Meet the EOP Staff
Walvi De Jesus
Director of EOP
Campus Center 234A
Walvi De Jesus began his journey at SUNY Canton this March of 2019. He spent four years teaching English abroad in South Korea and Chile and worked six years as the Assistant Director of EOF (EOP) at Saint Peter’s University in Jersey City – NJ. He provides personal, professional, and academic coaching to first generation, low-income and academically disadvantaged students, while developing strategies to improve recruitment, retention, and graduation of EOP students. As a former unfunded New Jersey EOF student, he is able to understand and support disadvantaged students working towards closing the academic achievement gap. He received his B.A. in Spanish and Puerto Rican Caribbean Studies from Rutgers University and his M.A. in Education with a concentration in Educational Leadership from Saint Peter’s University. He is currently pursuing his Ph. D in Higher Educational Leadership through Colorado State University - Fort Collins.
Favorite quote: “Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true” – Leon J. Suenes
Campus Center 234C
Jessica Barstow is a new counselor to the EOP program. Prior to becoming an EOP Counselor, she spent two years as a high school English teacher at Canton High School and one year teaching and running the Education Careers Academy program for St. Lawrence- Lewis BOCES. Jessica is a graduate of SUNY Potsdam, where she earned both her Bachelor’s in English Literature/Writing in 2016, and her Masters of Science in Education in 2017. During her time at SUNY Potsdam, she worked at the College Writing Center, as both a tutor and graduate assistant, as an intern with the English Second Language (ESL) FIG, and as an Orientation Leader. Jessica enjoys getting to know students and learning about their goals, and she is dedicated to supporting students in any way that she can.
Campus Center 234D
Keith Mitchell grew up on a farm in northern New York. He ventured to New York City upon graduation and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Eugene Lang College, The New School for Liberal Arts as an HEOP student himself. He then explored Western New York by earning a Master of Social Work from University at Buffalo, SUNY. The capstone of which took him much further west to an internship in San Francisco. Prior to becoming an EOP Counselor, Keith worked within various social work roles including the coordination of the Akwesasne Food Pantry. Keith prides himself on being open-minded and understanding and looks forward to helping students find their best path within SUNY Canton and beyond.
Campus Center 234B
Scott Quinell has nearly a dozen years of experience working with SUNY Canton students. Prior to becoming an EOP counselor, Scott served over five years as the Director of Student Activities and Supervisor of the Miller Campus Center. He is a graduate of Plattsburgh State University and, in 2008, completed his Master’s of Science in Education at SUNY Potsdam. An avid sports fan, Scott enjoys reading, talking current events, trivia, and most importantly, spending time with his wife Susan and children, Emily and Robert. Scott is the advisor for the Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Society and also the academic advisor primarily to new EOP students headed for Criminal Justice and Business curriculums.
Administrative Assistant 1
Campus Center 234
JoEllen Oshier is the secretary for the office of EOP. She started her career at SUNY Canton in the Student Accounts Office, working with students, faculty and staff; and brings that knowledge and experience with her, enhancing the support EOP provides to students.
She lives on a small farm in Canton where her family currently raise beef cows. She is the mother of a blended family of seven children and grandmother to four. She enjoys Canton and the surrounding area and loves promoting SUNY Canton and the support, services and the dynamic educational programs our school has to offer.
SUNY Canton EOP
34 Cornell Drive
Miller Campus Center 234
Canton, NY 13617-1037