Meet Our GOLD Leader Mentors

WHAT IS A GOLD LEADER MENTOR?

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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.

MEET OUR 2016-2017 GOLD LEADER MENTORS!



ANTHONY BURGOIS

is a Junior Psychology major and Chemistry minor from Massapequa, New York. In addition to focusing in Biological Psychology, he is on the pre-dental track, and plans on applying to dental school this summer. Anthony is also a member of the swimming and diving team, works in the lab of Behavioral Neurotoxicology, and TAs in the Psychology department. On top of being active in the pre-dental club here at Geneseo, he is also passionate about the American Student Dental Association - an organization geared towards improving the field of Dentistry, and promoting community healthcare. Anthony's involvement in GOLD began as a freshmen when he was urged to participate in workshops by his swim coach; since then, he has been very interested in developing as a leader, and promoting GOLD.

Fun fact about Anthony: Anthony has 4 siblings: 3 older brothers, and a younger sister, who will attend Geneseo next fall. He also began diving his Junior year of high school after being a competitive gymnast for nearly 10 years.
Favorite Leadership Quote:
"Good leadership consists of showing average people how to do the work of superior people." (John D. Rockefeller)


KRISTY DEGENER

is a junior Biology major with a Spanish minor from Dobbs Ferry, New York. In addition to being a GOLD mentor, she is a member of the Royal Lady Knights. In her opinion, one of the greatest aspects of the GOLD program is its ability to give students an opportunity to learn the many aspects of leadership while getting involved in the Geneseo community.

Fun fact about Kristy: She has never been to Disney World.
Favorite Leadership Quote:
"Leaders become great, not because of their power, but because of their ability to empower others." (John Maxwell)


BRANDON GAYLORD

is a junior History and Philosophy double major from Phoenix, AZ. In addition to being a GOLD Mentor, Brandon is an entrepreneur, a GOLD presenter and brings an extensive resume to Geneseo. Brandon's favorite aspect of the GOLD program is not only the vast amount of knowledge one can learn but also the different kinds of knowledge presented. Having had gainful employment consistently over the last ten years, Brandon brings real-world experience that he is happy to share on things such as: how to land a job, resume-building and how to get promoted.

Fun fact about Brandon: Brandon worked on a cruise ship for a little over a year, travelling around Hawaii, Alaska and the Caribbean.
Favorite Leadership Quote:
"I never submitted the whole system of my opinions to the creed of any party of men whatever, in religion, in philosophy, in politics, or in anything else, where I was capable of thinking for myself. Such an addiction is the last degradation of a free and moral agent. If I could not go to Heaven but with a party, I would not go there at all." (Thomas Jefferson)


COLE GLEASON

is a senior Biology major with a Legal Studies minor from Chatham, NY. In addition to being a GOLD Mentor, he is an attendant on Geneseo First Response, a member of the Men Incorporating Leadership, Empowerment, and Service (MILES) organization, vice-president of Genesee Hall Council, and a member of the Geneseo Club Baseball team. Cole's parents are his most admired leaders as they instilled in him good morals and a strong work ethic. In his opinion, the GOLD program is valuable because of the important professional and life skills that are provided in each workshop.

Fun fact about Cole: He is an avid fly fisherman.
Favorite Leadership Quote: "A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd." (Max Lucado)


ABIGAIL GOLFO

is a senior communication (journalism & media track) and sociology double major from Ardsley, New York. In addition to being a GOLD Mentor, she is the Vice-President of Peace Action Geneseo, a Community Service Assistant in the Volunteer Center, an intern at the Office of Athletic Communications and Media Relations, a member of Geneseo Student Television, and an event staff assistant for Geneseo Late Knight. She is a filmmaker, graphic designer, and activist. She believes that the GOLD program offers every student the opportunity to hone real life skills outside of the classroom. It is a space to learn, grow and develop as a person and as a leader.

