Appeared December 28th, 2019

Bob Hook, III -  The Other "No-Nonsense" Car Dealer

Bob's story begins with his grandfather, Bob Hook Sr., who fought for his country in WWII as a B-17 bomber pilot.  He had a pen pal named June Cooke, who was writing letters alongside other young women from Walnut Street Baptist Church in Louisville, KY.  When the war ended, Bob returned home, married June and went to work for her father at V.V. Cooke Chevrolet.   After a few years of guidance, he bought his own store and founded Bob Hook Chevrolet in 1953.

Bob Hook Chevrolet quickly became the “Volume Giant” and billboards all over town reminded Louisvillians to “Look to Hook” for new Chevrolets and great service.

The store has outgrown two locations since then, and is now located at 4144 Bardstown Road in Buechel.  The dealership has been led by Bob Hook, III since 1983, who led the company into new areas of business, including wholesale parts and commercial trucks.   The company now has 110 employees, and sells over 2,000 vehicles per year.  Bob Jr.’s three children, Bob III, Lauren & David have all joined him in the family business, making it a three generation tradition. 


Appeared December 21st, 2019

Patti Singer

Reporter, Sports and Features

Patti Singer has worked more than four decades in print journalism. She began her career as a sports-writer. After working in Biddeford, Maine and York, Pennsylvania, she joined the Democrat and Chronicle in 1985 to cover the Rochester Red Wings.

She moved to feature writing in 1991 and then to news reporting in 2009, where she took over the health beat until leaving the Democrat and Chronicle in 2019. As a health reporter, she won state awards for an investigation into a nursing home that had a record of substandard care, a blog that focused on health insurance and a feature article about parents who wrote in their child’s obituary that the cause of death was addiction.

She writes for Minority Reporter Media Group, makes videos for nonprofits and other businesses and is an artist.

She also is active in health promotion. She is a certified personal trainer, teaches awareness of youth mental health issues and helps to facilitate classes in a domestic violence prevention program.



Appeared Saturday December 14th, 2019
Andy Moore
Director, Greater Rochester International Airport

Moore has been employed at the Greater Rochester International Airport for over eight years and is currently serving as the Director of Aviation. As Director of Aviation, he is responsible for managing a $35 million-dollar public commercial aviation facility that 2.4 million passengers travel through annually. The Airport itself is responsible for creating and sustaining 10,000 jobs, generating $295 million in income and contributes over $800 million to the local economy each year.

Appeared Saturday December 7th, 2019

Anna Valeria-Iseman
Executive Director of The Open Door Mission
Anna Valeria-Iseman is the Executive Director of the Open Door Mission. Mrs. Valeria-Iseman was hired by the Mission in 2014 to research and develop their first residential programming for women and children. In 2016, she became the Director of Development, and in 2017 became the Executive Director. In her time of service at the Open Door Mission, Mrs. Valeria-Iseman was integral in bringing the Mission to the table in the community, through chairing the area’s Homeless Service Network, representing the non-government funded and faith-based agencies on the Continuum of Care Board, and by connecting with and advocating for the Mission with local, state, and federal elected officials.

Mrs. Valeria-Iseman graduated from Roberts Wesleyan College with a degree in Religion and Philosophy (with a minor in classical piano performance!). She is married with three children – ages 17, 14 & 4 years old, and also writes opinion columns on homelessness, poverty, and policy issues for the Democrat and Chronicle.


Appeared Saturday November 30th, 2019

The Author's Round Table
with special guest authors: Jack Garner, Gary Craig, Scott Pitoniak & Jeff Spevak

Jack Garner: 'From My Seat on the Aisle'
'From My Seat on the Aisle' chronicles more than 30 years of Jack Garner’s experience as a nationally syndicated film critic for the Gannett newspapers. His book compiles the best of his essays, reviews, and interviews with many Hollywood celebrities such as Audrey Hepburn, Clint Eastwood, Meryl Streep, Jimmy Stewart, Woody Allen, and Philip Seymour Hoffman. Garner offers a unique perspective into the world of film that is humorous, anecdotal, and insightful.

Gary Craig: 'Seven Million'
'Seven Million' tells the true story of the nation's largest armored car company robberies, its possible connections to the Irish Republican Army, and the colorful cast of characters linked to the crime. To this day, much remains unanswered about the 1993 heist in Rochester: Just where are the missing millions, and who murdered a New York City boxer who helped plan the crime?

