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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 introduce 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.

Looking to complete your personal development (PD) session with a GOLD Leader Mentor for Bronze Certificate credit? Register online at http://calendly.com/geneseogold/pd/.

2020-2021 Mentors


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Julianne Bazydlo ’20, GOLD Leader Mentor

Julianna uses She/Her/Hers pronouns

Julianne is a senior Accounting major from Syracuse, NY. Along with being a GOLD mentor, she is the student assistant for Business Law I and II and is one of the site coordinators for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program in Geneseo. She is also a member of the service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega. She loves that GOLD is a positive environment that brings students of all backgrounds and interests together. She also appreciates GOLD's commitment to being there for all students now while preparing and motivating them for the future.

Fun fact about Julianne: She lived and worked at a water park in the Adirondacks for three summers.

Favorite leadership quote: "If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right." -Henry Ford


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Morgan Hernandez ’20, GOLD Leader Mentor

Morgan uses He/Him/His and They/Them/Theirs pronouns

Morgan is a senior Sociology major from Harlem, NY. They enjoy getting involved on campus with social justice related issues. They like to volunteer their time to Safe Zone training, the Diversity and Inclusion Community Educator (DICE) program under the Office of Diversity and Equity, and dedicate time to the Activist Fighting Racial Oppression (AFRO) taskforce. They work full-time as a student and part-time as a Program Assistant for the Academic Peer Mentor (APM) program under the Department of Academic Planning and Advising (DAPA). They are currently finding ways to provide the student body platform for their voices and approaching more of their work in an intersectional way. They strive to improve the Geneseo community to recognize their underrepresented students. Morgan believes the GOLD program to be a place of learning about yourself, becoming a well-rounded person, and being the best leader you can be. They believe in the students and has a strong desire for them to all success in their own individual way.

Fun fact about Morgan: They have chipped their front left tooth three times!

Favorite leadership quote: "It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences." Audre Lorde


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Nickolai Maggiore ’20, GOLD Leader Mentor

Nickolai uses He/Him/His pronouns

Nickolai is a senior psychology major from Long Island. He loves being outdoors, shopping, and reading during his free time. Further, Nickolai admires strong leadership, which the GOLD team is filled with.

Fun Fact about Nickolai: He was born in Russia.

Favorite leadership Quote: "Work ethic is important because, unlike intelligence, athleticism, charisma or any other natural attribute, it's a choice"- Mike Rowe


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Peter Grella ’20, GOLD Leader Mentor

Peter uses He/Him/His pronouns

Peter is a senior biology major from Saratoga springs, NY. Peter is the historian of stitches, the knitting and crocheting club. He is also part of the pep band and an EMT. Peter is hoping to go to medical school when he graduates. Peter believes GOLD is the best place to become a leader and an active member of the Geneseo community. It's an amazing program with a lot of great opportunities!

Fun fact about Peter: Peter used to be able the recite the entire script of the Spongebob Squarepants movie

Favorite leadership quote: "When I talk to managers, I get the feeling that they are important. When I talk to leaders, I get the feeling that I am important" -Alexander den Heijer


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Jenna Smolinski ’20, GOLD Leader Mentor

Jenna uses She/Her/Hers pronouns

Jenna is a senior Economics major, Spanish minor from Rome, NY. she is very excited to start an internship as the Student and Community Engagement Coordinator for the Center of Community. Jenna is also in the sorority Sisters Making a Change. In her free time she likes doing photography, traveling, and volunteering. Jenna loves GOLD because it has connected her to so many awesome people and she thinks everyone should get involved.

Fun fact about Jenna: She hiked across the entire state of West Virginia this summer on the Appalachian Trail!

Favorite leadership quote: "You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great" -Zig Ziglar


 

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Amanda Young ’21, Head Office Manager of GOLD

Amanda uses She/Her/Hers pronouns

Amanda is a senior psychology major and conflict studies and sociology minor from Long Island, New York. She is a transfer student and is very interested in Industrial Organizational psychology but she is still open to other things. Besides being a GOLD mentor, she is also involved in the psychology club, club volleyball, and has gone to Italy for a summer study abroad trip and hopes to go for a whole semester. Amanda is a big supporter of the GOLD program because she believes the workshops provide valuable life lessons and skills that many do not get the chance to learn in their classes. She finds the GOLD program not only helpful for life in college, but also outside of college, and at the same time she finds many of them fun and interesting to participate in.

Fun fact about Amanda: At Christmas time my family and I bake 22 different types of cookies and give them out to friends and family. Also, I have never broken a bone in my body, knock on wood!

Favorite Leadership Quote: “A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent" -Douglas McArthur


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Ashley Pannoni ’21, GOLD Leader Mentor

Ashley uses She/Her/Hers pronouns

Ashley is a senior majoring in Mathematics, with a minor in Data Analytics. She is from Rochester, New York. Ashley a member of Sigma Kappa sorority where she holds the position of Vice President Of Membership. She loves talking and getting to know new people! Ashley also works at the Math Learning Center where she can help those who need it and get involved on campus. Ashley believes that the GOLD program is a great way to do that and help develop leadership skills along with making connections with students you wouldn't usually come in contact with. She is excited to get more involved on campus and develop greater friendships through GOLD!

