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2010 Forty Under 40 inductees

Rochester Business Journal
November 5, 2010

Wanda Acevedo
Director of programs
Wilson Commencement Park
Age: 38
Education: Attended Empire State College
Family: Daughter, 20; son, 17
Residence: Rochester
Professional responsibilities: Manages all aspects of a $2 million housing operation and residential program. Provides direction and leadership for the agency's family support services programs, housing, campus security and facilities. Represents the agency on local, regional and national committees regarding homeless and housing issues.

Community leadership: Member of the board of directors, Huther-Doyle Memorial Institute Inc.; chairwoman of the National Partnership Advancing Transformational Housing; steering committee member, Homeless Services Network.

Surprising fact: I don't like bananas. Just the smell of a banana makes me sick.

Ten years from now: CEO of Wilson Commencement Park, furthering its efforts to provide opportunities for families to become self-sufficient.

Scott Bader

Senior vice president and information security officer

Five Star Bank

Age: 38

Education: B.S., computer information systems, Florida Gulf Coast University

Family: Wife, Julie; two sons, 12 and 6; daughter, 10

Residence: Albion

Professional responsibilities: Offers technology vision and support to the business leaders of Five Star Bank, including the strategic application of technology to best meet the needs of customers and make their banking experience easier. Responsible for corporate network, server-desktop-peripheral infrastructure, database, application development, data processing and telecommunications.

Community leadership: Board member, United Way of Eastern Orleans County; coach, Tri-County Youth Hockey; advisory board member, Paetec Holding Corp.; former member of the computer information systems advisory board, Florida Gulf Coast University; former advisory board member, SmartClixx LLC.

Surprising fact: After high school, I served in the U.S. Marine Corps and had a tour of duty as a member of a counterintelligence team in Somalia.

Ten years from now: Having an enhanced role in the strategic direction of technology while playing a major role in the support of my community. With my loving wife, supporting our children in their growth as young adults, instilling in them the values and work ethic I received from my mother and father.

Jennison Bielemeier

Director of financial development

Heritage Christian Services Inc.

Age: 38

Education: B.A., accounting, Alfred University

Family: Husband, Drew; two daughters, 1 and 2 months

Residence: Webster

Professional responsibilities: Develops proposals for new programs and negotiates funding rates with New York State. Oversees fixed assets and is responsible for financing relationships and cash management. Manages seven limited partnerships including financial reporting, tax credit compliance and audits. Develops programs and resources to assist employees with personal economic development.

Community leadership: Treasurer and Rochester River Challenge Committee member, Cape Ability Outrigger Ohana; site coordinator and tax preparer, CASH Coalition; coach, Heritage Christian Services Special Olympics swim team; graduate, Leadership Rochester; Finance Committee member, Bergen United Methodist Church.

Surprising fact: For a number of years I dabbled in competitive ballroom dancing. My first competition was in Montreal, and I danced to Chaka Khan. I encouraged my husband to learn a rumba for our wedding dance, and he did great!

Ten years from now: Still developing new and innovative ways to provide services to individuals with disabilities and assist our employees in their personal economic growth while trying to be the best mom and wife I can be.

Amy Brisson

Partner, Entrepreneurial Services

DeJoy, Knauf & Blood LLP

Age: 35

Education: B.S., accounting, SUNY College at Geneseo

Family: Husband, Lucien Jr.; son, 13; daughter, 10

Residence: Spencerport

Professional responsibilities: Assists growing enterprises with their financial reporting, tax and other business needs. Directs the entrepreneurial services practice, providing comprehensive services to the owners of small to midsize companies. Recognizes business opportunities and formulates planning strategies to maximize value for clients, as well as budgeting and financial forecasting services.

Community leadership: Member, Accounting Advisory Board, Nazareth College; volunteer business and tax adviser for people on the Gulf Coast, Operation Hope; participant in numerous events with DeJoy, Knauf and Blood, recognized as an Outstanding Corporate Volunteer Group in the 2010 Greater Rochester Awards; member, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants and Rochester chapter of the Construction Financial Management Association.

Surprising fact: I belonged to Law Enforcement Explorers in junior high and thought I wanted to be a police officer when I grew up.

Ten years from now: I see myself continuing to provide quality service to my valued clients, assisting new entrepreneurs with their business goals, and being a mentor to my team at DKB. Goals are important, and I want to be a positive force in helping my clients, my DKB team and my children achieve their goals of today as well as the future.

Gavin Brownlie Jr.


Crosby-Brownlie Inc.

Age: 35

Education: Attended University of Rochester

Family: Wife, Danelle; son, 5; daughter, 3

Residence: Parma

Professional responsibilities: Financial oversight of all business units, risk management, budgeting and forecasting, long-term strategic planning, development of marketing strategies, new business development and the overall direction of all company business units.

Community leadership: Member, board of trustees, Seneca Park Zoo Society, and chairman of Zoobilation, the zoo's largest annual fundraiser; committee member and past chairman, golf outing for the Mary M. Parkes Center for Asthma, Allergy and Pulmonary Care; chairman, golf outing for Mommies for Miracles; former volunteer, Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults program, St. Lawrence Parish; president, Greater Rochester chapter, Construction Financial Management Association; member, board of trustees, Sheet Metal Workers Pension Fund; board member and past president, Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors of Rochester Inc.; board member, Unions and Businesses United in Construction.

Surprising fact: In my spare time I buy, sell, breed and race thoroughbred racehorses. It is a real passion of mine. Luckily my wife and children love being around horses as well.

Ten years from now: Continuing to diversify and grow our family business through hard work and a commitment to our customers, and preparing the next generation to carry on the legacy of the business started by my father, Gavin Sr. Spending more time with my teenage children and helping guide them in their future aspirations.

