College Leadership & Vision
SUNY Schenectady County Community College is an environment where dreams are developed. It is a place committed to being a visionary leader in learning and in providing opportunity. The College is focused on a Mission and Vision that combines education with our desire need for workforce training and development. Thus, the College has formed the following Mission and Vision Statements through our Strategic Plan from 2021-2026, “Many Voices, One Call.”
- Mission Statement: Driven to empower every student in their pursuit of lifelong success.
- Vision Statement: To inspire every student’s success through equitable practices, innovative education, and community engagement.
To promote the work of the College and ensure the educational community joins in implementing our Mission and Vision Statement, the President has formed a diversified leadership team. The President’s Council includes nine members that frequently meet with the College President to review, discuss, and plan strategic initiatives for the College.
Steady H. Moono, Ed.D.
David Clickner, Ph.D.
Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Planning
Associate Vice President of Student Affairs
Mr. Fragale is the current Associate Vice President of Student Affairs. He previously served the College for twenty-two years in various capacities beginning as Counselor before transitioning into administration as Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs, Acting Vice President of Student Affairs, and Dean of Enrollment Management and Student Success. Mr. Fragale most recently worked with Schenectady Community Action Program working on housing and employment issues with previously incarcerated County residents. He will oversee and provide leadership in Financial Aid, Code of Conduct, Student Government Association and Clubs, Veteran Services, Athletics, Wellness and Support Services, Counseling, ADA Transition Services, COVID Testing Protocols, International Students, and Immunizations.
Executive Director of the SUNY College and Career Outreach Center
Ms. Jaimee King is the Executive Director of the Schenectady College and Career Outreach Center (SCCOC), at SUNY Schenectady. She oversees the planning, development, administration, and assessment of the SCCOC. She works collaboratively with the SCCOC staff and community agencies to provide preparation, referral and advisement services to residents who are looking to connect to pathways of education, employment, and career and technical training opportunities
Ms. King began her career at the SCCOC in 2014 as the Associate Executive Director. Prior to her position with the SCCOC, she served in higher education positions at the University at Albany and at St. Johns University. She holds a Masters of Arts degree in Childhood Education and a Bachelors of Arts degree in Communication Arts, both from St. John’s University. She also holds a Certificate in Special Education from the College of St. Rose.
Catia Laird de Polanco
Human Resources Recruitment Specialist
and Chief Diversity Officer
Ms. Laird de Polanco is the HR Recruitment Specialist and Chief Diversity Officer at SUNY Schenectady. She oversees and provides leadership in the areas of diversity, inclusion, belonging, and recruitment at the College. Ms. Laird de Polanco began her career at SUNY Schenectady in 2012 as a Minority Faculty Intern. In 2013, she became an Instructor of Spanish in the Division of Liberal Arts at SUNY Schenectady. She was promoted to the rank of Assistant Professor of Spanish in 2021 and led the Academic Senate’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee from 2021 to 2023. Ms. Laird de Polanco holds an Associate Professional in Human Resources (aPHR) certification; both a M.A. and B.A. in Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies from the University at Albany; and an A.A. in Individual Studies from SUNY Schenectady.
Mark Meachem, Ed.D.
Vice President for Academic Affairs
Dr. Mark Meachem is the current Vice President for Academic Affairs at the College.
He brings over 20 years of experience in higher education to SUNY Schenectady. Before
his arrival here in 2023, he served as the Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs
at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, where he had also served as the Dean of
the School of Undergraduate Studies.
From 2003-2021, Mark was a faculty member in Communication Studies at Dominican College, in Rockland County, NY and was the Director for the Division of Arts & Sciences there. Early in his career, he also worked as an editor for Reader’s Digest magazine and as corporate trainer.
Dr. Meachem has an undergraduate degree in Journalism from St. Michael’s College (VT), an M.S. in Organizational Communication from Manhattanville College (NY) and received his doctorate in Educational Leadership from Fielding Graduate University (CA).
Executive Director for Human Resources
Ms. Ohlhous is the Executive Director for Human Resources. She began her career at the College in 2007 as the Coordinator of the Annual Fund and Business Gifts in the Office of Planning and Development. In 2009, she became the Assistant to the President and Board of Trustees, and in May 2014 was promoted to Chief of Staff while serving as the liaison to the College’s Board of Trustees through 2021.
