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Elizabeth AlFayad - Program Assistant

Elizabeth AlFayad

Program Assistant

Beth is a graduate of Brandeis University with degrees in Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies and International & Global Studies. Before returning to her hometown of Rochester, she spent time living and working abroad in Yemen, the West Bank, and Syria. Prior to joining RCCL, Beth worked with the aging community as a long-term care coordinator and with middle school families at Rochester Prep Charter School. Outside of work, she spends her time supporting Muslim women as President of the Women’s International Network at the Islamic Center of Rochester and as a founding member of Amanah Domestic Violence Support Services. Beth enjoys all things horse-related, international foods, working with the refugee community in Rochester, and chasing after her toddler.

Lauren Caruso - Assistant Director RCCL

Lauren Caruso

Assistant Director

Lauren is a native of Rochester and earned a bachelor's degree in sociology from SUNY College at Cortland and a master's degree in public policy and nonprofit management from New York University. Lauren’s professional background includes service in advocacy and social justice movements with the New York Public Interest Research Group, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Willow Domestic Violence Center. At RCCL, Lauren works with faculty, students, and community partners to develop community-engaged learning opportunities. Her work also includes communications, evaluation, resource development, and coordinating the College's Washington Semester program. Lauren serves on the University's Council on Sustainability and on the Office of the Dean of Students' Standing Committee on Assessment and Communications. Her community leadership involvement is with the Urban Agriculture Working Group, Westside Farmers Market, and the 19th Ward Community Association. Lauren is a feminist, an avid gardener, and supports positive and sustainable growth in Rochester.

Glenn Cerosaletti - Assistant Dean of Students & Director RCCL

Glenn Cerosaletti

Assistant Dean of Students and Director

Glenn is a Rochester alumnus, having earned both BA (English) and MA (Global Studies) degrees from the University. He also served as a VISTA volunteer, coordinating a literacy program in the state of Wyoming, and as a Peace Corps volunteer, working as a crop extensionist in Bolivia, South America. His community leadership includes serving as a board member for the Rochester Cycling Alliance; board member for the UR (Iota) Chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society; and a founding member of the Rochester Returned Peace Corps Volunteers. He is an avid bicycle commuter.

Alissa Clark

Program Coordinator

Alissa completed her undergraduate studies at SUNY Oswego, with a major in adolescent education and history. She is currently a graduate student at the Warner School of Education, focusing on academic and career counseling in higher education. Prior to joining RCCL, Alissa worked as the Graduate Coordinator for the Department of History here at UR. She also served for five years as a Senior Lead Counselor at a local daycare working with children ages three to twelve. In her spare time, Alissa likes to read, craft, and complete DIY renovations at her house.

Abbie Deacon - Assistant Director RCCL

Abbie Deacon

Assistant Director

A Rochester native and UR alumna, Abbie graduated in 2012 with a BA in English and in 2016 with an MS in Human Development from the Warner School. She found her passion for community engagement and youth development as a Rochester Youth Year AmeriCorps VISTA member serving with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Monroe County. Now, Abbie coordinates the Rochester Youth Year program, as well as the Urban Fellows program, days of service, and community partnerships. In her spare time, Abbie likes to cook, read, watch British television, and start craft projects she never seems to finish.

Isaiah Evans

Community-Engaged Learning Graduate Assistant

Isaiah is currently a graduate student at the Warner School earning an MS in Program Evaluation. In 2016, Isaiah completed his bachelor's degree at the University of Rochester where he majored in Public Health. Before joining RCCL, Isaiah served as a Rochester Youth Year Americorps VISTA member with the Greater Rochester Summer Learning Association (GRSLA). During his undergraduate career, Isaiah participated in the Community Engaged Internship class through the Undergraduate Public Health Department. Also in his undergraduate years, Isaiah served as Programming Chair for the Minority Male Leadership Association and lived in Douglass Leadership House for three semesters. Isaiah is very excited to join the Community - Engaged Learning programs at RCCL.

Lindsey Feigenbaum

Community Graduate Assistant

Lindsey is currently in her first year of the Educational Policy MS Program at the Warner School of Education, after graduating from the University of Rochester in 2017. During her undergraduate years, Lindsey served as an Urban Fellow Americorps VISTA at Cameron Community Ministries, in addition to two years as Project Coordinator for the University's Partners in Reading program. She also frequently worked with fellow undergraduates in Brain and Cognitive Science as a CETL tutor. Her long-term goals focus on pushing back against the rigid structural inequalities that impact urban education, and improving equitable access to education in areas like Rochester. In her free time, Lindsey loves to be both outdoors with friends hiking or exploring Rochester, as well as staying inside rewatching over and over her beloved Netflix comedy specials.

