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Our Staff

John Hunter

Program Director
John has been leading the Summer Academy for seventeen years and he obtained his BA and MA in English from The College of Saint Rose. He also obtained his MFA in Stage Management from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. John is an Eagle Scout, a National Camp School certified program director, a Sigma Tau Delta Honor Society member, CPR certified, and a member of the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA). John began working in summer camps in 1993 at the Ten Mile River Boy Scout Reservation in Monticello, NY and he has been Program Director for the Summer Academy for Youth at the College of Saint Rose since 2002.

He currently teaches at Rutgers University and served as an adjunct English lecturer at The College of Saint Rose. John is also a freelance, union stage manager and recent credits include productions at Opera Carolina, Juilliard, Bronx Opera, Manhattan School of Music, Jacobs School of Music, Toledo Opera, Chattanooga Opera, and New York City Opera at Lincoln Center.

Abigail Brigham

Classroom Management Coordinator
This is Abby’s third year with the Summer Academy. She holds a BA in Adolescent Social Studies Education, as well as a MS in Education in Literacy 5-12 from Saint Rose. Currently, Abby is teaching AIS ELA for grades 6, 7, and 8 at Oliver W. Winch Middle School in South Glens Falls. At OWWMS, she advises the No Place for Hate committee and works with students to promote a positive and safe school culture. Abby also has quite a bit of experience working with diverse learners; she volunteered at the Refugee and Immigrant Support Services at Emmaus church (RISSE) and participated in the Friday Knights program at Saint Rose. She is very excited to be back for a third summer and can’t wait to get started!

Brianne Rogers

Administrative Coordinator
This is Brianne’s first year with the Summer Academy as the Administrative Coordinator. She is a current graduate student at the College of Saint Rose and about to enter her second year as a School Psychology major. Brianne has previously graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh as a Human Development and Family Relations major with a concentration in Adolescence, and a minor in Psychology. At SUNY Plattsburgh she completed a full time internship with the Head Start program, working very closely with the teacher and family worker. Also at Plattsburgh, she served as an overnight conference mentor for the Shine On! program, consisting of assorted workshops aimed at promoting confidence and resiliency in young girls. She currently works on campus as a graduate assistant in the Office of Intercultural Leadership, mentoring students of diverse backgrounds and assisting in programming through the ALANA program (African American, Latino, Asian, and Native American) descent. Additionally, she serves as a tutor on campus in the College Experience program, a two year non-credit residential program where students with intellectual disabilities can actively become a part of a college campus. She is ecstatic to be involved with the Summer Academy for her second summer, and looking forward to another great experience!

Emily Lemieux

Materials Coordinator
This is Emily’s second year with the Summer Academy. She is a May 2019 graduate of The College of Saint Rose, earning a Master of Science in Education and Certificate of Advanced Study in School Psychology. This summer, she will become a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. This past year, Emily worked as a school psychologist intern with the North Colonie Central District. Prior to graduate school, she attended SUNY Plattsburgh, obtaining a Bachelor of Science in psychology. She has previously worked as a graduate assistant with Dr. Andrew Shanock and as an assistant preschool teacher, though Emily enjoys working with students of all ages. In October 2018, Emily represented the school psychology program at Saint Rose as the New York Association of School Psychologist’s Ted Bernstein Award Recipient, being recognized at the annual conference in Lake Placid. Emily is also a member of the Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society, the New York Association of School Psychologists, and the National Association of School Psychologists. Emily is excited for the Summer Academy to start, as last year was such as joy working with the kids!

Catherine Murphy

Registration Coordinator
Catherine Murphy is an educator who has worked with students in K-12 spaces for over ten years. She obtained her BA in Visual Arts (Photography) and French Studies from Fordham University, and she will graduate with her MSED in School Counseling from The College of Saint Rose in May 2019. Directly after college, Catherine completed a year of service with AmeriCorps through City Year New York, affirming her passion for working with youth in education. Her current professional interests include youth mental health awareness and education, advocating for racial and socioeconomic equity in public systems, and empowering youth to reach their fullest potential. She tries to incorporate her various hobbies into work as often as possible, including yoga, knitting, reading, and outdoor activities— all while cultivating an impressive indoor garden in her tiny apartment.

Emily McQuide

Special Needs Coordinator
This is Emily’s first year with Summer Academy. She holds a Bachelors degree in Women and Gender Studies from SUNY Potsdam and is a recent December 2018 graduate of Saint Rose with a Masters of Science in Education. Emily has two years experience working with students with developmental disabilities and Autism through Wildwood Programs in Schenectady NY. She has also participated in various semesters of the Friday Knights program as a 1:1 support for multiple students. She is very excited to start this journey and to be a part of the Summer Academy family!

Jeff Woodard

Student Activities Coordinator
This is Jeff’s first year with Summer Academy and his tenth year working in the Youth Development field. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Studio Art with concentrations in Printmaking and Art Therapy. Additionally, Jeff is a proud Golden Knight having recently earned a dual Master’s degree in Childhood and Special Education from The College of St. Rose. He is a proud member of Phi Theta Kappa and Kappa Delta Pi and enjoys taking advantage of all that the Capital Region has to offer its residents. He is eager to share his perspective with the Summer Academy family via the official Summer Academy social media outlets and brings with him a passion for learning and sharing knowledge. He is excited to connect Summer Academy participants with real world, hands on learning opportunities and hopes to facilitate experiences that will have a lasting impact.

Taylor Lamarche

Classroom Assistant
This is Taylor’s second year with the Summer Academy. She is a recent graduate of The College of Saint Rose from the ASPIRE education program. Taylor received a Dual Bachelors in Math Education and Special Education as well as a Masters degree in Special Education Generalist. This pass Spring Taylor student taught at Catholic Central High School and Shenendehowa Central School District. She has strong passion for Special Education. Taylor has participated in programs at Saint Rose where she worked as a one-to-one for the Friday Knights program, a tutor for the College Experience program and a academic tutor in the Academic Coach for Educator Success (ACES). She is excited to be back working with the students and instructors as the classroom assistant.

Kaitlyn Berkery

Staff Photographer
Kaitlyn is a creative photographer with experience in product and family photography, fine arts, retail, interior design & decor, as well as digital design and social media. She has a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts with a concentration in Photography from SUNY Albany and coursework from the International Center for Photography in New York City and the Speos Institute in Paris.