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Board of Ambassadors

Members serve as informed advocates for the advancement of the School of Health and Human Performance. Board members are “authenticators” for the institution – they are prominent and respected individuals who are visibly associated with the College.

Michael D. Arena '04, BSN, RN-BC, RRT-NPS, Senior Level III Leadership Nurse and Safety and Infection Prevention Liaison Nurse, University of Rochester Medical Center, Strong Memorial Hospital
Michael ArenaMr. Arena is an ANCC (American Nurses Credentialing Center) Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse working in Strong Behavioral Health, Child/Adolescent Psychiatry Inpatient 4-9000 unit. He is a nurse educator and teaches mandatory Mock Code classes to all Department of Psychiatry nurses and technicians through their nursing education program.Previously, he served respiratory care patients through Strong Memorial Hospital Respiratory Care Department as a Registered Respiratory Therapist-Neonatal Pediatric Specialist. In addition to serving on many hospital and departmental committees at Strong, Michael is a member of ANA-NY (American Nurses Association -New York) as well as serving on their legislative committee, and he's a member of APNA (American Psychiatric Nurses Association), AARC (American Association for Respiratory Care), RNS (Respiratory Nursing Society), and the College at Brockport's Department of Nursing Community Advisory Board. He is a past President (2006-2010) and the current President (July 2014-2016) of Brockport's Omicron Beta Chapter/Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, and a member of Alpha Chi National Honor Scholarship Society, Omicron Chapter at the College. Michael graduated from the College at Brockport Nursing Program in 2004.

Dr. Jacob BarkleyJacob Barkley '98, BS, MS, PhD; Physical Education/Exercise Physiology; Associate Professor Exercise Science/, Kent State University 

After earning his B.S. in Physical Education/Exercise Physiology from SUNY Brockport in 1998, Dr. Barkley earned both an M.S. and Ph.D. in Exercise Science from SUNY University at Buffalo in 2002 and 2007, respectively. He is currently an Associate Professor of Exercise Science at Kent State University where he has served as faculty since 2006. Dr. Barkley’s research expertise is in the area of physical activity behavior and health outcomes.   Specifically, he has focused on how social factors (e.g., positive peer interaction) and technology (e.g., cell phone use) affect physical activity behavior and subsequent health outcomes. Dr. Barkley has authored numerous peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts and his work has received significant national and international media attention. Some of his recent research examining how excessive cell phone use may contribute to decreased physical activity and fitness, increased anxiety and poor academic performance has been featured in Time, the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, the Today Show, the London Daily Mail, Huffington Post and numerous other media outlets. Dr. Barkley is also a certified Health Fitness Specialist and a member of the American College of Sports Medicine. He played for the Golden Eagles football team and his wife, Barbara (Fawls) Barkley, is a fellow SUNY Brockport alumnus. They live in Kent, Ohio with their three sons, Ryan, Patrick and Elias.

Jane E. Clark '68, PhD, Dean, School of Public Health, University of Maryland College Park

Dr. Jane ClarkDr. Clark earned her bachelor’s degree in Health and Physical Education from The College at Brockport, her masters in Physical Education from the University of Washington, and her Ph.D. in Motor Development from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has co-edited texts in motor development, authored or co-authored book chapters and refereed journal publications. She has also presented scientific papers at national and international conferences and universities. Recently, she was appointed the founding editor of a new journal in the field, Kinesiology Review. Jane is an active member in several professional organizations like the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD), and the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity. In 1993, Dr. Clark was elected Fellow of the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education (recently renamed the National Academy of Kinesiology), a society limited to 150 active scholars in the field of kinesiology. In 2006, she was elected President of the Academy. She has been honored with the Alumni Achievement Award by the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin and with the Hall of Heritage Award from the Brockport Alumni Association. Beginning July 1, 2012, Jane began her two-year term as Dean of the School of Public Health at the University of Maryland. Previously, she served as Chair and Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Neuroscience & Cognitive Sciences Program, University of Maryland, College Park.

Nancy DaoustNancy Daoust '98, BS, MS; Healthcare Administration. Chief Administrative Officer & Vice President Hospital Affairs, Upstate University Hospital  at Community Campus at Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse, NY.

In her role as Chief Administrative Officer, Nancy Daoust has administrative responsibility for University Hospital’s Community Campus and all Ambulatory Services for University Hospital’s Downtown and Community campuses, including clinical, operational and financial oversight. Her background includes both clinical and administrative skills which have uniquely positioned her for her current role.

