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RBJ 75: Non-profit companies CEOs

Rochester Business Journal
July 29, 2011

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 2010. 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.

Acevedo 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 the college since 1975, culminating in his appointment to the presidency in September 2004.

Bain serves on the boards of Holy Sepulchre Cemetery and the Rochester Business Alliance. In June 2010, he was elected vice president of the Rochester Area Colleges President’s Council.

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. He has been a visiting scholar at the Defense Intelligence Agency and held a senior appointment at the National Defense University.

James Branciforte
President and CEO, Lifetime Assistance Inc.

Branciforte became president and CEO of Lifetime Assistance in 1988. He previously 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, he was named the Greater Rochester Awards Executive of the Year.

Branciforte recently completed a term on the legislative committee of the New York State Association of Community and Residential Agencies.

Mark Clement
President and CEO, Rochester General Health System

Clement joined Rochester General Health System as president and CEO in September 2006. Until recently he also served as president of Rochester General Hospital. 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 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 the entire Thompson Health system in 1991. She headed a 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 a bachelor’s degree in nursing from SUNY College at Brockport and a master’s from St. Xavier College in Chicago. She is a fellow of the American College of Health Care Executives and a recipient of the American Hospital Association’s Shirley Ann Munroe Leadership Development Award.

Farchione, whose community involvement encompasses organizations including the United Way and Finger Lakes Visiting Nurse Service, has announced that she will retire in May 2012.

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 serves on the board of the Rochester Business Alliance and is chairman of the finance committee for the United Way of Greater Rochester.

He 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 since 1995.

Galati serves on boards for the American Red Cross, Rochester Regional Healthcare Association and Seagate Alliance. He is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and has received its Senior Leadership Award.

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 and is a licensed nursing home administrator.

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 heads the board of directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service and is chairman of the Talloires Network Steering Committee. He also is a board member of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities and the Partnership of Public Service and is a member of the Leadership Council of ServiceNation.

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

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 had worked in finance positions for Unity for approximately 30 years.

Hern has served as national chairman of the Healthcare Financial Management Association. He is on the boards of the Rochester Business Alliance and the Health Care Association of New York State and is on JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s regional board.

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

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 associate dean of community care at the University of Rochester School of Nursing and teaches in the master’s program.

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.

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

She serves on the boards of the Home Care Association of New York, Finger Lakes Visiting Nurse Service and Alzheimer’s Association and on the regional advisory board for HSBC Bank.

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, he was vice president for post-acute services at the Stamford Health System in Connecticut.

Katz is board chairman of the Senior Health Alliance of Greater Rochester, a director of the local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, a member of the SAGE Commission of the Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency and a member of the Rochester Innovation Health Collaborative.

He has a bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University and a degree in health services administration from Quinnipiac College.

David Klein
President and CEO,
Lifetime Health Care Cos. Inc.

Klein became head of Lifetime Healthcare in 2003. He had begun his career at the national headquarters of the 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 director of the Rochester Business Alliance, Greater Rochester Enterprise and the Business Council of New York State.

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

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. She is a clinical adjunct faculty member for the University of Rochester School of Nursing and a board member for the hospice program of Visiting Nurse Service of Rochester and for St. John Fisher College.

Robert Pieters
President, Heritage Christian Services Inc.

Pieters is a founder of Heritage Christian Services and was chairman of its board until he became president in 1986. Under his leadership, the agency has grown to operate more than 60 group homes, two respite homes and 24 day programs. Its new wellness center won the national 2009 Community Builder Award and the 2011 Business Excellence Award from the Henrietta Chamber of Commerce.

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

Dennis Richardson
President and CEO, Hillside Family of Agencies

Richardson joined Hillside, one of New York’s largest family and children’s services agencies, in 1994. Before Hillside, he was 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 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 has led the YMCA since 1998 and was vice president of operations and chief operating officer for five years before then. He 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 as assistant director of youth and family services at the Springfield (Mass.) Metropolitan YMCA.

Romell is on the boards of the Council of Agency Executives and the Eugenio Maria de Hostos Charter School. He has a master’s degree from Springfield College.

Charles Runyon
President and CEO, St. John’s

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

Runyon is a board member for the New York State Association of Homes and Services for the Aging. He has served as chairman of the Rochester Association of Homes and Services to the Aging and board member for the local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Runyon has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from St. Bonaventure University.

Mark Schoell
President and CEO, United Memorial Medical Center

Schoell, a Tonawanda native, 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.

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 more than 30 years and was clinic director and associate director before becoming 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 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 has an A.B. in political science from the University of California at Los Angeles and a J.D. from Harvard University.

Sankar Sewnauth
President and CEO,
Continuing Developmental Services Inc.

Sewnauth has been with CDS 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.

Barbara Wale
President and CEO, the Arc of Monroe County

Wale started her career at the Arc of Monroe County in 1978. She earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in speech pathology from SUNY College at Geneseo. She also has an MBA from the Bittner School of Business at St. John Fisher College.

James Wissler
CEO, Lakeside Health System

Wissler, interim CEO of the health system since March 7, became permanent CEO as of July 13. For 13 years before that he had been CEO of Nicholas H. Noyes Memorial Hospital in Dansville.

Wissler held administrative positions from 1988 to 1997 at Putnam Memorial Health Corp. in Burlington, Vt., and Marlboro Hospital in Marlboro, Mass.

He has a bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University in Boston, a master’s in business administration from Nichols College in Dudley, Mass., and a master’s in hospital administration from Clark University in Worcester, Mass.

7/29/11 (c) 2011 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or e-mail


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