SUPPORTING YOUTH
STRENGTHENING FAMILIES

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Who We Are

A nonprofit human service agency, established in 1969, serving Pittsford youth and families for over 40 years.

Who We Serve

On average, PYS staff provides 1800+ individual counseling sessions each year, together with service to hundreds more through our educational programs, consultations and support groups.

Our Vision

Pittsford Youth Services will seek to build a community where every child feels valued and empowered. To that end, PYS will be the respected leader and provider of professional social work services for Pittsford youth and their families.

Why We Are Here

As parents we all want the best for our children, to smooth the way for them to develop into happy, healthy, well-adjusted adults. However, the reality is that there will be obstacles and struggles along the way and we may simply not have the resources to handle them. Young people in our community face a number of challenges while growing up. Dealing with issues such as peer pressure, abuse, parent separation/divorce, academic stress, bullying, anxiety, depression and alcohol/drugs can be overwhelming.

Over four decades ago, a group of concerned citizens came together to help our Pittsford youth cope with these difficult issues. Their efforts continue today through the programs offered by Pittsford Youth Services. PYS is an integral part of the Pittsford community, providing affordable, confidential counseling services to young people and their families to help them navigate through difficult times.

By providing confidential social work services through the public and private Pittsford schools, as well as individual and family counseling at our offices in the Village of Pittsford, our professionally licensed social work staff fill a critical need for our community children and teens.

Jill Lennox

Executive Director of Administration
248-6292
jlennox@pittsfordyouthservices.org

Jill joined Pittsford Youth Services in August 2013 as Executive Director. She has over 25 years of volunteer experience in the community, having served as President of the Junior League of Rochester, a six year member of the Pittsford School District Board of Education, Vice President and Fundraising Chair of Pittsford Crew, and Coordinator of the Pittsford Youth Court. Jill received her J.D. from Albany Law School and previously worked as a general practice attorney.

Loraine Young, LCSW-R

Executive Clinical Director
Social Worker
Family Counseling
248-6203
lyoung@pittsfordyouthservices.org

Loraine joined PYS in January 2002, and became the Executive Clinical Director in 2014. She is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW-R). In addition to her supervision duties, she provides individual and family counseling in the PYS office. Loraine received her master’s in social work from Adelphi University and has been a licensed social worker since 1983.

Linda Kremens

Administrative Assistant
248-6299
lkremens@pittsfordyouthservices.org

Linda has been with Pittsford Youth Services since 2000 and is responsible for the office operations, including financial reporting and recordkeeping, as well as Pittsford Youth Services special events.

Allison DeMay-Byron, LMSW

Social Worker

adbyron@pittsfordyouthservices.org

Allison joined PYS in 2005 after many years in the field dedicating her practice to working with children and families. While at PYS, she spent ten years providing special education services to children and families in the elementary schools. More recently, Allison developed and co-founded Camp Heartstrings, a grief and loss camp for children in the greater Rochester area. Allison continues to develop additional services to better support children as they grieve the loss of a special person.

Tracy Haelen, LMSW

Social Worker

Calkins Road Middle School
Tracy_Haelen@pittsford.monroe.edu

Tracy joined PYS in 2014 and provides social work services to Calkins Road Middle School, and offers individual and family counseling in the PYS office. She received her master’s in social work from Nazareth/State University of New York College at Brockport in 2006. She has been a practicing licensed social worker (LMSW) since 2006.

Deborah Haen, LMSW

Social Worker

Pittsford Mendon and Pittsford Sutherland High Schools
Debbie_Haen@pittsford.monroe.edu

Debbie joined PYS in 2000 and provides social work services to Mendon High School and Sutherland High School.  Debbie is a licensed social worker (LMSW) who received her Master's degree in Social Work from Syracuse University and has been a practicing social worker since 1985.

Bridget Larimer, LMSW

Social Worker

Jefferson and Park Road Elementary Schools
Bridget_Larimer@pittsford.monroe.edu

Bridget joined PYS in January 2016 and provides special education services at Jefferson Road and Park Road Elementary Schools, as well as general social work services at Park Road. She received her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania in 1999 and has been a licensed social worker (LMSW) since 2002.

Suzanne Luce, LMSW

Social Worker

Jefferson and Thornell Road Elementary Schools, and Barker Road Middle School
Suzanne_Luce@pittsford.monroe.edu

Suzanne, a licensed Social Worker, joined PYS in 2003 and provides social work services to Jefferson Road, Thornell Road, and Barker Road schools. She has over 28 years of experience working with youth and families and brings her expertise with those populations to her role at PYS and PCSD. Suzanne also co-founded and helps run Camp Heartstrings, a grief camp for children that PYS is proud to be a part of.

Bree Scribner, LCSW

Social Worker

Sutherland High School
Bree_Scribner@pittsford.monroe.edu

Bree joined PYS in 2016 and provides social work services to Sutherland high School. She received her Master’s degree in social work from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She has been a practicing licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) since 2004.

Jessica Serencsa, LMSW

Social Worker

Allen Creek and Mendon Center Elementary Schools, St. Louis School, Special Education Services at Thornell Elementary
Jessica_Serencsa@pittsford.monroe.edu

Jessica joined PYS in 2014 and provides social work services to Allen Creek Elementary, Mendon Center Elementary, and St. Louis School. In addition, she provides special education services to Thornell Elementary School. She received her Master’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and has been a practicing licensed social worker (LMSW) since 2006.

Our Partners

Our partners share our mission and vision of building a community where every child feels valued and empowered. They provide additional information and resources. Click on the icon to visit each site.

Become A Partner

To learn more about partnering with PYS, please contact us at info@pittsfordyouthservices.org

 

Pittsford School District Village of Pittsford National Alliance for Grieving Children Town of Pittsford

Jill Harter Lennox
Executive Director of Administration

Loraine Young, LCSW-R
Executive Clinical Director

Linda Kremens
Administrative Assistant

Social Work Staff

Allison Demay-Byron, LMSW
Deborah Haen, LMSW
Tracy Haelen, LMSW
Bridget Larimer, LMSW
Suzanne Luce, LMSW
Bree Scribner, LCSW
Jessica Serencsa, LMSW
Loraine Young, LCSW-R

Board Of Directors

John Weymann
President

Jennifer Macpherson, MD
Vice President

David Berkebile
Treasurer

Laura Wilson, Esq.
Secretary

Helen Bartos
Lenora Ciccone
Sareer Fazili, Esq.
Rosalind Fields
Laura Hefner
Linda Kelly, Esq.
Megan Schlageter

Youth Advisory Board

Carly Aroesty
Abby Aroesty
Jessi Dirksen

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