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Meet Our GOLD Leader Mentors

GOLD Leader Mentors are student leaders who volunteer their time to work with the GOLD program. Mentors staff the GOLD Leadership Center in MacVittie College Union Room 114 weekday afternoons & evenings, participate in GOLD events and complete certificate programs, serve as role models for other student leaders and campus organizations, provide information on campus activities and organizations, and help students to make connections and get involved in campus life.

The mentor staff introduces speakers at workshops, oversee student Personal Development Sessions and provide support and assistance for all GOLD programs, including Leadership Certificate Programs. Student leaders and students enrolled in the GOLD Leadership Certificate Program are encouraged to apply for the leader mentor positions in the spring semester. Become a GOLD Leader Mentor.

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2021-2022 Mentors

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Alison Briggs ’21, GOLD Leader Mentor

Alison uses She/Her/Hers pronouns

I am a sociomedical sciences major from Long Island, New York. I established a chapter for Love your Melon at Geneseo and I am an advocate for the American Heart Association. I am involved in the GOLD Program because I enjoy learning about others and providing them with support and guidance. I enjoy GOLD because I strive to be a lifelong learner and I like to challenge myself to continuously improve. I also enjoy how Gold teaches us skills we will use in the workforce. I enjoy how they encourage us to become involved in the community off-campus through volunteer work. I enjoy running, volunteering, reading, and spending time with friends and family.

Fun fact about Alison: I ran two Half Marathons before I graduated high school.

Favorite Leadership Quote: "Leadership is about vision and responsibility, not power."-Seth Berkley

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Alexa LaRocca ’22, GOLD Leader Mentor

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Alexa is a Psychology and Communication double major from Syracuse, NY. She is considering the possibilities these majors offer after graduation but has a passion for social justice, inclusivity, and leadership. Alexa is a member of Sigma Kappa sorority in which she serves as the Circle of Sisterhood Representative. She is also a member of the Undergraduate Alumni Association, Greeter in the Admissions Office, a player on the women’s club soccer team, and will be a research assistant and TA for Child Development this fall. In her free time, she is an artist, creating both drawings and paintings. She is excited to be a part of the GOLD program because it provides the space, support, and strategies required to achieve continuous, holistic self-improvement.

Fun fact about Alexa: She has gone on 4 summer mission trips across the country: DC, Brooklyn, Rutland, and Philadelphia.

Favorite leadership quote: “Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, for your character is what you are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” - Dale Carnegie

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Alexa Palotta ’22, Chief Development Manager of GOLD

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I am an Early Childhood/Childhood Education Major with a Human Development Concentration from Long Island, New York. I worked for CAS in Letchworth Dining Hall (Firestone Pizza and Maxine’s Bakery) and MJ Dining Hall (Goodfellas) for the past two years. I am a member of Sigma Kappa where I held the position of Song Chair all of the last academic year and currently hold the assistant position for the Scholarship Committee. Furthermore, I am a member of the Council for Exceptional Children’s Club (CEC) and the Youth of Council for Children (YCC), and I was a mathematics tutor for MATH 140 this past fall semester. I aspire to find a job as an elementary school teacher right after college. I wanted to become involved in the GOLD Program because I want to be able to make an impact within the Geneseo community by spreading positivity and support to students and by helping students grow as leaders and individuals, as well as myself during the process.

Fun fact about Alexa: I am not sure if I still can because it has been a while, but I used to be able to pogo stick with no hands!

Favorite leadership quote: “Teaching is more than imparting knowledge; it is inspiring change. Learning is more than absorbing facts; it is acquiring knowledge.” - William Arthur Ward


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Amaya Robinson-Glasgow ’22, GOLD Leader Mentor

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Fun fact about Amaya: Their favorite fun fact is on the way!.

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Arianna Falletta ’22, Chief Promotional Manager of GOLD

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Arianna is a biology major and math minor from Long Island, New York. She is a member of the Geneseo Women’s Swimming and Diving Team and has been swimming since she was seven. Arianna is also involved in research in the Biology department for regeneration biology. She is on the pre-med track and hopes to one day attend medical school. Arianna believes that the GOLD program is such an amazing opportunity for students to get involved on campus, as well as a great resource for students to develop many life skills. She finds that the GOLD workshops teach unique life lessons that aren’t always taught in classes.

