Board of Advisors | Board of Directors
Robert D. Bannister
Edward P. “Ted” Curtis
Thomas R. Frey
Joseph R. Hanna
Joan F. Hoover
Dr. Timothy James Johnson
William A. Johnson, Jr.
Salvatore A. LaBella, P.E.
Thomas F. McHugh
Charles H. Nesbitt
William J. Schwappacher
Charles J. Vita
Retired, Commissioner of Community Development
City of Rochester
Tom Argust recently retired as Commissioner of Community Development, City of Rochester, N.Y. Prior to this position he held senior management positions as the city’s commissioner of Parks, Recreation and Human Services, deputy director of the New York State Division for Youth, executive director of the Rochester Monroe County Youth Bureau, and executive director of a community-based non profit agency. As community development commissioner he supervised all city services related to neighborhood development, zoning, comprehensive planning, housing, real estate, building and property codes and the federal Community Development Block Grant. He has served on numerous boards of civic, philanthropic and religious organizations, and presently serves on the Rochester Area Community Foundation Distributions Committee, the Susan B. Anthony House Board and the Rochester Genesee Regional Transportation Council Board of Commissioners.
President and CEO
Matthew Augustine has served as President and CEO of Eltrex Industries since 1976. Eltrex provides contract manufacturing, logistics services and document processing. Mr. Augustine is currently the Chairman of the Urban League Black Scholars Scholarship Endowment Program. He is also a member of the board of directors of the Rochester Business Alliance, Boy Scouts of America - Otetiana Council, New York State Business Council and HSBC Central Region. He has previously been affiliated with a long list of local business, professional and civic organizations. Mr. Augustine was inducted to the Rochester Business Hall of Fame in 2002 and selected as one of Rochester’s 50 over 50 in 2003.
Robert D. Bannister
Retired, Director of Upstate New York Community Business Center
Robert D. “Bob” Bannister recently retired as Director of Fannie Mae’s Upstate New York Community Business Center (September 2007). As director he expanded home ownership, created affordable rental housing opportunities and helped revitalize neighborhoods. His volunteer activities include renovating /building homes with Habitat for Humanity and others. He serves on several Boards of Advisory Council.
Jay Birnbaum Company
Real Estate Investment and Asset Management
Manager, Public Affairs
Rochester Gas & Electric Corporation
Lydia Boddie-Rice is the Manager of Public Affairs at Rochester Gas and Electric Corporation. She is primarily responsible for managing Community and local Government Affairs and the Company’s Corporate Contributions Program. She has been with RG&E for over 12 years and has also been a Rochester community leader for many years. Prior to her employment at RG&E, she was the Director of the Center at High Falls and commissioner of the Rochester City School District’s Board of Education. She has been a member of an exhaustive list of boards and committees, including LifeSpan, Rochester Community Baseball, and the Rochester Broadway Theatre League. Lydia holds a bachelor’s degree from Brown University and a master’s degree from Rhode Island College. She also earned her K-12 teaching certification from the Rhode Island School of Design. Lydia has received numerous honors and awards for her professional contributions and expertise. She is the proud parent of two daughters and grandmother of her first grandchild. Lydia and her husband currently reside in Rochester, NY.
The Trillium Group
Mr. Coronas is a General Partner in Trillium Group, a Rochester based venture capital and private equity firm. He also serves as Fund Manager of the University Technology Seed Fund. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Wescor, Inc., ESL Federal Credit Union, and several start-up companies in the Trillium portfolio including New Scale Technologies, Inc., OyaGen, Inc. and iCardiac Technologies, Inc.
In January 1997, Mr. Coronas retired as President of Johnson & Johnson Clinical Diagnostics, Inc. Prior to his two years with Johnson and Johnson, he was Vice President and General Manager of the Clinical Diagnostics Division of Eastman Kodak. In this capacity he led the sale of the division to Johnson and Johnson for $1B. As an Eastman Kodak employee from 1966 to 1994, Mr. Coronas served in a number of management positions with the company in the US and Europe. He also served as the initial President and CEO of Genencor International, Inc., a joint venture of Eastman Kodak Company and Cultor Ltd. of Finland which he helped engineer.
Mr. Coronas’ community activities include serving on the Board of Governors of Hillside Children’s Center, Junior Achievement of Rochester, the Community Foundation and St. John Fisher College.
