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.
Dr. Steady H. Moono
Human Resources and Diversity Manager
Ms. Cajuste is the Human Resources and Diversity Manager for the College. She reports to the Executive Director of Human Resources for all Human Resource functions, and to the College President for matters of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Ms. Cajuste is responsible for coordinating, supporting and guiding several aspects of the College's Human Resources function such as overseeing staffing, position management, employee records, staff and supervisor development, diversity and policy training, sourcing programs and coordinating their delivery, overseeing both the on-boarding and off-boarding processes, ensuring that diversity initiatives within the College are comprehensive, culturally sensitive and inclusive. Ms. Cajuste holds a Master’s Degree in International Business Finance from Touro College and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Marist College.
Dr. David Clickner
Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Planning
Interim Dean of Student Affairs
Mr. Fragale returns in interim capacity as the Dean 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 spent the last year at 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.
Dr. Cheryl Renée Gooch
Vice President for Academic Affairs
Dr. Cheryl Renée Gooch has spent more than 20 years in higher education as a Professor, Department Chairperson, Campus Director and Academic Dean at two and four-year institutions serving diverse student populations, including traditional and post traditional; minority; first-generation; and international students.
Most recently, she served as Dean of Arts and Humanities at Cumberland County College (now Rowan College of South Jersey) and as Dean, School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Lincoln University of Pennsylvania.
She works continuously to develop and improve programs that provide pathways for students to continue their education and/or receive training to ensure they are career and work ready.
Dr. Gooch’s accomplishments in the Community Development sector, include service as a Community Builder for the New York State Office of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development where she developed educational and job training programs for low-income and underemployed residents, and forged partnerships with Cisco Systems and Communities in Schools.
Dr. Gooch holds a Ph.D. in Mass Communication from Florida State University; M.S. in Journalism from Northwestern University; and a B.A. in Political Science from Howard University.
She actively teaches and publishes in the areas of mass media and social history and is the author of numerous articles and two books: Hinsonville’s Heroes: Black Civil War Soldiers of Chester County, Pennsylvania (The History Press) and On Africa’s Lands: The Forgotten Stories of Two Lincoln Educated Missionaries in Liberia (Lincoln University Press).
Dr. DeShawn McGarrity
Executive Director of Schenectady College and Career Outreach Center
As the Executive Director of the Schenectady College and Career Outreach Center (SCCOC), Dr. McGarrity oversees programs and services that serve as the first point of entry and access into educational, employment, or training pathways of opportunity for community residents (not currently enrolled college students). Located on the first floor of Center City, SCCOC is an outreach center administered by SUNY Schenectady County Community College and is part of the SUNY’s University Center for Academic and Workforce Development (UCAWD) that provides strategic direction for and funding to 2 Outreach Centers (OCs), 10 Educational Opportunity Centers (EOCs), and over 35 ATTAIN Labs statewide. Dr. McGarrity holds a D.M. (Doctor of Management) in Community College Policy and Administration from the University of Maryland Global Campus, an M.A. in Women's Studies from the University at Albany and a B.A. in Speech Communication from SUNY Potsdam. She is the recipient of the SUNY Educational Opportunity Program Distinguished Alumni Award (2018) and she serves on various boards, committees, and maintains various memberships to organizations within the higher education profession and in the community. This is Dr. McGarrity’ s second appointment with SUNY Schenectady. Over the past 20 years, she has also held administrative and adjunct teaching positions at the University at Albany, Clarkson University, and Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts.
Stacy McIlduff, CFRE
Vice President of Development and External Affairs
In her role as Vice President of Development and External Affairs, Stacy McIlduff is the College’s liaison to the Schenectady County Community College Foundation, Inc. She is responsible for planning and implementing development programs to generate support for College priorities in conjunction with the Foundation Board of Directors, including academic programs, capital projects, scholarships and student other support initiatives. Ms. McIlduff has worked in development since 2007; she has diverse experience within the nonprofit sector raising funds in the fields of healthcare, human services, the arts, and higher education. She is a member of the Association for Fundraising Professionals, and holds a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from SUNY Empire State College.
Chief of Staff
Ms. Ohlhous is Chief of Staff to the President and the liaison to the College’s Board of Trustees. 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. In May 2014, her position was realigned as Chief of Staff in the Office of the President. Ms. Ohlhous holds an A.S. in Business Administration from SUNY Schenectady County Community College, a B.S. in Business Administration from the College of Saint Rose, an Advanced Certificate in Human Resource Management, and a M.A. in Community and Economic Development from SUNY Empire State College. 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 a member of the Executive Committee for the Women’s Ministry at Princetown Evangelical Church. She currently serves on the 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.
Executive Director of Workforce Development & Community Education
Sarah Wilson-Sparrow is the Executive Director 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.