Archer Center Staff

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Christine Allard

Associate Director
P: (518) 276-2119
E: bondc@rpi.edu

Christine M. Allard is the Associate Director for the Archer Center for Student Leadership Development at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. The Center staff members are responsible for teaching students, (and at times, staff and faculty) the non-technical skills they need in order to be successful in their academic, personal and professional lives.

Christine joined the Archer Center in 1995 after working as a Residence Hall Director at the State University College at Cortland.

She graduated from Cornell University with a B. S. in Interpersonal Communication and a concentration in Education. She earned her M.S. in College Student Personnel from Miami University.

Christine teaches several required courses each year, coordinates the Professional Leadership Program (PLP) and also facilitates custom-designed workshops and programs for any organization within the RPI community. She supervises professional staff and manages the day-to-day administrative tasks for the department. Christine is a certified MBTI facilitator.

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Amy Corron

Assistant Director-Lecturer
P: (518) 276-2119
E: corroa@rpi.edu

Amy Corron is an Assistant Director for the Archer Center for Student Leadership Development at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. The Center staff members are responsible for teaching students, (and at times, staff and faculty) the non-technical skills they need in order to be successful in their academic, personal and professional lives.

Amy joined the Archer Center in 2017 after working the Assistant Director of Student Activities in the Rensselaer Union, advising RPI student organizations and facilitating campus programming.

She graduated from The College of William & Mary with a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Anthropology. She earned her M.S. in Student Affairs in Higher Education with a concentration in Diversity, Equity, and Culture from Miami University.

Amy teaches several required courses each year, coordinates the Greek Emerging Leaders Series (GELS) and also facilitates custom-designed workshops and programs for any organization within the RPI community. She specializes in diversity and inclusion trainings, and cross-cultural communication workshops based on intergroup dialogue.

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Karyn Dyer

Assistant Director-Lecturer
P: (518) 276-2119
E: dyerk@rpi.edu

Karyn Dyer is an Assistant Director for the Archer Center for Student Leadership Development at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. The Center staff members are responsible for teaching students, (and at times, staff and faculty) the non-technical skills they need in order to be successful in their academic, personal and professional lives.

Karyn joined the Archer Center in the summer of 2016 after working as a Graduate Student Coordinator of the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation at Syracuse University.

She graduated from Syracuse University with a M.S. in Higher Postsecondary Education. Prior to that, Karyn received her B.A. in English at SUNY College at Old Westbury.

Karyn teaches several required courses in the School of Engineering, coordinates the Archer Center Leadership Professional Societies Series (ALPSS) for engineering professional organizations for underrepresented students in STEM. She also facilitates and designs custom workshops and programs for any organization within the RPI community. Karyn is a certified MBTI facilitator.

Karyn’s interests around leadership development include but are not limited to team/organization development, diversity and cultural competency, leadership styles, strategic planning, and communication.

 

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Glen Gross

Associate Director-Lecturer
P: (518) 276-2119
E: grossg4@rpi.edu

Glen R. Gross is the Associate Director for the Archer Center for Student Leadership Development at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. The Center staff members are responsible for teaching students, (and at times, staff and faculty) the non-technical skills they need in order to be successful in their academic, personal and professional lives.

Glen joined the Archer Center in the fall of 2013 after working as a community organizer for a non-profit group dedicated to battling substance abuse in Bennington, Vermont. Prior to this experience he was an adjunct Instructor at Southern Vermont College teaching History and Humanities courses.  He began his career working as a Director of Student Activities at several colleges in the mid-west and northeast.

He graduated from S.U.N.Y. at Geneseo with a B. A. in History.  He earned his M.S. in College Student Personnel from Miami University and a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) from Connecticut College.

Glen teaches several required courses each year, advises the LEAP peer leadership facilitation team and serves as curriculum coordinator for Professional Development III.  Glen is a certified MBTI facilitator as well as a certified trainer for the Strength Deployment Inventory (SDI).

He lives with his wife and family in Niskayuna, N.Y. where he enjoys old books, warm fires and the company of honest friends.

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Susan Henry

Assistant Director-Lecturer
P: (518) 276-2119
E: henrys3@rpi.edu

Susan Henry is an Assistant Director/Lecturer in the Archer Center for Student Leadership Development at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. The Center staff members are responsible for teaching students, (and at times, staff and faculty) the non-technical skills they need in order to be successful in their academic, personal and professional lives.

Susan joined the Archer Center in August 2017 after working in the Office of Student Involvement at the University at Albany, SUNY.

She graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a B. S. in Marine Biology and a B.A. in Philosophy. She earned her M.A. in Philosophy from Binghamton University.

Susan teaches several required courses each year, coordinates the First-year Leadership House Experience and also facilitates custom-designed workshops and programs for any organization within the RPI community.

