Meet the Staff

Professional Staff


Nick Lennon, Director
Favorite Book: Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom 
Favorite Quote:
“Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.” ~ Albert Einstein
Favorite Movie:
Good Will Hunting
Favorite Place to Visit:
Strengths Finder Talents: Empathy, Connectedness, Learner, Developer, and Relator


Lisa Snyder, Associate Director
Favorite Book: Hunger Games, My Sister’s Keeper, Goodnight Moon, and Guess How Much I Love You
Favorite Quote:
“Hope is the little voice you hear whisper “maybe” when it seems the entire world is shouting “no!”
Favorite Movie:
A Story of Us, Little Mermaid, and A Time to Kill
Favorite Place to Visit:
the beach
Strengths Finder Talents: Developer, Positivity, Empathy, Relator, and Responsibility


Phil Rippa, Office Manager
Favorite Book: coming soon..
Favorite Quote:
coming soon..
Favorite Movie:
coming soon..
Favorite Place to Visit:
coming soon..
Strengths Finder Talents: coming soon…

Kristin Reagan, Graduate Assistant
Favorite Book:  A Separate Peace by John Knowles, A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry, and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
Favorite Quote: “One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.” – Jack Kerouac
“Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if only one remembers to turn on the light” – J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban)
Favorite Movie: Cool Runnings
Favorite Place to Visit: Dewey Beach
Strengths Finder Talents: Learner, Intellection, Achiever, Input, and Relator

Gilly Kelly, Leadership Consultant
Favorite Book: The Cather in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Favorite Quote: “Try Not. Do or do not. There is no try.” –Yoda
Favorite Movie: The School of Rock
Favorite Place: Newport, Rhode Island
Strengths Finder Talents: Consistency, Discipline, Empathy, Developer, Harmony

Gerry Souser, Leadership Consultant
Favorite book: Start With Why by Simon Sinek
Favorite quote: “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another” Proverbs 27:17
Favorite movie: Miracle
Favorite place to visit: Colorado/Rocky Mountain National Park
Strengths Finder Talents: Strategic, Competition, Individualization, Futuristic, and Maximize

Gia Ha, Leadership Consultant |
Favorite Book
– Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
Favorite Quote – “Fall down seven times, stand up eight”
Favorite Movie – How to Train Your Dragon
Favorite Place to Visit – Seattle, Washington
Strengths Finder Talents – Harmony, Developer, Restorative, Discipline, Connectedness

Jazyerra Pittman, Leadership Consultant
Favorite Book: The Last Illusion by Porochista Khakpour
Favorite Quote: “U shattered my heart in2 a 1000 pieces and now U want to calculate the multitude of broken glass fixated through my body. U can go back 2 the Epsilon times because the distance formula formed into this problem we canʼt solve is like we are half angled off a cliff. I hat8 U.” This is from a poem I did in my creative writing class my senior year of high school about math.
Favorite Movie: Life Size, the end gets me EVERY-TIME!
Favorite Place to Visit: London, United Kingdom
Strengths Finder Talents: Input, Relator, Context, Achiever, and Woo.

Alex Nowakowski, Leadership Consultant
Favorite Book: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah 
Favorite Quote: Knowledge is power
Favorite Movie: Step Brothers
Favorite Place to Visit: Montauk, New York
Strengths Finder Talents: Positivity, Woo, Includer, Developer and Restorative

Lizzie Perez-Garcia, Student Office Assistant
Favorite Book: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Favorite Quote: The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them – Ida B. Wells
Favorite Movie: Finding Nemo
Favorite Place to visit: Puerto Rico
Strength Finder Talents: Individualization, Relator, Responsibility, Discipline, and Harmony

Jiayi Liu, Student Office Assistant
Favorite Book: The Hunger Games
Favorite Quote: Greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall —– Confucious
Favorite Movie: The Lion King
Favorite Place to Visit: Fuzhou, China (my hometown)
Strengths Finder Talents: Relator, Learner, Restorative, Harmony, and Analytical.

Alumni/Former LEAD Staff Members