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
capitol 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.
Kelli A. Johnson, M.Ed.
Director of Opportunity Programs
815 North Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Office: (518) 580-5771
Fax: (518) 580-5781
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.
Aaron R. Ray
Coordinator of Admissions and Summer Academic Institute
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. Joining us from Union College in August of 2015 where he worked as an assistant dean of admissions where he led the multicultural recruitment efforts and was the liaison between the Admissions Office and the Union’s Academic Opportunity Program. 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). Aaron represents Skidmore as a College Delegate for NYSACAC and NACAC and is the Albany Regional Representative for the HEOP Professional Organization, sitting on the executive board helping to develop policies and programming that impacts HEOP students across the state of New York. 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, and playing with his three dogs.
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. Prior to joining the OP staff Meghan worked in Residence Life for 4 years and Career Services for a year and a half. 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. She is looking forward to meeting all of our OP students so please feel free to stop by and say hi anytime!
Zartasha Samson, PhD
Zartasha is working towards a doctorate in English at Binghamton University, with a specialization in creative writing. She received her BA and MA in English from The College of Saint Rose. Her areas of interest include eighteenth and nineteenth century English literature and the historical novel. She has taught courses in First-Year Composition, Qualitative Research Writing, Creative Writing, Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century English Novel, Women’s Literature, and Gothic Literature. She is dedicated to helping students discover the joys of writing and utilize it as a tool of empowerment, discovery and healing.
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 a year ago, she has worked with children for the past seven 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.