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).
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.
Rod is the co-founder of RAIHN. He is heavily involved with congregations in the Rochester area as a mission consultant. He is the co-author of "Activating Your Missional Congregation". Rod's hobbies are baseball and genealogy. Rod's wife, Marcia, recently retired as the Associate Manager of One World Goods. Rod and Marcia have two adult daughters and two grandchildren.
Vice Chair: 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.
Treasurer: Andrew Rath
Andrew Rath recently returned to the Rochester area after spending several years in Albany for career advancement opportunities. Andrew currently works for Woodforest National Bank and serves as the Market Manager for the State of New York and oversees the overall operations of the Bank. Andrew has been with Woodforest for 8 years and will bring his extensive financial background to help assist the Organization with any needs that may arise. Prior to working at Woodforest, Andrew studied Accounting at SUNY Brockport. In addition to volunteering with RAIHN; Andrew is also an active volunteer with Community Place of Greater Rochester and The Center for Youth.
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
Kevin was born and raised in the Rochester area. He is currently a Branch Manager with Woodforest National Bank and has over 12 years of financial experience. Kevin is a graduate of Monroe Community College and SUNY Oswego with a Business Management/Marketing Degree. In addition to RAIHN, Kevin is an active volunteer with Community Place of Greater Rochester. In his free time Kevin enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, cheering on the Buffalo Bills and boating.
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 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 Howard Hanna Real Estate Services in Penfield. She is a Director for RAIHN and recent Director for The Realtors Charitable Foundation and NYS Association of Realtors. 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, yoga, shopping, and reading.
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 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.
Jodi is a Rochester native and an intellectual property attorney at Harter Secrest & Emery LLP. With over ten years of experience, Jodi helps her clients attain, protect and monetize patents, trademarks and copyrights. Additionally, Jodi drafts and negotiates contracts involving intellectual property issues such as patent, trademark, know-how and software license agreements, sponsored research agreements and confidentiality agreements. She received her B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Rochester and her J.D. from SUNY Buffalo Law School. When not in the office or volunteering, Jodi enjoys spending time with her family and staying active by running, hiking and biking.
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.
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. She was one of the creators of the RAIHN Cookbook, “Recipes for a RAIHNY Day.”