Center Lane Staff

 

Lisa Scott (She/her pronouns), Program Director

Lisa Scott is the Program Director for WJCS’ Center Lane where LGBTQ+ youth ages 13-21 create community, connect with culture and contribute to the world.  Lisa has spent her work life developing ways to help teens avoid life-limiting behaviors and reach their full potential. She’s worked on teen pregnancy, designed a bullying-prevention program that has been used all over the U.S., and has educated thousands of youth in how to have healthy relationships free of abuse. Lisa enjoys defending Hufflepuffs, creating safe Queer spaces, thinking about how to change the world and trying to do it, watching more geeky TV and movies than she should, and playing on stage with her friends.

 

David Diamond (He/him pronouns), Program Specialist

David has extensive experience supporting people in the LGBTQ+ community. In addition to having been the Director of PrideWorks, a conference for LGBTQ youth and their allies, David has advised several Gay-Straight Alliances, and facilitated at Common Threads Youth Empowerment Retreat, and Queer Spirit Camp, a program for 18-24 year-olds. David has been a board member of PrideWorksGLSEN Hudson Valley, and CANDLE, as well as part of PFLAG Westchester. A certified special education teacher and school administrator, David has a BA in English from Columbia College, Columbia University, and an MA, M.Ed. and M.Phil. from Columbia University Teachers College.

 

Liz Verrastro (She/her pronouns), Social Worker

Liz is the Social Worker for WJCS Center Lane. She started her social work career as an intern at Center Lane and loved it so much, she decided to come back full-time. Liz was born and raised in Port Chester, NY and got her Master of Social Work from Fordham University. As a counselor, she’s worked with youth of all ages and believes education and prevention are cornerstones of social work and activism. A big advocate of self-care, Liz loves learning and teaching new forms of self-awareness and self-care.

 

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