Meet the Staff
Campus Life | Community Service | Leadership Activities
Religious and Spiritual Life | Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution
Mariel L. Martin
Associate Dean of Student Affairs/Title IX Deputy Coordinator
Campus Life & Engagement
Mariel received her B.A. in Sociology from Shippensburg University and her Master's
Degree in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago. She is excited to embark
on her eleventh year at Skidmore as the Associate Dean of Student Affairs, Campus
Life & Engagement and to continue as the Title IX Deputy Coordinator. Throughout her
tenure at Skidmore Mariel served as director of Student Diversity Programs for eight
years. Mariel has also worked in Residential Life and taught courses about oppression
in the U.S. and a First-Year Seminar Course about the history of diversity at Skidmore
and within higher education. Mariel also served on the Bias Response Group, co-chaired the Committee on Intercultural and Global Understanding, and currently chairs the Advisory Council on Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct. Her research and academic background focus on educational experiences of lesbian,
gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer youth and motherhood, role negotiation and kinship
formation in lesbian-parented families. Most recently, Mariel's interests include
student development and building a vibrant, inclusive campus community. Stop by Case
Center 310 and meet her!
Mary Ann Toia
Mary Ann earned a B.S. degree in communications from the State University of NY College at Oneonta. She joined the Office of Campus Life in 2011 and is currently the Pre-Orientation Coordinator managing all programs both on and off campus for First Year Students. Mary Ann also created a program S.O.L.E (Sophomore Outdoor Leadership Experience) which launched in August 2012. Prior to coming back to work at Skidmore she worked at The Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs where her children attended for their early childhood. Mary Ann was a flight attendant and was able to travel the world extensively after college. She has a passion for outdoor education and believes in the effectiveness of experiential learning. She spent 18 months raising a guide dog who is now successfully guiding in Ohio (pictured). When she is not busy at work she is home with her 3 daughters where they can usually be found doing something outdoors!
Director of Community Service Programs
Michelle received her B.A. in American Studies from Grinnell College as has completed post-graduate work at SUNY Plattsburgh in the field of Higher Education Management and Administration. She has been at Skidmore for nine years. Michelle worked at The Doane Stuart School in Albany, New York, as Director of Administrative services, and as a Membership and Marketing Director at the Glens Falls Family YMCA before coming to Skidmore.
Director of Leadership Activities
Robin received his B.A. in English literature from Skidmore College in 2000. After a brief stint at Abbeville Press in Manhattan, he returned to Saratoga Springs and Skidmore College where he has worked since 2004. As an advisor to many of Skidmore's clubs and organizations he helps ensure that their events run smoothly while also advising elected members of the Student Government Association. When not at work Robin can be found on the tennis courts (in the summer) or watching his beloved Philadelphia Flyers (in the winter).
Assistant Director of Leadership Activities
Tory joined the Skidmore Campus Life and Engagement Team in October 2015. She received a B.S. in History and Political Science from Lesley University and a M.S. in College Student Development and Counseling at Northeastern University. During her time in grad school she had the chance to work in student programming at many institutions including Northeastern, Tufts University, Berklee College of Music, and Occidental College. She is excited to take everything she’s learned and put it into action at Skidmore! Prior to grad school, Tory completed 3 years of national service with AmeriCorps as a VISTA with Massachusetts Campus Compact. In her spare time, Tory can be found trying to see as many concerts as possible, binge watching her favorite TV shows & movies, or taking road trips. She can’t wait to get to know Skidmore students and become a part of the Skidmore community!
Office: Case 222
Kris received her Associates Degree in Accounting from Nassau Community College on Long Island, where she grew up. Kris joined the Skidmore staff in 2001 as the financial advisor to the Student Government Association as well as all student clubs and organizations. Kris provides oversight of the student activity fee allocations and expenditures, financial policies and procedures, as well as leadership training on budgeting and finance. Kris is the primary advisor to the SGA VP of Financial Affairs as well as the advisor to the Budget and Finance Committee. Stop by Case Center 222 to say hello!!
Director of Religious and Spiritual Life
Parker is currently a PhD candidate in Hebrew Bible at Emory University where she also received her M.Div. from the Candler School of Theology. She holds a B.A. from Middlebury College where she studied Religion and Theater. Her research interests include the intersections of religious texts and practice and the impact of archaeology and history on biblical interpretation. Her work with individual faith communities has ranged from preaching to liturgical dance to social justice activism. She has also worked in the non-profit sector on inter-religious collaboration for peace and development. A Saratoga native, Parker is happy to back in the Skidmore community and close to Adirondack hiking and cross-country skiing.
Coordinator of Spiritual Programs
Case Center 309
Kim Beekman received her B.A. in Psychology and M.P.A. from the Maxwell School at
Syracuse University. After grad school, she spent 10 years as a management consultant
in Washington DC doing strategic and business planning for the U.S. Dept of Labor,
International Monetary Fund, and NYS CyberSecurity. While raising three daughters,
Kim certified as a yoga teacher, meditation practitioner, and Ayurveda Wellness Counselor
and serves as an active teacher in the community. After two years teaching yoga and
meditation classes, Pre-O, and mindfulness retreats at Skidmore's Wilson Chapel,
Kim joined the Religious and Spiritual Life staff in 2015 as Coordinator of Spiritual
Programs. She is passionate about raising consciousness and integrating mindfulness
Coordinator of Jewish Student Life and Interfaith Programming
This is Lollie’s fifth year with Campus Life at SkidmoreCollege. She previously worked for 32 years as a Public Educator for NYS Office for People With Developmental Disabilities. Lollie developed and implemented awareness presentations with the goal of increased understanding and acceptance of people who have disabilities. She has taught people of all ages. Lollie is excited to be promoting a message of mutual respect and positive interactions between people of different backgrounds & faiths and to help in making an active Jewish campus life. She works closely with Skidmore Hillel as well as with the Saratoga Jewish community to bring a variety of Jewish Themed programs to campus. Lollie lives locally and is a member of Temple Sinai in Saratoga Springs. She has been on the Schuylerville Planning Board, a Girl Scout Leader, worked as an admissions interviewer at Skidmore and is also an avid gardener. Lollie received a BS from University of Connecticut in Education and an MS in Recreation Therapy from Long Island University.
Assistant Director of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution
Case Center 309
Erin joined the SCCR team in August 2014. She received her B.A. from Worcester State College in Broadcast Communications and her M.Ed. from Springfield College in Psychology focusing on Student Personnel Administration. She has been working in the field on student conduct since graduate school and Previously worked st Syracuse University as a Student Conduct Advisor for 3 years. In her spare time, Erin enjoys running and cycling and exploring new cities. She is excited to help develop this new office and campus and looks forward to getting to know Skidmore Students!