Fun fact about Arianna: She has a titanium rod as a femur!

Favorite leadership quote: “Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.”- Jack Welch

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Clarissa Chambers ’22, GOLD Leader Mentor

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Grace Ketteler ’22, GOLD Leader Mentor

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Hailey McCue '22, GOLD Leader Mentor

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Hailey is a business administration major. I am involved with a local sorority on campus, Phi Kappa Pi as well as being a campus manager for University tees. I like the GOLD program because it is so informative and allows people to explore other interests outside of their major as well as connecting with people you didn't know before.

Fun fact about Hailey: I have never broken a bone.

Favorite Leadership Quote: "Become the kind of leader that people would follow voluntarily; even if you had no title or position" -Brian Tracy

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Jess Rivera ’22, GOLD Leader Mentor

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Jess is a geography major with a minor in environmental studies. Born and raised in Bronx, New York, Jess hopes to pursue further education after a gap semester while working. While their interests include gardening, upcycling, and community art projects a lot of what ties it together is my belief in everyone’s right for self-determination. Entering their third year, Jess will be one of the copresidents of Peace action next year and a DICE (Diversity Inclusion Community Educator). While in Geneseo, Jess hopes to make an impact on local sustainability efforts and accessibility for the campus and the local community. In their free time, they enjoy hiking, learning about plants, baking, and ambiguous mixed media projects.

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Jessica Perrone ’22, GOLD Leader Mentor

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Jessica Perrone is a double major in Psychology and Spanish with a minor in public administration from Rochester, NY. She hopes to one day be working in a non-profit, creating an environment of diversity and acceptance. Jess believes that the GOLD program is an amazing way to get involved on campus and make connections with people from all over. For anyone that is in the psychology program, she recommends them to involve themselves in the mind-blowing life discussions of the GOLD mentor staff.

Fun fact about Jessica: Jessica has been paragliding off the Swiss Alps before!

Favorite leadership quote: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou, poet, and civil rights activist

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Joshua Farmer ’22, GOLD Leader Mentor

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Fun fact about Joshua: Their favorite fun fact is on the way!.

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Laura Salcedo-Lopez ’22, GOLD Leader Mentor

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Laura is an accounting major and data analytics minor, from East Hampton NY. She is part of Greek life on campus, part of Alpha Sigma Tau sorority. She is the treasurer of the Accounting society. She hopes to one day be able to teach accounting at a university. Loves dogs and sunsets!

Fun fact about Laura: She was born in Colombia, but lived in Spain for 8 years.

Favorite leadership quote:  "The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails.” -John Maxwell

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Linda Lin ’22, GOLD Leader Mentor

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Linda is an International Relations major and Asian Studies minor from Mount Morris, NY. In addition to GOLD, Linda is part of the Chinese Culture Club at Geneseo (CCCG) and Livingston CARES. In her free time, she likes volunteering, watching tv, listening to C-pop, and learning new languages. Linda believes being a part of the GOLD program is a great way of learning new ideas and developing new skills. The GOLD program is an amazing program and she recommends everyone to attend workshops.

Fun Fact about Linda: Her favorite bands are Phoenix Legend and X Nine.

Favorite Leadership Quote: "It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop." - Confucius

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Luiza Perez ’22, GOLD Leader Mentor

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I am a psychology and sociomedical science double major from East Hampton, New York. Besides being a GOLD mentor I am also a member of Sigma Kappa Sorority where I hold the position of diversity and inclusion chairman. I am a strong advocate for minority and immigrant voices in the community. I love the GOLD program because it allows all students regardless of their background to be involved on campus and learn from our many workshops. I am proud to be part of a group of inclusive and open-minded people such as GOLD.

Fun fact about Luiza: I spent 3 months of my senior year of high school in Cape Town, South Africa volunteering at a school for children with disabilities.

Favorite leadership quote:  “Success isn’t about how much money you make. It’s about the difference you make in peoples lives.” -Michelle Obama

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Mary Gibb ‘22, GOLD Leader Mentor

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Mary is a junior international relations major with a concentration in the developing world and a sociomedical science minor. She is from Long Island, New York. Other than being a GOLD mentor she is a member of Alpha Kappa Phi and is currently the charity chair. She believes that the GOLD program is a great way to meet new people and get involved on campus. Her favorite part of GOLD is a great way to develop leadership skills and an interesting way to learn outside of the classroom.