Chad Buchta


Pactech Packaging LLC

Age: 38

Education: B.S., hotel restaurant and tourism management, University of South Carolina

Family: Wife, Alicia; daughter, 11; son, 8

Residence: Pittsford

Professional responsibilities: Provides leadership to position the company at the forefront of the flexible packaging industry. Develops a strategic plan to advance the company's mission and objectives, increasing revenue, profitability and growth as an organization. Oversees sales, product development activities, cost estimating, business development, project management and capital budgets.

Community leadership: Board member and secretary, Monroe Community Sports Centre Corp.; member, Ralph P. DeStephano Unity Health Foundation Golf Tournament; member, Institute of Professional Packaging; coach for youth hockey.

Surprising fact: In asking my children to share a surprising fact about their father, the consensus was that I am 38 and have gray hair. Won't they be surprised when they realize their response may have limited ice cream for their immediate future?

Ten years from now: I look forward to guiding Pactech through continued growth while maintaining balance in my faith, family and community activities.

Melisza Campos

Vice president, instruction and operations

Dale Carnegie Training

Age: 31

Education: B.A., Spanish, SUNY College at Geneseo

Family: Husband, David; son, 17 months

Residence: Rochester

Professional responsibilities: As a master trainer for Dale Carnegie (among the top 2 percent worldwide), delivers programs locally and across the country, innovates solutions for organizations, trains and assesses potential Dale Carnegie trainers for franchises across the country, trains and maintains a high-quality local trainer team-ranked 19th in the world last year. Manages operations of the local franchise.

Community leadership: Vice president of the Board of Education, chairwoman of its Governance and Development Committee and the district Wellness Committee, Rochester City School District; member, steering committee, ACT Rochester; member, Latino education task force, Ibero-American Action League.

Surprising fact: My son, Rafael, has bright blond hair and blue eyes. I am asked daily where it comes from.

Ten years from now: I will be at a new level in my career that is rewarding for me and growing those around me. Giving back to the community and making Rochester better through my involvement. Raising a happy family that knows the importance of leadership, empathy and giving. Still traveling and doing photography.

Twanda Christensen

Marketing manager

Summit Federal Credit Union

Age: 35

Education: B.S., business management, SUNY College at Geneseo

Family: Husband, Benjamin; son, 9; daughter, 6.

Residence: West Irondequoit

Professional responsibilities: Oversees the marketing initiatives for an 18-branch credit union serving three markets, including advertising, public relations, product development, social media and market research efforts.

Community leadership: Executive board member, chairwoman of the Public Relations and Development Committee and member of the Snow Ball committee, Wilson Commencement Park; Communications Council member, Rochester Chapter, Credit Union Association of New York; planning committee member, Every Step Walk, Hunter's Hope Foundation; Summit coordinator for the PJ Round-Up of the Girl Scouts of Western New York; member, Young Professionals Commission, Credit Union Association of New York; graduate, African American Leadership Development Program, United Way of Greater Rochester; member, Rochester Women's Network.

Surprising fact: I seriously considered a career as a marine biologist. Now I channel my passion for the underwater world through annual scuba diving adventures with my husband. I am also looking to become a certified diver.

Ten years from now: Professionally, enjoying my career as part of the credit union movement and continuing to increase overall public awareness of credit unions. Also giving back with my time and resources to organizations that advance the Rochester community. Personally, watching my oldest child head off to college-probably crying.

Andrew Claus

Vice president

Builders Exchange of Rochester

Age: 39

Education: B.A., secondary education, Juniata College, Huntingdon, Pa.; MBA, St. John Fisher College

Family: Two sons, 12 and 6

Residence: Pittsford

Professional responsibilities: Responsible for day-to-day operations at each of the associations managed by the Builders Exchange, including sales growth and product development. Serves as executive director, Design Build Institute of America Upstate New York region; vice president, North East Builders Association; and assistant managing director, Construction Industry Association of Rochester. Liaison and technology adviser to partner associations of and Building Industry Employers of New York State.

Civic leadership: Second vice chairman, board of directors, Arc of Monroe, and former board secretary and representative on planning committees for Center Information Services and the Al Sigl Center; board member and Facilities Committee chairman, Eastside Family YMCA; board member, Mommies for Miracles.

Surprising fact: I ran my first race, the Rochester Half Marathon, in September 2008. Since then I've participated in the New York City Marathon, the Rochester Half, the Walt Disney World half and full and the Century Bike Tour. I'm hooked and would like to qualify for Boston.

Ten years from now: Continuing to offer my support and promote Rochester and the benefits of living, working and raising a family in Upstate New York. I hope to teach my boys that success is realized following a hard day's work and being able to respect yourself for a job well done.

Mike Colyer

President and CEO

VWR Education LLC

Age: 37

Education: B.S., civil engineering, MBA, corporate finance, SUNY Buffalo

Family: Wife, Lisa; son, 11; three daughters, 9, 1, one deceased

Professional responsibilities: Leads a team of people who are passionate about enriching science education for schools across North America through a network of powerful brands, such as Ward's Natural Science, Science Kit, Sargent Welch, Edmunds Scientific and X-treme Geek

Community leadership: Co-founder and chairman of the non-profit Clairebear Foundation, established in memory of daughter Claire to provide financial aid to families caring for sick children far from home; PENCIL partner, North East College Prep School, Rochester City School District; yearly speaker, Victor High School leadership class; member, Young Presidents' Organization

Surprising fact: My mom is from Iceland; I have had the opportunity to visit the country twice and plan to go back soon.

Ten years from now: Expanding the Clairebear Foundation nationwide. Touring Europe with family. Completing a triathlon at each of the Finger Lakes. Sending two successful kids off into the world while still nurturing an 11-year-old at home. Enjoying a quiet night, sipping wine with my wonderful wife.

