Staff

Mo Wood

Office Coordinator
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Michael Duignan

Senior Director of Student Engagement

Michael joined the division in November 2021 as the new senior director of student engagement, overseeing the areas of Student Activities and Student Centers and Programming Services. Michael has worked in higher education for nearly two decades in roles spanning campus activities, student unions and student development, providing the unique combination of experience to lead, facilitate and enhance student programming efforts. Michael joins us from Shippensburg University where he held the role of executive director of campus life and university union. Prior to that, he spent more than five years at Bucknell University as the director of campus activities. Originally from Utica, NY, Michael earned a bachelor's degree from Utica College and a master's degree from Sage College of Albany, where he also served as coordinator of student development and campus programming and then director of student activities.

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Cateatra Mallard

Assistant Director, RSO and Leadership

Cateatra Mallard is a native, born and raised from the Washington D.C./ Metropolitan area. Cateatra received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from her “Home by the Sea,” Hampton University. Shortly after, she returned to her alma mater to obtain a Master of Arts in Counseling with a concentration in College Student Development. Before arriving at Syracuse University, Cateatra began her journey in Student Activities in 2011 at Hampton University. Since then, she has served as the Co-Curricular Program Coordinator at Virginia State University (VSU), and Coordinator of Student Involvement at Radford University. Cateatra absolutely loves her line of work and is involved with several professional associations. She is a trained dancer, lover of music, and member of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity. She absolutely loves traveling, laughter, shoes, spending time with her family, and binge watching a good series. Cateatra looks forward to serving the student of SU, having a positive impact, and enhancing the student experience!

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Jeffry Mateo

Assistant Director, Engagement

Jeffry is a native of Syracuse and received his bachelor’s degree in Communications and Political Science from Le Moyne College. While at Le Moyne, Jeffry was involved with Student Government, Resident Housing Association and was a Resident Advisor. Jeffry spends his time playing basketball, listening to music, and playing the guitar. He is excited to be a member of the Office of Student Activities staff working with Orange After Dark to improve the unsurpassed student experience.

Alison LaClair

Alison LaClair

Budget Manager

Alison LaClair is the budget manager in Student Experience, supporting Student Activities, Fraternity and Sorority Affairs, recognized student organizations and the virtual Student Box Office. In this role, she manages all financial and administrative operations for these groups, reviews budget allocations, expenditures and fund balances, and maintains fiscal financial reporting. Alison previously served as a budget analyst for the recreation team in the Barnes Center at The Arch. In her time at Syracuse University, Alison has also held roles in the Whitman School of Management, Student Activities, Fraternity and Sorority Affairs and New Student and Family Programs.

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Shyanne White

Graduate Assistant, RSO and Leadership

Shyanne is originally from Randolph, Vermont and received their Bachelor’s in Statistics from St. Lawrence University. While studying at SLU, Shyanne was involved as a student tutor, McNair Scholar, and dedicated her Senior Year Project to evaluating retention strategies for low-income students. Shyanne is now pursuing a Masters in Higher Education at Syracuse. In their free time, Shyanne likes to play any Zelda game and make perler bead art. She is most excited to work with students and learn more about student activities!