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RBJ 75: Non-Profits CEOs

Rochester Business Journal
July 23, 2010

Non Profit Organizations

Jose Acevedo M.D.

President and CEO, Finger Lakes Health

Acevedo became the first physician to head Finger Lakes Health when he was named president and CEO in April. He joined the health system in 2004 as vice president for medical affairs and chief medical officer. In 2009, he became executive vice president.

Before that he trained and worked at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, a teaching hospital that serves as the medical campus of Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Acevedo also received an MBA from New York Institute of Technology.

He also serves on the board of VHA Empire-Metro and the Salvation Army advisory board.

Donald Bain

President, St. John Fisher College

Bain has held various positions at St. John Fisher College since 1975, culminating in his current appointment in November 2005.

Bain serves on the boards of Holy Sepulchre Cemetery and the Rochester Business Alliance. He is also a member of the Independent Judicial Election Qualification Commission for the state's 7th Judicial District.

He holds a graduate certificate in educational management from Harvard University and a Ph.D. from SUNY Buffalo. Bain, who served in the Navy and is a Vietnam-era veteran, is a specialist in 20th-century American national security.

James Branciforte

President and CEO, Lifetime Assistance Inc.

Branciforte became president and CEO of Lifetime Assistance in 1988. He previous was a senior manager at People Inc. in Buffalo.

Branciforte received an associate's degree in human services from Genesee Community College, a B.S. in human services from SUNY College at Brockport and an MSW from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at SUNY Albany. In 2008, Branciforte was named the Greater Rochester Awards Executive of the Year.

Daan Braveman

President, Nazareth College of Rochester

Braveman became president of Nazareth College in 2005. Earlier in his career, he was a law clerk to Justice Samuel Roberts of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. He also worked as an attorney for the Greater Upstate Law Project, located in Rochester. He joined Syracuse University College of Law in 1977 and served as dean from 1994 to 2002.

Braveman is a member of a number of boards, including the New York Council of Independent Colleges and Universities, the Rochester Business Alliance, the Arts & Cultural Council for Greater Rochester and the Jewish Federation. He graduated from the University of Rochester and obtained his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

Mark Clement

President and CEO, Rochester General Health System

Clement joined Rochester General Health System as president and CEO as well as president of Rochester General Hospital in September 2006. He previously was president of Caritas St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in Boston. Before that, Clement was president and CEO of MetroWest Medical Center in suburban Boston. He was also president and CEO of Holy Cross Hospital in Chicago.

A native of Cincinnati, Clement earned his undergraduate degree and master's degree from Xavier University.

Bruce Darling

President and CEO, Center for Disability Rights Inc.

Darling is co-founder and head of the Center for Disability Rights Inc. During his 21-year career, he has dealt with a variety of disability issues.

Darling also is a community organizer with ADAPT, a national grassroots community of disability rights activists. He has written a number of public policy analyses on disability rights issues.

He holds a B.A. degree in English from the University of Rochester and an M.S. degree in public relations management from Syracuse University.

William Destler

President, Rochester Institute of Technology

Destler became president of Rochester Institute of Technology in July 2007. He previously was senior vice president for academic affairs and provost of the University of Maryland at College Park.

Destler serves on the American Council on Education's Commission on Effective Leadership and is a board member for the National Institute of Aerospace Foundation. He is a member of the board of directors for New York's Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities. He also serves on community boards in Rochester, including Greater Rochester Enterprise, Rochester Business Alliance and High Tech Rochester.

Destler is an international authority on high-power microwave sources and advanced accelerator concepts. He earned his B.S. in physics from Stevens Institute of Technology and his Ph.D. in physics from Cornell University.

Linda Farchione

President and CEO, Thompson Health

Farchione became head of Thompson Health in 1991. With revenues in excess of $100 million, the health system has grown to employ more than 1,300 people.

She headed a revolutionary mental health program at Rochester's Genesee Hospital prior to joining Thompson Health in 1986 as the vice president of nursing at F.F. Thompson Hospital.

Farchione has received industry awards and volunteers with community groups. She received her M.S. in nursing from St. Xavier College in Chicago and is a fellow of the American College of Health Care Executives.

David Fiedler

President and CEO, ESL Federal Credit Union

Fiedler joined ESL in 1997 as senior vice president and retail operations manager. Since he took the top post in 2003, the credit union's membership and asset base have grown. In 2010, ESL moved its headquarters from Rochester's suburbs to a new building downtown.

