Dana directs all facets of the Compeer Rochester organization — she leads our program planning and development, staff and board management, policy and procedure development and compliance, quality assurance, and budget development and management. Dana joined Compeer in 1998 and in 2003 became Program Director; she has served as Executive Director since 2005. Dana holds a B.A. in Industrial Psychology and Organizational Development from Denison University in Ohio, and is a member of the Council of Agency Executives and Renaissance Executive Forums. Dana and her husband Davis live in East Rochester, where they raised three children, and she especially enjoys her big family reunions, traveling with friends and family, and taking advantage of all that Rochester and the Finger Lakes Region has to offer.

Dana Frame
President/Executive Director
Ext. 203
Email Dana dframe@compeerrochester.org

Sara was born and raised in Rochester and has spent the majority of her career at Compeer, starting as an intern in 2005. After graduating cum laude from Nazareth College of Rochester’s Bachelors of Psychology Program, she was hired by Compeer as a Recreation Mentor. Sara was promoted to a full-time position as a Youth Program Coordinator in 2007, working closely with volunteers and helping to expand partnerships with other youth-serving agencies. In March of 2014, Sara became the Director of Programming for the agency. She currently serves on the Monroe County Youth Bureau Board and maintains collaborative efforts with several non-profits in the area. Sara is formally trained in Critical Incident Management, Advancing Youth Development, and Trauma-Informed Care. She is also a professional singer and a long time Compeer volunteer.

Sara Passamonte
Vice President/Director of Programs
Ext. 206
Email Sara spassamonte@compeerrochester.org

Heather has been with Compeer Rochester since 2010, beginning as a Youth Program Coordinator, and moving on to manage events and outreach. Her major event-planning work involves putting on the annual E. Philip Saunders Golf Tournament and the Ben R. Giambrone Sports Luncheon — events that attract hundreds and are pivotal to the financial success of Compeer Rochester. Heather also works with board and staff to create and manage other events, such as client/volunteer cookouts and holiday parties; she also connects with local organizations to garner their support, either through participation in events, through volunteering, or through contributions. Heather grew up in Avon, New York and earned B.A. degrees in history and education at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania. Prior to Compeer, Heather ran a Youth Action program in Livingston County, and worked in HIV/AIDS prevention outreach and education. Heather is extremely close with her family and friends — especially her brother, who is 15 years her junior. Heather feels grateful to be with Compeer, a place where the work is meaningful and makes a difference!

Heather Baker
Events and Outreach Manager
Ext. 214
Email Heather hbaker@compeerrochester.org

Maggie joined Compeer Rochester in December 2013 as a Senior Family Peer Mentor, and has worked in similar roles for over six years. Maggie brings particular experience and passion to her position with us, as she has raised a child with mental health challenges. Her personal and professional experience has made her a knowledgeable and responsive advocate for Compeer Rochester youth and their families. Maggie’s roles and responsibilities also include facilitating meetings and focus groups, and making presentations focused on navigating the mental health system. Maggie was born and raised in Rochester, attended the Rochester City School District, and earned a General Education Diploma from the Rochester Educational Opportunity Center.

Maggie Burgos
Senior Family Peer Mentor
Ext. 204
Email Maggie mburgos@compeerrochester.org

Anne joined Compeer Rochester in February 2015 as Finance Manager, having previously worked twenty five years for CPA firms in the Syracuse/Auburn area and in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. She possesses a B.A. in Political Science from Marquette University and also has a Masters in Political Science from Michigan State University. A native of Rochester, Anne now lives in Penfield near her three daughters. She is the proud owner of two Australian Shepherds, and enjoys dog shows, antiques, and aquariums.

Anne Fischer
Finance Manager
Ext. 215
Email Anne afischer@compeerrochester.org

Andrea holds down the Compeer fort in many ways, including managing our office and our all-important databases. She demonstrates her versatility daily, aiding staff with computer and information technology issues, scheduling, event planning, office equipment, reception, and much more! Andrea is also a massage therapist, and an animal fanatic who shares her home with six dogs (as well as her husband, Scott)! Andrea also enjoys spending time outdoors and in the water.

Andrea Orton
Office and Database Manager
Ext. 202
Email Andrea aorton@compeerrochester.org

Josh has been a Rochester area resident since 2011. After graduating from SUNY Cortland in 2009 with a B.S. in Psychology, he worked with Cornell Cooperative Extension as a Program Manager in their Rural Youth Services department. In total, Josh has over 12 years of experience working with youth in his hometown of Ithaca, New York as well as in the New York City area. Most recently, Josh has been employed as a Day Program Supervisor and Medical Support staff, supporting adults with Traumatic Brain Injury. In his spare time, Josh is a professional vocalist in live hip-hop band, The Gunpoets.

Josh Higgins
Peer Services and Skill Building Manager
Ext. 217
Email Josh jhiggins@compeerrochester.org

Suzanne brings experience with diverse populations from her previous receptionist/administrative assistant position at the Rochester Veterans Outreach Center. She graduated from SUNY Oswego with a B.A. in English and Writing Arts, and lives in the Village of Fairport with her husband, Charlie, and three children: Joseph, Sara, and Brent. Suzanne is elated to be working at Compeer Rochester, serving the Rochester mental health community, and making a difference in the lives of Compeer clients and volunteers.

