Board of Directors


Larry D. Perkins, Ph.D., MBA, Management Consultant
Chair; board member since 2006
Committee(s): Executive–Chair, Nominating

Larry D. Perkins is a management consultant with extensive experience and track record of helping leadership teams sharpen its focus on value creation, achieve winning performance, develop innovative strategies, and build management capabilities to maximize value. Larry’s functional expertise is in areas such as business strategy, operational excellence, financial performance improvement, business model innovation, and supply chain efficiency. Larry also bring prior management experience from firms such as Xerox Corporation and Procter and Gamble.


James Lewis, III, Psy.D., Consulting School Psychologist, ProCare Therapy, Santa Rosa City Schools, Santa Rosa, CA
First Vice Chair; board member since 2006
Committee(s): Executive, Nominating, Strategic Planning

James Lewis, III, received his Psy.D. in Pediatric Clinical Neuropsychology from Central Michigan University and holds Masters degrees in Psychology and Clinical Psychology from Howard University. Currently, he serves as the Consulting School Psychologist at ProCare Therapy, Santa Rosa City Schools, Santa Rosa CA. Previously, Dr. Lewis worked as Consulting Director of Youth Programs at Lakeview Neuro-Rehabilitation Center. Dr. Lewis also worked as a consultant for North Star Sports, owner of North Star Neuropsychologial, and Transformational Leadership Consultant for Community Action Agencies. In the past, he spent 10 years as the Chief Executive Training Consultant for New Opportunities, Inc. in Waterbury, CT and seven years at the Chief Operating Officer for the National Center for Children Exposed to Violence at Yale University School of Medicine.


Bert A. Bunyan, JD., New York State Supreme Court Justice
Second Vice Chair; board member since 2000
Committee(s): Executive, Strategic

The Honorable Bert A. Bunyan, a Supreme Court Justice in New York City, brings his warmth and ease with people to our governing body. His professional experience includes working as a teacher, social worker, military officer, and marketing representative. After attending law school, he began a prominent career as a trial attorney and then as a judge for the Workers’ Compensation Board. Since 1996, when he was elected as a Civil Court Judge, he has presided over all phases of civil and criminal court cases. In 2002, he was elected to the New York State Supreme Court, where he currently presides principally over medical malpractice cases.

Children are a big part of Justice Bunyan’s life; he has two college age boys, and five grandchildren from a grown daughter. His role as a parent and grandparent, combined with his professional experience, has taught him the importance of identifying and working with children at risk and the total health of the child. Justice Bunyan has good feelings about Primary Project and Rochester, and we welcome his presence on our board.

Robert M. Ulliman, M.Ed., Director of Planning, Office of the Deputy Superintendent of Administration, RCSD
Secretary; board member since 2014
Committee(s): Executive, Strategic Planning

Robert M. Ulliman graduated from Nazareth College and received his Masters in Education there. He completed a graduate program in School Administration and Supervision from Canisius College in Buffalo. Rob currently holds the position of Director of Planning within the Office of Deputy Superintendent of Administration for the Rochester City School District. Rob is a member of the Association of Supervisors and Administrators (ASAR) and the School Administrators Association of New York State (SAANYS).


David J. Pieramico, MBA, Director of Finance, St. James Mercy Hospital, Hornell, NY
Treasurer; board member since 2011
Committee(s): Executive, Audit, Finance–Chair

David J. Pieramico is currently the Director of Finance, St. James Mercy Hospital, Hornell, NY. Previously, David was the Associate Executive Director for Finance and Administration at the Jewish Community Center. For over 10 years, he has been an adjunct faculty member at Medaille College, St. John Fisher College, and Keuka Colleges. David has over 30 years of professional finance experience. He is married and the proud father of two daughters, one a pharmacist in Albany and the other a graduate student at RIT. David lives in Penfield and has been a volunteer youth coach for soccer and lacrosse. He is a longtime golfer and has recently become a serious pickleball player.

Donna DePeters, M.Ed., Teacher, Greece Central School District – Retired
Immediate Past Chair; board member since 2009
Committee(s): Executive, Audit, Strategic Planning, Development–Co-Chair       

Donna DePeters has been associated with the field of education for over 30 years and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in education and literacy to our Board. Donna taught elementary grades in the Greece Central School district for over 30 years and helped to establish Odyssey Academy, Greece’s 6-12 grade school of choice, which has received national recognition. She was a district trainer in writing workshop models and has presented at educational conferences across the state, as well as at numerous colleges and public schools. Retired from teaching, Donna enjoys this opportunity to be involved in volunteer activities. She serves on the Policy Committee for Mayor Robert Duffy’s Literacy Initiative and has volunteered with Children’s Institute and Rochester ChildFirst Network. She has also assisted with literacy projects at the Buffalo Bills training camp at St. John Fisher College and enjoys substitute teaching.


