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Forty Under 40: Class of 2011

Patrick Ahern
Senior vice president, business development
Brand Integrity Inc.

Age: 38

Education: B.A., English, Wittenberg University, Springfield, Ohio

Family: Wife, Amy; son, 4; twin son and daughter, 3; daughter, 1 month

Residence: Pittsford

Professional responsibilities: Oversees account management, sales and marketing teams while providing strategic direction that positions Brand Integrity as a leader in experience management consulting and software solutions.

Professional and community leadership: Founder, Crazy Pig Road Rally; board member, Rochester Businessman’s Charitable Organization; past vice president, Pirate Toy Fund

Surprising fact: In my spare time, I co-invented the Stem Steward, a patented product designed for the food and beverage industry, used primarily by wait staff in restaurants to speed beverage delivery and reduce breakage.

Ten years from now: My first priority will continue to be my family-to be an amazing father to my children and a loving, supportive husband. I look forward to continuing to give back to the Rochester community. Professionally, I’ll be working alongside my incredible colleagues at Brand Integrity to realize our vision of making "experience management" as common as customer relationship management is today.

Elizabeth Alexander
Nurse manager of medical-surgical units
Thompson Health

Age: 31

Education: B.S., nursing, Elmira College; M.S., leadership in health care systems, University of Rochester

Family: Husband, Matt

Residence: Rochester

Professional responsibilities: Responsible for the daily operations of two busy medical-surgical units. Oversees customer service initiatives, quality improvements, associates and patient safety. Works closely with the entire interdisciplinary team to help ensure high-quality, patient-centered care.

Professional and community leadership: President, Junior League of Rochester Inc.; secretary, Rochester Gay Men’s Chorus; member, Dues Increase Task Force, Association of Junior Leagues International; member, Bryant and Stratton College bachelor of science in health services administration advisory board; planning committee member for Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk, M.M. Ewing Continuing Care Center

Surprising fact: My father instilled in me a love of baseball, especially the New York Yankees. He took me to my first game at Yankee Stadium, and now my husband and I travel to Yankee Stadium and other stadiums to see our favorite team win and hope to get to all the major-league parks.

Ten years from now: Continuing a rewarding leadership role in the ever-changing landscape of health care. Mentoring young nurse leaders and being proactive with making changes that provide an optimal level of care for health care consumers. Volunteering, being in a leadership position with the Association of Junior Leagues International and continuing to travel with my husband and our expanded family.

Jon Alhart
Public relations supervisor
Dixon Schwabl Advertising Inc.

Age: 32

Education: B.S., television-radio, Ithaca College

Family: Wife, Valerie

Residence: Penfield

Professional responsibilities: A founder of T.I.P.S., Dixon Schwabl’s integrated approach to digital marketing. Helps to bring new business to the agency. Oversees and provides daily traditional and social media public relations support for accounts that include Greater Rochester Enterprise Inc., SentrySafe and Pluta Cancer Center. Produces and hosts "Eyes on the Future" on WHAM-AM 1180.

Professional and community leadership: President-elect, Pen-Web Rotary Club; mentor, Roy H. Park School of Communications, Ithaca College; PRism committee member, Rochester Chapter, Public Relations Society of America; marketing committee member, Fairport Baptist Homes; volunteer, Greater Rochester Red Cross

Surprising fact: At home, I have a Bea Arthur autographed picture in a frame. She wrote: "To Jon-Peace. Bea Arthur." I admit it: She’s my favorite character on "The Golden Girls," and yes, I have a favorite character on "The Golden Girls." Very troubling, I know.

Ten years from now: My wife and I enjoying our family. I look forward to continuing to grow, pushing myself to be ahead of the curve and to embrace new, innovative solutions. Serving in a leadership role and continuing to give back to the Rochester community through Rotary and other endeavors. Hopefully celebrating the Bills’ second Super Bowl title in the last 10 years.

Amy Averill
Lead mechanical engineer
Harris Corp., RF Communications division

Age: 31

Education:  B.S., mechanical engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; M.E., mechanical engineering, and MBA, Rochester Institute of Technology

Family: Husband, Eric

Residence: Victor

Professional responsibilities: Manages a team of design engineers with a focus on manufacturability and sustainability for existing catalog products, providing analysis and validation to various customer mechanical concerns. Serves as lead mechanical engineer on new product developments for the Video Systems product line and supports college student development as the mechanical co-op coordinator.

Professional and community leadership: Finance lead and field/mechanical engineering mentor, Penfield/Harris For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology Robotics Team 1511; Engineer’s Week outreach speaker at high schools; event speaker for Women in Engineering at RIT and interview coach for the Society of Women Engineers at RIT

Surprising fact: I was the first woman at the RF Communications division of Harris Corp. to earn a patent.

Ten years from now: Reaching new levels in my profession, technically and as a leader making sound decisions that shape the company based on strong values, dedication to customers and a desire for innovation. Also using my talents to enrich our community while balancing my faith, family and friend activities.

Claudia Burcke
Managing director, business development
Greater Rochester Enterprise Inc.
Age: 39
Education: B.A., political science and economics, Western New England College, Springfield, Mass.

Family: Husband, Matt

Residence: Charlotte

Professional responsibilities: Works directly with corporations, top executives and national site selectors, who are called upon to help companies identify relocation and expansion sites.

Professional and community leadership: External relations chairwoman, Junior League of Rochester Inc.; member, NextGen Rochester advisory board; board member, Rochester Children’s Scholarship Fund; board member, Monroe County Industrial Development Corp.; volunteer, Women Build, Flower City Habitat for Humanity.

