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Elizabeth AlFayad - Program Assistant

Elizabeth AlFayad

Operations Manager

Beth is a graduate of Brandeis University with degrees in Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies and International & Global Studies. Before returning home to Rochester, she spent time living and working abroad in Yemen, the West Bank, and Syria. At RCCL, Beth manages programmatic and unit-wide finances, supervises our student employment program, coordinates communications, and contributes to assessment and evaluation. Outside of work, she spends time supporting Muslim women as 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, working with the local refugee community, and chasing after her toddler. She is currently pursuing a M.S. in Program Evaluation from the Warner School of Education.


Kavya Bana

Wilson Day Coordinator

Kavya is a member of the class of 2019 and is pursuing a double major in Microbiology and Political Science. She served as an Urban Fellow Americorps VISTA in 2017 at the Rochester Public Market and has deepened her connection with the City of Rochester ever since then through STEM Initiative. Kavya will be this year’s Wilson Day Coordinator as well as Urban Fellows Program Leader. She is passionate about creating systemic change to live in an equitable society and dismantle institutional racism. In her spare time she reads science fiction novels and political articles.


Amy Burgunder

Amy Burgunder

Involvement Graduate Assistant

Amy is pursuing her MS in Higher Education Administration from the Warner School. She graduated from SUNY Brockport with a BS in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. During her time as an undergraduate, Amy worked as a Resident Assistant and was an active member of Brockport’s Delta College program. In her free time, Amy enjoys training and competing with her horse, as well as reading and watching hockey.  


Lauren Caruso - Assistant Director RCCL

Lauren Caruso

Assistant Director

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 involvement is with the Urban Agriculture Working Group, Westside Farmers Market, and the 19th Ward Community Association. Lauren is a feminist, an avid gardener, and supports positive and sustainable growth in Rochester.


Glenn Cerosaletti - Assistant Dean of Students & Director RCCL

Glenn Cerosaletti

Assistant Dean of Students and Director

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 extensionist in Bolivia, South America. His community leadership includes serving as a board member for the Rochester Cycling Alliance; board member for the UR (Iota) Chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society; a founding member of the Rochester Returned Peace Corps Volunteers; and a founding member of the Rotary Club of Southwest Rochester. He is an avid bicycle commuter.


Alissa Clark

Program Coordinator

Alissa completed her undergraduate studies at SUNY Oswego, with a major in adolescent education and history. She is currently a graduate student at the Warner School of Education, focusing on academic and career counseling in higher education. Prior to joining RCCL, Alissa worked as the Graduate Coordinator for the Department of History here at UR. She also served for five years as a Senior Lead Counselor at a local daycare working with children ages three to twelve. In her spare time, Alissa likes to read, craft, and complete DIY renovations at her house.


Abbie Deacon - Assistant Director RCCL

Abbie Deacon

Assistant Director

A Rochester native and UR alumna, Abbie graduated in 2012 with a BA in English and in 2016 with an MS in Human Development from the Warner School. She found her passion for community engagement and youth development as a Rochester Youth Year AmeriCorps VISTA member serving with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Monroe County. Now, Abbie coordinates the Rochester Youth Year program, as well as the Urban Fellows program, days of service, and community partnerships. In her spare time, Abbie likes to cook, read, watch British television, and start craft projects she never seems to finish.


Lindsey Feigenbaum

Community Graduate Assistant

Lindsey is currently in her first year of the Educational Policy MS Program at the Warner School of Education, after graduating from the University of Rochester in 2017. During her undergraduate years, Lindsey served as an Urban Fellow Americorps VISTA at Cameron Community Ministries, in addition to two years as Project Coordinator for the University's Partners in Reading program. She also frequently worked with fellow undergraduates in Brain and Cognitive Science as a CETL tutor. Her long-term goals focus on pushing back against the rigid structural inequalities that impact urban education, and improving equitable access to education in areas like Rochester. In her free time, Lindsey loves to be both outdoors with friends hiking or exploring Rochester, as well as staying inside rewatching over and over her beloved Netflix comedy specials.


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.


Erin Murphy Leadership Training Coordinator

Erin Murphy

Leadership Training Coordinator

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.


Mary Beth Spinelli Program Manager

Mary Beth Spinelli

Program Manager

Mary Beth Spinelli received a BS in Geology from Allegheny College and an MA in Conflict Transformation from Eastern Mennonite University (EMU). To experience the world from a different perspective, Mary Beth spent two years as a teacher living on tiny islands in a developing nation in the Pacific, the Marshall Islands. Her professional experience includes work on development-community engagement projects in transitional neighborhoods in Detroit, MI and Portland, OR, and support for international peacebuilding programs with the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at EMU. Most recently, her work has focused on community-based restorative justice programs and criminal justice research in Rochester, NY. At RCCL, she manages the LEAP and TOUR programs and advises student organizations focused on community service or political engagement. A Rochester native, Mary Beth enjoys shopping at the Public Market, hiking, and volunteering with restorative justice initiatives in the area. 


Rachel Theisen Operations Assistant

Rachel Theisen

Operations Assistant

Rachel is a graduate from Monroe Community College and has her Associates degree in Applied Science, Business: Office Technology. As a Rochester native, she enjoys going to local coffee shops like Starry Nites and loves watching some of her favorite local bands perform house shows. You will find Rachel at the RCCL front desk from 9am-1pm Monday through Friday.


Matt Trombley

Rochester Youth Year VISTA Leader

  • Office Location:  107 Lattimore Hall
    Intramural Address:
    270443
  • Phone:  (585) 276-3277
  • Email:  rochester@youthyear.org

Matt, a UR alumna, graduated in 2017 with a B.S. in Business with a specialization in General Management and a minor in American Sign Language. During his time as an Urban Fellow serving with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Monroe County 4-H, Matt fell in love with the city of Rochester. After graduating, he followed his community and youth engagement passion with the Rochester Youth Year program and served at Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Rochester. Now, he serves as the VISTA Leader for the Rochester Youth Year program where he helps the VISTAs navigate their year of service. In his spare time, Matt loves to grill, explore Rochester’s food and brewery scene, and watch the English Premier League with his former VISTA fellows.


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