Board of Directors

Donna DePeters, M.Ed., Teacher, Greece Central School District – Retired
President; board member since 2009
Committee(s): Executive – 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.


Larry D. Perkins, Ph.D., MBA, Management Consultant
First Vice President; board member since 2006
Committee(s): Executive, Strategic Planning, Nominating

Larry D. Perkins is a management consultant with extensive experience and track record of helping leadership teams sharpen its focus on value creation, acheive 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.


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

The Honorable Bert 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.

Jonathan Trost, JD
Secretary, board member since 1993
Committee(s): Executive, Finance–Co-Chair, Nominating–Chair

Richard A. Schwartz, MS, Optical Engineer, Xerox Corporation–Retired
Treasurer; board member since 2008
Committee(s): Executive, Development, Finance–Co-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.

Carol R. Gravetter, Director of Corporate Relations, American Cancer Society–Retired
Immediate Past President; board member since 1992
Committee(s): Executive, Development–Chair

Carol Gravetter, was president of Children’s Institute’s board of directors from 2010-2011 and 2011-2012. She has served on the board’s Development, Executive, and Strategic Planning committees as well. Carol is retired from the American Cancer Society, where she was the Director of Corporate Relations.

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.


James Lewis, III, Psy.D., Consulting Director of Youth Programs, Lakeview Neuro-Rehabilitation Center
Board member since 2006
Committee(s): Executive, Nominating, Strategic Planning – Co-Chair

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 Director of Youth Programs at Lakeview Neuro-Rehabilitation Center. He is a consultant for North Star Sports and the owner of North Star Neuropsychologial. Dr. Lewis also works as a 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.

Doug Mabon, MBA, Broker, Business Brokers New York LLC
Board member since 2014

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

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.


David Pieramico, MBA, Associate Executive Director of Finance and Administration, Jewish Community Center
Board member since 2011
Committee(s): Finance

David Pieramico is currently 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 in Rochester and at the Center for Community Engagement at St. John Fisher College, where he teaches accounting and a variety of leadership and business courses. 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.

Thomas J. Rogers, CPA, MBA, Chief Financial Officer, ESL Federal Credit Union
Board member since 2013
Committee(s): Finance, Nominating

Thomas Rogers is a graduate of the State University at Buffalo and the Simon Graduate School of Business, University of Rochester. He currently holds the position of Chief Financial Officer at ESL Federal Credit Union. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a recipient of the Rochester 40 Under 40 Award and the Greater Rochester Award for Board Leadership. Tom has previously served on the Board of Directors for The Center for Youth Services and Rochester Hearing and Speech Center. He currently serves as a Board member for Ronald McDonald House Charities, Flower City Habitat for Humanity, and United Way of Greater Rochester, where he chairs the Audit Committee.

Robert M. Ulliman, M.Ed., Director of Planning, Office of the Deputy Superintendent of Administration, RCSD
Board member since 2014

Robert 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).

  Richard Fischer
Honorary Member


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