Fun fact about Abby: Abby and her friend spent 140 hours over the course of three weeks to make a dress out of duct tape during her senior year of high school. She wore it to prom.
Favorite Leadership Quote
: "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." (Margaret Mead)


JORDAN GRIFFEN

is a junior Chemistry major with an Economics minor from Glens Falls, NY.  In addition to being a GOLD Mentor, he is a member of the Edgar Fellows Program, an entrepreneur, and an active member of the Ballroom Dance and Mock Trial teams.  In his free time, you may find Jordan in the weight room, reading a good book in his dorm, or relaxing around campus.  Jordan loves the opportunities for personal development provided by the GOLD workshops and would advise people interested in the program to take workshops both in and out of their comfort zones.

Fun fact about Jordan: The local newspaper states that Jordan scored 13 points for his high school in a Varsity basketball game last winter...even though he was sitting in his dorm at Geneseo when it happened.
Favorite Leadership Quote
: "Successful people are 100% convinced that they are masters of their own destiny; they're not creatures of circumstance, they create circumstance."(Jordan Belfort)


 CATHERINE GRIFFIN

is a senior chemistry major from Mount Kisco, New York. In addition to being a GOLD mentor, she is an active member in festival chorus, Colleges Against Cancer, and Circle K. She is also a lab instructor for introductory chemistry lab. Catherine loves the GOLD program because it has such a wide variety of workshops everyone can find something their interested in doing.


Fun fact about Catherine: I have a brother who is 19 years older than me.
Favorite Leadership Quote:
"The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good people to do what he wants done, and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it." (Teddy Roosevelt)


OLIVIA HOLODNIK

is a junior biology major with a psychology minor from Pittsford, NY. In addition to being a GOLD mentor, she is a member of Phi Delta Epsilon, the medical fraternity on campus, is a co-service chair of Circle K, and is currently training in Professor Bosch's lab. Olivia believes that the GOLD program allows for students to expand on their leadership skills and become more involved in the community. The diverse and many workshops offered allow students to find the ones that interest them and also find ones that allow students to learn more about themselves, being a leader, and prepare for the working world. Olivia's advice to those interested in the gold program is to attend workshops that speak to their interests and use the GOLD program's many opportunities to get involved in the community.

Fun fact about Olivia: She has been waterskiing since she was 4 years old.
Favorite Leadership Quote:
"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, and do more and become more, you are a leader." (John Quincy Adams)


SUPRIYA JUNEJA

is a junior Business Administration Major with a double minor in Public Administration and Communications from Rochester, NY. In addition to being a GOLD Mentor, Supriya is the President of Shakti, the Southeast Asian Culture Club, and a Student Supervisor at Milne Library. She also serves as the Vice Chair for the Professional Development Committee in the Society for Human Resource Management. Supriya believes that the most important part of the GOLD program is being able to help others become more successful leaders by building their leadership skills and values. The leader Supriya most admires is her Mom; she is the most hardworking and selfless person Supriya has ever known.

Fun fact about Supriya: She can be found napping in Club Milne.
Favorite Leadership Quote:
"True leadership lies in guiding others to success--in ensuring that everyone is performing at their best, doing the work they are pledged to do and doing it well." (Bill Owens)


NATHALIE KALUMBWE

is a senior French major with a Pre-Medicine track from Rochester, NY. Apart from being a GOLD mentor, she is also a Copy Assistant Editor for the Lamron, an AAC representative for Biology club as well as a French tutor through the Department of Languages. She is also excited to be an RA in Ontario Hall! She is passionate about global social justice in general. She loves GOLD because it is a rewarding opportunity for anyone who is involved in any way and because you acquire life-long skills that you take with you well beyond Geneseo.

Fun fact about Nathalie: Apart from English, she can also speak French, Swahili, Nyanja and Bemba languages.
Favorite Leadership Quote:
"Leadership is unlocking people's potential to become better." (Bill Bradley)


ISSHU KIKUMA

is a senior Economics and Geography double major with a minor in Environmental Studies. He grew up and lived in Tokyo, Japan for eighteen years. He is a member of the Japanese Culture Club, Shakti, and the Geneseo Chinese Culture Club and is a brother of the national professional fraternity Alpha Phi Omega. He was a champion intramural badminton player at Geneseo from 2013 to 2014.

