Meet the Staff
Senior Assistant Dean of Student Life- Tomás Gonzalez
Dean Gonzalez received a bachelors degree in Music Education from Ithaca College, a masters degree in Higher Education Administration/Counseling from Buffalo State College, and a J.D. degree from the Syracuse University College of Law. In his 16-year career in student affairs, Gonzalez has held positions at Alfred University, Buffalo State College, State University of New York at Cortland and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Prior to joining the College of Law, he served with the Universitys Office of Residence Life as assistant director, chair of the departments Diversity Committee, and assistant director of the Office of Greek Life and Experiential Learning. At SU, Gonzalez has been the recipient of an Exemplary Achievement Award for Faculty/Staff and an ALPHA Award given by students to recognize staff representing student-centered values and contributions to student life.
His professional affiliations include the American College Personnel Association; the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators; College Student Personnel Association, New York; and the Association of Student Judicial Affairs. Dean Gonzalez has expertise in developing academic support programs, leadership development, diversity education, and community development, and is a nationally recognized speaker in the area of legal issues concerning on-line communities.
Melanie Cuevas Rodriguez received a bachelors degree in Sociology and English/Literature & Rhetoric from SUNY Binghamton, a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, and a J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law. Melanie was a Debevois & Plimpton Equal Justice Works Fellow at the National Center for Law and Economic Justice in New York City where she assisted with the Center’s efforts to secure economic justice for the poor through impact litigation and policy advocacy. Before returning to the College of Law, Melanie worked at the Frank H. Hiscock Legal Aid Society in Syracuse where she represented clients in various civil matters including Domestic Violence and Family Law. Melanie enjoys working with students, helping with academic support, career exploration, and more. Her professional affiliations are the Onondaga County Bar Association and the Association for Legal Career Professionals.
Associate Director for Student Life - Academic and Bar Support Programs - Keri Foster, Esq.
Keri Foster received a bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Virginia, and a J.D. from Howard University School of Law where she was a merit scholar and senior editor of the Howard University Law Journal. Prior to joining the College of Law, Keri was an Associate in the corporate department at WilmerHale in New York City, where she was general corporate counsel to private and public companies, providing advice on a range of matters such as SEC compliance and working on various public offering and M&A deals. Keri then developed her own corporate practice involving entity formation and other matters. Her professional affiliations include the New York Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the National Bar Association. Keri Foster has joined the Syracuse University College of Law Office of Student Life as an Associate Director for Academic and Bar Support. She also serves as an Adjunct Professor at the College of Law, teaching a third-year law seminar.
Associate Director for Student Life - Student Programs - Michelle M. Wilcox
Michelle Wilcox received a bachelors of science degree in Business Administration from Babson College. While completing her bachelor’s degree, she acted as the Assistant Student Loan Coordinator in the office of Student Financial Services preparing financial aid packages and representing the office within the student body. Prior to joining the College of Law, she was a legal assistant with Fager and Amsler, L.L.P. in Syracuse with experience in medical malpractice and risk management.
Her responsibilities include working with students with disabilities, coordinating Moot Court and student organization trial team travel and overseeing administrative functions of the Office of Student Life.
Student Life Office Coordinator - Mary Capria
Mary joined the Office of Student Life as Office Coordinator in March 2011. Mary coordinates office initiatives and logistics for student organization programming/travel, as well as OSL branding efforts. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature with a Psychology minor from Le Moyne College. Prior to joining the office, Mary worked as a Project Coordinator for the Web Design Program at the School of Informational Studies at Syracuse University.
Student Life Office Assistant - Christine Kochan-Serbun
Christine joined the Office of Student Life in October 2008. She holds an Associate Degree in Business Administration from Onondaga Community College. Previously she was employed as Secretary/Communication Coordinator for the main campus financial aid office. Her job experience outside of SU includes 10 years as a self-employed sales director for a national multi-level marketing company and 11 years at a large financial institution where she was an operations supervisor. She is a life-long resident of Central New York, is married to a local banker, and has three sons.