Structured for Success: the OP Team
Academic success starts with a solid structural foundation, and the OP Team is skilled in promoting the highest level of academic support, psychosocial development, curricular guidance, and post-baccalaureate preparation for our OP students.
Kelli Johnson is responsible for overseeing the Opportunity Program, staff, students
and daily operations. She received a BA in Spanish and an M.Ed. in Higher Education
Administration both from the University of Arkansas. However, originally from the
capital district, she decided to relocate closer to home to be near family and friends. Kelli
has been working with grant funded programs since 2003 and is responsible for the
successful compilation and implementation of many grant-funded programs. Her personally
philosophy includes supporting students in a holistic manner while helping them achieve
the ultimate goal of graduation and matriculation. In her spare time, Kelli enjoys
baking, reading, playing games, and spending time with family and friends.
Aaron R. Ray
Assistant Director-Student Outreach
Aaron is responsible for all aspects the admissions and recruitment of Opportunity Program students, as well as the design and implementation of the Summer Academic Institute that all incoming OP students attend. He earned his BA in American Studies from Union College and his MS in Organizational Leadership from Quinnipiac University. Aaron has spent the majority of his career working in the field of inclusion, access, and success through volunteer efforts with such programs such as Camp College (New York State Association for College Admissions Counseling) and College Exploration (College for Every Student) and the annual Coming Together Conference. Aaron represents Skidmore as a College Delegate for NYSACAC and NACAC and is the Secretary for the HEOP Professional Organization. Sitting on these executive boards allows Skidmore and its students to be represented during the development of policies and programming that impacts HEOP students across the state of New York. His personal philosophy includes supporting students by meeting them where they are at and helping to guide them to where they want to be. In his spare time, Aaron enjoys playing pick-up basketball, watching sports, reading/watching/talking about anything comic book related, debating with students about the best hip-hop artists, playing with his three dogs and spending as much time as possible with his wife and daughter.
Assistant Director-Student Support and Advocacy
Sade, is the newest addition to the Opportunity Program office and is responsible for creating and managing a variety of support and advocacy services for students who may be experiencing educational, emotional, and cultural challenges. She will also lead OP’s Legislative Advocacy efforts. Sade is an Albany native who joins us from Maria College, where she also worked within Opportunity Programs. Sade earned her B.A. in psychology and black studies from the State University of New York at New Paltz and returned to the Capitol Region to complete a master’s degree in mental health counseling at The College of Saint Rose. After completing the Summer Academic Institute with the Class of 2023. Sade was recently voted in as Treasurer of the HEOP Professional Organization.
Eun-Sil Lee, PhD
Coordinator of Upperclassman Initiatives
Eun-Sil Lee has a PhD in social welfare from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, an MA in educational psychology and in counseling from Loyola Marymount University, and a BS in psychology from Tulane University. She is passionate about education and empowerment, reflected in her philosophy toward student support that centers on the raising of critical consciousness, empowerment, and ownership. Her focus is on developing career-oriented opportunities to prepare OP students for life after Skidmore, as she believes that access is not just about access to a quality higher education, but also access to job opportunities after graduation.
Coordinator of Student Success and Retention
Meghan earned her B.S. in Psychology from Fordham University and her M.Ed. from the University of Delaware where she focused on Higher Education Administration. Meghan is originally from the Albany area – Guilderland specifically so she is very happy to be home! Meghan loves getting know students and helping them reach their fullest potential while attending college. Outside of work Meghan enjoys Broadway shows, watching the NFL (Patriots specifically), relaxing and seeing family.
Adam Evans is the Opportunity Program’s Learning Associate for Humanities and Social Sciences. His background is in teaching American Literature, developmental writing, and varying levels of composition. He received his BA in English from SUNY Albany and his MA in American Literature from Temple University. Since earning his MA in 2013, he has taught literature and writing to diverse student populations at a wide variety of institutions. His teaching focuses on pushing students to draw from their backgrounds as they enter into academic discourses and to imagine the social change they wish to enact through their education. Outside of teaching, his interests include fly fishing and an immersive study of gastronomy.
Devin is the Opportunity Program’s Administrative Assistant. She manages the office and supervises the student workers. She graduated from SUNY Oneonta in 2014 with a BA in arts and humanities. In her years prior to Skidmore she spent her time in real-estate marketing. However, her passion to work with children brought her back into the world of education in 2016. Although she only began her higher education career a little over three years ago, she has worked with children for the past ten years. She spends the rest of her time working at The Y which further displays her love and devotion for working with young adults. Her energy and charisma bring positive vibes throughout the office daily.