A.T. Miller
Associate Vice Provost for Academic Diversity

A.T. Miller came to Cornell as Associate Vice Provost for Academic Diversity in July of 2011.  He served as Faculty Director of the Center for Global and Intercultural Study and Coordinator of Multicultural Teaching and Learning at the University of Michigan from 2000-2011, and Director of Africana Studies at Union College from 1992-2000.  He received his PhD in American Civilization from the University of Pennsylvania, and his A.B. from Davidson College in North Carolina.  In addition to his commitments to social justice, AT is also a musician and poet.

Carlos Gonzalez 
Executive Director for Administration, OADI

Carlos M. Gonzalez completed his undergraduate studies in economics at Texas A&M University, and went on to complete his graduate studies in business at New York University. He has worked in higher education for 14 years and has been working at Cornell since 2007.

William "Woodg" Horning
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. Schedule

Tremayne "Trey" Waller
Associate Director, OADI; Director, Student Success Programs, McNair Scholars Program

Trey was previously the Associate Director of Diversity Programs in Engineering and he also worked as the Associate Director of Advising and Diversity in the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning. He received a B.S. in Liberal Arts Education from Averett University and M.S. in Counseling from Radford University. He completed his PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from Virginia Tech. His credo in life is best stated by Alma Androzzo’s quote “if I can help somebody, as I pass along, then my living shall not be in vain.”

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.

Brandon Senior
Senior Advisor, NYS Opportunity Programs

Brandon has worked with the Higher Education Opportunity Program during his undergraduate and graduate tenures. He has always had a passion for uplifting and guiding students to their full potential academically, professionally, and socially. He believes to achieve this; students must take ownership of their college experience en route to success beyond Cornell.

Monique Posadas
McNair Program Coordinator/Advisor

Monique received her M.A. from Syracuse University in Cultural Anthropology, where she was a McNair Fellow. At San Jose State University (SJSU), she received her B.A. in Anthropology and B.S. in Nutrition and Food Science, with a minor in Complementary and Alternative Health. She was a McNair Scholar at SJSU for two years, where she published two research articles. More recently, she co-founded the first east coast chapter of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social (MALCS), Women Active in Letters and Social Change. Monique is passionate about social justice and wants nothing more than to see her students achieve their goals.

Kristin Dade
Program Manager, Pre-Professional Programs

Kristin received 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.

Stephanie "Steph" Cowling
, 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.

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.

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. 

Wendy Gilmore-Fitzgerald, M.Ed
Advisor, NYS Opportunity Programs & Pre-Professional 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!

Ruth McCoy
Interim Coordinator, Community Development & Social Justice Programming

A McNair alumna, Ruth McCoy focuses her passion in research to connect students to OADI and campus resources that enable them to attain their goals of graduate study and research development. She enjoys collaborating with students to guide and direct them on their path toward their career and research objectives.

Carol Raymond
Administrative Assistant, NYS Opportunity Programs

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

Sarah Jefferis
Part-time Writing Coach

Sarah brings fifteen years of skills and experience teaching writing to students. As an alumna of the Department of English (MFA 1999), and a past PSP summer faculty member, Sarah is thrilled to return as a Writing Coach for OADI. She also holds a PhD (Diaspora Studies and Memoir) from SUNY Binghamton. Sarah is happy to assist you in any stage of the writing process and is available Mondays 9:00 - 6:00PM; Tuesdays 9:00 - 3:00PM; Wednesdays 8:30 - 2:00PM and Thursdays 8:30 - 2:00pm.