Board Members

Erin Burd

Co-President | rypboard@r-y-p.org

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Current Job: Director of Alumni Relations, Rochester Institute of Technology

Hometown: Boise, Idaho

Favorite Rochester Gem: Public Market

Bio: After living on the west coast and mid-west, I was excited to settle in Rochester in 2014. I hold a degree in English Literature from the University of Utah and will be completing my MBA from Rochester Institute of Technology this Spring. I serve as the Director of Alumni Relations at Rochester Institute of Technology, where I specialize in developing RIT’s International Alumni Community. When I am not traveling for work I love exploring Up-State New York’s amazing food scene.

Andrew Brady

Co-President | rypboard@r-y-p.org

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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.

James Schaefer

Social Co-Chair | social@r-y-p.org

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Current Job: Financial Planner at Northwestern Mutual

Hometown: Buffalo, NY

Favorite Rochester Gem: Hunt Hollow Ski & Snowboard Club

Bio: St. John Fisher College brought me to Rochester and post graduation I decided to start my own Financial Planning Practice with Northwestern Mutual. I currently work with everyday people to help them maximize strategies with their Investments and Insurance. When I’m not doing that, I volunteer as a Ski Patrol Snowboarder at Hunt Hollow Ski Club and play in the NABA wood bat, hard ball baseball league. I live in the Park Ave area and enjoy hanging out at the all the awesome RYP events! If you see me at an event be sure to say hi, whether you are interested in financial advice or just want to socialize.

Maryellen Dance

VP of Membership | membership@r-y-p.org

Current Job: Mental Health Counselor

Hometown: Marcellus, NY

Favorite Rochester Gem: James Brown’s Place on Culver…amazing breakfasts!

Bio: I grew up outside of Syracuse and went to Brockport for my undergraduate degree. After graduating Brockport, I moved to the city of Rochester and now I cannot imagine leaving. I work as a mental health counselor in the community and am always interested in finding new ways to help improve Rochester. In my free time I enjoy trying new restaurants, traveling, attending festivals, and of course, meeting new members of RYP, so please reach out and say ‘hello’ at the next event!

Gina LaDelfa

VP of Marketing | marketing@r-y-p.org

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Current Job: Digital Marketing Specialist at St. Ann’s Community and marketing freelancer

Hometown: Pittsford, NY

Favorite Rochester Gem: Garbage Plates!

Bio: After graduating from Rochester Institute of Technology, it took leaving Rochester and working in Las Vegas for a year to make me truly appreciate all that the Flower/Flour City has to offer. When I’m not working and freelancing, I like to spend my days exploring Rochester and trying out new restaurants. I’m a huge fan of cooking, traveling, cross-stitching, and managing my Sphynx cat’s Instagram account.

Daniel Brady

VP of Finance | finance@r-y-p.org

Why I Joined RYP: Born and raised in Rochester, I truly love the Community and I think it is great that organizations like the Rochester Young Professionals are promoting growth especially in the young professional arena.

Bio: Born and raised in West Irondequoit, I attended both West Irondequoit and McQuaid Jesuit. Out of high school I initially attended M.I.T. in Boston but ultimately graduated with the 150 credits necessary for the CPA exam from SUNY Geneseo. Currently, I work in public accounting at Bonadio on the audit side and also am a part of various young professional committees such as Center for Youth, NextGen Rochester Area Community Foundation and Roc City Coalition.

Amy Ventura

Community Development Co-Chair | communitydevelopment@r-y-p.org

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Current Job: Project Manager at the City of Rochester

Hometown: Baldwinsville, NY

Favorite Rochester Gem: The Rochester Public Market

Bio: After graduating from SUNY Geneseo in 2011, I moved to Rochester, which I now consider to be my adoptive hometown! I completed a year of service as an AmeriCorps VISTA member at the City of Rochester in my first year post-college, and have continued to serve in various financial and strategic planning roles for the City. I now work in the Mayor’s Office of Innovation and Strategic Initiatives and work to develop programs and policies that improve economic opportunities for Rochester residents. I love trying out new restaurants, seeing films at The Little, and exploring all of the neighborhoods that make Rochester a great place to live.

Nicole St. James

Community Development Co-Chair | communitydevelopment@r-y-p.org

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Current Job: Associate Director of Development, American Diabetes Association

Hometown: Rochester

Favorite Rochester Gem: Turning Point Park

Bio: A Rochesterian through and through, I attended Nazareth Academy followed by the University of Rochester, where I majored in History and English. I’m an active alumni, serving on the UR Young Alumni Philanthropy Council and as an Admissions interviewer. I’ve had a deep interest and love for event planning and fundraising, creating and implementing numerous unique events which has guided my career in nonprofit fundraising. My long-haired dachshund and I love exploring new parks and hiking trails and spending time on beautiful Keuka Lake.

Shelby Triglianos

Sports & Outdoor Recreation Co-Chair | outdoorrecreation@r-y-p.org

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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.

Paul Hypolite

Perks Co-Chair | perks@r-y-p.org

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Current Job: Regional Political Organizer at NYSUT

Hometown: Queens, NY

Favorite Rochester Gem: Growing up in NYC, I had no clue how beautiful upstate New York is and the incredible landscape we enjoy. From Watkins Glen and Buttermilk Falls, to Letchworth and Durand Eastman. But my favorite has been biking from Downtown Rochester all the way to Charlotte beach on the trails and seeing how much natural beauty resides even in the City of Rochester. We are truly lucky to live surrounded by nature’s best.