Surprising fact: I’m a total sci-fi geek. My husband and I had so much fun at the San Diego ComicCon a few times and plan to go back. I love everything-"Superheroes," "X-Files," "Star Wars," "Battlestar Galactica," "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." I’m obviously unashamed to admit that I watch too much bad TV.

Ten years from now: Happy, healthy, madly in love, surrounded by amazing family and friends; still serving my community, loving my career, rooting for the Boston Red Sox (and the Rochester Red Wings), laughing with my husband and BFF, and trying to make my Pappa proud. Everything else will be a bonus.

Thomas Carpenter
Principal associate
Clark Patterson Lee

Age: 38

Education: B.S., civil engineering, SUNY Buffalo

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

Residence: Greece

Professional responsibilities: Serves as a senior project manager and staff manager for engineering and civic building projects. Responsible for business development and managing client relations. Involved in the firm’s operational decisions and staff guidance.

Professional and community leadership: Board member, Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce; board member, girls coordinator and coach, Hilton Area Youth Lacrosse; coach, Hilton Raiders Youth Football; adviser, Public Education Needs Civic Involvement in Learning partnership with Rochester’s School Without Walls Foundation Academy; graduate, Wyoming County Leadership Program

Surprising fact: I’m not fond of heights and dislike traveling over bridges. Given that I’m a civil engineer, family and friends find this interesting, especially as I white-knuckle the steering wheel and hold my breath on the bridge. The Rainbow Bridge certainly discourages me from traveling to Canada often!

Ten years from now: I will continue expanding my technical expertise and leadership roles. I will find new ways to give back to the community and assist our youth. My wife and I will start the next phase of our family life, peacefully, as our youngest heads to college.

Joseph Casion
Harter Secrest & Emery LLP

Age: 37

Education: B.A., history, University of Rochester; J.D., Syracuse University College of Law

Family: Wife, Kathia; son, 9; daughter, 7

Residence: Pittsford

Professional responsibilities: Represents and provides general legal counsel to a wide spectrum of non-profit and business organizations on all manner of transactional, corporate, governance, operational and tax matters.

Professional and community leadership: Vice chairman, Empire Justice Center; director and secretary, Grantmakers Forum of New York; director, the Friendly Home; member, community investment executive team, United Way of Greater Rochester.

Surprising fact: I worked my way through college as a cake decorator-a skill that still comes in handy from time to time at kids’ birthday parties.

Ten years from now: Personally, seeing my children off to college, and professionally, growing our firm’s practice regionally and nationally while continuing to remain active in the community. (Maybe playing a little more, and better, golf.)

Julie Christensen
Project Search coordinator
University of Rochester
Medical Center

Age: 37

Education: B.A., music, and B.S., advertising, Syracuse University; MSW, Roberts Wesleyan College

Family: Husband, Robert Schreib

Residence: Rochester (Highland Park neighborhood)

Professional responsibilities: Oversees the implementation, operation and evaluation of Project Search programs, a business-led transition-to-work program for transition-aged high school students with significant disabilities, in Monroe County. Provides technical assistance for project expansion throughout New York State. Facilitates Youth Adventurers, a skill-building and self-advocacy group for youths with disabilities.

Professional and community leadership: Associate director and ensemble instructor, "Blue Knights" Marching Band, Greece Central School District; board member, Greater Rochester Spina Bifida Association; member, Greater Rochester After-School Alliance; member and marketing committee chairwoman, Concentus Women’s Chorus; shelter relief counselor, Center for Youth Services.

Surprising fact: I earned a vocal performance degree at SU and have performed with several groups in the Rochester area. I once seriously considered a career change after auditioning on a whim for the opening of "Mama Mia!" in Toronto and receiving a callback!

Ten years from now: Enjoying a society where people with disabilities have equal status in all aspects of life. I hope to still be singing and to have time to travel the world with my Rob-and by then, hopefully, I will have defended my dissertation!

Daniele Coll-Gonzalez
Senior vice president and chief operating officer
AIDS Care and Pleasant Street Apothecary

Age: 31

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

Family: Husband, Juan Carlos; daughters, 13 and 8; two sons, both 8

Residence: Irondequoit

Professional leadership: Provides leadership in the development of organizational strategies and the integration of strategies into operational activities which foster an excellent consumer experience. Ensures accountability for all outcomes and operational activities. Directs administrative and operational departments and oversees organizational operations across all divisions.

Professional and community leadership: Board member, Arc of Monroe County; design team leader, Cornell Co-Operative Leadership Genesee diversity program; adjunct professor of business, Roberts Wesleyan College; adjunct professor, St. John Fisher College; volunteer, YWCA of Genesee County

Surprising fact: I first studied American history in college as a passion to which someday I intend to return. Right now, it just makes me good at Jeopardy and Trivial Pursuit.

Ten years from now: In 10 years, I will have completed all of my educational pursuits and be exploring the use of all of my experiences in the fully successful family business my husband and I are now starting.

Jeremy Cooney
Vice president of development
YMCA of Greater Rochester

Age: 30

Education: B.A., public policy studies, Hobart and William Smith Colleges; J.D., Albany Law School

Family: Single

Residence: Rochester

Professional responsibilities: Serves as chief development officer, manages the association’s government relations strategy, solicits and drafts public and private grant proposals and provides counsel to the president and CEO.

Professional and community leadership: Chairman, We Live NY; board member, Rochester Area Community Foundation; board member, Hochstein School of Music & Dance; board and foundation member, Episcopal Senior Life Communities; committee chairman, Seneca-Waterways Council, Boy Scouts of America.

Surprising fact: I’ve been a professional fundraiser and a legal practitioner, but I’ve also worked for a former Rochester mayor, a former New York State governor and a member of the U.S. Congress.

Ten years from now: Starting a family and enjoying all that our region offers young professionals, while striving to make Rochester a better place to live, work, learn and play.

