Leadership Team

FrancesaPisanoFrancesa Pisano -
President of the National Board

Francesca Pisano is very excited to have been elected President of the DYA USA National
Board. Francesca is a graduate of Molloy College and a Dominican Volunteers USA 
alum. Francesca first became involved in Dominican life at the National College 
Preaching Conference in 2012 at Dominican University. Upon returning to Molloy, 
she joined the DYA chapter. While being a part of DYA, Francesca learned a lot about
herself and her love of the Dominican Charism. This passion led her to pursue a 
study abroad trip in Fanjeux, France where she learned more about St. Dominic and 
the beginning of the Dominican Order. After finishing classes in December of 2014,
Francesca had been unsure of her next step in life post-graduation. With some help
and encouragement, she applied to Dominican Volunteers USA. Francesca was accepted
as a volunteer for the 2015-2016 year. She lived with Sinsanawa Dominicans and 3
 other volunteers in Chicago, IL. Her ministry site was a domestic violence agency
where she advocated for women and children who were victims/survivors of domestic
violence. During this year, Francesca began looking at graduate schools that offered
a master’s program in Music Therapy. She found that Illinois State University would
be the perfect fit. Francesca decided to take another year off before starting grad
school. She currently lives in Chicago, IL at the Dominican Volunteers Alumni house,
the Carlos Morales Community, with two other former volunteers. She continues to
 practice her Dominican faith with her community and by coordinating the Chicago
 DYA chapter. Most of all, Francesca is thankful to have such a wonderful opportunity
as DYA’s National Board President for the next two years.
Francesca can be reached at [http://www.dymusa.org] dyapresdominicanidentity@gmail.com


MichelleLithgowMichelle Lithgow
 – VP for Dominican Identity

Michelle is from Garden City, New York and is in her fifth year of the five-year
 bachelor/masters program for Adolescent English and Special Education at Molloy
 College. At Molloy, Michelle is the secretary of the Education Club, the secretary
of the Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society, a student ambassador, and an active
member of the Molloy College Dominican Young Adults Chapter and campus ministries.
Through DYA and campus ministries, Michelle has been a part of various service opportunities
including helping with soup kitchens, rebuilding houses affected by Superstorm Sandy,
and mentoring at a camp for boys in the Appalachian Mountains. DYA has given Michelle
the opportunity to further develop her faith, meet some very inspirational people,
and learn what it means to preach in every aspect of her life. She hopes to, along
with her National Board team, be able to inspire other young people to do the same.
Michelle can be reached at dyavpdominicanidentity@gmail.com.



ElizabethMeittinisElizabeth Meittinis – 
Coordinator of Mission

Elizabeth is a junior at Molloy College (Rockville Centre, NY) who is studying Childhood
Education/ Special Education. Elizabeth is very active on the Molloy College campus
serving as Junior Class President on Molloy College Student Government, Student 
Ambassador, Orientation Leader and a Social Media Ambassador. She was previously
 the Community Service Coordinator where she was in charge of holding fundraisers
for organizations such as St. Baldricks, Making Strides Against Brest Cancer, Autism
Speaks and Toys for Tots. She is also extremely active in the Campus Ministries 
office on campus. She has been an active member of the Molloy College DYA Chapter
since her Freshman year and now serves as the Co-President of that Chapter. In 
her time at Molloy, she has taken part in many service projects both on and off 
campus. Some of which include Appalachia Project (Kermit, WV), Romero Center (Camden,
NJ), Midnight Run, Bethany House, Re-build for Hurricane Sandy and St. Francis Inn
(Philadelphia, PA). This past summer she traveled on a pilgrimage to Fanjeaux, France
where St.Dominic founded the order over 800 years ago to learn its history and walk
in the steps of St. Dominic . She will also be traveling on a mission trip to El
 Salvador in January with Molloy College and Dominican University of Blauvelt. Elizabeth
is very excited to be serving as the Coordinator of Mission and looks forward to
 keeping the Dominican Family involved in service projects as well as keeping them
immersed in the Social Justice issues we are currently facing. She is looking forward
to this opportunity and being able to serve those in the Dominican Family!
Elizabeth can be reached at dyamission@gmail.com.


SeanPuzzoSean Puzzo – 
Coordinator for the Charism

Sean is a senior at Caldwell University (Caldwell, NJ) who is pursuing his B.F.A.
in Graphic Design as well as a minor in Art History. Sean is working with others
 at Caldwell University to establish a Dominican Young Adults chapter. Sean is an
active member of his campus community who works in the Admissions Office as well
 as the Student Life Office. Sean is also an active member in the Caldwell University
Campus Ministry program, where he has taken part in alternative winter and spring
break trips to Belize and Kentucky as well as Midnight Runs and other service projects
on/off campus. Most recently Sean co-currated a gallery entitled “Belize: Beyond
 the Blue Skies and Clear Waters” which focused on the pros and cons of short term
service trips with photos and reflections from students and staff who have attended
the trip. Sean is applying for the Dominican Volunteer program and had hopes to 
serve for a year or more! Sean is excited to serve in the Coordinator of Charism
 position where he looks forward to keeping the Dominican Family well informed about
all the good work that the Dominican Young Adults are doing to spread the Dominican
Sean can be reached at dyacharism@gmail.com.



KrystineAbbertonKrystine Abberton – 
Coordinator for Stewardship

Krystine is a recent graduate of Molloy College (Rockville Centre, NY), Class of
 2016. While at Molloy she majored in Nursing and received a Bachelor of Science
 degree. During her 4 year education she was also very involved in the Molloy’s 
Campus Ministry program participating in many service programs including the Appalachia
Project in Kermit, West Virginia, MIdnight Runs, Bethany House Experiences in Hempstead,
New York, various soup kitchens in the NY Metro-Area and many more. She has even
 traveled as far as El Salvador to help serve the children in underserved areas 
and also Fanjeaux, France where St.Dominic founded the order over 800 years ago 
to learn its history. Presently she is a registered nurse and is employed in pediatrician’s
office in Williston Park, New York while still being heavily involved in Molloy’s
Chapter of Dominican Young Adults and the sisters at the Dominican Motherhouse in
Amityville, New York.
Krystine can be reached at dyastewardship@gmail.com.




AndrewAbbertonAndrew Abberton – Past President


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