Suzanne Sovocool
Adult Program Coordinator
Ext. 220
Email Suzanne ssovocool@compeerrochester.org

Cheri brings over 18 years of experience with families and youth in the Rochester area with both developmental and mental illness. She began at Compeer Rochester as a Family Peer Mentor in the fall of 2016. Born in Rochester, raised in Rochester, not sure she will ever leave Rochester. She has vast knowledge about the New York State Special Education rules and regulations, professional and personal experience advocating for youth and adults, and believes that everyone has a right to dream and live the life they want! With the right supports in place, it’s possible. She has an A.S. in Human Resources from SUNY Alfred and a B.A. in Sociology concentration in Law, Justice and Society from SUNY Fredonia. Cheri lives in West Irondequoit with her son, Philip. She brings passion and hope for parents to her position from raising a child with both developmental disabilities and mental illness. In her spare time, binge watching Netflix and walking on Charlotte Beach are a few things she enjoys.

Cheri Greenauer
Family Peer Mentor
Ext. 219
Email Cheri cgreenauer@compeerrochester.org

David joined Compeer in 2017 and is finally doing a job that he loves. He attended MCC and went on to graduate from St. John Fisher College in 2013 before moving to New York City for several years. Upon returning to his home town of Canandaigua, he joined the Compeer Rochester team and has found a home providing direct support to members of the community. He likes to stay active and can commonly be found playing basketball or spending time with his family.

David White
Youth Peer Specialist
Ext. 223
Email David dwhite@compeerrochester.org

James was born and raised in the Rochester area. After graduating from SUNY Brockport with a bachelor’s degree in Social Work he brings to Compeer the experience of working in various underserved populations including those experiencing chronic homelessness as well as those with substance abuse diagnosis. In his spare time James enjoys spending time with his wife and two children and as well as spending time outdoors with his two dogs.

James Morris
Client Services Manager, HCBS
Ext. 208
Email James jmorris@compeerrochester.org

Deborah has over 15 years of experience in the Human Services and Criminal Justice fields. She has worked with multiple populations including persons with mental health and/or substance abuse diagnoses, the homeless, veterans, individuals with developmental challenges, and persons involved in the criminal justice system. Deborah grew up in a small town in Western New York and came to Rochester to attend RIT where she obtained a B.S. degree in Criminal Justice. In her spare time, Deborah enjoys spending time with her husband Sam and their dog Shabu, bicycling, camping, snow shoeing, reading, and getting together with friends.

Deborah Ward
Adult Program Coordinator
Ext. 216
Email Deb dward@compeerrochester.org

Tracy is a Navy Veteran who was stationed in Tokyo, Japan at Pacific Stars and Stripes. She is an active member of American Legion post 1830 and VFW post 412 auxiliary. Tracy went to Aquinas and graduated from MCC with an A.A.S. in Dental Hygiene. She is married to a Navy Veteran and has two sons. Tracy and her family enjoy spending time giving back to the Veteran community, and love taking vacations with their extended family to new and exciting destinations.

Tracy LoTemple
Women Veteran Intake and Engagement Specialist
Ext. 230
Email Tracy tlotemple@compeerrochester.org

Frank is originally from Greece, NY, a Navy Veteran who served for 18 years before serious neck and back injuries forced his retirement. After six years of painful recovery and isolation, Frank met RJ who introduced him to CompeerCORPS events in February of 2018. While attending these group activities such as bowling, golf, and many others, he started to form friendships that promoted healing and filled in a hole that had been there since transitioning from the Military in 2015. Frank is extremely proud to be serving the Veterans of Monroe County. He has two young boys, Frankie and Ian and lives in Brockport, NY.

Kimberly brings a passion for the mental health community that began following her graduation from Nazareth College in 2008 with a B.A. in Psychology. Kimberly has worked in diverse positions within the Rochester community and was particularly inspired during her graduate internship through DePaul PROS. Kimberly relocated to Central Vermont after completing her Master of Social Work in 2011 from the University at Buffalo and was fortunate to be part of the initial mental health ACCESS team in the state. Kimberly also served as the clinic team leader for a private therapeutic community residence, Hundred Acre Homestead, in Worcester, VT. Kim is thrilled to have fulfilled her personal mission to become an advocate for clients living with a mental illness and to work towards reducing the stigma associated with carrying a mental health diagnosis by joining the staff at Compeer Rochester. Kimberly is an avid supporter of NAMI, area Mental Health Associations, and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. In her spare time, Kimberly owns a personal photography business, is an animal enthusiast, and loves to spend time with her family, especially her three nephews, Robert, Liam, and Grayson, who bring her great joy.

