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Habitat for Humanity October 2014

Who are SSCP Student Consultants?

SSCP student consultants have achieved the highest recognition for both their academic accomplishments in Management and Business and their acumen for applying those learnings.  Members of the course have been selected through a rigorous assessment process that included nominations by faculty, an honors-level GPA of 3.6 or above, and interviews with the program’s student directors and faculty director. Each client team of is made up of two student consultants and one student director. The student directors have already completed at least one semester of SSCP and have already worked with one or more clients.

Student in the SSCP program are also fulfilling academic requirements for a four-credit, 300-level business course.  The consulting teams meet with their assigned clients a minimum of once every week for an hour with an established agenda; they also meet once a week in a seminar setting with the other consulting teams and their professor to discuss their consultancies and to deepen their competencies in using the tools and frameworks of strategic consulting. Both the clients and the student consultants are engaged in electronic communication and exchanges throughout the semester on a secure platform.

 Fiona Casson '16

SSCP Manager
Fiona Casson, Class of 2016

After a semester abroad, Fiona Casson is thrilled to be starting off her senior year as a student manager for the Skidmore-Saratoga Consulting Partnership. She spent the last semester in the backcountry of Chilean Patagonia with the National Outdoor Leadership School, where she gained significant hands on leadership experience. She spent the previous summer interning at the Digital Atelier, where she further developed her interest in combining art and business by working with laser scanning and CNC milling on sculpture and other art forms. Fiona had a very successful SSCP consulting project for Caffe Lena in Fall 2014.

 Sam Marks

SSCP Manager
Sam Mark, Class of 2016

With a semester of consulting to his name with local folk music venue, Caffè Lena, Sam spent his junior year spring term abroad in Paris, France, exploring the nature of international business and culture. A native of New York State, he has spent this past summer in and out of NYC holding internships with VICE media and The Windish Agency. Sam continuously looks to close the void that separates business and art. His studies incorporate a course load that encompasses and blends creativity and strategic thinking within a business framework. Sam returns to SSCP as a Student Manager for the Fall 2015 semester.

Maddy Tank 

SSCP Manager
Maddy Tank, Class of 2016

Maddy returns as an SSCP Manager after a semester abroad in New Zealand studying sustainable business and geohazards. With a background in fine arts and design, she enjoys synthesizing artistic technique with business practice. A native Washingtonian, Maddy interned this past summer for DC’s Federal City Council to develop a strategic, operational and overall growth plan for the Anacostia Waterfront Trust. Maddy had a very successful SSCP consulting project for Habitat for Humanity of Northern Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties in Fall 2014.

 Jonathan Bartfeld

SSCP Consultant
Jonathan Bartfeld, Class of 2017

Jonathan is majoring in Management and Business and Economics. He is a Skidmore junior born and raised in California’s wine country. Growing grapes and managing the family vineyard for years, Jonathan has developed a strong desire to produce excellence. This passion has followed him in his work, interning for Travelers Insurance this past summer in their Support Department, where he enjoyed working in a corporate team environment.  

James Benjamin 

SSCP Consultant
James (Jamie) Benjamin, Class of 2017

From Ridgewood, NJ, James Benjamin is a junior focusing on Management and Business and Economics and is Skidmore’s Men’s Lacrosse team defender.  Ben’s clothing company, Adirondack Flannel, was a finalist in the Kennith Freirich Business Plan Competition. Ben loves entrepreneurship because you need to learn how every function of a business works and to coordinate things by yourself. You also learn very quickly that you do not know everything, and you will need to answer questions you don’t have any idea how to answer. Ben finds this search for answers invigorating and exciting.

I think that consulting for small businesses is a lot like starting a business.


SSCP Consultant
Nicole Bennett, Class of 2017

A junior from New York City, Nicki starts her first semester of SSCP before heading to Madrid this Spring. This past Summer she interned in the Public Relations department of BaubleBar, an up-and-coming jewelry startup, working closely with both clients and magazine editors. After having been elected Musical Director of the Sonneteers her sophomore year, Nicki has learned the value and key strategies of group work. More specifically, she has developed particular interest in PR and Accounting. 


James Benjamin 

SSCP Consultant
Jeb Clarke, Class of 2016

From Bethel, ME, Jeb is a senior double majoring in Business and Economics. Jeb is on the baseball team at Skidmore and has a passion for statistical analysis. He would like to work in a related field in baseball, and has interned with the Lowell Spinners (single A affiliate of the Red Sox) as well as with Section 2 of the NYSPHSAA– which oversees all high school athletic competition in the capital district. Jeb is looking forward to learning more about consulting through SSCP.