James D'Anza

Principal law clerk

New York State Court of Claims and Supreme Court

Age: 39

Education: B.A., English, Canisius College; J.D., SUNY Buffalo

Family: Wife, Kasia; three daughters, 6, 5 and 3

Residence: Penfield

Professional responsibilities: Researches and analyzes legal issues for the court. Conducts settlement conferences and serves as a referee for hearings and trials where, depending on the case, liability, contract interpretation, child custody, property distribution and asset division may be at issue.

Community leadership: Board member and "Walking on Sunshine" walk committee chairman, Mary Cariola Children's Center; board member, DePaul Community Services; executive council member and vice president, Rochester District Soccer League; coach, Pittsford Mustangs Soccer Club; mentor, Lawyers for Learning; attorney, Volunteer Services Project of Monroe County; member, Monroe County and New York State bar associations.

Surprising fact: During my senior year in college, on the last day of a science class, I was struggling. I asked my future wife, the prettiest girl in class, if she would help me study for the final exam. She said yes. Not only did I ace the exam, but we have been together ever since.

Ten years from now: Practicing law-learning, writing, counseling, advocating. Staying involved with community organizations and giving back as much as I can. All three of my girls will be teenagers. I will be reluctantly teaching them how to drive and interrogating teenage boys. Hopefully, they will still want me as their soccer coach!

Michael Doody


EFP Rotenberg LLP

Age: 35

Education: B.S., accounting, LeMoyne College

Family: Wife, Renee; two daughters, 6, 4

Residence: Webster

Professional responsibilities: Provides accounting and tax expertise to closely held businesses in high technology, emerging technologies, manufacturing and related industrial fields. Serves as co-chairman of the firm's branding and employee recognition team; is a leader of the firm's emerging technology team and heads the firm's social media committee.

Community leadership: Board member, finance committee member and past ReStore committee member, Flower City Habitat for Humanity; member, Upstate Green Business Network; coach, Webster Soccer Association.

Surprising fact: My wife and I had our first date at our junior prom and have been together ever since.

Ten years from now: Continuing to serve clients of the firm while taking on more of an executive leadership role. Working with my wife to guide our two teenage daughters in the direction of their dreams, and teaching the importance of family and service to others. Running the Rochester Marathon.

Trish Dow

Vice president, national service delivery

Paetec Holding Corp.

Age: 36

Education: B.A., biology and English, Western Connecticut State University; MBA, Simon Graduate School of Business, University of Rochester

Family: Husband, Stephen; two daughters, 9, 7

Residence: Penfield

Professional responsibilities: Directs end-to-end installation process for all customer segments and core products, including the ordering and building of all customer applications and end user billing. Represents the division in merger and acquisition activity, operational support system improvements, as well as process optimization.

Community leadership: Board member, committee member and volunteer for the MS Walk and MS Annual Ball, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Upstate New York Chapter; Brownie Girl Scout troop leader; PTA committee volunteer, Scribner Road Elementary School.

Surprising fact: My husband and I spent the summer after college traveling the United States and camping at many national parks. Soon after that I joined Paetec instead of pursuing a Ph.D. in biology as originally planned, and I never looked back. I was the first customer care representative at Paetec 12 years ago.

Ten years from now: Continuing to learn and grow with Paetec and working with great people who care about our business and our customers. Pursuing further technical training and certifications related to networks and Internet Protocol technology. Devoting more time to leadership development and community service involvement for girls in our area, including my own two daughters. Running a half-marathon for starters!

Adam Fay

Vice president, operations

First American Equipment Finance

Age: 30

Education: B.A., economics, B.A., psychology, University of Rochester

Family: Wife, Betsy

Residence: Henrietta

Professional responsibilities: Responsible for the accuracy and timeliness of all credit, documentation, syndication and funding processes for new originations at First American Equipment Finance, with annual volume in excess of $150 million.

Community leadership: Board member, Development Committee member and former chairman of several special event committees, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Rochester; member, Equipment Leasing and Finance Association; graduate, ELFA Future Leasing Leaders Program; volunteer, state Adopt-A-Highway Program; volunteer, American Heart Association; volunteer, Hurricane Katrina cleanup efforts.

Surprising fact: I have bowled two perfect 300 games.

Ten years from now: My wonderful wife and I just celebrated our first anniversary, so in 10 years I see myself enjoying time and having fun with our future family. (I've always wanted to coach my son's Little League team.) I also see myself finding new ways to give back to the community.

Susan Munn


Vice president/general manager

Entercom Radio

Age: 39

Education: B.S., marketing, B.S., advertising, Syracuse University

Family: Husband, Bill Gauthier; son, 9, twin daughters, 4

Residence: Victor

Professional responsibilities: Runs five stations for Entercom Radio in Rochester-98PXY, 96.5 WCMF, 98.9 The Buzz, 92.5 WBEE and Sportsradio 950 ESPN-in addition to four HD subchannels and five websites. Aims to ensure quality programming and entertainment for listeners and fans and deliver customized plans for clients in radio advertising, Internet marketing and event marketing.

Community leadership: Board member, American Heart Association; marketing committee member, Ronald McDonald House and March of Dimes.

Surprising fact: My grandmother learned to paint at age 60. She became a professional watercolor artist with her own gallery by age 70. I am a self-taught watercolor artist because of her. Someday, when my life gets less busy, I'd like to take lessons and become as good as my grandmother, Alice Munn.

Ten years from now: Having more balance. As a working mom with three kids, I find that spending time on cultivating new friends, doing more charity work, being with my husband and enjoying personal hobbies is a rare luxury now. But in 10 years I want them to be part of my weekly routine.

