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LEAD Mentoring and Coaching

The Leadership-Equity-Advancement-Development (LEAD) Mentoring and Coaching Program has been established and is the first-ever mentoring and coaching program exclusively for alumni of United Way’s AALDP and LLDP. 

LEAD aims to build community, capacity, and leadership opportunities for Black and Latino leaders through coaching, mentoring, networking, and sponsorship.

Each participant will be paired with an experienced community leader, who can give constructive advice on professional and personal career goals and facilitate connections within Greater Rochester community.

Our newest Cohort for 2023 kicked off their program in early June.

Mentee Alumni

Jahmar Elliot

Elissa Flemming

Mercedee Love 

Dr. Sheniece Martin-Stancil-El







Celia McIntosh

Edwin Ortiz

Monique Rivera Wallenhorst

Isha Torres


Shannon Henderson



Jason Kajet
LLDP 2021


Brittany Miles
AALDP 2019
Excellus Blue Cross/Blue Shield


Nelida Torres
LLDP 2011
The Housing Council at Pathstone
Housing Counselor


LaRhonda Leonard


Viatta Tolbert-Carter
AALDP 2011
Rochester Works Inc
Career Center Manager


Jazzmyn Ivery-Robinson
AALDP 2017
Assistant Director for Advocacy and Social Justice Education
Nazareth College


Chris Fraguada
LLDP 2017
Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection
Youth Advocate II


Lonnie Reaves
AALDP 2017
VMA Director/Leadership Team Member,
Rochester Society for the Protection and Care of Children

Shalym O. Náter
LLDP 2015
Director of Youth and Community Engagement
Ibero American Action League

Monica Graham
AALDP 2014
Financial Liaison
St. Ann’s Community Home

Yalitza Rodriguez Torres
LLDP 2019
Pinewild Mental Health
Bilingual Primary Therapist

Dr. Sim Covington
AALDP 2019
Finger Lakes Community College (SUNY)
Chief Diversity Officer

Tamara Wilson-Cisnero
LLDP 2014
NextGen Healthcare
Sr. Consultant, Professional Services

Marisol Galarza-Ruiz
LLDP 2011
Associate Professor of Spanish, Art History Adjunct, Arts and Humanities Faculty Liaison & Spanish Club Advisor
Monroe Community College

Lydia Alston-Murphy
AALDP 2010
Asset Development Specialist
Action for a Better Community, Inc.

Shetara Bigham
AALDP 2011
Adjunct Faculty
Rochester Institute of Technology

Rhonda Walker
AALDP 2017
Manager II of Evidenced Based Practiced Learning
Hillside Family of Agencies