Matthew A. Kuhlenbeck, President & CEO Matthew A. Kuhlenbeck President & CEO

Appointed to CEO in January 2019, Matthew leads the Greater Rochester Health Foundation in its efforts to improve the health and wellness of adults and children throughout Rochester and its surrounding nine-county region. Prior to joining, he served as program director at the Missouri Foundation for Health, where he led a $20-million annual portfolio of responsive grantmaking during his 16-year tenure. He is currently pursuing his PhD from Saint Louis University’s School of Public Health, holds a M.H.A degree from Saint Louis University’s School of Public Health, and a B.S. degree in Community Health and Health Administration from Northern Illinois University School of Public Health.


Contact Information: 585.258.1704 | Email Matt

Thomas Wesley, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Thomas Wesley Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Tom, a lifelong Rochester area resident, is a graduate of St. John Fisher College and also has an MBA from RIT. He joined the Health Foundation in 2006 bringing management experience gained from over 30 years with local business and volunteer organizations. Tom oversees investment, finance, and treasury functions for the Health Foundation.


Contact Information: 585.258.1702 | Email Tom

Heidi F. Burke, Chief Program Officer Heidi F. Burke Chief Program Officer Area of Focus: Healthy Futures Strategy

Heidi joined the Health Foundation in 2010 and currently serves in the role of Chief Program Officer.  While at the Health Foundation Heidi led a portfolio focused on children’s healthy weight and most recently directed the Healthy Futures strategy aiming to strengthen whole child health in the greater Rochester region.  Prior to the Health Foundation, Heidi worked in Atlanta at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on injury prevention, physical activity promotion and obesity prevention and directed health partnerships at the National Recreation and Park Association in Washington, DC.  Heidi obtained her bachelor’s degree in sports medicine from Mercyhurst University and her master’s in Public Health from Emory University.


Contact Information: 585.258.1708 | Email Heidi

Jennifer M. Baker, Grant Information System Analyst Jennifer M. Baker Grant Information System Analyst

Jennifer obtained her MS from Clemson University and her BS from SUNY Fredonia. She has worked in all aspects of software development. This is Jennifer’s first position in a non-profit organization and she is proud to be working for an organization that has such a positive impact on the community. Jen is the primary contact for all areas of the Grant Management System.


Contact Information: 585.258.1724 | Email Jennifer

Anita Black, Program Officer Anita Black Program OfficerArea of Focus: Healthy Futures Strategy

Anita joined the Health Foundation in 2016. Part of the Healthy Futures team, Anita has extensive experience with children’s behavioral health and strengthening family systems. Prior to joining the Health Foundation, she served as the Healthy Start Project Director with the Perinatal Network of Monroe County. Anita is a New York State Licensed Clinical Social Worker and holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Skidmore College, and master’s degrees in Child Development and Family Studies from Syracuse University, and Clinical Social Work from the University of Maryland.


Contact Information: 585.258.1714 | Email Anita

Ari J. Elliot, Ph.D., Research and Evaluation Associate Ari J. Elliot, Ph.D. Research and Evaluation AssociateArea of Focus: Healthy Futures Strategy

Ari joined the Health Foundation in January 2018. He serves as Research and Evaluation Associate for the Health Foundation’s Healthy Futures Strategy. Ari previously conducted research on adversity and resilience as a post-doctoral associate in the University of Rochester Department of Psychiatry. Ari earned a doctorate in Human Development and a master’s degree in Community Mental Health Counseling from the Warner School of Education & Human Development. In addition, he holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Brandeis University.


Contact Information: 585.258.1717 | Email Ari


Kristine K. Feeney, Program Administrative Assistant Kristine K. Feeney Program Administrative AssistantArea of Focus: Healthy Futures Strategy

Kristine joined the Health Foundation in 2013.  As a Program Administrative Assistant she supports the Healthy Futures team working to advance whole child health in the greater Rochester region. Prior to the Health Foundation, Kristine held the position of executive secretary and psychologist’s aide maintaining confidential student files and preparing special education documents while adhering to NYS regulations.  She has been a tireless advocate for children and has volunteered as a parent member of the Committee for Special Education in the Greece Central School District.


Contact Information: 585.258.1716 | Email Kristine

Bridgitte Moss-Phillips, Administrative Assistant Bridgitte Moss-Phillips Administrative Assistant

Bridgitte has a multiple skill set having experience in sales, administration and finance. Her skills and passion to serve easily translate from varied work environments which include non-profit and corporate environments. She is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Community and Human Services at SUNY Empire State College. She joins the Greater Rochester Health Foundation with great enthusiasm.


Contact Information: 585.258.1706 | Email Bridgitte

Justin Rand, Director of Accounting and Administration Justin Rand Director of Accounting and Administration

Justin is a Certified Public Accountant with more than six years of experience in not-for-profit accounting. He is a graduate of the State University of New York at Geneseo, where he obtained his bachelor’s degree in accounting. In his role as the Director of Accounting and Administration, Justin is responsible for managing the foundation’s facility, accounting, payroll, and human resource functions. Justin is actively involved in the Rochester community as a junior board member of the Boys and Girls Club of Rochester and he previously served as a board and finance committee member for Rising Leaders.


Contact Information: 585.258.1707 | Email Justin

Chiara Smith, Associate Program Officer Chiara Smith Associate Program OfficerArea of Focus: Healthy Futures Strategy

Chiara joined the Health Foundation in January 2018. As part of the Healthy Futures team, Chiara works closely with grantees in the execution and operating of grant related activities. She previously worked as Program Manager for Action for a Better Community’s Save Our Youth program, where she became a trainer for New York State’s DCJS SNUG program. Chiara has held roles at the Center for Youth, YWCA of Rochester and Monroe County, Hillside Family of Agencies, and the New York State Office of Children & Family Services. Chiara earned a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Buffalo State College.


Contact Information: 585.258.1709 | Email Chiara

Hannah Stark, Associate Program Officer Hannah Stark Associate Program OfficerArea of Focus: Responsive Grants

Hannah earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from SUNY Fredonia and is pursuing a MPA from SUNY Brockport. Prior to her work at the Health Foundation, she obtained extensive experience as a payroll specialist. She has been a member of the Health Foundation since 2016 and is currently an Associate Program Officer for the Responsive Grant team. Hannah incorporates her education and expertise while working closely with grantees to ensure their success. She is proud to be helping the Health Foundation continue their valuable work for this community.


Contact Information: 585.258.1703 | Email Hannah


Jonathan Wallace, Systems Administrator Jonathan Wallace Systems Administrator

Jonathan joined the Health Foundation in 2015. He is a graduate of Western Governors University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Information Technology. Jonathan has more than seven years of experience providing technical and application support. In his role as Systems Administrator, Jonathan oversees all of the Information Technology needs of the foundation. Jonathan is an active member of the community and loves volunteering his time.


Contact Information: 585.258.1723 | Email Jonathan