Fall 2021 Guidance/COVID-19 Information

Alumni

You'll find a great deal of information of interest to you in this section. Read our newsletter, update your profile, or contribute to the Metcalf Endowment. If you have ideas of other things you would like to see on this Alumni Center page, please contact us to share your ideas!

Help Us Recruit!

Many of you work in the Recreation, Parks and Leisure Studies field with promising, young seasonal employees or volunteers. We'd love for you to encourage those bright young people to pursue a career in Recreation, Parks and Leisure Studies. As an alumni and a professional, you have a great influence on helping steer this new generation of potential professionals into the field. Please share information about the field and about our degree program at Cortland. We would love to talk with or send information to any bright promising recruits you send our way!! Please help us keep the field strong with the next generation of parks and recreation professionals.

Alumni Advisory Committee

The Alumni Advisory Committee, comprised of 14 members, is primarily a consulting group. Through their expertise and years of experience in the field, they provide the faculty and department with perspective and feedback to improve teaching, research, service, and other aspects of the department. In addition to the members listed below, the chair of the Metcalf Foundation Board also sits on the committee. Currently, the chair of the Metcalf Board is Mr. John Silsby. Also, the student representative is the president of the SCRA recreation majors club and is elected in the Spring.


Raul "Rocci" Aguirre, Class of '95 
Conservation Director
Adirondack Council, NY
Celeste Bernardo, Class of '85
Park Superintendent
Lowell National Historic Park
National Park Service
Lowell, MA

David Ellis, Class of '09
Parks & Recreation Director, Inclusion Coordinator
Town of Southport
Elmira, NY

Dana Fasano, Class of '20
President
SUNY Cortland Recreation Association
Cortland, NY

David Hamilton, Class of '07
Executive Director Emeritus
Cortland County YMCA
Cortland, NY

Jessica Hatfield Daily, CTRS, Class of '01
Activities Director
Walden Place
Cortland, NY

Olivia Joseph, CTRS, Class of '14
Advanced Clinician
Spaulding Adaptive Sports Center
Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
Boston, MA

Gary Lopez, Class of '96
Recreation Supervisor
Onondaga County Parks
Syracuse, NY

Tim O'Connell, Class of '90
Professor 
Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies
Brock University
St.Catherines, Ontario, Canada

Laurie Penney McGee, CTRS, Class of '99
Consultant, Broker
Exceptional Family Resources
Syracuse, NY

David Peppel, CTRS, Class of '97
Director of Operations
Hutchings and Mohawk Valley Psychiatric Center
Syracuse, NY

John Silsby, Class of '69, MSEd '70 (Chair)
Retired Recreation Director
Groton Parks and Recreation
Groton, CT

Rosemarie Tibball, Class of '16
Event Liaison Manager at BITAC Events
New York City, NY

William Zimmerman, Class of '76
Recreation Director
New Rochelle Parks and Recreation
New Rochelle, NY

Emeritus Members
Dr. Thomas Goodale, Class of '61
Dr. Geoffrey Godbey, Class of '64
Dr. Ellen Sullivan, Class of '70