Our Board

The Protestant Campus Ministry Board

Sarah Gelfand, President:

Sarah works at UAlbany in the Advisement Office.  She is a graduate of the University at Buffalo and has previously worked at Lehigh University and SUNY Brockport.  She is an active member of Journey United Church of Christ.  

Melissa Jerreld, Vice-President: 

Melissa 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. Jim Dorner, Secretary

Rev. John Knarvik, Treasurer

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

Rev. Dr. Roxanne Jones Booth: 

Rev. Dr. 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:

George 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) 

Josh Nagy: 

Josh 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. 

Pastor Sean Nolan:

Sean, a native to the Albany area, is the pastor of Engage Albany which he started with a handful of others in 2018. He met his wife, Hannah, while in high school and she introduced him to Jesus. Together they have four children. Prior to pastoring in Albany, he taught in a Christian school, and served as a youth pastor in the suburbs of Baltimore. His hobbies include writing and hiking with the kids.

Dawn Snay: 

Dawn 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