Board of Directors

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Liz Vega

Board Chair

Head of Communications, Americas and EMEA
Xerox Corporation

Cynthia Langston

Board Vice Chair

Senior Vice President, Chief Analytics and Data Officer
Excellus BlueCross BlueShield

Jennifer Arbore

Board Treasurer

The Bonadio Group

Vikki Ziolkowski

Board Secretary

DeJoy, Knauf & Blood LLC

Cora Conklin

Board Member

Vice President, Data & Analytics
Constellation Brands, Inc.

Mary Anne Detmer

Board Member

Director, Global Talent Management, VPHR
Eastman Kodak Company

Maisha Enaharo

Board Member

Director, Department of Pediatrics
Rochester Regional Health

Leticia Fornataro

Board Member

Senior Associate

Cecilia Griffin Golden, PhD

Board Member

Deputy Superintendent of Teaching and Learning
Rochester City School District

Kristin Hughes

Board Member

Chief Financial Officer USA
Bonduelle Americas

Natosha McDonald

Board Member

Director of Talent Management
Rochester Institute of Technology

Dr. Heidi Macpherson

Board Member

President, The College at Brockport
State University of New York

Amanda Mari

Board Member

Director, Strategic Relations
Broadstone Real Estate

Olga Mendez

Board Member

Director, Member Community Relations
The Gunlocke Company

Kathy Parrinello

Board Member

COO, University of Rochester
Strong Memorial Hospital

Judy Seil

Board Member

Vice President: Commercial Credit Services Manager
Five Star Bank

Kimberly Shimomura

Board Member

Harter Secrest & Emery LLP

Deborah Stamps, Ed.D.

Board Member

System Vice President, Quality and Safety Institute
Rochester Regional Health

Aisha Stephens

Board Member

Manager, Patient Financial Services, Strong Memorial Hospital, U of R Medical Faculty Group

Karen Webber

Board Member

Webber CPA, PLLC

Barbara Zappia, Ed.D.

Board Member

Senior Relationship Manager, Community Impact
ESL Charitable Foundation

We at YWCA of Rochester & Monroe County feel the shockwaves following the death of George Floyd, a black man suffocated by a white police officer earlier this week. We send our condolences to the family and friends of George Floyd, and of Ahmed Aubrey, and Breonna Taylor – to all victims of hate crimes and communities of color. We are also thinking of our sisters and brothers at YWCA Minneapolis and the whole Minneapolis-St. Paul community through this difficult and frightening time.

As an organization with a mission of eliminating racism, we believe we must all do our part to promote and achieve racial equality. We MUST take a stand. We must unite in our vision of a community with peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.

We believe that addressing this specific incident alone won’t be enough to prevent future incidents of police violence against Black people, and people of color in America. Our country’s failure to address institutional racism is costing lives. Racism is why coronavirus is killing more people of color than white people. Racism is why police shootings are a leading cause of death for young Black men. Racism is why Black mothers die more frequently in childbirth. Racism has no place in the America we all deserve.

At YWCA, we demand a world of equity and human decency. We envision a world of opportunity. We commit ourselves to the work of racial justice. We will get up and continue to do the work until injustice is rooted out, until institutions are transformed, until the world sees women, girls, and people of color the way we do: Equal. Powerful. Unstoppable.

Please join us in our mission to eliminate racism and empower women by speaking up and speaking out against racism in our world.  Learn more through the YWCA Toolkit for Change at