Jeff Spevak: '22 Minutes'
'22 Minutes' is the true tale of a 93-year-old Rochester sailor, Ernie Coleman, a legendary sailor on Lake Ontario. But throughout his long life, he was haunted by nightmares from World War II: The Battle of Savo Island, the worst open-sea defeat in the history of the United States Navy. A 22-minute battle in which the Japanese navy sank four big cruisers, three American, one Australian. Ernie’s ship, the USS Vincennes, was among them, taking 322 of his crewmates to Iron Bottom Sound.

Scott Pitoniak:
Scott's Two Featured Books Are:
'Juke Box Hero'
With the aid of best-selling author Scott Pitoniak, Lou Gramm poignantly recounts how he realized his dream as the lead singer and co-songwriter of the iconic band Foreigner as well as his own band and overcame a drug and alcohol addiction—along with a life-threatening brain tumor—on his path to the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

'Forever Orange'
Scott and co-author Rick Burton chronicle the world-changing alumni, academic programs and historic events that have helped Syracuse University become an internationally renowned institution of higher education as it prepares to celebrate its sesquicentennial in 2020.


Appeared Saturday November 23rd, 2019
Roland Williams
Superbowl Champion - Founder, Champion Academy

Roland Williams was born and raised right here in Rochester, NY before heading to Syracuse University to continue his football career & complete his degree in Speech Communications. After an impressive college career at Syracuse, Roland was drafted to the NFL by the St. Louis Ram’s where he helped them to win the 1999 Superbowl.

Suffering a career ending injury in 2005, Roland retired from professional football and dove into his passions as a sport analyst, motivational speaker and social entrepreneur, committed to helping teens in poverty overcome barriers and maximize their potential. The Champion Academy Extreme Mentoring & Empowerment Initiative (Champion Academy) is a trauma-responsive mentoring program providing urban teens in poverty the critical accountability, consistency and support necessary to overcome obstacles and maximize their potential in school, at home and in the community. His groundbreaking Champion Academy is accomplishing unprecedented academic and social outcomes with teens in our communities.


Appeared Saturday November 16th, 2019

Don Alhart
News Anchor WHAM 13 TV

Don Alhart began his broadcasting career in 1962 as a summer vacation relief engineer at WROC-TV, Channel 8, in Rochester. During his years of study at Ithaca College, he worked as a DJ and Reporter at WTKO Radio.  Upon graduation from Ithaca College in 1966- he immediately began work at Channel 13- in Rochester- where he has remained for 47 years!

Don has been honored five times with the prestigious Edward R Murrow Award for excellence in television news. Don was inducted into the New York State Broadcasters’ Association Hall of Fame. Don's devotion to Rotary causes is legendary, hosting many fundraising events in his spare time


Saturday November 9th 10am-11am

Greg McCaffrey
Livingston County District Attorney

Elected in 2012 and re-elected in 2016, Greg McCaffrey is the Livingston County District Attorney and Chief Prosecutor responsible for prosecution of all crimes within Livingston County. Prior to taking office, McCaffrey spent 6 years as a general practice attorney specializing in litigation and criminal defense, as well as 4 years serving as Monroe County Assistant District Attorney under Howard Relin and Michael Green.

McCaffrey is a longtime resident of Livingston county and is certainly dedicated to the communities that he serves. He is a volunteer coach for Honeoye Falls Lima Youth Baseball and Basketball, a member of the HFL Youth Baseball Board of Directors, a member of the Alternatives to Incarceration Advisory Board and more.


Saturday November 2nd 10am-11am

Julie Donlon

Assistant Superintendent - BOCES

Dr. Julie Donlon is the Assistant Superintendent of the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership (GVEP). She's worked at GVEP for the past 14 years in various leadership capacities including Director of Instruction, Principal, Assistant Principal and Dean of students prior to her role as Assistant Superintendent. Dr. Donlon started her career in education as a Special Education teacher at Geneseo Central School District and Canandaigua City School District. She serves on the Business Education Council in Wyoming County as well as the NYS Staff and Curriculum Development Network. Julie believes Career and Technical Education is the answer for many students seeking a successful future here in the Genesee Valley Region and beyond. With a shortage of trades men and women, CTE can provide students with hands-on experiences in a field where jobs are plentiful. Promoting the trades has been a career focus for Julie in an effort to provide students with a bright future that will lead to career attainment. Dr. Donlon also believes a focus on Career and Technical Education is critical in order to ensure local businesses leaders have access to a skilled labor force working and living in our communities.