Peter Glennon

Senior associate

Thomas & Solomon LLP

Age: 36

Education: AAS, Community College of the Air Force; B.S., sociology, Regents College; J.D., Albany Law School, Union University

Family: Wife, Kimberly; twin daughter and son, 3

Residence: Pittsford

Professional responsibilities: Focuses practice on employment law litigation and complex class-action litigation. Presents continuing legal education programs on litigation topics for the business and legal communities. Is active in the American, New York State and Monroe County bar associations, serving on ABA and NYSBA committees. Has authored alternative dispute resolution and litigation-related chapters for an ABA publication annually for the past four years.

Community leadership: Officer, New York Air National Guard, 107th Airlift Wing; co-founder of Honor Flight Rochester Inc., which sponsors no-cost transportation to the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.; director, Albany Law School National Alumni Board; graduate, class of 2010, Leadership Rochester; recognized for pro bono legal services.

Surprising fact: I planned to be an Air Force pilot and was about to begin that training when I decided instead to attend law school.

Ten years from now: I hope to be continuing my legal practice, supporting my wife and her legal practice, and being involved in my children's activities.

Roderick Green

Executive director

Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection

Age: 38

Education: B.A., public administration, North Carolina Central University; M.P.A, SUNY College at Brockport

Family: Wife, Stacey; two daughters, 10, 4; two sons, 8, 1

Residence: Penfield

Professional responsibilities: Provides leadership for $9 million youth development organization serving the Rochester region. Leads all program operations with responsibilities in budgeting, strategic planning, cultivation of new and strengthening of existing stakeholder relationships, performance management, service development and program innovation. Supervises senior leadership team of five and 100 staffers.

Community leadership: Board member, Leadership Rochester Inc.; board member, Rochester Career Mentor Charter School; board member, Mind Body Soul Inc.; member, Health Services Administration Advisory Board, Bryant and Stratton College; member, Monroe County/Rochester Youth Council; graduate, Leadership Rochester; coach, Penfield Youth Football.

Surprising fact: I never imagined that I would be working in the field of youth development. It was something I saw as a detour until I figured out what I really wanted to do in life.

Ten years from now: I still see myself as a passionate advocate for educational opportunities for all youths in our community. I see myself helping my four children navigate through their teenage years as they successfully transition to adulthood and continuing to give back in meaningful ways to the Greater Rochester community, which I love.

Kara Halstead

Director, service excellence; physician liaison

Highland Hospital

Age: 39

Education: B.S., professional and technical communications, M.S., health systems administration, Rochester Institute of Technology

Family: Husband, Greg; stepdaughter, 24; daughter, 13; two sons, 10, 2

Residence: Pittsford

Professional responsibilities: Oversees planning, development and implementation of the Highland service excellence initiative to improve patient and physician satisfaction. Serves as the primary resource and coach for staff, faculty and leadership on all aspects of service excellence. Works closely with private, employed and faculty physicians on the development and execution of strategies to support ease of practice for physicians at Highland.

Community leadership: Board member, Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency; board member, ABVI-Goodwill; co-chairwoman, Monroe County Children's Advisory Committee; parent representative for children with special needs, Pittsford Central School District; member, Greece Youth Hall of Fame

Surprising fact: Before I got married, I spent an entire year sewing all eight of my bridesmaids a quilt. Needless to say, 14 years later, I have never touched a needle and thread again!

Ten years from now: Continuing my pursuit of finding a healthy balance in life between being a supportive and loving mom, achieving my career goals and always finding time to give back to my community.

William Hoy


Harter Secrest & Emery LLP

Age: 38

Education: B.S., biology, Vanderbilt University; J.D., Cornell University

Family: Wife, Alisa Burns Hoy; daughter, 7; two sons, 5, 2

Residence: Brighton

Professional responsibilities: Leads the firm's private equity and venture capital practice group. Focuses practice on mergers and acquisitions, private equity, venture capital and general corporate matters, with particular emphasis on the representation of private equity and venture capital funds.

Community leadership: Co-chairman of a leadership council to raise awareness of the American Lung Association and its mission in Rochester; administrator for the firm's participation in the Cornell University Big Red legal program, through which law students provide affordable, legal services to startup and emerging, growth-oriented businesses.

Surprising fact: I grew up in a small town in Texas where the cows and the tumbleweeds outnumbered the people.

Ten years from now: If I am not enjoying early retirement fly fishing on the Snake River in Idaho, I will be here in Rochester, still trying to break 85 with only three clubs.

Kimberli Johnston

Chief financial officer

People Rebuilding and Living in Dignity Inc.

Age: 37

Education: B.A., accounting, SUNY College at Oswego

Family: Husband, Mike; son, 8; two daughters, 6, 4

Residence: Fairport

Professional responsibilities: Has overall authority for the financial operation of PRALID, budget preparation and administration, auditing and fiscal compliance. Develops monthly and annual financial statements, analyzes business trends and daily operating costs. Supervises the finance department.

Community leadership: Treasurer, board member and finance committee member, Foodlink Inc.; volunteer in a multi-age classroom, Dudley Elementary School, Fairport; member of Season's Childcare PAC.

Surprising fact: I spent a summer during college backpacking through Europe. It was an experience that I will never forget, but the thing that I enjoyed most was coming back to America with a greater appreciation for our country.

Ten years from now: Continuing to work and volunteer in the non-profit arena, where even the accountants can make a difference. Living and loving each day with Mike and our kids, who hopefully want to be with us as much then as they do now. And I would like to have completed a marathon.

Kurt Koczent

Chief administrative officer

FLH Medical P.C.

