Campus Safety Staff

Director of Campus Safety

Tom Kelly is originally from Valley Stream, NY, and has resided in Oneonta since 1978. Tom has been serving Hartwick College since 2006. Prior to coming to Hartwick, Director Kelly had a distinguished 29-year career with the New York State Police. His positions within the State Police included Staff Inspector in Internal Affairs, Major-Troop Commander in Troops “C” and “D,” and Captain of the Bureau of Criminal Investigations in Troop “C.” Tom is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, having served his country from 1974-77 as a military policeman/corrections officer in Norfolk, VA. He graduated from SUNY Oneonta with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and obtained a master’s degree in public administration from Marist College.

Campus Safety Supervisor

David L. Clapp is the second-in-command of the Campus Safety Office and has been serving Hartwick College since May 1995. David is a native of Oneonta, NY, whose prior work experience includes 23 years as a police officer with the Oneonta Police Department, three years as a respiratory technician with Lincare Oxygen Company, nine years as a Campus Safety Officer, and 10 years as the Campus Safety Supervisor. David is a U.S. Army Vietnam veteran, having served with the 25th Infantry Division. He then finished his military career with 17 years in the New York State Army National Guard. David is an Oneonta High School graduate and an honor graduate of the Broome County Law Enforcement Academy. He has past certifications as a New York State firearms instructor, and in police radar operation, police photography, police fingerprinting, emergency vehicle operations, police evidence handling, and hostage negotiations.

Campus Safety Officers

Gary Ballard is a native of Davenport, NY, who joined the Hartwick College Campus Safety Office in January 2009. His prior work experience includes a full career with the New York State Department of Corrections as a corrections officer, where he received a NYSCOPBA valor award in 2003. He also worked for the Little Lambs Children’s Center as an assistant toddler teacher. He also has worked as a welder for the Highway Equipment Company and with the NYS Department of Conservation, Forestry Division. Gary is a U.S. Navy veteran and was a 2nd class Petty Officer stationed on the USS Enterprise special weapons divisions from 1974-79. He is a graduate of Charlotte Valley Central School and Northern Catskills Conservation program. Gary has held prior certifications as a New York State Weapons Training Officer, General Topics Instructor, Crisis Unit Negotiator, and past instructor certifications in CPR/First Aid, Blood-Born Pathogens, and as a New York State Criminal Justice Police Instructor.

Dominic “Nic” Brent is a native of Oneonta, NY, who started his career with Hartwick College in 1972 as a groundsman before leaving for a career as a firefighter. He worked part-time for the Hartwick College Security Office from 1991 to 1999 and then returned as a full-time Campus Safety Officer in January 2008. Nic’s prior work experience includes 33 years as a firefighter with the Oneonta Fire Department, and many years as a part-time instructor for the American Red Cross and the New York State Department of Health. He also has been serving as the Health and Safety Director for the Cooperstown All Star Village baseball camp. Nic holds numerous instructor certificates including rehabilitation after MCI’s; American Heart Association First Aid and CPR instructor; and Child Abuse and Neglect instructor for teachers, police, firefighters, and emergency medical technicians. He also is certified by the New York State Fire Academy to instruct in Hazardous Material and MCI, practical skills, EMT, Fire Safety for Children, and AEMTCE, and is licensed as a New York State security officer.

Jack Cerar is a native of Long Island, NY who now lives in Otego, NY with his wife and five daughters. He has worked at Hartwick College since May 2013. He was a former New York City police officer for eight years, and then transferred to Nassau County Police Department and worked 18 years in that department before retiring in March of 2012.

Mike Ennist started his tenure at Hartwick College in 2015 after completing a successful 22-year career in law enforcement with the Town of Shandaken Police Department and Ulster County Sheriff’s Department. During that time he acquired many skills that assist him at Hartwick College today, including the ability to treat all persons with fairness and integrity and to always keep an open mind.

Mike Gildea has served at Hartwick College since 2014. He is a retired detective from the New York City Police Department, mostly serving in Manhattan. Mike is also a former Insurance Investigator and a Registered Nurse.