Saturday October 26th 10am-11am

Jack Garner

Film Critic, Author, Playwright

Jack Garner is a Rochester icon.  His talents include film critic, entertainment writer, lecturer, author and playwright. Jack held the position of film critic for the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle from 1977 to 2007 and was appointed to be the chief film critic in a national scope for the Gannett newspaper group in 1987.

Now retired, Garner continues to write film reviews and books as well as jazz and classic film critiques. Garner is a recipient of the prestigious George Eastman Medal of Honor and contributor to the Eastman House with his many lectures and contributions to their journal. He is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, the Eastman House Council, and recipient of the 2013 Impact Award from the Rochester Media Association.


Saturday October 19th 10am-11am

Cheryl Dinolfo

Monroe County Executive

Cheryl was elected as Monroe County Executive in 2016. She says that her first responsibility has been and always will be to remain laser-focused on growing more jobs to strengthen the economy, building better budgets to protect local taxpayers, and supporting stronger families to secure a brighter future for our entire community.  In addition, Cheryl  has been in the forefront of major quality-of-life projects, including the expansion of the County’s popular Seneca Park Zoo and the transformation of the Greater Rochester International Airport.

In her personal life, Cheryl has been married for 35 years to her husband Vince. They have three children: Patrick, Russell, and Jennifer and three grandchildren, Finley, Edith, and Plum Dinolfo, from Patrick and his wife Callie. The Dinolfo family are parishioners at St. Margaret Mary’s Church.Cheryl is a graduate of Cardinal Mooney High School (1979), LeMoyne College (1983) and the University of Buffalo Law School (1986).


Saturday October 12th 10am-11am

Eric Snitil

Chief Meteorologist - NEWS8

NEWS 8 Chief Meteorologist Eric Snitil grew up living and loving Great Lakes weather, on the shores of Lake Erie.  He went on to forecast weather in Ohio, Alaska, and even Alabama, some of America’s most challenging climates.  He’s happy to be home in the region he grew up in, and closer to family. While in Alabama, many viewers credit Eric with saving lives with his coverage during severe weather, encouraging people to seek shelter immediately because of a tornado outbreak.  Among the outpouring of gratitude and well wishes from viewers on social media, one woman wrote, “You saved my life in the Wetumpka tornado by saying, ‘Get to your safe spot now, Wetumpka!’ My house and car were lost that day. But I got to my safe spot in time.” Eric is a graduate of both Kent State University and Mississippi State University, and has been honored with several major forecasting awards, including: Best Weathercaster: Associated Press, Best Weathercaster: Alabama Broadcasters Association, and National Weather Association Seal of Approval.

Eric, his wife Katie, and their husky Bolt are loving the Rochester area, and happy to be back in the Snow Belt, as snow is Eric’s favorite type of weather to forecast.


Saturday October 5th 10am-11am

Dr. Louis DiVincenti

Seneca Park Zoo Veterinarian 

Dr. Louis DiVincenti graduated from Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2010. He completed a comparative medicine residency at the University of Rochester and Seneca Park Zoo in 2012 before joining the faculty of the University of Rochester, where he earned a master’s degree in translational research in 2014. He was board certified by the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine in 2013 and by the American College of Animal Welfare in 2015. In 2018, he became the full-time veterinarian at Seneca Park Zoo and was promoted to Assistant Zoo Director for Animal Care and Conservation.


Saturday September 28th 10am-11am

Gary Mervis

Founder of Camp Good Days and Special Times

Gary Mervis is the Founder of Camp Good Days and Special Times, a camp that offers recreational camping services free of charge to children and their families who have been diagnosed with cancer and other life-threatening challenges.  Since its inception, Camp Good Days has served more than 48,300 campers from 22 states and 36 foreign countries. Camp Good Days is accredited by the American Camp Association and has been inducted into the Safety 1st Hall of Fame.

Camp Good Days and Special Times was founded in 1979 after Gary’s daughter Elizabeth “Teddi” Mervis was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor at the age of nine. After traveling across the country seeking treatment and answers Gary felt that one of the biggest struggles his daughter was facing was not only her illness, but her loneliness of being the only child in her community with cancer. Camp Good Days provides children and families with a place of inclusion and a place to celebrate life.