A native of Cuba, Mr. Coronas graduated from the University of Miami where he earned a BS in Industrial Engineering. He attended the University of Rochester Simon School Executive Development Program, where he was the recipient of the Hugh H. Whitney Award for Academic Excellence, and earned an MBA in Business Administration in 1975. He currently serves as a member of the school’s Executive Advisory Committee.
Mr. Coronas and his wife, Karen, reside in Pittsford, NY.
Edward P. “Ted” Curtis
Honorary Commodore Founder
Corn Hill Navigation
For more than half a century, Ted Curtis has applied his energy and talents to professional endeavors ranging from counter-espionage to canal boating. Through his leadership in many Rochester area organizations, Corn Hill Navigation, George Eastman House, Center for Governmental Research, Center for Environmental Information, Monroe County Legislature Commission on the Future of our Waterways, the Rochester Sesquicentennial, and more. Ted has demonstrated boundless dedication to protection of our community’s heritage and natural resources, particularly the Erie Canal and Genesee River. As a result of his dedication and success with the Sesquicentennial, Ted was asked to lead the Greater Rochester Visitors Association, where he served from 1987-1990. Shortly thereafter Ted founded Corn Hill Navigation and launched the 19th-century replica packet boat Sam Patch. It was the first docking of a commercial vessel in downtown Rochester, New York in thirty years. Ted Curtis has witnessed - and influenced - the evolution of Rochester’s waterways from polluted eyesores to sites of recreation, education, economic development, and historic preservation for this and future generations. Ted is the recipient of many awards paying tribute to his efforts. He remains active in Corn Hill Navigation as the organization’s Honorary Commodore and Ex-Officio member of the Board.
Thomas R. Frey
Former Monroe County Executive
Thomas R. Frey practiced law in Rochester for 28 years, most recently with Harris Beach from 1982 through 1987 and from 1992 through 1996 when he retired. Mr. Frey has held governmental posts throughout his career. He was the Monroe County Executive from 1987 through 1991, where he oversaw 4,500 employees and a budget of $776 million. He was senior Vice-President and General Counsel for the New York Power Authority from 1979 to 1982 and also formerly served as a Trustee of the Power Authority, Vice Chairman and acting Chairman of its Board of Trustees. Mr. Frey is the Vice Chair of the Board of ViaHealth, the parent of Rochester General Hospital. He is also the Vice Chair of the Greater Rochester Sports Authority and a member of the boards of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity, the New York Civil Liberties Union, the board of advisors of Rural-Metro Emergency Services and serves as Vice President of the Genesee Land Trust. He is an active member of Saint Michael’s Roman Catholic Church and formerly served as one of its Lay Trustees.
Joseph R. Hanna
Landlord, Rochester area
Joseph R. Hanna currently owns and manages 250 apartments in the Park Avenue area. Mr. Hanna previously owned and rehabilitated over 50 apartment buildings in the City of Rochester totaling 590 units. During his career in Real Estate Development, he built 7 townhouse projects in the Park/East Avenue area, converted numerous East Avenue mansions to condominiums and received 2 excellence awards from the AIA. Mr. Hanna is currently a board member of the Rochester Housing Authority, University of Rochester Eye Institute and the Mayor’s Advisory Board for Lead Paint. He is also Chairman of the Park Avenue Landlord Association.
Joan F. Hoover
Vice President of Syndication
Joan Hoover is responsible for the financing and syndication of Conifer’s affordable housing portfolio. From 2003 through 2006, Hoover served as Deputy Commissioner for Community Development at the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal and President of the New York State Housing Trust Fund. Previously, as the Controller of the Affordable Housing Division at Home Properties, she supervised the financial, development, disposition and investor relations functions for a portfolio of 10,000 units of affordable housing.
Hoover has 25 years of experience in the financial management and development of affordable housing. A certified public accountant by training, Hoover has held a number of positions with a variety of prestigious financial consulting and real estate development firms where she gained extensive experience in the use of low-income housing credits for the development of affordable housing.
Hoover received a B.A. in Accounting from the University of Notre Dame. Her professional affiliations include the New York State Association for Affordable Housing, where she has served as Vice President.