Before he joined ESL, Fiedler worked for Eastman Kodak Co. He is a trustee and chairman of the finance committee for the United Way of Greater Rochester. Fiedler graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1969 with a B.A. in economics.

John Galati

President and CEO, Clifton Springs Hospital & Clinic

Galati has more than 35 years of administrative experience in Pennsylvania and New York community hospitals. He has held his current post at Clifton Springs since 1995.

Galati is a fellow and board member for the American College of Healthcare Executives and a member of the Clifton Springs Chamber of Commerce and Business Council.

Galati received his B.A. in psychology from Ohio University and his M.S. in health services administration from SUNY Stony Brook. He served in the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps.

Mark Gearan

President, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

A former director of the Peace Corps, Gearan has been president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges since 1999. He was deputy chief of staff and director of communications in the White House during the Clinton administration.

Gearan serves as chair of the board of directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service as well as the Annapolis Group. He also is a board member of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities and the Partnership of Public Service.

A native of Massachusetts, Gearan earned his B.A. in government at Harvard University and his law degree at Georgetown University.

Patricia Heffernan

President and CEO, Lifetime Care

Heffernan leads Lifetime Care, an agency of organizations from Buffalo to Utica employing 1,600 people.

She started her career working for an agency serving people with developmental disabilities, holding several administrative posts over a 12-year period.

In 1993, she joined Lifetime's predecessor, Genesee Region Home Care, as director of social work and oversaw the support services for hospice care. She became president and CEO in 1999. Six years later, she led the acquisition of another large home care agency and the name change to Lifetime Care.

Heffernan graduated from Syracuse University with a master's degree in social work.

Warren Hern

President and CEO, Unity Health System

Hern was chief financial officer of Unity Health System before assuming the top post in 2010. He has worked in finance positions for Unity for approximately 30 years.

Hern serves on the boards of the Rochester Regional Health Information Organization and CP Rochester and is on JPMorgan Chase & Co.'s regional board.

He received a bachelor of arts degree in accounting from New Hampshire University in 1974 and an MBA from Rochester Institute of Technology in 1979.

Victoria Hines

President and CEO,

Visiting Nurse Service of Rochester and Monroe County Inc.

Hines became head of Visiting Nurse Service in 2001. She also is vice president for Home Care for Strong Health and associate dean of community care at the University of Rochester School of Nursing.

At VNS, she directs the certified and licensed home health agencies and oversees the hospice, long-term home health care and Meals On Wheels programs.

At the UR School of Nursing, she is an assistant professor and teaches in the master's program.

Hines earned her master's degree in health administration from the Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University.

Daniel Katz

President and CEO, Jewish Senior Life

Katz has been president and CEO of Jewish Senior Life since July 2004. Before he joined Jewish Senior Life, Katz was vice president for post-acute services at the Stamford Health System in Connecticut. He joined the Stamford Health System in 1989, working in various executive positions in long-term care and senior services.

Katz received his bachelor's degree from Syracuse University and a degree in health services administration from Quinnipiac College in Hamden, Conn.

David Klein

President and CEO, Lifetime Healthcare Cos. Inc.

Klein became head of Lifetime Health-care in 2003.

He began his career with the national headquarters of Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association in Chicago. In 1985 he joined BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois, and in 1986 he was recruited as senior vice president of BlueCross BlueShield of the Rochester Area. From 1996 to 2002, Klein led operations during the evolution of today's Lifetime Healthcare Cos.

Klein is a community volunteer. He is a director of the Rochester Business Alliance, Greater Rochester Enterprise and Business Council of New York State.

A native of Albany, Klein earned a B.S. in management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1970 and an MBA from the University of Chicago in 1972.

Elizabeth Mullin-DiProsa

President and CEO, St. Ann's of Greater Rochester Inc.

Mullin-DiProsa is a registered nurse and health care executive with more than 25 years of experience. Before becoming head of St. Ann's, Mullin-DiProsa operated a Medicare-certified home health agency and hospice agency, a skilled nursing facility and a geriatric medical practice with Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound in Seattle.

Mullin-DiProsa is chairwoman for the Senior Health Alliance of Greater Rochester Inc. and of Traditions in Caring Inc. She is a clinical adjunct faculty member for the University of Rochester School of Nursing and a member of numerous professional organizations.

Robert Pieters

President, Heritage Christian Services Inc.

Pieters is one of the founders of Heritage Christian Services and served as chairman of its board of directors until he became president in 1986.

