William "Woodg" Horning

Senior Associate Director, OADI; Director, Student Opportunity Programs

Woodg has his B.S. in Music Education from West Chester University and his M.P.S. in Community and Rural Development from Cornell. He has worked at Cornell for over 10 years; OADI and NYS Opportunity Programs since 2007. He has a great passion for music and motorcycles.

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Kristin Dade
Associate Director, OADI; Director, Student Success Programs

Kristin earned her Ph.D. in Higher Education from Southern Illinois University. She earned her M.S. in Higher Education with a concentration in College Student Personnel and a Graduate Certificate in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies from the aforementioned university. She is originally from Washington State and always considered herself to be a west coast girl, but she is now looking forward to settling down in the northeast. Kristin is passionate about helping her students achieve their goals. Kristin enjoys international travel, playing cards and spending time with family and friends.

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Vanessa Lillard
Assistant Director, NYS Opportunity Programs

Vanessa has been in the Opportunity Program family for over 19 years. She cannot envision herself doing anything more rewarding than assisting and encouraging talented and motivated students. Opportunity Programs are truly a gift—not only for students, but also for staff members. She is very grateful to be a part of something so wonderful.

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Stephanie "Steph" Cowling
Senior Advisor, NYS Opportunity Programs

Steph has spent the last decade cultivating a professional life focused on supporting young adults transition through postsecondary pathways.  She has worked in both nonprofit and university settings specializing in youth development, higher education and workforce/career development.  Originally from Northern California, she earned her M.A. in Education and her B.A. in Sociology from UC Berkeley.  In addition to her advising work, Steph finds joy in Brazilian dance, insight meditation, painting, hiking, reading, and traveling.

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Carlo Lindo
Posse Program Manager

Carlo Lindo received a B.S. from Babson College in Wellesley, MA with a concentration in accounting. As a New York City public high school student, he experienced the academic and social difficulties underrepresented students faced and was inspired to be an agent of change. First chosen as a Posse Scholar, Carlo went on to work for The Posse Foundation as a Senior Trainer who selected future Scholars and facilitated workshops that encouraged young people's creativity, self-confidence, and leadership. He will continue empowering young people to be ambitious and follow their dreams. In his free time Carlo enjoys reading everything from non-fiction to comic books.

To schedule an appointment with Carlo, please click here.  Carlo's office is located in KG17 Klarman Hall.

Gabrielle "Gabbie" Smith
Advisor, NYS Opportunity Programs & Pre-Professional Programs

Gabrielle completed her undergraduate studies in Spanish and Latin American studies at Cornell and went on to earn her M.S.Ed in Dual Language and Bilingual Education from Bank Street College.  She spent 12 years teaching various grades K-12 in New York City public schools, mostly in Expeditionary Learning and Dual Language programs.  She also has taught several courses in language acquisition and learning at the graduate level.  Gabrielle is excited to continue working within the field of education and supporting students as they explore their interests and pursue their passions. 

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Wendy Gilmore-Fitzgerald
Advisor, NYS Opportunity Programs

Wendy completed her undergraduate studies at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), where she earned a BFA in Professional Photographic Illustration with a minor in psychology. After graduation, Wendy taught photography for a seasonal college prep program in London, UK, where she discovered her passion for both teaching and international travel.  Wendy brings almost 15 years of experience of working within a higher education setting and is excited to share ideas with and learn from the Cornell community.  Beyond campus, you can find Wendy tending to her Ithaca Community Garden plot, teaching healthy cooking workshops or scoping out all of the great trails and coffee shops Ithaca has to offer!

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Ansley Jemison 
Advisor, NYS Opportunity Programs

Ansley is a member of the Seneca Nation Wolf Clan from the Seneca Allegany territory of Western New York. Formerly, Ansley was the Residence Hall Director of Akwe:kon the American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program (AIISP) Program House. He is a graduate of Syracuse University, where he earned a degree in Communications and competed for the nationally ranked men's lacrosse team. Ansley's research interests include American Indian and Indigenous studies, recruitment and retention of Native students, renewable energy, and sustainable choices for healthy living.


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Rachel Dudley 

McNair Program Coordinator and Advisor

Rachel is a graduate of The Ohio State University, where she received an M.A. in Women's Studies & she completed a Ph.D. in Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies at Emory University. Her dissertation examined gender, race, illness & medical experimentation on slave plantations in the U.S. South & it addressed histories of human subjects research & biomedical ethics.  Rachel was a Ronald E. McNair Scholar in undergrad at Grand Valley State University, where she completed a research project on the life and legacy of LGBT, Feminist & Civil Rights icon--Audre Lorde.  As a Visiting Professor at her alma maters (GVSU & Emory), Rachel taught courses on Feminist Theory, Intersectionality, Disability Studies & the Health Humanities.  She also held an Emory University fellowship, through the Office of Undergraduate Education, which focused on training & mentoring for undergraduate researchers in the STEM fields, the Social Sciences & the Humanities.  Rachel is passionate about advocating for interdisciplinary approaches to knowledge creation & about helping McNair Scholars at Cornell achieve their personal, academic & professional goals.  She enjoys watching stand-up comedy, playing pool, meditation, nature walks with her dog Wally & personal development audio programs.


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Shanna Leipzig
Administrative Assistant/Events Coordinator, OADI & OITCD

Shanna is a graduate of Colorado State University where she received a B.A. in Liberal Arts & English Education with a concentration in Sociology and Women’s Studies. She is a licensed educator in the State of Colorado who specialized in Language Arts education for Gifted and Talented students.  She is the Office Administrative Assistant for the Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives and the Office of Internal Transfer and Concurrent Degrees. Shanna is passionate about education and has worked in various educational capacities including teaching middle school and writing for Quizlet Inc.  In her free time, she enjoys literature, international travel, roller skating, cooking & baking, making things with her hands and snuggling her pit bull, Darby. 

Carol Raymond
Administrative Assistant, NYS Opportunity Programs & PSP Registrar

Carol provides administrative support for the HEOP and EOP programs at Cornell. She has been with the university for several years.



For questions, concerns, or inquires for the OADI leadership team, please feel free to send messages to oadi.leadership@cornell.edu .