Staff Bios and Contacts
Young Scholars Liberty Partnerships Program


Pamela G Matt, Esq.

Executive Director
(315) 792-3237
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. 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
(315) 792-3208
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.

Ben Atwood

Ben Atwood '09, G '13

Assistant Director
(315) 792-3168
Ben joined the YSLPP team in 2010 as the Site Assistant at JFK Middle School. He completed both his undergraduate and graduate studies at Utica College in 2009 and 2013 respectively, and is a NYS certified teacher. He was the Site Supervisor at Proctor from 2012-2016. In his current role as Assistant Director he is able to work with the faculty, staff, and students at all four sites to ensure a consistent first-rate experience for students at each. In 2015-16, YSLPP achieved a 100% graduation rate at Proctor HS and a program-record 35 students graduated with a NYS Advanced Regents Diploma. Ben was awarded with an Empire State Excellence in Teaching Award in July, 2016 from NYS, a Professional Staff Advisory Council Recognition Award from Utica College in May, 2016, and a Utica Rotary Pride of Workmanship Award in October, 2016. After a playing career from 2005-08, Ben spent his 8th year coaching kickers and punters for Utica College Pioneers football in Fall 2017; his Punter led the Empire 8 in punting average and his Kicker led the conference in Field Goals made. 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.


Amber Recio

Amber Recio '13

Administrative Assistant
(315) 792-3237
Amber was appointed to the Administrative Assistant position for the Young Scholars LPP position in May 2016. Amber graduated from Utica College in 2013 with a degree in Public Relations. Originally residing in Manhattan, she found herself desiring to come back to her second home in Utica. Amber was a part of a program similar to YSLPP in her high school that set her up for college readiness and assisted her with SAT’s. In her position with Young Scholars LPP, she is responsible for organizing the record keeping, correspondence and grant reports for the Young Scholars LPP. She is an active alumnus at Utica College and continues to stay connected via her ties to UC as an alumnus of the HEOP Program and UC’s chapter of Omega Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. 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. 

Linda Stewart

Linda Stewart

Mentoring Coordinator
(315) 792-3237
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.

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                                                                                                                     YS 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.   

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Jacquelyn Starsiak

Jacquelyn Starsiak

Site Supervisor
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


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Asia Marie Rosa '18

Room 136
Site Assistant

Asia Marie Rosa is a 2018 Graduate of Utica College and a 2014 YSLPP alum. 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 was extremely active in Greek life at Utica College. She brings invaluable insight and ability with her to YSLPP.


Warren Baynes
Middle School Counselor

Warren joined Young Scholars Liberty Partnerships Program in September 2017 as a part time counselor from Center for Family Life and Recovery (CFLR) in John F. Kennedy and Donovan Middle Schools. Warren has a Bachelor's of Science from Empire State College in Community and Human Services. He is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Social Work from Edinboro University in Pennsylvania. Warren's experiential and professional exposure provides a great resource for the Young Scholars Students. In addition to working for YSLPP and CFLR, Warren is a parent to several children in the Utica School District. Warren is passionate about being involved in youth's lives and about the role education plays in transforming lives.


2018-19 Donovan Staff


Roseanne Angelhow

Site Supervisor
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.

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Meghan McCormick '18
Site Assistant
(315) 368-6590
Room 130
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Meghan joined the YSLPP team in 2016 as a Tutor at Proctor High School. Starting in 2017, Meghan became a Site Assistant at Proctor. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor's in Mathematics at Utica College. Meghan's goal is to become a math teacher and will pursue a Master's Degree in Education. Meghan's ability to tutor the students in mathematics and science is a terrific addition to the Program, in addition to the value she brings in many other aspects. She has played both Division 1 field hockey at The University of Vermont and Division 3 field hockey and lacrosse at Utica College. Meghan is a 2018 graduate of Utica College having earned a B.A. in Mathematics.


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Holly Lawrence

Site Supervisor
(315) 368-6175
Room M021
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. Holly received her Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from Union College in 2014 with minors in History and Spanish. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa, and Pi Sigma Alpha honor societies. Upon graduation, she joined Teach for America in Connecticut and taught library/media for two years. Holly loves to read, exercise, play with her dogs, and cook vegetarian foods.

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.


Saingghech Ung

Site Assistant
In January, 2017 Saingghech Ung joined YSLPP as a full-time Site Assistant at Proctor High School. Saing was a 2010 Utica OD Teen All-Star. She graduated from Proctor High School with a NYS Advanced Regents Diploma and received a Presidential Scholarship to attend Mohawk Valley Community College. After graduating from MVCC in 2013 she continued her education at the University at Buffalo and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Biological Science in 2015. Saing is now attending Utica College for her Master’s degree in Health Care Administration. She has a wealth of tutoring experiences, having worked with Utica Gear Up, Upward Bound, and CSTEP in the past. In her free time she loves watching film and television, exploring mathematics, and playing volleyball.


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Sam Famolaro

Site Assistant & YSLPP Community Outreach Coordinator 

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 returns to Proctor High School as Site Assistant and .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.



Pamela G. Matt, Esq.
YSLPP Executive Director
Utica College, 1600 Burrstone Road
Utica, New York 13502

(315) 792-3237
(315) 792-3083 (Fax)
(315) 792-3006
1600 Burrstone Road | Utica, NY 13502