Our Staff

Jen: Associate Executive Director for Programs

Jennifer is the Associate Executive Director for Programs at Living Resources. Jen graduated from Keene State College in 2000 with an Associate Degree in Human Services and a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology. Jen has been employed with Living Resources since 2001. She became Director of the College Experience in 2007, the Director of all Program Services for Living Resources in 2010, Assistant Executive Director in 2016 and promoted to Associate Executive Director for Programs in 2021.

Colleen: Director of College Programs

Colleen started with The College Experience in 2009 as the QIDP, teaching classes and overseeing student service plans. In 2010 Colleen was promoted to Coordinator of Student Life & Admissions for The College Experience. In this role, Colleen recruited for the program and oversaw the admission process, working closely with students, parents and school districts. In 2019 Colleen was promoted to Director of Admissions for both the College Experience at the College of Saint Rose and CareerNext at SUNY Schenectady, and in 2021, promoted to Director of College Programs for the College Experience and CareerNext programs. Colleen graduated from Oneonta State University with her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and from Dominican College with her Master’s degree in Special Education and Teacher of Severe and Multiple Disabilities. Prior to the College Experience, Colleen was teaching in the field of special education at a local public school district.

Kevin: Residential Coordinator

Kevin has been the Residential Coordinator for the College Experience since 2008. His tasks include writing residential plans of service for the students and managing the house staff. Previously, Kevin spent 15 years in the radio business, both on-air and in management positions at Albany radio stations WPYX and WRCZ. He graduated from SUNY Albany in 1990.

Bill: Internship Coordinator

DSC_5241bestBill has been an adjunct professor with the College Experience since fall of 2008, teaching classes in political culture and practical history. As Internship Coordinator, Bill is responsible for developing and maintaining internship placements that match the abilities and interest of seniors in The College Experience. Previously, Bill was a service coordinator case manager and special education teacher for more than 30 years. He earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from SUNY New Paltz and a master’s degree and CAS from the University at Albany.

Kelly: Academic Coordinator

DSC_5276bestKelly has been in the field of education in human services since 2003. She started at Living Resources at the Site Based Day Habilitation program in 2010. Kelly began working for the College Experience in 2014 as a QIDP. Kelly’s current role as Academic Coordinator involves the oversight of all academic courses, scheduling College Experience classes, curriculum development, teaching, and advising students. Kelly is also an adjunct professor at the College of Saint Rose where she teaches an introductory writing class and has developed a new course: Disability and Literature. Kelly holds a B.A. in Sociology and English from SUNY Albany and an M.A. in English from The College of Saint Rose.

Katie: Vocational Manager

Katie has been working for Living Resources since 2015. She started as a Life Skills Instructor for the College Experience and then began working as a Career Counselor for the College Experience in 2016. She now teaches career exploration classes and works to prepare students for competitive employment through volunteer and internship opportunities. She enjoys helping students explore their career interests and master new skills on-the-job. Katie received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from The College of Saint Rose in 2015.

Briana: Community Coordinator

Briana joined the College Experience staff as the Community Coordinator in 2022. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from SUNY Plattsburgh in Human Development and Family Relations. As the Community Coordinator, Briana supports students in becoming involved with the community – both within College of Saint Rose and the surrounding Capital District. In addition to creating the calendar of events for students, Briana teaches courses in cooking, executive functioning, and travel navigation. Briana has several years of experience from working for local non-profits and human service agencies in the Greater Capital Region.

Dominick: QIDP

Dominick started with the College Experience as the Community Coordinator teaching classes and bridging students with the college campus activities and Albany community. Dominick was promoted to QIDP in 2018. In this role, Dominick teaches courses and oversees the student’s academic plans and development. Dominick graduated from Sage College with his Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education.

Allison: Clinical Therapist MSW, LCSW-R and ADHD-Certified Clinical Services Provider

Allison has a Bachelor’s in Social Work from Nazareth College and her Master’s Degree from University of Albany in Social Welfare. In 2001 Allison stared out in the field assisting those with mental illness. By 2006, Allison began working for Living Resources Clinical Department helping individuals within all agency programs including College Experience. Allison’s talents have allowed her to travel and teach others in the field including a trip to Beijing, China to teach and work with staff serving individuals with autism. In 2016, Allison took a new position with Landmark Health as a Social Worker on an interdisciplinary team with the mission to transform Healthcare by bringing comprehensive health care into the homes of individuals living with chronic medical conditions. In 2018, Allison returned to Living Resources to focus working with students in the College Experience & CareerNext Programs.

Kristin: Senior Admissions Coordinator

Kristin joined the College Experience and CareerNext staff as the Admissions Coordinator in early 2021. As the Senior Admissions Coordinator, Kristin recruits for the programs and assists parents and students in the admissions process to the College Experience at The College of Saint Rose and CareerNext at SUNY Cobleskill, Hudson Valley Community College, and SUNY Schenectady. Kristin received her Bachelor’s degree in Communications and Politics from Pace University in 2020. She previously worked with other local non-profits and in local government.

Hannah: Admissions Coordinator

Hannah SmithgallHannah assists families in the admissions processes for the College Experience at The College of Saint Rose and CareerNext at SUNY Cobleskill, Hudson Valley Community College, and SUNY Schenectady programs. She graduated from SUNY University at Albany with a B.A. in History. She is passionate about the role that both formal and informal education can play in our lives, and has experience working in youth, family, and community programming for non-profits and cultural organizations in the Albany, NY area.

Julianna: Career Counselor

Julianna joined the College Experience staff in 2021 as a Career Counselor. In this role, Julianna encourages College Experience students to explore their career interests through employment readiness classes and job shadows. Julianna also provides on-site job coaching for interns, helping students to practice professionalism and gain independence at work. Julianna earned a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Psychology from the University at Albany in 2019 and has several years of experience working in human services.

Tonie: Career Counselor

Tonie joined the College Experience team in early 2021. As a Career Counselor, Tonie assists students in learning about their career interests and developing employment skills through career exploration classes. She also provides on-site job coaching support to aid students in mastering their internship roles and prepare them for competitive employment. Tonie graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre Arts from Hartwick College in 2017 and a Master’s Degree in Psychology from Southern New Hampshire University in 2020.

Jesse: Media and Activities Liaison 

His roles within the program include the Blog Writer, the Alumni Activities Coordinator, the Volunteer Coordinator, and a Life Coach for some of our alumni within the Transitions as well as the Community Habilitation programs. Throughout the rest of Living Resources he serves as a Staff Trainer, the Creative Writing instructor within the DCOP Program, and the Self-Advocacy Liaison. Jesse graduated from Hobart and William Smith Colleges located in Geneva, NY in 2004 with a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in English and a Minor in Peer Education. Jesse has been employed with Living Resources since 2015 when he started out as the Habilitation Liaison and was moved up to the Media and Activities Liaison in 2016. Jesse also has a part-time career as a public orator where he lectures about his journey with Asperger’s syndrome and is the author of two books published by Penguin Group (USA) in 2010 and 2014.  They are titled, “Atypical” and “Getting a Life with Asperger’s.”