Dr. Timothy James Johnson
Professor of Social Work
Roberts Wesleyan College
Dr. Timothy James Johnson is a tenured Professor of Social Work since 1995 at Roberts Wesleyan College. At Roberts Wesleyan College, Dr. Johnson is past chairperson of the Faculty Development committee, and the College Tenure and Promotion Committee. Prior to coming to New York, he was Associate Professor of Church Social Work at the Carver School of Church Social Work, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville Kentucky. From 1980 to 1991 Dr. Johnson was Associate Professor of Social Work at Eastern College in St. Davids Pennsylvania. Dr. Johnson serves as a volunteer in the New York State Prison system. He is former chairperson of the Mayor’s Task force on Race and Ethnicity. Dr. Johnson is an ordained minister and an active member of Asbury First United Methodist Church in Rochester. In April 2004, Dr. Johnson was awarded the Urban League’s Barbara McGriff teacher of the year award.
William A. Johnson Jr.
Former Mayor of Rochester
Distinguished Professor of Public Policy
Rochester Institute of Technology
William A. Johnson Jr. completed three terms as Rochester’s 64th Mayor on December 31, 2005. He is the first African American mayor of any major Upstate New York city, first elected in 1993. He chose not to seek re-election to a fourth term. On January 1, 2006, he assumed the position of Distinguished Professor of Public Policy at the Rochester Institute of Technology, with tenure. Previously he had been a tenured political science professor at the Mott Community College in Flint, Michigan (1967-71). For 23 years, Mr. Johnson worked in the Urban League movement, first as Deputy Executive Director of the Urban League of Flint; and for 21 years as the President and CEO of the Urban League of Rochester. He held this position until he was elected Mayor in November 1993. Mr. Johnson has also been honored as the Distinguished Minott Professor at R.I.T. (1993-94), and is the recipient of three honorary doctorates: Keuka College (1990); St. John Fisher College (1998); and R.I.T. (1999). He has received over 200 awards and citations during his long career, and has served on the boards of more than 30 organizations.
Salvatore A. LaBella, P.E
Salvatore LaBella is Principal of LaBella Associates. He is past national President of the Professional Services Management Association as well as past President of the Rochester Engineering Society. Mr. LaBella is a Rochester Cultural District Commissioner and member of County Executive Maggie Brooks Economic Development Transition Committee. He is a board member of: Rochester Downtown Development Corporation, Properties Committee Chair of the Greater Rochester YMCA, Greater Rochester Enterprise and on the finance committee of GRE.
Consultant, Housing Program Development and Management
Linda Luxenberg is a consultant in housing program development and management. In August 2005, she retired from her position as Director of Housing and Project Development after a 27 year career with the City of Rochester. She holds a BA in American Government from Skidmore College and a Master in Public Administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. In her position with the City, she directed a 39 person unit that was responsible for the City’s real estate functions; housing policy, program, and project development; housing rehabilitation programs; and support services to HOME and CDBG. She was responsible for the development and implementation of numerous affordable housing programs and projects, as well as efforts to stimulate and encourage private market residential development.
Thomas F. McHugh
Retired, Executive Director
Rochester Housing Authority
Thomas F. McHugh served as Executive Director of the Rochester Housing Authority from 1974 until his retirement in 2006. Mr. McHugh is currently on the board of directors of Family First Federal Credit Union and Downstairs Cabaret and is a member of the Trustees Council of WXXI Public Broadcasting Council as well on the honorary board of directors of GEVA Theatre. He has previously been affiliated with numerous organizations a few of which include: the Work Investment Board of Monroe County, Housing Development Law Institute, Council of Large Public Housing Authorities, Housing Research Foundation, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of the Greater Rochester Area and the Founder’s Club of the Sisters of Mercy.
Al Sigl Center
Dan Meyers is President of Al Sigl Center where he has spent the last nineteen years growing support, space and business services for its eight partner agencies who together serve 68,000 people with disabilities. Mr. Meyers is currently the Chairman of the Rochester General Hospital Board at ViaHealth, a Trustee of George Eastman House and Vice Chairman of St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry. He also serves on the boards of several not-for-profit institutions, foundations, and a for-profit corporation all in the Greater Rochester area.
Charles H. Nesbitt
President and Commissioner
Tax Appeal Tribunal
Charles H. Nesbitt was appointed to serve as President and Commissioner of the Tax Appeals Tribunal in November 2005. Prior to his appointment, he served as Minority Leader of the Assembly, a position to which he was elected in April 2002. He served for thirteen years as Assemblyman, representing all of Orleans County, and parts of Genesee, Monroe, and Niagara counties.