Saturday September 21st 10am - 11am

Ralph Meranto

Director of Arts & Culture - Wok Jewish Community Center

Ralph Meranto is in his 14th Season as Artistic Director and Producer of CenterStage and is also Sr. Director of Arts & Culture for the Rochester Jewish Community Center. Ralph’s passion is the development of new works including World Premiere productions of Jason Odell Williams’ Church & State (Off Broadway New World Stages/OBA Nominee for Best New Play), Kasha Davis’ There’s Always Time for a Cocktail (Off-Broadway Premiere Beechman Theater), Wendy Kout’s Survivors and Naked in Encino and Hank Kimmel’s Welcome to the Neighborhood as well as early development productions of Jason Odell Williams’ Handle with Care, David Hein/Irene Sankoff’s My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding, Deb Margolin’s Imagining Madoff and Deborah Zoe Laufer’s The Last Schwartz.

Favorite directing credits include Titanic, Dogfight, Bad Jews, The Last Five Years, Parade, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, American Idiot, Rent, and Hair. Ralph has also directed/performed in readings at Geva Theatre, works as a private acting coach, appears in the occasional commercial. Ralph is Vice President of the Alliance for Jewish Theatre and on the board of the Rochester chapter of the Hearing Loss Assn. of America.


Saturday September 14th 10am-11am

Michelle Ashby

CEO of Tipping Point Communications

Michelle Ashby is Founder & CEO of Tipping Point Communications. With more than 25 years’ experience in communications, Ashby leads Tipping Point’s offices in Rochester, Buffalo, and Cleveland, OH. Before working in the agency world, Michelle “got the bug” for media when she spent 12+ years in business development at Gannett and WEBN-FM in Cincinnati, OH and WROC-TV and WHEC-TV in Rochester, NY. The Small Business Council of Rochester named Ashby Business Person of the Year in 2014, she is also a member of the Rochester Business Journal’s class of 2007 “Forty Under 40", and in 2016 Tipping Point Communications received an ETHIE award from the Rochester Area Business Ethics Foundation.

Ashby is also dedicated to the positive development of her community.  When she’s not leading the charge at Tipping Point, Ashby is the mother of two active boys who play football and lacrosse. She serves on the board of directors for Willow Domestic Violence Center, St. Ann’s Home, and the Advisory Board for the Roland Williams Champion Academy.


Saturday September 7th 10am-11am

Freyda Schneider

Freyda Schneider is the founder and director of TYKEs (Theatre Young Kids Enjoy), now entering its 16th season. She periodically appears in local films, commercials and industrial videos and also performs on stage with the comedy troupe EstroFest.  She founded TYKEs to inspire kids with an appreciation of the arts, foster an awareness of literature, and promote communications and social interaction skills while teaching important life lessons. Also to have fun and laugh. TYKEs’ 2019-20 season takes place at the JCC in Brighton and features: Pete the Cat, The Magic Treehouse, A Winnie the Pooh Birthday Tail, The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley and The Emperor’s New Clothes.


Saturday August 30th 10am-11am

Bob Lonsberry

Radio Host

Bob has been a dominant force in Rochester media since 1988, when he became a reporter for the former Times-Union. Two years later he was the daily metro columnist at the D+C before becoming a television commentator on Channel 10. Bob launched his career as a radio talk show host on WHAM in 1995 and he became a Rochester icon.

Lonsberry was nominated for the Pulitzer prize twice, and has won NY Associated Press awards for commentary in newspaper, radio and television. Bob is a decorated veteran of the US Army, author of six books, the father of nine, a Scoutmaster, an avid hunter, an EMT and a member of his village board. In his spare time, Bob also conquers marathons!


Saturday August 24th 10am-11am

Dr. Dennis DePerro

President, St. Bonaventure University

Dennis R. DePerro, Ed.D., is the 21st president of St. Bonaventure University, a role that he stepped into on June 1, 2017. Dr. DePerro has implemented new enrollment and marketing strategies and championed new academic program development, resulting in the two largest freshman classes in the last 11 years at St. Bonaventure.

Dr. DePerro holds a doctorate in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania, a master’s in educational administration and supervision from Canisius, and a bachelor’s in biology from Canisius. He serves on the President’s Council of the Atlantic 10 Athletic Conference, Board of Trustees at Maria College (N.Y.), and previously served on the board of Christian Brothers Academy (Syracuse), Elmcrest Children’s Center, Francis House, and St. Joseph’s College of Nursing (N.Y.).