Age: 37

Education: AAS, nursing, SUNY College of Technology at Alfred; B.S., nursing, M.S., health administration, Roberts Wesleyan College

Residence: Geneva

Family: Wife, Kristen; three sons, 17, 11 and 8; daughter, 10

Professional responsibilities: Responsible for executive oversight of a multi-specialty medical practice: operations, human resources, budgeting, billing, safety and patient satisfaction. Conducts physician recruiting, contract negotiation and performance management. Serves as adjunct professor for Keuka College's nursing program, teaching business planning and leadership.

Community leadership: Board member, Geneva Generals Hockey Organization; board member, Rochester Regional Medical Group Managers Association; member, Medical Group Managers of America and American College of Health Care Executives; coach for youth football and lacrosse for 10 years.

Surprising fact: I grew up in the country. Some of my best memories and profound life lessons were learned while hunting and fishing with my dad. I have been able to enjoy some of that with my oldest son and look forward to enjoying the outdoors in the years to come with all of my children.

Ten years from now: I plan to continue to develop myself personally and professionally. My focus will continue to be on being the best husband, father and leader I can be. I look forward to continuing my education and passing it on to others who have focused their lives on health care.

Jacqueline Hawks Lyttle

Director, product and contract development

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield

Age: 37

Education: B.A., government, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.; MBA, health care and marketing, Simon Graduate School of Business, University of Rochester

Family: Husband, David; son, 8; daughter, 4

Residence: Canandaigua

Professional responsibilities: Responsible for the development of health insurance products for Excellus BlueCross BlueShield. Ensures compliance of health plans with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Leads the development of new products to further encourage members to become more involved in improving their health.

Community leadership: Board member, Happiness House, Finger Lakes Cerebral Palsy Association; parent representative for children with disabilities, state Early Intervention Coordinating Council; Founders' Society member, Happiness House Foundation; lifetime member, F.F. Thompson Hospital Guild; member, Canandaigua Parent, Teacher, Student Association; participant, Excellus BCBS, American Heart Association START! HeartWalk.

Surprising fact: Politics, both local and national, is one of the most fascinating topics. I thoroughly enjoy debating and discussing all kinds of policies. This probably stems from my experience as a legislative assistant in the 104th Congress.

Ten years from now: My husband and I will be busy with two teenagers and their activities in Canandaigua. I expect that I'll continue to be involved in helping to shape the ever-changing landscapes of health care and education in our community.

Michael Margiotta


eHealth Global Technologies Inc.

Age: 39

Education: B.A., pre-law, St. John's University, New York

Family: Wife, Concetta; three sons,

11, 10, 4

Residence: Victor

Professional responsibilities: Responsible for leading eHGT's board of directors, overall business strategy, strategic business development, national accounts and operations. Leads executive team focusing on profit and loss, cash management and business lines, along with ensuring excellent execution and follow-through.

Community leadership: Founder/executive director, Action Against Child Maltreatment; director, Project Exile

Surprising fact: My wife and I met, got engaged, married and built a home within one year of meeting, and after 14 years we are still very happily married.

Ten years from now: I will still be the father of three healthy, wonderful boys, happily married for 24 years and running my charity full time, focused on changing the country's way of dealing with, tracking and removing sexual predators from our neighborhoods.

Kenneth Metz

Vice president, corporate audit services

Bausch & Lomb Inc.

Age: 39

Education: B.S., accounting and finance, Clarkson University

Family: Wife, Colleen; daughter, 9; son, 8

Residence: Fairport

Professional responsibilities: Performs internal audits of Bausch & Lomb's global operations to mitigate risk and identify areas for improvement. Coordinates the company's external audit by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Oversees corporate security and corporate risk management functions. Currently leads the company's enterprise risk management initiative and several other process improvement projects.

Community leadership: Board member, Junior Achievement of Rochester, New York Area Inc.; member, Red Feather Circle and Young Leaders Club, United Way of Greater Rochester Inc.; member, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Institute of Internal Auditors, Institute of Management Accountants

Surprising fact: Most people would not know I have run a marathon, I am a certified scuba diver and I have completed several performance driving courses.

Ten years from now: In a financial leadership position at Bausch & Lomb where I can help the company continue to grow. Getting used to having both our children away at college and becoming more independent. Enjoying time with my wife, family and friends while exploring challenging new things.

Elizabeth Harness Murphy

Manager, corporate communications and public affairs

Bausch & Lomb Inc.

Age: 35

Education: B.A., journalism, B.A., mass communications, University of Iowa

Family: Husband, Derek

Residence: Wheatland

Professional responsibilities: Responsible for external communications programs at Bausch & Lomb, including serving as a primary company spokeswoman and advising the global senior executive team. Liaison for Bausch & Lomb's federal, state and local government relations, as well as public policy trade associations. Also a key member of the company's issues management team.

Community leadership: Member, Public Relations Society of America, National and Northeast Chapter; board member, Alzheimer's Association of Rochester; distinguished alumna, Delta Zeta National Sorority

Surprising fact: I began professional broadcasting at 16, trying out for an internship at a local radio station in Des Moines, Iowa. I achieved the internship, and it blossomed into an on-air job that lasted for six years.

Ten years from now: Continuing to work in a job that engages me and where I can make a difference, traveling more extensively throughout the world, finding more time for creative writing and, perhaps, able to finally do a yoga headstand with ease!

Amy Palka

Senior vice president

Ardent Learning Inc.

Age: 39

Education: B.S., wildlife and conservation biology, Colorado State University; M.S., career and human resources development, Rochester Institute of Technology

Family: Husband, Daniel; three daughters, 18, 11 and 6

Residence: Mendon

Professional responsibilities: Heads the Solutions Group, which is an integration of instructional design, creative and technology teams across the company. The goal is maximum cross-functional thinking and collaboration to generate a steady stream of progressive, resourceful and inspired learning solutions for corporate clients. Also responsible for talent and operations.