Justin Copie
Director of health information technology
Innovative Solutions Ltd.

Age: 29

Education: B.S., information technology, Rochester Institute of Technology

Family: Single

Residence: Webster

Professional responsibilities: Responsible for company growth, strategy, leadership and execution. Develops leading local and national efforts in the advancement of health information technology, ultimately leading to improved patient care within the community. Maintains ongoing support and collaboration with key affiliates in the industry. Retains and develops a knowledgeable and dedicated team.

Professional and community leadership: Board member, Learning Disabilities Association of New York State; board member, Rochester Chapter, National Academy Foundation; head coach and volunteer, Webster Athletic Association; board adviser, Center Information Services Inc.; past board member for Melissa’s Living Legacy

Surprising fact: It would surprise most people that if I could retire today, I would enjoy spending my time painting interiors of homes at minimum wage. Painting is one of the most relaxing activities I use to escape the stresses of life.

Ten years from now: Become an active leader nationally, help retain our local workforce, promote economic development and increase awareness of the benefits of the Rochester community. Share the knowledge gained to cultivate innovation that differentiates Rochester. Pass on the values and work ethic I received from my parents.

Christopher Davis
President and owner
Ontario Exteriors Inc.

Age: 39

Education: B.S., Niagara University

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

Residence: Pittsford

Professional responsibilities: Performs all levels of management within the organization. Oversees internal financial controls, reviews commercial/residential project management, field operations, marketing strategy and overall evaluations of revenue sales. Executes selective residential/commercial estimating and project management, works with chief financial officer on quarterly budgeting and business forecasting. Participates in strategic planning for business growth.

Professional and community leadership: Board member and 2011 Kids Duathlon chairman, New York Branch, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children; member, golf event planning committee, Camp Good Days and Special Times; vice president, Rochester Roofing and Sheet Metal Association; participant, Habitat for Humanity projects.

Surprising fact: For the last two years I have studied martial arts and have achieved the green belt, working toward my black belt. I also have participated in duathlons or triathlons.

Ten years from now: I look forward to diversifying into other detailed or innovative divisions of our construction concentrations. Interested in participating in more real estate ventures, branching out of the Rochester area to other regions of New York and out of state. Being my children’s best friend as well as a stable role model and effective parent.

Brian DiGiacco
Rizzo DiGiacco & Hern CPAs PLLC

Age: 35

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

Family: Wife, Kimberley; daughter, 4

Residence: Greece

Professional responsibilities: Responsible for administrative duties including finance, marketing and long-term strategic planning. Manages client relationships and staff while providing financial statement audits, corporate and individual tax preparation, tax planning and business consulting services to clients. Oversees secondary businesses including Cold Stone Creamery franchise and residential and commercial real estate portfolio.

Professional and community leadership: Board member, United Cerebral Palsy Association of the Rochester Area Inc.; board member, Special Residential Opportunities Inc.; board member, Home for Life Renovations LLC; member, corporate advisory council, Flower City Habitat for Humanity Inc.; member, Webster Chamber of Commerce

Surprising fact: In my kindergarten yearbook it says, "When I grow up I am going to be an accountant during the day and a singer at night." Well, I was half right!

Ten years from now: Continuing to strive with my partners and mentors, John and Tim, to position ourselves as a unique CPA firm achieving Rochester Top 100 status; continuing to develop ancillary businesses; and raising my daughter, along with my lovely wife, as she grows into the beautiful young woman I know she will be.

Tracey Dreisbach
Executive director
Rochester Rotary Club and Rochester Rotary Charitable Trusts Inc.

Age: 38

Education: B.S., therapeutic recreation, and MPA, SUNY College at Brockport

Family: Husband, Lance; sons, 10 and 8

Residence: East Bloomfield

Professional responsibilities: Provides leadership and resources to Rochester Rotary boards, committees, events and staff; supervises overall operations of the Sunshine Campus and other programs; raises funds for programs; develops relationships with community agencies to support programs and works to engage people in Rochester Rotary.

Professional and community leadership: Secretary, Rochester Rotary Club; secretary, Rochester Rotary Charitable Trusts; treasurer, Association for Large Club Executive Directors; board member, Rotary Camps for Special Needs; president, Bloomfield Steelers Football League

Surprising fact: When in high school, I was on the ESPN highlight reel, not for a sporting success but because while attending a Sabres game I was hit by the puck. The commentators noted that a young lady was hit and the man behind her jumped over her to get the puck. I still have the scar.

Ten years from now: I look forward to being an active part of Rochester Rotary and serving the community both professionally and personally.

Erika Duthiers
Associate counsel
Rochester Institute of Technology

Age: 38

Education: B.A., psychology, Manhattan College; J.D., Albany Law School of Union University

Family: Husband, Christopher Simmons; sons, 7 and 3

Residence: Pittsford

Professional responsibilities: Advises RIT on all legal matters. Reviews, drafts and negotiates contracts. Coordinates legal work with outside counsel and legal research on all legal issues affecting RIT.

Professional and community leadership: Member, Rochester Black Bar Association; member, Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys; member, National Association of College and University Attorneys; appointee (2009-10), Judicial Screening Committee, 4th Department; member, board of trustees, Young Women’s College Prep Charter School; board member, Mary M. Gooley Hemophilia Center; board member, Haitian Outreach Pwoje Espwe.

Surprising fact: I learned how to swim in January of this year so that I could compete in my first triathlon in September to raise money for the Mary Gooley Hemophilia Center.

Ten years from now: I see myself continuing to make contributions to my profession by providing the highest quality of service to clients and continuing my community service to make life easier for those who are less fortunate. I want to nurture my children into confident and empathetic young adults who understand the value of hard work, leadership and community service.

