Staff Directory

Krista Saleet

Krista Saleet, Director
(607) 255-0674
ks2334@cornell.edu

Krista guides her team at the Public Service Center in engaging students in learning through service that produces students who are civically engaged and graduates who are active, global citizens. Krista is guided by 15+ years of experience in higher education administration at Colgate University, the University of Chicago, Dartmouth College, University of Massachusetts Amherst and Chatham College. Krista sits on the NASPA Public Policy Board and the NASPA Region II Executive Board. Krista's professional interests include the impact of civic engagement on student success outcomes, higher education-community partnerships and millennial community engagement. Krista holds a Bachelors of Urban Planning and Development from Ball State University and a Masters of Public Policy and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh.

Sage Clemenco

Sage Clemenco, Communitiy Initiatives Program Associate
(607) 255-0094
sac75@cornell.edu

Sage comes to the Public Service Center as an engagement specialist and community-based artist, facilitator, and educator with a particular passion for the places where art and community intersect. Before returning home to Ithaca, Sage most recently worked as a staff and Ensemble member at Cornerstone Theater Company in Los Angeles, supporting playwrights and communities as they worked together to create moving and meaningful art. She has designed and implemented curriculum for the Cornerstone Institute and taught for a wide range of students from all over the country. Sage brings to the Public Service Center an expertise in building programs and partnerships that are responsive to community need, grow out of community assets, and flourish from mutual respect and mentorship.

Renee Farkas

Renee Farkas, Associate Director
(607) 255-1107
rcf1@cornell.edu

Renee has worked at the PSC since its inception in 1991.  Prior to that, Renee worked for CIVITAS. In addition to her duties as Associate Director of the PSC, Renee coordinates the Community Work-Study Program and the Volunteer Program, leads the Pre-Orientation Service Trip (POST) program, and serves as the PSC liaison for many initiatives and committees both on campus and off, such as the First-Year Experience committee, College Orientation committee, Cornell Days, First-Year Family Weekend and many others.

Renee works closely with students and community partners and also serves in a variety of capacities in the local community including offering trainings for students and community partners, and helping to coordinate the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day event.

Ray Hage

Rayan Hage, Program Advisor, Science & Technology Entry Program (STEP)
(607)-255-9382
rh645@cornell.edu

Ray brings his experience as a high school science teacher and non-profit work as an academic and career counselor to STEP. He is excited to combine his experience to advise Ithaca's STEP students on their parths to STEM related majors and careers.

Ray has a B.S. in Secondary Education (7-12); Biology from Western Connecticut State University and is certified to teach Biology and Chemistry. He also enjoys mentoring and coaching sports including football, boxing, track, and weight training.

Sandy Hickey, Administrative Assistant
(607) 255-7882
sh36@cornell.edu

Sandy provides administrative support to staff members of the Public Service Center in addition to assisting the Associate Director, Renee Farkas, in the day-to-day operations of the Community Work-Study Program.

Sandy has worked at Cornell for 30 years, spending 25 years in the Office of Financial Aid and Student Employment before moving to the Public Service Center. She has a B.A. from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell.

Kristin Kurz

Kristin P. Kurz, Events and Office Coordinator
(607) 255-0144
kk544@cornell.edu

Kristin helps coordinate the Public Service Center's major events. She also oversees the day-to-day operations for the office. 

Kristin has a background in event and theatrical production stage management. She has a M.F.A. from the University of Iowa in Theatre Arts: Stage Management.  

Matteo Lundgren, Program Advisor to Upward Bound
(607) 255-5814
mcl336@cornell.edu

Matteo is enthusiastically dedicated to helping students develop life skills and to help them gain perspective as they transition from High School to College. Matteo has a Masters in Counseling Education from St. Bonaventure University. He has worked in a variety of educational settings; as School Counselor at New Roots Charter School in Ithaca NY, as Camp Director of Steve and Kate's Summer Camp in Seattle Washington, as a Mental Health Counselor at St. Bonaventure University Counseling Center, as a teacher in South Central Los Angeles Charter Schools, as Coordinator of Student Recruitment at Front Range Community College in Boulder Colorado.  

Matteo has also volunteered abroad and here in the United States; disaster relief work after Hurricane Katrina in Mississippi, disaster relief work after the Earthquake in Haiti, disaster relief work after Hurricane Sandy in New York City. He also volunteered and worked with adults with disabilities in Torino Italy and in Rhodes Greece.  

Matteo's great personal passion is within the art of natural building, as the owner of "Cob Therapy" (www.cobtherapy.com) he teaches workshops across the country.