Through her professional development she was invited to become a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. She is also a member of the board of directors for the Health Care Management Association of CNY, the local chapter of ACHE. She was recognized in 2008 as a President’s award winner as a member of Ambulatory Telephone Access Group.

Her goal is to build on strong internal system resources to better prepare Upstate to deliver a higher level of quality. “My mission is to maintain the honor and essence of Community Campus, to continue to identify, develop and complete strategies to grow clinical service lines.”

Ms. Daoust is a magna cum laude graduate of SUNY Brockport where she received her bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration, 1998. She earned a master’s degree in management from Keuka College.

Grace Dengler '10, BSN, MSN; Nursing. Clinical IT Analysis, Episcopal Church Home, Rochester, NY

Grace DenglerPassionate about her work — especially of instruction and teaching / training in the nursing field, Ms. Dengler holds special expertise in the areas of clinical IT systems analysis, leadership, training, patient advocacy, and change management. She is 100% dedicated to excellence in her job performance and  believes in championing those traits in her students.

She always tries to think of something positive about a change rather than complaining about the difficulties, starting with her first role in her 20s when she served at a school in Africa. She had to do what most today would consider impossible tasks, such as driving a truck a long distance in the wee hours of the morning to purchase corn and other food, then grinding the corn into flour to be used for baking, in addition to serving as the nurse and counselor.

She's used that same approach in creating positive change when training or instructing others; she inspires them to willingly take on change in the work place, viewing it in a positive manner. She has been able to integrate valuable ideas for lasting change to the point she has became known as a “change agent.”

Robert S. Gold '69/'71, PhD, Chair, Dept. of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, University of Maryland College Park

Dr. Robert Gold Dr. Gold earned bachelor's degrees in Health Science and Biological Sciences as well as his master's degree in Health Education from the College at Brockport. He went on to earn two doctoral degrees; one at the University of Oregon and the other at the University of Texas, Houston. Robert  was the founding Dean for the School of Public Health at the University of Maryland, College Park. He currently serves as a Professor there with appointments as: Chair, Dept. of Epidemiology and Biostatistics; Professor in the Dept. of Epidemiology and Public Health (primary), and Dept. of Medicine (secondary), School of Medicine, University of Maryland, Baltimore. In addition, he is Associate Director of the University of Maryland Baltimore Clinical Translational Research Institute, Co-Director of the UMCP Center of Excellence for Health Information Technology Research, and Director of the UMCP/SPH Public Health Informatics Research Laboratory. Dr. Gold's own research focuses on health communications projects and technology development projects in the areas of asthma, cancer prevention, diabetes, HIV prevention, injury and violence prevention. He has played a significant role in the oversight and conduct of a broad variety of national research studies such as the National Children and Youth Fitness Studies I and II, the National School Health Education Evaluation Study, and the National Adolescent Student Health Survey.

Dr. Daniel Gould Daniel R. Gould '73, PhD, Director, Institute for the Study of Youth Sports, Michig an State Univer sity

Dr. Gould earned his bachelor's degree in Physical Education from the College at Brockport in 1973. He completed his doctoral degree in 1978 at the University of Illinois Urbana, and a Master of Science-Education in 1994 from the University of Washington. 

Ronald Leonard '84/'90, Adapted Physical Education Teacher, Stark County Board of Developmental  Disabilities, Canton, Ohio

Mr. Leonard has been an employee of the Stark County Board of Developmental Disabilities since 1986. He started as a Physical Development Specialist with the Adult Services program (1986-2007) and also served as a Service Coordinator. In this position he provided physical fitness and recreational skill programming for adults with developmental disabilities, and coordinated a variety of services for adults served by the agency. Ronald coached Special Olympics extensively during his employment as Physical Development Specialist. He was the Training Coordinator/Special Olympics Coordinator from 2007-2011. During this time he provided oversight for up to 35 coaches, working with 9 sports and over 300 registered Special Olympics athletes. From 2009-2011, he also acted as a Special Olympics Ohio, Area Co-Director, where he coordinated Special Olympics events for a five county area in Northeast Ohio. Since the fall of 2011, Mr. Leonard has taught Adaptive Physical Education for 5-21 year old students at the agency's Rebecca Stallman Southgate School. Ronald earned his bachelor's degree and Master of Science-Education from the College at Brockport. While completing his BS he was fortunate to perform his student teaching in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In 1984, he received the Department of Physical Education Scholar Award.