Saturday August 17th 10am-11am

Andy Moore 

Director, Greater Rochester International Airport

Moore has been employed at the Greater Rochester International Airport for over eight years and is currently serving as the Director of Aviation. As Director of Aviation, he is responsible for managing a $35 million-dollar public commercial aviation facility that 2.4 million passengers travel through annually. The Airport itself is responsible for creating and sustaining 10,000 jobs, generating $295 million in income and contributes over $800 million to the local economy each year.

Andy Moore grew up in Rochester, NY and is a graduate of Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Moore earned his Certified Member (C.M.) Designation from the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) and has earned industry certification from Airport Council International (ACI) in areas of Concession Management and Airport Security. Moore is on the Executive Committee of the New York Aviation Administration (NYAMA) Legislative Advocacy Day and currently serves as NYAMA Treasurer.


Saturday August 10th 10am-11am

Gary Craig

Investigative Reporter - Democrat & Chronicle

Gary is a member of the Democrat and Chronicle’s Watchdog team, and focuses on public safety and criminal justice. He has worked at Rochester newspapers since 1990, covering City Hall, politics and federal courts before joining the newspaper’s investigative team. He has won state and national investigative writing awards. He is the author of “Seven Million,” a book about the 1993 Rochester Brink’s robbery. Gary is married with two daughters.


Saturday August 3rd 10am-11am

Joe Dugan

Senior Vice President - Five Star Bank

Joe Dugan is Senior Vice President, Chief Experience & Go To Market Officer of Five Star Bank, a position he has held since November 2018. Dugan joined the Bank as Senior Vice President, Retail Growth and Profitability Executive in July 2016. Prior to joining Five Star Bank Dugan served as Executive Vice President of the Customer Value Management Group of Canandaigua National Bank and Trust, in Canandaigua, NY, where he worked since 2001.

Dugan received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Bucknell University, where he dual majored in English and Economics, and is a proud graduate of McQuaid Jesuit High School. He has volunteered for many not-for-profits, serving as President of the American Cancer Society’s local Board of Advisors and as a director on ACS's Eastern Division Board, Dugan also served as Vice President of the Monroe County High School JV Club Hockey League. For more 15 years, he also coached and/or managed multiple local youth baseball teams.


Saturday July 27th 10am-11am

Doug Emblidge

News Anchor WHAM 13 TV

No one would’ve been surprised if Doug had grown up to become a pharmacist.  After all, his father and grandfather owned small drug stores in Honeoye Falls, Scottsville and Rochester.  But after a visit to WOKR-TV (now 13 WHAM) as a boy, Doug knew what he wanted to do when he grew up. His first broadcasting experience came in radio, starting while he was still a student at Rush-Henrietta Roth High School.  Through high school and college, Doug worked at WHAM and WHFM in Rochester, WDNY in Dansville, and WHEN in Syracuse. Doug earned a Bachelor's degree from the S.I. Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University in 1982.   After a year as a producer and reporter at WROC-TV, Doug joined WOKR in 1983 to anchor a program called NewsScope.  In 1984 he took on weekend anchoring duties while also reporting weeknights.


Saturday July 20th 10am-11am

Jim Salmon

Radio Personality

As odd as it may seem, the special guest at the Round Table this week is none other than Jim Salmon himself!

Jim Salmon is a Home Inspector and WHAM radio personality with his call-in radio show the “Home Repair Clinic”.  For 30 years Jim has been educating listeners on home maintenance and repair issues. His honest and straightforward advice has earned him the respect of thousands of listeners. His approach to home inspection, “I work for the home buyer” has earned him the trust of thousands of homeowners.


Saturday July 13th 10am-11am

Todd Baxter

Monroe County Sheriff

Todd Baxter is a 30-year veteran of law enforcement, with 22 years of service to the Rochester Police Department and four years’ experience as Chief of Police in the Greece Police Department.  Sheriff Baxter joined the local force following three years of active duty with the U.S. Army as a Military Police Officer.

Elected to Monroe County Sheriff in November 2017 by nearly 57% of the vote, Baxter holds an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice from Monroe Community College, a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Management and a Master’s Degree in Strategic Leadership from Roberts Wesleyan College. He also teaches at Roberts Wesleyan.