Fun fact about Isshu: He is a certified rescue scuba diver.
Favorite Leadership Quote:
"One day I hope to say that I've seen the world but that day is not here yet." (Scott Wilson)



SINDHU KOTAPATI

is a senior Biology and Sociology major that was born in India and came to New York when she was 3 years old. She is a member of the American Red Cross, the volunteer service chair for Circle K and is a researcher for the biology department. Sindhu believes that GOLD is unique to the individual and can help teach individuals leadership and professional skills. GOLD is a place that allows you to make social connections as well as learn something new from a workshop that you are interested in!

Fun fact about Sindhu: She is bilingual and has been a vegetarian her whole life!
Favorite Leadership Quote:
"When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it." (Henry Ford)


BRIAN LUDEMANN

is a junior Accounting major with a Legal Studies minor from Northport, NY. In addition to being a GOLD Mentor, he is the Treasurer of the national fraternity, Sigma Alpha Mu, a former Resident Assistant and an active member of the service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega. Brian is passionate about the GOLD program because he believes it is a fun way to learn practical life and leadership skills. He views his father as a role model for leadership because from a young age, he taught Brian that leaders are made, not born.

Fun fact about Brian: He has a twin brother named Kevin.
Favorite Leadership Quote:
"Leaders become great, not because of their power, but because of their ability to empower others." (John Maxwell)


DAN MARTIN

is a senior Economics and International Relations double major hailing from Marcellus, New York. In addition to being a GOLD mentor, Dan is a Resient Assistant in Livingston Hall, the Vice President of Colleges Against Cancer, serves on the Livingston Cares Board of Directors and is a brother of the national fraternity Alpha Chi Rho. The leader Dan most admires is his father because he has never led Dan down the wrong path and has always had Dan's best interest at heart. Dan believes that the GOLD program is successfully teaching young student leaders how to successfully grow as leaders and individuals. Dan knows that any students involved in GOLD will use what they learn to better themselves during their time at Geneseo as well as after graduation.

Fun fact about Dan: He has won multiple Ping Pong tournaments.
Favorite Leadership Quote: "A star wants to see himself rise to the top. A leader wants to see those around him rise to the top" (Simon Sinek)


RACHEL MOORE

is a senior Biology major with a Business Studies minor on the Pre-Dental track from Schaghticoke, NY. In addition to being a GOLD Mentor, she is the Secretary of Pre-Dental Club and a member of Sigma Kappa Sorority. Her favorite aspect of the GOLD program is that it teaches you important leadership skills that can be applied to many parts of everyday life.


Fun fact about Rachel: She LOVES coffee ice cream.
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)


ALEX MROZEK

is a junior Chemistry and French double major from Syracuse, New York. In addition to being a GOLD mentor, Alex is a member of the French and Chemistry club, and is a brother of the professional service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega. The GOLD program inspires Alex because it allows students to learn more about themselves while simultaneously developing their skills both personally and professionally.

Fun fact about Alex: Alex goes to Starbucks at least 5 times per day! (Say hello!)
Favorite Leadership Quote:
"The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been." (Henry Kissinger)


DOMINIC MORELL

is a senior chemistry major with minors in business studies and mathematics. In addition to being a GOLD leader mentor, Dominic is a tour guide, club baseball player, student representative of the chemistry/biochemistry club, and organic chemistry researcher. The person that he admires most is his father. Dominic believes the GOLD program offers an incredible amount of information about leadership, but also teaches others about the importance of volunteering and serving your community.

Fun fact about Dominic: He loves to play soccer.
Favorite Leadership Quote:
"Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality " (Warren Bennis)


PAIGE O'CONNOR

is a senior Business Administration major from West Babylon, NY. In addition to being a GOLD mentor, she is on the varsity volleyball team, president of HEROS mentoring program, member of the Society for Opportunities in Business, member of the Lamron business team, team captain for Relay for Life, and the special event coordinator for Activities Commission. The leader she admires most is my father because he was a high school principal for many years and he has shown me what it takes to be a true leader. She believes that GOLD teaches students useful life tools and inspires people to become better leaders at Geneseo and throughout their lives.

