Parent Organization: *SUNY Oneonta

LEAD @ Oneonta is a comprehensive leadership program based on current research and the Council for Advancement of Standards (CAS). It is designed to provide individual students an opportunity to explore leadership in a manner that gives them great breadth while allowing them to focus on areas important to them personally.


 The Programs Main Goals are to:

  • Recognize student leaders
  • Better prepare students for life after college
  • Provide students with a leadership record that can be submitted to potential employers
  • Help students identify and meet specific leadership outcomes
  • Provide a comprehensive picture of leadership and the skills needed to be a good leader
  • Provide support to those who advise and support student leaders


 Some highlights and assumptions:

  • All students can participate if they choose
  • A record of leadership activities will be compiled online for each student
  • Once a student has begun the program, they will receive periodic reminders of their progress and what is required to take the next step(s)
  • As students complete a leadership level (silver/gold/platinum), they will receive certificates and other forms of recognition
  • Completion of a leadership level will be recognized on campus as a kind of credential that can be used when running for office, applying for STEP funding, writing a resume, etc
  • Each level of certification requires a mix of programmatic and experiential leadership opportunities that expand the students’ theoretical and practical knowledge of leadership

Many professionals assist with the LEAD program. Below is a listing of the LEAD Advisory Council and LEAD Work Group members.

LEAD@Oneonta Advisory Council

  • Lynda Bassette-Farone, Director of Educational Opportunity Program
  • Amy Benedict-Augustine, Director of Career Development Center
  • Bill Davis, Community Member
  • Christine Edwards, Associate Director, Residential Community Life
  • Angie Eichler, Associate Director of Campus Life (Chair)
  • Charlene Foley-Deno, Assistant Professor Economics, Finance & Accounting
  • Monica Grau, Director, Office of New Student Services
  • Bill Harcleroad, Director of Campus Activities
  • Rebecca Harrington, Health Educator
  • Sara Headley, Head Coach, Women’s Softball
  • Karlis Kaugars, Chief Information Officer
  • Cassandra Mullinnex, First Destination Coordinator
  • Venkat Sharma, Dean of Natural and Mathematical Sciences
  • Gretchen Sorin, Director  & Professor of Museum Studies
  • Robb Thibault, Director, Hunt Union
  • Daphne Thompson, Head Coach, Women’s Basketball


Address 220 Hunt College Union
Ravine Parkway
Oneonta, NY 13820
Phone Number P:(607) 436-3213
Fax Number F:(607) 436-2415