Rochester Center for Community Leadership

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RCCL Staff

 
Glenn Cerosaletti - Assistant Dean of Students & Director RCCL

Glenn Cerosaletti

Assistant Dean of Students and Director
Office location: 107d Lattimore Hall
Intramural Address: 270443
Phone: (585) 275-2195
Email: glenn.cerosaletti@rochester.edu

Glenn is a Rochester alumnus, having earned both BA (English) and MA (Global Studies) degrees from the University. He also served as a VISTA volunteer, coordinating a literacy program in the state of Wyoming, and as a Peace Corps volunteer, working as a crop extension in Bolivia, South America. His community leadership includes serving as a board member for the Rochester Cycling Alliance; board treasurer for the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence; board member for the UR (Iota) Chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society; founding member of the Rochester Returned Peace Corps Volunteers; and a cantor at Peace of Christ Roman Catholic parish. He is an avid bicycle commuter.


Ed Feldman Associate Director RCCL

Ed Feldman

Associate Director of Leadership Programs
Office location: 104 Morgan, Susan B. Anthony Hall
Intramural Address: 270464
Phone: (585) 275-8002
Email: ed.feldman@rochester.edu

Ed graduated with a BS degree in hotel administration from the University of New Hampshire.  After working several years as a manager with Marriott Corporation, he pursued his Masters in Higher Education from Rutgers University.  Ed specializes in leadership development, leadership programming and implementation.  He has an affinity for coaching and advising and is pursuing a certificate in coaching.  In his spare time, Ed is very involved in theater and non-profits including Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.


Abbie Deacon - Assistant Director RCCL

Abbie Deacon

Assistant Director
Office location: 107e Lattimore Hall
Intramural Address: 270443
Phone: (585) 275-5957
Email: adeacon@ur.rochester.edu

Abbie graduated from the University of Rochester in 2012 with a BA in English. After graduation, Abbie joined the Rochester Youth Year program and completed a year of service with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Monroe County. Abbie now coordinates the Rochester Youth Year program, the Urban Fellows program, community partnerships, days of service, and the Rochester Every Day (RED) program. She is also working toward completing her MS in Human Development from the Warner School of Education. In her spare time, Abbie likes to cook, read, watch British television, and start craft projects that she never seems to finish.


Catherine Lewis - Assistant Director RCCL

Catherine Lewis

Assistant Director
Office location: 107c Lattimore Hall
Intramural Address: 270443
Phone: (585) 275-8172
Email: catherine.lewis@rochester.edu

Catherine is passionate about supporting inclusion on college campuses, in neighborhoods, and across the globe.  As a person with cerebral palsy, she holds a unique perspective on the assets that dis(diff)ability imparts. Upon graduating from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music in 2008, Catherine was awarded a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship to research the role of art in social activism around the world.  While abroad, she founded the “Music of Difference” project: a concert series whose goal is to encourage positive conversations about disability and diversity.  Two Music of Difference albums have been released and the project has been presented at venues including Harvard University and the VSA International Disability Arts Convention in Washington, DC.  Catherine received both her Master of Music and Doctor of Music degrees from the Eastman School of Music.  In 2014 she completed a fellowship with the national Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program at University of Rochester Medical Center.  At RCCL, Catherine is grateful to teach a community-engaged course about disability, mentorship, and inclusive higher education and coordinate peer mentor supports for University of Rochester students with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  In addition, she oversees a literacy tutoring program in partnership with Rochester City School District and advises undergraduate student organizations dedicated to political and community engagement. 


Lauren Caruso - Assistant Director RCCL

Lauren Caruso

Assistant Director
Office location: 107b Lattimore Hall
Intramural Address: 270443
Phone: (585) 276-7289
Email: lauren.caruso@rochester.edu

Lauren is a native of Rochester and earned a bachelor's degree in sociology from SUNY College at Cortland and a master's degree in public policy and nonprofit management from New York University. Lauren’s professional background includes service in advocacy and social justice movements with the New York Public Interest Research Group, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Willow Domestic Violence Center. At RCCL, Lauren works with faculty, students, and community partners to develop community-engaged learning opportunities. Her work also includes communications, evaluation, resource development, and coordinating the College's Washington Semester program. Lauren serves on the University's Council on Sustainability and on the Office of the Dean of Students' Standing Committee on Assessment and Communications. Her community leadership includes volunteering with Seedfolk City Farm, Westside Farmers Market, and the 19th Ward Community Association. Lauren is a feminist, enjoys urban agriculture, figuring out how to make things herself, and supporting positive growth in Rochester.