Saturday June 29th 10am-11am

Nick Stefanovic

Director of Monroe County Department of Veteran Services                                                 

Nick Stefanovic was born and raised in Rochester, NY and joined the Marine Corps in 2002. He served multiple tours overseas before being honorably discharged in 2006. Like many Veterans who return home, his transition was difficult and for three years he struggled to readapt to civilian society and thrive in employment. After receiving a degree in Substance Abuse Counseling, Nick became a therapist in 2011 and he also began to speak publicly from the perspective of a Veteran who struggled with adapting to a civilian mindset. Nick has spoken at conferences, and events across the country. He has appeared on nationally broadcasted programs like Hardball with Chris Matthews, Diane Rehm, Take Part Live, CBS Nightly News with David Martin, CNN and many others. In 2017 Nick authored a national publication that was edited and released by the National Institute of Corrections titled, “Barracks Behind Bars”.

In January of 2018 Nick was appointed by the Monroe County Executive to Director of the Monroe County Veterans Service Agency. He continues to advocate for Veterans on all levels, serves as Vice Chairman on the Board of Directors for the Veterans Outreach Center and as a member on various other boards.


Saturday June 22nd 10am-11am

Bill Reilich

Town of Greece Supervisor

Bill Reilich has served as the Town Supervisor for the town of Greece since January of 2014. Bill believes his top priority is the well-being and future of the Greece Community. Prior to his position as Town Supervisor, Bill served as a Member of Assembly for the 134th district.
Bill has been active in his community by serving as a former member of the Greece Zoning Board, Greece Environmental Board, Monroe County Planning Board, Greece Chamber of Commerce and as a Captain of the Marine Volunteer Fire Department. He was also a former member of the Lakeside Hospital Foundation and served as the liaison for the County of Monroe Industrial Development Agency. Additionally, Bill is quite the "car guy" with an avid interest and collection of classic cars.


Saturday June 15th 10am-11am

Judge John DeMarco       

Honorable John L. DeMarco, Monroe County Court Judge and Acting NYS Supreme Court Justice

Judge DeMarco is well known in Rochester's legal community having been a prosecutor, law firm partner and judge over the course of the last 34 years. Prior to the last 18 years where Judge DeMarco served as a judge in Irondequoit, Monroe County Court and Supreme Court, he was a partner at Phillips Lytle LLP where he was a trial lawyer. Currently, he is the Supervising Judge of all Treatment Courts in the eight-county 7th Judicial District.  Those courts consist of Drug Court, Felony Drug Court, Mental Health Court, DWI Court and Veterans Court. Most recently, he has traveled all across the country on behalf of veterans engaged in the criminal justice system. He has also been at the forefront of combating the opioid crisis, recently establishing the first opioid court in Rochester and one of the first such courts in the United States.


Saturday June 1st 10am-11am

Ben Jacobs

Editor at the Rochester Business Journal and The Daily Record

Since the beginning of 2017, Ben has worked as the editor at both the Rochester Business Journal and The Daily Record. Prior to that, Ben spent 16 years working for the Democrat and Chronicle and other Gannett newspapers in the Ithaca, NY, and Tallahassee, FL area. He holds a bachelor's degree in philosophy from the University of Rochester and is currently a board member for the Small Business Council of Rochester.


Saturday May 25th 10am-11am

Larry Staub

Director of Monroe County Parks & Seneca Park Zoo

Larry Staub has served as Monroe County’s Director of Parks since 2006. In April of 2018, he was appointed by County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo to the additional position of Director of the Seneca Park Zoo. Larry has earned a reputation for being an innovative steward of Monroe County’s 21 Parks, with numerous accomplishments that include: new habits and species at the Seneca Park Zoo, Improvements and innovations for the Rochester Lilac Festival, the reconstruction of Lamberton Conservatory at Highland and many others. Larry holds a bachelor’s degree in Asian Studies from the State University of New York at Albany, and he is an Eagle Scout as well as a lifelong resident of Monroe County.


Saturday May 18th 10am-11am

Jodi Rosenshein Atkin, MA

First in our 'Education America' Series
Independent College Admissions Counselor

Jodi works directly for and with families/students, providing strategies and support in the college admissions process. Given the extraordinary expense associated with higher education, Jodi’s goal is to help ALL families get the maximum amount of information when making their college selection. In addition to her private practice, she regularly provides free workshops at area libraries, through local PTAs, and through cooperative presentations with area test preparation organizations.

