Meet Our New Leadership Team!
Francesa 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] email@example.com .
Michelle 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Elizabeth 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 email@example.com.
Sean 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 Charism. Sean can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Krystine 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 email@example.com.
Andrew Abberton – Past President