Young Scholars LPP Staff
2019-20 Utica College Staff
Pamela G Matt, Esq.
White Hall 121A, Utica College
Pam joined Young Scholars LPP in June, 2015 as the Program’s Executive Director. In this position she oversees the Young Scholars Program as well as the Program’s funding, activities, staffing, public relations, and collaborative efforts with other organizations. Her previous experience includes three years as the Executive Director of the Greater Utica Chamber of Commerce, as well as Advancement positions held at Colgate University and SUNY Polytechnic Institute. Pam is a 2014 YWCA Salute to Outstanding Women honoree in the category of Professions. In Spring 2018, Pam Matt, Amber Recio, and Ben Atwood were the lead organizers of the 14th Annual Empire Promise Youth Summit, which brings all 47 New York State Liberty Partnerships Programs together for a three day, two night program where LPP students, parents, directors and staff from across NYS participate in workshops, tours, and other enriching activities. The April 2019 will be held in Utica, NY as YSLPP reprises their role as lead organizers. Pam holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Trinity College and a JD from Duquesne University.
Mary Hayes Gordon '82, G'13
Director of Program Operations
White Hall 121A, Utica College
Mary Hayes Gordon started with Young Scholars as a part-time Mentor Coordinator in 2007. In 2008, she worked for a short time as the Financial Literacy Coordinator before assuming the position of Assistant Director. During her time as Assistant Director, Young Scholars steadily increased programming and partnerships, including working with Zonta International, the Mohawk Valley Latino Association and the Steven Swan Humane Society. Notable program expansions include Colgate University High School Seminar, a 10-week SAT Preparation course and Mary’s particular favorite, the three-week Summer STEAM Scholars program. Mary is a 2017 YWCA Salute to Outstanding Women honoree in the category of STEAM. In early 2018, Mary was honored as a Woman of the Year by the Mohawk Valley Chapter of New York State Women Inc. Mary holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Utica College and a Master’s Degree in Liberal Studies from Utica College with a concentration in the history of under-represented people.
White Hall 121A, Utica College
Holly joined YSLPP in January 2017 as a Site Assistant at Donovan Middle School. In July 2018 Holly was promoted to the Site Supervisor position at Proctor High School. In July 2019, she became the Assistant Director of Young Scholars. Holly received her Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from Union College in 2014 with minors in History and Spanish. She is currently pursuing a Master’s in Adolescent Education at Utica College. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa, and Pi Sigma Alpha honor societies. Prior to working with Young Scholars, she joined Teach for America in Connecticut and taught library/media for two years.
White Hall 121A, Utica College
Linda joined YSLPP in February, 2008 as Administrative Assistant and retired from that position in March, 2016. She was appointed as the part-time Mentoring Coordinator in March, 2016. In this newly created position, Linda focuses her efforts on recruiting individuals in the community to be mentors for YSLPP’s 350+ students. She works with the Executive Director in developing a marketing strategy and timeline for recruitment efforts. Other duties include implementing special events and participating in grant writing to expand mentor funding. Linda is very passionate about the mentoring program and has been mentoring students since 2008.
Eva S. Mroczek '08
Graduate Leadership Development Program Coordinator
Eva S. Mroczek is a 2004 alum of YSLPP and a 2008 Utica College graduate. In January 2018 Eva became the Young Scholars Graduate Leadership Development Program Coordinator. She aides and facilitates our meetings, mentors students, coordinates events and assesses program progress. Eva also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Biology at Utica College and an instructor for the YS STEAM Scholars Summer Program, a position she first held in Summer 2015. She earned her Ph.D in Microbiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2014.
Melissa Phimasone joined the YSLPP staff as our Administrative Assistant in October 2019. Melissa is a 2009 Young Scholars graduate and successfully completed our Graduate Development Leadership Program in 2019. Melissa is pursuing her Associate's Degree in Business Administration at Mohawk Valley Community College and plans on continuing her education to earn her bachelor's degree at Utica College. Prior to joining to the UC community, Melissa worked for the Department of Education and the Oneida County Department of Personnel, as an Assistant Personnel Technician. She is passionate about learning and development and looks forward to growing with YSLPP.
Amie joined the Young Scholars team in September 2019 as our Mentor/Parent Assistant. Her previous experience includes working as a school social worker in New Jersey, the Program Coordinator for the Breast Cancer Awareness, Screening, and Education Initiative - Funded by Susan G. Komen, and the Event Coordinator for nonprofit events in New Jersey that benefited the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN). She graduated from Stockton University in 2012 with a degree in Social Work. Amie is passionate about showing support and giving guidance to families, individuals, youth and communities during times of need. She looks forward to growing with the Young Scholars program and family.
2019-20 JFK & Donovan Staff
Site Supervisor, JFK
Jacquelyn is the Young Scholars Site Supervisor at John F. Kennedy Middle School. She joined YSLPP in September, 2009. Jacquelyn has been a School Counselor in the Utica City School District since 1997. Jacquelyn received a BS in Sociology/Psychology from the State University of New York @ Potsdam in 1987 and a MA in School Counseling from SUNY Oneonta in 1997.