Nicole MacPherson

Nicole MacPherson, Community Work-Study Program Coordinator
(607)-255-7882
njm96@cornell.edu

Prior to her position at Cornell, Nicole worked as an Employment Specialist in the staffing industry for two years. Nicole interviewed and placed associates in the best possible job matches. She was the main contact for her local company accounts.

Nicole also brings a strong service background from her 13 year career in the hospitality industry, where she worked in hotel management for various Marriott brand hotels.

Liz Millhollen

Liz Millhollen, Associate Director of Upward Bound
(607)-254-8240
eam53@cornell.edu

Liz, CALS '05, has been with the Public Service Center as the Assistant Director of the Upward Bound Program since 2018. Previously, Liz directed staff training and development, safety, risk, and program design with Outward Bound in Baltimore City and various wilderness areas in the US. In Baltimore, she created the Chesapeake Bay Sea Kayaking program that builds character and stewardship in students as well as a Police Officer and Youth pairing program whose objectives is to change negative perceptions to positive ones and build trust. Thrilled to shift disciplines from the "out of doors" to "opening of doors" for young people she brings a lot of enthusiasm and support to the successful and growing Upward Bound program. As a Finger Lakes native and Alumna of Cornell and the University of Buffalo (M.Ed. School Counseling) Liz is so happy to be back home and making a positive impact in her community.

Joyce Muchan

Joyce Muchan, Assistant Director, Student Programs
(607) 255-8851
jdm1@cornell.edu

Joyce, ILR '96, has been with the Public Service Center since 1999. Her focus is student program leadership development and co-circular project management, evaluation, student leadership trainings, student-run grant allocation, curriculum based service trips, as well as the coordination of Cornell's largest student-run service projects.

Joyce has been a Tompkins County Human Rights commissioner and has served on several community boards task forces including, the City of Ithaca Rental Housing Commissioner 2004-2012, Ithaca City School District Affirmative Action Committee 1993-1996, Ithaca City Drug Task Force 2000, and Ithaca City Community and Police Conflict Management Task Force 1996.

Kurt Sarsfield

Kurt Sarsfield, Assistant Director of the Science & Technology Entry Program (STEP)
(607) 255-1309
kss226@cornell.edu

Kurt comes to the Public Service Center having worked as a teacher and administrator in schools dedicated to preparing all students for college.  In his role at the PSC, Kurt will work to support Ithaca middle and high school students on their path to higher education through the Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP).  

Kurt has a B.A. in English Language and Literature and Secondary Education from the University of Michigan and a M.S. in Education from Relay Graduate School of Education.

Meghan Serdock

Meghan Serdock, Student Programs
(607) 255-1681
mms458@cornell.edu

Meghan makes her way to the Public Service Center after most recently spending time as an assistant coach for the track an field team at Coker College, working specifically with the throws. While at Coker, she developed and implemented an academic enrichment program and an academic intervention program for student athletes who were members of the track and field team. She also coached all of her athletes to personal bests, while breaking all of the school records within the throws discipline. While coaching at Coker, Meghan also obtained her Master of Science in College Athletic Administration.

Prior to her time at Coker College, Meghan worked as intern with the Office of Equity and Inclusion at SUNY Oneonta. There she helped develop and implement new programs, obtain and organize data on diversity and inclusion, and presented new programs to students and faculty. She graduated from SUNY Oneonta where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Studies, and while studying she earned 26 academic and athletic awards. Most notably, she was a four-time NCAA qualifier, earned three All-American titles with two in the hammer and one in weight throw, in which she placed third every time. Meghan is continuing her training as a post-collegiate athlete with hopes to qualify for the Olympic team in 2020 in the hammer throw.

Amy Somchanhmavong

Amy Somchanhmavong, Associate Director, Service-Learning and Partnership
(607) 254-8072
ayk3@cornell.edu

As Associate Director of Community Service-Learning and Partnership Amy has dedicated herself to purposeful work that produces lasting impact. Amy's programs encompass student-centered programs such as the Public Service Scholars, to faculty engaged scholarship via action research in teaching and practice, to delivering collective empowerment initiatives for improved community health and wellbeing. Most recently she launched the Patient Care Advocacy Team (PCAT) program  in collaboration with Cayuga Medical Center and Cornell Career Services to expose students interested in the field of medicine to a direct service partnership with Cayuga Medical Center for what Amy refers to as a process of instilling and building a "culture of care” into healthcare for future practitioners.