Our Student Leaders





SIENNA JONES, President and Program Coordinator, sjones20@albany.edu

Sienna Jones, Hello everyone and welcome to Cornerstone! My name is Sienna and I’m majoring in journalism at the university with a triple minor in creative writing, film studies, and communications. I was born and raised in Yonkers, NY but I’ve lived in Albany for the last few years. Joining Cornerstone not only helped me adjust to life away from home, but also supplied me with an amazing support system of friends and mentors. With weekly events and regular outings, there’s always an opportunity to get involved. I’m so excited to kickoff this awesome new year and can’t wait to meet you all!


JAMES HICKEY, Vice-President jhickey@albany.edu

Hey everyone, my name is James Hickey and I'm a junion majoring in Chinese.  I've been a part of Cornerstone since my freshmen year.  


EMMANUEL NWADE, Treasurer, enwade@albany.edu

Hey everyone! I hope everyone had a great summer. My name is Emmanuel Nwade and I am a rising junior and biology major. I joined Cornerstone in early 2022 because it had a welcoming and warm atmosphere fostered by the members and pastor. I hope others will see the same qualities and join. We can never have too many members. I will be the 2022-2023 treasurer. I will be handling the finances that fund the multiple event Cornerstone creates. I recommend everyone come to the events to see what Cornerstone is about.


JULIE JEONG, Secretary, jjjeong@albany.edu

Hi everyone! I’m Julie and I am your secretary for this upcoming year! I am a senior majoring in social work and a minor in criminal justice. I joined cornerstone my freshman year and have made many memories and have found such a welcoming and loving group of people! I look  forward to meeting everyone


SOPHIA WATTS, Worship Coordinator, swatts@albany.edu

Hello everyone, my name is Sophia Watts! I’m a senior from Rockland county with a major in music and minor in anthropology. I joined Cornerstone last year because it provides a place for me to socialize and have fun with an amazing, loving community of people on campus. And I hope anyone who joins finds that same sense of community too. I’ll be serving as the worship coordinator for this upcoming year, providing an inviting place to worship and awesome music to sing along to. I can’t wait to meet everyone!


MARIA VILLACRESES VALAREZO, Food and Faith Coordinator, mvillacresesvalarezo@albany.edu

My name is Maria Villacreses Valarezo. I am a sophomore majoring in Biology with a minor in Neuroscience. This year I have the honor to be the Food and Faith Coordinator at Cornerstone.  College can be very stressful at times but being part of Cornerstone has meant living many moments full of laughter, happiness and good company. Cornerstone will always put a smile on your face.  As they have done with me since I started my journey at UAlbany and I hope that you will also be part of that


ISABELLA OKOSO, Community Service Coordinator, iokoso@albany.edu

I'm Isabella Okoso, so hello. Despite living in Yonkers, New York, I am originally from Ghana. At UAlbany, I am majoring in accounting. One of the best decisions I have made was joining Cornerstone as a freshman in my first year at UAlbany. I look forward to welcoming our new family to Cornerstone, which is really a home away from home.


ANDREW ONG GARCIA, Interfaith Coordinator, aonggarcia@albany.edu

Hi there, my name is Andrew Ong Garcia, and I am a Rising Junior this year. I am a Political Science Major with a Minor in Business and a large reason that I have enjoyed my time at UAlbany is because of this "Cornerstone Family". Because of this, I am looking forward to helping and doing what I can to continue to grow this family!


RHODA DEMANYA, Social Media Coordinator, rdemanya@albany.edu

Hi my name is Rhoda and I’ll be Cornerstone’s PR chair for the 2022-2023 year. I’m Ghanaian, a sophomore, I love to eat and I also love to get dressed up. What I enjoy about cornerstone is how inclusive it is and there’s always a gathering to attend. I’m excited to make new memories with you all this year


BENETTA OKWAN, Freshman Program Coordinator, bokwan@albany.edu

Heyyy! My name is Benetta and I am from the Bronx. I am a rising sophomore majoring in psychology. There are lots of things I love about Cornerstone - the free food, occasional outings and game nights. Most importantly, I love the strong sense of community I feel whenever I'm there. I can't wait to see how much Cornerstone grows and I'm excited to meet you all!

MUSKAAN GAUR, Freshman Program Coordinator, mgaur2@albany.edu

I am Muskaan Gaur.I am pursuing Master’s in Business Administration with specialisation in Information Science & Business Analytics at UAlbany. I am joining Cornerstone E-Board as a Peer Minister to guide all freshmen and coordinate events. Cornerstone has been a place where I found my family and is very close to my heart. I hope I will be able to give back the new members all the love and attention I received when I joined last year.Looking forward to this great academic year with a lot of new faces!



Hi, my name is Awuraa Ama (A-rah-ma) Twumasi and I'm a junior. I'm a Biology major and I joined Cornerstone in the spring of my freshman year. Cornerstone has been a place of rest, recharge, fun, and full of wholesome individuals, and I hope new members get to experience that and more.