MVCC announces new hires, promotions and retirements

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UTICA — Mohawk Valley Community College announces the following new appointments, employee title changes, and promotions as approved by the Board of Trustees at its recent meetings:

Patricia Antanavige, student support adviser — retention coordinator. Antanavige has transitioned to student support adviser—retention counselor after serving as student support adviser since 2019, but will now also be responsible for serving as a single point-of-contact to create a seamless pathway for student success from pre-boarding to completion. Antanavige has been with MVCC since 2008 in a variety of capacities.

Stephanie Bush, recruitment and employment specialist. Bush will be responsible for the coordination and implementation of human resources processes and procedures. She also will prepare, maintain, and distribute confidential reports including those used for college and human resources budget, labor matters, and negotiations.

Christopher Hanrahan, associate business adviser, Small Business Development Center. Hanrahan was appointed to the grant-funded position of associate business adviser in the Mohawk Valley Small Business Development Center and will support business advisors who provide business advisement services to a variety of small businesses and entrepreneurs engaged in starting, managing, growing, or purchasing a business. He also will manage the MV SBDC’s social media strategy and activities, and assist the director in coordinating seminars, workshops, and webinars on topics of interest to the business community.

Ushona McLean, STEP coordinator. McLean has transitioned to the grant-funded position of STEP Coordinator and will be responsible for the daily oversight of the Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP). She has served the college in a variety of positions since 2003. McLean holds a master’s degree in social policy and a bachelor’s degree in community and human services from Empire State College. She also holds a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential and an associate degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences from MVCC.

Susan O’Meara, Job Corps Scholars counselor. O’Meara was appointed to the grant-funded position of Job Corps Scholars Counselor and will provide youth of diverse backgrounds from the high-needs population of Utica with academic instruction, occupational skills training, and viable pathways to college and careers. O’Meara worked at the College as a part-time CSTEP advisor from 2017 to 2019.

Theresa Paladino, distinguished retiree, in recognition of her many years of service.

Andriana Semko, instructor, School of Health Sciences. Semko was appointed as instructor in the School of Health Sciences teaching courses in the Health Information Technology program.

Jewel Smith-Rudolph, Job Corps Scholars counselor. Smith-Rudolph was appointed to the grant-funded position of Job Corps Scholars counselor and will provide youth of diverse backgrounds from the high-needs population of Utica with academic instruction, occupational skills training, and viable pathways to college and careers. Smith-Rudolph has been employed by the College since 2018 as a STEP advisor and worked various positions during her time as an MVCC student at the pool, in the Center for Women in Science and Engineering (WISE), and Alumni Relations.

Matthew Warchal, Upward Bound Program specialist. Warchal has transitioned to the grant-funded position of Upward Bound Program Specialist and will work to improve Oneida County Upward Bound students’ academic performance in mathematics, science, and language arts through the delivery of a wide range of instructional support and intervention services. Warchal has been with the College since 2009, first as a professional tutor and summer college teacher for two years and then as Upward Bound tutor/mentor.

Jacqueline Womack, distinguished retiree, in recognition of her many years of service.

Jon-David Velletto, coordinator—workforce development. Velletto has been appointed to the grant-funded position of coordinator—workforce development within the Center for Corporate and Community Education and will be responsible for meeting regional workforce needs by coordinating the development and delivery of educational programs. Velletto began his career in the hospitality industry, eventually joining MVCC as technical assistant and adjunct instructor in the college’s Hospitality programs from 2014 to 2019.

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