As Minority Leader of the Assembly, Mr. Nesbitt was a champion for economic growth policies and lower taxes to help create jobs for New Yorkers. First elected in 1992, Mr. Nesbitt rapidly ascended through the ranks of the Minority Conference leadership, where he has served as the chairman of the Steering Committee and Deputy Minority Leader. He also is past Ranking Member of the Assembly Banks Committee and served on the budget-making Ways & Means Committee.
Mr. Nesbitt served many years as general sales manager at Moore-Nesbitt, Inc., and Nesbitt Chrysler Plymouth Dodge, Inc., before his election to the Assembly. He also is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Rochester GMC Dealers and past president and member of the Board of Directors of the Albion Chamber of Commerce.
A decorated helicopter pilot with the 57th Assault Helicopter Co. during the Vietnam War, Mr. Nesbitt served in the U.S. armed forces for 10 years and earned the prestigious air medal with 26 oak leaf clusters. As an Assemblyman, he served as the Ranking Member of the Veterans Affairs Committee and as a Member of the New York State Veterans Affairs Commission. Mr. Nesbitt led efforts to gain funding and services for New York’s nearly 1.3 million veterans. He also was instrumental in obtaining the passage of an Assembly resolution in March 1994 calling on Congress to enact a U.S. constitutional amendment prohibiting the desecration of the American flag.
In 2003, Mr. Nesbitt helped create the historic Patriot Plan, a sweeping package of benefits to assist New Yorkers serving their nation in the Reserve Components of the Armed Forces. The plan, signed into law by Governor Pataki later that same year, is the most comprehensive assistance package extended to members of the National Guard and Reserve since the GI Bill and has become a model for other states. For his efforts, Mr. Nesbitt was presented with the National Guard Association of the United States’ (NGAUS) Charles Dick Medal, the highest NGAUS award a state legislator is eligible to receive.
Before coming to Albany, Mr. Nesbitt served as an Albion Town Councilman, Chairman of the Town of Barre Planning Board, and Chairman of the Orleans County Planning Board. He is a Member of the Genesee County Community College Foundation Board, Renovation Lodge #97 F. & A.M., the American Legion Sheret Post #35, the Benevolent Protective Order of the Elks Lodge #1006, the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter #193, VFW Post #202, the First Presbyterian Church of Albion, and is a past President of the Orleans County Heart Association.
Mr. Nesbitt, the father of six children, and his wife Kim, reside in the Town of Albion in Orleans County.
Chief Financial Officer
Episcopal Diocese of Rochester
Vice-President, Human Resources and Chief Privacy Officer
Bausch & Lomb
Clay Osborne is the Vice-President of Human Resources and Chief Privacy Officer for Bausch & Lomb and has worked for the company for 11 years. Mr. Osborne has been responsible for the significant recognition of Bausch & Lomb’s diversity initiatives. He has been instrumental in creating and leading the development of a regional Diversity Council of more than twenty-four companies in Greater Rochester. Mr. Osborne previously served as Deputy County Executive for Monroe County, Regional Director of the New York State Division of Youth, Assistant Professor of Social Work and Counseling at the Rochester Institute of Technology and Human Resource Manger for the Schaffer Brewing Company. He currently is a volunteer member of several local and national boards.
Fox Run Vineyards, Inc.
Scott Osborn is the President of Fox Run Vineyard, Inc. Mr. Osborn is Past President of the Seneca Lake Winery Association and Past President, Director and a founding member of the Finger Lakes Wine Alliance. In addition, Mr. Osborn is involved with the Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce, Yates County Chamber of Commerce, Penn Yan Rotary Club and the New York Farm Bureau. Mr. Osborn and Fox Run Vineyard contribute to charities such as Camp Good Days and Special Times, the Adam Walsh Foundation, the Strong Memorial Children’s Hospital and the Special Olympics.
Executive Director (Retired)
The Housing Council
Anne worked at The Housing Council for eleven years, from 1996 to 2007. Her areas of expertise include foreclosure prevention, fair housing, landlord/tenant issues and homelessness. Anne also has a background in mortgage banking and was Senior VP of an independent mortgage banker and statewide residential sales manager for a large upstate bank. Anne is a longtime fair housing and affordable housing advocate and longtime CRA advocate.
With others she, led the first CRA-based bank challenge in upstate New York. She is a former member of the board of directors of the National Community Reinvestment Coalition.
