Meet the Panelists!

We’re pleased to welcome our alumni panelists for our January 8th Holiday Homecoming event.

If you haven’t purchased tickets, now is the time!


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Andrew “Dru” Alvez is Albany High graduate and Sponsor-A-Scholar alumnus. he attended SUNY Potsdam for both his Bachelors and Masters degrees which were in English and Communication. After working in the media for more than 5 years, Dru decided to pursue a career in higher education and now working as a Residence Director at Union College.


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Fareeza Islam is a Sponsor-A-Scholar alumna from Schenectady High School Class of 2010. She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and Environmental Studies (double major) at Colgate University and went on to complete a Masters of Science in Student Affairs Counseling at Syracuse University. She was a first-generation college graduate and recently moved back to Schenectady, where she lives with her husband and 11 month old son. Fareeza currently serves as the Associate Director of Residential Life at Union College.


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Cassandra Pintro is an alumna of Troy High School and a recent graduate of Marist College. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Fashion Merchandising. During her time in college, she spent a semester in Florence, Italy and another semester in Paris, France. She also traveled throughout Europe. She just landed a job managing e-commerce and social media for a fashion company in Manhattan.