Ed Feldman Associate Director RCCL

Ed Feldman

Associate Director of Leadership Programs

  • Office Location:
    104 Morgan, Susan B. Anthony Hall
    Intramural Address:
  • Phone:
    (585) 275-8002
  • Email:

Ed graduated with a BS degree in hotel administration from the University of New Hampshire.  After working several years as a manager with Marriott Corporation, he pursued his Masters in Higher Education from Rutgers University.  Ed specializes in leadership development, leadership programming and implementation.  He has an affinity for coaching and advising and is pursuing a certificate in coaching.  In his spare time, Ed is very involved in theater and non-profits including Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Christina Mortellaro

Rochester Youth Year VISTA Leader

Christina graduated from SUNY Geneseo in 2015 with degress in English and Communication. Afterward she became a Rochester Youth Year Fellow with RCCL/AmeriCorps*VISTA at the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence. Her experience was so transformative that she became the VISTA Leader of the 2017-2018 cohort. As VISTA leader, she guides the VISTAs in their year of service. Outside the office, Christina is actively involved in supporting youth leadership and service through HOBY Leadership. Christina is a writer and lover of trivia, books, theatre, art, history, and yoga.

Erin Murphy Leadership Training Coordinator

Erin Murphy

Leadership Training Coordinator

Erin completed her undergraduate studies at SUNY-ESF with a major in natural history and interpretation. She is a native of Rochester, having graduated from the School of the Arts. She obtained her Master's degree in higher education administration student affairs from the Warner School of Education and Human Development at the University of Rochester. Her work experience includes time as a graduate assistant at the RCCL, and time as an AmeriCorps*VISTA member, in which she developed a mentoring program at the College of New Jersey. She also has led outdoor education programs and leadership training throughout New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts. Her role as leadership training coordinator involves direct support for Rochester Youth Year, Urban Fellows, and leadership development for University of Rochester undergraduate students. She is active within the higher education field volunteering for committees within the Northeast Greek Leadership Association, and NASPA. She is a proud and active member of Theta Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority inc, sitting on multiple professional committees. Erin spends her time outside of RCCL all around the Rochester community attending monthly Icarus sessions, enjoying local art openings, eating local foods, volunteering yearly with the Fringe Festival and participating in weekly trivia competitions.

Melissa Rusnica

Melissa Rusnica

Involvement Graduate Assistant

Melissa is currently in her second year at the Warner School earning a MS in Higher Education Administration. She completed her bachelor’s degree at the University of Rochester in Brain & Cognitive Sciences. During her undergraduate career, Melissa was active in the Panhellenic community as a recruitment counselor and the Vice President of Conduct. She also interned in the URMC psychiatry department. She is excited to help coordinate programs within RCCL that will engage freshmen in the leadership experience.

Mary Beth Spinelli Program Manager

Mary Beth Spinelli

Program Manager

Mary Beth Spinelli received a BS in Geology from Allegheny College and an MA in Conflict Transformation from Eastern Mennonite University (EMU). To experience the world from a different perspective, Mary Beth spent two years as a teacher living on tiny islands in a developing nation in the Pacific, the Marshall Islands. Her professional experience includes work on development-community engagement projects in transitional neighborhoods in Detroit, MI and Portland, OR, and support for international peacebuilding programs with the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at EMU. Most recently, her work has focused on community-based restorative justice programs and criminal justice research in Rochester, NY. At RCCL, she manages the LEAP and TOUR programs and advises student organizations focused on community service or political engagement. A Rochester native, Mary Beth enjoys shopping at the Public Market, hiking, and volunteering with restorative justice initiatives in the area. 

Rachel Theisen Operations Assistant

Rachel Theisen

Operations Assistant

Rachel is a graduate from Monroe Community College and has her Associates degree in Applied Science, Business: Office Technology. As a Rochester native, she enjoys going to local coffee shops like Starry Nites and loves watching some of her favorite local bands perform house shows. You will find Rachel at the RCCL front desk from 9am-1pm Monday thru Friday.

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