Staff & Board

Our staff: Jen, Lyanette, Wanda and Kim.

Our staff: Jen, Lyanette, Wanda and Kim.

Our Staff

 

Network Director:  Kim Hunt-Uzelac
Kim Hunt-Uzelac, LMSW, MPH, began working at RAIHN in 2010. Her initial job was to provide case management services to graduate families, which grew to include grant writing in 2012.  Kim transitioned into full-time employment in 2013 and was named the Director of Aftercare Programs after securing funding to implement a supportive housing program.   She was appointed Network Director in May 2014.

Kim received a dual MSW and MPH degree from the University of Michigan in 1998.  After graduation, she moved to Rochester where she worked for 3 years at the Anthony L. Jordan Health Center's Teen Center as a counselor and health educator.  She then moved into the administrative side of non-profits and spent many years writing grants and doing development work for a variety of organizations in the area.  


Aftercare Program Manager: Lyanette Rivera
Lyanette Rivera, MSW, began working at RAIHN as an intern in August 2016. She was hired full time in May 2017 when she graduated from Roberts Wesleyan College with her MSW. She provides aftercare case management services to all families who have graduated into permanent housing.  Lyanette is bilingual in Spanish and English.

Lyanette has previously interned at Willow Domestic Violence Center, Lazos Fuertes at Strong Behavioral Health, and Ibero American Action League.


Coordinator of Volunteer Services: Jen Canning
Jen Canning, MSW, has been a Support Coordinator with St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Pittsford since 2009, and joined the RAIHN staff as the Coordinator of Volunteer Services in April 2013.  Jen recruits and trains new RAIHN volunteers, supports congregation Coordinators around the topics of volunteer management and recognition, oversees the RAIHN Life Skills Workshops for guests, and is a member of the RAIHN Congregational Connections Board Committee.

Jen has an MSW from the University of Washington and worked in the housing and homeless arena in Seattle for 5 years. She has recruited, managed and recognized volunteers in a variety of positions is a member of the Rochester Area Administrators of Volunteer Services (RAAVS).


House Administrator: Wanda Wolf 
Wanda Wolf has been the House Administrator since 2008.  Before coming to RAIHN, she worked at the Rochester Museum & Science Center for 13 years, creating fun family programs and supervising the volunteers and floor staff who worked those programs.  Wanda also made many costumes for their exhibits department, which are still there today.  The beaver suits were her favorite costumes to make.

Wanda has two grown sons and has been married to her husband Don for 27 years.  She enjoys camping, sewing, gardening, cooking and traveling.

Our Board

Chair: Rev. Roderic Frohman
Roderic Frohman, a fourth generation pastor, is a 1967 graduate of the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in American Intellectual History. He is twice graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity Degree in 1971 and a Doctor of Ministry Degree in 1983. His dissertation was titled, "Pastoral Hospitality With Worship Visitors in a Multi-Racial Setting."

Following seminary, Rod served as a Pastor and community organizer with an Alinsky-affiliated organization in Philadelphia. In 1977, Rod became the Senior Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Gary, Indiana until 1984 when he became the Senior Pastor of Grace-Trinity Community Church in Minneapolis, a Presbyterian and American Baptist Congregation. Rod joined the staff of Third Church in July of 1998 as the Associate Pastor for Church and Society. He also is the staff person for the Adult Faith Development program. Rod retired from Third Presbyterian on July 1, 2012. 

He is the co-founder and past President of the Rochester Area Interfaith Hospitality Network. He is a member of the Martin Luther King Commission of Greater Rochester. Rod's hobbies are baseball and genealogy. Rod's wife Marcia is an Associate Manager of One World Goods. Rod and Marcia have two adult daughters.


Vice Chair: Brad Rye    

Brad Rye is a senior partner in the Public Relations + Public Affairs group and manages the Rochester office of Eric Mower + Associates. Brad provides public relations strategy, counsel and implementation for clients across a variety of industries. He joined Eric Mower + Associates in 1997. Brad is also a member of the board of directors at Action for a Better Community and Hunter’s Hope.


Treasurer: Chad Ernisse
Chad is a licensed CPA in New York State and a St. John Fisher College graduate. He is currently employed at Freed Maxick CPAs, P.C. and brings an accounting background to RAIHN. Chad's interests are: spending time with his wife, exercising, and watching sports.


