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Upstate Institute Personnel

The governance of the Upstate Institute includes an Executive Board of Colgate faculty, staff and administrators, and a Community Board of community and government leaders, local businesspeople, and school administrators.


Bruce Selleck '71

Bruce is the Harold Orville Whitnall Professor of Geology at Colgate, as well as a Colgate alumnus. He has served the university and its students for many years, including a recent stint as Interim Provost and Dean of the Faculty. He is also very active in the community, lending his expertise to conversations relevant to the upstate region, particularly about natural gas exploration and energy.

Project Director

Julie Dudrick

Julie oversees our Field School and facilitates research by faculty and students on community-related projects. She also handles the institute's communications and online presence. She has a BA from Depauw University, an MFA in creative writing from the University of Notre Dame, and has previously worked for the Partnership for Community Development.

Upstate Institute Project Consultants

Rachel Amann-Burns
Rachel works with students who are engaged in semester-long field school projects and oversees the Foreign Language Program and the upcoming CNY Visual Artist Network. She has a B.S. degree in Natural Resource Management from Cornell University, and has worked as an AmeriCorps VISTA member in Anchorage, Alaska.
Susan M. Conn '79
Susan M. Conn, Esq. is a project consultant with the Upstate Law Project. She supervises the Consumer Bankruptcy Law Project and teaches SOSC 405: Social Security Benefits for Disabled Children. A member of the Colgate class of 1979, she joined the Upstate Institute in 2005 after 22 years as a staff and managing attorney at the Utica office of the Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York, Inc.
Mary Galvez
Mary Galvez is the project consultant for the Lifelong Learning Program. She has previously worked with the Community Action Partnership in Madison County, and also currently works at the Center for Leadership and Student Involvement at Colgate.

Colleen Nassimos
Colleen Nassimos is Office Manager for the Upstate Institute. She is also Office Manager for the Center for Outreach, Volunteerism and Education (COVE) at Colgate.
Casey Frazee
Christian Schmieder is the research consultant for the Upstate Institute, planning and conducting the Upstate Institute's self-assessment project. He holds an M.A. (Magister Artium) degree in Sociology and Linguistics from Freiburg University (Germany). As a lecturer and trainer for qualitative methodology and qualitative data analysis software, he regularly teaches at his alma mater and other academic institutions.

Executive Board

The twenty-two member Executive Board includes representation from each division of the university. Board members work as community ambassadors to the Upstate Institute and participate in the institute's long-term strategic planning efforts.


Community Board

The twenty members of the Community Board are from area non-profit organizations, local government, economic development organizations, and school districts. Community Board members offer input into new project development and help bring about community conversations that can be facilitated and supported by the Upstate Institute.


  • Barbara Bartlett, cultural resource manager
  • Joanne Borfitz, Associate Vice President for Community Relations and Auxiliary Services
  • Diana Bowers, Hamilton Central School
  • Richard D. Cheshire, Colgate Class of '56
  • Suzanne Collins, Hamilton Food Cupboard
  • Julie Dale, Community Action Partnership
  • Martin Dietrich, NBT Bank
  • Eric Faisst, Madison County Department of Health
  • Michael Fitzgerald, Madison County Department of Social Services
  • Wyatt Galusky, Morrisville State College
  • Jamie Hart, Madison County Planning Department
  • Kipp Hicks, Madison County Industrial Development Agency
  • Harvey Kliman, Southern Madison Heritage Trust
  • Shannon Mantaro, Partnership for Community Development
  • Jeffrey McArn, Hamilton College
  • Margaret Miller, Village of Hamilton Mayor
  • Diane Potter, Hamilton Orthopedics
  • Shannon Richard, Morrisville Auxiliary Corporation
  • Chris Rossi, Town of Hamilton
  • Geoffrey Snyder, Madison County Department of Health
  • Wayne Viera, Opportunities for Chenango
  • Dot Willsey, National Abolition Hall of Fame