Rochester Center for Community Leadership


RCCL Staff

Glenn Cerosaletti - Assistant Dean of Students & Director RCCL

Glenn Cerosaletti

Assistant Dean of Students and Director
Office location: Lattimore Hall 107d
Phone: (585) 275-2195

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 & Lattimore Hall 107e
Phone: (585) 275-8002

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
Phone: (585) 275-5957

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, where she was then hired on as the CITIZEN U South Coordinator. 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.

Catherine Lewis - Assistant Director RCCL

Catherine Lewis

Assistant Director
Office location: 107c
Phone: (585) 275-8172

Catherine is a passionate advocate of using the arts to create more inclusive communities.   As a person with cerebral palsy, she holds a unique perspective on the assets that dis(diff)ability imparts.  Catherine graduated from Rice University in 2008, then spent a year abroad as a research fellow of the Thomas J. Watson Foundation.   While abroad, Catherine founded the “Music of Difference” project: a concert series whose goal is to encourage positive conversations about disability and diversity.   In 2011, Catherine completed her Master of Music degree at the Eastman School of Music.  Before joining the RCCL team, Catherine worked at the Institute for Innovative Transition at the Warner School of Education, where she coordinated inclusive higher education initiatives for students with intellectual disabilities.  Here at RCCL, Catherine coordinates Transition Opportunities at UR (TOUR), Learning and Exploring at Play (LEAP), the Committee for Political Engagement (CPE), and advises community service and political organizations on campus.  She is also in the home stretch of completing her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Eastman School of Music.  

Lauren Caruso - Assistant Director RCCL

Lauren Caruso

Assistant Director
Office location: 107b
Phone: (585) 276-7289

Lauren is a native of Rochester and has 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, Responsible Endowments Coalition, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Alternatives for Battered Women. 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 Communication. Her community leadership includes volunteering with Seedfolk City Farm, Coffee Connection, and in her faith community. Lauren is a feminist, enjoys urban agriculture, figuring out how to make things herself, and supporting positive growth in Rochester. She spends her time going on outdoor adventures with her husband and large dog, but leaves the two cats at home.

Alicia Ponczkowski - Secretary RCCL

Alicia Ponczkowski

Office location: Lattimore Hall 107
Phone: (585) 276-6860

Alicia has an AAS degree in Accounting from Bryrant & Stratton. She is the friendly face you see when you first step into the RCCL. In her spare time Alicia enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time with her children.

Ebony Harrison - Graduate Assistant

Ebony Harrison

Graduate Assistant for Community Service
Office location: Lattimore Hall 107a

Ebony is a transplant from Virginia where she received her B.S. in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University. Currently she is studying Community Mental Health Counseling at the Warner School of Education.  Her research focus is in traditionally oppressed groups such as ethnic and racial minorities, women, and sexual minorities. In her spare time, Ebony likes to read feminist literature, play with her dogs, and bake specialty cupcakes.

Erin Murphy Graduate Assistant

Erin Murphy

Graduate Assistant for Involvement
Office location: Lattimore Hall 107
Phone: (585) 276-7290

Erin is currently a graduate student in the Higher Education Student Affairs program.  She has an undergraduate degree from SUNY ESF in Outdoor Education.  Fun Facts: Erin has worked at Walt Disney World. She is a member of both a Fraternity and a Sorority. Erin was once left in the woods for 2 days without food and water!  Erin will be assisting with the Involvement Programming through the RCCL.

Phuong Dang Graduate Assistant

Phuong Dang

RED (Rochester Every Day) Graduate Assistant
Office location: 107 Lattimore Hall
Phone: (585) 276-7290

Phuong is pursuing her MBA at the Simon Business School, majoring in Marketing, Pricing and Strategy. At RCCL, Phuong leads the Rochester Every Day, the UR student discount program. The mission of RED is to connect students to the local businesses and the offerings of the city of Rochester. Phuong manages the program’s overall marketing plan, budget, and execution to fuel student awareness and engagement with the program as well as to retain and develop partnerships with various local businesses.

Amy Miller - RYY Vista Leader

Amy Miller

Rochester Youth Year Vista Leader
Office location: 107a Lattimore Hall
Phone: (585) 276-3277

Amy Miller graduated from The College at Brockport, SUNY in 2013 with a BAS in Health Science and a concentration in Community Health Education. Amy served as a Rochester Youth Year Fellow from 2013 - 2014 at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Monroe County with their 4-H program, CITIZEN U. Amy works to plan professional development trainings, recruit future Fellows, collaborate with the Rochester Regional Network, and support the current Fellows in their various projects.

Qianni Zhang - Graduate Assistant

Qianni Zhang

Graduate Assistant for Leadership Programs
Office location: Lattimore Hall 107

Qianni is currently a second-year master student in the Warner School of Education. Her major is in Higher Education Student Affairs.  She has two BAs in Japanese Language and Literature, and International Economics and Trades from Wuhan University. Fun Facts: she loves to travel, is a huge dog lover and she can speak Chinese, Japanese, and English. Qianni will be helping with the Leadership Programs offered through the RCCL.

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