Ms. Ohlhous holds an Advanced Certificate in Human Resource Management and a M.A. in Community and Economic Development from SUNY Empire, a B.S. in Business Administration from the College of Saint Rose, and an A.S. in Business Administration from SUNY Schenectady.
From October 2012 through May 2014 she served as President of the Junior League of Schenectady and Saratoga Counties. She is very active in her community and has served on various boards such as the YWCA of NENY, Autism Society of the Greater Capital Region, Treasurer and member of the Executive Committee for the Women’s Ministry at Princetown Evangelical Church, and YMCA Duanesburg Advisory Council.
Patrick C. Ryan
Vice President of Administration
As Vice President for Administration, Patrick C. Ryan oversees the College’s budget, financial services, buildings and capital projects, security and human resources. Prior to becoming Vice President of Administration in 2017, Mr. Ryan served a variety of leadership positions at SUNY System Administration and at two campuses within the State University of New York. Mr. Ryan holds a Master's of Business Administration from SUNY New Paltz and a Bachelor's of Arts degree from John Carroll University.
Vice President of Development and External Affairs
Chief Information Officer
As the Chief Information Officer, April Snow is responsible for leading all technical development and operations of the Information Technology department including strategic planning, budgeting, governance, institutional compliance, IT security management, and enterprise resource planning services.
Prior to her current role, Ms. Snow served a variety of leadership positions for other organizations including as an Air Traffic Controller in the United States Air Force, Non-Profits, Higher Education, and K-12 public school. Ms. Snow holds a Master of Science in Education from SUNY Oswego, a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and holds NYS permanent teacher certification in Computer Science, Mathematics and Business.
Karen J. Tanski
Executive Director of Marketing and Public Relations
Ms. Tanski joined the College in 2021 as the Executive Director of Marketing and Public Relations. She provides strategic leadership and creative direction for the development and implementation of the College’s marketing, branding, and advertising campaigns. She is also the Public Information Officer (PIO) for the College, managing media relations and content development, while acting as the liaison to SUNY for campus communications. She manages a marketing staff that is responsible for the College website, social media, communications, and publications.
Prior to joining SUNY Schenectady, she was the Sr. Director of Marketing and Creative Services at SUNY Empire State College, as well as both a National Marketing Manager and the Northeast Regional Business Marketing Manager for Sprint. She holds a Master’s of Business Administration from Clarkson University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from SUNY Potsdam College.
Tiombé S. Tatum
Chief of Staff
Tiombé Tatum is the Chief of Staff. She has served the College for seven years in different capacities. She started her career at SUNY Schenectady in 2016 as an Academic Specialist in TRIO, providing academic advisement and support to TRIO students. She moved on to become the Assistant Director of the Liberty Partnerships Program in 2017 providing social, emotional, and educational reinforcement for students and families in the Schenectady City School District. She then transitioned to become the Director of the Educational Opportunity Program in 2021 providing academic support, access, and linkage to necessary services for eligible EOP students.
She anticipates completing her Master of Arts in Social and Public Policy from Empire State College in the summer of 2024. Holding a Certificate in Women and Public Policy from Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy since December 2021, she embodies the fusion of education and social change. Tiombé earned a Bachelor of Science in Public Health with a minor in Psychology from the University at Albany in May 2014. Her educational foundation began with an Associate of Science in Human Services and a minor in Psychology from SUNY Schenectady Community College in July 2012.
Vice President of Workforce Development & Community Education
Sarah Wilson-Sparrow is the Vice President of Workforce Development and Community Education, overseeing all workforce, community education, and healthcare programming, as well as healthcare apprenticeship. Prior to this, Sarah served as the Project Director of SUNY Apprenticeship as Healthcare Lead, Project Coordinator in Partnership Development at SUNY Empire State College, and as Program Coordinator specializing in industry driven program development in the areas of Craft Brewing/Distilling, Advanced Manufacturing, IT Software Development, and Horticulture and Emergency Medical Technician at SUNY Schenectady. She holds an M.A. in Adult Learning from SUNY Empire State College, a B.A. in English Literature from Skidmore College and an A.A. from Fulton-Montgomery Community College.