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Forty Under 40 Class of 2007

Rochester Business Journal
November 2, 2007

Jody Allison
Enterprise risk management collections manager
Paychex Inc.
Age: 38

Education: B.S., accounting, Rochester Institute of Technology

Family: Husband, Ken; daughter, 8; son, 5

Professional responsibilities: Collections manager in enterprise risk management at Paychex. Responsible for managing the losses for accounts receivable and loan loss. The total portfolio exceeds $250 million. Each year the group handles in excess of $700 million at-risk dollars.

Community leadership: Member, public budget advisory committee, board of education, Honeoye Falls Lima School District; treasurer, Pittsford Community Church; co-leader, Troop 636, Girl Scouts of Genesee Valley Inc.; president, Rochester chapter, Institute of Management Accountants; accounting chairwoman, Autism Speaks Walk

Greatest influence: My husband, who supports me and reminds me that with faith all can be accomplished. My parents, who instilled the passion and drive for business. My husband's parents, who have cared for my family unselfishly. My children, who make me see all the possibilities in life without prejudice and convince me that I can make a difference every day.

Ten years from now: In 10 years, I will be continuing to work hard, using my passion and drive to succeed in both my personal and professional life. I hope to have made a positive difference in many people's lives and continue to utilize my skills to better the community where I live.

Craig Antonelli
President and owner
Antonelli Construction LLC
Age: 36

Education: B.S., civil engineering, Purdue University; MBA, Simon Graduate School of Business, University of Rochester

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

Professional responsibilities: Responsible for the implementation and development of business strategy, and the management of day-to-day operations for the construction company. Includes the planning and directing of all functions related to land development, construction of new custom homes, additions, remodeling/renovations and home improvements throughout Greater Rochester.

Community leadership: Treasurer and board member, Housing Opportunities Inc; town planning board member, town of Perinton; parish council member, St. John of Rochester Catholic Church-Perinton; board of governors, charitable contribution fund allocation and community relations committee, Rochester Home Builders Association; alumni volunteer, Simon School of Graduate Business and Purdue Club of Rochester

Greatest influence: My parents, for providing the foundation and development of my values, work ethic, integrity, family devotion and community responsibility. My wife, who has kept my life balanced and given me my greatest source of strength, love and support. My children, who motivate me and remind me of the important things in life.

Ten years from now: I see myself continuing to grow personally and professionally and striving to be a better person. Working to achieve a life balance and aspiring to be a great husband and father. I will continue to always learn and expand my boundaries and hope to become a leader in the community.

Melissa Barrett
Senior court attorney
New York State Unified Court System,
Seventh Judicial District

Age: 38

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

Family: Husband, Basil; daughter, 8; son, 5

Professional responsibilities: Provides legal counsel to Judge John Elliott and Judge Maija Dixon. Concentration areas include civil and criminal litigation, consumer credit transactional matters, breach-of-contract issues and residential/commercial lease agreements. Also responsible for assisting with drafting of legal decisions and working closely with court administrative staff.

Community leadership: Supporter, Roberts Wesleyan College; board member and secretary, Greater Rochester Association of Women Attorneys; member, Perinton Zoning Board of Appeals; member, finance committee, Epilepsy Foundation of Rochester-Syracuse-Binghamton; member, Monroe County Bar Association; board member, Rochester-Monroe County Youth Bureau; mentor, Sister to Sister, Gardiner Recreation Center

Greatest influence: God, my husband, parents and children have been the greatest influence in my life. At an early age, education, hard work, commitment and perseverance were values that were instilled in me. My husband is supportive and encourages me to push beyond my comfort zone. Together, we are raising two wonderful children to be caring and giving of their time and talents to others.

Ten years from now: I will continue to be a dedicated member of Rochester's legal profession taking advantage of every opportunity to develop strong professional relationships. I will be the mother of two wonderful children committed to improving our community in part because of the example that my husband and I have set.

Bryan Bond
Vice president
Bond Financial Network Inc.
Age: 38

Education: B.A., political science, University of Rochester; MBA, Simon Graduate School of Business, University of Rochester

Family: Wife, Laura; daughter, 8; son, 6

Professional responsibilities: Provides consulting services for employers on health insurance and other benefit plans. Assists financial services professionals with benefits expertise. Focuses on marketing and strategic planning for Bond Financial Network and assists with general management responsibilities. Involved with the creation of a new business, Workplace Vitality, which provides wellness programs to employers.

Community leadership: Board member, strategic planning committee, Mental Health Association of Rochester/Monroe County Inc.; team captain, Leukemia Society "Light the Night" campaign, United Way of Greater Rochester Inc.

Greatest influence: The greatest influence has been my family. As the youngest of nine children, my parents, as well as my six sisters and two brothers, have always provided me with great examples of how to manage a successful career, participate in the community and most importantly be a good spouse and parent.

Ten years from now: Leading two established successful companies-Bond Financial Network and Workplace Vitality. Hopefully, I will also be utilizing my experience to give back to the community in a greater way and busy keeping up with two healthy, active, well-behaved teens.

Robert Bourg
Vice president and associate administrator
St. Ann's Community
Age: 38

Education: B.S., management, SUNY College at Binghamton; master's, public administration, health care, SUNY College at Brockport

Family: Wife, Karen; sons, 10 and 8

Professional responsibilities: Member of St. Ann's senior leadership team, responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Heritage, a 203-bed skilled-nursing facility. Leads a dedicated team of health care professionals who focus on providing outstanding care and service to seniors in the Rochester area.

Community leadership: Board member and treasurer, Journey Home Inc.; member, Young Leaders Club and Pillar Society, United Way of Greater Rochester Inc.; coach, Hilton Select Basketball and Hilton Cadets Youth Baseball; volunteer, Quest Elementary School; chairman, Hilton Raiders Golf Tournament

Greatest influence: My two sons, Brandon and Nathan, make every day fun, meaningful, and help me to remember what's truly important. My wife, Karen, has always encouraged me to pursue whatever interest I might have, and she makes sure that we take the opportunity to enjoy every day as we should.

