John Urban, President and CEO John Urban President and CEO

John has more than 30 years of experience in health care in New York State. His work has included establishing programs for chronically mentally ill people in Syracuse and serving as Deputy Commissioner in the NYS Office of Mental Health. He was the CEO of Preferred Care where he served for 20 years. John has served on a variety of community boards. In his capacity as CEO of the Health Foundation, John is committed to improving the health status of people and ensuring the Health Foundation is a good steward of this valuable community asset.

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 Officer

Anita joined the Greater Rochester Health Foundation in 2016 and is a transformational leader with experience navigating systems and organizations to create effective changes for organizations and communities. She has abundant 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, a Child and Family Therapist with Carolina Parenting Solutions in Charlotte, N.C. and a Child and Parent Therapist/Child Development Specialist with a private clinical and social work practice in New Hampshire. Anita holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Skidmore College, a Masters of Science in Child Development and Family Studies from Syracuse University, and a Masters in Clinical Social Work from the University of Maryland. Anita is also a NY State Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Registered Yoga Teacher through the Yoga Alliance.

Contact Information:   585.258.1714   |
Heidi F. Burke, Senior Program Officer Heidi F. Burke Senior Program OfficerArea of Focus: Childhood Healthy Weight

Heidi directs the childhood healthy weight strategy with a goal of increasing the percentage of children at a healthy weight in the city of Rochester, NY.  The strategy involves increasing active living and healthy eating opportunities, advocating for policy, systems and environmental changes, a comprehensive communications campaign as well as partnerships with the clinical community.  Heidi 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. She also directed strategic health initiatives and partnerships at the National Recreation and Park Association. Ms. Burke obtained her BA in sports medicine from Mercyhurst University and her Master in Public Health from Emory University.

Contact Information:   585.258.1708   |
Kristine K. Feeney, Program Administrative Assistant Kristine K. Feeney Program Administrative Assistant

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. Kristine provides administrative support for the Health Foundation’s program officers.

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   |
Maynor G. González. Ph.D., Program Officer Maynor G. González. Ph.D. Program OfficerArea of Focus: Neighborhood Health Status Improvement and Clinical Services for Older Adults

Maynor joined the Health Foundation in June 2015. He oversees the Neighborhood Health Status Improvement and Clinical Services for Older Adults initiatives. Maynor works closely with grantee partners in both communities and clinical sites and supports their efforts to improve the health status of the Greater Rochester community. Maynor was born and raised in Guatemala and moved to the U.S. in 1989. He earned a Ph.D. in Human Development from the University of Rochester and completed postdoctoral training in the departments of Surgery and Public Health Sciences at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

Contact Information:   585.258.1703   |
Sharon Legette-Sobers, Senior Program Officer Sharon Legette-Sobers Senior Program OfficerArea of Focus: Health Care Delivery and Opportunity Grants

Sharon obtained her BA from Princeton University and her MHSA from the University of Michigan. An established health care professional with over 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 Assistant

Hannah joined the Greater Rochester Health Foundation in 2016 and holds the position of an Associate Administrative Assistant.  As a graduate from SUNY Fredonia, Hannah earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting.  Previous to her position at the Greater Rochester Health Foundation, she obtained extensive experience as a payroll specialist.  Hannah incorporates her education and expertise in this new role where she provides support to program officers and 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   |
Jonathan Wallace, Technical Support Associate Jonathan Wallace Technical Support Associate

Jonathan joined the Greater Rochester Health Foundation in 2015. He brings more than 7 years of experience providing technical and application support and outstanding customer service skills. In his role, Jonathan provides internal support to all of the Greater Rochester Health Foundation staff and its external grantees and is a primary contact for all technical issues or inquiries. He is active in the community and regularly volunteers with R Community Bikes, a Greater Rochester Health Foundation Community Health Grantee. Jonathan is currently working towards his B.S. in Network Administration from Western Governors University.

Contact Information:   585.258.1723   |
Barbara J. Zappia, Ed.D., Chief Learning Officer Barbara J. Zappia, Ed.D. Chief Learning Officer

Barbara joined the Health Foundation in 2006, where she held the titles of Program Officer and Senior Program Officer where she oversaw Neighborhood Health Status Improvement and Clinical Services for Older Adults areas of funding. Prior to joining the Health Foundation team, Barbara was a physical therapist and also held program development and evaluation roles in community agencies and higher education. In her current role as Chief Learning Officer, Barbara oversees systems to help the Health Foundation use data and community knowledge to drive learning in the organization and advance its mission. Barbara holds a BS from Ithaca College, an MPA from SUNY Brockport, and an Ed.D. from the University of Rochester.


Contact Information:   585.258.1709   |