Rochester Center for Community Leadership

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Glenn Cerosaletti - Assistant Dean of Students & Director RCCL

Glenn Cerosaletti

Assistant Dean of Students and Director
Office location: 107d Lattimore Hall
Intramural Address: PO Box 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, 107e Lattimore Hall
Intramural Address: PO Box 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 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 Lattimore Hall
Intramural Address: 270443
Phone: (585) 276-7289
Email: lauren.caruso@rochester.edu

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 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.


Alicia Ponczkowski - Secretary RCCL

Alicia Ponczkowski

Secretary
Office location: 107 Lattimore Hall
Intramural Address: PO Box 270443
Phone: (585) 276-6860
Email: aponczko@ur.rochester.edu

Alicia has an AAS degree in Accounting from Bryant & Stratton College. 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.


Erin Murphy Graduate Assistant

Erin Murphy

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

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.


Joe Johnson - Graduate Assistant

Joe Johnson

Graduate Assistant for Leadership Programs
Office location: 107 Lattimore Hall
Intramural Address: 270443
Phone: (585) 276-7290
Email: LeadershipGA@ur.rochester.edu

Joe is a graduate student in the Biomedical Engineering program. Joe received his B.S. and M.S. in Computational Science from Stockton University. For the past five years Joe has worked in Residential Life and is now the Graduate Assistant for Leadership in RCCL where he will be assisting with hall council and special interest housing, along with various programs throughout the year.

In his spare time Joe likes to code various predictive models along with watching the food network, running and going on long road trips. 

Nahoma Presberg - Graduate Assistant

Nahoma Presberg

Community Graduate Assistant
Office location: 107 Lattimore Hall
Intramural Address: 270443
Phone: (585) 276-6860
Email: communityGA@ur.rochester.edu

Nahoma Presberg: 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
Email: engagedGA@ur.rochester.edu
Office Hours: MWF 10:30AM - 4:30PM

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! 

Vivica Smith - Program Leader - Urban Fellows & Wilson Day Coordinator

Vivica Smith

Program Leader for Urban Fellows & Wilson Day Coordinator
Office location: 107 Lattimore Hall
Intramural Address: 270443
Email: wilsonday@SAO.Rochester.edu
Office Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm

Vivica Smith is a rising senior here at the University of Rochester, class of 2016. She is the program leader for Rochester Urban Fellows and the coordinator for the incoming freshmen's Wilson Day of volunteering. In the past, when Vivica was a freshman, she worked with the Rochester Urban Fellows of 2013 as an intern. Her internship consisted of working for the 19th Ward Community Association, volunteering for the local community, and being an active citizen in the Rochester community. As a native, Vivica not only learned about the social issues of urban life, but she continued to grow and develop key understandings about Rochester itself.

Now, Vivica works for the Rochester Center for Community Leadership to advise a new team of people who are interested in public initiatives. Vivica wishes to pursue her B.A. in Linguistics with a minor in Spanish and to stay actively involved with the community. 

Sara Peterson - RCCL Intern

Sara Peterson

Rochester Center for Community Leadership Intern
Office location: 107 Lattimore Hall
Intramural Address: 270443
Email: speter10@u.rochester.edu

Sara is a rising junior at the University of Rochester majoring in neuroscience, minoring in chemistry and psychology. She is the RCCL summer intern. She works closely with Erin and Joe, specifically with the Rising Leader Class, Leadership Luncheons, and Res Life projects. At UR, she is involved with research at the Mayer-Proschel lab, an Emergency Department Research Associate, the president of URFOOT, a Rising Leader class mentor, and a member of Phi Sigma Sigma. In her little spare time, she enjoys reading and spending time outdoors!

Amy Miller - RYY Vista Leader

Amy Miller

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

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.


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