Leslie Lawrence, MD, is a graduate of Cornell University and received his MD degree from Albany Medical College. He completed his residency in Family Practice at St. Claire’s Hospital in Schenectady, New York and is Board Certified. Dr. Lawrence was in private practice with admitting privileges to Saratoga Hospital for over ten years, and then became Medical Director at the University at Albany. In January of 2004 Dr. Lawrence joined Rensselaer as Medical Director. He has a special interest in the areas adolescent medicine and anxiety and depressive disorders, and enjoys teaching students.
Kevin Readdean, MSEd, LMHC, joined the Student Health Center in 2007. He received his Masters in Psychological Services from the University of Pennsylvania and is a licensed Mental Health Counselor. Prior to joining Rensselaer, Kevin was Administrative Director of the Health and Counseling Services at SUNY Cobleskill. Kevin is currently pursuing a PhD in Health Systems Administration from Rutgers University.
Nicole A. Genc, MBA joined the RPI Student Health Center in June 2017. She graduated from Russell Sage College with a degree in Psychology and earned her Master's in Business Administration (MBA) from American Public University. Nicole has over a decade of diverse healthcare experience in patient care, laboratory, administrative oversight of electronic medical records, and management.
Bonnie Bornt, Operations Specialist, joined the Health Center staff in 1982. Bonnie has been the main liaison for all the student insurance patient problem solving and insurance correspondence. Her interests include golf, Native American culture and she currently enjoys sponsoring an 8 year old little girl from the Philippines. She loves to spend time with her grandchildren.
Jackie Bond (Alaskey), Operations Associate, joined the Student Health Center in August 2008 as a part-time employee, and became full time in October 2008. She has her Associates Degree in business management. Her interests are being outdoors in the nice weather, traveling, reading, cooking, watching movies, and home projects. She enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and her Lab mix, Maddy.
Margarita Farley, MD received her bachelor's degree from Union College and is a graduate of Albany Medical College. She completed a residency at Albany Medical Center Hospital and is a board certified family physician. Prior to joining the staff at Rensselaer, she worked as a primary and urgent care physician for Albany Medical Center and as a staff physician at the University at Albany Health Center.
Amy Hettrich, P.A. joined RPI in April of 2017. Amy has been a Physician Assistant since 1995. She worked the majority of the last 22 years in Emergency Medicine but has also worked in Primary Care, Orthopedics and Inpatient Hospital Medicine. Amy received her Bachelors of Science from LeMoyne College and her Physician Assistant degree from The George Washington University. Amy lives in Saratoga Springs with her husband, 2 children and 2 dogs.
Karen Gaunay, RN joined the Student Health Center in 1991. She is a graduate of Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing in Troy, New York. Karen also works per-diem in the Emergency Department at Samaritan Hospital. She is BLS, ACLS and PALS certified. Her interests include walking, cooking, traveling and watching the Yankees. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends and her bulldog Charlie.
Jewel Robinson joined the SHC team in 2004. She is a graduate of Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing, in Troy . Prior to coming to RPI she worked as a staff nurse at the University at Albany and also has several years’ experience in OB/GYN and Pediatric nursing. Jewel enjoys to spend any free time she has with her family and friends, taking walks with the family dogs, and dancing.
Tami Simmons has been a Medical Assistant and in the Medical Field for 33 years in the Troy area. Her favorite things to do are to spend time with her family and especially her Yorkie, Bud. She also enjoys working with and dipping chocolate for the holidays.
Xiaoyan Zhang, RN joined the Student health Center in 2017. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Medicine from Southeast University (China) and worked as a pediatrician at hospital in Beijing for 7 years. In 2009, she graduated with honor from nursing program at Lake Michigan College. Prior to joining RPI, she worked with children and adolescents as a residential charge nurse in Albany for over 6 years. She enjoys spending times with her family and friends.
Kris Newman, FNP-C is a graduate of Russell Sage and Albany Medical Colleges. She has been working as a Nurse Practitioner specializing in Women’s Health since 1981. She worked in a private OB/Gyn practice locally in the past and has worked at the Student Health Center since 1991. She enjoys providing women’s health, sexual health and health education services to our students. She sees her role as being a “partner” with you in your health care.
