NYS Mentoring Program

Partners of the NYS Mentoring Program include Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC), the Mentoring Advisory Council and the wide array of community partners that help promote the NYS Mentoring Program.

NYS Mentoring Program Advisory Council

Mrs. Matilda Raffa Cuomo, First Lady of New York State 1982-1995
Founder and Chair of The New York State Mentoring Program

Mitchell J. Auslander
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Debbie Benson
Executive Director, NYS Council on Children and Families (retired)

Judith Beville
Former Regional Director- NYS Mentoring Program
Town Official, Town of Greenburgh, Westchester County

BJ Carter
Healthy Directions, National Program Director, Healthy Children Healthy Futures

Frank Di Berardino
Director, National Bellamy Award Organization 

Don Distasio
Retired CEO of American Cancer Society Eastern Division
Baldwinsville Rotary Club President
NYS Cancer Prevention Council - Board member
NYS Health Research Board Member
YMCA - Board Member

Sandy Gallo 
Long Island

Charles Lesnick
New York State Homes and Community Renewal, Deputy Council
Former President of Yonkers City Council

Kevin Leyden
Senior Vice President, Business Development and Strategic Partnerships
Albany Medical Center

Susan Murante 
Media Consultant

Terry Paladini-Baumgarten
Economist - International Consultant and Bank Advisor
Former International Banker and Professor
International Relations Chair to Lions Clubs International – DR2
Founder and former President of the NY Financial District Lions Club

Jim Quail
Retired NYC Public Schools Superintendent
Educational Consultant

Pat Reilly
Former Deputy Commissioner, NYC Department of Motor Vehicles (retired)

Robert H. Samson
Founding Member of The New York State Mentoring Program