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Rochester Education Foundation:  Because every child deserves a great education.


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

Sara Connor, Program Administrator

Joan Gerrity, Special Projects


Board of Directors


     Diane Caselli


      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
The Lifestime Healthcare Companies, Rochester Region
Anthony Green, Secretary
Deputy to the Provost, University of Rochester
Laurie Haelen, Treasurer
Senior Vice President, Investment Officer, Wealth Strategies Group, Canandaigua National Bank & Trust Co.
Susan Kaufmann, Chair
Consultant and Retired RCSD Administrator
Sara M. Kelly, Ph.D.
Director, Residential Life/Learning Communities & Student Conduct, The College at Brockport, SUNY
Joseph M. Levy
Xerox Corporation
Marsheé Love
Employment Specialist
Monroe County Department of Human Services
Kimberley 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
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
George Tsanis
Vice President and Senior Bank Manager, East Winton
M&T Bank

       Mark D. Wagner

       Director, provider reimbursement operations

       Excellus BlueCross BlueShield

Advisory Council

Don Bergmann
Advisor and Former Chairman
Bergmann Associates
Dan Burns
Rochester President
M&T Bank
Walter Cooper, Ph.D
Retired Kodak scientist
Former New York State Board of Regents member
Jennifer Leonard
President and Executive Director
Rochester Area Community Foundation


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