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.  


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 case management and counseling to families in the shelter program, as well as families in the aftercare program, which is provided to families for up to one year after leaving shelter and moving 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.


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Secretary: Sharon Burke

Sharon Burke is a Physical Therapist employed by Rochester Regional Health’s Elder One Program for 26 years.  She has been a RAIHN Coordinator from St. Joseph’s Church in Penfield for over ten years.  Sharon has been active with the Social Outreach Committee at St. Joseph’s. In the past volunteered for Our Lady of Mercy and McQuaid fundraisers and was co-chair for the Rochester Area Foundation, Evening Out at Home fundraiser in 2010.  Sharon enjoys gardening, travel and spending time with her four year old granddaughter


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 and Lucie, 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.


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. 


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Tifanny Iverson

Tiffany is a Retail Branch Manager at Woodforest National Bank. Tiffany has over 14 years of experience in the banking industry; in which she brings her knowledge in finance and leadership skills to RAIHN. In her free time, Tiffany enjoys reading, traveling, shopping, and spending time with her children. 


Kate 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.


Abuk Mabut

Abuk was born in South Sudan and came to the USA in 2010.  She works full time at Wegmans and has been a volunteer for RAIHN since 2014 through St. Paul's Episcopal Church, serving on the Board of Directors since 2015. 

 


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.”