About Us

Our mission is to turn athletes into student-athletes.

We support approximately 200 high school athletes at three high schools in Westchester County, New York.

Our efforts are volunteer-driven. Our 65 adult volunteers offer reading and vocabulary programs, homework help, and Regents prep, SAT/ACT prep courses, and assistance with the demanding college and financial aid application process. We currently work at three  Westchester County high schools; Mount Vernon, Woodlands (Hartsdale, NY) and Gorton (Yonkers, NY).

Many of the students we serve are on Federal free lunch or otherwise qualify as economically disadvantaged.

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.

 Click here for our list of 2021 acceptances.


Suzannne McCannExecutive Director suzanne@destinationcollegeny.org

Linda D’ArcyDirector College Access/Rentention linda@destinationcollegeny.org

Board of Directors

Executive Board

Nancy McKenna

Dr. Emily Kirschenbaum
Vice Chair

Maureen Barton

Richard Rugani

Board Members

Ronnie Cox
Former Executive Director Mount Vernon Educational Foundation

Chris Cooney

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 Woodlands Program

Dwayne Murray
Director – MV Junior Knights Basketball
Executive Director – Shamoya McKenzie Memorial Fund

Heidi Paul

Clayton Pope

Matthew Smith
Principal – Woodlands High School, Hartsdale, NY

Donna Wemple
Volunteer – MV Boys Basketball