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Forty Under 40 Class of 2004

Michele Agostinelli
Vice president, consulting practice
The Rochester Group Inc.
Residence: Spencerport
Favorite quote: “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”—Eleanor Roosevelt

John Billone
Flower City Management Corp.

James Brennan
Office audit leader
Deloitte & Touche LLP
Residence: Irondequoit
Rochester in one word: Home
Influenced by: Tim Culhane

Michelle Cain
Mengel, Metzger, Barr & Co. LLP
Residence: Webster
Influenced by: Karen DiNardo

Andrew Deubler
Executive vice president
Geisinger Health System

Robert Finnerty
Chief communications officer
Rochester Institute of Technology
Residence: Greece
Rochester in one word: Family
Influenced by: Al Simone, former president of RIT

Shirley Green
Principal, Montessori Academy
Rochester City School District
Residence: Rochester
Favorite quote: “If I can help somebody as I pass along, if I can cheer somebody with a word or song, if I can show somebody he’s traveling wrong, then my living will not be in vain.”—Martin Luther King Jr.
Influenced by: Willie Buck, Educator

Michelle Hare
Multicultural business development
State Farm
Residence: Queens, N.Y.
Rochester in one word: Spirited.
Influenced by: William Clark, president and CEO of the Urban League of Rochester Inc.

David Koretz
Retired, dreaming up the next startup
Juniper Networks (pre-retirement)
Residence: Napa Valley, Manhattan and Miami
Rochester in one word: Optimistic
Influenced by: Rolla Huff

Laurie Leo
Chief financial officer
First American Equipment Finance (A City National Bank Company)
Residence: Fairport
Favorite quote: “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”—Neale Donald Walsch
Influenced by: Vincent Leo

Kelly Mittiga
Senior vice president, customer experience executive
First Niagara Bank
Residence: Geneva
Favorite quote: “You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.”—Wayne Gretzky

Philip Pecora
President and CEO
Genesee Regional Bank
Residence: Webster
Rochester in one word: Connected
Influenced by: Philip Saunders

William Pelino
Chief financial officer and chief operating officer
The Greater Rochester Independent Practice Association
Residence: Rochester
Rochester in one word: Interesting
Favorite quote: “Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.”—Albert Einstein
Influenced by: My father, Carmine Pelino

Marisol Ramos-Lopez
Department of Recreation and Youth Services
City of Rochester

William Smith
Of counsel
Brenna Boyce PLLC

Erika Stanat
Harter Secrest & Emery LLP
Residence: Brighton
Favorite quote: “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”— Theodore Roosevelt

Trudy Starr
Senior manager, outsource accounting
Insero & Co. CPAs P.C.
Residence: Perinton
Rochester in one word: Conservative
Influenced by: Nancy Catarisano

Kaye Elizabeth Stone-Gansz
President and CEO
Stone Goose Enterprises Inc.

James Tabbi 
President and chief operating officer
RAF Tabtronics LLC
Residence: Brighton
Favorite quote: “We shall not cease from exploration, And the end of all our exploring, Will be to arrive where we started, And know the place for the first time.”—T.S. Eliot
Influenced by: My father, Joseph Tabbi.

Beth VanVliet
Director of client services, research and planning
Martino Flynn LLC
Residence: Geneseo
Favorite quote: “The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.”—Ayn Rand.

Vasile M.D.
Chief of psychiatry
Behavioral Health Network

Craig Wittlin
Harter, Secrest & Emery LLP

Alan Wood
Broker and owner
Re/Max Plus
Residence: Pittsford
Favorite quote: “The people who get on in this world are the ones who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them, make them.”—George Bernard Shaw
Influenced by: Rick Leasure, Glenn Miller

Cheryl Lynn Yawman
Practice director, accounting and finance
Cochran Cochran & Yale
Residence: Fairport
Favorite quote: “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson
Influenced by: My job share partner of 15 years, Kymberly Bailey, who is also a Forty Under 40 recipient.

Joseph Zappia
Managing partner
LVW Advisors

Christina Zazulak
Program administrator
University of Rochester
Residence: Pittsford
Rochester in one word: Alluring
Influenced by: Kathy Parrinello

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