Ten years from now: I will be working with a great team at St. Ann's Community who are committed to caring for seniors at all levels of the care continuum. I will also be enjoying fun times with Karen, Brandon, and Nathan, which is really what it's all about.

Lisa Cauda
Vice president for development and alumni relations
Rochester Institute of Technology
Age: 38

Education: B.S., human resources, University of Delaware; M.A., corporate and public communication, Seton Hall University, South Orange, N.J.

Professional responsibilities: Serves as the university's chief fundraising officer and guides strategic planning and implementation in the areas of development and alumni relations. Develops relationships with RIT's 100,000 alumni, corporate and foundation partners, donors and friends to increase overall philanthropic support and level of alumni involvement in the life of the university.

Community leadership: Board member, resource development committee member, the Children's Agenda Inc.; member, community investment executive team, Young Leaders Club, United Way of Greater Rochester Inc.; volunteer, Junior Achievement of Rochester, New York Area Inc.

Greatest influence: My mother always encouraged me to try new adventures and to follow my dreams. She has been a wonderful role model of perseverance and perhaps my biggest fan. I am grateful for all of her love and support.

Ten years from now: I want to continue to do meaningful work while expanding my circle of friends and experiences across the country and around the world.

Charles Chapin
Gordon & Chodak, CPAs P.C.
Age: 37

Education: B.S., real estate, Pennsylvania State University; MBA, Rochester Institute of Technology

Family: Wife, Alysia; two daughters, 6 and 3

Professional responsibilities: Performs tax planning and compliance engagements for the firm's individual, business and tax-exempt entity clients. Concentrates on providing full tax services to individual clients in addition to real estate entities, closely held businesses and companies with multistate tax issues.

Community leadership: Volunteer fire firefighter and treasurer, Brighton Fire Department; treasurer, Bishop Sheen Ecumenical Housing Foundation Inc.; vice president of finance and trustee, Friends of Mt. Hope Cemetery; volunteer teacher, Junior Achievement of Rochester, New York Area Inc.; alumni admissions volunteer, Pennsylvania State University; assistant coach, Brighton Youth Soccer

Greatest influence: My wife and children, for supporting and believing in me and for exercising great patience, especially during tax season. My parents for teaching me the values needed to be a respectful, caring and successful individual. Jim Cohen, Jerry Rotenberg and Bruce Oliver, for sharing their invaluable professional experience and knowledge.

Ten years from now: I will continue to be the proud father of my children and a supporting husband to my wife. Professionally, I aspire to be an owner of an accounting practice while remaining active within the community.

Nicolle Crocker
Assistant director of research, evaluation and testing
Rochester City School District
Age: 38

Education: B.S., applied mathematics, University of Rochester; M.S., secondary mathematics education, Margaret Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development, University of Rochester; M.S., educational administration, St. John Fisher College

Family: Husband, Gary; three sons, 15, 12 and 2

Professional responsibilities: Conducts major departmental activities such as data collection, data retrieval, data analysis and data reporting. Implements best practices in the stake-building process necessary to ensure the success of new initiatives. Provides district professional development on the interpretation of New York State test results and program evaluation of RCSD programs.

Community leadership: Member, community investment executive team, and alumni president, African-American leadership development program, United Way of Greater Rochester Inc.; president, PTSA, School of The Arts; Champion and parents/guardians support team, Rochester Children's Zone; board member, Rochester Child First Network; board member, Family Restoration Project Inc.; member, diversity advisory council, St. John Fisher College

Greatest influence: My biological mother, Elizabeth Haynes, said I could do anything and instilled my thirst for learning. My surrogate mother, Rev. Carol Gomez, said God's will for my life can not be derailed by mistakes. When they died, powerful mother figures in church in New York City, and sisters continue as the wind beneath my wings.

Ten years from now: I am the wife and mother of God-fearing, purposeful African-American males who have not been demoralized by a society just beginning to appreciate the greatest from which they descend, and the superintendent of a school district that the community wants to be a part of because of our productivity.

Michael Faillace
Managing director
Brown & Brown of New York Inc.
Age: 38

Education: B.A., business management, Radford University, Radford, Va.

Family: Wife, Michele; two daughters, 8 and 6; son, 4

Professional responsibilities: Responsible as practice leader for all aspects of the employee benefit division's operations, development and management. Focused on delivering superior employee benefit solutions, advice and service to all Brown & Brown clients.

Community leadership: Board member, subcommittee member and vice chairman, School of the Holy Childhood; alumni association member, Radford University; broker advisory board member, Excellus Inc. and Preferred Care

Greatest influence: My parents are undoubtedly the single greatest influence in my life. They have set the foundation and clear example for which I merely attempt to emulate.

Ten years from now: I hope to be involved as much as I can in my family's lives and to continue to grow and be more involved in our community. I plan to continue to do my part in the delivery of health care and employee benefits to Western New Yorkers. I also can see myself retired and in the Caribbean six months of the year, although that's a long shot.

Peter Forsgren
Senior client manager
Bank of America Corp.
Age: 37

Education: B.A., secondary education, Brigham Young University; MPA, Maxwell School of Citizenship, Syracuse University

Family: Wife, Jocelyn; four sons, 13, 11, 7 and 10 months; daughter, 2

Professional responsibilities: Leads a team of analysts/consultants in reviewing cash flow and cash management tools of governments and non-profit entities with budgets of $500 million to $25 billion. Writes and reviews reports and makes recommendation presentations to clients and prospects. Makes presentations at conferences for finance professionals from these sectors.

Community leadership: Second counselor to the Bishop, Fairport Ward, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; charter organization representative, Troop 469, Otetiana Council Inc., Boy Scouts of America; board member and Webmaster, Rochester Team Bank of America; member, Association for Financial Professionals

Greatest influence: My wife, for almost 17 years now, has been my greatest supporter, cheerleader and best friend. She has been my anchor, reminding me what is important and keeping my priorities in check. Her constant dedication to our children, while finding opportunities to help others, is the epitome of service and sacrifice.

