Path to Excellence

Mar 31, 2020

Muniga dives into nonprofit world as head of Cameron Community Ministries

Jennifer Muniga has been executive director of Cameron Community Ministries, an Urban Outreach Community Center in the Lyell-Otis Neighborhood, since 2011. In that role, she sees first-hand the impact of poverty on youth, as 98 percent of neighborhood residents live in poverty, and her work at Cameron is devoted to addressing that issue. Muniga, a […]

Mar 12, 2020

Dean works dynamically to create more doctoral programs at RIT

Twyla J. Cummings has a big job ahead of her. As associate provost and dean of graduate education at Rochester Institute of Technology, she’s tasked with changing the mindset of colleges at RIT so they can produce a lot more doctorate degrees. In the next decade, Cummings aims to triple the number of doctoral students […]

Mar 2, 2020

Woman finds success running full-service audiology office

Clear Choice Hearing and Balance is paving the way for private, full-scope audiology with a first-of-its-kind pediatric audiology office suite located adjacent to its Greece location at 103 Canal Landing Blvd. Founded by certified hearing instrument specialist Christine Tirk in 2008, the Canal Landing location has grown from a small, single unit to 4,000 square […]

Feb 20, 2020

Elizabeth Paul ready to lead Nazareth to new heights

When Elizabeth L. Paul talks about Nazareth College, it’s clear that the future Nazareth president has done her homework. She says she’s fascinated by its founding by nuns as a school for women, and its evolution to a non-denominational, co-educational liberal arts college that also includes a fair number of professional training programs. All this […]

Feb 20, 2020

Leader of pro bono group sees strength in legal community

Tina Monshipour Foster has seen the impact that a community of lawyers can have when deployed to tackle a problem. She led a multi-year effort to recruit hundreds of attorneys in the early 2000s to represent Guantanamo Bay detainees and others held elsewhere by the United States in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, […]

Feb 19, 2020

CaTyra Polland shares her passion for writing, entrepreneurship

CaTyra Polland is a published author who wanted to use her love for words to help others. Toward that end, she took on the task of starting her own company while continuing to work full time. Polland started Love For Words to offer editing, ghostwriting, social media management and other services. She also founded the […]

Feb 17, 2020

Wellness shop an immediate hit for determined cancer survivor

Shari Hall Smith has had her share of adventures. Some were planned, many were unexpected. In 1992, Smith was diagnosed with breast cancer. She was 36 and engaged to her now-husband, Greg Smith, president and CEO of Jay Advertising. Suddenly faced with many difficult decisions to make, Smith pursued surgery but opted out of six […]

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 […]

Feb 3, 2020

She dives deep into social media to help her clients

Emily Hessney Lynch thought she wanted to be a teacher. During her undergraduate years she had the opportunity to student-teach while studying abroad, and she soon realized that teaching wasn’t the right fit. After graduating from the University of Rochester with a bachelor’s degree in English and history in 2012, she stayed at the campus […]

Jan 24, 2020

White stands out as leader of Children’s Institute

  When Ann Marie White took the helm at the Children’s Institute Inc. six months ago she had big shoes to fill; Dirk Hightower had led and grown the organization for nearly three decades. But the agency is in good hands with White. As the director of the Office of Mental Health Promotion (OMHP), which […]

Jan 17, 2020

Women’s Network commits to diversity

One local women’s professional development group is taking a deep dive into its offerings and adjusting its emphasis to include a renewed focus on diversity and inclusion, beginning with a Jan. 29 program on intersectionality. Rochester Women’s Network—which as one of the nation’s oldest networking groups for women marked its 40th anniversary in 2018—has appointed […]

Jan 16, 2020

Dixon, Schwabl ready to pass the leadership baton to Allen, Savage

When it comes to clients, Dixon Schwabl is able to react to wants and needs in a moment’s notice. Being nimble in an ever-changing world of technology and consumer habits is critical to success, both for the client and the agency. But when it comes to Dixon Schwabl itself — the company that Lauren Dixon […]