Executive Director
E-mail: janicek@lagcc.cuny.edu

Janice Kydd, Director, is a native Brooklynite and a product of New York City public schools and both the New York City and State of New York university systems. She received a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics from Queens College/CUNY and a Master of Science in Urban Policy Sciences from Stony Brook/SUNY. An employee of LaGuardia Community College for over twenty (20) years, Ms. Kydd writes contracts and grants to create and provide training opportunities for youth and adults. Ms. Kydd is an avid reader, a classic movie buff, a world traveler and an entrepreneur.

Associate Director
718-482-5347 (P)
E-mail: agzifa@lagcc.cuny.edu

Adjoa Gzifa, Associate Director, born and raised in New York City. A product of the New York City public school system and a two-time graduate of the City University of New York. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from York College and a Master of Arts degree in Urban Studies from Queens College. Ms. Gzifa has been employed at LaGuardia Community College for more than ten (10) years. She has provided educational and employment opportunities for youth throughout the city. She is a grants writer and an advocate for grant-funded programs. Ms. Gzifa loves to travel and has traveled extensively throughout the world.

Assistant Director
E-mail :lgumbstyler@lagcc.cuny.edu

Lorie Dimbarala Gumbs-Tyler began working with the Workforce Education Center as the part-time Coordinator for the W.O.R.K. youth program in October 2005. She joined the department on a full-time basis in July 2006 to work with the Home to Work Center for Displaced Homemakers, for which she is currently the Program Coordinator. Ms. Gumbs-Tyler’s background includes program coordination and development and organization development projects in multi-service CBO’s. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Stanford University in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, and she plans to obtain her Master’s in Nonprofit Management.

Assistant Director
718-482-5398 (P)
E-mail: mshellpa@lagcc.edu

M’Shell Patterson began her work at LaGuardia Community College in 1996 as the Associate Director for the Queens Urban Partnership, (QUP); part of a sixteen city 10 million dollar Urban Partnership Program (UPP) funded by the Ford Foundation. In 1999 she also assumed the position of Director of the LaGCC/QUP GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Program), a $7.5 million grant.

Ms. Patterson also served as the Director of the Technical Assistance Center for the Middle College National Consortium (MCNC) to create Early College High Schools where students earn college credits towards a Bachelors degree while still in high school. This initiative was funded by Bill and Melinda Gates to the tune of more than $25 million dollars.

Ms. Patterson currently serves as an Assistant Director for the Workforce Education Center and coordinates several programs within that department. Ms. Patterson played an integral part in developing the curriculum being used for the TUF/CUNY Educational Preparation program.

M’Shell came to LaGuardia after completing her undergraduate studies in Mass Media and Communication and graduate studies in Educational Administration at New York University.

Counselor for Youth Programs
(718) 482-5347
Email: acurley@lagcc.cuny.edu

Albert Curley, Counselor for Youth Programs, is a native of Baltimore, Maryland. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Coppin State University. An employee of LaGuardia Community College since 2002, Mr. Curley teaches and advises young people the value of focusing on attaining life-skills as well as becoming goal-oriented. Mr. Curley enjoys listening to a wide variety of music and viewing old television classics.

718 482-5338
Email: jimpe@lagcc.cuny.edu

James Pendergrast, Coordinator in the Division of Adult and Continuing Education at LaGuardia Community College. He was born in Augusta, Ga. and educated in New York City public school system. He served in U.S. Air Force and then attended and graduated from New York University. In early years, his responsibilities included teaching academic and business courses in nonprofit and proprietary schools. Over the last 12 years, he has coordinated and taught in programs within ACE. These various commitments have thoroughly influenced the preparation of generations interested in upgrading their skills or starting over in new careers -- He also cheers for the Kansas City Chiefs and is a boxing aficionado.

Administrative Assistant
718-482-5340 (P)
E-mail: emerchant@lagcc.cuny.edu

Elaine Merchant, a native of Queens, New York, a graduate in paralegal studies from LaGuardia Community College.  Employed as an Administrative Assistant in youth programs of the Workforce Education Center at LaGuardia, since 1999.  Elaine has worked with the Summer Youth Program, which help youth acquire a working responsibility and etiquette.  She also works with the 17-20 year olds who are trying to obtain their GED, and further their education.

