Center for Academic Planning & Support Staff

Center for Academic Planning & Support Staff

Support Staff

The Learning Center is supported by full-time staff as well as by part-time student aides.  Our front desk employees are always available to help students.  Stop by and ask the questions that can make the difference in your success!


Jane M. Kithcart 

Director of Academic Support Services/Learning Center

  • MS-School (Guidance) Counselor-Sage Graduate School
  • BA-Sociology-SUNY New Paltz
  • AAS-Business Administration-Alumna of SUNY Ulster County Community College

I am a native of the Mid-Hudson Valley.  I like to read, listen to “good music”, dancing, gardening, and socializing.  I am a member of a historical African-American organization, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated.  I am responsible for the day-to-day operations of the tutoring centers (Learning Center/Math/Writing), recruit and train peer tutors, peer mentors at SUNY Ulster, and I am an alumna.   I had a great educational experience at SUNY Ulster because of a fantastic academic advisor and the additional support from administrative staff.  I utilized the academic support services and participated in the college activities to learn campus life and to meet students from other cultural and socio-economic backgrounds.   Although this is a two-year college, an individual with an open mind can learn and achieve a good, successful educational experience.


Roseanne Sullivan

Learning Strategy Specialist

  • MS - Secondary Education -Long Island University
  • BA - English -Brooklyn College
  • AA - Liberal Arts -Kingsborough Community College 

Roseanne began her career at SUNY Ulster in February 2018. She enjoys helping students succeed by teaching them study skills which should help them throughout their college experience and beyond.  Previously, she taught ninth grade English and Academic Intervention Services at area high schools. Roseanne served as an Orange County Legislator as well as on the Pine Bush school board.  She has chaired various committees and served on several New York State boards and committees concerning public education. 


Writing Center Instructors

Tina Barry

M.F.A. , creative writing, Long Island University
B.A., fine arts, Montclair State University

Tina has studied at Sarah Lawrence College, Gotham Writers Workshop, the Sackett Street Writers Workshop, and the Poetry Barn. Tina is a teaching artist at The Poetry Barn and Gemini Ink. She has written for the New York Daily News, the New York Sun, the Forward, TimeOut New York, Brooklyn Paper and several online and print fashion trade publications. Her poetry and short fiction appear in many journals and anthologies, including The Best Short Fictions 2016. She is a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee and has had several Best of the Net nods. Tina is the author of Mall Flower, Poems and Short Fiction (Big Table Publishing, 2016). In 2018-2019, Tina wrote and curated The Virginia Project, a collaborative written word and visual arts exhibit that appeared in The Wired Gallery, High Falls, NY, and the Humanities Gallery at Long Island University, Brooklyn.


Christina Lahmeyer

B.A., English, Brooklyn College
A.A.S., Veterinary Technology, SUNY Ulster

Christina has been a tutor for 14 years and  has been a licensed vet tech since 2018.


Mary Mendola

B.A., English, Fordham University at Lincoln Center

Mary is currently an adjunct professor at SUNY Ulster and a retired assistant professor from the Fashion Institute of Technology.


John Shelton

Doctorate studies, SUNY Albany
M.A., New Paltz
B.S., SUNY New Paltz
A.A., Humanities, SUNY Ulster

John was the Chairperson of the English Department at Coral Springs High School in Broward Community College.  He is currently an adjunct professor at SUNY Ulster.


Pam Sherman

M.S., Adult Education/Emphasis on ESOL, City College
B.S., Education & Theater Arts, City College

Pam has taught at Brooklyn College and Hunter College.  She is currently an adjunct lecturer and tutor at SUNY Ulster.  She has been the recipient of a government grant “The Use of Sector Analysis in Developmental English” (X-Word Grammar) at SUNY Ulster and is the Director of a Jewish Music Chorale and the director of Jewish Music for the Ivy League at Agudas Achim in Kingston, NY.


Deborah Sprenger

Graduate Studies, English, SUNY New Paltz
B.S., Empire State College
A.A., Humanities, SUNY Ulster


Aileen Weintraub

B.A., English, Brooklyn College

Aileen is an award-winning author and editor.  She has written more than fifty books for children and young adults with companies including Scholastic, Simon and Schuster, and Sterling.  Her book, Never Too Young /50 Unstoppable Kids Who Made a Difference, won a 2018 Parents’ Choice award.  She has also written numerous essays and articles for a variety of publications.



Partner Advisors


Teresa Howard

B.S., Liberal Studies, Regents College
A.A.S., Business, SUNY Ulster
A.S., Individual Studies

Teresa is a High School drop out who earned her GED in 1981. She came to SUNY Ulster in the Fall of 1984 as a single mother of two on welfare. She earned her first degree from SUNY Ulster in may 1986 and began her career at SUNY Ulster that July.  She credits SUNY Ulster and her educational experiences as a life changing opportunity.

During her almost 32 year career at SUNY Ulster, Teresa has worked in many areas of the College, including the Financial Aid Office, the Prison Education Program, the Everette Hodge Center, and the Enrollment and Success Center. Teresa currently works in CAPS as a Retention and Academic Progress Specialist where she assists students with every academic and financial aid aspect of attending College - from initial freshman advisement through graduation. Besides visiting her in CAPS, Teresa can be contacted through the home page of the portal. Just click on ASK TERESA.


Chris Seubert

M.F.A, Fine Arts, Cum Laude, The New York Academy of Art
B.F.A., Illustration, Pratt Institute

Chris is the Acting Coordinator of Academic Travel with over 15 years experience as a Fine Art Adjunct Instructor and serves as the Adjunct Vice President of the SUNY Ulster Faculty Association.  He currently serves on the Foundation Scholarship Approval Board and is a member of the College Association Board of Directors.  Chris is the recipient of SUNY’s Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2015 and a Title III Mini Grant for program development in the Fine Arts Department at SUNY Ulster.



EOP Counselors


Austin Singleton

M.S.W., Social Work, Fordham University

B.A., History, SUNY New Paltz


Austin is a counselor for the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP). He grew up in Far Rockaway Queens and moved to the Hudson Valley after high school to start his college education at Sullivan County Community College.  Austin currently lives in Orange County NY with his wife Stephanie and two daughters, Autumn and Alena.




Support Staff


Rebecca Van Etten

B.S., business Economics, SUNY Oneonta

Rebecca started her college career in SUNY Ulster’s Collegian Program in high school. She began her career as a Staff Accountant for a local not-for-profit agency, which led to her career at SUNY Ulster as the Project Assistant for the Title III Grant. She can be found in CAPS researching, working on the Grant budget, and assisting with day to day operations.


Donna Diamond

Donna is the Instructional Assistant at The Learning Center.  Donna began her career at SUNY Ulster over 20 years ago as a student aide after she returned to college as an adult student.  She now hires, trains, and supervises the Center’s student aides.  She also helps students navigate blackboard, with specialized software programs and with basic computer skills. Donna is a vital member of the Early Alert Team.  If you receive a phone call from Donna, it usually means your professor is concerned that you are falling behind in your coursework. Donna also helps provide motivational workshops, helping students achieve success while studying at SUNY Ulster.





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