YWCP Board of Trustees (in alpha order)
Duffy Palmer, Chair
Laura Rebell Gross, Vice Chair, Co-Founder
Mary Beth Robinson
Jennie Schaff, Secretary
K. Brooke Stafford Brizard, Co-Founder
Jenny Vossler, Treasurer
Cynthia Woolbright, Chair, Foundation (non-voting member)
The Board of Trustees meeting schedule for the 2013-2014 school year is as follows. Board meetings are generally held at 8:00 am and are open to the public. Meetings are held at the school, 311 Flower City Park. Please call (585) 254-0320 x2000, if you wish to address the Board and sign up to speak. Meeting agendas and minutes are posted.
November 1, 2013
- December 6, 2013
- January 10, 2014
- February 7, 2014
- March 7, 2014
- March 11, 2014, Special Board Meeting
- April 4, 2014
- May 2, 2014
- June 6, 2014
Click here to view Agendas and Meeting Minutes from past Board of Trustees meetings
President & CEO, YWCP Inc.
LaShunda Leslie-Smith, LMSW
LaShunda Leslie-Smith earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Child and Family Services from St. John Fisher College, a Masters in Social Work from the Greater Rochester Collaborative Master of Social Work Program, and a Certificate in Non-Profit Leadership from Roberts Wesleyan College.
LaShunda developed her passion for youth and the human service field through her roles as a child protective investigator for Monroe County Department of Human Services and therapeutic foster care social worker for Hillside Family of Agencies. LaShunda’s nonprofit management and fundraising skills were further developed in her roles as Executive Director of Successful Pathways, an organization that she founded. She also served as ED for CASA of Rochester/Monroe County. LaShunda is proud to now serve as President and CEO of Young Women’s College Prep Foundation, Inc.
In February of 2007, LaShunda was named one of Rochester, New York’s Emerging African American Leaders, by the Democrat and Chronicle. She has been featured in Rochester Insider magazine, and was named the Woman in the Spotlight by the Women’s Council of Rochester, NY. In 2008, the Rochester Insider magazine named Ms. Leslie-Smith, Most Likely to Succeed. In 2009 she was named a Woman to Watch by HerRochester. The City of Rochester, awarded LaShunda the 2011 Pioneer Award for the youth work that she does in Rochester. Recently, LaShunda become a published author. Her book, The Journey of A Teenage Mother released in September of 2013.
LaShunda is blessed to share her life’s journey with her husband Moses Smith and their two children, Branden and Myanna.
Jennifer Gkourlias, Ed. D.
Dr. Jennifer Gkourlias completed her Doctoral Studies at the University of Rochester where she studied educational leadership with a concentration in program evaluation. Her academic interests include literacy across the curriculum, impact of advisory on secondary school outcomes, student engagement, and curriculum design and reform. She is an adjunct professor at Nazareth College in the History and Inclusive Adolescent Education programs where she teaches teacher preparation courses in social studies methods. She is a Rochester native and a teacher of English for Speakers of Other Languages and Social Studies. Leadership positions held prior to serving as Founding Principal at YWCP include Executive Director, Social Studies & World Languages, Rochester City School District, Director of Social Studies and World Languages, Greece Central School District, Director of 5 U.S. Department of Education Teaching American History Grants, and teacher in the Greece and West Irondequoit Central School Districts. She is the recipient of numerous recognitions for excellence in teaching, including the New York State Council for the Social Studies, Brian Swayze Memorial award, and the West Irondequoit Teachers' Association, Teacher of the Year. Dr. Gkourlias believes that with high academic standards coupled with high levels of support, students will succeed!
Laura Rebell Gross, BS, MAT
Laura Rebell Gross is the co-founder of Young Women’s College Prep Charter School of Rochester. Ms. Gross was an English Teacher at the Young Women’s Leadership School of East Harlem from 1998-2004, where she was recognized in 2003 with the NYSEC Educators of Excellence Award. Before teaching in East Harlem, Ms. Gross taught high school English at Wings Academy in the Bronx and The Dwight School in New York City. Ms. Gross earned a BA from Tufts University, an MAT from Brown University and has completed coursework toward an Ed. D. in Curriculum and Teaching at Teacher’s College, Columbia University and the Warner School, University of Rochester. For the past five years, Ms. Gross worked for the Mid-West Regional Schools Support Center of B.O.C.E.S., Monroe County, as a literacy coach and teacher mentor in the Rochester City School District. Ms. Gross has consulted with The Young Women’s Leadership Network and has authored much of the Advisory curriculum currently being used in the Network Schools. Ms. Gross has served on the Board of Directors of The Young Women’s Leadership Network for nine years. She has served on the New York City Advisory Board of Donor’s Choose. Ms. Gross lives in Rochester, New York with her husband and three young daughters. Laura now serves as the Director of Girls Education at the Young Women's Leadership Network.