SC Workforce Development Board Youth Council

Health Profession Opportunity Grants

Minutes of all WDB and Youth Council meetings are available upon request. Telephone 631-853-6612 for additional information.

The Suffolk County Youth Council seeks to identify and improve educational and employment opportunities for youth (ages 14-21) so that they may attain the skills needed to complete educational and career goals, and successfully enter the workplace.


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

Youth Council Members

Rev. Roderick A. Pearson, Chair

Robyn Berger-Gaston
LCSW-R, Division Director, Youth & Senior Services for Family Service League 631-369-0104 ext.12

Jean Cohen
Executive Director of Mentoring Partnership of LI 631-761-7800

Shirley Coverdale
Executive Director for Family Community Life Center Project of Riverhead 631-727-1110

Lt. Robert Donohue
Suffolk County Police Dept. PAL Bureau 631-852-6530

Barbara Egloff
Divisional Administrator of Career, Technical & Adult Programs, Eastern BOCES 631-419-1609

Maria Georgiou, LCSW
Executive Director for Town of Huntington Youth Bureau 631-351-3061

Melanie Holz
Executive Director of South Shore Community Organization 631-277-1365

Nancy Kelsey
Assistant Director CTE for Western BOCES 631-667-6000 x300

Stacey Lesko
Youth Unit Director, Suffolk County Department of Labor 631-853-6526

Israel Malinowitzer
Director of Careers & Student Services at East Islip High School 631-224-2115

Walter Markowitz
Adjunct Faculty/Dept. of Management at Dowling College

Ana R. Martinez
School Board Member Brentwood UFSD & Teacher Southampton Elementary School, ESL Specialist 631-889-2993

Dave Perkins
Project Excel Coordinator at Walt Whitman High School 631-812-3927

Reverend Roderick Pearson
Executive Director Suffolk County Youth Bureau 631-853-8270

Holly Riker 
Executive Director for Town of Islip Youth Bureau 631-224-5320

Ed Roldan 631-291-9400

Kristine Tanzi
Youth Services Librarian for Middle Country Library 631-585-9393 x230

Tammy Torelli
Job Corps Representative, CHP International, Inc. 631-569-2868

Yolanda Toyens

Sandra Townsend