Rochester Education Foundation is focused on raising resources to help city school students succeed. We are independent and non-partisan. We also are legally and functionally independent of the Rochester City School District. REF is a 501(c)(3) corporation; all contributions are tax deductible to the full extent provided by law.
REF is governed by a board of directors drawn from the community, and advised by an Advisory Council. Day-to-day activities of the organization are overseen by the Executive Director.
Stuart Hencke, Executive Director
Patricia Braus, Director of Policy & Strategy
Taylor Cook, Operations Manager
Shavae Lewis, Community Engagement Specialist
Joan Gerrity, Special Projects
Board of Directors
Todd Allen // Retired
Cheri Ancello // Retired, Xerox Corporation
Christine Casalinuovo-Adams //Associate Vice President, Enrollment Management, Monroe Community College
Diane Caselli // Attorney, University of Rochester
Edward Cavalier // Retired Principal RCSD/Former CEO, Charter School
Julie Cook (Vice-Chair)// Attorney and Compliance Specialist, Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.
Katherine Dexter//Realtor, Howard Hanna Real Estate Services
Lori Florack // Director of Talent Management and Administration, Excellus BCBS
Fernando Garrido-Ferrari // Program Manager: Central America/Latin America Region Communications Systems, Harris Corporation
Anthony Green // Deputy to the Provost, University of Rochester
Laurie Haelen // Senior Vice President, Investment Officer, Wealth Strategies Group, Canandaigua National Bank & Trust Co.
Marty Jacobson // Relationship Manager, Advantage Federal Credit Union
Sara M. Kelly, Ph.D. (Board Secretary) // Interim Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, The College at Brockport, SUNY
Joseph M. Levy (Board Treasurer)// Retired, Xerox Corporation
Robert R. Neale. (Chair) // Howard Hanna Real Estate Services
Deidre Strutz // Assistant Director of Financial Aid, The College at Brockport, SUNY
Mark D. Wagner // Director, Provider Reimbursement Operations, Excellus BCBS
Dan Burns // Rochester President, M&T Bank
Walter Cooper, Ph.D // Retired Kodak scientist, former New York State Board of Regents member, community activist
Jennifer Leonard // President and CEO, Rochester Area Community Foundation