Board Members

Andrew Brady President

Current Job: CEO at The XLR8 Team – Leadership Development Consulting
Hometown: Irondequoit, NY
Favorite Rochester Gem: Leaf Tea Bar

Bio: I went to Irondequoit High School and attended college at Cornell University, earning a degree in Applied Economics and Management. After spending a few years in the Boston area after college, I returned to Rochester in 2013 and joined The XLR8 Team to help leaders build values-driven corporate cultures with purpose and engagement. I am a member of Rochester Rotary, currently serve on the boards of NextGen Rochester and the Rochester chapter of Conscious Capitalism, and recently earned my Masters in Applied Positive Psychology from UPenn.

Candace Easton Volunteer Chair

Hometown: Webster, NY
Favorite Rochester Gem: Anywhere that serves Mexican food
Current Job: Director of Development and Volunteer services at Isaiah House

I graduated from the University at Buffalo with my bachelor's degree in Business Administration and a concentration in Marketing in 2013. After trying different fields, I found that non profit work was my passion and began my career at a small comfort care home in the city called Isaiah House. Working there quickly opened my eyes to all of the beautiful and giving people that Rochester has and is one of my favorite parts of this city. If we are not cleaning up after our 2 amazing dogs, my boyfriend and I are exploring all that Rochester has to offer or figuring out where we should travel to next!

Nicole Berman Social Co-Chair

Current Job: Associate Director of Development at American Diabetes Association
Hometown: Rochester, NY
Favorite Rochester Gem: Turning Point Park

Bio: I graduated from the University of Rochester in 2012 and immediately began my nonprofit career in fundraising and event planning. As a logistics-minded person I love planning events for a few or a few thousand. My job, managing half of the Tour de Cure, brings me into companies all across Rochester; I love witnessing the changes to buildings and neighborhoods happening before our eyes! My 16-year old dachshund and I love Turning Point Park and happily call Charlotte home. I also serve on the Young Alumni Council for U of R, as well as the local Monroe County Democratic Committee.

Taylor Copie VP of Marketing

Current Job: Account Executive at CloudCheckr
Hometown: Webster, NY
Favorite Rochester Gem: Friday night dinner at Dorado’s off of Park Ave

Bio: I’ve lived in Rochester all my life, and know just about every hidden spot in this city. I’m a McQuaid Jesuit graduate and have a bachelor’s degree in MIS from RIT. Currently, I'm an Account Executive at CloudCheckr - a fast growing tech company in Rochester. My family is small, and we’re all very close – my parents live in Florida, my brother and nephew live in Webster, and I live with my dog/princess, Addy. I am extremely passionate about connecting with people, building lasting relationships, and offering value to the lives of others while asking for nothing in return. Volunteering is a big part of my life as well. I am involved with four amazing organizations in Rochester with the purpose of doing one thing: changing someone’s life for the better. My favorite motto is, “Dream Big, Live Bold”.

Patrick King Web Designer / Technology Chair

Current Job: Web and Graphic Designer at CGI Communications
Hometown: New Braunfels, TX
Favorite Rochester Gem: POP Roc

Bio: I am originally from central Texas (y'all), and since moving here in the fall of 2017 I have quickly come to discover how special of a city Rochester is. The thriving arts scene is incredibly inspiring, especially as an artist and designer, and I look forward to exploring and discovering more of what Rochester and the surrounding area has to offer.

CaTyra Polland Professional Development Chair

Current Job: President, Polland Enterprises, LLC.
Hometown: Rochester, NY
Favorite Rochester Gem: Charlotte Beach

Bio: CaTyra is the President/CEO of Polland Enterprises, LLC.  Her company offers writing and editing solutions such as developmental and copyright editing. CaTyra has worked with several authors to prepare their books for the publishing stage. She loves helping authors polish their work. She is also the author of Professionalism, What's That. Her hobbies include going to the beach, reading, writing, going to concerts, traveling and shopping.
 

Teresa Hemann Professional Development Co-Chair

Job: Financial Advisor/Co-Founder, Women’s Advisory Group
Bio: I grew up in Western NY and settled in Rochester after Graduating from SUNY Geneseo with a BA in Economics in 2007. Originally Rochester was a jumping off point to somewhere else, but as I explored everything the city has to offer, I decided to make it my home and settled downtown with my two dogs, Zeus and Athena. I found my passion for helping people through the financial services industry, and formed the Women’s Advisory Group in 2018. I also serve on the board of the South Wedge Planning Committee, where I strive to make a difference through volunteering and planning community events.