Shawanda Evans
Director, post-secondary services
Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection

Age: 30

Education: B.S., interdisciplinary studies, Virginia State University; M.Ed., childhood and inclusive education, Roberts Wesleyan College

Family: Husband, Malik; son, 10 months

Residence: Rochester

Professional responsibilities: Responsible for leading the post-secondary department in cultivating and strengthening partnerships with higher education institutions, employers, community organizations and other stakeholders to improve retention and graduation rates among high school and college students. Provides oversight in development and implementation of Career Pathways and College Access Challenge Grants.

Professional and community leadership: Member and secretary, Delta Nu Omega Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.; graduate, African American Leadership Development Program; member, recruitment and selection committee, United Way of Greater Rochester Inc.; chairwoman, Psalms of Praise Choir Program development committee, Aenon Baptist Church; past board member, Friends of School of the Arts

Surprising fact: I attended college on an athletic scholarship and participated in two Division II sports. I also coached women’s softball at the college level.

Ten years from now: Continuing to advocate and serve in a capacity where I am able to assist others in accessing higher education. Giving of my time and resources within organizations to aid in the advancement of the Rochester community. Most importantly, spending quality time with my family as they grow and prosper.

Joshua Farrelman
Director of government and community relations
University of Rochester

Age: 35

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

Family: Wife, Caroline; daughter, 2; son, 8 months

Residence: East Bloomfield

Professional responsibilities: Serves as UR’s liaison to elected and appointed officials and their staffs at all levels of government and to the community. Develops and implements comprehensive strategies to advance the university’s missions, increase the public investments it receives, raise its profile and influence public policy.

Professional and community leadership: Steering committee member, Council on Federal Relations, Association of American Universities; steering committee member, government relations representatives, Association of American Medical Colleges; board member, Rochester chapter, American Diabetes Association; government relations advisory committee member, Hillside Family of Agencies; former vice president/treasurer, Science Coalition.

Surprising fact: My wife and I have known each other since the fifth grade, even though we didn’t start dating until a month was left in our senior year in college.

Ten years from now: I see myself continuing to work with a tremendous team to represent the strategic priorities of the university in Rochester, Albany and Washington, while striking an appropriate balance of my time with my family, particularly my children’s extracurricular activities, and a community that I love and want to see flourish.

D-D Flannery Lazenby
President and PR consultant
Flannery Public Relations

Age: 35

Education: B.S., marketing, Providence College, R.I.

Family: son, 18 months

Residence: Brighton

Professional responsibilities: Combines the use of traditional media with the digital age of social media Web 2.0 platforms to deliver public and social media relations campaigns and corporate events. Leverages long-standing relationships with prominent journalists from the local and mainstream media and industry analysts to provide maximum exposure for clients through the broadcast, print and online communication channels locally, nationally and internationally.

Professional and community leadership: Immediate past president, Rochester Chapter, American Marketing Association; board member, New York Branch, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children; marketing steering committee member, Susan B. Anthony House; board member, Our Lady of Mercy High School Alumni Association; career mentor, Providence College Alumni Network

Surprising fact: In 2005, I went on tour with a pop rock band, the Bob Greco Band, as their press agent and promoted the release of their album titled "On the Run."

Ten years from now: After years of practice, I can finally live in the present and not allow tomorrow to become my today. I trust that what I am doing today is preparing me for the course that I will be on 10 years from now.

Donald Gentilcore
Area manager
IESI Corp.

Age: 39

Education: B.S., environmental management, Rochester Institute of Technology

Family: Wife, Terry; sons, 11 and 8; daughter, 3

Residence: Camillus

Professional responsibilities: Oversees the Seneca Meadows solid waste management facility in Seneca Falls. Works to position the site as a leading environmental service provider in the Northeast. Interacts with community leaders and environmental organizations to reinforce company’s role as a community partner and leader in environmental protection, renewable energy generation and environmental education.

Professional and community leadership: Board member and past president, Seneca County Chamber of Commerce; board member, Finger Lakes Health; member, Montezuma Audubon Center advisory board; past president, Kiwanis Club of Seneca Falls-Waterloo; president, Seneca Museum of Waterways and Industry.

Surprising fact: I started with Seneca Meadows through RIT’s cooperative education program at the age of 19. Obviously, the program provided a valuable start to my career, and we continue to give young engineers and scientists the opportunity to work for us through the co-op program.

Ten years from now: Continuing to broaden my experience through additional opportunities with IESI and working with our talented team to provide innovative solutions for solid waste management. Enjoying time with my family and watching my children grow and develop.

Kevin Halpin
Managing director
DeltaPoint Capital Management LLC

Age: 38

Education: B.S., business administration, SUNY College at Fredonia; M.S., finance, Rochester Institute of Technology

Family: Wife, Kayleen; sons, 7, 5 and 2

Residence: Pittsford

Professional responsibilities: Responsible for the transaction-related activities of the firm and its portfolio companies as a partner and member of the investment committee. Participates in portfolio management, deal flow, investor relations and general administrative activities of the firm.

Professional and community leadership: Chairman, Badger Technologies Inc.; board member, Pacs Industries Inc.; board member, IPLogic Inc.; board member, Young Entrepreneurs Academy; board member and immediate past president, Upstate Venture Association of New York; member, annual gala organizing committee, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Division, Muscular Dystrophy Association

Surprising fact: I enjoy cooking fun and interesting meals for friends and family. Despite my kids’ love of mac ‘n’ cheese and hot dogs, I love preparing an elaborate meal using ingredients that are new to me.

Ten years from now: Continuing to provide capital to exciting companies across the Northeast that are poised for growth but lack the capital and other resources required to do so. Personally, I plan to be enjoying my children’s teenage years with as little angst as possible as they emerge into the unique individuals I know they will become.

