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, Administrative Assistant
- Shavae Lewis, Community Engagement Specialist
- Joan Gerrity, Special Projects
Board of Directors
Todd Allen // Retired
Diane Caselli // Attorney, University of Rochester
Edward Cavalier // Retired Principal RCSD/Former CEO, Charter School
Julie Cook // Attorney and Compliance Specialist, Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.
Judith Dumitru // Assistant Director, Financial Aid and Scholarships, Rochester Institute of Technology
Lori Florack // Director of Talent Management and Administration, Excellus BCBS
Anthony Green (Board Secretary) // Deputy to the Provost, University of Rochester
Laurie Haelen (Board Treasurer) // Senior Vice President, Investment Officer, Wealth Strategies Group, Canandaigua National Bank & Trust Co.
Sara M. Kelly, Ph.D. // Interim Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, The College at Brockport, SUNY
Joseph M. Levy // Retired, Xerox Corporation
Kimberly McKinsey-Mabry, Ed.D. // Dean, Business and Community Engagement, Monroe Community College
Diane Miller // Vice President, Marketing/Member Services, Advantage Federal Credit Union
Robert R. Neale. (Vice-Chair) // Howard Hanna Real Estate Services
George Tsanis // Vice President and Senior Bank Manager, East Winton M&T Bank
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
Barbara Deane-Williams // Superintendent, RCSD
Jennifer Leonard // President and CEO, Rochester Area Community Foundation