Michael Schmoyer '95/'97, PhD, CHES, Captain (CAPT), Director of Office of Pandemics & Emerging Threats, Office of Global Affairs, United States Dept. of Health & Humans Services

Dr. Michael SchmoyerCaptain Schmoyer, as Director of PET (Office of Pandemics and Emerging Threats) supports the Department's Secretary, Assistant Secretary for Global Affairs, and HHS' (Health and Human Services) operational and staff divisions (e.g., CDC, NIH, ASPR, FDA, etc.) in three areas internationally: Global Health Security, Antimicrobial Resistance, and Pandemics and Emerging Threats. PET's main partners include the White House's National Security Staff, Department of State, Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, United States Agency for International Development, and embassies domestic and abroad. Prior to being at HHS/OGA/PET, Michael completed three years as the HHS/ASPR Senior Advisor and representative to the Department of Defense’s (DoD) US Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) in Miami covering 31 countries and 10 territories in Latin America. Other assignments have been as Deputy Director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Central America and Panama Regional Office in Guatemala and as Interim Director for the CDC Central Asia Regional Office in Almaty, Kazakhstan. He originally started as a Research Fellow with the CDC National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion’s (NCCD) Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) Research Application Branch as an asthma researcher. He was accepted into the competitive International Experience and Technical Assistance (IETA) fellowship program where he served a 13-week TDY as the CDC/Central Asia Region Acting Deputy Director. Prior to his work at CDC, he was an instructor at several universities (College at Brockport, University of Rochester, University of Florida), working in public schools (teaching, extracurricular education, and assisting special needs children), and consulting for various NGOs (Catholic Family Charities shelter programs, AIDS Rochester, and the American Red Cross). CDR Schmoyer completed his PhD (Health Behavior; minor: Instructional Technology) at the University of Florida. He earned his BS (Double major in Physical Education & Health Science) and MSEd (Community Health) from The College at Brockport. His decorations include the USPHS Outstanding Service Medal, Commendation Medal, and Achievement Medal; he received an exceptional proficiency promotion to full Commander from Lieutenant Commander.

Patrick Seche '98, MC, CASAC, Clinical Coordinator of Addiction Psychiatry Services, University of Rochester Medical Center
Mr. Patrick SecheMr. Seche entered the field of addiction treatment in 1998 and, over the years, has worked for a diverse group of organizations in different capacities. He joined the University of Rochester Medical Center/Addiction Psychiatry Services in 2001 as a Senior Counselor. In 2008, Patrick was offered the opportunity to develop a plan to manage all Addiction Psychiatry Services. He developed a re-organization plan with a new leadership structure. The plan was approved in June 2008 and Patrick assumed his current management role as Clinical Coordinator. This position includes overall management of clinical operations, administrative functions, and fiscal management of two clinics as well as oversight of 34 staff. Mr. Seche earned his BS in Health Science/Alcohol & Substance Abuse in 1998 from The College at Brockport, completed this New York State Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) in 2000 and a MS in Management from Nazareth College in 2007. In 2007, Patrick was named as an emerging African-American Leader by the Democrat & Chronicle newspaper, and he received the James McCullough Award for Community Excellence from Action for a Better Community. Other awards include the Excellence in Management from Nazareth College in 2008, and the Charlotte C. Hegedus Community Excellence Award from the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence-Rochester Area in 2012. Mr. Seche is active in several community programs as well as facilitating lectures and panel discussions, teaching and giving presentations to various groups/organizations.

Lee Serravillo '92, '94, '95, Executive Director, University at Albany Alumni Association
Mr. Lee SerravilloMr. Serravillo has over 17 years of not-for-profit management experience and is currently the Executive Director of the University at Albany Alumni Association. At the University, he provides the fiscal, personnel and programmatic leadership the Association. Lee has increased the quality of alumni and student programs, including enhanced communications and publications, more frequent events, larger constituent alumni organizations, and improved career support programs. Prior to his work at the University, Lee served as the Executive Director of the League of Women Voters of New York State. He is a member of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership. While at Brockport Lee earned three degrees, including a Bachelor of Science in Recreation Administration with a concentration in Sports Management '92, a Master of Public Administration '94 and a Master of Science in Recreation and Leisure Studies '95, and was a member of the Golden Eagles baseball team.