Rufus Judson
President and chief operating officer
The Pike Co. Inc.

Age: 35

Education: B.A., Union College, Schenectady; MBA, Simon Graduate School of Business, University of Rochester

Family: Wife, Amy

Residence: Brighton

Professional responsibilities: A proud member of the executive team at the Pike Co., a fifth-generation family business started in 1873. Drives a customer-focused approach through great people and excellent risk management. Helps with strategic planning, business development, preconstruction and project management.

Professional and community leadership: Board member, United Way of Greater Rochester Inc.; trustee and founding member, Eastman Young Professionals, George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film; trustee, Geva Theatre Center; president, Rochester Builders Exchange; board member, Associated General Contractors of New York State; executive advisory committee member, Simon Graduate School of Business; board member, Greater Rochester Enterprise Inc.

Surprising fact: My wife, Amy, and I are due with our firstborn on Nov.15. Thus, if we cannot make the ceremony, I hope you all understand. And it’s a boy!

Ten years from now: Continuing to grow our family business through hard work and a customer-focused approach. In Rochester with Amy, raising our children.

Wende Knapp
Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP

Age: 39

Education: B.A., communications, Canisius College; M.A., strategic communications and leadership, Seton Hall University; J.D., SUNY Buffalo

Family: Husband, Joseph

Residence: Rochester

Professional responsibilities: Attorney in the firm’s litigation and labor and employment departments. Concentrates on civil, general and labor and employment litigation matters in federal and state courts; counsels clients on a range of employment-related issues.

Professional and community leadership: Board member, Women’s Council, an affiliate of Rochester Business Alliance Inc.; board member, SUNY Buffalo Law School Rochester alumni steering committee; co-chairperson, continuing legal education committee, SUNY Buffalo Law School steering committee; executive committee member, Monroe County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section; vice president, Rockingham East Block Club

Surprising fact: I am hooked on home improvements after living 11 and a half years in a 1925 city home that always has a project waiting! Thanks to a patient husband, trial and error, and also a wonderful neighbor (a retired electrician and do-it-yourself pro), I have learned how to do electrical work, plumbing, building, landscaping-you name it!

Ten years from now: Still striving to make a difference in the community and to further my legal career. At the same time, enjoying life with my husband, family and friends, spending time at our cottage, traveling, running a marathon, learning a new language and working on our endless home projects!

Christina Mancini
Director of alumni relations and development
The Aquinas Institute of Rochester

Age: 39

Education: B.A., French, LeMoyne College; M.A., public relations, Syracuse University

Family: Husband, Joseph Rivellino; sons, 7 and 5

Residence: Irondequoit

Professional responsibilities: Oversees department of seven professionals; annual fundraising averages $1.5 million for Aquinas Institute. Also oversees stewardship of more than 19,000 alumni worldwide. Adjunct professor of communications at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Professional and community leadership: Co-chairwoman, Invest in Youth Campaign, Bay View YMCA; board member, Aquinas Institute Foundation; member, YMCA of Greater Rochester board of management, Bay View Branch; co-chairwoman, school advisory committee, and chairwoman, development committee, Christ the King School; class volunteer, LeMoyne College

Surprising fact: I am the fourth Christina Mancini in my family, which is part of the reason I kept my maiden name. It is also in honor of my dad, Tim Mancini, who passed away when I was 25 and remains one of my heroes.

Ten years from now: Professionally, I would like to remain in educational fund-raising. There is a vitality among learners, and I thrive on that dynamic. Education is the cornerstone of success-personally, locally and globally. Personally, I hope life is much like now, with a healthy, happy family full of love and laughter.

David Mandrycky
Director of human resources and  professional recruiting consultant
Insero & Company CPAs P.C.

Age: 36

Education: B.A., business administration, SUNY College at Brockport

Family: Wife, Maggie; daughters, 8 and 3; son, 5

Residence: North Chili

Professional responsibilities: Provides leadership and vision to human resources function; responsible for recruiting, retention, employee relations, policy and procedure development/compliance, performance management, training, benefits and payroll. Consults with our clients and provides customized recruiting services.

Professional and community leadership: Co-chairman, business alumni advisory board, SUNY Brockport; board member, Career Development Services Inc.; member, co-op and career services employer advisory board, and adjunct lecturer, E. Philips Saunders College of Business, Rochester Institute of Technology; member, accounting advisory board, Nazareth College of Rochester; volunteer, Habitat for Humanity; participant and firm’s organizer, Chase Corporate Challenge

Surprising fact: I love going to car shows and cruise nights with my family. I’ve learned to fix up muscle cars or sports cars and drive them for a while until I find a new project to work on.

Ten years from now: Continue my passion in assisting professionals with their job search and advising and developing employees at all levels to reach their fullest potential. Continue to inspire others to get involved in the community and enjoying time with my family.

David Mattucci
Senior project manager
Manning Squires Hennig Co. Inc.

Age: 36

Education: Attended four years studying elementary education, Mercyhurst College, Erie, Pa.

Family: Wife, Kelly; daughter, 4

Residence: Hilton

Professional responsibilities: Provides direct management of multiple projects and teams in the Rochester and Buffalo regions. Manages overall quality, schedule, finances and achieving complete customer satisfaction on each project. Works to estimate and provide budgets for the preconstruction and bidding phases of projects. Develops business to achieve growth and be part of the strategic planning of the company.

Professional and community leadership: Rochester advisory board member, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children; Rochester advisory board member, Make-A-Wish Foundation; chairman, annual golf committee, School of the Holy Childhood; former member, golf committee, Mommies for Miracles

Surprising fact: I’m proud to have my father as my business partner in a corporation that owns and operates a bar, restaurant, apartments and storage units in the city of Rochester.