Fun Fact about Ashley: She studied abroad in Greece, Italy, and Spain over the summer!

Favorite Leadership Quote"Life begins at the end of your comfort zone" -Neale Donald Walsch


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Brooke Hershenhorn ’21, GOLD Leader Mentor

Brooke uses She/Her/Hers pronouns

Brooke is a senior year accounting major from Northport, New York. She would like to be involved in wealth management and financial advisory after college. In addition to being a GOLD mentor, she is a member of Sigma Kappa and the Vice President of Finance and Administration of the Inter Greek Council. She believes that the GOLD program is a great way to bring our campus closer together. Her favorite part of GOLD is its universality and ability to help all students become leaders.

Fun fact about Brooke: She studied abroad in Greece, Italy, and Spain this summer!

Favorite leadership quote: "Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek." -Former US President Barack Obama


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Corinne Reda ’21, Chief Development Manager of GOLD

Corinne uses She/Her/Hers pronouns

Corinne is from Cutchogue, New York, on Long Island. She is a senior biology major, hoping to become a physical therapist. On campus Corinne is involved in Women's club volleyball and lacrosse and is also working to create a Women's club soccer team on campus. She is also involved in the Circle K service club and the biology club. Corinne loves the GOLD program because it is a fun and interactive way to add to your educational experience at Geneseo. It supplements material that may be missing from the classroom setting, in order to make you into a well developed student.

Fun fact about Corinne: She ran a half marathon!

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


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Francesca Calobrisi ’21, GOLD Leader Mentor

Francesca uses She/Her/Hers pronouns

Francesca is a senior Psychology major with a minor in Sociology from Long Island, New York. Other than being a GOLD Mentor, she is a school counseling intern at Ellis B. Hyde Elementary School in Dansville, with the hopes of becoming a school counselor in the future. Francesca loves GOLD and believes that you will always learn something new from attending workshops. She feels that GOLD is such a fun way to get involved on campus, while getting the opportunity to develop life skills for after college and outside the classroom. Francesca recommends signing up for workshops because they are great for personal growth and discovering how to be a better leader.

Fun fact about Francesca: She has studied abroad in Italy!

Favorite leadership quote: "The role of a great leader is not to give greatness to human beings, but to help them extract the greatness they already have inside them" - John Buchan


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Gunhyung "Steve" Park ’21, GOLD Leader Mentor

Steve uses He/Him/His pronouns

Steve is a senior Psychology major and a Women's and Gender Studies and Philosophy double minor. Steve holds a pre-law chapter with Phi Alpha Delta International Law Fraternity here on campus. Steve is yearning to become an International Human Rights Lawyer specializing in International Women's Human Rights working for the UN Women. He's also working as an International Student Ambassador with the International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS Offices). Steve's also one of the DICE (Diversity and Inclusion Community Educator) Facilitators working with the Office of Diversity and Equity. Having spent most of his education years back in Korea, Steve started studying in the US in the Fall of 2017. He's always open to making new friends and fruitful conversations and discussions. With another dream of becoming a volunteer Taekwondo instructor/translator, he currently holds 3rd degree of Black Belt in TKD and loves exercising of any kind. He also always wanted to become a novelist as well, so reading and writing have always been his favorite hobbies. Steve also likes adventures and traveling. Please feel free to contact Steve for anything :D

Fun fact about Steve: He spent 21 months serving in the Republic of Korea Army.

Favorite leadership quote: “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson


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Neo Nxumalo ’21, GOLD Leader Mentor

Neo uses She/Her/Hers pronouns

Neo Nxumalo is a senior mathematics major from Wappingers Falls, NY. Neo enjoys cooking, singing, and especially reading mystery novels. When she graduates, Neo hopes to go on and pursue her master’s degree in data science. Neo believes that GOLD is a good fit for her because it teaches leadership skills that will be applicable to her career tech. She would like to represent the black community at SUNY Geneseo.

Fun fact about Neo: I've been wearing glasses since I was 18months old!

Favorite leadership quote:  “It is better to lead from behind, and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger, then people will appreciate your leadership.” - Nelson Mandela


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Nickolas Schuessler ’21, GOLD Leader Mentor

Nickolas uses He/Him/His pronouns

Nick is a senior English major from Clarence, NY. In the past Nick has held eboard positions, such as secretary of Creative Writing Club and the KINO of GCAB. He is also part of Pride and political clubs on campus. Nick has been going to GOLD workshops since freshman year, finding them to be a constructive and rewarding use of his free time.

Fun fact about Nickolas: Nick hasn’t earned any Certificates, instead he is waiting until all of them are finished so he can earn them all at the same time.

