About Us

Our mission is to take the drive, dedication and ambition exhibited by high school athletes and channel these qualities into the academic realm.

Through our core of volunteer academic coaches, we offer reading programs, homework help and Regents prep, SAT/ACT prep courses, and assistance with the arduous college and financial aid application process. We currently work at three underserved Westchester County high schools – Mount Vernon, Woodlands (Hartsdale, NY) and Gorton (Yonkers, NY). 

Our objective is to ensure that all the student-athletes in our program, regardless of athletic ability, get accepted to a college best suited to their educational needs and financial circumstances.

Destination: College students have an impressive list of colleges they have attended over the years.


Suzanne McCann Executive Director

Linda D’Arcy Director of College Access and Retention

Board of Directors

Nancy McKenna

Dr. Emily Kirschenbaum
Vice Chair

Fern Watters
Vice Chair

Maureen Barton

Richard Rugani

Other Directors

Ronnie Cox
Executive Director – Mount Vernon Educational Foundation

Dwayne Murray
Director – Mount Vernon Junior Knights Basketball Program
Executive Director – Shamoya McKenzie Memorial Fund


Daniel DeMatteo
Teacher, Gorton High School, Yonkers, NY
Head Varsity Football Coach, Yonkers Force

Joan Henle
Volunteer – MV Boys Basketball

Ann Jackson

Vera Kiernan
Volunteer – Woodlands Football

Tracy McVey
Head of College Counseling

Heidi Paul

Brian Pritchett
Assistant Principal – Graham Elementary School, Mount Vernon, NY

Matthew Smith
Principal – Woodlands High School, Hartsdale, NY

Donna Wemple
Volunteer – MV Boys Basketball