Dr. Shai L. Butler, Vice President for Student Success and Engagement
Dr. Shai Butler
Vice President for Student Development and Chief Diversity Officer
Welcome to the Center for Student Success website where I encourage you to explore and meet the amazing team of individuals who will be working closely with you in the first year and beyond. I have worked in Student Affairs and Diversity & Inclusion within higher education for over a decade. My educational background consists of an earned doctorate in Law & Policy from Northeastern University and both a Master’s and Bachelor’s degree from the University at Albany, SUNY. I love to read, garden and cook in my down time. I have been at Saint Rose since 2007 and it’s an awesome place that cares deeply for its students. We’d love to meet you so feel free to stop on over for a visit and learn more about our services.
Assistant Vice President for Student Development, Leadership and Completion Initiatives
Welcome! As a first-generation college student, I’m proud to have earned my BS in Marketing and MBA from Canisius College in Buffalo, NY. I’m passionate about working with students in their transition to the college community and look forward to helping you make the most of your Saint Rose experience. I enjoy reading, cooking, camping and the joys of being a mom to three energetic, fun-loving children!
Dr. Claire Ziamandanis
Fulbright Program Advisor
Hi there, or should I say “Hola, ¿qué tal?” My full-time job is teaching Spanish language, culture and linguistics in the Department of World Languages and Cultures. I am also the College’s Fulbright Program Advisor. In this role I work with students interested in preparing for post graduate research opportunities abroad. I received my B.A. from St. Lawrence University, and my M.A. and Ph.D. from the University at Albany. I love seeing students learn to laugh in another language. Even more thrilling is when I see them strike out on adventurous travels both in the US and abroad. A passport full of stamps is a beautiful thing!
Academic Success Center
Director, Services to Students with Disabilities
I have been with the College since 2007. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology/Social Work from Saint Rose. I then went on to receive my MSW degree from the University at Albany. After receiving my NY State social work license, my first job was as drug abuse prevention counselor for North and South Colonie Schools. I then worked as a school social worker for Wildwood School where I provided transition planning for students with learning disabilities and neurological impairments.I am happy to be back at my alma mater and look forward to working with students throughout their time at The College of Saint Rose.
Matthew “Matt” Woods
Associate Director of Student Development
After living in Schenectady my whole life I received my BA in Chemistry from Saint Rose in 2008 and my Master of Arts in Teaching from Union Graduate College in 2010. I enjoy helping students succeed in Math and Science every day that I work here!
Intercultural Leadership & First-Year Programs
Lamara J. Burgess
Director of Diversity & Inclusion and Coordinator of Conflict Mediation
Hello Saint Rose! Growing up in the Bronx, NY has provided me with a unique set of life experiences and a passion for educational opportunities. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from SUNY Binghamton University and I am currently attending graduate school for my Masters. I am very excited to join the St. Rose team and look forward to building meaningful connections with students as they embark on their educational and professional journey. I enjoy participating in dialogue surrounding social justice issues, reading, watching Netflix and spending time with family and close friend
Natalie Grandy Cable
Director of First Year and Opportunity Programs
I received my B.S. and M.S. in Education at The College of Saint Rose. I have been working in the Academic Opportunity Experience Office since 2004. During this time, I have enjoyed working with students, families and this wonderful community. I love spending time with my family and friends, especially if it involves shopping. During my spare time I like to watch sports, travel and find new crafts and recipes on Pinterest.
Sean C. Peters, CSJ
Director of Mission Experience
Saint Rose forms a big part of my life experience. Not only am I an alum, but I have served here in one capacity or another for much of my adult life. My current work calls for me to help everyone keep the mission of Saint Rose front and center in their campus life. I lead an international service trip to Guatemala each year and you will frequently find me interacting with students in Hubbard Interfaith Sanctuary. After finishing my B.S. in Education at Saint Rose, I earned my masters and doctorate in educational psychology at Rutgers University. As a member of the religious congregation that founded Saint Rose, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, I am proud of all the students the college has educated over the years who work each day to make a positive difference in the lives of others. It is good to have you among them.