Meet the Staff

Strategic Affairs Administration, Project Management and Strategic Planning

Renee DeVestyRenee DeVesty​, Administrative Assistant

Renee provides support to the Office of Strategic Affairs Office, the Office of the President, the University Hospital Leadership Team and UUMAS on behalf of Regional Strategy. A PBS "Maker: Women Who Make America" Award Recipient and WTVH-5 "Women in Leadership" Award Recipient, Renee ​is a passionate community advocate for underserved populations. She has over 15​ years nonprofit management experience and over 25​ ​years community advocacy, development, events management and administrative support experience. 

Contact Renee regarding any Office of Strategic Affairs inquiries. Email Renee directly at

Strategic Planning Project Managers*: Responsible for implementation of the OUR Upstate One University Road Map Strategic Plan using the Balanced Scorecard methodology. Additionally, provide project management support to optimize alignment of projects with strategic objectives and initiatives and assist with management of the performance measurement process.  All team members responsible for the strategic plan implementation are certified ‘Balance Scorecard Professionals’ through the Balanced Scorecard Institute.

Karen Kohl* Karin Kohl, MBA, MSc, GWCPgM, joined the department in May 2017.  Karin earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Colorado State University, Master and Bachelor of Science degrees in Civil Engineering from Cornell University and Syracuse University, respectively, and an Associate of Science Degree in Veterinary Technology from St. Petersburg College. She holds a Master’s Certificate in Program Management through the George Washington University School of Business. Prior to joining Upstate Medical University, Karin managed project portfolios and programs for an international paper manufacturer and civil and environmental engineering design and construction projects. Email Karin Kohl directly at

Sarah Trapani* Sarah Trapani, MHA, joined the department in July 2017.  Sarah holds a Masters in Health Administration (MHA) degree from John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Bachelor of Arts in Economics and International Relations degree from Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Sarah brings significant medical center and health system experience. Prior to joining Upstate, Sarah was the Onboarding Manager in Talent Acquisition and Training Coordinator in Learning and Development for Rochester Regional Health. Additionally, Sarah worked as a Planning and Business Development Analyst at Baltimore Washington Medical Center and an Administrative Resident in Strategic Planning and Business Development at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Email Sarah at


Market Research and Business Development

Responsible for providing analytical support to institution inclusive of new growth and partnership opportunities. The team provides support for business plan development, market position and analysis, data mining, forecasting, and sensitivity analysis to facilitate structured decision-making.

Diamando (Dia) PaolangeliDiamando (Dia) Paolangeli, MHA, Market Research and Business Development Manager

Diamando joined the Office of Strategic Affairs in June 2017. Dia holds a Master of Health Administration (MHA) degree from Cornell University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Policy and Management from Ithaca College. Prior to accepting this position, Dia served as Business Manager for Upstate's Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) department. Dia oversees and provides leadership to the data analytics team within strategic affairs.

Contact Dia for assistance with Business Plan development, data retrieval/analysis, and market research needs. Email Dia at

 David RobertsomDavid E. Robertson, Jr., MBA, Decision Scientist

David joined the Office of Strategic Affairs in January 2018. As a Decision Scientist he provides analysis and insight to support management decision-making, as well as effectively communicate data insights to various campus stakeholders.  Prior to coming to Upstate Medical University he was Director of Operations Research at Syracuse University for Prospect Identification/Analytics. In addition to his Director duties he was Adjunct Professor of Data Science in the iSchool at SU. As a PhD graduate student in the Maxwell School, he examined philanthropic behavioral patterns among NYS migrant farmworkers. Email David at


Project ECHO

Dierdre KeefeDeidre Keefe, M.S., CHES, Project Manager for Project ECHO

Deirdre joined the Office of Strategic Affairs in August 2017.  Project ECHO, a worldwide health initiative, is new to Upstate Medical University and the CNY community and transforms the way education and knowledge are delivered to people in CNY’s rural and underserved communities.  Prior to her current role, Deidre worked for two other SUNY institutions; SUNY Cortland and SUNY Jefferson.  At SUNY Cortland Deidre was an adjunct professor in the Health and Wellness Department and served as the Higher Education Center Coordinator at SUNY Jefferson.  Up to that time, Deidre split her career efforts between non-profit work in CNY and the marketing and communication field.  Deidre earned her Master’s Degree in Community Health, and two Bachelors of Arts, one in Communications and the other in Psychology. For the last six years Deidre has been nationally recognized as a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES).

Contact Deidre for Project ECHO implementation or other questions concerning Project ECHO and/or its designated specialties or spoke sites.  Email Deidre at

Margaret HartmannMargaret (Margie) Greenfield, PTA, M.S., CHES, Project Coordinator for Project ECHO

Margaret joined the Office of Strategic Affairs in April 2018 for the Endocrinology ECHO. She is responsible for planning and implementing ECHO educational activities and teleECHO clinics. Additionally, she is a liaison between project sites and partners working closely with all parties to assist with facilitating the teleECHO clinics. Margie has earned her Master's in Community Health and a Bachelor of Science in Health Education. In April 2017, Margie was nationally recognized as a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and in May 2018 received immersion training at the University of New Mexico’s ECHO Institute. She looks forward to assisting in the implementation of Project ECHO at Upstate Medical University to address health initiatives in CNY’s rural and underserved communities. Email Margie at