Ten years from now: As our children grow, so will the opportunities to volunteer in the community and I look forward to continuing that throughout my life. Professionally I hope to expand my knowledge into other areas of the bank and be in leadership positions for Bank of America, continuing to add value to clients.

Marisa Geitner
Executive vice president and chief operating officer
Heritage Christian Services Inc.
Age: 37

Education: B.S., education, M.S., speech language pathology, Nazareth College of Rochester

Family: Daughter, 9; son, 7

Professional responsibilities: Responsible for the oversight and direction of Heritage Christian Services' service programs, which includes residential, day, community, health and clinical support programs as well as innovative initiatives such as Springdale Farm, Heritage Christian Stables, A Second Thought Resale Shop and the Pieters Family Life Center.

Community leadership: Adjunct professor and member, advisory board, School of Health and Human Services, Nazareth College of Rochester; board member, School of the Holy Childhood; children's formation instructor, Church of the Transfiguration; executive officer, Council of Reformed Charities

Greatest influence: My parents, Al and Caryl Favro, and my children, Addilys and Patrick. My parents provided a foundation that modeled faith, love, integrity and respect, values that remain at my core today. My children inspire me to action! They care so deeply and genuinely for the world around them it touches me daily.

Ten years from now: In 10 years I hope to be listening and serving in the way the Lord intends me to at that time. Seeking ways to serve the world's greatest needs.

Kevin Gelabert
Vice president, sales and marketing
Continental Service Group Inc.
Age: 36

Education: B.A., economics and political science, University of Rochester; MBA, marketing and organizational management, Syracuse University

Family: Wife, Amy; son, 6; daughter, 4

Professional responsibilities: Leads and directs ConServe's sales and marketing organizations. Accountable for increasing sales and developing ConServe's brand recognition within the accounts receivable management industry. Focused on expanding ConServe's value proposition into new markets, leveraging its competitive differentiators to generate new incremental revenue streams. Maintaining ConServe's position on the Rochester Top 100 list through continued annual revenue growth.

Community leadership: Member, Rochester Rotary; leadership council member, 292-BABY, (Formerly Rochester Parent Network); volunteer coach, Canandaigua Knights Youth Hockey Program, Victor Youth Football, Victor Community Baseball; volunteer, Christian Youth Education, Mendon Church

Greatest influence: My wife and best friend, whose unconditional love and support enables me to reach higher. My parents, who have taught me patience, compassion and instilled a positive attitude. My kids, who put my life into perspective and motivate me to be the best father and friend I can be.

Ten years from now: I will be the proud father of two wonderful teenage kids getting ready to take on the world and I will have continued to grow my partnership and friendship with my wife. I will continue to be more active in my community and envision myself leading a high-energy, dynamic service organization and chartering a charitable foundation.

Victoria Lyn Grady
Phillips Lytle LLP
Age: 37

Education: B.A., communications, legal administration, economics and government, American University, Washington D.C.; J.D., Boston College

Family: Husband, Sean; daughters, 10 and 6; son, 8

Professional responsibilities: Concentrates practice in the area of commercial law with an emphasis on transactional lending. Counsels financial institutions in commercial lending, secured transactions, asset-based financing, commercial real estate and development financing and loan restructuring. Lectures on Uniform Commercial Code and real estate matters.

Community leadership: Upstate co-chairwoman, real estate finance committee, real property section, New York State Bar Association; board member, Lifetime Assistance Foundation Inc.; Young Leaders Club, United Way of Greater Rochester Inc.

Greatest influence: My influences have evolved over time with no one being the greatest. First, my parents, who shaped my work ethic; next, my husband, the partner on my path whose support has been critical in my professional and personal growth; and now, my children, who inspire me to be a worthy example.

Ten years from now: With my two older children in college and the third starting her search, I want to be satisfied with the foundation my husband and I have provided for them. I'm looking forward to continuing the success of Phillips Lytle as a dynamic group of hardworking professionals.

Stephen Gutch
Director of research and portfolio manager
Clover Capital Management Inc.
Age: 39

Education: B.A. economics, University of Rochester; MBA, finance and corporate accounting, Simon Graduate School of Business, University of Rochester

Family: Wife, Julie; two sons, 6 and 4

Professional responsibilities: Responsible for managing the equity research department, developing investment strategies and mentoring analysts. Participate in the management and strategic planning of the firm as a member of Clover Capital's board of directors. Portfolio manager of the Small Cap Value Fund.

Community leadership: Board member, executive committee and treasurer, Mental Health Association of Rochester/Monroe County Inc.; member, CFA Society of Rochester; volunteer/coach, Pittsford Mustangs Youth Soccer

Greatest influence: My wife and parents. My wife Julie's support and advice has given me the courage and confidence to pursue challenging opportunities both professionally and personally. My parents have instilled in me the importance of honesty and a strong work ethic that has guided me in all of my endeavors.

Ten years from now: Hopefully, I will have achieved a healthy balance in life where I continue to grow professionally, contribute to the community and enjoy time spent with family and friends, while excelling at my most important role, that of a husband and father.

Thomas Halter
Vice president, commercial banking
Age: 35

Education: B.S., accounting, LeMoyne College; MBA, Canisius College

Family: Wife, Christina

Professional responsibilities: Develops, manages, strengthens and services middle-market commercial client banking relationships for HSBC Bank USA N.A. Manages local, national and international non-profit and for-profit clients across a variety of sectors.

Community leadership: Board member and finance committee member, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Rochester, N.Y. Inc.; varsity volunteer judge, Camp Good Days and Special Times Inc.; classroom teacher volunteer, Junior Achievement of Rochester, New York Area Inc.; member, International Association of Approved Basketball Officials Board 60

Greatest influence: Being the son of immigrants, my parents instilled in me a strong work ethic, a focus on education and self-respect. My brothers have always been great role models and have provided endless encouragement. My wife, Christina, has always believed in me and provides me the daily love and support to achieve my goals.