Becky J. Smith  '64/'72, PhD, MCHES, CAE, Visiting Professor, Community Health, Cleveland State University
Dr. Becky SmithDr. Smith recently accepted a position at Cleveland State University as a visiting professor in their Community Health program. Prior to this, she had completed 25 years as the Executive Director of the American Association for Health Education (AAHE) and as a Vice President of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD). Previous experience includes 12 years of teaching within health education professional preparation at institutions of higher education and nine years of public school teaching. She held appointments at Ohio University, Illinois State University and Indiana State University and served on the graduate faculty at both Ohio and Illinois State. She has served on the Board of Trustees of the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE), and as the Regional Director of the North American Regional Office (NARO) of IUHPE, and was a founding Board member of the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. Dr. Smith is a current Board member of the National Commission for Accreditation of Health Education Centers. She has served as the Editor of the Journal of Health Education, and as the Executive Editor of both the American Journal of Health Education and the International Electronic Journal of Health Education.In addition, she has served on numerous national advisory committees, been an author of professional publications and made presentations at national and international meetings. Becky J. Smith completed a Bachelors and Masters degree at The College at Brockport. Her doctoral studies were completed at the University of Illinois with a major in Health and Safety Studies and minors in Labor and Industrial Relations and History and Philosophy of Education. Dr. Smith is a Fellow of the American School Health Association, a Fellow of the North American Society of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Sports, and a Charter Fellow of AAHE as well as a life member of the Health Education Honorary, Eta Sigma Gamma and has received their Distinguished Service Award. Other awards include the Professional Service Award and Presidential Citation from AAHE.

Michael A. Stockman '91, BS, CPRP,  Assistant Director of Parks and Recreation, Town of Victor, NY

Mr. Stockman has worked for the Town of Victor since July 2007. Some of his responsibilities include senior citizens programming, town based special events (i.e., Memorial Day Parade and Victorfest), and administrative duties ranging from payroll to facility management and marketing. In addition, he sits on numerous town-wide committee’s including; Customer Service, Wellness, and Communications. Prior to working in Victor, he was Recreation Director for the Town of Evans and Lakes Shore Central School District in Angola, New York, where he started both departments from scratch and increased programming from 12 to over 250 per year in the Town of Evans. While in Evans, Michael or his department received the following awards: Exceptional Service, Distinguished Service, Distinguished Agency, Exceptional Program, Good Guy and Outstanding Promotional Brochure. He started the Village of Angola Revitalization committee and an organization called Citizens for Responsible Choices. This group fights underage drinking and drug usage and passed a rule in the local school district prohibiting students from attending the senior prom until they and their parent(s) attended an educational seminar together. He is an active member of the Genesee Valley Recreation and Park Society (GVRPS), and the New York State Recreation and Park Society (NYSRPS), and a past member of the Niagara Frontier Recreation and Parks Society. Michael majored in Recreation Leadership at Erie Community College and graduated from The College at Brockport with a BS in Recreation and Leisure Studies.

Robert F. Valois '77, MS, PhD, MPH, Professor, Dept. of Health Promotion, Education & Behavior, Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina

Dr. Robert ValoisDr. Valois earned his bachelor's degree in Health Science from The College at Brockport, his MS in School Health and PhD in Community Health/Program Evaluation at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He completed his Postdoctoral Fellowship, a U.S. Public Health Service Traineeship and the MPH degree in Health Behavior at the University of Alabama-Medical Center, School of Public Health in Birmingham. The National Institutes of Health, U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, U.S. Departments of Health & Human Services, Education, and Juvenile Justice, the Pew Charitable Trusts, Robert Wood Johnson and Rockefeller Foundations have funded some of his research. His research is focused on adolescent and school health; adolescent health-risk behaviors and life satisfaction; smoking cessation; and program evaluation. IN addition to being published extensively in well-respected, peer-reviewed journals, Robert has published books, book chapters and monographs. He has served as Interim Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of School Health and on the editorial boards for: Journal of School Health, American Journal of Health Behavior, American Journal of Health Education, American Journal of Health Studies, International Journal of School Health and Health Behavior and P olicy Review. Robert is a fellow of the American School Health Association, American Academy of Health Behavior, American Association for Health Education, and the Research Consortium of AAHPERD (SHAPE). He has been recognized for teaching excellence, creative research, distinguished service, and for the use of cable television/mass media in community health promotion. Recognitions from the American School Health Association include the: William A. Howe Award, Research Scholar Award, Distinguished Service Award, the Substance Abuse Prevention Award, and a Presidential Citation. In 2002, he was recognized as the American Association for Health Education (AAHE) Scholar. Dr. Valois currently holds an adjunct appointment in Family & Preventive Medicine in the School of Medicine at the University of South Carolina. He also serves as a consultant to NIH, CDC, California Healthy Kids Program, Research Grants Council of Hong Kong and the Bureau of Health Promotion, Center for Health Promoting Schools in Taiwan.

