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Dec 30, 2021

Jennie Schaff ready to be changemaker for Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation

When changing jobs, it is not unusual for some people to take time in between to regroup and prepare for the next challenge. That thinking does not apply to Jennie Schaff.  Schaff will join the Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation on Jan. 1 as the organization’s CEO, almost immediately after her final day as president and CEO of Jewish Family Services, [...]

Nov 11, 2021

Stacey Trien focuses her GRAWA presidency on empowering women

Stacey Trien’s plan for her term as president of the Greater Rochester Association of Women Attorneys was to focus on the theme of empowerment. 

Oct 13, 2021

Nelms has found a path to success at East High

Shaun Nelms said no to the East High School Educational Partnership Organization (EPO) superintendent job several times before finally accepting the offer in 2016. That’s what past experiences will do to you. “Frankly, my experience as a school chief was very frustrating. I thought there were a lot of good people doing good work and working […]

Sep 29, 2021

Ravindra had structured plan for growth for Ravi Engineering

When designing a building or a bridge, every detail must be exact, every measurement precise. There can be no surprises, no ad-libbing. Life, however, doesn’t work that way, as Nagappa Ravindra will attest. When he completed his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in his native India better than four decades ago, he began exploring educational […]

Sep 20, 2021

Marc Mayer makes most of a non-linear path, now leads Manning & Napier

As a youngster, Manning & Napier CEO Marc Mayer was focused science. “I thought I might want to be an anthropologist or archeologist possibly,” he said. But after a summer of digging up Indian ruins as a teen, Mayer decided finding lots of tiny pieces of pottery that had to be put together was not […]

Aug 18, 2021

Chelsea Conway brings youth, team-oriented focus leadership to Conway Beam

Chelsea Conway doesn’t let much stand in the way of reaching her goals. In June, Conway traveled to Eugene, Ore., to participate in the Olympic trials in the 20 km race walk, where dangerously high temperatures of 100 or more degrees Fahrenheit forced schedule changes to protect the participants. She placed 10th. “It was incredible, […]

Aug 4, 2021

Silverstein simultaneously upholds tradition, leads progress at WXXI

When he arrived in Rochester in December of 1995, hired by WXXI Public Broadcasting Council to run its radio and television operations, Norm Silverstein assumed there would be a very finite timeline to his stay. A New Jersey native who had spent significant time working in Maryland in commercial and public broadcasting as well as […]

Jul 21, 2021

John Sheehan named president and CEO of RHIO, brings varied skill set to role

A college degree in creative writing is an unlikely pathway to a career in healthcare administration, but for John Sheehan it was a key factor that put him on the road to success. Sheehan, who officially takes over on Aug. 1 as the new president and CEO of the Rochester Health Information Organization (RHIO) credits the training with helping him […]

Jun 23, 2021

Ibero CEO leans on lessons she learned from traveling a rocky road

At one time, Angelica Perez-Delgado was a teen mom who had dropped out of high school to care for her child. Today, she runs the Ibero-American Action League Inc., a local nonprofit with more than 200 staffers that serves roughly 16,000 people each year. Her path may not have been an easy one, but it […]

Jun 9, 2021

From hockey to real estate, Ziemendorf’s path leads to top role at Landsman

At some point, everyone needs to chase the dream, to see just what is possible, to ensure there are no regrets later in life. That is how Kurt Ziemendorf ended up playing professional hockey in Sweden for a year and in Holland for two. And how he caught the eye of Herb Brooks a year […]

May 26, 2021

Incoming MCBA president Bradley Kammholz sets sights on bringing people back together

Incoming Monroe County Bar Association President Bradley P. Kammholz plans to focus on helping members reconnect when he officially takes over the leadership role on July 1. And to help kick start the effort, the organization will hold an in-person officer installation event from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., June 23, at Ellison Park. “The idea […]

May 19, 2021

MCC’s incoming president DeAnna Burt-Nanna a ‘staunch advocate’ for diversity, educational access

DeAnna R. Burt-Nanna found herself in unfamiliar territory this year, when, in the midst of a global pandemic, she accepted a new job in a new state. The interview process, as well as the search for a new home, were both done virtually before Burt-Nanna had ever set foot in Rochester. “It was a bit of a challenge, but one I embraced,” says Burt-Nanna, who beca[...]