Fun fact about Mary:  She climbed up mountain Kilimanjaro.

Favorite Leadership Quote: "You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” -Gandhi

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Matthew DeSimone ’22, Head Office Manager of GOLD

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Matt is an Economics major who is minoring in Communications and International Relations. After school, he hopes to continue on in schooling and obtain his master's in Europe for Conservation or Behavioral Economics. He is from Holley, NY, and likes to hike, watch movies, and play sports. He is on the club soccer team at SUNY Geneseo. Matt believes the GOLD program is a great way to expand your horizons in life and gives opportunities for students to work on themselves and create the best self possible.

Fun fact about Matt: He wants to climb all 46 high peaks in the Adirondacks!

Favorite leadership quote: “A leader can’t lead unless he knows where he’s going” -John Locke, LOST

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Naomi Seid ’22, Chief Information Manager of GOLD

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Naomi is a junior psychology major who hopes to become a school psychologist after college. She is from Bethesda Maryland which is about 20 minutes from DC. Naomi is in a local sorority called Sister’s Making A Change and a research assistant for Dr. DeHart psychology research lab. She enjoys the outdoors, traveling, going to concerts, yoga, and volunteering. Naomi believes the GOLD program is an amazing way to connect with our community and learn personal skills to help ourselves for the future.

Fun fact about Naomi: I ran a half marathon in high school.

Favorite leadership quote:  "Leadership is an active living process. It is rooted in character, forged by experience, and communicated by example." -John Baldoni

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Parker Slawetsky ’22, GOLD Leader Mentor

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I am a junior history major from Rochester New York. I am also involved in the Co-ed community service fraternity on campus, Alpha Phi Omega. I wanted to become a Gold Mentor to meet new people and expand upon my leadership skills.

Fun fact about Parker: When I was born I weight a pound and a half and I was born 3 and a half months early!

Favorite leadership quote: "Do your little bit of good where you are. It’s those bits of good put together that overwhelm the world." -Desmond Tutu

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Maddy Kinsella ’22, GOLD Leader Mentor

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Maddy is a sophomore biology major with a minor in the Edgar Fellows honors program from Rochester, NY. In addition to being part of the GOLD program, Maddy is involved in Geneseo’s pre-vet club as well as Sigma Kappa sorority. In her free time, Maddy teaches horse lessons and summer camp at Manitou Hill Farms. Maddy believes GOLD presents a unique opportunity to better yourself and others while learning important life skills in a safe and healthy environment.

Fun fact about Maddy: Maddy decided she wanted to be a veterinarian and attend Cornell Veterinary School in second grade.

Favorite leadership quote:  “Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” -Warren Bennis

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Alexis Kruzicki ’23, GOLD Leader Mentor

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Alexis is a sophomore, predicted to graduate in Fall 2023, but will be pursuing a minor in finance that may become a dual major between accounting and finance so she may actually graduate in 2024. She is an Accounting Major with Data Analytics and Finance Minor from Buffalo, NY. She is in SMIF, Business Excellence Program, Women in Business, treasurer of Geneseo Thrifts, Social Media Intern for the Center of Community, Financial Accounting Tutor, GOLD Mentor, and a Resident Assistant. In her free time, she likes to go for a hike at Letchworth Park or listen to music. She really enjoys all the GOLD Workshops and likes that she learns something new every time. She is excited to be a GOLD mentor because of all the people she will get to meet and all the new experiences it will offer.

Fun fact about Alexis:  I performed in Disney's Candlelight Processional in 2018 and Whoopi Goldberg was the guest speaker.

Favorite Leadership Quote:  "Always leave a place better than you found it" - Mary MacLefko (Girl Scout Troop Leader)

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Ashlee Kuzemchak ’23, GOLD Leader Mentor

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Ashlee is a Psychology major with double minors in Geological Sciences and Art History. She is also a Copy Editor for The Geneseo Element and previously served on the Undergraduate Student Senate.

Fun fact about Ashlee: I’ve held a seal’s kidney.

Favorite Leadership Quote: Their favorite leadership quote is on the way!

