Meet The Staff
Director of the Center for Student Research
Dr. Kelly Bonnar is an Associate Professor in the Department of Community Health at SUNY Potsdam. She earned her Ph.D. from Purdue University, majoring in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention with a minor in Health Communication. Dr. Bonnar has published in Health Communication, The Journal of Community Health and The American Journal of Public Health and is a member of the American Public Health Association, the National Rural Health Association, and the Council on Undergraduate Research. She also serves on the advisory board for the Northern Area Health Education Center and earned the Distance Education Faculty Excellence Award in 2010. Her research interests focus on violence prevention and health disparities. She founded and directs the St. Lawrence County Minority Health Project, an organization dedicated to extending research opportunities to both graduate and undergraduate students. In the past 5 years, she has successfully mentored over 15 graduate and undergraduate students through several research projects and programs as part of this initiative.
Veronica Lavia is a sophomore majoring in Visual Art with concentration in Video Art and a Film Studies Minor. She is from Carmignano, Italy, a little village in the Florentine hillside. Veronica is very interested in the Arts, in particular in Video and Digital Art, and she loves to write and read and she is fluent in Italian, English, Spanish and French. She has traveled all over Europe visiting countries like: Spain, France, Great Britain, Denmark, Germany, Belgium, Croatia, Greece and Austria. While stateside, she has visited Mexico and Canada. After graduation, Veronica planes to continue in film studies for her goal in life is to become a movie director.
Jessica Helfter is a senior majoring in Community Health. She is also a member of Eta Sigma Gamma, Phi Kappa Phi, Health & Fitness Advocates, an intern for the St. Lawrence County Minority Health Project in Summer 2013, and an intern for the Center for Student Research in Summer 2014. Outside of school, Jessica is interested in outdoor activities such as hiking and running. She is interested in health disparities, and after graduation plans on attending grad school for behavioral science and priority populations
Virginia Hebert is a sophomore majoring in Theatre with a double minor in Dance and Acting.Virginia is apart of the honor fraternity Phi Eta Sigma. She likes to spend her free time hiking, dancing, running, and even knitting! She has plans to travel the world in the next few years and aspires to become a performer.
Lauren Stafford is a senior at SUNY Potsdam who is majoring in Environmental Studies with a double minor in Wilderness Education and Sociology. Lauren is from the Upper East Side in Manhattan, but her heart belongs in the wilderness. In her free time she enjoys hiking, dancing, writing poetry & stories, rock climbing, and biking. She has been president of SUNY Potsdam's Bowling Club since 2012. When she graduates she hopes to pursue a career in teaching high school students sustainability/environmental education.