Ten years from now: In charge of operations for Manning Squires Hennig, with the company diversified in delivery methods of construction without changing our reputation for great quality. Continue to mentor new people and watch them grow. Get back into coaching and be involved with my children and their endeavors. Continue to be involved in charities and volunteer work for those less fortunate.

Kelly McCormick-Sullivan
President and CEO
Pluta Cancer Center

Age: 39

Education: B.A., political science, Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.; M.A., public communication, American University, Washington, D.C.; M.S., health systems administration, Rochester Institute of Technology

Family: Husband, Dan; son, 8; daughters, 5 and 2

Residence: Pittsford

Professional responsibilities: Leads  New York State’s first independent, not-for-profit cancer treatment facility. Responsible for overall operations and financial management of the center as well as leadership for its 38 employees.

Professional and community leadership: Board member, Rochester Hearing and Speech Center; member, Leadership Council, American Lung Association; adjunct professor, St. John Fisher College; member, board of directors, Women’s Foundation of Genesee Valley; pro bono consultant, Unity Health System; programming committee member, March of Dimes; volunteer, Sidelines (at-risk pregnancy support group)

Surprising fact: I’ve had a hard time figuring out "what I want to be when I grow up." The list includes nurse, social studies teacher, lawyer, writer, travel agent, PR professional, HR consultant, trainer, college professor, photographer, entrepreneur, health care leader.

Ten years from now: Going to bed every night knowing that I’ve made a difference in someone’s life-in whatever capacity, whether for a patient, colleague, employee, student, neighbor, friend or family member.

Kevin Overton
Harris Beach PLLC

Age: 36

Education: B.A., history, SUNY College at Cortland; J.D., University of Baltimore

Family: Wife, Amy; two daughters, 7 and 5; son, 4

Residence: Victor

Professional responsibilities: Provides legal representation to commercial developers, investors, municipal entities, not-for-profits, local development corporations, lending institutions and educational institutions in matters related to commercial real estate. Represents landlords and tenants in lease transactions and drafts offering plans for condominiums and homeowners associations.

Professional and community leadership: Secretary, Rochester General Hospital Foundation; former chairman, Real Estate Council, Monroe County Bar Association; member, Harris Beach Diversity Council; member, Upstate New York Chapter, National Association of Industrial and Office Properties; board member, Oak Hill Caddie Scholarship Fund Inc.

Surprising fact: Throughout college and law school I was a caddie at various golf courses in New York and Maryland, and I caddied for a quarterfinalist in the 1998 U.S. Amateur at Oak Hill Country Club.

Ten years from now: Continuing to diversify and expand my legal practice by crafting innovative, practical and comprehensive solutions for my clients. Watching with my wife as our three children navigate through the adolescent years, hoping they each earn college scholarships.

T.C. Pellett
Marketing and education manager
Monroe County
Parks Department

Age: 35

Education: B.A., history/pre-law, Nazareth College of Rochester

Residence: Rochester

Professional responsibilities: Facilitates the brand experience of 21 parks in nearly 12,000 acres to the Monroe County community and beyond. Liaison to several businesses and non-profits that use the parks for hundreds of yearly events and programs. Creates and implements all marketing materials and outreach initiatives.

Community and professional leadership: Vice president, Rochester Advertising Federation; board member, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Rochester; committee member and PR Roundtable volunteer, Advertising Council of Rochester Inc.; member and guest blogger, Eastman Young Professionals Photo Group, George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film; graphic design and marketing volunteer, 360 | 365 Film Festival, Animal Art Expo and Greater Rochester Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Surprising fact: I wasn’t the best student when I was younger. If I didn’t have music and arts education in both middle and high school, I know I wouldn’t be where I am today. A creative outlet gave me confidence, support and a place to start when tackling the skills that eluded me.

Ten years from now: I’ve worn so many hats over the last 10 years. My hope is that in the next 10 I can apply all of that diversity to lead a team of people who want to do good work together, have fun and change the community.

Rachel Pickering
Associate director of community engagement
Finger Lakes Health
Systems Agency

Age: 33

Education: B.A., environmental studies and policy, Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pa.

Family: Single

Residence: Rochester

Professional responsibilities: Directs the Healthi Kids Initiative, a broad-based coalition of citizens taking action to prevent childhood obesity and overweight in Rochester and Monroe County. Engages and organizes the community to advocate for public policy changes that improve healthy eating and physical activity for children.

Professional and community leadership: Board member, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Monroe County; member, DASH-NY advisory group, New York Academy of Medicine; leadership team member, New York Action for Healthy Kids; admissions volunteer, Dickinson College; wellness task force member, Rochester City School District; member, Rochester Young Professionals

Surprising fact: I lived in Costa Rica for six months to study community development, tropical ecology and environmental economics. This is also where I developed my adoration for coffee.

Ten years from now: I traveled to Washington, D.C., recently and visited the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. I was struck with a quote from Dr. King that I believe well answers this question: "Make a career of humanity. … You will make a greater person of yourself, a greater nation of your country and a finer world to live in."

Allen Rossignol
Edge Architecture PLLC

Age: 38

Education: B.Arch., Syracuse University

Family: Wife, Jeannine; son, 4, triplet sons, 2

Residence: Webster

Professional responsibilities: Responsible for architectural design, client relations, business development, financial oversight and project management.

Professional and community leadership: Committee member, Alternatives for Battered Women; board member, American Institute of Architects, New York State; board member, American Institute of Architects, Rochester Chapter; co-chairman, Committee for Green Housing, Habitat for Humanity; member, Webster Comprehensive Plan Committee

Surprising fact: I have four sons–a 4-year old and 2-year-old triplets. Somehow I’m able to run my own business while still making time for my family and friends (with no sleep!).

