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Youth Standing Committee


The Suffolk County Youth Standing Committee seeks to identify and improve educational and employment opportunities for In-School youth ages 14-21 and Out-of-School youth ages 16-24, so that they may attain the skills needed to complete educational and career goals, and successfully enter the workplace.


Members of the Youth Standing Committee include representatives from youth service agencies, educational entities, members of the Suffolk County Workforce Development Board, and other individuals appointed by the County Executive and Board Chair.

Youth Standing Committee Members

Rev. Roderick A. Pearson, Chair

Dr. Pam Allen, Chief Executive Officer of Keep your Change, Inc.

Gerard Cairns, V.P. Integrated Day Services, Employment Readiness and Education/Youth Services at FREE

Jean Cohen, Executive Director of Mentoring New York

Shirley Coverdale, Executive Director for Family Community Life Center Project of Riverhead

Barbara Egloff, Divisional Administrator of Career, Technical & Adult Programs, Eastern Suffolk BOCES

Nancy Kelsey, Assistant Director CTE for Western Suffolk BOCES

Gail Lamberta, Ph.D. Associate Dean, Community Development at St. Joseph’s College

Stacey Lesko, Youth Unit Director, Suffolk County Department of Labor, Licensing and Consumer Affairs

Geraldine Maurice,  Transition Coordinator/Alternative High School Principal at South Huntington School District

Destiny Morrison, Job Corps Representative for MTC, Inc.

Reverend Roderick Pearson, Executive Director Suffolk County Youth Bureau

Dave Perkins, Clinical Social Worker

Holly Riker, Executive Director for Town of Islip Youth Bureau

Kristine Tanzi, Youth Services Librarian for Middle Country Library

Sandra Townsend, Youth Advocate


Minutes of the Youth Standing Committee are available upon request.
Email  Jennifer Stavola for additional information.

If you are interested in youth-related programs, please call 631-853-6526.

Suffolk County Government

H. Lee Dennison Bldg

100 Veterans Memorial Hwy
P.O. Box 6100
Hauppauge, NY 11788

Riverhead County Center

County Road 51
Riverhead, NY 11901