Ten years from now: I see myself continuing to grow professionally. I look forward to starting a family, being an active member in the community and progressing to a leadership role professionally. On a side note, I hope to see myself celebrating a Buffalo Sabres Stanley Cup Championship in the next 10 years (or less, hopefully).

Jill Halterman M.D
Pediatrician and researcher
Golisano Children's Hospital at Strong, Department of Pediatrics, University of Rochester School of Medicine
Age: 35

Education: B.A., psychology, University of Rochester; M.D., University of Rochester School of Medicine; MPH, University of Rochester

Family: Husband, Marc; son, 9; daughter, 5

Professional responsibilities: Provides primary medical care for vulnerable children living in the city of Rochester. Directs a large research team to investigate methods to improve the delivery of health care for underserved children, with a focus on childhood asthma. Teaches students and resident physicians, and serves as a mentor for junior researchers.

Community leadership: Associate division chief and director of health services research, division of general pediatrics, University of Rochester School of Medicine; medical director, research and evaluation unit, Children's Institute Greatest influence: My pediatric patients and their families, who inspire me with their strength and resilience. My parents, who dedicated their careers to helping children. My husband, who is a solid foundation for all aspects of my life. My children, who remind me to smile, enjoy life and value young people.

Ten years from now: I see myself continuing to pursue and lead efforts to improve health care for underprivileged children both locally and nationally. I will be caring for the next generation of patients in my primary care practice, and enjoying my family and friends.

Aaron Hilger
Builders Exchange Inc.
Age: 33

Education: B.A., political science and psychology, University of Rochester; M.A., political management, George Washington University; MBA, finance, SUNY Buffalo

Family: Wife, Nikki; two daughters and son, 3

Professional responsibilities: Leads an outstanding team of professionals in managing seven construction-related associations representing building contractors in Rochester and throughout the state. Responsible for labor relations, government relations, serving as a trustee on multiemployer benefit funds and growing the company's portfolio of associations.

Community leadership: Board member and public policy committee chairman, Alzheimer's Association; board member, Al Sigl Foundation; member, Sunshine Camp facilities committee vice chairman, Rochester Rotary; chairman, New York State Construction Industry Council; board member, International Builders Exchange Executives

Greatest influence: My wife is a constant inspiration and balancing force in my life. She has supported all of my activities and professional growth. Nikki's passion is raising triplets. Her work is much more difficult and more important than what I do and I am extremely fortunate to have her as a wife and mother of our children.

Ten years from now: I see myself running an even stronger Builders Exchange that will become one of the leading regional associations in the United States. I will continue to give back to the community, and most importantly, continue to be a great husband and father.

Laurene Hoffman
Financial controller/office manager
Turner Engineering P.C.
Age: 38

Education: B.S., financial management, Clemson University, Clemson, S.C.

Family: Husband, James; two sons, 7 and 5

Professional responsibilities: Responsible for all financial transactions, human resources and payroll at Turner Engineering. Acts as the office manager and coordinates all daily activities and procedure.

Community leadership: Director, Honeoye Falls Youth Soccer League; treasurer, HFL District PTA, HF-Lima School PTA (K-1) and the Honeoye Falls Mendon Historical Society; active member and coordinator of greeters, St. Catherine's of Siena; finance special interest group leader, Professional Services Management Association; coordinator, Honeoye Falls Village flower planting with local youth groups

Greatest influence: My parents were the first to influence my life significantly. They supported me emotionally through college and taught me that the right path is not always the easy path. Jim, my husband of 11 years, keeps me centered and has taught me to believe that every day is beautiful.

Ten years from now: In 10 years, I will still be married to a wonderful man. I will be enjoying my boys as teenagers (and hoping they never leave home!) My career at Turner Engineering will be flourishing and every day will still be beautiful!

Andrew Hoyen
Director, professional services
Carestream Health Inc.
Age: 37

Education: B.S., biotechnology, Worcester Polytechnic Institute; MPH, health policy, SUNY Albany; MBA, marketing/information systems, Rochester Institute of Technology

Family: Wife, Rebecca; two sons, 7 and 5

Professional responsibilities: Member, North American leadership team; responsible for business management/profit and loss for professional service organization. Manages a large organization, including seven first-level managers, encompassing business development, indirect channel service, implementation resources, project management, level 2 national technical support and call center, and training.

Community leadership: Board member, Compeer International; advisory board member, E. Philip Saunders College of Business, Rochester Institute of Technology; advisory board member, Western New York Office, Northwestern Mutual Financial Network; coach, Rochester Youth Hockey, Fairport Little League and Pittsford Mustangs Youth Soccer

Greatest influence: My wife, for providing encouraging support of my professional pursuits. Her sense of life balance keeps me grounded and demonstrates the importance of being open, fair and generous. My sons, for giving me the necessary perspective on life-work balance. My parents, for providing me the principles I have molded into my core values.

Ten years from now: Continued dedication to my family, helping my wife pursue her personal and career interests, while remaining steadfast to my professional growth and community leadership. I will be managing a successful organization and continue to mature as a business executive.

Todd Levine
Vice president, marketing and sales Alleson Athletic
Age: 37

Education: A.B., economics, Harvard University; MBA, Simon Graduate School of Business, University of Rochester

Family: Wife, Julie; son, 6; two daughters, 4 and 2

Professional responsibilities: Responsible for all sales and marketing functions for all three major divisions: Alleson Athletic; Alleson Cheerleading; and Warrior Hockey, Lacrosse and Outerwear; manages sales force; produces marketing strategy and materials and sets strategic sales plan. Involved in other company responsibilities from strategy direction to party planning.

Community leadership: Board member, Golisano Children's Hospital at Strong; board member, the Community Place of Greater Rochester Inc.; co-executive director, William and Mildred Levine Foundation; council member, U.S. Lacrosse Industry; alumni activities and interviews, Harvard University

Greatest influence: My grandfather has unquestionably been my mentor. His drive to succeed and the manner that he conducts himself in business and life have been the cornerstone of how I approach my own career-desire, dedication, confidence, humility, greater sense of community and a general commitment to always do things the right way and to the best of your ability.

