Our Staff

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.

If you would like to meet with Glenn, schedule an appointment during his open office hours.

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.

 

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Candace Davis

Operations Assistant

Candace is (kind of) a Rochester native and a recent addition to the Center for Community Engagement office. Candace enjoys supporting small black owned businesses in the Rochester area. In her free time, you can find Candace listening/reading a book, working on a novel, singing or playing with her two dogs, Sage and Bender. Candace is also a massive fan of musical theater, true crime and reality television.

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Yahaira Hayle-Laboy

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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.

 

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Emerson Carmel

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VISTA Leader

Emerson is a Rochester-area native and earned a BA in Women’s and Gender Studies from SUNY Geneseo in 2021. Having served as an Urban Fellow in Summer 2020 and a Rochester Youth Year VISTA at Greentopia: Green Visions in 2021-2022, Emerson is happy to be serving as the VISTA Leader for the 2022-2023 RYY cohort. In their free time, you can find them spinning flags, reading a good book, or snuggling up to their cat.

 

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.

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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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