Community leadership: Director, and member of fundraising and programs committees, Mental Health Association of Rochester; sponsor and supporter, A Horse's Friend; guest speaker and instructor for Professional in Human Resources and Senior Professional in Human Resources certification classes

Surprising fact: Since moving here in 1998, I keep gloves, towels and a well-appointed first-aid kit in my car. They come in handy during my frequent roadside encounters with injured birds and other animals. I even have Shout wipes to tidy up the occasional turtle pee on my pantsuit.

Ten years from now: Still happy. Still healthy. Still in Rochester. Enjoying my family and friends. Continuing to pursue stimulating and challenging opportunities professionally. Doing what I can to give back, show thanks and pay it forward.

Chris Peterson

Vice president-corporate controller

Unity Health System

Age: 38

Education: B.A., accounting and finance, Indiana University; MBA, University of Indianapolis

Family: Wife, Lynn; two daughters, 7, 5

Residence: Webster

Professional responsibilities: Responsible for oversight of accounting, reimbursement, payroll, accounts payable and treasury non-profit operations. Assists and supports leadership team providing financial reporting and analysis. Ensures that systems and procedures exist for effective safeguarding of company assets and adherence to generally accepted accounting principles.

Community leadership: Board and finance committee member, Aid to Hospitals; adjunct professor, SUNY College at Brockport; member, Healthcare Financial Management Association; member, the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd.

Surprising fact: I worked at McDonald's from the age of 16 through undergraduate college education. Learned many good lessons from the quality, service and cleanliness standards clearly communicated in the organization.

Ten years from now: I will be contributing to the cost-efficient enhancement and development of health care delivery in the Rochester community. Facilitating the education of students; focusing on encouraging critical thinking and skills to build a framework for success. I will be providing love, support and faith to my wife and children.

Curt Provenzo

Vice president and relationship manager

M&T Bank Corp.

Age: 39

Education: B.S., mechanical engineering, Clarkson University; MBA, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh

Family: Wife, Amy; daughter, 9; two sons, 6 and 5

Residence: Fairport

Professional responsibilities: Manages banking relationships with a portfolio of commercial customers and coordinates internal staff and specialists to support and serve customers. Focuses on middle-market, regional companies with broad banking needs that operate in a variety of industries. Responsible for new business development, credit monitoring and overall customer service.

Community leadership: Executive board member, Seneca Waterways Council, Boy Scouts of America; board member, Greater Rochester Chapter, Construction Financial Management Association; coach, Fairport Little League.

Surprising fact: I was construction manager and project manager for 10 years before a career change to banking. During that time, my wife and I were fortunate to spend two years overseas while I served as a construction manager on a large steel mill modernization project in the Czech Republic.

Ten years from now: Leading a group of financial professionals while continuing to serve my clients and volunteering on other local non-profit boards. My wife and I will be encouraging three active teenagers to be involved in their community and to pursue their dreams.

Laurie Robb

Director, communications and training

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield

Age: 36

Education: B.A., communications, Marist College, Poughkeepsie

Family: Parents, James and Katherine

Residence: Henrietta

Professional responsibilities: Leads a team responsible for communications, training and human capital development for a large-scale, multi-year corporate initiative. Develops and executes strategies to prepare the organization for the project. Creates an environment of collaboration that drives change across the company. Provides critical leadership guidance across the organization.

Community leadership: Vice president, board of directors, Parkinson Support Group of Upstate New York; member, community relations and development committee, Salvation Army of the Rochester Area; Strategic Roundtable volunteer, Advertising Council of Rochester

Surprising fact: When I was in college, I was convinced I would embark on a career as a sports reporter. I even had a sports radio show on the college station for a short time.

Ten years from now: In a leadership capacity, where I continue to work with a top-notch team to develop people so that they can optimize their contributions to their organization. Guiding individuals and organizations to establish strategies that drive results. Promoting and supporting advancements in the effort to find a cure for Parkinson's disease.

Stephanie Seiffert

Vice president and wealth adviser

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Age: 36

Education: B.A., international relations and economics, College of Wooster, Ohio; J.D., University of Miami, Ohio

Family: Husband, Rob; son, 7, two daughters, 5 and 8 weeks

Residence: Brighton

Professional responsibilities: Provides estate planning for clients, including executives, family offices, entrepreneurs and affluent families. Works as part of a team designing and implementing wealth management strategies to efficiently transfer wealth across multiple generations, recognizing that clients have unique goals.

Community leadership: Board member and investment committee member, YWCA of Rochester and Monroe County; member, Estate Planning Counsel of Rochester; member, Monroe County Bar Association, trusts and estates section; member, New York State Bar Association; Sunday school teacher, Asbury First United Methodist Church.

Surprising fact: I love to travel to unexpected places. Some of my favorite destinations have been the Galapagos Islands; Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe; and the southern coast of South Africa.

Ten years from now: Counseling clients to implement estate planning strategies that achieve their personal goals. I hope to be enjoying new adventures such as going on college tours with my son and keeping up with my girls' activities and aspirations. It is my greatest desire to ensure that my children grow in the same loving and encouraging environment that my parents provided for me.

Paula Tinch

Vice president, finance

Rochester General Health System

Age: 39

Education: AAS, business administration, Erie Community College; B.S., accounting, SUNY Binghamton

Family: Husband, Brian; daughter, 11

Residence: North Chili

Professional responsibilities: Leads financial management team for operations with $800 million in revenue across several affiliates of the health system-two hospital facilities, two nursing homes and programs for elderly care and mental health. Directs systemwide financial reporting, budgeting, accounts payable and payroll for almost 7,000 employees; oversees various external financial audits for RGHS and affiliates.

