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

GOLD Leader Mentor Staff  2021-2022


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Ashlee Kuzemchak ’22 (December), GOLD Leader Mentor

Ashlee uses She/Hers/Her pronouns

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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Amaya Robinson-Glasgow ’23, GOLD Leader Mentor

Amaya uses She/Her/Hers pronouns

Check back soon for Amaya's updated Biography!

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

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

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Maddy Kinsella ’23, GOLD Leader Mentor

Maddy uses She/Her/Hers pronouns

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

Alexis uses She/Hers/Her pronouns

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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Beth Persall ’23, GOLD Leader Mentor

Beth uses She/Hers/Her pronouns

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

Chole uses She/Hers/Her pronouns

Check back soon for Chloe's updated Biography!

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

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

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Emma Stelley ‘23, GOLD Leader Mentor

Emma uses She/Her/Hers pronouns

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

Joli uses She/Hers/Her pronouns

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

Shantal uses She/Her/Hers pronouns

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

Julia uses She/Hers/Her pronouns

Check back soon for Julia's updated Biography!

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

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

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Jocelyn Haines ’24, GOLD Leader Mentor

Jocelyn uses She/Hers/Her pronouns

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

Jillian uses She/Hers/Her pronouns

Check back soon for Jillian's updated Biography!

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

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