Loisa Bennetto, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Clinical and Social Sciences in Psychology, University of Rochester
Board member since 2016

Loisa Bennetto is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Clinical and Social Sciences in Psychology at the University of Rochester. She received her BA in Psychology from Yale University in 1988, and her Ph.D. in Clinical Child Psychology from the University of Denver in 1999. She then joined the faculty at the University of Rochester, where she has served as Director of the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program from 2007-2010, and Department Chair since 2010. Dr. Bennetto’s program of research examines the neurocognitive bases of autism spectrum disorder with a particular focus on differences in basic sensory processing and how these differences impact children’s ability to communicate and function effectively in their day-to-day lives. Dr. Bennetto also teaches and mentors students at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Fernán R. Cepero, MA, MS, PHR, SHRM-CP, Chief Human Resources Officer & Chief Diversity Officer, YMCA of Greater Rochester
Board member since 2015

Fernán R. Cepero is currently the Chief Human Resources Officer for the YMCA of Greater Rochester. He has also served as an Employee Development Manager for The Perrier Group of America where his responsibilities included recruiting, employee development, and ensuring effective succession planning. Fernán serves on the faculty at Medaille College and the University of Phoenix. He is Immediate Past President of the Genesee Valley Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (GVCSHRM) and served as State Director of the New York State Society of Human Resource Management. He is on the boards of the Ibero-American Action League and the Eugenio Maria de Hostos Charter School and also is an active member of the Senior Human Resource Executive Forum of the Rochester Business Alliance. 

Fernán has an MS in Human Resource Development from Rochester Institute of Technology, an MA in Foreign Studies from the American University, and a BA from Fordham University.

Dennis M. DeLeo, JD, President, Venture Jobs Foundation; Senior Partner, Trillium Group
Board member since 2015
(s): Executive, Development Co-Chair

Dennis M. DeLeo holds a BA from the University of Rochester, a JD from the University of Chicago Law School, and completed the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard University Graduate School of Business. Denny is currently President of the Venture Jobs Foundation and a Senior Partner at Trillium Group, which he co-founded in 1997. Trillium is a Rochester-based venture capital and private equity firm. Prior to founding Trillium Group, he was employed by Eastman Kodak Company, initially in the corporate legal division followed by executive assignments in technology development and operations. He also served as President and CEO of Eastman Technology, Inc., a Kodak subsidiary formed to launch businesses based on leading-edge technologies.


Joseph R. Foppoli, MBA, Owner/ COO of Christopher Creek Winery and Benevolo Wines in Healdsburg and Napa, CA
Board member since 2016

Joseph R. Foppoli holds a BA from Sonoma State University and an MBA from the Dominican University of California. He is owner/COO of Christopher Creek Winery and Benevolo Wines in Healdsburg and Napa, CA. He previously was a partner in FFTV Import and Export in Vitorio, ES, Brazil and managed exporting and distribution of wine throughout Brazil. Other experience includes a production supervisor for Think Films in San Francisco, CA.

Susan Phillips Gorin, CAE, Executive Director, National Association of School Psychologists
Board member since 2002
Committee(s): Executive, Strategic Planning–Co-Chair

In addition to serving on Children’s Institute’s Board of Directors, Susan Phillips Gorin has served on a variety of professional boards and executive committees related to early childhood literacy, social-emotional learning, and association management on the national level. She is the executive director of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) in Bethesda, MD.

A Rochester, NY, native and graduate of Brighton High School, Susan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary and Special Education from Boston University and a Master of Arts degree in Social Foundation of Education from the University of Virginia. She and her husband, David, have two grown sons and live in McLean, VA.

Amy V. Kahn, MBA, SPHR, Vice President for Human Resources, Action for a Better Community, Rochester, NY
Board member since 2016

Amy V. Kahn holds an MBA and BA in Organizational Communication from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She has been with Action for a Better Community, Inc. as the VP of Human Resources for the past year. Amy was previously at The College at Brockport/State University of New York as Director of Human Resources, Constellation Brands, Inc., FUSION as HR/Talent Lead, and GateHouse Media, Inc. as Director of Human Resources. She was previously a Board Member for Genesee Valley Society for Human Resources Management, Jewish Family Service, Hillel of Rochester Area Colleges, and currently serves on the Human Resources Committee at Temple B’rith Kodesh.

Doug Mabon, MBA, Broker, Business Brokers New York LLC
Board member since 2014
(s): Executive, Strategic Planning–Co-Chair

Doug Mabon received his BA from Lafayette College and his MBA in Finance from Wharton. He is currently a broker with Business Brokers New York LLC, a middle market M&A business consulting and brokerage firm. Doug is a volunteer mentor and past chapter chairperson with the Greater Rochester Chapter of SCORE, Counselors to America’s Small Business. He is a member of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Work Group of the Finger Lakes Regional Council and a past chairperson of the Audit Committee at ESL Federal Credit Union.