Community leadership: Treasurer and member, Rochester Regional Chapter, Healthcare Financial Management Association; board member, Grace Community Village; board member, Rochester Chapter, American Heart Association; member, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

Surprising fact: I was born in New Mexico while my father was serving in the Air Force. When I was little, we even lived briefly in North Dakota and Iceland.

Ten years from now: Continuing my contributions in health care finance, while never ceasing to learn and grow professionally; watching my daughter grow up and go to college, proud that she has become a confident, loving and loyal individual; enjoying time with my loving husband, family and friends.

Joseph Tobin

Branch manager, first vice president - investment officer

Wells Fargo Advisors LLC

Age: 34

Education: B.S., economics, SUNY College at Oneonta; M.S., management, Nazareth College of Rochester

Family: Wife, Amy; son, 5; daughter, 3

Residence: Fairport

Professional responsibilities: Focuses on wealth management services for individuals, businesses and non-profits in the design and implementation of investment policies. Manages a branch office of 35 people representing $1.7 billion in combined assets.

Community leadership: Board member and finance subcommittee member, Mary Cariola Children's Center; five-year chairman, National Kidney Foundation of Upstate New York Golf Classic; golf committee member, DePaul Community Services; graduate, Leadership Rochester; member, Genesee Valley Lacrosse Officials Association.

Surprising fact: When appointed, I was the youngest branch manager in the nation for Wells Fargo Advisors.

Ten years from now: I hope to continue working with my clients and my branch and most importantly watching my children grow into productive students and citizens.

Patrick Tobin

Vice president, business development

Han-Tek Inc.

Age: 36

Education: B.S., general business, University of Maryland; MBA, finance, Simon Graduate School of Business, University of Rochester

Family: Wife, Contessa Alexandra

Residence: East Rochester

Professional responsibilities: Responsible for strategic business planning, including supply chain management, defining sales and marketing plans, geographic and industry targets. Provides controlled growth model to develop national sales efforts.

Community leadership: Founding member, Michael E. Tobin Foundation, MET Fund; chairman and five-year board member, Rochester Businessman's Charitable Organization; member, Small Business Council of Rochester; member, Rochester Tooling and Machining Association; member, Rochester Chapter, American Marketing Association

Surprising fact: I was at Curt Schilling's World Series follow-up to the "bloody sock" game-Game 2. Schilling got the win and Boston won its first World Series in 86 years.

Ten years from now: I have had the good fortune to work with my father for the last five years. In 10 years I see myself in the same place I am now. However, the company will have doubled or more in size, and my father will be able to spend more time on Cape Cod.

Renee Tschetter

Senior manager

Insero & Co. CPAs P.C.

Age: 40

Education: A.S., business administration, Monroe Community College; B.S., accounting, St. John Fisher College

Family: Boyfriend, Jim King; two sons,

14 and 12

Residence: Greece

Professional responsibilities: Provides traditional tax and compliance services with expertise in strategic planning, cash management, budgeting and accounting best practices. Supports clients in targeted efforts to improve the operational aspects of their accounting departments and provide timely, accurate and useful financial information. Led the launch of Insero's QuickBooks Consulting practice and a series of training programs for QuickBooks users.

Community leadership: Member, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountant; board member, Small Business Council of Rochester; volunteer and current committee co-chairwoman, Small Business Person of the Year annual gala.

Surprising fact: I stay very active and I am always looking to try new things. I and my boyfriend, Jim, love to take long motorcycle rides, enjoy boating and one of my newest and favorite pastimes-snowmobiling. I even bought my own snowmobile this past winter!

Ten years from now: I hope to be continuing to build on what I have started and drawing on my past experiences each day to grow both professionally and personally into a better person. My main goal is to be happy and fulfilled in what I am doing and make a positive difference to the people around me.

Kate Turner

Marketing manager

Genesee Regional Bank

Age: 36

Education: B.A., history, Colgate University, Hamilton; M.S., museum studies, University of Colorado; MBA, strategy and leadership, E. Philip Saunders College of Business, Rochester Institute of Technology

Family: Boyfriend, JT Jacus

Residence: Brighton

Professional responsibilities: Supports commercial and retail banking and residential mortgage growth by developing and implementing marketing strategy. Responsible for positioning the GRB brand across all channels: website, advertising, public relations, sponsorships, client events, as well as internal and external communications. Focuses on shaping company culture.

Community leadership: President, Eastman Young Professionals, George Eastman House; executive committee member and networking committee chairwoman, Saunders College of Business Alumni Advisory Board; networking committee member, Small Business Council of Rochester; alumni committee member, Harley School; vice president for public relations, Toasted Sage Toastmasters; board member, the Exhibition Alliance

Surprising fact: My first career was in museums, beginning at the Smithsonian Institution and ending with eight years as Strong National Museum of Play's collections manager. I kept track of 500,000 toys, dolls and other objects. Best karma moment: I never played with Barbies, and then Strong acquired 1,500 of them.

Ten years ago: Never having predicted 10 years prior that I'd be in banking, I'll continue to take advantage of opportunities to grow, both professionally and personally, in whatever directions that may take me. I'm looking forward to raising a family and remaining committed to making Rochester a great place to live.

Lovely Warren


Rochester City Council

Lead counsel and chief of staff to

New York Assemblyman David Gantt

Age: 33

Education: B.A, government, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York City; J.D., Albany Law School of Union University

Family: Husband, Timothy Granison; daughter, 4 months

Residence: Rochester

Professional responsibilities: As council president, presides at council meetings and committee hearings, makes committee appointments and oversees enactment of the city budget and other responsibilities. Works with the administration and colleagues to address the concerns of city residents. As lead counsel and chief of staff to Assemblyman Gantt, researches, writes and proposes legislation for him to review. Oversees employees in the Rochester and Albany offices and acts as a liaison to the assemblyman.