Favorite leadership quote:  “You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” -A. A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh


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Rachel Wallisky ’21, Chief Information Manager of GOLD

Rachel uses She/Her/Hers pronouns

Rachel is a junior History and American Studies double major with a political science minor from Horseheads, NY. She is an Andrew Goodman Fellowship Ambassador, passionate about civic engagement and GOTV efforts, and is also one of the two Townhouse Community Organizers. In her spare time, you can find Rachel playing piano, jamming to her favorite Broadway cast albums, or writing songs. Rachel’s favorite part of GOLD is the fostering of group learning and leadership.

Fun fact about Rachel: She can play the piano upside-down!

Favorite leadership quote: “Ultimately, leadership is not about glorious crowning acts. It's about keeping your team focused on a goal and motivated to do their best to achieve it, especially when the stakes are high and the consequences really matter. It is about laying the groundwork for others' success, and then standing back and letting them shine.” -Astronaut Chris Hadfield


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Sakura Hamazaki ’21, GOLD Leader Mentor

Sakura uses She/Her/Hers pronouns

Sakura is a junior Biology major and Chemistry and Mathematics minor from Hastings on Hudson, NY. Aside from the GOLD program, she is part of the Geneseo Women's Swimming and Diving team. Over the last few years, she has been developing a Student Athlete Resource Center and will be serving as a Student Athlete mentor this upcoming fall. She is currently involved in research in the Chemistry department and is on the pre-med track, aspiring to attend medical school upon graduation. Her favorite aspect of GOLD would be the student to student mentorship it fosters and she hopes to bring this mentorship to the Student Athlete Resource Center as well. She is thankful for all the things the GOLD program has taught her and she hopes everyone becomes more active within the program by taking more workshops!

Fun fact about Sakura: She can ride a unicycle!

Favorite leadership quote: "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, concerned citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has." -Margaret Mead


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Alexa LaRocca ’22, GOLD Leader Mentor

Alexa uses She/Her/Hers pronouns

Alexa is a junior 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, 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, GOLD Leader Mentor

Alexa uses She/Her/Hers pronouns

I am a junior 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: AI 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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Arianna Falletta ’22, GOLD Leader Mentor

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Arianna is a sophomore 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 in 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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Colin Beasor ’22, GOLD Leader Mentor

Colin uses He/Him/His pronouns

Colin is a junior Business Administration and Political Science double major from Greenwich, New York. Along with being involved in GOLD, he is currently the assistant news editor on the Lamron and a member of the Model UN club. Colin believes GOLD is a valuable resource for students to not only develop leadership skills but also life skills and for the development of personal growth.

Fun Fact about Colin: Colin and his family recently moved to New Mexico. This is the second time they have lived there!

Favorite Leadership Quote: "Great leaders are not defined by the absence of weakness, but rather by the presence of clear strengths." - John Peter Zenger


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Jess Rivera ’22, GOLD Leader Mentor

Jess uses They/Them/Theirs pronouns

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Fun fact about Jess: Jess’s fun fact is on the way!

Favorite leadership quote:  Jess’s favorite leadership quote is on the way!


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Jessica Perrone ’22, GOLD Leader Mentor

Jessica uses She/Her/Hers pronouns

Jessica Perrone is a sophomore double major in Psychology and Spanish with a minor in public administration from Rochester, NY. She hopes to one day be working in non-profit, creating an environment or 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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Laura Salcedo-Lopez ’22, GOLD Leader Mentor

Laura uses She/Her/Hers pronouns

Laura is a Junior 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 in 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

Linda uses She/Her/Hers pronouns

Linda is a sophomore 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

Luiza uses She/Her/Hers pronouns

I am a junior 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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Madelynn Maiolo ’22, Chief Promotional Manager of GOLD

Madelynn uses She/Her/Hers pronouns

Madelynn is from Rome, New York. She is involved in Greek life on campus, specifically Delta Phi Epsilon and is a Communication major. Madelynn enjoys singing and doing makeup in my free time.

Fun Fact about Madelynn: She was born on 9/19 at 9:19 am.

Favorite Leadership Quote: "Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other" - John F. Kennedy


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Matthew DeSimone ’22, GOLD Leader Mentor

Matt uses He/Him/His pronouns

Matt is from Holley, NY. He is an Economics major with a minor in Communication. Matt tutors for introductory micro and macro classes and is also involved in club soccer. Matt thinks GOLD is a great opportunity to meet new people and learn valuable skills. 

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, GOLD Leader Mentor

Naomi uses She/Her/Hers pronouns

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

Parker uses He/Him/His pronouns

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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Erika Dick ’22, GOLD Leader Mentor

Erika uses She/Her/Hers pronouns

Erika is a sophomore childhood and special education major with a concentration in music from Chili, New York. In her free time, Erika enjoys making and listening to music, being outdoors, and spending time with friends and family. Outside of GOLD, she is involved in the Geneseo Wind Ensemble and multiple education clubs. Erika is involved in the GOLD program because of her interest in leadership and the multitude of areas it applies to in life as a whole. She enjoys attending GOLD workshops because of the insight they provide into personal development and growth.

Fun fact about Erika: Erika's least favorite food is potatoes!

Favorite leadership quote:  "The greatest leader is not the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things." -Ronald Reagan


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Maddy Kinsella ’22, 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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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