Kimberly Grillo
Adult Program Manager
Ext. 205
Email Kimberly kgrillo@compeerrochester.org

RJ is originally from Windber Pennsylvania, a small coal mining town in PA. He moved to New York in November of 2004 with his family and soon enlisted in the Marine Corps, deploying as an infantryman to Fallujah, Iraq in 2005-06 and a member of the 26th MEU (Marine Expeditionary Unit) in 2007. Upon returning to the civilian world, RJ earned an associate degree in Physical Education and completed his bachelor’s at Ithaca College in 2013. Life took a turn for the worse while RJ suffered from an untreated Traumatic Brain Injury, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Substance Abuse Disorder. In 2015, RJ entered inpatient recovery and found a new lease on life as the VA and other organizations like Compeer showed him how to walk the path of positivity. This helped RJ begin a true readjustment to non-military life. Today he feels blessed to work with vets at Compeer and to also be a co-founder of Rochester American Warriors Hockey 501c3 and to have a purpose driven life.

Alicia was born and raised in the City of Rochester. She has a Bachelor’s in Communications from The College at Brockport and has worked in the human services field for eight years. Before coming to Compeer, Alicia worked in the Employment/Career Development field. She enjoys working with people from all walks of life and backgrounds. She loves to meet new people and is very close with her family. In her spare time, Alicia writes poetry and music and likes to go shopping.

Alicia Sheppard
Youth Program Coordinator
Ext. 224
Email Alicia asheppard@compeerrochester.org

Greg is a passionate mental health and suicide prevention advocate. As a survivor of complex trauma and suicide loss, Greg knows firsthand the healing power of friendship that leads to cultural transformation. In 2019, Greg joined the Compeer team. Though known for his calm, quiet, and contemplative nature by day, he is a fierce, dynamic, and lively music producer and performing artist by night. He uses his music platform to be an activist for change and a voice of hope in our community. Greg resides in Rochester with his favorite human/best friend/beautiful wife, Kim, a Board-Certified Music Therapist. Together, Greg and Kim do their best to cherish the small moments and enjoy each day’s twenty-some-thousand gifts called “breath.”

Frank Patricelli
CompeerCORPS Program Manager
Ext. 207

Yanairy is originally from New York City, and has been working with older adults since the age of sixteen. She attended college at Alfred University where she doubled majored in gerontology and psychology. After college, she worked as program assistant for an adult day care center that serviced older adults who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. In her free time, Yanairy enjoys doing yoga, hiking, cooking, and traveling.

Yanairy Guerrero
Adult Program Coordinator
Ext. 210

RJ Sirianni
CompeerCORPS Program Coordinator
Ext. 207

Greg Best
Staff Recruitment and Retention Specialist
Ext. 222

Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Steve Simpson
Position: Chairman
MBA Director and Career Consultant, Marketing
Simon Business School, University of Rochester

Ela Hakiel
Position: Vice Chair
Wealth Advisory | Private Client Advisor
Wilmington Trust, N.A.

Keri Mantegna
Position: Vice Chair
Director of Corporate Culture and Organizational Effectiveness
The Lifetime Healthcare Companies

Lawrence Stanney
Position: Treasurer
President, Paris-Kirwan

Elizabeth Talia
Position: Secretary
Vice President of Legal & Regulatory Affairs and Legal Counsel
Thompson Health

Tony Adiutori
Davidson Fink LLP

Carl Binger
Children’s Case Manager
Excellus Children’s Behavioral Health

Brittany Brandt
The Penthouse at One East Avenue

John Chapman

Ted Cook, CFP
Financial Advisor
Morgan Stanley Wealth Management

Kurt Dambaugh
West Territory Director
Five Star Bank

Kevin Donlan
Ardent Learning

Kristen Englehart
Senior Account Executive
JAY Marketing and Communications

Michael Fanto, CLU
Financial Services Professional
Alliance Advisory Group

Charlie Giambrone

Lida Kalantari
AVP Community Relationship Manager
Genesee Regional Bank

Jose Lopez
Regional Director
GLC Business Services

Michael S. Mallaber
Senior Vice President, Commercial Services
Canandaigua National Bank & Trust

Timothy McKenna
Director of Human Resources
GLC Business Services

Jeffrey M. Mordaci, CPA
Tax, Risk, and Treasury Manager
North American Breweries, Inc.

Kevin Rankin
Assistant Vice President, Portfolio Manager
US Trust/Bank of America Private Wealth Management

Stephen Salluzzo
Bishop Kearney High School

Wendy Smith
V.P. Engineering / COO, Klug Systems by Optimation
Optimation Technology, Inc.

Donna VanHousen
Director Clinical Informatics
Trillium Health

Emeritus Directors

Richard P. Bannister

Andrew Hoyen
Sr. Vice President and Chief Administration Officer
Infinite Group, Inc.

Paul Keenan
Position: Immediate Past Chair
Vice President and Retail Banking Manager
Genesee Regional Bank

Kevin M. Pickhardt
Chief Executive Officer
Pharos Systems International

David Pieterse, Esq.
Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC

“There’s a lot of behind-the-scenes work that the outstanding Compeer staff does to throw events, put on activities, and cultivate relationships, and it makes a profound difference — not only in the lives of the youth and adults we serve, but in their extended families and the volunteers themselves.”

— Steve Simpson, Compeer Board Chair