Jane Andrews, MS, RD is a nutrition and product labeling manager for Wegmans Food Markets. Her efforts include “Strive for 5” (produce nutrition) and “Eat Well Live Well” (healthy lifestyles for customers, employees and the community) with numerous articles in Wegmans Menu Magazine and on wegmans.com. Prior to joining Wegmans in 1988, Jane had been an outpatient dietitian and certified diabetes educator at the University of Rochester Medical Center. In 1987 she developed and marketed "Cholesterol Countdown Workshops" which were widely used in hospital, HMO and work site wellness programs across the U.S. and Canada.
Michele was raised in upstate New York. As a child she was always moved by literature, film and painting, but art has always been the most inspiring thing in her life. Taking a practical route, she attended Syracuse University to become an architect. She strayed early on after she graduated to co-found Lake Affect Magazine in 1994, a Rochester magazine dedicated to showcasing local artists. She started the Museum of Kids Art in 2006 to honor children and their work, and to expose them to various forms of art as a means of nurturing them. She is a voracious film viewer and aspiring screenwriter. She lives in Rochester NY with her four cats.
Jen Indovina is a green tech entrepreneur, political energy advisor, and TED Fellow who is currently working to spread energy efficiency initiatives worldwide. Jen is the CEO of Tenrehte Technologies, a clean tech company that produces wireless power management products. She was previously the Director of Marketing for Vivace Semiconductor where she led global technical marketing, sales, and customer engineering teams based in the US, South Korea, and China. Jennifer is an active member of the 26th District's Energy Advisory Board and holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and an MBA in Finance and Marketing from Rochester Institute of Technology.
Moka hails from Cameroon. He is a medical doctor and holds a doctorate in Pharmacology from the University or Rochester. He also studied International Child Health in Sweden, and is employed by Excellus BCBS.
Moka co-founded the Baobab Cultural Center, which promotes multicultural dialogue, six years ago. He has a passion for vernacular earthen architecture. In 2009, he partnered with the Building Green initiative, led by Sis Marsha Allen, to get zoning approval for the first eco-dome in Rochester. These local efforts have blossomed into a 10-year initiative to develop affordable earthquake-resistant housing in Haiti.
Ben is currently a Professor of Dermatology, Biochemistry and Biophysics, and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Rochester. He completed his undergraduate studies at Miami University (Ohio), receiving degrees in Chemistry (B.S.), Mathematics (A.B.), and German (A.B.) in 1988. He next moved to Stanford University, where he carried out his Ph. D. research in Chemistry. Following a stint as an NIH postdoctoral fellow at Harvard, he joined the University of Rochester faculty in 1996. His group’s expertise in molecular recognition, combinatorial chemistry, nanotechnology, and sensing has been applied to the development of several novel optical biosensor platforms and therapeutic candidates.
Shanterra grew up in Rochester’s Northeast side and works as an Associate Coordinator at the Center for Teen Empowerment’s youth organizing site in the Southwest neighborhood. She helped coordinate Teen Empowerment’s Youth-Police Project and the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council; on which she has served as a youth advisor to Mayor Duffy. In 2008, Shanterra accompanied Mayor Duffy to the US Conference of Mayors and Chiefs of Police held in Philadelphia, and was one of only two young people to address that national meeting. As an alumnus of Slam High’s 2008 spoken word poetry competition program, she helped carry Rochester’s team to fourth place in Def Poetry’s “Brave New Voices”—an international competition held in Washingon, D.C. Shanterra graduated from Rochester City Schools and is currently pursuing a “2+2” program at MCC & RIT. She has also completed a year with Rochester AmeriCorps.
An accomplished musician, composer and author, Ramon Ricker is Senior Associate Dean for Professional Studies, Director of the Institute for Music Leadership and Professor of Saxophone at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York; where he has been a faculty member since 1972. Throughout his long and varied career, Dr. Ricker has straddled the chasm between the “Ivory Tower” of academia and the “Real World”; building a reputation as a distinguished teacher, versatile musician, well-known author of books on jazz improvisation and saxophone technique, and as an astute businessman. His latest book, “Lessons From a Street-Wise Professor,” will be released this December.
Karlie is the owner of Webpath Technologies, an internet technology services and digital media publishing company based in Rochester NY. When she's not diving into Open Source development projects or taking care of business, family and home, Karlie can be found at SCORE Rochester, counseling small business start ups. Her work with SCORE Rochester earned her the Gold member Award in 2009.
Ralph Neil Spezio served for 33 years in the Rochester City School District as teacher, curriculum specialist, vice principal and principal. As principal of Enrico Fermi School No. 17, Mr. Spezio received numerous awards for entrepreneurial leadership and community service, including citations from parent and community groups, professional associations, business associations, and local and state government leaders.
While principal of School No.17, Ralph became a founding member of the Coalition to Prevent Lead Poisoning. This coalition recently earned the EPA’s Environmental Justice Achievement Award and the Rochester Area Community Foundation’s Ames-Amzalak Award for Nonprofit Excellence. Mr. Spezio is Senior Associate/Community Liaison in the URMC’s Department of Community and Preventive Medicine and will receive his doctoral degree by the end of 2010.
Darren is a choreographer and performing artist who co-founded PUSH Physical Theatre with partner and collaborator, Heather Stevenson, out of a desire to create and perform physical stories that inspire change. Born in England, Darren moved to the US in 1992. With Heather, he has created work for theatres, museums, international festivals, dance and theatre companies, and performed around the world. Following their sold-out Geva Theatre Center debut, PUSH has continued to premiere new work in Rochester including Dracula in 2009. That year Darren and Heather also received the Performing Artist of the Year Award from the Arts & Cultural Council of Greater Rochester.
Jim is the Communications Manager of COOL Rochester, a volunteer organization committed to educating homeowners in ways to reduce their energy usage. For the last half of his life, he heard rumblings of the coming global warming, but he was convinced that it would not be a problem for him or his children, or even grandchildren. In 2007, Jim watched the movie “An Inconvenient Truth” and it became apparent to him that the problem of climate change was already happening. Jim became committed to be part of the solution for that problem.
Almeta has shared stories for over thirty years, bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience to her work; emphasizing “unity in our diversity”. Earning a BS Degree in Development Planning Economics with Honors and a Certificate in Organizational Management from SUNY Brockport, NY; she was ordained/licensed an interfaith minister in 1996.
“My work evolves from a feeling place to a thinking place, endeavoring to touch the heart and the spirit in ways which are common to us all…a common ground place that transcends the divisions and separations that we create in our minds, which influence our everyday actions and society as a whole.”