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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.


George Tsanis, Board Chair

Susan Kaufmann, Vice Chair
Robert Neale, Secretary

Anthony Green, Treasurer

Patricia Braus, Executive Director

Jane Lange, Assistant Director

Stuart Hencke, Program Director

Rhaia Hull, Program Assistant

Joan Gerrity, Special Projects

Board of Directors

Ray Mitchell Bullene
Mediator and Retired RCSD teacher
      Julie Cook
Attorney and Compliance Specialist
Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.
      Lori Florack
Manager, Learning and Organizational Development
Anthony Green
Deputy to the Provost, University of Rochester
Laurie Haelen
Senior Vice President, Director of Investment Services
Tompkins Financial Advisors
Susan Kaufmann
Retired RCSD Administrator
Sara M. Kelly, Ph.D.
Director, Residential Life/Learning Communities & Student Conduct, The College at Brockport, SUNY
Elizabeth Konar
Retired Principal, Sutherland High School, Pittsford
Patrice Lancelot
Financial Planner
Preferred Financial Advisors
Joseph M. Levy
General Manager, Chief of Staff, Xerox Engineering
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
Retired, Endries International
George Tsanis
Vice President and Senior Bank Manager, East Winton
M&T Bank

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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