Phyllis A.H. Breland, director of Opportunity Programs at Hamilton, is a Class of 1980 Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity (HEOP) graduate of Hamilton College. She received her Masters of Education in Instructional Design in 2003. Her work experience includes program development, marketing, empowerment/assertiveness training, volunteer recruitment, health education, quality assurance, fundraising, motivational speaking and policy development. She begins her journey with students at the middle school level working on violence prevention, academic preparedness and the art of "dreaming big." She works closely with junior high schools, high schools, churches, community groups and organizations throughout the State of New York in an effort to bring the hope of higher education to anyone who desires it. Her favorite sayings are "if you are on time, then you are late," and telling her students "I won’t ever ask you to do anything, that I am not willing to help you with."
Phyllis is currently President of the New York State Higher Education Opportunity Program Professional Organization (HEOPPO), and Recording Secretary for the Tri-State Consortium (New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania). Her affiliations include the YWCA, Mohawk Valley Junior Frontiers, Boys and Girls Club of Mohawk Valley, Underground Café, New York GEAR UP, OnPoint for College, Utica Collegiate Access Network (UCAN), and Young Scholars. She also works closely with colleges in the upstate New York region. Active in the Hamilton College community, she has served on several committees and working groups, participates in activities in support of increasing ethnic diversity, and enhancing the student's academic experience. She currently sits on NY6 Consortium, LGBT Consortium, National Partnership for Educational Access Committees, and is regularly invited to present on issues of inclusion, time management, and developing individualized learning programs. Phyllis can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, 315-859-4252 or 315-859-4398.
Jayla is a full time graduate student in the Higher Education program at Syracuse University. She received her B.A. in Psychology from SUNY Cortland. Looking to pursue a career in Student Affairs, Jayla’s experiences through her master’s program, as well as her time at Hamilton have contributed greatly to her growth and interest in the field. She looks forward to spending another year at Hamilton. Jayla can be reached at email@example.com, or 315-859-4279.
Betty House graduated from Hamilton in May 2014, majoring in women's studies and minoring in history and religious studies. She began working at the Days-Massolo Center as an office assistant in May 2014. Her work days are Monday through Thursday, 8-4, when classes are in session. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 315-859-4279.