Dennis Richardson, Interim CEO Dennis Richardson Interim CEO

Dennis was appointed Interim CEO of the Greater Rochester Health Foundation in August 2018. He joined the Health Foundation Board of Directors at its inception in 2006 and served as the Chair of the Board from 2016 to 2018. Dennis has more than 30 years of experience in family and children’s services. He led the Hillside Family of Agencies as CEO for 24 years until his retirement in June 2018. Prior to his time with Hillside, Dennis was CEO of Children’s Study Home in Springfield, Mass.

Contact Information:   585.258.1704   |
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   |
Jennifer M. Baker, Information Technology Manager Jennifer M. Baker Information Technology Manager

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 oversees the Information Technology needs of the Health Foundation and is the primary contact for all areas of the Grant Management System.

Contact Information:   585.258.1724   |
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   |
Heidi F. Burke, Director, Healthy Futures Heidi F. Burke Director, Healthy FuturesArea of Focus: Healthy Futures Strategy

Heidi directs the Healthy Futures Strategy, which was introduced by the Health Foundation in 2017 to expand its support of efforts to improve children’s health and wellbeing. Heidi has also led the Health Foundation’s Childhood Healthy Weight Strategy and is an active member of the National Academy of Sciences Roundtable on Obesity Solutions. Prior to the Health Foundation, Heidi worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on injury prevention, physical activity promotion and obesity prevention. 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   |
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   |
Kristine K. Feeney, Program Administrative Assistant Kristine K. Feeney Program Administrative AssistantArea of Focus: Healthy Futures Strategy

Kristine provides support for the Healthy Futures Strategy. Kristine has worked as an executive secretary and as a psychologist’s aide maintaining confidential student files and preparing special education documents while adhering to NYS regulations. Her passion for advocacy led her to volunteer as a parent member of the Committee for Special Education in the Greece Central School District.

Contact Information:   585.258.1716   |
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   |
Sharon Legette-Sobers, Director, Responsive Grants Sharon Legette-Sobers Director, Responsive GrantsArea of Focus: Opportunity Grants

Sharon obtained her BA from Princeton University and her MHSA from the University of Michigan. An established health care professional with more than 15 years of experience, her expertise includes strategic planning, budgeting, project management, capital planning, market research, and team facilitation. She has managerial experience within hospital systems, HMOs, and insurers in Colorado and California. Her primary interest is refining the grant making process so it is accessible, interactive, and transparent.

Contact Information:   585.258.1710   |
Hannah Stark, Program/Finance Administrative Assistant Hannah Stark Program/Finance Administrative AssistantArea of Focus: Responsive Grants

Hannah joined the Health Foundation in 2016 and holds the position of a Program/Finance Administrative Assistant. Hannah earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from SUNY Fredonia. Prior to her position at the  Health Foundation, she obtained extensive experience as a payroll specialist. Hannah incorporates her education and expertise as she provides support to program officers for responsive grants, as well as to the finance department. Her detail orientated characteristics are vital in helping the Health Foundation continue to succeed with their valuable work for the community.

Contact Information:   585.258.1701   |
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   |
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   |
Jonathan Wallace, Technical Support Associate Jonathan Wallace Technical Support Associate

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 Technical Support Associate, Jonathan provides his outstanding customer service skills to the Greater Rochester Health Foundation staff and its external grantees and is a primary contact for all technical issues or inquiries. Jonathan is an active member of the community and loves volunteering his time.

Contact Information:   585.258.1723   |