Our Board

The Protestant Campus Ministry Board


Rev. Sandy J. Damhof, Director
: Sandy is an ordained minister with the United Church of Christ. She has served churches in the Bronx, NY and Delmar, NY and now resides in Albany with her husband, Curt. She serves as the Director of the Protestant Campus Ministry and is the founding pastor of Journey United Church of Christ, a new church start located in Glenmont, NY. She has experience in contemporary worship, outreach/evangelism, small group ministry and spiritual formation. 




Wendy Dury-Samson, Board President, has been a longtime member of the Board serving in many different capacities since 2003.   She graduated (BA and MA) from UAlbany, taught English in many area high  schools and a state Correctional Facility, and has been working at the New York State Education Department since  2008. She lives with her family and cats in Delmar, NY and attends Journey UCC. 





Dawn Snay, Vice President, graduated from SUNY Albany with a BA in 1984. During her time on campus The Interfaith Center formally Chapel House was a very important part of her College experience. Dawn has served as director of Outreach for her Lutheran Church for many years. She sings with the Jubilate Choir under the direction of Professor Ralph Schultz and performed at Carnegie Hall in 2017 for the 500 year anniversary of the reformation. Currently she is back at SUNY Albany rehearsing with Albany Pro Musica. She looks forward to the new days ahead for the Interfaith Center and Campus Ministry




Rev. John KnarvikTreasurer: Rev. Knarvik grew up in the capital district and graduated from Shaker High School in Latham. He completed his undergraduate degree at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh where he concentrated on social analysis and the sociology of religion. Hew was active in the Reformed Church in America while here in Albany, but was drawn into the Lutheran Church while in college. He completed his master of Divinity at Gettysburg Seminary and the Lutheran House of Studies in Washington, D.C. In addition to his ministry with the people of good Shepherd, he serves on a variety of local and international ministry groups including The Capital Region Theological Center and The International Village of Hope




Nancy Landrigan is an active member of the Delmar Reformed Church. She is a substitute teacher and also serves as the Clerk for the Classis of Albany. She lives in Delmar with her husband, Joe. 

Cathy Parker is an active member of Journey UCC church.  She currently works in the University at Albany Office of Career and professional Development. She has a MS in Mental Health Counseling for SUNY New Paltz and BS in Computer Science from Worcester Polytechnic Inst.  She lives in Albany with husband Larry who also works at the University in the Cybersecurity group.





Josh Nagy grew up in the Capital District, graduating from the University at Albany in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Atmospheric Science. He has attended Cornerstone Campus Ministry services and events since the fall semester of 2004. He met his wife, Aine, at Cornerstone and they became the second "Cornerstone Marriage," the wedding presided over by Rev. Sandy Damhof in September of 2009. 






Rev. Dr. Roxanne Jones Booth
serves as Adjunct Professor at the University in Africana Studies.  She and her husband, also co-pastor Riverview Missionary Baptist Church in Ravena, NY.  She studied at Howard University and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.  She lives in Selkirk, NY









George Herrick is a member of First United Methodist Church in East Greenbush, NY.  He also serves as President of the Capital Area Council of Churches and is a member of CREO (Capital Region Ecumenical Organization) 

Rev. Katy Stenta
serves at the Pastor of New Covenant Presbyterian Church in Albany and describes herself as "a storyteller, a dreamer and a believer". She is a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary and Oberlin College.  She and her husband, Anthony, live in Colonie along with their three sons. 






Melissa Jerreld
is a recent addition to the Cornerstone Campus Ministry Board, serving since May 2017.  She has been an active member at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Scotia since 2002.  She began serving as their Administrative Assistant in 2013.  Melissa has an  AAS and MS in Early Childhood Education and a BS in Elementary Education.  She has worked in the childcare field and taught elementary school.  Her son, Kyle, is studying Biomedical Engineering at RIT and her daughter, Allie, is a senior at Scotia-Glenville High School.






Rev. Lori Kochanski










Josef Markowski










Leah Rotella
is an alumna of Cornerstone Campus Ministry and has participated on a number of mission trips with the group.  She now leads groups of students on service trips abroad!  Leah works for Student Engagement at UAlbany and will soon complete her third UAlbany degree.