Keana Ashli Saunders was born and raised in Queens, New York, and moved to Syracuse in 2019. She holds a master of arts in organizational leadership from Medaille College in Buffalo, which sparked her interest in higher education and the importance of motivating and fostering a positive work environment.
Prior to joining Newhouse, Keana worked at Lemoyne College as a student service specialist with the Upward Bound program. While working with students, Keana developed a passion for wellness, and she became an advocate for mental health and wellbeing. In addition to her work with students, she is also certified in health and wellness coaching and is developing her own personal brand.
Keana has a Yorkie mix named Knight that she loves dearly.