Youth Programs Coordinator
718-482-5349 (P)
E -mail: tford@lagcc.cuny.edu

Tyrone Ford, Coordinator for the Workforce Education Center's Youth Programs is a native New Yorker and Bronx resident. Tyrone attended SUNY College at Old Westbury where he received his B.A. in Comparative Humanities. He has been employed at LaGuardia Community College for ten (10) years and says that he is very happy that he has the opportunity to realize his passion everyday: working with youth. As a visually impaired person of color, Tyrone believes that with clear thought, good direction and solid adult support, there isn’t anything that young people can’t strive for and accomplish.


Administrative Assistant
E-mail: XZhou@lagcc.cuny.edu

Joanne Schumm, Administrative Assistant, an employee of LaGuardia Community College for about six (6) years. She received an Associate in Accounting from LaGuardia/CUNY and is a Candidate for a Bachelors in Accounting at Baruch/CUNY.  Ms. Schumm assists with various programs for youth and adults.

Program Associate
E-mail: wfrancis@lagcc.cuny.edu

Winifred Francis-Miller, Program Associate is a Certified Billing and Coding Specialist.She has over twenty five years of experience in the medical billing field. Ms. Miller has received a Associate in Applied Science degree in Business Administration from the Borough of Manhattan Community College, and is currently working towards a Bachelor's of Science in Business.

(718) 482-5344
Email: jwesley@lagcc.cuny.edu

John J. Wesley , the coordinator of the Workforce Education Center's Customer Service training, has returned to LaGuardia after a hiatus of several years. Mr. Wesley, who has a BA in Political Science from Trinity College, Hartford CT., is a public relations specialist. A former Executive Director and, currently, an active member of 100 Black Men of New York, Mr. Wesley enjoys travel and fine restaurants and is an entrepreneur.


718 482-5343
Email: jsterling@lagcc.cuny.edu

Julie Sterling, BA Psychology, Mary Washington College of the University of Virginia,Certificate in Microapplication Systems, Family Institute/ACE, LaGuardia Community College Employed by the WEC since May 1996, she has worked on various grant funded training programs. Currently, she works with Dianna Moll, RN, MPH on the Certified Nurse Aide Training (CNA) Program recruiting, registering, assisting students with short-term goal setting skills and career planning, resume writing and interview skills. On an as needed basis, she provides referral information and contacts regarding support services and other learning/training opportunities that better match a given goal or personal situation. In addition, she created and maintains the CNA student database; monitors attendance, provides census data to ACE and provides weekly program reports and statistics to the program coordinator, Dianna Moll, RN, MPH and WEC's director, Janice C. Kydd

Assistant Fiscal Monitor
718 482-5340
Email: lcalle@lagcc.cuny.edu

LUCY CALLE, Assistant Fiscal Monitor, I am native of Colombia, and have been working at LaGuardia Community College for the past nine years, I received my Accounting Degree from SENA, , Medellin, Colombia. I am enthusiastic about working and helping our students.

Follow-Up Counselor
718-482-5171 (P)
E-mail: pjudkins@lagcc.cuny.edu

Pamela Judkins started working for what was originally the Family Institute in January 2003. She is the Follow-Up Counselor for the in-school-youth program. Ms.Judkins also serves as the job developer for the Summer Youth Employment Program. She is a life long resident of Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn. She enjoys reading, sampling different cuisines, and enjoying the company of her only granddaughter. Ms. Judkins has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science from the College of New Rochelle. She hopes to obtain her Master’s in Public Administration.




718 482-5103
Email: dmoll@lagcc.cuny.edu

718 482-5390
Email: jhelfrick@lagcc.cuny.edu

718 482-5399
Email: ovaldez@lagcc.cuny.edu


Workforce Education Center
Youth Programs Division
Room C314, LaGuardia Community College
Phone: 718-482-5340 Fax: 718-609-2071
"Workforce Education Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Programs"
and "Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities."

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Edited by Wilmarie Villar Ledesma
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