Our Biggest Asset

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
mpotter@sevenhills.org
508.796.0195

Scott Berozi

Program Director
sberozi@sevenhills.org
508.796.0197

Gregory Frew, LMHC

Asst. Program Director
gfrew@sevenhills.org
508.796.0198

Stephanie Kozlowski

Director of Admissions
skozlowski@sevenhills.org
508.796.0192

Joelle Dumont, LCSW

Advisor
jdumont@sevenhills.org
508.796.0202

James Guaragna, MS

Advisor
jguaragna@sevenhills.org
508.796.0201

Jen Irving, MSW

Advisor
jirving@sevenhills.org
508.796.0200

Chizu Shiono

College Counselor
cshiono@sevenhills.org
508.796.0203

Dorean Asuako

Evening Supervisor
dasuako@sevenhills.org
508.796.0194

Deidrianna Agbanyo

Residential Coordinator

Miriam Opare-Darko

Residential Coordinator

Juliana Daggett

Administrative Coordinator
jdaggett@sevenhills.org
508.796.0190

Additional Information

Alumni

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

Advising

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!

Scott began working with Dynamy as the Program Director in March 2022. In this role, Scott provides support and guidance to the advising staff and oversight of the programmatic functions of Dynamy. In his previous position, Scott worked as the Associate Director for Residence Life and Orientation at Brandeis University. He graduated from Hofstra University earning a B.A. in Print Journalism and from Northeastern University earning a M.A. in College Student Development and Counseling.

Scott originally hails from Long Island, NY but has spent the past decade living in and loving the Boston and Worcester areas. He greatly enjoys getting to work with students as they explore their potential and achieve their goals.

Scott has a great love for anything in the field of entertainment and loves to make people laugh any chance he gets!

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.

Stephanie joined the Dynamy team in 2011 and now serves as our Director of Admissions & Marketing, guiding prospective students and families through the admissions process. Whether it be conducting an interview, leading a presentation, or guiding a tour, Stephanie is extremely passionate about helping young adults find their niche. As the mother of a high school student and college graduate, she understands firsthand the importance of helping students pursue their goals, explore their passions, and discover their strengths during this pivotal time in their educational career and young adult lives.

Inclusive of Stephanie’s role as Dynamy’s Director of Admissions & Marketing, she is also Dynamy’s creative brain! Whether it be designing creative copy, creating marketing strategies, or analyzing enrollment trends, Stephanie’s natural passion, creative edge, and professional drive shine through! Stephanie also represents Dynamy at college fairs, gap fairs, and speaking panels in cities across North America. Traveling to meet with students, their families, educators, and consultants is just another aspect of her career that she loves! She received her Degree in Liberal Arts from Quinsigamond Community College. Earlier in her professional career, Stephanie was the Chief of Staff to a State Representative and worked at the Mary Elizabeth McGrath Educational Center.

Her creativity, passionate nature, and attention to detail help both at work and at home; she loves refinishing old furniture, traveling with her family, and can never pass up a true crime documentary! Both she and her husband are committed rescue dog enthusiasts, loyal sports parents, avid New England sports fans, and active members of their local community. Having lived in the Worcester area her entire life, Stephanie thoroughly enjoys showing prospective students and families all that Worcester has to offer students.

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.

Dorean joined Dynamy Internship Year as the Evening Supervisor in 2022 after graduating from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, receiving her B.A. in Psychology. At Holy Cross, Dorean worked as a Residential Assistant and Peer Mentor, and served in various leadership roles such as spiritual retreat leader and orientation leader. She is passionate about connecting students to resources and supporting them in building their own “tool-kit” of skills that they can use to advocate for themselves and those in their community.

As a first-generation college student, child of immigrants, and a Black woman, Dorean has experienced having to learn self-advocacy and navigating seemingly uncomfortable situations that call for being more independent. With these experiences, she can empathize with the young adults Dynamy serves and encourage them to better themselves for the now and their future self.

Dorean is the co-founder and co-creator of the Black Owned Worcester community directory (linktr.ee/BlackWorcester). She has also served on community boards that focus on through the Greater Worcester Community Foundation. She also served two years as a member of the only non-school youth grant making committee in Worcester county, Youth For Community Improvement (YCI) when she was in high school. Dorean enjoys listening to various genres of music, learning languages, and exploring new places (especially if they are food-related). Though she hasn’t done much, she also enjoys traveling and hopes to visit South Korea one day!

Juliana joined the Dynamy team in March of 2022 as our Administrative Coordinator. She joins Dynamy after graduating from the University of Rhode Island in December of 2021 after double majoring in Writing/Rhetoric and Computer Science. In her previous work experience Juliana completed two Internships at Towerwall, a cyber security company, and Pfizer, a pharmaceutical company.

Like many of her decisions, Juliana’s passion for helping others is what gravitated her to the Dynamy team. After feeling inspired by the work and mission of Dynamy, she felt compelled to apply and work with an organization whose values and goals closely align with her own.

In her free time Juliana enjoys painting, hiking, and writing new pieces for her personal blog. On the weekends she is often visiting her hometown in southern Rhode Island to go to the beach with her sister, or spending time with her two bunnies, Maxine and Ruby.