Community leadership: Member, Rochester Black Bar Association; member, Church of Christ Westside; member, Rochester Urban Renewal Agency, Genesee Transportation Council, Cultural Center Commission, Rochester Economic Development Corp. and Rochester Riverside Convention Center

Surprising fact: I love to laugh and play practical jokes. April Fool's Day is one of my favorite holidays. In my profession most people only get a chance to see my serious side.

Ten years from now: I see myself continuing to serve the public through elected office or in some other capacity. I am dedicated to making sure that the scales of justice weigh equally for all. It is my desire to continue to serve and be a voice for the most vulnerable and fragile among us-our children.

James Wolford


The Wolford Law Firm LLP

Age: 39

Education: B.A., arts and sciences, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pa.; J.D., Albany Law School of Union University

Family: Wife, Kelly; daughter, 8; two

sons, 6, 4

Residence: Webster

Professional responsibilities: Represents national Fortune 500 and local companies and individuals in litigation in state and federal courts. Focuses legal practice specifically on criminal and general civil litigation, including commercial, business and personal injury matters.

Community leadership: member, Rochester AM Rotary; past president and treasurer, board of trustees, Hope Hall; pro bono attorney, Volunteer Legal Services Project; member, Criminal Justice Act criminal assignment panel in federal court.

Surprising fact: In addition to playing football and baseball at Fairport High School, I played the cello for eight years in the orchestra.

Ten years from now: Still practicing law and helping to run a top-notch litigation firm while continuing to give back to the community. Just as importantly, helping my wife raise three active teenagers while instilling the same values I learned from my parents of hard work, education and caring for others in the community.

Jeremy Wolk


Nixon Peabody LLP

Age: 38

Education: B.S., sports management/pre-law, Ithaca College; J.D., Hofstra University, Hempstead; MBA, Frank G. Zarb School of Business, Hofstra University

Family: Wife, Melanie

Residence: Brighton

Professional responsibilities: Has a legal practice encompassing various business and corporate law matters, with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, commercial transactions, intellectual property, governance and securities. With experience as general counsel of a public company, acts as external "in-house" counsel for clients. Counsels companies on strategic initiatives and technological ventures.

Community leadership: Board member, executive committee member and investment committee chairman, Monroe Community College Foundation; trustee and secretary, Louis S. and Molly B. Wolk Foundation; secretary and executive committee member, Jewish Community Center of Greater Rochester; board member, Jewish Home of Rochester; strategic advisory committee member, Center for Teen Empowerment

Surprising fact: I lived in New York City for more than a dozen years and performed in the pubs of Greenwich Village. With a full bank account, I would gladly spend my days singing and playing guitar.

Ten years from now: Conducting a sophisticated international legal practice from Rochester. Through active involvement in the community, helping to grow Rochester economically, socially and culturally beyond its most unattainable goals of yesteryear. With some luck, projecting the wisdom of age 60 and pertinacity of age 20.

Susan Yussman M.D.

Assistant professor of pediatrics

Assistant professor of community health

University of Rochester Medical Center and Golisano Children's Hospital

Age: 39

Education: B.A., English literature, Washington University, St. Louis; M.D., University of Louisville School of Medicine; MPH, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

Family: Husband, Edward; daughter, 5; son, 3

Residence: West Irondequoit

Professional responsibilities: Specializes in adolescent medicine, caring for 12- to 25-year-olds. Directs URMC's Adolescent Medicine Fellowship training program. Serves as chief of outpatient adolescent services at Golisano Children's Hospital. Helps prevent childhood obesity as faculty and practice coach of the Greater Rochester Obesity Collaborative. Educates fellows, residents and medical students.

Community leadership: Medical director, Threshold Center for Alternative Youth Services; medical director, school-based health center, Franklin educational campus; collaborating physician, school-based health center, East High School; member, Healthi Kids Coalition policy team, Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency

Surprising fact: I had to look up Rochester on a map when I applied for its adolescent medicine fellowship. Who knew Rochester is where I would launch my career, find the man of my dreams and raise my family?

Ten years from now: Balancing and enjoying my career and family. Training the next generation of physicians to provide expert care to teens using the biopsychosocial approach. Helping Threshold reach its full potential. Teaching my teenage children to be confident, mindful, altruistic leaders.

Alex Zapesochny

President and chief operating officer

iCardiac Technologies Inc.

Age: 39

Education: B.S., applied economics, Cornell University; J.D., American University; master of studies, international human rights law, University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Family: Wife, Catherine Wagner; daughter, 7; son, 4

Residence: Brighton

Professional responsibilities: As a co-founder and member of the board of directors, shares responsibility for strategy and overall management, with focus on overseeing clinical trial operations, cardiac data analysis, project management, legal and financial management, regulatory affairs and hiring. Also serves on the board of joint venture Qmetrics Clinical Services LLC.

Community leadership: Co-founder and co-executive director, Marrow Drive Rochester; industry advisory board member, Rochester Clean Energy Education Partnership; volunteer legal adviser, Lotus of Hope; former editorial board community member, Democrat and Chronicle.

Surprising fact: Given my early-career jobs-Bronx prosecutor, policy staff assistant on a presidential campaign-and my initial intellectual interests in history, public policy and law, the surprise may be that I somehow found my way into technology entrepreneurship. But in the rearview mirror, this career path seems nearly natural.

Ten years from now: With my great business partners, Mike Totterman and Sasha Latypova, continuing to participate in translating university research into broadly utilized solutions to key challenges. Also, becoming further involved with social entrepreneurship and public affairs, as well as spending more time with my family at our farmhouse in Kendall.

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