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Dr. James Lewis, III
Consulting School Psychologist, Brandywine Central School District, Wilmington, DE
Chair; board member since 2006
Committee(s): Executive-Chair, Nominating, Strategic Planning

Dr. 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 a Consulting School Psychologist at Brandywine Central School District, Wilmington, DE. Previously, Dr. Lewis worked as Consulting School Psychologist, ProCare Therapy, Santa Rosa City Schools, Santa Rosa, CA and 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 Neuropsychological, 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 as the Chief Operating Officer for the National Center for Children Exposed to Violence at Yale University School of Medicine.

Todd A. Savage, Ph.D., NCSP
Professor of School Psychology, Department of Counseling and School Psychology, College of Education & Professional Studies, University of Wisconsin-River Falls (UWRF)
First Vice-Chair; board member since 2018
Committee(s): Executive, Strategic Planning

A first-generation college student, Todd earned his bachelor degree in psychology from the University of Minnesota and went on to earn master, educational specialist, and doctorate degrees in school psychology from the University of Kentucky, after having completed a pre-doctoral internship in the Omaha (NE) Public Schools. Todd taught at the University of Kentucky for two years before securing his first faculty position in school psychology at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico; he has been in his current position at UWRF since 2008. Todd has held several leadership positions in the National Association for School Psychologists (NASP), a 25,000-member strong professional organization, eventually serving as its 47th president during 2015-2016. Throughout his career, Todd has engaged in scholarly and service activities in the areas of culturally-responsive practice; school safety and crisis prevention, preparedness, and intervention; and sexual orientation and gender diversity matters in education. Outside of his career, Todd's greatest source of pride is his family, including his wonderful, teenage son.

Loisa Bennetto, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Clinical and Social Sciences in Psychology, University of Rochester
Secretary; board member since 2016
Committee(s): Executive, Strategic Planning-Co-Chair

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.

Ruperto Montero, MBA, CPA
Chief Financial Officer, PathStone
Treasurer; Board member since 2018
Committee(s): Executive, Finance-Chair, Audit

Ruperto Montero received a BS in Business Administration and Accounting at the Interamerican University in San Juan, PR, followed by an MBA in Health Science Management at the University of Rochester Simon Business School. He is currently the Chief Financial Officer at Ibero, a social services agency established in 1968 that has divisions focused on children, youth, family, developmental disabilities, and emergency services. Prior to this, Ruperto worked as Chief Financial Officer at Ibero American Action League and as a senior accountant at the University of Rochester and Rochester Regional Health System. He has previously been a board member with the Puerto Rican Youth Development and Resource Center in Rochester.

Larry D. Perkins, Ph.D., MBA
Consultant, Perkins Group Management Consulting; Adviser to the Board, The Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania
Immediate Past Chair; board member since 2006
Committee(s): Executive, Nominating, COMET Board Representative

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.

Renu Bora, MIMS, MA
Technology and Data Consultant
Board member since 2021
Committee(s): Strategic Planning

Renu Bora has a Masters in Information Management and Systems (MIMS) from the University of California, Berkeley in Data Science, and an MA in English from Duke University where he studied Cultural Theory while teaching and researching specifically the topic of texture. In addition to designing and delivering data services, he designs, delivers, and integrates software, systems, and solutions, combining multidisciplinary approaches and managing cross-functional teams. He has been an entrepreneur, worked with open-source software communities, and published articles for business, technical, and academic audiences. Clients have included: TreePeople, COPE Health Solutions, RAND Corporation, Stanford University, Alzheimer's Association, New York Power Authority, Southern California Institute of Architecture, Nissan, and Women in Health Administration of Southern California.

Joseph R. Foppoli, MBA
Owner/COO, Christopher Creek Winery and Benevolo Wines, Healdsburg & Napa, CA
Board member since 2016
Committee(s): Development

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.

