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Staff

The Community Foundation looks forward to hearing from you. 

If you are interested in applying for funding, please visit our Grants or Scholarships sections. For details about open positions at the Foundation, please see our Employment page.

There are many ways to connect:

EMAIL
Grants: grants@racf.org
Scholarships: scholarships@racf.org
Donations or Funds: advancement@racf.org
Press/Media: communications@racf.org
General: racf@racf.org

PHONE
585.271.4100

FAX
585.271.4292

MAIL
Rochester Area Community Foundation
500 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607

ONLINE
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To email or call a specific staff member, please visit our staff directory.


The Community Foundation staff is composed of individuals who combine professional expertise with a love of living and working in the Rochester area. Use the links just below to jump to a specific team section.


Office of the President


Jennifer Leonard
President & CEO

Email Jennifer or call 585.271.4277 to initiate contact with the Community Foundation.

Jennifer has led the Community Foundation since 1993; since then, the Foundation has grown more than six-fold. Before moving to Rochester, Jennifer served as a national writer and consultant in philanthropy and as vice president of the California Community Foundation in Los Angeles. Read more about Jennifer »

Norma Galloway
Executive Assistant to the President & CEO

Email Norma or call her at 585.271.4277 to schedule an appointment with Jennifer Leonard or for information about the Foundation.

 


Communications


Mary Holleran
Senior Vice President, Communications

Email Mary or call 585.341.4351 for media inquiries or questions about any of our publications.

 

Julie Johnson
Communications Officer

Email Julie or call 585.341.4353 for any questions or suggestions regarding our website or to request a logo.

 

Donna Ritchie
Event Administrator

Email Donna or call 585.341.4364 with questions about Community Foundation events.


Community Programs


Simeon Banister
Vice President, Community Programs

Email Simeon or call him at 585.341.4369 with questions about the Foundation’s community leadership activities and grant opportunities.

 

Lori Banning
Scholarship and Grants Associate

Email Lori or call her at 585.341.4357 with questions about scholarships or grantmaking related to Wayne County or the John F. Wegman Fund.

 

Sara Bukowiec
Program Associate

Email Sara or call her at 585.341.4371 with questions related to grant opportunities through giving circles, advisory committees, and supporting foundations.

 

Patricia Campbell
Senior Director, Community Programs

Email Pat or call her at 585.341.4355 with questions about grant opportunities in the areas of successful aging, health, and basic needs.

 

Maya Crane
Program Officer, Equity

Email Maya or call her at 585.341.4368 with questions about grant opportunities in education, race and ethnicity, and poverty.

 

Annette Jiménez Gleason
Program Officer, Vitality

Email Annette or call her at 585.341.4372 with questions about grant opportunities in arts and culture, historical preservation, and successful aging.

 

Karen Schwartzman
Program Administrator

Email Karen or call her at 585.341.4348 with general questions about the competitive grantmaking process or to be connected to a topic expert on staff.


Finance, HR and Administration


Amy S. Vars, CPA
Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Email Amy or call her at 585.341.4380 with questions regarding fund balances or investments.

 

Susan M. Clements
Senior Accounting Associate

Email Sue or call her at 585.341.4354 with audit confirmation requests.

 

 

Marlene Cole
Receptionist and Senior Administrative Assistant

Email Marlene or call her at 585.341.4333 to put you in touch with the appropriate staff member who can best answer your questions and for general information about the Community Foundation.

 

Kelly Fose
Finance Manager

Email Kelly or call her at 585.341.4391 with questions about your quarterly fund statement.

 

Jeffrey J. Hand
Systems Administration Officer

Email Jeff or call him at 585.341.4341 if you encounter problems with the Foundation's email or phone system.

 

Karen Koons
Senior Director, Finance

Email Karen or call her at 585.341.4342 with questions about the audited financial statements or 990s.

 

Patricia Peters
Gift Administrator

Email Patty or call her at 585.341.4370 with questions about gifts to the Foundation or if you have a problem with an online donation.

 

Teresa Sheffield
Financial Services and HR Associate

Email Teresa or call her at 585.341.4340 with questions about accounts payable.

 

Ronisha Williams
Office and Building Assistant

Email Ronisha or call her at 585.341.4347 with questions about our property at 500 East Avenue.

 


Philanthropic Engagement


Lauri Van Hise
Interim Vice President, Philanthropic Engagement and Senior Director, Endowment Initiative

Email Lauri or call 585.341.4408 with questions about how endowment best supports our community.

 

Nikia Andrews
Philanthropic Planning Administrator

Email Nikia or call her at 585.341.4389 with questions about our events for professional advisors.

 

Kate Baker
Philanthropic Services Officer

Email Kate or call 585.341.4337 to ask questions about an existing Donor Advised Fund or for help with DonorCentral.

 

Maura Monley Baron
Senior Philanthropic Engagement Associate

Email Maura or call 585.341.4407 if you have a question about an established fund or creating a fund.

 

Mary Hartstein
Philanthropic Services Officer

Email Mary or call 585.341.4352 with questions about an existing Organization Endowment Fund or about establishing an Organization Endowment Fund.
 

Jonathan Hoose
Philanthropic Advisor

Email Jonathan or call 585.341.4363 to discuss a new gift, the various fund options available, and fund opportunities across the outer counties.

 

Kayleigh Shamp
Philanthropic Services Administrator

Email Kayleigh or call 585.341.4331 with questions about our Community Sponsors annual campaign, making a grant from your Charitable Checking AccountSM, or to update your contact information.
 

Kayleigh Rae Stampfler, CFRE
Senior Philanthropic Advisor

Email Kayleigh or call 585.341.4409 to discuss a new gift or the various fund options available.

 


Community Foundation Initiatives


ACT Rochester
Ann Johnson, Executive Director

Email Ann or call her at 585.341.4361 with questions about data compiled by ACT Rochester on key indicators of our region's well-being.

 


ACT Rochester
Yahaira Hayle-Laboy, Program Administrator

Email Yahaira or call her at 585.341.4365 with general questions about ACT Rochester.

 

Greater Rochester After-School Alliance (GRASA)
Christina Dandino, Director

Email Chris or call her at 585.739.9853 with questions about out-of-school-time programs in Monroe County.

 

Greater Rochester After-School Alliance (GRASA)
Carla Stough Huffman, Coordinator of Professional Development and OST Program Quality

Email Carla or call her at 585.747.8715 with questions about out-of-school-time programs in Monroe County.


Quad A for Kids
Vincent Alexander, Interim Executive Director

Email Vincent or call him at 585.341.4402 with questions about Quad A's after-school programs.
 

 

Rochester Safe and Efficient Homes Initiative
Elizabeth McDade, Program Coordinator

Email Elizabeth or call her at 585.341.4362 with questions about grant opportunities to help low-income residents in the City of Rochester eliminate safety hazards and increase efficiency in their homes.

 

Rochester's Child
Nancy Kaplan, Coordinator

Email Nancy or call her at 585.341.4411 with questions about grant opportunities in early childhood and education.

 

At various times, Rochester Area Community Foundation offers career opportunities in the areas of administration, communications, fundraising, finance, grantmaking, and philanthropic engagement. The Community Foundation also is engaged in a variety of partnerships that occasionally create new positions. 

At this time, we have no job openings. 

Rochester Area Community Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

PHONE 585.271.4100 | FAX 585.271.4292 | racf@racf.org
500 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607

PHONE 585.271.4100 | FAX 585.271.4292 | info@racf.org
500 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607

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An initiative of the Community Foundation, ACT Rochester uses data to assess our region on key indicators of well-being.