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Meet Our Dedicated Team

We are proud of our dedicated, professional, and adventurous staff members. Our ability to provide such remarkable results stems from our team of talented, accomplished people. We have a small team of 10- 15 staff members each working closing with our interns and families. Our advising team consists of masters-level professionals with a mix of counseling and higher education backgrounds. We strive to cultivate a fun yet professional work environment that best suits our employees, interns and families so that everyone is getting the best experience during their time at Dynamy!

Monica Potter, LMHC

Senior Director of Educational Services

Lauren Buffone, LICSW

Program Director

Gregory Frew, LMHC

Asst. Program Director

Katelynn Shea, MS

Director of Admissions

Stephanie Kozlowski

Asst. Director of Admissions

Joelle Dumont, LCSW


James Guaragna, MS


Jen Irving, MSW


Chizu Shiono

College Counselor

Pamela Green

Residential Coordinator

Tobias Sweeney

Residential Coordinator

Allianna Agbanyo

Residential Coordinator

Casandra Londergan

Administrative Assistant

Mark Preston

Maintenance Coordinator

Additional Information


Welcome back Dynamy Alumni! Visit our alumni page to see what past interns have to say about Dynamy’s domestic gap year program!


Our advisors help students pursue goals, reflect on learning, and to learn to make the best decisions for the life students want for themselves.

Independent living

Interns gain independence and freedom in apartment style living, while advisors and residential coordinators have their own apartments on the property.

Read some of our frequently asked questions

What if I don’t know what internships I want to do?

Don’t worry! We hear this often. Many students coming into Dynamy are unsure of their internship path or even where they want to start. Dynamy has a trusted team of advisors that can help you navigate the process and find an internship that will be a good fit for you. Part of Internship Year is exploration and gaining a better understanding of your interest and passions.

What is the age range for Dynamy?

Dynamy interns are 17-22 years old. Many students attend Dynamy right after graduating high school- others come after a few semesters of college. Whatever your recent path may be, you should apply if you feel ready! The most important factor for a successful Internship Year is the motivation to work with supportive advisors, like-minded peers and real world internships.

Can you help me figure out next steps after Dynamy?

We understand transitions can be hard, especially trying to make plans for next steps. Dynamy advisers work with students throughout the year to discuss and assist with future planning. Additionally, Dynamy has a part-time college counselor on our team to help students navigate the college process from individual classes to colleges and universities.

Monica started with Dynamy in 2010, and her most recent role is Director of Internship Year. Her commitment to our interns is evidenced in everything she does, from personal advising to coordinating with students and families on individualized support. As the Director of the program, she is also responsible for overseeing all the various elements of the program, and truly gets to know each and every student and family.

As a licensed mental health counselor with a Masters of Arts in Rehabilitation Counseling, Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies, and Certificate for Guidance, from Assumption College. Monica has energy and heart to spare. Monica has worked for Y.O.U., Inc., our parent agency, since 2000: as a clinician at the Joy and Robert Wetzel Center, and the Clinical Director at the McGrath Educational Center.

Monica is a married mother of two who loves being active, whether it’s playing soccer, riding bikes or swimming with her family. Although she self-describes as someone who “hates” running, she organized a running group with past Internship Year students and enjoyed the experience so much she has gone on to run multiple 5K’s and even a triathlon!

Lauren became the Program Director in October of 2020. She began working at Dynamy in August of 2015 as an Internship Year Advisor and then transitioned to the role of Coordinator of Student Support in 2016. Lauren has mentored and guided hundreds of students through the program – from admissions to graduation. She loves supporting students through the experiential model of Dynamy Internship Year and encourages students to take risks to learn about themselves and enjoy the journey. Lauren oversees all of the programming components of the program, including: advising, Monday workshops, residential life, internship experiences, and student life.

She earned her B.A. in Psychology with a concentration in Health and Counseling from Emmanuel College and earned a Master of Social Work from Simmons College in 2012. Lauren’s work within the community has allowed her to work with diverse groups of people. Prior to Dynamy, Lauren worked with youth and adult mentors, helping them to develop and maintain positive relationships. Lauren has also worked in a shelter for homeless men where she arranged services to help with transitions into permanent housing and a program for adolescent girls where she was a community and school based mentor.

In her free time, Lauren loves to spend time with her family, drink great cups of coffee, and observe nature in her backyard!

Gregg began working with Dynamy as an Internship Year Advisor in 2014 and is now the Assistant Program Director. In addition to providing guidance for our interns, Gregg oversees our Residential Life services and staff. He graduated from Assumption College with a B.A. in Psychology and an M.A. in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in cognitive-behavioral therapy. During his time in graduate school, he was involved with a research team that studied the links between memory and emotion with emerging adults.

Gregg’s interest in working with teenagers and young adults has led him to roles in high school, college, and mentoring settings. He taught within the classroom and consulted with college human resource departments regarding student access and policies.

Gregg is a huge fan of the Boston Red Sox and enjoys spending time outdoors exploring New England. He is an avid reader with interest in history, science fiction, and fantasy. Additionally, music is a passion for Gregg and he plays guitar, drums and bass.

Katelynn joined Dynamy Internship Year as the Director of Admissions in 2017. Prior to Dynamy Katelynn spent nine years working in college admissions where she found a passion for guiding students and their families through the college search process. Katelynn takes great pride in helping young adults navigate opportunities for growth, independence and happiness.

Katelynn completed her B.A. in Communications from Regis College and her M.S. in Higher Education Administration from Bay Path University. To keep a pulse on higher education Katelynn is an adjunct professor at Becker College for the evening accelerated program.

