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Muniga dives into nonprofit world as head of Cameron Community Ministries

Jennifer Muniga

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 ...

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Dean works dynamically to create more doctoral programs at RIT (access required)

Twyla Cummins of Penfield is the Associate Provost of Graduate Education 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 ...

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Woman finds success running full-service audiology office (access required)

Christine Tirk of Spencerport is the Found and Owner of Clear Choice Hearing & Balance

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 ...

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Elizabeth Paul ready to lead Nazareth to new heights (access required)

Elizabeth L. Paul

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 ...

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Leader of pro bono group sees strength in legal community (access required)


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 ...

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CaTyra Polland shares her passion for writing, entrepreneurship (access required)

CaTyra Polland

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 ...

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Wellness shop an immediate hit for determined cancer survivor (access required)

Shari Hall Smith is the found of ThriV, located in Northfield Commons in Pittsford.

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 ...

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Advice to ‘raise your hand’ pays off for Roberts graduate (access required)

Meg Hartman

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 ...

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She dives deep into social media to help her clients (access required)

Emily Hessney Lynch

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 ...

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White stands out as leader of Children’s Institute (access required)

AnnMarie White

  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 ...

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Women’s Network commits to diversity (access required)

Michelle Wescott

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 ...

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Dixon, Schwabl ready to pass the leadership baton to Allen, Savage (access required)

Lauren Dixon, CEO of Dixon Schwabl, and Mike Schwabl, the firm's president, are flanked by their incoming successors, future CEO Kim Allen (left) and future president Jessica Savage (right). The transition of power takes place at the end of the year.

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 ...

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New leader of divinity school developing visionary ideas for change (access required)

Angela Sims

Angela Sims arrived at an interesting time for Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School. She started work just a few weeks before the school moved out of its Hogwarts-like campus following a decision to sell the property to a developer. On Aug. ...

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All female food team from Finger Lakes featured at James Beard House (access required)

The team of chefs and producers who will represent the Finger Lakes at the James Beard House are, from left, Claire Benjamin, Nancy Irelan,  Autumn Stoscheck, Samantha Buyskes, Linnea Shumway, Trish Aser, and Susanne Messmer. Photo supplied.

A septet of female chefs and food-and-beverage producers from the Finger Lakes region will be featured presenters at the esteemed James Beard House in Manhattan in January. The team, headed by Geneva’s Samantha Buyskes, is currently listed on the house’s list of ...

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Sister team makes waves in world of business coaching, development (access required)

Leadership Logic President Jeanne Allen, 56, left with Vice President, Sarah Marche, 38, both of Pittsford.

As a corporate human resources executive with ties to many businesses in the local community, Jeanne Allen says she felt like the pied piper. Business owners called her left and right asking for guidance on how to do the right ...

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