Ten years from now: I plan on loving and nurturing three children and being the greatest partner to my incredible wife. Professionally-Adi Dassler (Adidas), Phil Knight (Nike), Kevin Plank (Under Armour), Todd Levine ... leading Alleson Athletic and affiliated brands to national recognition and prominence. The first step is to say it out loud!

Jeffrey Lewis
The Bonadio Group
Age: 34

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

Family: Wife, Julie; three daughters, 14, 13 and 9; two sons, 5 and 2

Professional responsibilities: Principal in the Bonadio Group's commercial division. Oversees financial statement audits and provides a wide range of consulting services to both public and private companies, primarily in Upstate New York. Specializes in manufacturing and distribution, construction, startup companies and implementing effective internal controls. Active in the firm's training and technical implementation groups.

Community leadership: Board member, treasurer and finance committee chairman, Flower City Habitat for Humanity Inc.; board member, Monroe County Industrial Development Corp.; participant, Junior Achievement of Rochester, New York Area Inc.'s "JA in a Day"; participant, Day of Caring, United Way of Greater Rochester Inc.

Greatest influence: My wife and children, for making me laugh and reminding me every day that there are more important things in life than work; my parents, who instilled in me the importance of hard work and perseverance; and the partners at the Bonadio Group, who have supported my professional growth and provided me with the opportunity to succeed.

Ten years from now: I hope to look back and realize that I've made a difference in the lives of people around me, the organizations for which I have volunteered my time and the businesses I've been fortunate enough to work with.

Tonya Love
Executive assistant to chief technology officer and president of Xerox innovation group
Xerox Corp.
Age: 35

Education: B.S., electrical engineering technology, Alabama A&M University; master of engineering, electrical engineering, Clarkson University, Potsdam

Professional responsibilities: Responsible for spearheading the development of Xerox's research and technology investment portfolio for future environmentally friendly innovations; an active participant on Xerox next-generation document services task force team; and a university liaison with Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Community leadership: Leader, Life Group, Jubilee Family Worship Center; senior member, Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers; co-chairwoman, workshops committee, Xerox Black Women's Leadership Council 2008 Summit

Greatest influence: My pastors and family have supported me and taught me how to lead with integrity, character, truth and perseverance. Professionally, Sophie Vandebroek has been my greatest influence by challenging me to face every obstacle as an opportunity. This has given me confidence to know that I have unlimited potential.

Ten years from now: I picture myself leading a global organization that develops cutting-edge technology. In the community, I see myself impacting the next generation of leaders who can lead with character and face challenges with tenacity.

Jared Lusk
Associate attorney Nixon Peabody LLP
Age: 36

Education: B.A., political science, St. John Fisher College; J.D., Syracuse University

Family: Wife, Lori; daughter, 6; son, 4

Professional responsibilities: Represents a variety of clients in real estate planning, zoning, compliance with the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act, as well as other matters before a variety of municipal and state agencies.

Community leadership: Chief, Pittsford Volunteer Fire Department; co-chairman, government relations committee, 2008 Senior PGA Championship; coach, YMCA Youth Soccer

Greatest influence in your life: My family. As a child my father demonstrated an untiring work ethic that is unmatched even today, my brothers each taught me to appreciate even the most simple things in life, and each day my wife and children inspire me to the best person that I can be.

Ten years from now: Enjoying my life as a husband, father, attorney, friend and volunteer firefighter.

Scott Marshall
President and CEO
Marshall Farms Group Ltd.
Age: 38

Education: B.S., applied economics and management, Cornell University; MBA, Simon Graduate School of Business, University of Rochester

Family: Wife, Courtney; two sons, 10 and 8; two daughters, 7 and 4

Professional responsibilities: President of privately held company headquartered in North Rose, N.Y., employing approximately 300 people at production sites in the U.S., Europe and Asia, producing specialty animals and products for biomedical research and for pets.

Community leadership: Board member and gala committee member, ViaHealth of Wayne Foundation; board member and ambassador family, March of Dimes, Genesee Valley/Finger Lakes Division; NICU committee member, Golisano Children's Hospital at Strong; den leader, Cub Scout Pack 206; soccer coach, 2007 U10 boys tournament team, Webster Soccer Association

Greatest influence: My grandparents and father, for establishing the values for our family business, especially hard work, high integrity, generosity and proper treatment of employees and customers. My parents, for teaching the importance of common sense and the appreciation for the simple things in life. My wife and children, for inspiring love, faith and youthfulness.

Ten years from now: I foresee our company's adherence to its principles and continued growth in its industries and in our community. I will continue to focus my time on issues and with organizations that mean the most to my family, my business and to me.

Robert McFadden
Assistant vice president of commercial lending
Five Star Bank
Age: 34

Education: B.S., business management, LeMoyne College

Family: Wife, Ann; two daughters, 4 and 2

Professional responsibilities: Makes and services a variety of commercial loans. Leads the commercial lending sales effort in a three-county area in an effort to develop new business and expand existing relationships. Creates opportunities for the bank by being engaged in networking and business development activities consistent with nurturing organic sales growth.

Community leadership: Board member, DeSales High School; board member, Catholic Charities of the Finger Lakes; treasurer, Geneva Rotary Club; board member, Finger Lakes Council, Boy Scouts of America; treasurer, Smith Opera House; board member, Geneva Center of Concern; former city councilman, city of Geneva; account executive, 2007 Ontario County United Way

Greatest influence: Family. My parents have provided me with a solid foundation and strong moral compass. I have learned the values of integrity and strong work ethic led by my family's example. My wife has shown me everything that is important in life. My kids are my joy and inspiration.

Ten years from now: I will continue to strive for excellence in my professional development. I aspire to be a recognized leader in the communities that I serve by building long-term relationships that strengthen ties to Five Star Bank. I will continue to grow as a loving husband and caring father.