Melissa M. Goodwin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Psychology, St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY
Board member since 2017
Committee(s): Executive, Development-Chair

Melissa Goodwin earned her Ph.D. in Human Development from the University of Maryland. She is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY, where she has been on faculty since 2007. She has written journal articles and given national presentations on her original research focus of child temperament in the investigation of child socio-emotional development. In addition to chair, Melissa has served on various committees and task forces, as well as two strategic planning committees. She also served as the Director of Student Academic Success at the College. Upon entering Higher Education Administration, Melissa’s focus shifted to student success - specifically, what can we learn from students who do not persist through college about how we can better serve student’s needs. Her emergent area of interest is infusing mindfulness and contemplative practices in classroom and educational settings to help students succeed in college.

Erin Graupman, MBA, BSN, RN
Coordinator of Student Health Services, Rochester City School District
Board member since 2020
Committee(s): Development

Erin Graupman is the District Coordinator of Student Health Services for the Rochester City School District. She has worked in the District since 2004 in multiple roles. Erin received her Bachelors in Science in Nursing from SUNY Brockport and her Masters in Business Administration with a focus on healthcare administration from Western Governors University. Erin has experience working with several healthcare systems in our area. She serves on the Board of Health for Monroe County and actively works with many community partners to improve healthcare access for children in the Rochester community. 

Jill A. Graziano, RN, BSN, MBA
Vice President, Behavioral Health, Rochester Regional Health
Board member since 2020
Committee(s): Finance

Jill Graziano is the Senior Vice President of Extended Care at Rochester Regional Health which includes over 900 long term care beds, Homecare, Hospice and Home Infusion and a Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE). Prior to this role, she was the senior leader of Rochester Regional Health’s Behavioral Health division. Jill has been a health care professional for 20+ years. She completed her undergraduate degree in nursing at SUNY Brockport and her MBA from the University of Rochester’s Simon Business School.

Amy V. Kahn, MBA, SPHR
Former Vice President for Human Resources, Action for a Better Community, Rochester, NY
Board member since 2016
Committee(s): Executive, Nominating-Chair

Amy V. Kahn holds an MBA and BA in Organizational Communication from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Amy was previously at Action for a Better Community, Inc. as VP of Human Resources, 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.

Victoria Kane, JD
Director of Compliance, BlueCrew; Faculty, NLU, Kendall College Schools of Business & Hospitality
Board member since 2021
Committee(s): Audit, COMET Board Representative

Victoria Kane is Counsel & Compliance Director for a start-up tech firm responsible for development and implementation of best management practices for risk management and legal compliance. Previously, she held the position of Area Director of Labor Relations and Integration for Portfolio Hotels & Resorts, located in Los Angeles. As both in-house and outside legal counsel, Victoria Kane has represented employers, management, boards of directors, and owners across a variety of industries, focusing on the public marketplace such as: Hospitality, food service, technology, education, political and charitable non-profit group.

Toinette McClellan Gunn, Ph.D., LLPC
Executive Director, Chicago Debates, McClellan Family Foundation, Founder & President
Board member since 2020
Committee(s): Strategic Planning

Toinette Gunn joined Chicago Debates in August 2018. Previously, she served as the Vice President of Programs for Chicago Scholars, where she the led vision, research, and strategy for all programming for nearly 3,000 students annually.

Having been a first-generation college student whose life today has been overwhelmingly influenced by her college education, Toinette firmly believes in the power that education holds in breaking negative intergenerational cycles. She feels honored to have served at-risk youth and their families in the Human Service field and non-profit sector for over 20 years. The majority of that time has been spent working in organizations that provide at-risk youth with quality educational opportunities, access to college, supportive services to persist through college, leadership and career readiness skill development, and mentoring through leadership roles within international organizations like Boys Hope Girls Hope of Illinois (BHGH) and Habitat for Humanity. Prior to working at BHGH, she served as Executive Director for Chicago’s Partnership to Educate and Advance Kids (PEAK) and Detroit Michigan’s Student Mentor Partners, in providing at-risk youth with scholarships to afford them a quality private high school education, access to college, and one-on-one mentoring support.