Kripal K. Mehta, Ph.D., Psychologist, New York State Department of Civil Service – Retired
Board member since 2010
Committee(s): Development

Kripal K. Mehta practiced clinical psychology for more than 30 years for the New York State Department of Civil Service, working with emotionally disturbed and developmentally handicapped children at Rochester Psychiatric Center and Newark Development Center. She conducted teaching rounds, workshops for patients’ families, and in-service teaching for the staff in the area of child development, learning and behavior therapies, crisis intervention, and parenting and behavior management techniques. She has served on many committees including education and training, credentials, and privileging for JCAHO. She also was the chairperson of the committee on Special Education. Kripal volunteers with Saathi of Rochester and Compeer Rochester, Inc. Kripal's business interests include serving on the board of directors of Indus Companies.

R. Mohan Menon, ME, MBA, Xerox Corporation
Board member since 2014
(s): Finance

R. Mohan Menon has a BE in Mechanical Engineering from Madras University in India and an ME in Industrial Engineering and Computer Science from Texas A&M. He also received an MBA in Finance from Texas and completed an Executive Education in Negotiations at Harvard Business School. Mohan has 30 years of experience with Xerox Corporation, including positions within IT, Manufacturing, Engineering Services, Internal Audit, Software Development, and Sales.

Dianne Cooney Miner, Ph.D., RN, CNS, Dean, Wegmans School of Nursing, St. John Fisher College
Board member since 2013
Committee(s): Nominating

Dianne Cooney Miner currently serves as the Founding Dean of the Wegmans School of Nursing at St. John Fisher College. After earning her Diploma in Nursing at Crouse-Irving Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Syracuse, Diane pursued a Bachelor’s at Syracuse University and then a Master of Science in Nursing from Binghamton University and a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing from Adelphi University in Garden City, NY. Dianne has a distinguished record as an educator, researcher, and author and was a finalist for the 2012 Athena Women’s Leadership Award. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors at The Children’s Agenda, the Board of Trustees of F.F. Thompson Health System in Canandaigua, NY, and the Steering Committee of the New York State Workforce Institute for Nursing.

Rashid Muhammad, Ed.D., Senior Business and Engineering Organization Manager, Harris Space and Intelligence Systems
Board member since 2016

Rashid Muhammad received a BGS in Geography from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, a MA in Management from Webster University, and an Ed.D. (Executive Leadership) at St. John Fisher College. He is currently a Senior Engineering Manager at Harris Corporation Space and Intelligence Systems Division. Rashid is involved in the community as a Chair and Panel Member for the Commission on Jewish-Muslim Understanding. He was previously a Board Member and Consultant at M.K.Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence. Rashid served in the United States Air Force from 1982-2003 as an Operations and Military Intelligence Officer in military field units, headquarters, and government agencies in multiple domestic and overseas locations with a distinguished record of achievement over his 20+ year military career.


Ronald N. Roberts, MS, SNAP Program Director, State of Connecticut Department of Social Services – Retired
Board member since 2016

Ronald N. Roberts recently retired from the State of Connecticut Department of Social Services where he was the SNAP Program Director. He has held various roles within the Department of Social Services since 1988 including Regional Administrator and Operations Manager. Ron’s community involvement includes President of the Stamford Alumni Kappa Foundation as well as past roles with the United Way of Stamford, Stamford Hospital, and Young Fathers Program Coordinator.

Richard A. Schwartz, MS, Optical Engineer, Xerox Corporation–Retired
Board member since 2008
Committee(s): Executive, Development, Finance, Audit–Chair

Richard Schwartz offers a wealth of community activism and philanthropic expertise to the Board of Directors. An optical engineer at Xerox Corporation for 30 years, Richard has been a board member and chaired numerous committees for a host of service organizations in the Rochester community including Rochester Area Community Foundation, the Grantmakers Forum of New York, the Greater Rochester After-School Alliance (GRASA), Horizons at Harley Student Enrichment Program, Friends of Progressive Neighborhood Federal Credit Union, Rural Opportunities, Inc., and Wilson Commencement Park. His volunteerism also extends to the First Unitarian Church of Rochester, where he is a member, and to his alma mater, the University of Rochester.

Jonathan Trost, JD
Board member since 1993
Committee(s): Executive, Nominating–Chair

Kimberly A. Valentine, DC
Board member since 2015

Kimberly A. Valentine is a Doctor of Chiropractic with over 30 years of experience in the field of complementary and alternative medicine. Kimberly’s passion and focus is on biopsychosocial health care, mindfulness practice, and Eastern and Western healthcare practices. She maintains continuing chiropractic education and training in pregnancy, pediatric, and wellness care and often lectures on the topics of Stress Management, Medicine and Spirituality, and Raising Healthy Children. Kimberly has been actively involved in professional local, state, and national associations as well as volunteering with local charity and church committees. Kimberly has been blessed by 26 years of marriage to her husband and 25 years of motherhood to her two beautiful daughters.

  Richard Fischer, JD
Honorary Member
  A. Dirk Hightower, Ph.D.
Executive Director


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