Jacquelyn is dedicated to the youth of today, and works to empower them to be our leaders of tomorrow
Senora Pierce Middle School Counselor
Senora joined Young Scholars Liberty Partnerships Program in September 2019 as a counselor from Center for Family Life and Recovery (CFLR) in John F. Kennedy and Donovan Middle Schools. Senora holds a Bachelor's of Science from Empire State College in Community and Human Services. She is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Social Work from Simmons University in Boston. Senora's experiential and professional exposure provides a great resource for the Young Scholars students. In addition to working for YSLPP and CFLR, Senora is the founder/creator of Harvest on the Hill, one of Utica’s largest grassroots community events. She is a parent to children in the Utica School District. She is passionate about youth and community involvement, and is highly vested in the transformative opportunities afforded through education.
Site Supervisor, Donovan
Roseanne has worked as a School Counselor in the Utica City School District for 22 years. In 2007, she transferred to James H. Donovan Middle School. Roseanne earned her BS in Marketing and Human Resources from St. John Fisher College.
Roseanne has been a part of YSLPP almost since its inception, working in the Summer Program, a member of the Selection Committee, serving as the Vice President of the Advisory Board and as a Site Supervisor at Donovan Middle School. She is also on the board of Grady’s Way, a program of Catholic Charities, that works with adolescent homeless boys in the Mohawk Valley.
Site Assistant, Donovan
Maureen joined the YSLPP team in April 2019 as a Site Assistant at Proctor High School. Previously, she has been a Rotary Youth Exchange participant in Chile, a Teacher’s Assistant for our STEAM Scholars, and an elementary science teacher at Escuela Bilingue Honduras, where she also taught English as a Second Language as a night class for parents. For the 2019-2020 school year, Maureen brings her classroom leadership experience to her role as Site Assistance at Donovan Middle School. Maureen is a 2012 graduate from SUNY College at Old Westbury as a Spanish Language and Literature major. She is currently enrolled in the Master’s in Adolescent Education program at Utica College. She is looking forward to continuing to work and grow with the program.
Site Assistant, JFK
Tony joined the Young Scholars team in September 2019 as a Site Assistant at JFK Middle School. His previous experience includes working as a Teacher’s Assistant for the Young Scholars Summer Program and as a TA for the special education program at Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES. Tony graduated from SUNY Geneseo in 2017 with a Bachelor’s Degree in History. He is currently working on a Master's Degree in Education with a concentration in social studies at Utica College. Tony is passionate about teamwork, which he cultivated through an extensive history of athletic involvement, including as a member of SUNY Geneseo’s Varsity Lacrosse team, head coach for the Junior Varsity wrestling team at New Hartford, and assistant coach for the Modified lacrosse team at New Hartford.
2019-20 Proctor Staff
Site Supervisor - Proctor
Sam began his first full year with YSLPP in 2016-2017. Sam was first hired as a Site Assistant at Proctor High School, before assuming the role of Site Assistant at JFK in January 2017. Sam returned to Proctor High School as Site Assistant and Community Outreach Coordinator for the 2018-2019 school year before being promoted to Site Supervisor in July 2019. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Hunter College in History in 2013. He is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree from Utica College in the Education program. Outside of the Young Scholars Program, Sam is actively involved in the local community, serving as a creative consultant for Made in Utica, LLP.
Alyssa Freeman Proctor Counselor
Alyssa joined YSLPP in October 2017 as a Counselor at Proctor High School. After graduating from Mohawk Valley Community College in 2012 she continued her education at SUNY Polytechnic Institute and in 2014 earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Alyssa then earned her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of New Hampshire in 2017 and she is a Licensed Master Social Worker. Alyssa has experience counseling in a school setting and is passionate about working with youth.
Meghan McCormick '18
Site Assistant, Proctor
Meghan joined the YSLPP team in 2016 as a Tutor at Proctor High School. Meghan was promoted to Site Assistant at Proctor in January of 2017, then shifted to Donovan Middle School for the 2018-2019 school year. Meghan is bringing her math expertise back to Proctor to start the 2019-2020 school year. Meghan is a 2018 graduate of Utica College having earned a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics. She is currently pursuing a Master's in Adolescent Education at Utica College and expected to graduate in May 2020. She has played both Division 1 field hockey at The University of Vermont and Division 3 field hockey and lacrosse at Utica College. She is also a modified field hockey coach at New York Mills.
Asia Marie Rosa '18
Site Assistant, Proctor
Asia Marie Rosa is a 2018 Graduate of Utica College and a 2014 YSLPP alum. Currently, she is pursuing her Master’s in Leadership and Instruction for Inclusive Classrooms at Utica College. She has worked with us as a Summer Program Teacher's Assistant, YSLPP Site Tutor, and as an assistant in our Careers in Math and Science program. She has also taught gym in the Young Scholars Summer Program. She was extremely active in Greek life at Utica College. She brings invaluable insight and ability with her to YSLPP.