The CNY Community College Leadership Development Consortium

PEAKS was founded in 2014 by the Presidents of Mohawk Valley Community College, Onondaga Community College, and Tompkins-Cortland Community College, and joined by Dutchess Community College (2018) and Finger Lakes Community College in 2019, to provide a unique and innovative professional development experience for community college leaders – of diverse roles and levels of the organization. The program, designed especially for community college professionals, is focused on helping leaders to:

  • Develop effective transformational leadership and communication skills and behaviors
  • Enhance self-awareness and emotional intelligence
  • Develop a strong network of community college professionals
  • Consider current issues in the world of community colleges
  • Raise opportunities for cross-campus projects that strengthen our service to students
  • Nurture a passion for the community college mission

Program Structure

Select participants – 4-8 from each college – will participate in a professionally facilitated year-long program that is designed to integrate into participants’ current responsibilities and work situations so that personal and professional development will become a part of the participants’ life and work, not an addition to it. 

The consortium program consists of:

    • Two 3-day residential retreat sessions
    • Two day-long meetings on one of the partner campuses (Fall and Spring)
    • Individual campus group meetings following a common curriculum
    • Shared readings
    • Development of personal and professional development plans
    • Social and networking times will be built into individual campus and full group sessions

To learn more, contact the facilitators at the consortium campuses:

Past Cohorts

Stephanie Bush
Karl Christiansen
Michael Grider
David Hazer
Marie Joyce
Vince Petronio
Courtney Taurisano-Sprague
Jess Wilkie

Mike Adamo
Todd Behrendt
Shelia Flihan
Rachel Freiberger
Todd Marshall
Kenny Morrison
Jim Suriano
Cassie Tuff

Cory Albrecht
Crystal Marceau
Tamara Mariotti
Tracy Coulson
Melissa Copperwheat
Ibrahim Rosic
Chuck Hendricks
Ryan Barsuch

Ruyn Cavic
Gail Warchol
Christine VanNamee
Patti Antanavige
Dawson McDermott
Matt Fikes
Vin Pellizzi
Carolyn DeJohn

Sarah Lam
Therese Winchester
Mark Montgomery
Christine Miller
Jim Dourang
Jim Roberts
Tim Thomas
Alen Smajic

Belinda Alvarado
Salina Billins
Steve Frisbee 
Marie Miknavich
Morris Pearson
Mike Pede
Mark Saxe
Kristen Skobla

Dianne Head
Jean Leandre
Jim Lynch
Joe Woodrow
Mike McHarris
Nancy Wallace
Steph Verostek

Dan Ianno
Dennis Gibbons
Jill Heintz
Jim Maio
Julie Dewan
Kat Linaker
MJ Parry
Shane McGovern

Janet Visalli
Rosemary Spetka
Franca Armstrong
David Amico
Deanna Ferro-Aurience
Rich Haubert
Troy Little