Tara Schuster, MS MCHES joined the RPI Student Health Center in 2008. She received her Bachelor's Degree from the University of New Hampshire and her Master's Degree in Community Health Education from The Sage Colleges. Tara is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) and received her credentialing via the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. In addition, Tara has completed graduate work in Educational Psychology from Georgia State University and Higher Education and Counseling in Student Affairs from the University of Virginia. Tara has been a Health Educator in the field of higher education since 1998, having served as a Health Educator at Emory University in Atlanta, GA and Health Educator/Faculty at University of Virginia previous to coming to RPI. Tara's special interests include alcohol risk-reduction and LGBTQ awareness and support.
Nii Opare-Addo, MPH joined RPI in January of 2016. Prior to joining RPI, Nii has served in many administrative roles within Student Affairs at The University at Albany, SUNY, The College of Saint Rose, and The Sage Colleges. Nii received his Bachelors in Biology and a Master’s in Public Health with a concentration in Health Policy and Management from the University at Albany. Nii’s interests include Health Equity, Advocacy for underrepresented populations, gang Intervention, and sexual health and sexual misconduct. Nii is also a proud active member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and has some background in advising undergraduate chapters. Nii lives in Albany, NY with his pit-bull/lab mix puppy.
Dr. Benjamin Marte, MD joined the Student Health Center as Director of Counseling Services in mid-2008. He graduated from medical school from the University of the Philippines. He completed general psychiatry training from the University of Vermont and received training in child and adolescent psychiatry at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Prior to joining Rensselaer, Dr. Marte was medical director for United Counseling Services for Bennington County in Bennington, VT. He also served as medical director for Grant Mental healthcare in Moses Lake, WA.
Joseph Albert, PhD, (Dr. Joe) received his BA in psychology from Antioch College ('61) and his MA ('66) and PhD ('69) in Clinical Psychology from the University of Illinois. Joe, who has been licensed as a psychologist since 1971, also has an active private practice. He enjoys amateur theater, science fiction and spending time with his grandchildren and his "chug" (chihuahua/pug mix) named Peggy.
Keith Anderson, PhD, joined Counseling Services in 1994. A licensed psychologist, he received his doctorate from the University of Georgia. He has worked with college students since 1981 including Counseling Centers at SUNY Potsdam, UC Santa Barbara and American International College.
Lorna Guyett, PhD, joined Counseling services in 1994. She received her BS ('85) and MS ('87) in Experimental Psychology from SUNY Cortland, and her PhD ('95) in Counseling Psychology from SUNY Albany. Lorna is a New York State licensed psychologist.
Lydia Rest, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a background in addictions counseling. She received her Masters in Social Work from SUNY Albany and has experience working with people from all walks of life. Her goal is to provide outreach services to the students of RPI to increase accessibility to the counseling center. In her spare time she enjoys listening to music, craft projects and going to the movies (especially horror movies).
Sheryl Spencer, MSW LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker & received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University. Sheryl has been practicing individual and family psychotherapy since 2005 with outpatient & inpatient experience in the treatment of a broad spectrum of mental health disorders. Sheryl has worked in multicultural communities in Northern California and the Metropolitan Washington, DC area. She has also provided psychotherapy for children, adolescents, adults, and families at Saratoga County Mental Health and Glens Falls Hospital Outpatient Behavioral Health. While Sheryl is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, she embraces an eclectic treatment approach.....incorporating various schools of psychotherapy in order to meet the specific needs of the individual.
Jamie Seastrand, MA, LMHC, received her Masters in Counseling and Community Psychology from the Sage Colleges, and is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. She joined RPI in November of 2017 as the Triage Counselor. Previously, Jamie worked at the Sexual Assault and Crime Victims Assistance Program, specializing in providing services to college aged students. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, baking and spending time with family and friends.
Jaqualyn Iardella, LMSW, joined the Student Health Center in 2016. Jaqualyn earned a Masters in Social Work from SUNY Albany. She has worked with various populations including children with autism spectrum disorder, adults with developmental disabilities, adults and adolescents with various mental health conditions and in addiction treatment. Her goal is to grow the Office of Disability Services for Students and continue to enhance inclusion for students with disabilities on campus. Jaqualyn enjoys spending her spare time with her family.