She serves as a consultant on housing issues. She is a member of the Monroe County Continuum of Care Team; Licensed Instructor, Real Estate License Training, NYS; and columnist, Democrat and Chronicle.
Anne Peterson has her M.A. in Public Administration from Syracuse University, her M.L.S. from Syracuse University and her B.A. from Syracuse University. She holds various housing, financial literacy and mortgage underwriting training certificates.
Director, Public Affairs New York
Eastman Kodak Company
John Richardson has served as Kodak’s Director of Public Affairs, New York since 1999 and has worked for the company since 1986. His current responsibilities include lobbying and public relations initiatives with the state and local governments and community-interest groups surrounding Kodak’s headquarters. Mr. Richardson previously was the Director of Contracts for Northrop Aircraft Company and a Lieutenant in the U.S. Coast Guard. He serves on the board of WXXI, Little Theater and is Chairperson of the board of the High Falls Film Festival.
Riedman Development Corp.
Sr. VP/Director for Business Development
Western NY Farm Credit
William J. “Bill” Schwappacher
Vice President - Investments
Bill Schwappacher, Vice President - Investments at Morgan Stanley was Board President of Housing Opportunities, Inc. from 1999 - 2005. Prior to Morgan Stanley, Mr. Schwappacher was staff to the City of Rochester’s Economic Development Department. Mr. Schwappacher’s past civic responsibilities include: President Webster Chamber of Commerce, Webster Library President, and Board of Rochester Committee on Foreign Relations. He currently serves on the Hochstein School of Music and Dance Board and lectures Foreign Policy at RIT Athenaeum.
Richard Schwartz retired from Xerox Corporation in 1996 following thirty years of employment managing the design and development of xerographic copiers and printers. Mr. Schwartz serves on the Executive Committee of the UR Trustees’ Alumni Council of the College. He has previously served as Chair of the board of directors of the Rochester Area Community Foundation. Mr. Schwartz is currently the Chair of the Greater Rochester After School Alliance. He also serves as President of the board of Grantmaker’s Forum of New York and on Wilson Commencement Park’s Advisory Council, Strategic Planning Committee and Housing Choice Task Force, as well as on the Horizon Student Enrichment Advisory Board at the Harley School. Mr. Schwartz in an active volunteer at his church and is Past President of the Congregation.
Mark Siwiec is an experienced real estate agent associated with Re/Max Realty Group in Pittsford. His passion for the business has made him one of Monroe County’s top four selling agents. Mr. Siwiec has 15 years of real estate experience and is a Greater Rochester Association of Realtors Sales Master Platinum Award Winner. In addition, Mr. Siwiec has served as a Finance Co-Chair for the Eliot Spitzer Gubernatorial campaign and as Finance Chair for Mayor Bob Duffy’s Mayoral campaign. He is also a former board member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. Mr. Siwiec was recently honored for his achievements with a Rochester Business Journal Forty Under 40 award.
Patrick Tobin joined the Christa Companies in 2001 and is presently a partner in Christa Construction, LLC an $85 M in revenue construction firm located in Victor, New York. Mr. Tobin’s previous positions include the Director of Development for DePaul Group and Corporate Manger for Fleet Bank’s Upstate New York Corporate Real Estate Division. He is a member of the City of Rochester Property Reassessment Task Force, on the Executive Committee of the Rochester Downtown Development Corporation, on the Facilities Committee of the Al Sigl Center, Secretary of the Housing Development Foundation and Chair of the Southwedge Planning Committee, among numerous other affiliations. Mr. Tobin volunteers with the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, United Way and Junior Achievement of Rochester.
Charles J. Vita
District President Corporate Banking
Charlie Vita is the District President of Citizens Bank in Rochester. As district president, Mr. Vita is responsible for the overall banking activities in the Rochester District, directing all strategic sales and business plans. He also directly manages commercial banking in both Rochester and Syracuse. Prior to joining Citizens Bank, Mr. Vita began his career in banking as a Corporate Credit Underwriter and was promoted to various roles with the most recent role of Senior Vice President, Corporate Banking. Throughout these years his focus has been on business development and growth. Mr. Vita serves on the boards of the Rochester Business Alliance, the United Way of Greater Rochester, Monroe Community College, Continuing Developmental Services and Encompass Inc. In addition, he serves on the boards of the Boys and Girls Club of Syracuse, the Christian Brothers Academy of Syracuse and the Kidney Foundation.