NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, staff are working remotely. Responses may be delayed at this time. For more information, please read this message from our President & CEO Matt Kulenbeck.

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

Appointed CEO in January 2019, Kuhlenbeck leads the Greater Rochester Health Foundation in its efforts to pursue and invest in solutions that build a healthier region where all people can thrive. In addition to his service at the Health Foundation, Kuhlenbeck is active in many local efforts including the Rochester Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative, ROC the Future, and NorthStar Network’s Healthcare Business Academy Fellowship Program.

 

Prior to joining the Health Foundation, Kuhlenbeck served as program director of the Missouri Foundation for Health where he led teams and programs focused on positive disruptions in the healthcare system and managed a $20 million annual portfolio of responsive grantmaking over his 16-year tenure. Kuhlenbeck holds a M.H.A degree from Saint Louis University’s College for Public Health and Social Justice, where he is currently pursuing his PhD in health management and policy. He earned his B.S. degree in Community Health and Health Administration from Northern Illinois University’s College of Health and Human Services.

 

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

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

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 working with children and families and strengthening family systems. She is passionate about advancing equity and partnering with community.

Prior to the Health Foundation, Anita has served in multiple leadership roles to drive systemic change for children and families, including serving as project director for Healthy Start and as a clinical social worker for varying organizations.

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. Anita is a teacher and student of yoga and meditation.

 

Contact Information: 585.258.1714 | Email Anita

Monica Brown, Senior Program Officer Monica Brown Senior Program OfficerArea of Focus: Responsive Portfolio

Monica Brown joined the Greater Rochester Health Foundation in 2020. Previously, Monica was a program officer at the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York (HFWCNY), a position she had held since 2014. At the HFWCNY she managed investment in children 0-5 impacted by poverty and community health capacity. Her work focused on ensuring that children and their families had the resources they need for school readiness and to strengthen the community and systems that support that goal . Monica has more than 30 years of experience working within community both as a provider and a funder. Monica received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the State University of New York College at Buffalo. She and her wife currently reside in Cheektowaga, New York and they look forward to becoming Rochester residents.

 

Contact Information: 585.258.1710 | Email Monica

Danette Campbell-Bell, Senior Program Officer Danette Campbell-Bell Senior Program OfficerArea of Focus: Targeted Portfolio

 

Danette Campbell-Bell joined the Health Foundation in 2020. A youth development practitioner, trainer, instructor, coach, mentor and conference speaker with more than 20 years of experience in developing, implementing and managing quality youth programs with high-performance outcomes, Danette is a champion, advocate and voice for children and youth. Danette has served as a consultant to a wide range of clients including: The United Way of Greater Rochester, the Greater Rochester After School Alliance, the New York State Network For Youth Success, the City of Rochester Department of Recreation and Youth Services, and the Center For Youth Services. Danette currently serves on several boards, initiatives and committees throughout the community related to children, youth, community development, leadership and business. She is also Managing Partner at Strings For Life, LLC as well as Project Founder and Director of the award winning Strings For Life Music Project.

 

Contact Information: 585.258.1719 | Email Danette

Ari J. Elliot, Ph.D., Research and Evaluation Associate Ari J. Elliot, Ph.D. Research and Evaluation Associate

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 Assistant

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

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: Community Health Grants & Neighborhood Health Status Improvement

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

 

Tiana Stephens, Communications Officer Tiana Stephens Communications Officer

Tiana joined the Health Foundation in 2019, merging her professional skills with her personal passion for serving the community as she creates and implements communications strategies that further the goals of the Foundation while building and maintaining a positive reputation for GRHF. Prior to joining the Health Foundation, Tiana led a team of instructional designers as Director of Content Development at an eLearning start-up in Rochester. Tiana has worked in government communications at the City of Rochester where she produced and hosted a public affairs talk show; in television news as an Emmy award-winning assignment editor and producer; and as a consultant for non-profit organizations and small businesses. A mother of four, she and her family live in Rochester’s 19th Ward and are actively involved in the areas of education, art, sports, public health, anti-racism and social justice. Tiana earned a bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in Chinese Studies from the University of Colorado at Denver.

 

Contact Information: 585.258.1725 | Email Tiana