Fun fact about Paige: She recently studied abroad in Haiti.
Favorite Leadership Quote:
"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." (Eleanor Roosevelt)


MADELINE PALUMBO

is a junior Psychology major from New Hartford, NY. In addition to being a GOLD mentor, she is an attendant with Geneseo First Response and is working toward her EMT certification. She is also very active member of the campus theater productions. Madeline is a transfer student who became passionate about GOLD program because it affords all students an opportunity to discover and further their leadership abilities in a variety of creative and dynamic workshops at no cost. Further, beyond earning certificates, students learn about themselves and develop skills applicable to daily and future life not typically learned in the classroom.

Fun fact about Madeline: She likes watching videos of kittens on YouTube.
Favorite Leadership Quote:
"When the best leader's work is done the people say, "We did it ourselves." (Lao Tzu)


SARAH JANE PHILLIPS

is a junior Communication major with a minor in Business studies from Waterford, NY. Apart from being a GOLD Mentor, she is the Vice President of Recruitment for the Theta Pi chapter of Sigma Kappa and the Special Events Coordinator for the Geneseo Campus Activities Board. As a GOLD Mentor, Sarah Jane is a student ambassador for the Andrew Goodman Foundation and works with the Geneseo Task Force to encourage voter registration and civic engagement on campus. She is the Events Coordinator for the Geneseo Student Television and an active member in Circle-K and the Women's Leadership Institute. The GOLD program is very important to Sarah Jane because she loves to be inspired. She believes GOLD workshops provide the guidance and inspiration needed to be a successful leader. Sarah encourages everyone to be involved in the GOLD program because we are all called to be a leader in different ways every day.

Fun fact about Sarah Jane: She has never broken a bone!
Favorite Leadership Quote:
"In the end everything will be alright, if it is not alright, then it is not the end." (Unknown)


KEVIN PIERCE

is a junior Mathematics and Adolescent Education major from Marcellus, NY. In addition to being a GOLD Mentor, Kevin is the Assistant Resident Director of Onondaga Hall, President of Between the Lines acapella group, a tutor with the Rochester Young Scholars Academy, and a member of National Residence Hall Honorary. Kevin has enjoyed being a part of the GOLD program because it has allowed him to better himself and expand his horizons. He can't wait to see other leaders learn and grow through GOLD as well.

Fun fact about Kevin: He has been beatboxing (making annoying drum sounds with his mouth) for about 8 years.
Favorite Leadership Quote:
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.)


EMILY REEVES

is a junior Accounting major with an Economics minor from Hamburg, NY. In addition to being a GOLD Mentor, she is the Treasurer of Accounting Society and Golden Key International Honor Society. She is also a member of Finance Club and Colleges Against Cancer, and plays for the Club Softball team. Emily believes that the GOLD program is a great way to grow your leadership skills in a fun and engaging way, while also becoming a part of the community through volunteer and service opportunities.

Fun fact about Emily: She is a huge Buffalo Bills and Sabres fan.
Favorite Leadership Quote:
"You miss 100% of the shots you don't take." (Wayne Gretzky)


 MURPHY SMYTH

is a senior Accounting major with a Psychology minor from Rochester, NY.  In addition to being a GOLD mentor, she is a sister of Phi Lambda Chi and is a member of the sorority's executive board as Treasurer and New Member Educator. Murphy also serves on the executive board of the Inter-Greek Council as Recruitment Coordinator, and she is a Greek Peer Educator and a member of Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society.  Murphy looks to her mother as a role model for leadership because she is passionate about her work and inspires those she leads with her enthusiasm, hard work, and selflessness.

Fun fact about Murphy: Her favorite holiday is Christmas.
Favorite Leadership Quote:
"Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success. When you do a thing, do it with all your might. Put your whole soul into it. Stamp it with your own personality. Be active, be energetic and faithful, and you will accomplish your object. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm." (Ralph Waldo Emerson)



JOSEPH (BLADE) SORRENTINO

is a senior Biochemistry major with a Mathematics minor from West Seneca, New York.  In addition to being a GOLD mentor, he is a member of Colleges Against Cancer and conducts research with Dr. Lovett. He is also a ULA for Freshman Biology Lab and enjoys playing intramural sports here on campus.  Blade finds that the GOLD program provides students with novel perspectives, pushing them to grow both personally and professionally.

