Meet the Staff

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Rebecca Bruzdzinski (she/her)

Associate Director - Facility Operations

Phone: 315.443.1251

Becki is a 1997 alumna of Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication with a degree in Public Relations. She has been working for Syracuse University since 2005, joining the Student Engagement team in 2016. Becki oversees the day-to-day operations of the Schine Student Center, Goldstein Student Center, and Skybarn; including facility management, reservations and events, student employment and policy/procedure development. As a former student employee, Becki strives to create opportunities for student employees to grow and learn outside of the classroom and develop skills to assist them in any career.

Clifton Top Five Strengths: Strategic, Achiever, Communication, Woo, Developer

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Scott Casanova (he/him)

Associate Director - Event & Technical Services

Phone: 315.443.4458

Scott is responsible for the oversight of Event and Technical Services and the Student Box Office. He supervises the Assistant Director, the Facilities & Technical Supervisors and the ETS student staff. He works with outside vendors and artists to produce events and programs in support of student organizations and the Division of The Student Experience. Additionally, Scott handles all of the invoicing and payments for use of the student centers.

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Moises "Mo" Ferreras (he/him)

Associate Director of Engagement

Mo Ferreras is the Associate Director of Engagement in the Student Engagement Office. In his role, Mo provides leadership and support in researching, planning, and implementing the engagement experience at Syracuse University. This will include a robust late night social program called “Orange After Dark” with both on-campus and off-campus programming, Traditions Commission, Pop Up Programming, Summer Programming, Performing Arts programs as well serving as director of oversight and advising for University Union (the official programming body for SU). Mo believes that "by enhancing the student experience, giving students a healthy school-life balance through events and programs, and fostering a culture of togetherness and involvement we can develop students into their best selves." When Mo isn’t working you can find him playing video games, playing basketball or spending time with his dog Benny.

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Kelly Mullin (she/her)

Associate Director of Leadership and Organizations

Kelly Mullin is the Associate Director of Leadership in the Student Engagement Office.  In this role, Kelly directs leadership and support services for the University’s 250+ Registered Student Organizations. Bringing over 20 years’ experience in nonprofit management, Kelly has held senior leadership positions in local organizations including the YMCA of CNY and the Kelberman Center.  Her career has focused on team and organizational development to meet existing community needs.  Originally from Rome, New York, Kelly is currently pursuing a master’s degree in public administration from Syracuse University and holds a bachelor’s degree in business, management and leadership from SUNY Empire State University.

Sam Bowers

Sam Bowers (she/her)

Assistant Director of Operations

Phone: 315.443.4862

Sam attended Alfred State College where she earned her Bachelors in Human Services Management and went on to work in Residence Life, Student Activities, and New Student Orientation before transitioning to Syracuse. She has a passion for education and development. She is now helping to oversee the daily operations of the Student Centers and the reservations of spaces for events and meetings across campus.

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Emily Nasal (she/her)

Assistant Director of Leadership and Organizations

Emily is the Assistant Director of Leadership and Organizations.  In her role, Emily advises RSOs and works to update policies and procedures that impact student organizations at Syracuse.  Her favorite part of her job is working with students and empowering them to create change within their organizations, strengthen their leadership skills, and embrace the Syracuse community.  When she's not in the office, you can find Emily reading mystery novels, teaching dance at a local studio, or listening to Taylor Swift on repeat.

Emily holds a BA in Linguistics from SUNY Oswego and an MA in Student Affairs Administration from Appalachian State University - Roll 'Neers!

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Karrie Catalino (she/her)

RSO Coordinator

Karrie joined the division in January 2023 as a RSO Coordinator of student engagement, Consulting and advising RSOS on campus. Karrie is originally from Saint Louis, Missouri and has worked in the Syracuse Community for over 10 years.  Karrie like to focus on collaborating and advising service-based organizations. Her favorite part of working on campus is engaging with the students and guiding them in navigating through policies and procedures. In her spare time, Karrie likes to spend him with her husband and three kids along with teaching kids how to swim. Karrie is an avid Saint Louis Cardinals fan.

