Molly is an educator, youth advocate and nonprofit manager. Molly’s background includes leadership positions at Global Kids, Hostos Community College, and the YMCA of Greater NY. In addition, she has worked as a consultant for a range of youth organizations, developing curriculum and providing training for educators. Molly’s expertise includes creating and leading innovative youth leadership programs, facilitating community partnerships to strengthen college access and persistence with first generation students and facilitating staff professional development and capacity building initiatives. Most recently, Molly was the Director of Government Initiatives and Special Projects at the Youth Development Institute. Molly holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence College, an MPA, with a concentration in public policy, from the Baruch School of Public Affairs, where she was a United Way Senior Fellow, and nonprofit leadership credentials from the Columbia Business School.
Youth Environmental Program Manager
Génesis Abreu is a genderqueer person of color with Mayan and Nahuat Pipil Indigenous roots and
Salvadoran and Dominican ancestry. They were raised and still live in occupied Shorakapok located in
Manhahtaan (Mannahatta) in Lenapehoking, the stolen and unceded traditional lands of the Lenni
Lenape people. Today, occupied Shorakapok is referred to as Inwood and Washington Heights in
Génesis is a community organizer, educator, and researcher whose work centers on Indigenous and
Black self-determination rooted in practices of gender, language, climate, and environmental justice.
They have gained vast experience in community organizing and outreach, youth environmental justice
education, and community participatory research, through their work with WE ACT for Environmental
Justice, North Brooklyn Neighbors, and the Indigenous Peoples Climate Change Assessment Initiative. In
2015, Génesis was awarded a Fulbright Research Grant to Cusco, Peru, where they worked alongside
Quechua Indigenous farmers from the Potato Park to document the cultural, environmental, and
economic implications of the climate crisis on potato production.
Génesis has a B.S. in Environmental Science from Marist College and is currently pursuing an M.S. in
Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management from The New School.
Lead College Counselor
Rocco Rosselli, a New York native, has been supporting predominately first-generation, low-income, students of color from underserved and underrepresented communities to and through college for over 5 years. After graduating from the University at Albany (SUNY) with a B.A. in Sociology, Rocco earned his Ed.M. in School Counseling from Hunter College. Prior to joining Friends of WHEELS, Rocco worked at East Harlem Tutorial Prep and Harlem Village Academy, aiding students through the college application process and helping them find their best post-secondary fit. At the foundation of his philosophy to college counseling is establishing strong relationships with students and families. That relationship is essential to empower all students to find their best fit college, and narrow the gap in our country that has led to a huge disparity in college attainment between students from the highest income quartile and those in the lowest. Rocco believes that the college admissions process can be viewed as not just a means to an end, but rather a learning opportunity that can help students find their voice. It is Rocco’s role as a college counselor is to ensure that all students have access to superior college counseling. We need to reach, inspire, and empower every student, regardless of background.
Director of Postsecondary Pathways
Lisa joins the WHEELS team with deep experience in developing youth leadership, program management, and college access and success. After receiving her Masters in Social Work from Boston University, where she interned at a college access program in Brookline, MA, she worked in college access and youth mentoring at iMentor and then spent five years running the Franklin K. Lane Student Success Center with Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation. A first generation college student herself, her professional mission is to build equity for all students in getting to and through college. Lisa is a proud Manhattan College alumnae, a NYC marathoner, and avid sports and comic book fan. She is eager to use her experience to design and implement quality postsecondary programming for the alumni of WHEELS.
Fund Development and Communications Manager
Sittra joins Friends of WHEELS as our first ever Fund Development and Communications Manager from Growth for Good, where she was a Special Projects and Events Director. Sittra is passionate about changing the world. A strategic communications major from Penn State, Sittra started her career as a marketing associate focused on social media and a communications specialist for a New York-based commercial real estate company, Eastern Consolidated. Sittra brings fundraising skills which prioritizes developing and nurturing relationships. She will help FOW develop and improve fundraising and communications systems, so critical in building a culture of philanthropy that touches every part of the fundraising process.
When Sittra is not working, you can find her rooting for Penn State’s Nittany Lions or helping out in her family’s celebrated Ethiopian restaurant. Sittra is an avid athlete and ardent baker. Most recently, she added running to her exercise regimen, and she is training for a half marathon. Sittra lives in Hoboken NJ.