Michael McNaughton
OakWood Financial Services
Age: 39

Education: BBA, St. Bonaventure University

Family: Wife, Melissa; two daughters, 12 and 10; son, 8

Professional responsibilities: Helps clientele successfully transition into retirement and enjoy financial independence. Provides individualized financial plans built on investment strategies unique to each client's goals.

Community leadership: Board member, Quad-A for Kids; chairman, Joe-U Memorial/Quad-A for Kids Golf Tournament; past president, Rochester chapter, National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors; treasurer and den leader, Cub Scout Pack 463; coach, Penfield Youth Soccer and Bay View YMCA basketball; member, Estate Planning Council of Rochester, Financial Planning Association and Society of Financial Service Professionals

Greatest influence: My wife, Melissa. Having been with me since high school, I think she knows me better than I know myself. Without her love and support my accomplishments and achievements would be far less significant. Spending time with my family reminds me of what is really important in life.

Ten years from now: I'll enjoy seeing my clients achieve their financial goals and live their dreams. I'll face the joys and challenges of my children becoming young adults and following their own paths in life. And, Melissa and I will celebrate a milestone anniversary in an exotic tropical locale with a beautiful golf course.

Lesli Myers
Assistant superintendent for student services
Ithaca City School District
Age: 38

Education: B.A., psychology, M.S., counseling and human development, University of Rochester; M.S., educational administration, St. John Fisher College

Professional responsibilities: Models the valuing of diversity in practices and procedures in the student service arenas. Supervises special education, academic intervention services, early childhood education and alternative education programs. Oversees student conduct and discipline, school safety and student registration.

Community leadership: Member, U.S. Congressional testimony and position statements' committee, American School Counselor Association; black scholars' planning committee and workshop trainer, Urban League of Rochester, New York Inc.; No Child Left Behind Committee, National Office for School Counselor Advocacy; equity plan committee, Ithaca City School District; past president, New York State School Counselor Association; diversity committee, St. John Fisher College; education committee, New Life Ministries Inc.

Greatest influence: My maternal grandmother had the greatest influence in my life and shared this advice: "Lesli, there are three tenets that you must live by: 1. Acknowledge God first and he will direct your path. 2. Study to show thyself approved. 3. He who finds a wife finds a good thing ... remember that you are a good thing!"

Ten years from now: I will be serving as the U.S. Secretary of Education. In this capacity, programs and services will be designed to foster academic, social, emotional and physical success for all children. Moreover, my work will focus on empowering underserved populations.

Kelly Odorisi
Underberg & Kessler LLP
Age: 39

Education: B.S., business, Ball State University, Muncie, Ind.; J.D., The John Marshall Law School, Chicago

Family: Husband, Scott; son, 7; daughter, 3

Professional responsibilities: Partner in Underberg & Kessler's estates and trusts practice group. Concentrates practice on estate, tax and long-term care planning. Represents corporate entities and individuals as fiduciaries in the administration of estates and trusts, and represents elderly and disabled individuals in Medicaid fair hearings.

Community leadership: Advisory board vice president, Hope Lodge steering committee member and legislative ambassador, American Cancer Society; board member, Step by Step of Rochester Inc.; treasurer, Estate Planning Council of Rochester; membership committee, Rochester Women's Network; executive council member, Monroe County Bar Association

Greatest influence: My husband, for enabling me to grow as an individual, for providing balance in my life and for constantly reminding me that any goal is attainable. My parents, for always giving me their unconditional love and support. My children, for showing me the true meaning of life.

Ten years from now: I will be enjoying every day with my husband and striving to be the best mother possible to my children. I will be working with a wonderful group of people at Underberg & Kessler and continuing to grow both professionally and as a leader in the community.

Scott Odorisi
Attorney, the Odorisi Law Firm
Judge, East Rochester Town Court
Age: 39

Education: B.S., finance, Siena College, Loudonville, N.Y.; J.D., The John Marshall Law School, Chicago; LLM, health law, DePaul University, Chicago

Family: Wife, Kelly; son, 7; daughter, 3

Professional responsibilities: Concentrates on business and corporate law, elder law and Medicaid planning, real estate, estate probate and administration and bankruptcy law as attorney. Serves as judge for East Rochester Town Court, which has preliminary jurisdiction over felony matters, as well as misdemeanors and violations occurring within the town of East Rochester; acting judge, Rochester City Court

Community leadership: Board of trustees, Monroe County Magistrate's Association; board member, Rochester Rehabilitation Center Inc.; board member, Center Information Services Inc.; board member, Eastside YMCA; finance committee member, Church of St. Jerome; member, East Rochester Rotary Club

Greatest influence: My father, for his professional guidance and support and for teaching me many life lessons, including the importance of giving back to the community and the less fortunate. My wife and best friend, for her unconditional love and support and reminding me what's really important in life.

Ten years from now: To continue to try to be the best husband and father possible while still being able to positively contribute to my community and profession.

Brian O'Sullivan
Frontier Abstract and Research Services Inc.
Age: 37

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

Family: Wife, Mari; three daughters, 9, 7 and 6; son, 4

Professional responsibilities: Works with a talented management team that plans and implements strategic objectives. Develops the budget, reviews financials and oversees operations.

Community leadership: Board member, human resource committee member, agency advancement committee member, Mary Cariola Children's Center Inc.; board member, executive committee member, development committee member, Community Place of Greater Rochester Inc.

Greatest influence: My parents taught my brothers and me to welcome others into our lives and be accepting of people's differences. My wife has always encouraged me to believe in myself, and my children remind me that life can and should be simpler than adulthood makes it out to be.

Ten years from now: I will be actively enjoying my kids' high school years, celebrating 20 wonderful years of marriage and playing with my family and friends as much as possible. I hope that I've positioned our company as a highly respected industry leader and I will continue to be involved in the community.

