Dr. Marie Garland is the Executive Director for the NSF-ADVANCE IT initiative, The Inclusive, Connective Corridor. The Executive Director is responsible for a variety of administrative matters, including general operations, engagement of project stakeholders, and budget oversight. Dr. Garland’s academic training and preparation is in the area of organizational communication, specifically in the interpersonal negotiation of identity via workplace interactions.  Prior to coming to Syracuse University expressly to serve in the role of ED, Marie was the Director of Faculty and Staff Diversity, a position within central Human Resources at Cornell University.  Marie also has experience as a faculty member at Ithaca College, where she held an appointment in the department of Strategic Communication. 

Marie can be reached at (315) 443-0362 or by email.


Sharon W. Alestalo, M.S. is the program director for the SU ADVANCE project and Syracuse University’s Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) program. Sharon came to the University with 25 years of clinical and executive management experience in human services. Her bachelor’s and master’s degrees are from the University at Albany in sociology and rehabilitation counseling respectively.

Her first 10 years of practice was spent supervising other practitioners and counseling adults with a wide variety of disabilities as they pursued meaningful vocational activities and independence. Sharon brought her human relation and management skills to the field of youth and families for the following fifteen years serving as the executive director of Girls Incorporated of CNY. Sharon has a great deal of experience in designing unique, evidence-based programs that address critical and timely issues. Sharon has provided consulting services to other agencies and colleges over the years. Recently Sharon completed evaluation studies and consultation and writing support for SUNY Oswego as they pursued the submittal of a $2.5 million National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation project. She has facilitated and conducted workshops across the country sharing her expertise on gender equity, girls and their strengths, the challenges affecting women, and advocating on their behalf. Sharon has co-authored conference proceedings and articles on topics such as women in STEM, male engagement in gender equity, and global engineering. Sharon has received awards for her community leadership and advocacy.


Sharon can be reached at (315) 443-3419 or by email.


Roseann Presutti is the Administrative Assistant for the Inclusive Connective Corridor. She has a Bachelor’s degree in television, radio and film production from Syracuse University. Prior to becoming a member of the Inclusive Connective Corridor she worked for The Maxwell School in The Center for Policy Research.  Earlier in her career Ms. Presutti worked for a commercial editing house.  Ms. Presutti applies her media expertise to the website, social networks and other marketing materials for the project.

Roseann can be reached at (315) 443-0180 or by email.


Erika Davis is the Dual Career Network Coordinator at Syracuse University. The Dual Career Network was established with support through the National Science Foundation’s Career Life Balance Initiative, and a supplemental award to the SU ADVANCE Program. The Dual Career Network Coordinator is responsible for assisting the partners of newly hired faculty with their job search efforts in the region, developing mechanisms to better address dual career needs for women in STEM disciplines, and tracking of relevant data in order to continue to develop and refine the Dual Career Network at the University. Prior to joining Syracuse University and SU ADVANCE, Erika was the owner of Creekside Books & Coffee in Skaneateles, NY. In addition, Erika has over twenty years as a performance-driven marketing, public relations and event management consultant, owner and director and has a particular passion for utilizing past business experience and networks to assist professionals in their job search efforts within the region.

Erika can be reached at (315) 443-3973 or by email.