality environment for residential and commuter
student life at Marist.


  • Deb DicaprioChair, Vice President and Dean for Student Affairs 
  • Al AbdelrahmanAssociate Director of Safety and Security 
  • Sima Saran Ahuja, College Counsel 
  • Geoff BrackettExecutive Vice President 
  • Toya CooperDirector of Equity, Inclusion and Compliance/Title IX Coordinator 
  • Sarah EnglishDirector of Housing and Residential Life 
  • Naomi FerlegerDirector of Counseling Services
  • Maryellen GuardinoAssociate Director Office of Accommodations and Accessibility
  • Tim MurrayDirector of Athletics
  • Steve SansolaAssociate Dean, Operations and Facilities
  • Melissa SchiskieDirector of Health Services
  • Robin TorresAssistant Dean, Student Engagement and Leadership