Christopher Passero
Business development manager
Passero Associates and Passero Spoleta Design-Build LLC
Age: 37

Education: B.S., marketing, Ithaca College

Family: Wife, Laura; two daughters, 4 and 1; son, 6

Professional responsibilities: Identifies and cultivates new business relationships with potential clients by offering services ranging from site selection to design and construction of new and remodeled facilities. Actively networks with industry groups and local associations. Maintains client relationships, demonstrating a passion for exceeding client expectations. Provides commercial real-estate services as an agent with Park Avenue Realtors.

Community leadership: Board member, property committee member, nominating committee member, Salvation Army-Rochester Area Services; board member and membership committee member, Webster Chamber of Commerce; board member, Hope Initiatives CDC Inc.; membership committee member, National Association of Industrial Office Properties; member, New York State Commercial Association of Realtors

Greatest influence: My parents have been the greatest influence in my life by instilling a strong work ethic, family values and most importantly, by teaching me that a relationship with God is the key to everything.

Ten years from now: I see myself continuing to add value to Passero Associates by developing new business opportunities, spending time serving the community by working with organizations that I believe in, and becoming a better husband and father.

Rachel Pisciotta
Vice president and chief financial officer
Visiting Nurse Service of Rochester and Monroe County Inc.
Age: 37

Education: B.S., accounting, Alfred University; MBA, health care management, Simon Graduate School of Business, University of Rochester

Family: Husband, Frank; two sons, 4 and 2

Professional responsibilities: Leads all financial operations for three corporations including reimbursement and analysis, payroll and billing. Oversees investment and compliance for cash balance pension and 401(k) plans and foundation assets. Responsible for purchasing, debt management, capital acquisitions and financing, Medicare/Medicaid cost report submissions, single audit requirements, treasury functions and joint ventures.

Community leadership: Adjunct faculty, clinical nurse leadership program, University of Rochester School of Nursing; board member and development committee chairwoman, Mercy Flight Central Inc.; president-elect, Friends of Strong Council; finance committee member, Rochester Broadway Theatre League Inc.; member, Healthcare Financial Management Association

Greatest influence: My husband believes in me and provides continuous encouragement and support for my personal and professional goals. Through his own selflessness, he has taught me the importance of caring for others. My father taught me that good things do not come easy; you must work hard to achieve great things.

Ten years from now: I see myself as an active mother and wife in our family life, a contributing member to the non-profit community in which we live and a successful financial professional in the health care field.

Christopher Potash
Harter Secrest & Emery LLP
Age: 39

Education: B.A., economics, University of Rochester; J.D., Albany Law School of Union University

Professional responsibilities: Concentrates his practice on executive compensation, employee benefit and tax matters. Represents both public and private companies, from closely held businesses to Fortune 100 companies, with respect to the design, implementation, administration and reporting obligations of their executive compensation arrangements, including stock options, restricted stock, deferred compensation and performance incentive awards.

Community leadership: Board member, development committee member, Gilda's Club of Rochester; board member, finance committee member, Grantmakers Forum of New York; 2005 and 2006 campaign coordinator, United Way of Greater Rochester Inc.

Greatest influence: My parents, who instilled in me the values of hard work, personal integrity, respect for others, kindness and generosity, and my family and friends, who have encouraged and supported me throughout the years.

Ten years from now: I see myself continuing as a partner with Harter Secrest & Emery and remaining active in the Rochester community.

Tina Power
Vice president, financial planning and analysis
Paetec Holding Corp.
Age: 37

Education: B.S., accounting and mathematics, Alfred University; MBA, accounting and information systems, Simon Graduate School of Business, University of Rochester

Family: Husband, Darryl

Professional responsibilities: Manages the annual and reforecast strategic budget processes, business modeling and sales/EBITDA reporting. Finance lead for integration of mergers and acquisitions. Manages various financial operations teams including payroll, revenue assurance, cash/receivables, stock options and incentive compensation.

Community leadership: Board secretary and audit committee chairwoman, Humane Society at Lollypop Farm; volunteer, Junior Achievement of Rochester, New York Area Inc.; volunteer agility judge, 4-H

Greatest influence: My husband, for giving me unending support of my career aspirations and teaching me that family is defined by those who love you unselfishly. My animals, who remind me that by giving such a small piece of me gives back priceless rewards. You give them basics and they give you their entire heart.

Ten years from now: With my family's support, I will continue to be a leader in business and the community. I will be watching staff become leaders and role models for others and be thankful that I played a small part. I hope to continue to grow as a person and have an even more influential role at Paetec.

Shonda Ranson
Assistant research professor
University of Rochester
Age: 34

Education: B.S., organizational management, M.S., leadership, Roberts Wesleyan College

Professional responsibilities: Participates in the academic and administrative programs of a cancer research base, analyzes multi-center research studies, teaches design elements of clinical trial data acquisition, writes or contributes to grant applications and articles, and guest lectures on the use of commercial marketing practices for improved patient awareness.

Community leadership: 2008 president-elect, 2007 metro-conference director, New York State Junior Chamber; 2007 public relations and government affairs chairwoman; 2007 board chairwoman, Greater Rochester Junior Chamber; founder and board member, Roc City Coalition; certified national trainer, Junior Chamber International; guest lecturer, Community Health Improvement Clerkship; guest lecturer on community and preventative medicine; governor's region west chancellor, New York State Junior Chamber

Greatest influence: First, great thanks to the people who nominated me; however, one person did change everything-Nicole Davis, who recruited me into the Greater Rochester Junior Chamber in 2000. The empowerment through leadership development the organization gave to me is why I am being honored now.

Ten years from now: For leadership to be a true success, it must be passed on. That is why I am continuing my training certifications, academic pursuits and research. I will also be continuing my push to make sure that young adults have a voice in the community-and not just during election years.

John Rizzo
Managing partner
Rizzo & DiGiacco CPAs PLLC
Age: 34

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

Family: Wife, Anmarie; daughter, 2; son, 3 months

Professional responsibilities: Provides value-added accounting and business consulting services to small businesses and individuals. Manages firm operations and supervises professional staff. Meets with clients on a routine basis to review financial results, income tax returns, financing needs, business plans and financial projections.