Ten years from now: I will continue to work to develop Edge Architecture as a leading Rochester architectural design firm with rich community involvement. As a father and husband, I will inspire the same leadership and persistence in my boys and provide loving support to my wonderful wife.

Tyler Savage
Harter Secrest & Emery LLP

Age: 39

Education: B.A., geography, SUNY College at Geneseo; J.D., Roger Williams University, Bristol, R.I.

Family: Wife, Jessica Marie; daughters, 6 and 5

Residence: Victor

Professional responsibilities: Provides legal counsel to regional and national client base of public and privately held companies on general corporate matters, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and private equity matters and securities laws.

Professional and community leadership: Member, board of directors, Bivona Child Advocacy Center; board liaison, Bivona Child Advocacy Center Young Professionals Group; board member, business law section, Monroe County Bar Association; past volunteer, Literacy for Life program; volunteer assistant coach, Victor Girls Youth Lacrosse and soccer.

Surprising fact: Although it is not a surprise to my neighbors, I have a large tractor tire in my garage that I use for exercise in our neighborhood.

Ten years from now: Continuing to enjoy practicing at Harter Secrest & Emery while maintaining a leadership role. Finding ways to assist in the advancement of local organizations. Remaining an active father, guiding my daughters to be confident, powerful young women. My wife and I will be hitting our stride after 20 wonderful years together, and on the side I will be training with my friends at Flower City CrossFit to compete in the CrossFit Games (over-45 division).

Kelly Smith
Associate vice president
Government, corporate and foundation relations
Roberts Wesleyan College

Age: 39

Education: B.S., Roberts Wesleyan College; M.A., American government, Regent University, Virginia Beach, Va.

Family: Husband, Shane; daughter, 16; son, 14

Residence: Scottsville

Professional responsibilities: Responsible for all aspects of government, corporate and foundation relations. Manages relationships with major donors and prospects. Directs the college’s legislative advocacy program and works with its lobbyists.

Professional and community leadership: Board member, Gates-Chili Chamber of Commerce; member, government affairs team, Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities; member, government relations council, Council for Christian Colleges and Universities; coordinator of women’s outreach, Church Radiant; Heart to Heart student mentor, National Alliance on Mental Illness; 2009 alumna, Leadership Rochester; volunteer, Rochester Faith Outreach.

Surprising fact: I have a look-alike twin sister in Illinois. Though most people in Rochester don’t know me as a twin, this was a huge part of my identity growing up. We take advantage of opportunities to shock our unsuspecting friends.

Ten years from now: With guidance from God, my husband, Shane Smith, and important mentors in my life, I try to prove faithful today. In my next years, I intend to sharpen my skills and help my children and rising young leaders with whom I come in contact achieve God’s best for them.

Shelby Stenson
Mengel Metzger Barr & Co. LLP

Age: 35

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

Family: Husband, Dave

Residence: Rochester

Professional responsibilities: Specializes in audits of and consulting for construction contractors, not-for-profits and financial/professional service firms. Leads the construction industry group, focusing on proactive service, and maintains a high level of knowledge on the challenges these industries face. Member of the firm’s construction and non-profit marketing groups, personnel, recruiting and assurance technology committees.

Professional and community leadership: Board chairwoman and past treasurer, Women’s Foundation of Genesee Valley Inc.; member, Rochester Chapter, Construction Financial Management Association; member, accounting advisory committee, Rochester Institute of Technology; volunteer, Rochester’s Meals on Wheels; board member, Construction Accounting Network, a member group of BDO Siedman Alliance; member, planned giving committee, Humane Society at Lollypop Farm

Surprising fact: I am an avid reader. Since buying my Kindle about two years ago, I have read almost 100 books.

Ten years from now: Continue giving back to community and various organizations, continued successful growth for the firm, and more golfing and traveling with my husband.

Matthew Taylor
AP Professionals

Age: 38

Education: B.A., accounting, St. Bonaventure University

Family: Wife, Kelly; sons, 9 and 7

Residence: Webster

Professional responsibilities: Responsible for placing top finance and accounting professionals in new career opportunities in the Greater Rochester area. Develops relationships with decision-makers at companies and understands their professional hiring needs in addition to developing and maintaining relationships with local finance and accounting professionals seeking new challenges.

Professional and community leadership: Board member, Rochester Chapter, New York State Society of CPAs; member, board of governors, Rochester Chapter, Institute of Internal Auditors; board member, Cure Childhood Cancer Association; den leader, Cub Scout Pack 163; baseball and football coach, Webster Athletic Association

Surprising fact: I am the front man of our family’s rock band quartet-which includes lead vocals and rhythm guitar.

Ten years from now: I hope to continue to develop opportunities for local professionals at Rochester-based companies and continue to work with young professionals in their career development and navigation. I am excited to be an integral part of raising two young men while enjoying some well-deserved personal time with my wife.

Dawn VanDamme
President and CEO

Age: 38

Education: B.S., mathematical economics, SUNY College at Oswego

Family: Husband, Sigmund; son, 8; daughters, 6 and 4

Residence: Pittsford

Professional responsibilities: Focuses on NimbleUser operations and services delivery, including consulting with potential clients on the strategic considerations of their technology choices. Oversees client professional services, product development and company financials in execution of the company strategy. Works with the team to find innovative solutions to meet the needs of NimbleUser’s association clients.

Professional and community leadership: Treasurer, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Rochester

Surprising fact: My family has a vintage trailer habit. We currently own one 1963 Airstream Tradewind that we fully restored and use many times each year to camp with friends and family. We also recently acquired a 1960 Airstream Pacer and a 1963 Shasta.

Ten years from now: I will be working in our business, which has grown and will employ many more Rochesterians. Our company will be at new levels in the professional and trade association space with products and services that our clients continue to love. I will be camping with my family whenever we can!