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Beth Persall ’23, GOLD Leader Mentor

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I am a junior Psychology major and Cognitive Science minor. I am the Service Secretary for the volunteer co-ed fraternity Alpha Phi Omega. I am also a part of the Psychology Club. I wanted to become a GOLD leader mentor to help guide students throughout their college experience. I want to not only help students succeed academically, but also help them manage their health; physically, mentally, and emotionally, as I know that college can be a very stressful time. 

Fun fact about Beth: I was born in China, but was adopted as a baby. I have also had 5 concussions, however, I do not remember all of them, ironically!

Favorite Leadership Quote: “A leader is made, not born” - Dr. Louis Pearsall

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Carly Sheeran ‘23, GOLD Leader Mentor

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Carly is a junior biology major and human development minor from Washingtonville, New York. She is hoping to be either a doctor or a physician assistant in the future. Carly is also a goalie on the Women’s Club Ice Hockey team and a member of the TriBeta Biological Honor Society. She has been attending GOLD workshops since the first month of her freshman year and appreciates the skills that they offer in different areas. She is excited to be a part of the program and hopes to make a positive impact on the campus community.

Fun fact about Carly:  Carly was the only girl on a boy’s ice hockey team for three years.

Favorite Leadership Quote: “The most effective leaders are not motivated by a desire to control events or to be in the spotlight. They are motivated by the desire to advance ideas and new ways of looking at the world or to improve the situation of a group of people. These motivations belong to introverts and extroverts alike.” -Susan Cain

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Chloe Wilson ’23, GOLD Leader Mentor

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Emma Stelley ‘23, GOLD Leader Mentor

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Emma is a sophomore Business Administration Major and Data Analytics minor from Buffalo, NY. Along with being in GOLD, she is in the Marketing Club, the Delta Phi Epsilon sorority, and is on the Club Lacrosse team. In her free time she enjoys being outdoors and going hiking or skiing. Emma loves GOLD because of the large array of different classes you're able to take and all the different people she normally wouldn't get to meet.

Fun fact about Emma: I went on a mission trip to Costa Rica senior year where she worked at a school for underprivileged children.

Favorite Leadership Quote: "Anyone who claims to be a leader must speak like a leader. That means speaking with integrity and truth." -Kamala Harris

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Joli Messinger ’23, GOLD Leader Mentor

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Joli is a Mathematics Adolescent Education major. She is a member of Sigma Kappa and Alpha Phi Omega.

Fun fact about Joli: Their favorite fun fact is on the way!.

Favorite Leadership Quote: “A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.” Martin Luther King Jr. 

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Shantal Herrera ’23, GOLD Leader Mentor

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Shantal is a freshman math major with an adolescent education certificate. She would like to minor in linguistic and learn sign language. Shantal is from Mount Morris Ny (only 15 minutes away from Geneseo). Back in high school, Shantal was part of the National Honor Society and key club. She was always very passionate about doing community service and being part of different kinds of projects. Therefore, Shantal decided to join the GOLD program, where she can do what she loves, helping people and the community. Shantal is also the treasurer for the student coalition of migrant workers. Shantal thinks GOLD really opens the door for new and fun adventures and creates great friendships.

Fun Fact about Shantal: Shantal is originally from Mexico and is the first generation to go to college.

Favorite Leadership Quote: "Leadership is about empathy. It is about having the ability to relate to and connect with people for the purpose of inspiring and empowering their lives." -Oprah Winfrey

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Julia D'Amato ’24, GOLD Leader Mentor

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Jocelyn Haines ’24, GOLD Leader Mentor

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I am a Business Administration major with a minor in Conflict Studies with a Global Perspectives concentration. My hometown is in Marietta, NY (near-is to Syracuse, NY), and I am passionate about combating food insecurity on a global level. At Geneseo, I am the new Co-Chair of the student volunteer group Food Security Advocates, a student worker in the Study Abroad Office, and an active member in the Student Managed Investment Fund and the Women in Business Club. I believe that the GOLD is an incredibly valuable program that provides students with a safe place to develop fundamental professional soft skills before they are put to the test in the workplace.

Fun fact about Jocelyn: I am a former Team USA ice dancer (figure skating).

Favorite Leadership Quote: “Great leadership usually starts with a willing heart, a positive attitude, and a desire to make a difference.” - Mac Anderson

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Jillian Orr ’24, GOLD Leader Mentor

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Aubrey Ouderkirk ’24, GOLD Leader Mentor

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