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Jackie Bange

Jackie Bange

Rochester Youth Year AmeriCorps VISTA Leader

Jackie graduated from Hobart and William Smith Colleges where she studied Sociology and Women's Studies. Having completed a year of service in the Rochester Youth Year Fellowship Program through AmeriCorps VISTA, Jackie is happy to continue serving our local community as a VISTA Leader. Jackie enjoys walking and jogging, going to the Public Market, and making art!


Lauren Caruso - Associate Director for Community-Engaged Learning

Lauren Caruso

Associate Director for Community-Engaged Learning

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 the Center for Community Engagement, Lauren works with faculty, students, and community partners to develop community-engaged learning opportunities. Lauren serves on the University's Ethical Investments Advisory Committee. Her community leadership involvement is with the Urban Agriculture Working Group, Westside Farmers Market, and the 19th Ward Community Association. Lauren is an intersectional feminist, an avid gardener, and supports positive and sustainable growth in Rochester.

To schedule an appointment with Lauren during her open office hours, click here!

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.

To schedule an appointment with Glenn during his open office hours, click here!

Abbie Deacon - Associate Director RCCL

Abbie Deacon

Associate Director for Civic Engagement

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.

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Yahaira Hayle-Laboy

Operations Manager

Yahaira graduated with a BA in business administration from Medaille College. A near-native of Rochester, Yahaira enjoys all things local to her city and is an avid supporter of Rochester's many talented artists, small businesses, and non-profits. In her free time, you may find Yahaira walking her two adorable Shih Tzus, Lucas and Turk, or learning to play the drums. Yahaira is also a big fan of attending concerts, kayaking, and settling in for a night of watching BBC shows.


Mary Beth Spinelli Assistant Director

Mary Beth Spinelli

Assistant Director

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 the Center for Community Engagement, she manages the LEAP and TOUR programs and advocates for 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. 

To schedule an appointment with Mary Beth during her open office hours, click here!

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 Administration. When Rachel is not in the office, you will find her hanging out with her dog at one of the many local parks Rochester has. You will find Rachel at the Center for Community Engagement front desk from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.


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Andrew Thomas

Program Manager

Andrew received his Bachelor's degrees in History and Secondary Education from Duquesne University and holds a Masters in Teaching and Curriculum from the Warner School of Education at the University of Rochester. His career and experience includes time as a former middle and high school Social Studies teacher, Adjunct Professor of social studies education, and community organizer and fundraiser with Rochester community groups like Metro Justice and the Rochester People's Climate Coalition, among others. Andrew volunteers his time away from the office on fights for social, racial, and economic justice, is an avid fan and player of the national sport of Ireland - hurling, and loves to travel with friends and family.


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