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Melissa-Paestella

Melissa Paestella
Conference and Event Coordinator, SUNY Oswego


Melissa Paestella is the conference and event coordinator at SUNY Oswego.
Paestella, 37, received a Bachelor of Arts degree in industrial labor relations at SUNY Potsdam.

Prior to her current position, she was the resource development director at the United Way of Greater Oswego County and a community relations assistant at Oswego Hospital.
She said coordinating events that have a positive impact on students, the campus and community is her most significant professional accomplishment.

“I’m enthusiastic about the events I coordinate and enjoy the challenge of bringing all the pieces together,” she said. “Events are like puzzles. Each event has pieces—such as resources and services—that need to be brought together to create the finished product. My job is to bring all those pieces together.”

“My strengths help me to achieve this goal. The ‘developer’ in me recognizes and cultivates the potential for each event,” she said.

Paestella is proud to be involved with the Trinity Catholic School Home & School Association and its advisory board. Paestella said, “Working with a group of volunteers who are dedicated to providing not only a strong commitment to academics but to the overall development of our children is an amazing opportunity and experience.”

She is a general member of the Association of Collegiate Conference and Events Directors-International; an alumni volunteer at SUNY Potsdam; Trinity Catholic School Home & School vice president; member of the Trinity Catholic School Advisory Board; a parent volunteer with the Cub Scouts; and a parent volunteer with the Oswego Youth Soccer Association.