Administration & Staff
Meet Our Staff
Director, Certified Physician Assistant
I am the Director of the Health Center where we work hard to advocate and empower students as they navigate preventative medical care, diagnostic services, and treatment of illness and medical conditions. I worked in family medicine for 15 years before coming up the Hill. I enjoy spending my free time with my husband and our four children. Murder mysteries, jigsaw puzzles, baking, and spending time by the water are some of my favorite things.
Health Services Coordinator
I have served as the Student Health Office Coordinator at the Health Center since 2018. My role is to keep the front desk running efficiently and effectively. In doing so I am in charge of answering all telephone calls, scheduling appointments, arranging outgoing referrals, obtaining prior-authorizations when necessary, and managing health insurance questions and claims. I try to use my interactions with students as opportunities for students to learn the ins and outs of health insurance. I really enjoy interacting with patients. Before coming to Hamilton College I was a phlebotomist/lab technician for 17 years.
My husband and I have two grown children, and we cherish all the family time that we can. We also have two dogs that enjoy their long walks in the country. I enjoy being outdoors no matter what the activity.
Jeffrey Bailey, DNP/FNP-BC
Doctor of Nursing Practice, Certified Family Nurse Practitioner
Originally from the Maryland / Washington, D.C. metro area, Dr. Bailey has lived the past nine years in New York City with his partner. There he attended Columbia University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in evolutionary biology of the human species, a master’s degree in nursing, a master’s degree in oncology, and a clinical doctorate in nursing practice as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Dr. Bailey has worked as a provider in multiple specialties and community-based clinics and is passionate about health care equality and addressing existing disparities in marginalized populations, specifically within BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities.
Casey Coon, FNP
Certified Family Nurse Practitioner
I am one of the medical providers at the Johnson Health Center, and I am so excited to be continuing my career here at Hamilton College. I have spent the last seven years working in a school-based health clinic at a local central school system. Although I thoroughly enjoyed my time caring for the younger populations, I am excited and eager to continue my career serving and caring for young adults at Hamilton College.
I have always been interested in health care and serving my local community, including all different ages and populations. I graduated in 2014 from SUNY Institute of Technology with a master of science in nursing. Prior to that, I worked at Rome Memorial Hospital on the medical/surgical/pediatrics floor where I learned how to care for a wide array of health issues in diverse populations. I also served in the Army National Guard for six years, supporting a Military Police Company as their unit armorer.
Outside of my professional career, I enjoy spending time with my husband and four kids who range in age from six to 16! We enjoy hiking, bike riding, traveling and riding our motorcycle on those country back roads. I look forward to meeting you!
Russell Petrie, PA-C
Certified Physician Assistant, NYS Certified Paramedic
I grew up nearby in Oriskany Falls and graduated from Waterville Central School. I earned a bachelor’s degree in health science at SUNY Cortland, then graduated from the Albany Medical-Hudson Valley Community College Physician Assistant Program. My wife, two children, and I moved back to Oriskany Falls, and I worked in the MVHS St. Elizabeth Emergency Department from 1993 until June 2022, serving the last five years as the Lead Physician Assistant. Our entire family is dedicated to service – my wife is teacher at Clinton High School; my daughter is an emergency department nurse, and my son is a police officer for the City of Sherrill Police Department. In addition to my work as a physician assistant, I have been a member of the Oriskany Falls Volunteer Fire Department for more than 35 years and currently serve as the Fire Chief.
David Goldman, RN
Registered Nurse, Director of Hamilton College Emergency Medical Services
I am a Registered Nurse and Director of the Hamilton College EMS. I am relatively new to the college health specialty, but I bring an extensive background in procedural nursing and intensive care nursing, and I served as a flight nurse in the U.S. Air Force on multiple deployments. My wife and three adult children live in the Mohawk Valley community along with our canine family member, Rocco. I look forward to providing quality, compassionate, supportive care to Hamilton students.