Bryon Triglianos VP of Finance & Sponsorship

Current Job: Sales Consultant
Hometown: Staten Island, NY
Favorite Rochester Gem: The George Eastman Museum’s Dryden Theatre

Bio: I grew up in the NYC, tri-state area; spending the majority of my childhood on Staten Island. I went to Nyack College on the Hudson River which is where I met my bride. We moved up here in 2014 and love the mix of city living with gorgeous surroundings. I enjoy nights out at some great local spots, riding my motorcycle, playing golf, and playing tennis. I’m a car enthusiast, I enjoy going to car meets, and I try to go to an international auto show every year.

Shelby Triglianos Sports Chair

Current Job: Office Manager
Hometown: Mahwah, NJ
Favorite Rochester Gem: Corbett’s Glen for hiking, trail running, and splashing in the summer. I love getting in my runs through the trails and loops but feel guilty every time I leave my pup at home as he LOVES swimming and playing in the water, and I don’t mind the splashing either.

Bio: Growing up in Northern New Jersey, I was raised in the hustle and bustle of New York City and never loved it. Moving to Rochester, thanks to the influence of my sister, allowed my husband and I the opportunity to reap the benefits of city living while still enjoying a gateway to the outdoors thanks to the finger lakes region, Lake Ontario, and the not too far away Adirondack mountains. I’ve loved being able to settle in and start creating roots in an amazing area of the country while working as a Chiropractic Assistant in Brighton. When not working, I can usually be found outside running, biking, Stand Up Paddleboarding, or snowboarding (in the winter). I also work part-time for LL Bean’s Outdoor Discovery School teaching kayaking and Stand Up Paddleboard classes on beautiful Canandaigua Lake all summer long.

Robert Williams VP of Membership

Current Job: Financial Advisor
Hometown: Webster, NY
Favorite Rochester Gem: Lake Ontario and the Finger Lakes

Bio: I grew up in the Rochester area attending Webster Schroeder High School. After moving away to receive my undergraduate degree from SUNY Oswego in finance, I moved to Buffalo to begin my career and received a master’s degree in finance from the University at Buffalo. I have since moved back to Rochester and am amazed what wonderful and vibrant city it has become. As an avid sports fan and music lover I spend most of my free time playing/ watching sports and attending concerts. I also enjoy spending time outside by the lake and hiking with my dog Mya.

Tommy Hessney Community Development Chair

Current Job: Partnership Manager at Gryt Health
Hometown: Rochester, NY

Bio: I graduated from St. Lawrence University in 2017 with a Bachelor’s in Environmental Studies and Economics. After starting in the solar industry, I switched gears to community building in the digital health space. I grew up in Rochester and have only come to love the city more since moving back! I love Rochester’s passion for its craft beer, food, and arts!

Rashad Smith Social Chair

Current Job: Freelance Publicist
Hometown: Rochester, NY
Favorite Rochester Gem: Granny's Backyard for BBQ's, Pomodoro's for Dinner and Any local bar with drink specials

Bio: The best four years of my life were spent on the campus of Johnson C. Smith University -- a Historically Black Institution in Charlotte, N.C. That lasted until 2010. I grabbed my B.A. in Communications and returned to Rochester to empower at-promise youth and manage public relations campaigns for communication firms, small businesses, artists and entrepreneurs. I am currently an educator in the Rochester City School District, PR & Community Engagement Manager at WLGZ 105.5 FM but I'm most passionate about creating my very own opportunities as a freelance publicist. I serve on the board for Rochester Association of Black Journalists and a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Anthony Pitti Marketing Chair

Current Job: Business Development Officer at The Pitti Group Wealth Management
Hometown: Canandaigua, NY
Favorite Rochester Gem: Good Luck

I grew up in a military family, both my parents served in the Air Force so I’ve been fortunate enough to live in a lot of different areas at a young age (Ohio, Italy, North Carolina and settled in NY). I graduated from Keuka College with a degree in organizational communication and minored in marketing, I played 4 years of soccer while at Keuka and continue to play now in the RDSL. After graduation I spent several years as a contractor working with small businesses developing their brands, marketing strategies, and advertising efforts. In my current role I build relationships with people in the community and finds areas of opportunity to grow our business. I am responsible for designing our marketing materials, advertising, website development and recruiting. I also serve as an Ambassador for the Small Business Council of Rochester. I currently live in Irondequoit with my dog, Xena. When I’m not playing soccer, golfing or hunting, I’m typically trying a new restaurant/ brewery/ distillery/ winery with my girlfriend and looking for our next place to travel to.