Scott Harrington is a native of the City of Oneonta and prior to coming to Hartwick in 2013 he worked in Law Enforcement as a Constable in the Town of Oneonta. He also worked for New Berlin Police Department as police officer. Scott is a 19 year veteran of the West Oneonta Fire Department and was an assistant chief for 10 years. He has numerous fire training courses as well as numerous law enforcement training courses. Scott is also a certified New York State fire instructor as well as a former paramedic.

Mike Kane started at Hartwick College in 2012. He spent 20 years with the New York City Police Department, and loved working as a precinct detective.

Shari McAuliffe has served at Hartwick College since 2014. Shari is a retired detective from the New York City Police Department, mostly serving in the Special Victims Unit (SVU) (formerly the Sex Crimes Unit) in Queens. In addition to her responsibilities as a campus safety officer, Shari is a trained Title IX Investigator.

Jamie O’ Donnell, a native of Andes, NY, has been serving Hartwick College since April 2006. Prior to coming to Hartwick, Jamie had a career in banking as a VP in Branch Banking Division and also worked as an Economic Development Specialist for Delaware County. Jamie has an A.A.S. college degree. His many certifications include all state-mandated Security Guard Training, Mental Health Crisis Protocol Training, Stress Management and Coping Strategies, Conflict Resolution, Strategic Planning, Quick Books Advanced, and several financial seminars.

Ben Smith came to Hartwick College in 2012 after working as a campus safety officer for Utica College and then Colgate University. Ben served 20 years as a uniformed Police Officer for the City of New York. Ben was a member of the Manhattan South Task Force and finished his last 10 years as a Patrol Officer in Brooklyn where he was born and raised. Ben is AED and CPR trained.

Mike Syron is a native of Oneonta and is the senior member of the Campus Safety staff, having worked in the office for many years. Mike is a graduate of Oneonta High School, where he was a star athlete in many sports. Mike has had a successful barber shop business in Oneonta for many years. He works as Campus Safety’s main parking-enforcement officer.

Barry Tobiason is a native of Long Island, NY, who lives in Oneonta and has been serving Hartwick College since August 2006. Prior to starting with Hartwick, Barry worked for 20 years as a police officer in the New York City Police Department. Barry graduated from Uniondale High School and the New York Police Academy. He holds certifications in CPR and First Aid as well as completing all state-mandated security guard training.

Bert Tobiason a native of Freeport, NY, has been serving Hartwick College since December 2006. Prior to coming to Hartwick Bert had a 20-year career with the New York City Police Department, working in the East NY section of Brooklyn. He is a graduate of Freeport High School and NYC Police Academy. Bert has held certifications as a firearms instructor in the firearms and tactics section of NYPD. He has had training in Street Narcotics Enforcement, Mounted Horsemanship Training, and is CPR and AED certified.

Campus Safety Dispatchers

Senior Dispatcher Tammy Sweeney has been serving Hartwick College since 2003, starting as a part-timer in the Copy Center and working her way up to her present position as the Senior Dispatcher and supervisor of the mail room’s student workers. Tammy’s prior work experience includes waitress and management positions in area restaurants as well as owning her own diner for four years. She graduated from South Kortright Central School and from Utica School of Commerce with a degree in administrative assistantship.

Dispatcher Kelly Barr started as a full-time dispatcher in 2015 after a successful and long career in customer-service related positions. This experience prepared Kelly to handle a variety of personalities and circumstances in a kind, successful and efficient manner. Kelly is also proficient in handling a busy front desk area where she masters the art of juggling multiple phone lines, two-way radio communication, data entry, face to face interaction, and troubleshooting skills with a friendly smile and calm demeanor.

Dispatcher Adam Martin has been serving Hartwick College since August 2006. Adam has an associate’s degree in criminal justice from Herkimer County Community College and a bachelor’s degree from Utica College of Syracuse University. Adam has an internship with the Utica Criminal Court System.

Dispatcher Barbra Wilsey is a native of Oneonta, NY, and has been serving Hartwick College since 1998. Barbra came to Hartwick from Oneonta Answering Service, where she was also employed as a dispatcher. She has completed all necessary departmental training courses and is certified in NYALERT and FEMA Incident Command Training for Higher Education.


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