Fun fact about Blade: He is a huge Buffalo Bills fan...playoff bound!
Favorite Leadership Quote:
"Gentleman, we will chase perfection, and we will chase it relentlessly, knowing all the while we can never attain it.  But along the way, we shall catch excellence." (Vince Lombardi)


ROBERT STANGER

is a Psychology and Business Administration double major from Syracuse, NY. In addition to being a GOLD Mentor, he captains several intramural teams each semester. Rob's favorite thing about the GOLD program is that it is an excellent opportunity for students to not only encourage leadership in others, but also to continue growing as leaders themselves.

Fun fact about Robert: He is a first-degree black belt.
Favorite Leadership Quote:
"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." (Winston Churchill)


COLLEEN STEWARD

is a sophomore Biochemistry major from Gowanda, NY. In addition to being a GOLD Mentor, Colleen is a distance runner on the Geneseo Track and Field team, Team Development Chair of Colleges Against Cancer, and Vice President of Circle K. She is also a member of Festival Chorus, American Red Cross, and Biochemistry Club, and enjoys her research lab position - using algae to produce biodiesel. Colleen believes the GOLD Program provides an exceptional opportunity for students to supplement traditional coursework with workshops that enable personal discovery, community connections, and professional development, all while fostering open-mindedness, growth, and ultimately leadership.

Fun fact about Colleen: She enjoys outdoor exploration, be it running, hiking, biking, white water rafting, or zip lining.
Favorite Leadership Quote:
"Real leadership is leaders recognizing that they serve the people that they lead." (Pete Hoekstra)


KAELA TOBACK

is a sophomore Biology major with a minor in Spanish from Rhinebeck, NY. In addition to being a GOLD mentor, she is on the E-Board of Circle-K and a member of Habitat for Humanity, Biology club, club field hockey, and Spanish club. Kaela believes that the GOLD program is a great resource on the Geneseo campus that allows students to develop their leadership skills and become more involved in the community.

Fun fact about Kaela: She loves the color blue.
Favorite Leadership Quote:
"A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don't necessarily want to go, but ought to be." (Rosalynn Carter)


 MEAGHAN TREVVETT

is a senior undergraduate Childhood and Special Education major with a concentration in Dance and a minor in Psychology from Canandaigua, NY. In addition, she participates in a number of programs on campus including the GOLD program, Young Children's Council, Geneseo Dance Ensemble, and Orchesis. She takes part in a Math Tutoring Program where she tutors elementary students. She is currently the Co-President of the Young Children's Council E-Board.  This is a rewarding position where she is able to coordinate the Ronald McDonald House event and fulfill other e-board member duties.  So far, she has completed the Bronze, Sapphire, and Silver certificates of the GOLD program.

Fun fact about Meaghan: She watched all ten seasons of friends in one semester.
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)


ROBERT TUMASIAN

is a junior Applied Mathematics major, on the Pre-Medical track, from the Kingston, NY area. In addition to being a GOLD Mentor, Robert is a part of the Phi Eta Sigma and Golden Key International Honor Societies, a Chemistry Laboratory Instructor, a Resident Assistant in Allegany Hall, and an active member of the National Residence Hall Honorary and the Phi Delta Epsilon Medical Fraternity. He thinks that the GOLD Program empowers young leaders to advance their leadership styles to efficiently and effectively lead a team towards achieving any goal. So far, he has completed the Bronze, Silver, Emerald, Ruby, Sapphire, and Opal Leadership Certificates.

Fun fact about Robert: He loves the snow!
Favorite Leadership Quote:
"Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way." (General George Patton)


KATELYN TZAVELIS

is a junior mathematics major from Brooklyn, NY. In addition to being a GOLD mentor, she is a member of the Geneseo Cheerleading Team and manages the diving scoreboard at Geneseo's home swimming and diving meets. The GOLD program provides great opportunities to learn your true potential and realize that everyone has a voice that can be heard and a leader inside of them. Katelyn's advice is to attend as many workshops as you can that may be of interest to you and use what you learn from the workshop in your life and to teach others.

Fun fact about Katelyn: She is a lifeguard at Coney Island beach in Brooklyn and has rescued multiple patrons.
Favorite Leadership Quote:
"Average leaders raise the bar on themselves; good leaders raise the bar for others; great leaders inspire others to raise their own bar." (Orrin Woodward)

 

Last Updated: 05/06/2016


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