Meghan Johnson, RN
I have worked as a Registered Nurse for 14 years since obtaining my bachelor’s degree at SUNY Brockport. In my time as a nurse I have worked on medical/surgical unit in a hospital, in a dialysis clinic, and within the Rome City School District. I can honestly say that I really enjoy coming to work every day.
In the Health Center you may find me alternating between phone triage and nurse visits, as well as down at the symptomatic testing center. One of my favorite parts of this position is being able to support and teach students while making sure they feel comfortable. It can be quite an adjustment going from a home where you may have had a strong support system to a more independent life in the college setting. My goal is to help you bridge the two. A highlight of my position this semester was presenting travel education and arranging visits to prepare students for the spring trip to Nepal Trekking. I plan to continue education on travel health in order to be a strong resource in this area.
On a personal note, my husband also works at Hamilton, and we have three children. I enjoy reading, roller-skating, fishing, and cycling when “mom life” allows.
Kira Kulpa, RN
I am one of the Registered Nurses that you may see/interact with in the Health Center. I grew up close to this area in Whitesboro. I received my Bachelor's degree of Science in Nursing at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, then began my nursing career at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse. For three years, I worked on a medical/surgical floor that also specialized in transplant and burn patients. I enjoy getting to know the individuals I am taking care of. I am very excited to be continuing my nursing journey here at Hamilton College! My husband and I live down the Hill, where he practices physical therapy. Outside of work, I enjoy doing yoga, reading and watching hockey. Let's go Pens!
Jennifer Friedel, RN
I am so happy to be a part of the Health Center team at Hamilton College. I earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature at the College of Holy Cross and a B.S.N. at Syracuse University. I bring 25 years of experience as a Registered Nurse, and I have spent the last ten years working in the New Hartford School District as a school nurse for both elementary and high school students. It is not only my focus but also my passion to advocate for at-risk students, monitor and care for student’s immediate and chronic health needs, promote student independence in the school setting, and work with faculty and staff to address the needs of the whole student to support student success in the classroom and beyond. I look forward to continuing my advocacy for students, fostering their independence as it relates to navigating healthcare, and empowering students to feel comfortable in their own. I am dedicated to providing top-notch quality nursing care.
My husband and I have three children and enjoy spending time boating, skiing, supporting our children in sports, and making the most of each day!
Health Services Assistant
I grew up locally in the Sauquoit Valley, and graduated from the Sauquoit Valley Central School District. I attended Mohawk Valley Community College earning an Associate’s Degree in Business Management.
My previous experience includes over ten years employment in a medical office specializing in pain management. While employed at the pain management medical office, I was given the opportunity to provide support to the clinical, administrative, and accounts receivable departments, broadening my experiences in a medical office. Before coming to Hamilton College, I served as the Administrative Assistant in the Health & Wellness Center at Utica University for three and a half years providing administrative support to both the health and counseling departments. While employed at Utica University, I realized how much I truly enjoyed working in higher education. In my current role at Hamilton College, I work at the front desk in the Student Health Center assisting the Health Services Coordinator with various administrative tasks, as well as interacting with students to help communicate and coordinate their various health concerns.
My husband and I have two grown children, and enjoy spending time with our family. I enjoy spending time outdoors, especially camping; also traveling, reading books, and learning at least one new thing every day.
Dr. Toby Taylor, MD
Doctor of Medicine
Dr. Toby Taylor is a physician working in the Utica, NY area for the past 27 years. After medical school and residency in Little Rock, AR at UAMS, he certified in Pediatrics and Internal Medicine. His main practice is in New Hartford working with Mohawk Valley Health System. He volunteers for Care Net of CNY and is on the board of directors for the Rescue Mission of Utica. Married to Deb for 35 years, father of three and Papa to three grandchildren, Dr. Taylor has been a medical consultant for the student health center for about 20 years. He works on campus most Thursday afternoons during the academic year.
Phone: 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Phone: 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Phone: 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Phone: 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Phone: 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 1 - 4:30 p.m.
(closed from 8:30-9:30 a.m. on the first Friday) *Please note: evening clinic hours commence each academic year after Labor Day