Gellenia Smallwood

Gellenia Smallwood

Parent Center Director

Gellenia earned a Bachelors degree in communications from Canisius College, with a minor in women studies and child, family, and community studies, and a particular focus on education. She is a graduate of a Buffalo Public High School.

Gellenia brings with her a wealth of skills and knowledge she gained from her experiences in non-profit work, early-childhood education, foster care and adoption and student programing.

Prior to joining Say Yes Buffalo, Gellenia was a counselor with the Canisius College Academic Talent Search Program. As a counselor she provided college access programing, social and academic advisement to students in grades 6th-12th.

In her current role, Gellenia works along side the Say Yes Buffalo scholarship director to articulate the goals and mission for Say Yes to Education in Buffalo of increasing the number of Buffalo Public and Charter school students attending post-secondary education. As the scholarship coordinator some of Gellenia’s responsibilities include monitoring student academic progress, communication with SUNY/CUNY and private partner colleges, one on one college counseling and advisement to students and families, and supporting school based teams in creating a college going culture.

In her spare time, Gellenia enjoys working with young ladies and gentleman as an etiquette consultant. She has volunteered her time working with teen parents in transitional homes and as a coach for inner-city cheerleading teams.

Contact Gellenia at gsmallwood@sayyesbuffalo.org or 716-247-5310 ext. 212.

Leadership Team

David Rust is the Executive Director of Say Yes Buffalo.

Tanya Staples is the Senior Director of Community Schools.

Betsy Behrend is the Senior Director for Operations and Communications at Say Yes to Education, Buffalo.

Collin Gehl is the Talent Acquisition and Development Manager with Child & Family Services / Say Yes to Education Buffalo.

Tommy McClam is the Director of the Boys and Men of Color Initiative at Say Yes to Education, Buffalo.

Daphne Ross is the Senior Director for College Success and Communications at Say Yes Buffalo.

Gellenia Smallwood is the Parent Center Director at Say Yes Buffalo.

Emily Wyckoff is the Senior Director for Development and Strategic Partnership at Say Yes Buffalo.

Our Team

Christopher J. Lee is Data Director serving in a joint position with Say Yes Buffalo and Buffalo Public Schools

Jamil Crews is Digital Communications Manager.

Daun Nicholas is the Community Schools Northeast and South Zone Leader.

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