Get to know members of the Administrative Advisory Committee (AAC). Below are brief profiles of AAC members.
Lesley Adams (Senior Staff Representative)
Chaplain Lesley Adams was ordained an Episcopal Priest in 1988, having earned her B.A. from Smith College, and her M.Div. from Harvard University. She joined the faculty at Hobart and William Smith in 1995 and serves as Chaplain for the Colleges’ community. She is the Episcopal Province II coordinator for ministry in higher education. She is also an affiliate of the Center for Progressive Christianity.
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Larry Knapp came to Hobart and William Smith in 1990, after working as Gift Office coordinator at the University of Rochester. Larry has held three positions in Advancement Services: gift office manager, alumni data analyst, and (since 2006) assistant director of Advancement Services. He manages the Biographic records department and also provides database training for Institutional Advancement staff and other campus users. A lifelong Rochester resident, Larry holds a B.A. in economics and an M.B.A. in marketing from the University of Rochester.
Marissa Miller oversees the William Smith Hill and McCormick Hall. She advises the William Smith Judicial Board and works closely with various Student Affairs Offices throughout the year. Marissa attended Middle Tennessee State University where she obtained her bachelor's degree in organizational communication and her master's degree in administration and supervision with a specialization in higher education.
Darline Polanco is the Program Coordinator for the Office of Intercultural Affairs. She is a William Smith graduate, class of 2009. Darline started working for the Office of Intercultural Affairs shortly after graduation. Her involvement in student organizations led her to work with students. Darline works with many of the social justice and cultural clubs in trying to help promote inclusiveness and awareness of their work and their organizations to the overall HWS community.
Ruth Shields joined the Colleges in 2008 as the Assistant Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning. Ruth coordinates the Teaching Fellows program, where she works closely with faculty, Teaching Fellows, and students. She is also responsible he Oral Communications program, and assists in the daily operations of the CTL.
Ruth has a B.A. in History and Mathematics from Ball State University, a MAT in Secondary Education from Miami University, and a MS in Higher Education Administration from Syracuse University. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Higher Education Administration at the State University at Buffalo.
Kelly Switzer came to the Colleges in 1989 in Career Services as a secretary. After serving four years she transferred to the Provost Office and the Center for Global Education. While working for CGE she assisted students in the process of traveling abroad, including helping them obtain their passports and visas. When CGE moved out of the Provost Office she worked solely for the Provost and Dean of Faculty. Currently she is the Assistant to the Provost. Kelly is responsible for instructional budget maintenance, including faculty travel and research grants, as well as the day to day operations of the office. She earned an A.A.S. degree from Finger Lakes Community College in 1987. She is a new member of AAC and joined the group to become more involved in the administration and HWS as a whole. She spends all her free time shuffling her kids around and attending their sports functions and loving every minute of it!
Jeremy Wattles graduated from Colgate University in 2005, with a BA in English Literature, and from the University of Edinburgh in 2006, with an MSc in English Literature. In 2008 he returned to Upstate New York, where he grew up, and spent two years in national service as an AmeriCorps VISTA worker, organizing volunteer programs and nonprofit internships for students. In August of 2010, Hobart and William Smith Colleges hired him as the Assistant Director of the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning, where he is responsible for several tutoring programs and volunteer projects.
Jeffrey Wetherill joined HWS in March 2010 as a member of the IT Services Leadership Team and the leader of Instructional and Research Technology. Jeffrey comes to HWS with over 15 years experience with instructional technologies, online learning, and distance education. In addition, he has taught as an Adjunct faculty member in History at both Eastern Oregon University and Utica College. He has a BA from Taylor University, an MA from Wheaton Graduate School, and has completed some post-graduate work at the University of Wales, Lampeter in the United Kingdom. He lives with his wife Sarah and daughter Carly in Auburn, N.Y.
Meghann Wraight-Steinmetz is a licensed psychologist at the Center for Counseling and Student Wellness at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. She completed her bachelor's degree at SUNY Brockport and her doctoral degree in counseling psychology at the University at Buffalo. This is Meghann's second year as an elected member of AAC. She enjoys running, meditation, the Adirondack mountains, and spending time with her family.
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