Jodi has served on many community boards, including; as a Trustee for Allendale Columbia School, the Rochester Women’s Network, as well as Highland Hospital Board of Directors.  She has been a mentor for Young Women’s College Prep High School, and has also served on the inclusion committee at Temple Beth El, helping to develop ways to enhance the synagogue’s efforts to eliminate barriers to participation for everyone.


Saturday May 11th 10am-11am

Brian Geer

Professional Magician

Brian Geer has been performing magic since he was 8 years old and has been a full-time professional magician since 1989. Brian has a newly released DVD titled “Heavy Hitters” and is also the author of 5 books. Some of his accolades includes performing at President Bush’s Inaugural Ball, performing at the Pentagon 26 different times and has been featured in publications such as Newsweek Magazine, Business Strategies Magazine and many television appearances.


Saturday May 4th 10am-11am

John McCaffrey

Former U.S. Marshal & Federal Security Director

During his 24 year career, Mr. McCaffrey served as a NYS trooper, an investigator, and as a senior investigator in the Bureau of Criminal Investigation. He was recognized for his investigative abilities and cooperative work with other local, state, and federal agencies including his critical role in the arrest and conviction of serial killer Arthur Shawcross.

In 1994 he retired from the New York State Police and then was awarded a presidential appointment as a U.S. Marshal, serving in that capacity until 2002. In 2002 he continued his public service by joining the newly formed Transportation Security Administration with the Department of Homeland Security as the Federal Security Director overseeing the airports at Rochester and Elmira.


Saturday April 27th 10am-11am

Richard McCollough, M.Ed.

Award Winning Producer, Director and Veteran Broadcaster

Richard J. McCollough, M.Ed. is an award-winning producer, director and veteran broadcaster with 40 years of experience. He has worked at NBC, ABC, CBS and PBS affiliates throughout the country.  Richard is also a professional Meteorologist, you may remember him by his time on WHEC, he is now Chief Meteorologist at top rated WDKX-FM 103.9

Richard is President and founder of Mirusmedia, production company and American Abilities Television Network which provides programming for people with hearing loss on CW-WHAM Rochester channel 16 and has been the spokesman for organizations like Darien Lake, Bristol Mountain, One for the Community and Lollypop Farm. Richard also established the Richard J. McCollough Educational Fund to help high school seniors entering college. He has been honored with over 45 prestigious film/video/television awards including 10 Telly Awards.


Saturday April 20th 10am-11am

David Mammano

CEO of Avanti Entrepreneur Network

For more than 20 years, David Mammano has been a serial entrepreneur.  Having started seven businesses from scratch, he thrives on starting and growing businesses. Some of David’s most notable ventures include being a three-time Inc. Magazine 5000 Growth Company, the host of The Avanti Entrepreneur podcast, a TEDx speaker, a contributing writer, an adjunct professor at the University of Rochester, and the author of business and college planning books.

David’s community activities include being a board member for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, a board member for Junior Achievement, and starting his local Entrepreneurs’ Organization Chapter.


Saturday April 13th 10am-11am

Jack Garner

Film Critic, Author, Playwright

Jack Garner is a Rochester icon.  His talents include film critic, entertainment writer, lecturer, author and playwright. Jack held the position of film critic for the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle from 1977 to 2007 and was appointed to be the chief film critic in a national scope for the Gannett newspaper group in 1987.

Now retired, Garner continues to write film reviews and books as well as jazz and classic film critiques. Garner is a recipient of the prestigious George Eastman Medal of Honor and contributor to the Eastman House with his many lectures and contributions to their journal. He is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, the Eastman House Council, and recipient of the 2013 Impact Award from the Rochester Media Association.


Saturday April 6th 10am-11am

Naomi Silver   

President & CEO of the Rochester Red Wings

Naomi Silver is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Rochester Red Wings, the AAA affiliate of the Minnesota Twins. Baseball is in Naomi’s DNA as her dad, Morrie Silver, saved baseball in Rochester by founding Rochester Community Baseball, Inc. in 1957, keeping a tradition alive that has thrived to this day.  Naomi is the country’s first and only female at the helm of a professional Minor League baseball franchise.