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Casey Jakubowski

Associate Director-Lecturer
P: (518) 276-2119
E: jakubc@rpi.edu

Casey Thomas Jakubowski is an Associate Director/ Lecturer for the Archer Center for Student Leadership Development at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. The Center staff members are responsible for teaching students, (and at times, staff and faculty) the non-technical skills they need in order to be successful in their academic, personal and professional lives.

Casey joined the Archer Center in 2015 after 15 years in K-12 education, administration, and school improvement efforts. A New York State Certified Administrator and teacher, he previously served the New York State Education Department as a school improvement specialist and social studies curriculum resource. He has published in rural and social studies focused journals and presented at a number of state and national conferences.

Casey graduated from State University of New York, Fredonia with a Bachelors in Social Studies 7-12 and History degree. He went on to earn a Masters of Arts, History from SUNY Binghamton.  He was later awarded an Advanced Certificate in teacher mentoring from University at Buffalo. He is currently finishing a PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from SUNY at Albany, with a specialization in Rural Education and Leadership.

Casey teaches several required courses each year, coordinates the Archer Center’s outreach to the School of Science, and works with the executive boards of the underrepresented professional organizations. He also facilitates custom-designed workshops and programs for any organization within the RPI community, with a specialty in working with fraternities and sororities. Casey supervises the student work staff.  Casey is a certified MBTI facilitator. 

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Graham Knowles

Associate Director-Lecturer
P: (518) 276-2119
E: knowlg@rpi.edu

Graham C. Knowles is an Associate Director/Lecturer for the Archer Center for Student Leadership Development at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. 

Graham joined the Archer Center in 2005 after working in Higher Education at Siena College, The College of Saint Rose and Hudson Valley Community College.

He graduated from Saint John Fisher College in 1991 with a B.A in History and minor in Philosophy.  He earned his Master of Science in Education focusing on College Student Personnel in 1994 from The College of Saint Rose.

Graham teaches several required courses in School of Engineering and Management each year and also facilitates custom-designed workshops and programs for any organization within the RPI community.  Graham also serves as the department’s outreach to our Athletic teams.  Additionally he serves as the academic liaison for Men’s Lacrosse team and Softball.  He is a certified MBTI facilitator and advisor for the Rensselaer chapter of The National Society of Leadership and Success.

In his spare time he is very involved in the local soccer community and running in races ( 5k and up)

 

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Judith Obiero

Associate Director-Lecturer
P: (518) 276-2119
E: obierj@rpi.edu

Dr. Judith Akinyi Obiero is an Associate Director for the Archer Center for Student Leadership Development at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. The Center is responsible for leadership and professional development of students as well as the non-technical skills they need in order to be successful in their academic and professional engagements.

Judith lectures several required courses, coordinates the Professional Leadership Series (PLS), and also facilitates custom-designed workshops and programs for organizations within the RPI community. She is also the patron for African Students Association. Judith is a certified MBTI facilitator and a graduate of ATD 2017 Creating Successful Leadership Programs.

Judith joined the Archer Center in 2015 after a post-doctoral stint with the United States Department of Labor’s Job Corps program in Chicopee, Massachusetts. She graduated from University of Massachusetts with EdD in Education Policy and Leadership studies with a concentration in International Education.  She has an MA in Sustainable Development from the SIT Graduate Institute and BA in Sociology & Linguistics from Egerton University, Kenya.

While at the University of Massachusetts, Judith earned a Graduate Certificate in Advanced Feminist Studies from the department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies .This has not only enhanced her understanding and appreciation of the human rights and a global justice perspective, but also equipped her with the conceptual and methodological tools for pursuing social justice education. Her major research interests focus on the dynamics of educational policies and practices, access to public education, equity issues in education; and the application of feminist intersectional theory and analysis in understanding and addressing the mechanisms and processes through which social policy and practice impact  marginalized communities.

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Tracy Schierenbeck

Director
P: (518) 276-2119
E: schiet@rpi.edu

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Audrey Scranton

Assistant Director-Lecturer

P: (518) 276-2119

E: scrana@rpi.edu

Audrey joined the Archer Center in 2018 after attending graduate school at the University of Iowa.  At Iowa, she received her B.A. in Communication Studies and Sociology and an M.A. in Communication Studies.  She is currently completing a Ph.D. in Communication Studies from the University of Iowa, with which she is studying how institutions of higher education can be more inclusive both in everyday interactions and in policies and procedures.

Audrey teaches several required courses each year.  She also facilitates custom-designed workshops and programs for any organization within the RPI community.  She is particularly passionate about diversity and inclusion, community building, and effective communication skills.  She believes that everyone has leadership potential within them, no matter their temperaments, roles, or skills.