Elizabeth AlFayad Operations Assistant

Elizabeth AlFayad

Operations Assistant
Office location: 107 Lattimore Hall
Intramural Address: 270443
Phone: (585) 276-6860
Email: elizabeth.alfayad@rochester.edu

Beth is a graduate of Brandeis University with degrees in Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies and International & Global Studies. Before returning to her hometown of Rochester, she spent time living and working abroad in Yemen, Israel/Palestine and Syria. Prior to joining RCCL, Beth worked with the aging community as a long-term care coordinator and with middle school families at Rochester Prep Charter School. Outside of work, she spends her time supporting Muslim women as Vice President of the Women’s International Network at the Islamic Center of Rochester and as a founding member of Amanah Domestic Violence Support Services. Beth enjoys all things horse-related, international foods, and being a new mom.


Erin Murphy Leadership Training Coordinator

Erin Murphy

Leadership Training Coordinator
Office location: 107ba Lattimore Hall
Intramural Address: PO Box 270443
Phone: (585) 276-3278
Email: emurphy9@ur.rochester.edu

Erin completed her undergraduate studies at SUNY-ESF with a major in natural history and interpretation. She is a native of Rochester, having graduated from the School of the Arts. She obtained her Master's degree in higher education administration student affairs from the Warner School of Education and Human Development at the University of Rochester. Her work experience includes time as a graduate assistant at the RCCL, and time as an AmeriCorps*VISTA member, in which she developed a mentoring program at the College of New Jersey. She also has led outdoor education programs and leadership training throughout New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts. Her role as leadership training coordinator involves direct support for Rochester Youth Year, Urban Fellows, and leadership development for University of Rochester undergraduate students. She is active within the higher education field volunteering for committees within the Northeast Greek Leadership Association, and NASPA. She is a proud and active member of Theta Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority inc, sitting on multiple professional committees. Erin spends her time outside of RCCL all around the Rochester community attending monthly Icarus sessions, enjoying local art openings, eating local foods, volunteering yearly with the Fringe Festival and participating in weekly trivia competitions.


Nahoma Presberg - Graduate Assistant

Nahoma Presberg

Community Graduate Assistant
Office location: 107 Lattimore Hall
Intramural Address: 270443
Phone: (585) 275-3335
Email: communityGA@ur.rochester.edu

 Nahoma is the Community GA at RCCL, supervising the LEAP Program. She is a first year Mental Health Counseling student at the Warner School. She completed her bachelor’s degree at the University of Rochester in Psychology and American Sign Language. She also teaches Hebrew at Temple B’rith Kodesh and advises one of the youth groups there. During her time at the U of R, Nahoma spent a semester in Siena, Italy and is itching to go back abroad and travel the world!


Clint Cantwell

Community-Engaged Learning Graduate Assistant
Office location: 107 Lattimore Hall
Intramural Address: 270443
Phone: (585) 276-7290
Email: engagedGA@ur.rochester.edu

Clint Cantwell is a the Community-Engaged Learning Graduate Assistant at RCCL working with Lauren Caruso to establish more opportunities. He is currently in his first year of graduate school at the Warner School working on a MS in Mental Health Counseling. He was also an undergraduate here at the University and double majored in Psychology as well as American Sign Language. Fun fact: Clint is a well-known drag queen in the Rochester area! 


Melissa Rusnica

Melissa Rusnica

Involvement Graduate Assistant
Office location: Lattimore 107
Intramural Address: 270443
Phone: (585) 276-7290
Email: involvementGA@ur.rochester.edu

Melissa is currently in her first year at the Warner School earning a MS in Higher Education Administration. She completed her bachelor’s degree at the University of Rochester in Brain & Cognitive Sciences. During her undergraduate career, Melissa was active in the Panhellenic community as a recruitment counselor and the Vice President of Conduct. She also interned in the URMC psychiatry department. She is excited to help coordinate programs within RCCL that will engage freshmen in the leadership experience. 


Julie Elliot

Rochester Youth Year VISTA Leader
Office location: 107a Lattimore Hall
Intramural Address: 270443
Phone: (585) 276-3277
Email: rochester@youthyear.org

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