A huge sports fan, and former college athlete, Katelynn can often be found hanging with friends and family watching sports or coaching basketball. In her free time she likes to cook (and eat!), exercise (walking is her favorite), shop (retail therapy does exist), travel (Australia was her last big trip) and catch up on various Netflix series (the list is endless).

Stephanie joined the Dynamy team in 2011 and now works as our Assistant Director of Admissions, helping prospective students and families through the application process. Whether it be giving an information session or leading a tour, Stephanie is extremely passionate about helping young adults find their niche.  Having lived in the Worcester area her entire life, Stephanie thoroughly enjoys showing prospective students and families all that Worcester has to offer students.

In addition to her role as Dynamy’s Assistant Director of Admissions, Stephanie serves as the Business Manager and On-Site Coordinator for USA Gap Year Fairs, a national fair series that aims to promote gap year programs and opportunities for experiential learning worldwide. As the Business Manager and On-Site Coordinator, Steph represents Dynamy at the fairs in cities across North America. She received her Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts from Quinsigamond Community College. Previously, she was the Chief of Staff to a State Representative and worked at the Mary Elizabeth McGrath Educational Center.

As the mother of a college student herself, she understands firsthand the importance of helping students find their goals, passions, and strengths during this pivotal time in their educational career and young adult lives. Her attention to detail helps both at work and at home; she loves gardening, refinishing old furniture, and traveling with her family. Both she and her husband are avid New England sports fans and run their local youth football and cheer program.

Joelle began working at Dynamy as an Internship Year Residential Coordinator in 2017 and has recently transitioned to the role of an Advisor as of Fall 2019.  As an advisor, Joelle works directly with students to mentor and guide them through the program. Prior to being an advisor, Joelle’s role as a Residential Coordinator allowed her work with students to develop independent living skills such as cooking, cleaning, budgeting, and conflict resolution within the apartments. Previously working as a Residential Coordinator provides Joelle with a comprehensive perspective to what students experience in both aspects of the program through Res Life and Advising.

Joelle earned her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Social Work at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts  and recently earned a Master of Social Work from Boston University.  Prior to Dynamy, Joelle worked in various mental health and substance use settings coaching transitional age youth and adults in developing independent living skills and coping skills. Joelle has worked as a Residential Counselor in several different group homes, as an Admissions counselor and group facilitator at a mental health and substance use group therapy program, and interned as an outpatient therapist that worked with adults and adolescents.

In her spare time, Joelle enjoys cooking, baking, and crafting such as knitting, jewelry making, scrapbooking, and painting. In the past, Joelle has shared her love for cooking and baking by running several cooking classes teaching previous internship year students how to make pizza and apple pie all from scratch as res life events. Joelle also enjoys playing table top games of all kinds, but particularly loves themes involving science fiction and fantasy.

James joined Dynamy Internship Year as a Student Advisor in 2019. Prior to Dynamy, James spent eight years working in student affairs at the college level where he discovered a passion for working with college-aged students and helping them figure out there next steps in life. James started his career in residence life and then moved into new student orientation where he welcomed new students to the institution.

James completed his B.A. in Communications and his M.S. in Organizational and Professional Communication from Regis College (MA). James also served as an adjunct faculty member, teaching courses in Peer & Team Leadership and Social Media.

James is a huge Boston sports and fantasy sports fan. He has a fairly large collection of sneakers and loves to listen to a variety of music. You can find James traveling to new places once a year with his family (most recently, Bermuda) and visiting new restaurants in Massachusetts. He is also very competitive and loves to play basketball (3 point shooter!), volleyball (played in college), or try new sports to stay active.

Jennifer joined Dynamy Internship Year as a Student Advisor in 2020.  Prior to Dynamy, Jen worked as a Supervisor in Foster Care and Adoption in the South Bronx.  She enjoys the opportunity to help students discover their passions and loves watching them grow their self-advocacy skills.

Jen received her BA in Communication and Conflict Resolution from Juniata College.  She then went on to earn her MSW from The University of Vermont.  She has experience as a Wilderness Therapy Instructor, as a Student Advisor for Graduate and Doctorate Level Students, and in the field of Child Welfare, working specifically with therapeutic teens.

In her free time, Jen loves to be outside.  She can be found hiking, biking or camping all weekend, all times of the year.  A fun fact about Jen is that she and a friend are running half marathons in all 50 states!

Chizu joined Dynamy in 2011 and provides college counseling and post-Dynamy guidance to students in the Internship Year. A former college counselor at Phillips Exeter Academy, Chizu has been an educational consultant since 2003. In addition, she has 20-plus years of experience working in the admissions offices at seven colleges and universities.

Chizu earned a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and holds a Master’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh. She attends numerous professional conferences and has been a faculty member, workshop director, and committee/commission member for the National Association for College Admission Counseling. An active member of the New England Association for College Admission Counseling, Chizu has served on the organization’s Executive and Governing Boards. With a passion for international education, she also belongs to the Overseas Association for College Admission Counseling.

Together with her husband, she enjoys travel and has been to more than a dozen countries on four continents (Australia and New Zealand are on her wish list.) To date, she has visited over one hundred colleges and programs across the country and abroad.

Casandra joined Dynamy Internship Year in 2020 as our Administrative Assistant after graduating right down the street from us, at Becker College. Before Dynamy, she had previously been working as a front desk coordinator while simultaneously spending her summers working as a camp counselor. She enjoys interacting with the kids and helping us design our social media content.

While away from Dynamy, Casandra enjoys spending her spare time outdoors, hiking and spending time with her horses at home. She is a big animal lover and has been a dedicated equestrian for 15 years. She’ll be the first; of many smiling faces you see when you come to tour Dynamy!