Board and Staff

Board of Directors

Lauren Gallina Payne

Lauren Gallina Payne

Chair / Marketing & Recruitment Committee

Marketing Director, Gallina Development Corp.
LR Alumna, 2015

The most valuable part of my LR experience:
Exploring our community with an incredible group of professionals that became good friends.

Anne Wilder

Anne Wilder

Vice Chair / Marketing & Fundraising Committee

President Coordinated Care Services Inc.
LR Alumna, 2004

Scott Pittinaro

Scott Pittinaro

Treasurer, Finance Committee

Senior Vice President, Tompkins Community Bank

Veronica Dasher

Veronica Dasher

Fundraising & Development Committee Chair

Regional Manager of Government and Community Relations, NYSEG and RG&E Avangrid 
LR Alumna, 2017

“The only freedom which deserves the name is that of pursuing our own good, in our own way, so long as we do not attempt to deprive others of theirs, or impede their efforts to obtain it.” – John Stuart Mill

 

Rick DeJesus Rueff Ed.D.

Rick DeJesus Rueff Ed.D.

Educational Programs Steering Committee Co-Chair

Vice President Student Affairs and Diversity Initiatives (Retired)

St John Fisher College
LR Alum, 2005

Jennifer Hinton

Jennifer Hinton

Fundraising & Development Committees

Associate Director, MAGIC Center, Rochester Institute of Technology
LR Alumna, 20016

Candice Lucas Ed.D.

Candice Lucas Ed.D.

Educational Programs Steering Committee

Chief Community Engagement Officer, Monroe County
LR Alum, 2010    

Darren Miller Esq.

Darren Miller Esq.

Educational Programs Steering Committee Co-Chair

Partner, Nixon Peabody, LLP
LR Alum, 2014

“You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.” –Woodrow Wilson

The most valuable part of my LR experience:
Being exposed to aspects of Rochester that I had previously not encountered.

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Liliana Ruiz

Liliana Ruiz

Director of Special Projects ,Mayor Malik Evan’s Office, City of Rochester
LR Alum, 2019

Susan Sullivan

Susan Sullivan

Chair, Fundriasing Committee

Instructor Business and Marketing, Roberts Wesleyan College
LR Alumna, 2004

The most memorable outcome of my LR experience.
The most memorable outcome from my Leadership Rochester experience continues to be the network of incredibly generous, innovative, inspirational colleagues who continue their influence today as friends and mentors.

Kyle Banks

Kyle Banks

Fundraising & Development Committee

Senior Economic Analyst, AVANTGRID (NYSEG RGE)
LR Alum, 2016

Matthew Wagstaff

Matthew Wagstaff

Marketing & Recruitment Committee Chair

Manager, Retail Market Sales – New Sales Channels Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield
LR Alum, 2014 “The most humble class”

“Live long and prosper” ~ Personal Mantra

The most valuable part of my LR experience:
The genuine relationships that were developed and maintained over the years.

Michael Yudelson

Michael Yudelson

Educational Programs Steering Committee

Monroe County Legislator & Executive Director Temple B’rith Kodesh
LR Alum, 2003

Our Staff

Gwen Van Laeken

Gwen Van Laeken

Executive Director

Proud LR 2015 Alumna (she/her)

“A tree has roots in the soil yet reaches to the sky. It tells us that in order to aspire we need to be grounded and that no matter how high we go it is from our roots that we draw sustenance. It is a reminder to all of us who have had success that we cannot forget where we came from. It signifies that no matter how powerful we become in government or how many awards we receive, our power and strength and our ability to reach our goals depend on the people, those whose work remain unseen, who are the soil out of which we grow, the shoulders on which we stand”

― Wangari Maathai, Nobel Prize Winner, Biography Unbowed

 

Trevor Massett

Trevor Massett

Programs Coordinator

“There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear. We speak, we write, we do language. That is how civilizations heal” – Toni Morrison.

Christopher Ravi Smith

Christopher Ravi Smith

Manager of Youth Programs

Truly engaged in connecting and strengthening our community through youth development.

Joan Roby-Davison

Joan Roby-Davison

Long Term Volunteer and Consultant

Committed Longtime Alumni Volunteer 

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