Fast Start

Apr 20, 2020

Fisher professor designs app for Oneida Nation

Gaming has been an integral part of Wendi Sierra’s life since childhood. She’s even woven gaming into her career. “My parents were big gamers, so we always had games in the house,” Sierra said. “From an early age, that supported my interest in technology. It was seen as a social activity in my family.” She […]

Feb 21, 2020

Great Recession catalyzes career path for Sage Rutty advisor

Zach Armstrong made his first investment at 15. That’s right, 15. So it’s no surprise that he’s chased a career as a financial advisor. Armstrong, now 30, grew up in New Hartford, Oneida County, with a mother who worked two jobs and a father who owned a construction company. He credits his parents with instilling […]

Feb 10, 2020

Advice to ‘raise your hand’ pays off for Roberts graduate

Meg Hartman can confidently say that, unlike many professionals, her career has followed a linear path. In middle school her computer fascination was Oregon Trail. In high school she taught herself HTML code to change her MySpace appearance. “When my husband and I got married I created a wedding website and installed Google Analytics because […]

Jan 17, 2020

Social media a lifelong passion for Dixon Schwabl executive

Andrew Knoblauch has been a social media maven since his first job at 16 at New York Kitchen, formerly known as the New York Wine and Culinary Center. He was working at the front desk and, being the youngest employee, he was handed the task of starting the center’s social media. Within minutes of publishing […]

Dec 13, 2019

Cybersecurity expert at iV4 began working in field at 16

At 26, Caleb Freitas already has a firm footing in his career, which he began just a month after graduating high school. In his junior year of high school, Freitas began taking vocational training through Eastern Monroe Community Center. “I took computer networking courses and had a very good teacher and mentor there who trained […]

Nov 14, 2019

RIT grad combines quality and engineering at electronics firm

Lauren Iuranich toyed with four majors in her freshman year of college before landing on electrical engineering technology. She dreamed of being a forensic scientist—think detective work like that of Sherlock Holmes—but she decided that living in the laboratory processing samples wasn’t for her. Iuranich, raised in Alden, Erie County, was accepted to Rochester Institute […]

Nov 4, 2019

At Friendly Home, musician Sam Snyder applies tuneful therapy

The Friendly Home, a skilled nursing, rehabilitation, memory care and hospice facility, is paving the way for neurologic music therapy in Rochester, thanks to Sam Snyder. Snyder, 37, joined The Friendly Home team in 2012 as a recreation assistant/music therapist. His love for both music and the elderly stems from his childhood. “My mom was […]

Oct 11, 2019

Compassion for kids leads to opening of pediatric care center

Chrysa Charno went into the medical field because she likes to fix people. Charno is a licensed physician’s assistant who came from Syracuse to attend Rochester Institute of Technology, and she graduated from P.A. school in 2003. She later went back to her alma mater to earn an M.B.A. in 2009. The 38-year-old PA saw […]

Sep 27, 2019

Taylor executive hands-on in commitment to Rochester

Volunteering and community involvement are two mainstays for Geoff Cook. Cook, 36, is on the board of directors for both Heritage Christian Services and Boy Scouts of America’s Seneca Waterways Council. He’s been accepted as a member of Leadership Rochester’s class of 2020. He was a service scholar while pursuing his undergraduate degree at St. […]

Aug 29, 2019

Compassion for pets at the end of their lives is her specialty

Growing up on a small hobby farm in the Midwest with a plethora of different animals ignited Mandi Beckmann’s interest in animal medicine at a young age. Her desire to be a veterinarian never wavered, and after earning a bachelor’s degree in biology and honors from the University of North Dakota in 2014, she went […]

Aug 16, 2019

St. John’s expert guides 22-bed rehabilitation department

Ashley Daggett says the rehabilitation department at St. John’s Home is the facility’s voice to the community, and she is one of the leaders of that effort. Daggett, 32, stepped up to the role of rehab administrator at St. John’s Home, a St. John’s community, in January 2018. She joined the skilled nursing community staff […]

Aug 2, 2019

Entrepreneur switches from family business to her own shop

  Bre Morris and her husband, Dan, moved home to Rochester after living in Houston to take over the family business. But sometimes even the best laid plans do not work out as imagined. Morris’s father founded Frank E. Page Remodeling, Painting and Decorating over 40 years ago. In 2013, he acquired Cutri Construction, a […]