Gail Picillo is entering her seventh year as the athletic academic advisor. She is a valuable resource for nearly 350 student-athletes. Picillo oversees an aggressive academic support program that has helped Siena student-athletes rank among the elite in the nation in various NCAA and sport specific measures of academic achievement and success. Siena earned the fifth highest Student Athlete Graduation Success Rate (95%) in the NCAA's most recent report. She assists student-athletes with scheduling, monitors study hall sessions, coordinates tutoring services, serves as a liaison between faculty, student -athletes, and coaches and other special needs.
Picillo's previous experience included working as an assistant registrar for transfer articulation at The College of Saint Rose. In that role, she advised transfer students, developed articulation agreements with two-year institutions and served as a liaison with students, faculty and other institutions as well as other duties. She also continues to work with assisting HEOP/ACCESS students at The College of Saint Rose.
After completing her master's program in 2000, Picillo moved to Maui, Hawaii, where she worked with at-risk youths in a residential setting. Upon her return, she worked at Saint Rose where she was promoted twice.
Picillo has held various related internships and assistantships in the counseling field since completing her undergraduate study at Siena in 1996. She graduated from Siena with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a certificate in theater. She was the recipient of the Fine Arts Academic Award in 1996. Following graduation, she accepted a job as an advertising specialist with the Albany Times Union, where she worked for two years.
Picillo has demonstrated her commitment to helping others by bicycling across the United States for the American Lung Association, volunteering to build group homes for A.R.C., and playing in charity volleyball tournaments for the Prospect Child and Family Center.
Picillo played club lacrosse at Siena and is trained as a Barre Strength teacher and spin instructor. She continues to stay active by competing in both beach and grass doubles volleyball through various associations including AVP, GAV, CDGD, EEVB, and HVV. She enjoys hiking and camping, and hopes to complete the 46 high peaks.