Toinette holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Michigan University in Criminal Justice and Sociology, a Master of Arts degree in Counseling from Oakland University, a Ph.D. in Counseling Education from Oakland University, and is a Limited Licensed Professional Counselor with a specialization in Mental Health. She is a native Chicagoan and a proud alum of the Chicago Public School System, a Chicago Urban League & University of Chicago Booth Graduate School of Business IMPACT Fellow, a King Chavez Parks Future Faculty Fellow, the founder of the McClellan Family Foundation, and a lifetime member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Kripal K. Mehta, Ph.D.
Clinical Child Psychologist, NYS Office of Mental Health – Retired; Partner, Indus Companies
Board member since 2010
Committee(s): Development

Kripal K. Mehta practiced clinical psychology for more than 30 years for the NYS Office of Mental Health, 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.

Rashid Muhammad, Ed.D.
Director of Community Partnerships, Volunteer Legal Services Project of Monroe County; United States Air Force Officer, Retired
Board member since 2016
Committee(s): Executive, Strategic Planning–Co-Chair

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 the Director of Community Partnerships at Volunteer Legal Services Project of Monroe County. Previously, he was the Director of Operations at the Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative and 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.

Allison Pletzer Willems
Senior Director of Educational Resources, ProCare Therapy Inc.
Board member since 2021
Committee(s): Development

Allison Pletzer Willems received her BA from Tulane University where she graduated with a double major in English and Gender Studies. Since 2013, Allison has served as a Senior Director of Educational Resources for ProCare Therapy. In this role, Allison partners with school districts nationwide to address critical shortages of school-based professionals. She works hand in hand with some of the largest districts in the US, providing both onsite and virtual services. Additionally, she serves as a resource and an advocate for the highly qualified school therapists she employs. Allison currently resides in Indianapolis where she enjoys spending time with her husband and their two young daughters.

Ronald N. Roberts, MS
SNAP Program Director, State of Connecticut Department of Social Services – Retired
Board member since 2016
Committee(s): Executive, Audit-Chair

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): Finance

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.

James M. Sperry, Ph.D., MBA
Managing Director & Senior Vice President, Tompkins Financial Advisors; Centra Financial Group, Investment Advisor Representative
Board member since 2020
Committee(s): Finance

Jim Sperry is a Senior Vice President and Managing Director for Tompkins Financial Advisors which serves families, executives, and business owners to help them protect and grow their assets, transition their businesses, and secure their legacies. He is responsible for establishing and executing the wealth management strategy for Tompkins Financial in its western New York region. Jim formerly served on the Board of Directors of The Volunteers of America, ultimately serving as its Board Chair. He earned his BA from Williams College; his Ph.D. in engineering from Duke University, and his MBA from the Simon Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Rochester.

Amy S. Warner, Esq., MBA
General Counsel, Privacy & Compliance Officer, Risk Manager at Rochester RHIO
Board member since 2019
Committee(s): Finance

Amy received her BS in Business and Marketing at the University of North Carolina, followed by a Juris Doctorate from the Nova Southeastern Law School and an MBA with Honors from St. John Fisher College. Currently, Amy serves as general counsel at the Rochester RHIO (Regional Health Information Organization). Previous employers include Bausch & Lomb as a Corporate Risk Manager, Sedgwick CMS/Fidelity Insurance as an attorney & Compliance Manager, Assistant State Attorney, Broward County, Florida and Deputy County Attorney, Monroe County Law Department. Amy has also worked as an adjunct professor at St. John Fisher College in the undergraduate business program. Amy’s community involvement also includes serving on the Board for the Verona Street Animal Society and as an Ombudsman for the NYS Long Term Care Program.

Kathleen Washington, MBA
Adjunct Professor, Simon School of Business, University of Rochester - Entrepreneurship and International Studies
Board member since 2021
Committee(s): Nominating

Kate Washington, MBA, is a seasoned entrepreneur and business strategist with experience in driving growth for small to mid-cap businesses. She is the former CEO of OWN Rochester following her role as the Deputy Commissioner of Neighborhood and Business Development for the City of Rochester and Managing Director of Enterprise Solutions International, a Management Consulting Firm. Kate is an Adjunct Professor at Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester teaching entrepreneurship and experiential learning courses through an equity lens. She currently develops International Experiential Learning opportunities and teaches the immersion course for MBA students in South Africa. She is an artist who enjoys playing music and performing in theater.

Richard Fischer, JD
Honorary Member

Ann Marie White, Ed.D.
Executive Director

Barbara J. Purvis
Advisor, Finance Committee