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Civic Engagement

LEAP Team Leaders

LEAP Team Leaders are undergraduate students who supervise teams of LEAP tutors. Our current Team Leaders are listed below.

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Gabi Lipschitz (2019) - Kindergarten

Gabi will be graduating in 2019 with a double major in Anthropology and African / African American studies. She grew up in Brighton, NY (about 9 minutes away- super long distance) and spent a lot of her childhood traveling back and forth between her other home in Cape Town, South Africa. Her passions for engaging education derive from years of experience working with different communities of low-socioeconomic backgrounds. LEAP is close to her heart, and she values everyone who is involved.


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Michael Dondorfer (2019) - 1st Grade

Mike will be graduating in 2019 as an Environmental Studies Major. He was born in the City of Rochester and has lived here for his whole life. Mike attended #07 School for elementary school, and then went to Rochester Academy Charter School (RACS) and the University Preparatory Charter School for Young Men (UPREP) for middle and high school.  Mike started volunteering at the Seneca Park Zoo's education department, which sparked his interest in environmental education. He then tutored middle schoolers in Math and English during his 11th and 12th grade years. Afterwards, the summer before he started college, Mike interned at the animal shelter on Verona Street.


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Olivia Matvey (2020) - 2nd Grade

Olivia is a sophomore studying Cell and Developmental Biology. She grew up in the city of Pittsburgh, but now Olivia is making herself at home in Rochester. Olivia has participated in LEAP since her freshman year and has been passionate about the community since. She is involved in other clubs and organizations, such as Club Softball, for which she is the coach and equipment manager. Olivia also participates in jazz band and Club Boxing. She is very grateful for all the friends and experiences she’s shared so far and looks forward to what the rest of college might bring.


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Mariah Greico (2018) - 2nd and 3rd Grade

Mariah is a graduating senior and has been a part of LEAP since her freshman year. She majors in Economics and Environmental Studies and is involved in sustainability groups on campus. She is also a brother of the community service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega, and enjoys volunteering in the Rochester community. In her free time, you can catch her scouring travel blogs and trying to find the most delicious food on a budget.


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Mahima Joshi (2019) - 3rd Grade

Mahima is a junior majoring in Public Health: Health, Behavior, and Society and minoring in biology and chemistry. On campus, she is a research assistant for the Jill Halterman Lab and the Jarvinen-Seppo Lab. She joined LEAP during the first semester of her freshman year and fell in love with it. Mahima loves working with kids and help them read, write, and do math through play. In her free time, she loves to binge watch TV shows and movies and binge read as many books as possible. She also loves being surrounded by her friends.


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Rose Cricchio (2019) - 4th Grade

Rose is a junior majoring in Computer Science and Economics. She is originally from Olympia, WA and attended middle and high school in Anchorage, AK. On campus, she is involved in Engineers Without Borders, having served as Events Coordinator and currently as Business Manager, as well as having the opportunity to work on their project in Don Juan, Dominican Republic. She also works for the Financial Aid Office and as a TA for the Computer Science department. Her hobbies include staring at dogs and rewatching Friends on Netflix. She joined LEAP during her first semester at the U of R and this is her first year as a Team Leader. Her favorite part about LEAP is being able to work with all age levels in the program and form a connection with students in the Rochester community.