Our Staff

Kar-Leam Toxey

Associate Director of Admissions

Phone: 607.844.8222, Ext. 4333
Email: ToxeyK@tompkinscortland.edu

Special Responsibilities: Manage office staff, coordinate recruitment travel, chair ex-offender committee, and put out all of the fires the director wants to avoid.
 
How did you come to join the Admissions Team? I have always had a passion to work with the students that I felt were in the most need. Being a community college graduate myself, I felt I could forge stronger bonds with the incoming students and play an integral part in helping them achieve their goals. 
 
What’s your favorite thing about working at Tompkins Cortland? I love working with the wonderful faculty and staff here at Tompkins Cortland.  Everyone here continually goes above and beyond to make sure all of our students get the best service possible.  
 
If you could give one piece of advice to a new student what would it be? Higher education at any level is an opportunity, please don’t take it for granted. In this day and age there are very few second chances.
 
What is your favorite spot on campus? The Enrollment Services Center: It’s a one stop shop designed to put every student on the right track.
 
And just for a little fun, let’s play Two Lies and a Truth…
1. I grew up on a farm in Oswego, New York
2. I like to collect foreign money and rare coins with my daughter.
3. I was the world checkers champion for three consecutive years. 

The Lie? #1. Kar-Leam hates checkers, but was a pretty good chess player in his earlier days. He grew up in NYC. The closest he came to a farm was the dairy section in the local bodega. Kar-Leam and his daughter have managed to collect money from fifteen countries. He enjoys it because it give him another activity to share with his daughter.

Admissions Staff Leah Calzolaio

Leah Calzolaio, '16

Admissions Advisor

Phone: 607.844.8222, Ext. 4335
Email: LEC006@tompkinscortland.edu

Special Responsibilities: Recruiting in New York City and other areas

How did you come to join the Admissions Team? In 2013, at my previous job I ended up (unofficially) promoting Tompkins Cortland Community College to a group of local high school counselors as a great resource for local students. Little did I know Sandy, the Director of Admissions, was there to do the same thing in an official capacity. We laughed that I may have a future in admissions, and from that point on I was determined to make it happen.

What’s your favorite thing about working at Tompkins Cortland? The diverse group of students eager to learn and take steps towards their future success.

If you could give one piece of advice to a new student what would it be? Don’t give up! No one can take your hard-earned education away from you.

What is your favorite spot on campus? Our restaurant, Coltivare, in downtown Ithaca! Ok, so it’s not ON campus, but it’s part of us!

And just for a little fun, let’s play Two Truths and a Lie …
Cats are my favorite
Standing Stone’s Saperavi is my favorite wine
My heritage is a mix of Lebanese, Italian, Hungarian, and Yugoslavian


The Lie? Dogs rule, cats drool! Ok, it’s not that serious … but give me a dog any day!

Admissions Staff Mary Sue Keep

Mary Sue Keep

Student Housing Coordinator

Phone: 607.844.8222, Ext. 4302
Email: KeepM@tompkinscortland.edu

Special Responsibilities: Housing confirmations, entering SUNY applications.

How did you come to join the Admissions Team? I started out at Tompkins Cortland as an Enrollment Services Specialist in Admissions, sending out acceptance letters, inquiry letters, etc., and setting up tours.

What’s your favorite thing about working at Tompkins Cortland? Working with all the great people.

If you could give one piece of advice to a new student what would it be?Make sure you stay on top of your work and don’t drop classes.  It will take longer to get your degree.

What is your favorite spot on campus? The café. It’s pretty quiet in there.

And just for a little fun, let’s play Two Truths and a Lie…
1. My sister wrote a book about magic and fantasy.
2. I won a $5,137 jackpot at a casino.
3. My son was on the TV show Elementary.

The Lie? #2. While Mary Sue’s $5,137 winnings are fictional, this might be a good time to establish the precedent that IF someone does win such a jackpot, they’re treating the office to lunch next time… 

Admissions Staff Shannon Allen

Shannon Allen

Enrollment Services Specialist

Phone: 607.844.8222, Ext. 4304
Email: SMA2@tompkinscortland.edu

Special Responsibilities: Overseeing our student ambassadors.

How did you come to join the Admissions Team? I started out in the registration and billing department and worked my way over to the admissions department about two years ago.

What’s your favorite thing about working at Tompkins Cortland? The students! Knowing that I can positively impact the students future by helping them grow and mature into adults.

If you could give one piece of advice to a new student what would it be? Enjoy it, it’ll be over before you know it so join in and take advantage of every moment.

What is your favorite spot on campus? The fitness center.

And just for a little fun, let’s play Two Truths and a Lie…
1. I used to ride a sports bike
2. I love the Red Sox
3. I help coach youth basketball

The Lie? #2. Contrary to all scientific possibility, this girl doesn’t bleed red. It’s blue and white and the Bronx Bombers to the end.

Admissions Staff Kelley Poire

Kelley Poire

Enrollment Services Specialist

Phone: 607.844.8222, Ext. 4301
Email: PoireK@tompkinscortland.edu

Special responsibilities: I process all incoming applications and transcripts.

How did you come to join the Admissions Team: I graduated from Tompkins Cortland Community College and while attending here, I was a student worker in Admissions. When I returned here for a second degree, I obtained my first job at the information desk, then worked in different positions until I came to the Admissions office.

What’s your favorite thing about working at Tompkins Cortland? I enjoy working in a team environment and everyone at the college is very student-oriented.

If you could give one piece of advice to a new student what would it be? Work hard; as how you preform today will determine your tomorrow.

What’s your favorite spot on campus? The Fireside Café.

And just for a little fun, let’s play Two truths and a Lie…
1. I live in the same town I grew up in a block away from my childhood home.
2. My son was drafted by the NY Rangers.
3. I have three children and a granddaughter.

The Lie? #2. Kelley’s son hasn’t been drafted by the Rangers, yet, but he has played youth hockey for the past 11 years.