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Volunteer Leaders

Volunteer Leaders

Leadership Rochester’s programs are designed by committees of  LR Alumni who volunteer their time and expertise to help lead the program and organization.  Please contact us to become involved:

Marketing & Recruitment Committee

Focuses on the implementation of marketing plan and helps oversee the  recruitment of new class members, ensuring that class participants represent a cross section of the community. Committee members also work with the board and staff to coordinate any marketing campaign(s).

Board Steering Leaders:  Scott Hendler & Matthew Wagstaff (Co-Chairs)

Members: Lauren Gallina, Justin Copie, Herb Escher, Dep. Chief LaRon Singletary, Jonathan Ntheketha

Fundraising and Recruitment Committee

Recommends and implements fundraising strategies. It works with board members on the organization’s program plans and the resources needed to realize those plans.It also plays a strong role in development.

Board Steering Leaders:  Paul Stella (Chair), Cynthia Gray

Members: Susan Sullivan

Program Planning Committees (Multiple Opportunities)

An integral part of the Leadership Rochester program, the program planning committee is lead by the Executive Director and leaders of the Board of Directors. Each program day planning sub-committee is made up of volunteer members of the subcommittees who design each program day.

Board Steering Leaders: Darren Miller (Chair),  Maria Cristalli, Andrew Brady.

LR Retreat Planning Committee

             Gwen Van Laeken Executive Director
             Joan Roby-Davison LR010
             Skip Helfrich, Human Energies Inc.

Get Grounded Day (October)

             Cynthia Pacia, Hochstein 
             Keri Neathawk, Mary Cariola 
             Kathi Lynch, Common Ground Health
             Collin Van Laeken, AMR

Who Takes Care of Whom Day (November)

             Don Armstrong, Hillside Family of Agencies
             Lawana Jones, Autism Council
             Ryan McIntosth, Coordinated Care Services Inc (CCSI)
             Greg Reynolds, Hillside Family of Agencies

Education Day (December)

             Nydia Padilla Rodriguez, Rochester City School District
             Scott Robinson, Rochester City School District
             Heath Boice-Pardee Ed.D., Rochester Institute of Technology
             Wanda Cooper, Hillside Work Scholarship Connection
             Shawanda Evans, Monroe Community College
             Mairead Hartman, University of Rochester Kathi Lynch, Common Ground Health

Building Common Ground Day (January)

             Kesha Carter, CDO, Coordinated Care Services Inc.
             Sady Fischer, Excellus BlueCross BlueShild
             Annette Ramos, Latina Storytellers
             Nancy Shelton, Coordinated Care Services Inc.
             Terry Youmans, Church of Love Faith Center / UR

Healthcare Day (February) 

             Jennifer Baker, Greater Rochester Health Foundation
             Molly Coria, Lifetime Care
             Shandell McCoulough, Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield
             Shaquanna Divers, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield
             Tim Perrotta, Five Star Bank
             Nick Messoloras, MVP Healthcare
             Cynthia Gray, RIT RRH Alliance

Justice for All Day (March)

             Steve Cusenz, Deputy Director, 911 Emerging Communications Center
             Mary Duprey, Retired 
             Sergeant Gabriel Person, Rochester Police Department
             Commander Fabian Rivera, Rochester Police Department
             Deputy Chief LaRon Singletary, Rochester Police Department
             Jennifer Sommers, Deputy Director, NYS Attorney General

Economic Development Day (April)

             Andrew Brady, XLR8 Team
             Lauren Gallina, Gallinda Development
             Jennifer Hinton, RIT MAGIC Center
             Scott Hendler, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield
             Joseph Stefko, Center for Governmental Research


**Ad hoc committees of the Board include the Finance (Audit) Committee and

Board Nominations Committee.