Racheal L. Wood '05, MSN, CCRN-CMC, CEN, Major, United States Army

Major Wood is in the United States Army Nurse Corps, assigned to the White House Medical Unit as the Senior Nurse in Washington, D.C. Racheal graduated from The College at Brockport, State University of New York, where she received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing and in Biology in 2005. She received a direct Commission in May 2005. Major Wood's previous assignments were at Womack Army Medical Center at Fort Bragg, North Carolina and Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center at Fort Gordon, Georgia. She also deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom to Baghdad, Iraq in 2008. Her nursing background includes Post-Anesthesia Care, Maternal-Child Health, Medical-Surgical, Rotary-Wing Care, Trauma and Critical Care Nursing. Racheal is a graduate of the Army's Critical Care Course, Joint Enroute Care Course, Medical Management of Chemical and Biological Casualties Course, Medical Effects of Ionizing Radiation Course, the Captains Career Course, and the Air Force Flight Nurse Course where she was the Distinguished Honor Graduate. Her graduate level education consists of a Master's in Nursing Education from East Carolina University in 2010. She is currently attending the University of South Alabama with a projected graduation date of 2016 with her Doctorate of Nursing Practice as a Clinical Nurse Specialist. She has earned her certification as a Critical Care Registered Nurse, and has a sub-specialty in Cardiac Medicine, both from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. She is also a member of the Emergency Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau, and the Army Nurse Corps Association. In addition, she has earned certification in Emergency Nursing. Racheal resides in Alexandria, Virginia, with her husband Brian, a Major in the United States Army Signal Corps, and their sons Jackson (4) and Kellen (3 months). 

 Board of Ambassadors Emeriti

Deborah C. Stamps '98, EdD, RN, GNP, NE, BC, Vice President, Chief Nursing Officer of Newark-Wayne Community Hospital. Served on Board of Ambassadors until August 2015.

Dr. Stamps has been part of the Rochester General Health System in various clinical leadership roles since 1989. Her professional background includes emergency care, women’s care, obstetrics and neonatal, progressive care nursing and radiology nursing. Dr. Stamps serves on the board of the Rochester-Syracuse Planned Parenthood, is a member of the New York State Organization of Nurse Executives, the American Nurses Association, Chi Eta Phi Sorority and many other professional organizations. In addition, she has been published in the American Association of Critical Care Nurses Procedure Manual, in the Medsurg Nursing Journal and in the Critical Care Journal. She has conducted research on the topic of Horizontal Violence. She earned her certification as a Licensed Practical Nurse from the Educational Opportunity Center, an Associate’s Degree from Monroe Community College, a Baccalaureate Degree from The College at Brockport, a Master’s Degree from Nazareth College, completed the Nurse Leaders of the Future program at the Wharton School, and her Doctorate in Education Degree from St. John Fisher College. Debbie was awarded the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Club, 2010 Sojourner Truth Award, and was a finalist for the 2011 American Heart Association Women of Distinction Award.

Arthur Tullman served on the Board of Ambassadors until August

Linanne M.B. Conroy '87/'96, CPRP, Assistant Director of Recreation, Town of Penfield, NY

Mrs. Conroy, an active member of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), the New York State Recreation and Park Society (NYSRPS) and the Genesee Valley Recreation and Park Society (GVRPS), currently serves on the NYSRPS Executive Board and the 2014 Conference Committee and is the past chair of State Conferences and the Professional Certification Board. Linanne has been President of GVRPS twice and currently serves on the GVRPS Nominations and Conference Committee. She has received the following awards: NYSRPS and GVRPS "Good Gal" Award, GVRPS Professional Excellence Award, GVRPS Past President's Award, GVRPS Distinguished Professional, and The College at Brockport Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies' Outstanding Alumni Award. Linanne is an honorary inductee into Rho Phi Lambda, the Honorary Professional Recreation, Park and Leisure Service Fraternity. She earned her bachelor's degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies in 1987 and her master's degree in Public Administration in 1996, both from The College at Brockport. She has worked for the Town of Penfield Recreation Department in various capacities since she began her career. Her responsibilities include aquatic and wellness programming for all ages, special events, staff development, budget management and serving as community liaison with several organizations.


Last Updated 11/13/15