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

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    Simeon Banister
    President & CEO

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

    Read more about Simeon

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    Iris Bieri
    Chief of Staff

    Email Iris or call 585.341.4375 with inquiries for the Office of the President, Board of Directors, and special projects.

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    Cameron Caputi
    Director of Community and Foundation Analytics

    Email Cameron or call 585.341.4407 for data and analysis for the Community Foundation and the region.

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    Coralis Laboy
    Executive Assistant

    Email Coralis or call 585.341.4333 to schedule an appointment with Simeon Banister or for information about the Foundation.

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    Teresa Stewart
    Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Human Resources Associate

    Email Teresa or call 585.341.4340 about the Community Foundation’s initiatives to attract, hire, and maintain a diverse workplace.

    Community Programs

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    Erin Budd Barry
    Vice President, Community Programs

    Email Erin or call 585.341.4390 with questions about the Foundation’s community leadership activities and grant opportunities.

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    Morgan Bajish
    Operations Associate

    Email Morgan or call 585.341.4374 with questions about your grant application or our grantmaking process.

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    Sara Bukowiec
    Senior Program Officer

    Email Sara or call 585.341.4371 with questions related to grant opportunities through geographic affiliates and advisory committees.

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    Annette Jiménez Gleason
    Senior Program Officer, Vitality

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

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    Sarah Johnston
    Scholarship Program Officer

    Email Sarah or call 585.341.4357 with questions about scholarships.

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    Berta Rivera
    Director of Community Programs

    Email Berta or call 585.341.4365 with questions about competitive grantmaking for community impact.

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    Nikia Washington
    Program Officer, Equity

    Email Nikia or call 585.341.4376 with questions about grant opportunities in education, race and ethnicity, and poverty.

    Finance, HR and Administration

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    Amy Vars
    Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

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

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    Susan Clements
    Finance Manager

    Email Susan or call 585.341.4354 with audit confirmation requests.

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    Kelly Fose
    Senior Finance Manager

    Email Kelly or call 585.341.4391 with questions about accounting.

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    Jeffrey Hand
    Senior Systems Administration Officer

    Email Jeffrey or call 585.341.4341 if you encounter problems with the Foundation’s email or phone system.

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    Karen Koons
    Senior Director, Finance

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

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    Patricia Peters
    Gift Associate

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

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    Nicole Scarborough
    Senior Finance Manager

    Email Nicole or call 585.341.4374 with questions about investments.

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    Keisha Sheppard
    Finance Associate

    Email Keisha or call 585.341.4356 with questions about accounts payable.

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    Ronisha Williams
    Office and Building Administrator

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

    Marketing and Communications

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    Sarah Viggiani
    Interim Vice President Marketing & Communications

    Email Sarah or call 585.341.4334 for questions or suggestions about our website, social media channels & media requests.

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    Donna Ritchie
    Communications Officer, Events

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

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    Sarah Studwell
    Communications Officer

    Email Sarah or call 585.341.4368 with questions or suggestions for stories, interviews, and publications.

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    Rachel R. Wyche
    Communications Associate and Graphic Designer

    Email Rachel or call 585.341.4346 to request a logo or with questions about our invitations or sponsorship ads.

    Community Foundation Initiatives

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    ACT Rochester

    Megan Norris, PhD
    Executive Director

    Email Megan or call 585.341.4361 with questions about data compiled on key indicators of our region’s well-being.

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    Greater Rochester Afterschool & Summer Alliance (GRASA)

    Raegena Lawrence
    Executive Director

    Email Raegena or call 585.505.6178 for questions or ideas with strategic planning and partnership in the Out-of-School Time (OST) system.

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    Monroe County Aging Alliance

    Patricia Campbell
    Co-Director of this joint initiative of the Community Foundation and United Way of Greater Rochester and the Finger Lakes

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

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    Rochester Procurement Equity Project

    Patricia Marcaida

    Email Patricia or call 585.341.4402 with questions about equity in business purchasing.

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    Rochester ENergy Efficiency and Weatherization (RENEW)

    Elizabeth McDade
    Program Director

    Email Elizabeth or call 585.341.4362 with questions about opportunities to help income-eligible homeowners increase energy efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and eliminate safety hazards in their homes.

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    Rochester’s Child

    Tyana Velazquez-Smith, PhD
    Director, Early Childhood

    Email Tyana or call 585.341.4413 with questions about strategic impact for early childhood and education within the region.

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    Madison Esposito
    Program Administrator

    Email Madison or call 585.341.4348 with questions regarding ACT Rochester, GRASA, and RENEW.

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.

Vice President, Marketing and Communications

Looking for a leader to drive marketing and communications strategies, foster diverse audience engagement, and amplify our impact in the community. This role involves collaborating with key partners, utilizing technology and overseeing content creation to elevate the Foundation’s mission for a more equitable and vital region. For more information, click here.

Digital Content Creator (Full-Time Temporary)

We are looking for an experienced digital media storyteller to continue elevating our digital presence. For more information, click here.

Rochester Area Community Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values a diverse workforce. In addition, we are proud to join the fair wage movement as a Level Up Champion.