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.
Patricia Braus, Executive Director
Stuart Hencke, Deputy Director
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