Student Development and Campus Activities Office
Kessel Student Center
861 Bedford Road
Pleasantville NY 10570
Assistant Dean for Assessment & Planning / Director of Student Development & Campus Activities
Rachel has worked in SDCA since June 2010. She brings 15 years of professional experience in areas including residence life, study abroad, student activities, volunteer services, and leadership. She oversees the numerous office functions focusing on student development while creating opportunities to measure student learning outside of the classroom. Growing up in a naval family, Rachel spent most of her life living overseas. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies/Japanese and a Master of Science in Public Services Administration from the University of Evansville. She is also a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach and is currently pursuing a doctorate in Management. Rachel's current research interests include team demography, coaching, and organizational (team) commitment. She enjoys backpacking, travel, and outdoor experiences.
Top 5 Strengths:
Leaner | Context | Intellection | Input | Achiever
"Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others." - Jack Welch
Senior Associate Director for Student Development
Shawn joined SDCA as the Assistant Director for Campus Activities in January 2006. As a graduate of SUNY New Paltz, ’05, having studied Education and as a graduate of Pace in ’10 with a degree in Public Administration, Shawn recognizes and celebrates the opportunities for higher education. As the current Senior Associate Director for Student Development, Shawn works with student organizations, Student Government Association, and departments to enhance the core mission of the student learning experience outside the classroom. Shawn is an member of the National Orientation Directors Association (NODA), National Association for Student Personal Administration (NASPA) and is presenting at the Spring NCSL National Conference. While away from work- Shawn enjoys home life with his wife Megan, playing volleyball with many friends and spending time with family.
Top 5 Strengths:
Achiever | Learner | Belief | Includer | Consistency
“In the end, people will respect you more for who you are than who they want you to be.”
Coordinator for Leadership Initiatives
Zikomo was born and raised in New York City, and enjoys inspiring others to tap into their full potential via leadership education, and mentorship. He has been a part of the SDCA team since July of 2017 and has an M.Ed. in Student Development in Higher Education, with a focus on Leadership and Access. As an experienced Leadership Educator Zikomo is highly aware of the important role that leadership development plays in students' lives. Through a theory-to-practice approach, he has created the foundation for, and overseen formal leadership programs at two institutions. From facilitating workshops, to delivering keynote speeches, his aim is to foster environments where students can engage in thought-provoking discussions and interactive activities to better-understand and apply various leadership concepts to their own lives, as well as their communities.
Top 5 Strengths:
Strategic | Command | Context | Analytical | Input
“You are not a product of your circumstances, you are a product of your decisions” – Stephen R. Covey
Coordinator for Student Development and Campus Activities
Originally from Arkansas, Suede received a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Arkansas Tech University in 2016 and immediately went to graduate school at Mississippi State University, where he earned his Masters of Science in Educational Leadership. Suede is a member of the National Orientation Directors Association (NODA), National Association for Campus Activities (NACA), and National Association for Student Personal Administration (NASPA). Suede is a proud Hufflepuff who enjoys reading, watching old movies, traveling, and dancing to anything and everything Beyoncé.
Top 5 Strengths:
Empathy | Developer | Input | Restorative | Woo
“Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive more you-er than you.” – Dr. Seuss
Assistant Director for Orientation & Transitions
Kayla joined the SDCA team in November 2018. Originally from Jessup, PA, she attended the University of Scranton where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication. After working as a Cast Member in the Disney College Program she completed her graduate studies at Canisius College, earning a Master of Science degree in College Student Personnel Administration. She is a member of the National Orientation Directors Association (NODA). Kayla lived and worked in Buffalo, NY during and after grad school, but does not miss all that lake effect snow. Outside of work, Kayla enjoys all things Disney, going to concerts, listening to music, dancing, traveling, and spending time with her friends and family.
Top 5 Strengths:
Empathy | Positivity | Harmony | Developer | Adaptability
“Not where I breathe, but where I love I live.” – Robert Southwell, S.J.
Assistant Director for Fraternity & Sorority Life
Brandon joined the SDCA team in January 2019. In his role, he is responsible for providing direct leadership, support, and strategic vision for the University’s fraternity/sorority system on the Pleasantville campus. He works closely with individual chapter leaders as well as governing body leaders to create and foster a values-based fraternal experience, and enhance the overall undergraduate co-curricular experience. Prior to assuming his current role at Pace, Brandon has held positions in various student affairs settings, including student activities/programming, student center operations and management, fraternity/sorority life, and leadership development. He holds membership in several national professional organizations, including the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors for which is an active volunteer, currently serving on the Region I Membership Engagement and Recruitment Team. He is also a volunteer for Tri Sigma sorority. Brandon earned a Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Science degree, both from Syracuse University. When he’s not working with students, Brandon enjoys spending time with his dog Luna, the beach, and checking out new food spots.
Top Five Strengths:
Discipline | Responsibility | Individualization | Achiever | Empathy
“It takes a lot of time to achieve instant success” – Chinese Proverb