Under his leadership, the agency has grown to operate 57 group homes, two respite homes and 20 day programs. It also provides a variety of community and health services through its service coordination department, therapeutic riding stables and state-of-the-art wellness center, which won the prestigious 2009 Community Builder Award.

Pieters obtained a degree in administration and finance from the University of Rochester in 1963 and has served on the boards of the Council of Reformed Charities, Mary Cariola Children's Center Inc. and the Monroe Developmental Center.

Dennis Richardson

President and CEO, Hillside Family of Agencies

Richardson joined Hillside in September 1994. Hillside is one of New York's largest and its most diversely funded and geographically diverse family and children's services agencies.

Before Hillside, Richardson was the executive director of the Children's Study Home in Springfield, Mass. He also worked at St. Joseph's Children's Services in Brooklyn and at the Catholic Guardian Society of Brooklyn and Queens. He also was an adjunct faculty member at the University of Connecticut School of Social Work.

Richardson is a member of the boards of the Alliance for Children and Families, Frontier Communications Co. and the Greater Rochester Health Foundation. He is a graduate of Columbia University School of Social Work.

George Romell

President and CEO, YMCA of Greater Rochester

Romell was appointed head of the YMCA of Greater Rochester in July 1998. For five years prior, he had been vice president of operations and chief operating officer. Romell joined the YMCA of Greater Rochester as executive director of the Southeast Branch in 1989.

Before joining the Rochester association, Romell was the associate executive director at the Rome Family YMCA. He began his career with the YMCA as assistant director of youth and family services at the Springfield (Mass.) Metropolitan YMCA.

Romell is a leader of many YMCA groups on a national and regional level. He earned a master's degree from Springfield College.

Charles Runyon

President and CEO, St. John's Home

Runyon has led St. John's Home since 2001. For eight years prior, he was executive vice president, chief operating officer and administrator.

Runyon has been a board member of the New York State Association of Homes and Services for the Aging. He is on the board of the local chapter of the Alzheimer's Association and of the Senior Health Alliance of Greater Rochester. He has coached youth hockey, lacrosse, football and rugby.

In 1998, he received the Thomas Clarke Memorial Award-"Young Administrator of the Year"- from NYAHSA. Runyon received his BBA from St. Bonaventure University.

Mark Schoell

President and CEO, United Memorial Medical Center

Mark Schoell is a Western New York native with more than 25 years of health care industry experience. A Tonawanda native, Schoell worked for many years with the Catholic Health System and Mercy Health System of Western New York. He was vice president of finance and chief financial officer for Ellis Hospital in Schenectady until 2004, when he accepted his current post at United Memorial Medical Center.

He serves on the board of directors for the Lake Plains Community Care Network, Genesee County Chamber of Commerce, Western New York Healthcare Association and Healthcare Professional Insurance Co. He is a fellow and past president of the Western New York chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association.

Schoell, a certified public accountant, is a graduate of Canisius College with a B.S. degree in accounting. He has an M.S. in business administration from St. Bonaventure University.

Paul Scott

President, Mary Cariola Children's Center Inc.

Scott has worked at Mary Cariola Children's Center for 31 years, serving as clinic director, associate director and, most recently, president.

He is chairman of Catholic Family Center's Restart Program, a rehab program for individuals with substance abuse problems. He also serves on the agency's planning and evaluation committee and on advisory committees related to developmental disabilities, and he volunteers with the dinner program for homeless and underprivileged people at Blessed Sacrament Church.

Scott received his bachelor's degree from Notre Dame University and his MSW from Syracuse University.

Joel Seligman

President, University of Rochester

Seligman became president of the University in Rochester in 2005. Previously, he was the dean of the Washington University School of Law.

Seligman is a leading expert on securities law. He is the author or co-author of 20 books and more than 40 articles on legal issues related to securities and corporations. He is a member of the board of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and the Upstate New York Regional Advisory Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. He serves on the boards of the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, Greater Rochester Enterprise and the Rochester Business Alliance.

Seligman received his A.B. in political science from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1971 and his J.D. from Harvard University in 1974.

Sankar Sewnauth

President and CEO, Continuing Developmental Services Inc.

Sewnauth has been with Continuing Developmental Services since 1989. He became executive director in 1998 and was named to his current post in 1999. He previously worked for the Arc of Monroe County as a group home manager.

A native of Guyana, Sewnauth received his B.A. in psychology from Nazarene College in Olathe, Kan., and his M.A. in public administration from SUNY College at Brockport.

7/23/10 (c) 2010 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or e-mail

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