Community leadership: Finance committee chairman and board member, Boys & Girls Club of Rochester Inc.; member, Brighton chapter, Business Network International; semi-annual speaker, Roberts Wesleyan College; volunteer, Chip Holt Golf Classic; past member, supervisory committee, Family First of New York Federal Credit Union

Greatest influence: My parents, for providing me with values and discipline. My beautiful wife and children, for allowing me to follow my dreams and reminding me of the important things in life. Brian DiGiacco, for his dedication to our partnership. Tom Bonadio, for his mentorship and opportunity in public accounting.

Ten years from now: I will be the managing partner of a successful midsize business consulting firm that will provide outstanding service to businesses and individuals in a family environment. I will have ownership in multiple diverse businesses, will continue to pursue networking opportunities and will spend as much time as possible with my family.

James Smith
Deputy county executive County of Monroe
Age: 38

Education: B.A., political science, SUNY College at Oswego

Professional responsibilities: Works to ensure that Monroe County's diverse departments implement and execute programs and policies that further Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks' vision to keep faith with taxpayers while maintaining the highest-quality services.

Community leadership: Board vice chairman and secretary, Greater Rochester Vietnam Veterans Memorial; chairman, County Executive's sustainable green energy committee; member, presidential advisory committee, Monroe Community College; president, Monroe Tobacco Asset Securitization Corp.; member, Renaissance Square executive committee; member, Rochester Rotary; town leader, Greece Republican Committee; lifelong member, Our Mother of Sorrows Church

Greatest influence: My parents, Gordon and Elizabeth Smith. My late father, for instilling in me his unyielding integrity, strident work ethic and love of the outdoors. My immigrant mother, for giving me a respect for freedom, an appreciation of heritage and an ability to embrace the opportunity found in hard work.

Ten years from now: Whether working in government or perhaps the private sector, I would hope to continue contributing to our community through public service. Additionally, I would be eager to get more involved with organizations dealing with conservation and environmental issues, which can only become more significant a decade from now.

Charles Vita
District president, Rochester
Citizens Bank N.A.
Age: 37

Education: BBA, MBA, St. Bonaventure University

Family: Wife, Kimberly; three daughters, 7, 6 and 3 months; son, 2

Professional responsibilities: Responsible for the implementation of strategic and tactical business goals for all banking lines of business within the nine-county Rochester district. Senior lender for all commercial banking activities, including corporate and capital markets. Responsible for developing and maintaining strong relationships with government and civic leaders to collaborate on initiatives to improve the growth of the Rochester region.

Community leadership: Board member, finance committee member, United Way of Greater Rochester Inc.; board member, audit committee chairman, Monroe Community College Foundation; board member, finance committee member, YMCA of Greater Rochester; board member and finance committee member, Rochester Business Alliance Inc.; board member, Center for Governmental Research Inc.; board member, Education Leadership Council

Greatest influence: My wife, Kim, and my children who keep me focused on the most important things in life. My parents, who have helped me build values that have carried me through any challenge and taught me the gift of giving back. My professional mentors, who have always been a tremendous sounding board for me and are my trusted advisors.

Ten years from now: My wife and I will be helping our oldest daughter prepare for college and will continue to enjoy many sporting and family activities with our children. I will be working with our very talented, dynamic colleagues at Citizens Bank and looking for ways to grow professionally. I will continue to give back to our community and enjoy teaching my children the importance of these activities.

Fiona Willis
Executive producer, "Second Opinion"
WXXI Public Broadcasting Council
Age: 38

Education: B.A., communications and media management, SUNY College at New Paltz

Family: Husband, Dan; two daughters, 6 and 2; two sons, 4 and 9 months

Professional responsibilities: Manages all aspects of the production of the national WXXI/PBS health care television series, "Second Opinion." Oversees production staff, show development, research, scripting, pre- and post-production, national outreach, public relations, PBS station relations and online initiatives.

Community leadership: Founding president, Camp Stella Maris Alumni Association; board member, vice president, Camp Stella Maris of Livonia Inc.; member, National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences; communications consultant to local non-profit organizations; former board member, Sunset House Inc.

Greatest influence: My parents and three sisters have shown me exactly what unconditional love is. My husband is the most patient, supportive and loving man alive. My children are my true joy. They know what matters and what doesn't, and they lead me by example every day. My lifelong friends offer me constant wisdom and support.

Ten years from now: My greatest hope is to be raising four healthy, happy children, in a home built on kindness and honesty. I hope to be serving others in a way that my children will want to emulate. I will be producing an educational children's series and will still be involved with Camp Stella Maris, as it is a huge part of who I am today.

Lyjah Wilton
Owner and president
Wilton Enterprises Inc.
Age: 30

Education: B.A., communications and public relations, SUNY College at Oswego

Family: Wife, Jillian; two sons, 4 and 2; daughter, 1

Professional responsibilities: Oversees the management of over 115 rental units. Seeks out new acquisitions and fills the role of project manager for any renovation needs. As owner of Boulder Coffee Co., focuses energy on business growth, event planning and marketing.

Community leadership: Owner, Boulder Coffee Co.; owner and broker, Boulder Realty; chairman, South Wedge Planning Committee Inc.; member, Businesses and South Wedge Associates; advisory team member, South Wedge Farmers Market; Neighbor Works Star award recipient 2007; member, Greater Rochester Association of Realtors

Greatest influence: My wife, Jillian, for teaching me that a balance of work, family and play is the most fulfilling life and reminding me that although it's good to work hard to achieve my goals, it's more important to enjoy my life in the process.

Ten years from now: In 10 years, I will be enjoying the successful resurgence of the South Wedge. I will be investing in the southeast area of the city through property rehabilitation and community development work. I will also travel and enjoy sharing new experiences with my wife and our children.

11/02/07 (C) 2007 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or email

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