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Peter J. Cass (he/him)

Goldstein Student Center Coordinator

Peter joined the operations team in May 2022 as the Coordinator of the Goldstein Student Center.  In this role, he oversees the daily operations of the building and works with campus partners and student engagement staff to bring events and student programming to Goldstein to enhance the student experience.


Prior to joining Syracuse University, Peter held leadership roles at Bishop Ludden High School in Syracuse and the Northwest Family YMCA. He holds a masters degree in Education from East Carolina University and a bachelor's degree in psychology from Syracuse University.

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Shannon Halleran (she/her)

Facilities Coordinator

Shannon has been a part of the operations team since May 2022. As the facilities coordinator at the Schine Student Center, she oversees daily operations of the building and the events that take place in it. She also oversees the hiring process of student employees and their work schedules.

Shannon was born and raised in Syracuse, New York and received her Bachelors in Nutrition and Health Science from LaSalle University.

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Mackenzie Jackson (sher/her)

RSO Coordinator

Mackenzie is a recent graduate of Nazareth University with a Bachelors of Science in Business Leader and a Bachelors of Science in Dance Studies. She was the president of an on campus organization, Nazareth Dance Organization, and represented the college at multiple American College Dance Association conferences. Currently, Mackenzie is a member of the Garth Fagan Aspiring Dancers Troupe based in Rochester, NY and the National Honor Society of Dance Arts. On her free time Mackenzie likes to work on her dance interests through teaching and choreographing, as well as spending time with her friends and family. She is very excited to join the team and to make the college experience memorable to students!

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Ralph Mietz (he/they)

Facilities and Technical Coordinator

Phone: 315.443.1193

Ralph works with the Event and Technical Services student staff in support of events. He assists with oversight of both the technical and venue staff. In addition, he advises and coordinates event services including the design and implementation of technical support.

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Jolisa D. Smith (she/her)

Assistant Director of Student Development and Engagement

Jolisa D. Smith serves as the assistant director of student development and engagement. Jolisa is passionate about creating intentional, dynamic programming to help students develop key skills for life-long leadership. She joined the Syracuse University community in 2021, first as a registered student organization coordinator. Prior to coming to Syracuse, Smith served as a full-time campus minister, a non-profit program director, and as a senior advocate counselor in New York City.

Originally from Albany, New York, Jolisa earned a bachelor's degree from New York University (Go Violets!). Smith also holds a master's degree in anthropology and education from Columbia University. In her down time, she enjoys LinkedIn scrolling, walks through Downtown Syracuse, Bible studies and freestyle rapping with friends.

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Brandon Wilson (he/him)

Facilities and Technical Coordinator

Phone: 315.443.5484

Brandon works with the Event and Technical Services student staff in support of events. He assists with oversight of both the technical and venue staff. In addition, he advises and coordinates event services including the design and implementation of technical support.

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Rachel Allen (she/her)

Graduate Assistant for Leadership and Organizations

Rachel is currently a graduate student studying for her master’s degree in Higher Education at Syracuse University’s School of Education. She is a graduate of SUNY Oswego’s bachelor’s degree programs in political science and global and international studies, as well as a minor in Spanish language. She was born and raised right here in Syracuse, New York! When she’s not in the Student Engagement office, you’ll find her walking at Onondaga Lake Parkway, working on a puzzle at her kitchen table, or enjoying all the good food around Syracuse. She is excited to work with the RSO and leadership team this year working on the new student organization process as a graduate assistant.

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Jordan Signor (he/him)

Graduate Assistant for ETS and Operations

Jordan is a master’s student in Syracuse’s Higher Education Administration program and will be graduating in spring 2024. He is a graduate of Le Moyne College where he studied English Literature. As a Graduate Assistant, Jordan assists with undergraduate student employee management and event operations.

Hannah Collins

Graduate Assistant

Hannah works with the Reservations and Building Operations (RBO) student staff.  She supervises the student leads and is also a point of contact for customers using our conference rooms. She is pursuing her master’s degree in Higher Education from SU.