Sara Visingard
Harris Beach PLLC

Age: 32

Education: B.A., economics, Nazareth College of Rochester; J.D., Syracuse University

Family: Husband, Daniel; two daughters, 5 and 3

Residence: Victor

Professional responsibilities: Provides advice to public and private employers regarding labor and employment issues, such as federal and state anti-discrimination laws, wage and hour laws, leave laws and matters relating to employee discipline. Assists educational institutions with day-to-day operational, school board and student issues, as well as matters of contract interpretation.

Professional and community leadership: Member, board of directors, Fairport Rotary Club; member, Rochester Office Involvement Committee, Harris Beach; volunteer, Rotary’s Camp Haccamo, Perinton Center Stage Concerts, the Pines of Perinton, Rochester City School District Schools 3 and 9 and St. Louis School in Pittsford; assistant, Victor Central School District Snackpack Program.

Surprising fact: I drive a minivan, or perhaps I hope that fact would surprise most people.

Ten years from now: Working with employers and school districts as a partner at Harris Beach, enjoying time with my family, and giving back to the community as much as possible-hopefully alongside my two daughters, in whom I am working hard to instill Rotary’s value of service above self.

Elizabeth Wehle
Executive director of donor relations, Office of Advancement
University of Rochester

Age: 39

Education: B.S., political science, Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vt.

Family: Husband, Edward Nicosia; son, 9; daughter, 7

Residence: Brighton

Professional responsibilities: Leads the Office of Donor Relations within university advancement. Designs and implements more than 50 donor recognition activities per year with senior university leaders and the board of trustees in Rochester and across the country. Serves on senior staff of the Office of Advancement.

Professional and community leadership: Vice chairwoman and fundraiser co-chairwoman, Genesee Country Village & Museum; board member, Allendale Columbia School; chairwoman, Rochester area alumni interview program, Middlebury College

Surprising fact: I grew up on a horse farm in Scottsville that has been in my family for four generations. It was an incredible learning experience, but I’m glad that my days of cold winter mornings in the barn are over.

Ten years from now: I hope that I am raising happy, healthy kids while also continuing to work at a job that is enjoyable and enriching. I also plan to be celebrating the 45th anniversary of the Genesee Country Village & Museum and recognizing the vision of my grandfather Jack Wehle, the museum’s founder.

Robert Wendler
Director, client consulting
Excellus BlueCross BlueShield

Age: 37

Education: B.S., health services management, SUNY Institute of Technology, Utica; MBA, Norwich University, Northfield, Vt.

Family: Wife, Erica; three sons, 19, 12 and 10

Residence: Williamson

Professional responsibilities: Provides strategic leadership to the information consulting team, which provides detailed information reporting and analytics to employer groups. Develops, launches and enhances Web-based reporting solutions. Responsible for partnerships with more than 800 employer groups.

Professional and community leadership: Member, board of education, Williamson Central School District; volunteer, Habitat for Humanity; volunteer soccer coach, Williamson Wildcats Soccer Club; past volunteer, Williamson master planning committee; past volunteer, Williamson recreational program

Surprising fact: I am a certified carpenter. Over the years have I done all home improvements myself, including a full second-story addition to my previous home. I am also a licensed practical nurse and got my start in health care as a medical-surgical nurse.

Ten years from now: I look forward to an increasing leadership role within Excellus and being able to drive initiatives that improve employee satisfaction, customer services and member value. I also look forward to seeing my children grow into kind and compassionate adults who give back to the community.

Thomas Wilmot
Vice president
Wilmorite Management Group LLC

Age: 34

Education: B.S., business, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs

Family: Single

Residence: Pittsford

Professional responsibilities: As president of the casino development and management division, led a team through the development of two casinos: Flying Cloud Casino Buena Vista Rancheria, Ione, Calif., and First Council, Newkirk, Okla. Acts as Wilmorite’s liaison to capital markets, providing guidance on all regulatory issues including those related to assets, taxes and financing. Responsibilities envelop all facets of the gaming industry from government approvals and  environmental issues to gaming jurisdiction and community concerns.

Professional and community leadership: Member, Skidmore Presidential Advisory Council; treasurer, Al Sigl Community of Agencies Inc.; volunteer, James P. Wilmot Cancer Center, University of Rochester

Surprising fact: I am an avid reader and am happiest doing anything outside. I like to paint but rarely do it.

Ten years from now: I will be living a very balanced and fulfilling family and professional life while continuing to stay active in our community.

Melanie Wolk
Special counsel
Goldberg Segalla LLP

Age: 39

Education: B.S., political science and sociology, Manhattanville College, Purchase; J.D., Pace University, White Plains

Family: Husband, Jeremy

Residence: Brighton

Professional responsibilities: Provides litigation services to clients to ensure cost-effective outcomes through negotiations, settlements and trials in the areas of product liability, construction law, employment law, medical malpractice, toxic torts, contract disputes and commercial litigation.

Professional and community leadership: Board member and Lawyers for Learning chairperson, Monroe County Bar Association; vice chairwoman, Community Investment Cabinet, United Way of Greater Rochester Inc.; board member and continuing legal education chairperson, Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys; board member, Al Sigl Foundation; board member, Empire Justice Center.

Surprising fact: My life is such an open book, I feel there is little that people don’t know about me. While many people know that I went to high school in rural Kansas, most of them don’t know that I raised and showed livestock, sheep and swine, at local fairs across the state throughout my youth. I have the belt buckles and boots to prove it.

Ten years from now: I see my community involvement only increasing as my commitment and dedication to Rochester continues to extend into the next decade. Professionally, I foresee my contacts within the community resulting in diverse litigation practice.

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



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