Office of Applied Learning Contacts

SUNY Office of Applied Learning Contact Information

Merissa McKasty, Assistant to the Director of Applied Learning

Merissa joined the SUNY System team in May of 2016. Before heading to SUNY System, Merissa worked for the Research Foundation at Buffalo State College. Buffalo State College is also where Merissa completed her Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration. Her current work responsibilities involve supporting the Director of Applied Learning and SUNY Wide’s Applied Learning Initiative, SUNY and the Vibrant Community, one of the 6 Big Ideas put forth in the Power of SUNY: Strategic Plan 2010 and Beyond. She is interested in community engagement and advocating for all prospective and current SUNY students across the state. Merissa currently serves as a board member for the New York State Cooperative & Experiential Education Association.

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Laura Trottier, Program Assistant

Laura Trottier’s current work involves supporting all aspects of the Applied Learning initiative. She joined SUNY in 2013, bringing with her over nine years of experience working for educational organizations, including Dartmouth College, Albany Law School, and the Brighter Choice Charter School for Girls. She earned both a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Keene (N.H.) State College. While she enjoys living and working in New York State, she considers New Hampshire her home.

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Nicole Pereira, Graduate Student Assistant, SUNY and the Vibrant Community

Nicole Pereira is a graduate student studying Public Administration at UAlbany. Last year, Nicole served as the State-Operated Campuses Chair and a University Colleges Representative for the SUNY Student Assembly where she advocated for fee transparency and accessibility for all student listservs for Student Government Presidents at a SUNY level. In her pastime, she was a part of the SUNY Oneonta Student Association for three years during her undergraduate career, beginning her career as a senator. Nicole ascended to VP of Central Affairs to serve for the three following semesters and later served as President of Oneonta’s SA. Nicole has also served in other leadership roles, most notably as President of the Habitat for Humanity chapter at her university. She truly enjoys helping others and advocating for student rights. Nicole currently serves as the Vice President for the SUNY Student Assembly.

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