 Secretary: Nancy Frank

While her children were small, Nancy volunteered in the community: Junior League, PTSA, Brownie Leader, and later on many Boards: Junior League, PTSA, Pre Trial Release, Downtown Development Corporation, Baden Street Settlement, Family Service’s Awareness Theater, Grantmakers’ Forum, The Toy Library. Since the 80’s she has been a founder in the formation of four non profits: Project Intervention ( a drug and alcohol education awareness non profit for educators), The American Friends of the Episcopal Church of Sudan (becoming its first Executive Director), The Rochester Area Interfaith Hospitality Network and Water for Sudan. Nancy enjoyed being past President of RAIHN as she feels a vital part of each family’s reconnection to stability, economic recovery and good healthy environment for children.

Currently Nancy has three  great passions:  her grandchildren Adelaide (4) and Lucie (2), RAIHN and Sudan as a Board member of Water for South Sudan. Hobbies and interests: downhill skiing, reading, cooking, knitting,  and relaxing at her  summer cottage on Lake Ontario.


Florence Drexler

Florence (Flo) Drexler was born and raised in the Bronx before moving to the Rochester area and raising her family here.  She has an MBA and has been a Corporate HR Compensation Manager for 30 years. She is an active member of Temple Sinai and loves to garden (when the weather permits), swing dance and hike.


Jonathan Hawryschuk

Jonathan is a Regional Manager and Assistant Vice President at Woodforest National Bank.  Jonathan leads all Woodforest banking efforts in New York State, and is responsible for the growth and evolution of the Instore Channel there.  He has a diverse list of responsibilities across New York including Customer Experience, Community Development, Sales Management, Retail Operations, Regulatory Compliance and professional development of the Management Team.

Jonathan began his banking career in 2005, then joined Woodforest in Virginia in 2008.  Prior to 2005 he worked in both Professional and College Recruiting, Training & Development, and Laboratory and Statistical Science.  He is a graduate of Hobart College and the University of Georgia Graduate School.

Jonathan serves on the Board of Directors with Rochester Area Interfaith Hospitality Network (RAIHN) fighting family homelessness, and with Flower City Habitat for Humanity as Chair of the Policy Committee.  He was recently named “World’s Greatest Dad” by his three year old daughter.

Jonathan is committed to making Woodforest National Bank the Best Place to Work in New York State. 


Jennifer Isaac
Jennifer was born and raised in the Rochester area and now resides in Ontario. She has been selling real estate since 1998 and is currently an Associate Broker with Nothnagle Realtors in Penfield. She is a Director for The Realtors Charitable Foundation, NYS Association of Realtors, and RAIHN. She has also been an active Compeer volunteer since 2005 and was the founding Chair of the Young Realtors Network. In her free time, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her loved ones, traveling, hiking, shopping, and reading. 


Katherine Karl

Katherine (Kate) Karl is a partner at the law firm Underberg & Kessler, LLP.  A former law clerk to the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Department, Kate has practiced law in Rochester since 1998.  Kate is also an active board member for The Landmark Society of Western New York, Inc. and a board member and Executive Committee member of the Rochester Downtown Development Corporation. Kate lives downtown in the High Falls area.


David Poland
Dave was born in Quincy, Massachusetts. He graduated with a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts. A member of the Downtown United Presbyterian Church since 1974, Dave has served on the church session, building task force, several pastor nominating committees and property committee. 

Dave and his wife Joanne have three grown children and four grandchildren ages 5, 7, 8 and 10. Before Dave’s retirement in 2002 he worked for Bausch & Lomb for 28 years. His work took him all over the world setting up soft contact lens manufacturing plants. His interests include hiking, bicycling, volunteering, and reading. Dave’s interest in reading is primarily travel.


Carole Teegarden 
Carole is currently Assistant Section Head, Hematology at Highland Hospital. She has a long career in clinical laboratory technology. Carole has been active in girl scouting, environmental issues and Temple Sinai. She has been the Coordinator of the Highland Hospital primary care practice at St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center. In RAIHN she was one of the creators of the RAIHN Cookbook, “Recipes for a RAIHNY Day.”