Grace Kaplan 

SSCP Consultant
Grace Kaplan, Class of 2017

A junior Management and Business major, Grace was born in Bermuda and now calls Boston her home. She has an interest in accounting and her experience as an Operations Integrity Intern at the corporate headquarters of a national healthcare company has provided her with insight into the various aspects of a business that must come together in order for it to operate effectively. Grace is looking forward to using her accounting and problem-solving skills to help SSCP clients, as well as working closely with the Saratoga community.

 Lulu Li

SSCP Consultant
Lulu Li, Class of 2016

A senior Economics major, Lulu LI bring strong quantitative and communication skills and an international background to her first semester of SSCP. In the past Lulu has worked with local government and many non-profit organizations, held leadership positions in several clubs, and completed various research projects with professors. She looks forward to learning more about consulting and working with SSCP clients and other SSCP consultants.

 Nicole LoRusso

SSCP Consultant
Nicole LoRusso, Class of 2017

A Long Island native, Nicole is a junior Management and Business major and Economics minor, Nicole is eager to begin her first semester with SSCP. Last summer Nicole interned at start up sales and marketing consulting firm where she gained valuable real world business experience and developed a passion for consulting. With an interest in business strategy and knowledge in finance and marketing, Nicole is looking forward to utilizing and further developing the skills she has gained through her studies and work experience, while working closely with the Saratoga community. Outside of the classroom, Nicole is a member of the Skidmore women’s soccer team and works as an office assistant and a peer tutor for the Office of Student Academic Services on campus.

 Nicole LoRusso

SSCP Consultant
Kengthsagn Louis, Class of 2017

A native of Haiti, Kengthsagn speaks French and Haitian Creole and thrives in multicultural environments. Last year, she did an internship with Foundation Toya, a Haitian organization promoting women’s rights and entrepreneurship amongst young girls. That experience nurtured her interest in business, mainly its intersection with Psychology in organizational behavior, marketing and leadership across cultures. Kengthsagn's passion for business also extends to entrepreneurship through SPAF (Syans Pou Anise Fondasyon), an organisation that she founded to encourage scientific literacy in Haitian schools. I am looking forward to learning more about Saratoga's culture through its businesses with the SSCP. 

 Maya Reyes

SSCP Consultant
Maya Reyes, Class of 2017

A junior majoring in International Affairs and Social Work and minoring in Chinese, Maya is originally from Tokyo. She fostered an interest in consulting through her work with TEDxTokyo and TEDxYouth@Tokyo where she organized, curated and presented on personal artistic projects. Her interest in consulting grew as she created a marketing plan that increased sales by four times for a progressive beverage company in Japan. She enters her first semester of SSCP in the fall keen on applying her acquired knowledge to develop strategic business plans for members of the Saratoga Springs community. After interning for IBM, working under the director of marketing, Maya has continued to hone in on her marketing abilities. As a multiracial third culture kid, Maya speaks English and Japanese fluently and is minoring in Chinese. Her background has crafted a unique and international perspective which she brings to every task making her approach to projects relevant in our globalizing society.

 Keldwin Taveras

SSCP Consultant
Keldwin Taveras, Class of 2017

Keldwin is a junior majoring in Management and Business with a focus in finance. He is bilingual as a fluent Spanish speaker and an experienced translator. Keldwin is from New York City, where he interned at Viacom this past summer. Last summer, he gained in depth analytical and strong research skills through scientific research. Keldwin is eager to help solve complex issues in the Saratoga business community as he learns more about consulting.

 Deirdre Walsh

SSCP Consultant
Deirdre Walsh, Class of 2017

Deirdre joins the Skidmore Saratoga Consulting Partnership as a junior major in Management and Business and minoring in Spanish. Deirdre developed a passion to compete on the soccer fields of New Jersey and has extended that passion to the professional arena with internships with Sky Blue FC (Professional Soccer Team) and the Adirondack Flames (AHL Team).  This past summer Deirdre held a marketing internship with the Canine Company. While interning for these organizations Deirdre has developed a keen interest in how strategy is translated into operations and execution with a particular focus on consumer and brand marketing.

 Meghan Wojtkiewicz

SSCP Consultant
Meghan Wojtkiewicz, Class of 2016

Originally from Buffalo, NY, Meghan is a Business Management and Dance double major at Skidmore. Entering her senior year after a semester spent in Paris, Meghan looks forward to sharing the business experience she gained abroad, along with the skills she acquired through her previous finance, accounting, and marketing internships with three thriving companies in Western New York. Meghan aspires for a career in the finance or marketing fields and is eager to acquire new skills and experience through the Skidmore-Saratoga Consulting Partnership.