Naomi is deeply involved with the Boys and Girls Club, United Way, Monroe Community College, Hillel Community Day School, and Chaired the NYS Special Olympics Summer Games.  She also serves on the First Niagara Advisory Council and the Mayor’s Advisory Council. Her national and community awards and recognition received are vast and telling of her devotion to her profession and her community.



Saturday March 30th 10am-11am

Wendy Bello

Vice President and General Manager of News 8 WROC

Wendy Bello has been with WROC for close to 13 years and has grown into her current position of Vice President and General Manager of News 8 WROC. With over 26 years in the media industry, Wendy has worked for a variety of media companies including; NBC Universal, Gannett, Sinclair, Time Warner and iHeart Media. Outside of her work in media her greatest passions are her loving family and her community, Wendy currently serves on the board of the Alzheimer’s Association, the Greater Rochester Enterprise and Webster WAA Girls Softball.


Saturday March 23rd 10am-11am

Bob Brenna

Attorney & Radio Personality

Mr. Brenna has over 40 years experience working as an attorney in Rochester and hosts the "Brenna and Boyce Law Forum," which is a weekly call-in radio show heard on WHAM1180. He is particularity known for his transparent and ethical approach to personal injury and wrongful death cases.  Upon invitation, he has lectured for decades in the continuing legal education of attorneys for the New York State Bar Association, the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers, the New York State Trial Lawyers Association and the Monroe County Bar Association. Mr. Brenna is also a past President of the NYS Academy of Trial Lawyers.


Appeared Saturday March 16th 10am-11am

Rick Herman

CEO of the Rochester Home Builders Association

Rick Herman is the CEO of the Rochester Home Builders Association and the Upstate Building Industry Alliance. These trade groups are best known for their to flagship consumer shows Homearama, presented every other year throughout our area and the ROC Home and Garden Show, held each spring at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center.


Saturday March 9th 10am-11am

James VanBrederode

President of the Monroe County Police Chiefs Association

James VanBrederode is the current President of the Monroe County Police Chiefs Association, as well as the Chief of Police for the Gates Police Department. After receiving his Associates Degree in Police Science from MCC, VanBrederode continued his education with a Bachelors in Sociology from Roberts Wesleyan, a Master of Public Administration Degree from SUNY Brockport, as well as training from the prestigious FBI National Academy.


Saturday March 2nd 10am-11am

Martin Birmingham

CEO & President of Five Star Bank

Mr. Birmingham is the President and CEO of Five Star Bank. His past experience includes holding the position of President and CEO of the National Bank of Geneva and Market President of The Bank of America. Mr. Birmingham's commitment to the community is well known and displayed throughout his years of service. He currently holds the position of Trustee at St. John Fisher College, Director of the MCC Foundation at Monroe Community College, Director at the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce, and Director of the University of Rochester Medical Center.



Saturday February 23rd, 2019

Brad McAreavy

President of Rochester Auto Dealers Association

Brad has worked in the automobile industry for over 30 years, first for General Motors Acceptance Corporation then for a large dealer group. He accepted a position as President of the Rochester Automobile Dealers Association in 2007. His duties include; the advocacy and support of new and used car dealers in the Rochester market.



Saturday February 16th, 2019

Adam Chodak

Evening anchor and managing editor at WROC News 8.

After years of working in broadcast media positions across the nation, Adam returned back to his hometown of Rochester in 2011. He took a position at WHAM-TV (ABC) for 4 years before making a move into his role as evening anchor and managing editor at WROC News 8.



Saturday February 9th, 2019

Sandra Doorley

Monroe County District Attorney

Elected in 2011, Sandra Doorley is the first female District Attorney in Monroe County history. Prior to assuming office, Doorley served the District Attorney’s Office with distinction for nearly twenty years, successfully prosecuting thousands of high profile criminal cases and compiling an impressive record of victories.



Saturday February 2nd, 2019

Mark Assini

Chief Administrative Officer at American Rock Salt

Mark served as the Town Supervisor for the Town of Gates from 2010 up until 2018 when he stepped into his role as Chief Administrative Officer at American Rock Salt, the largest operating salt mine in the United States.



Saturday January 26th, 2019

Bob Duffy

Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce CEO

Prior to working for Rochester Chamber, Duffy served as New York lieutenant governor in Governor Andrew Cuomo's administration from January 2011 to December 2014. Duffy previously served as Rochester mayor from January 2006 to January 2011 and as Rochester police chief from March 1998 to April 2005, when he resigned his post to run for mayor.