Bio: Paul Hypolite is a Regional Political Organizer for New York State United Teachers (NYSUT), the state-wide affiliate of the teachers union. Covering the Rochester and the Finger Lakes Region, Paul serves as a political advisor for NYSUT local unions, providing training, resources, and logistics assistance. He also serves as a liaison to community leaders, political candidates, community groups, and elected officials who stand for the values of public education, protect the rights of working people and support the growth of the labor movement.

Steve Glickman

Social Co-Chair | social@r-y-p.org

Current Job: Regional Alumni Director at the University of Maryland

Hometown: Buffalo, NY

Favorite Rochester Gem: Festival Season

Bio: I live in the Park Ave neighborhood and earned my B.A. in government and politics and a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Maryland. I co-founded and ran the National Campus Leadership Council (NCLC), a non-profit organization that brings together leaders from hundreds of campuses across the country to confront important issues facing students. I also spent time working with the local police department advising and providing support on a number of safety issues. Most recently, I served as a defense consultant with the Air Force Community Partnership Program, which facilitates public-public and public-private partnerships that improve quality of life programs for service men and women. Currently, I am the Democratic nominee for New York State Senate.

Amanda Sharpe

Volunteering Co-Chair | volunteering@r-y-p.org

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Current Job: Academic Affairs – Eastman School of Music

Hometown: Hamlin, NY

Favorite Rochester Gem: Lamberton Conservatory – Highland Park

Bio: A Western NY native, I attended college at SUNY Brockport and completed a Masters degree in Higher Education Administration at the Warner School of Education.  By day, I can be found working at the Eastman School of Music helping students with academic affairs.  As a small business owner, I pick up my camera to capture portraits, weddings and other special memories.  During my down time, I enjoy exploring Rochester, traveling with my boyfriend, volunteering with RYP, and working on my latest photography project about a dinosaur named Angus Rex!

Sarah Picciotto

Volunteering Co-Chair | volunteering@r-y-p.org

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Current Job: Media Analyst @ Dixon Schwabl Advertising

Hometown: Syracuse, NY

Favorite Rochester Gem: The Ford Street Bridge has epic Rochester skyline views! It’s award-winning restoration and history dates back to 1840. Connecting neighborhoods and parks to city-life over the Genesee River.

Bio: I was born and raised in Syracuse, and spent my college years in the Finger Lakes at Keuka College while also working at a winery on Seneca Lake.  I moved to Rochester for a start-up business and have since been calling our city “home”.  RYP has proven to be the best outlet for me to become more engaged in the community, expand my network and build my future.  I enjoy taking in all Rochester has to offer through festivals, volunteering, theater, outdoor activities and nightlife.

Brittany Isenberg

Technology Chair | webdeveloper@r-y-p.org

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Current Job: Web Designer & Developer at CGI Communications

Hometown: Charlotte, NC

Favorite Rochester Gem: The Genesee Riverway Trail  – nothing beats a dog walk, bike ride, or casual meandering alongside the water.

Bio: I moved to Rochester in January of 2011, right in the middle of a snowstorm. Despite Rochester’s harsh welcome, I fell in love with the city (though by February each year I am always missing the mild southern winters). I live in the cozy South Wedge neighborhood where I love to walk around with my two silly dogs or grab a tasty beer. I’m a self-taught web developer and designer, but I also have a degree in jewelry design and my own jewelry business, where I make custom handwriting jewelry as well as sweet little necklaces in the shape of Rochester’s city outline.

Robert Williams

Sports & Outdoor Recreation Co-Chair | outdoorrecreation@r-y-p.org

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Current Job: Financial Adviser

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.

Nick Garofili

Perks Co-Chair | perks@r-y-p.org

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Current Job: Entrepreneur & Realtor

Hometown: Clinton, MA

Favorite Rochester Gem: Highland Park

Bio: I was born in Massachusetts and was raised between there and New Jersey. After attending Alfred University for undergrad I lived in Japan, NYC and Hartford, CT before moving to Rochester in October 2015. I’ve worked in a variety of business consulting roles for a wide range of companies. I’m currently pursuing entrepreneurial opportunities while helping friends and family buy and sell homes. My favorite things about rochester are the food, parks & festivals and my new friends. In my free time I enjoy cooking, spending time with my dog Izzy and watching old action & sci-fi movies.

Taylor Copie

Professional Development Co-Chair | professionaldevelopment@r-y-p.org

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Current Job: Business Development Associate at Innovative Solutions

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 I don’t plan on ever moving away. I’m a McQuaid Jesuit grad and also have a bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems from RIT. Currently, I am a member of the sales team at Innovative Solutions, a local IT company in Rochester. I’ve grown up in a business-minded family and have been around business and technology my whole life. I have one dog, her name is Addy. On my free time, I typically take Addy to parks, do work outside of my house (for fun, not because it’s needed), spend time with my family, and serve four amazing non-profit organizations. My favorite motto is, “Dream Big, Live Bold”.

Maxwell Dowd

Professional Development Co-Chair | professionaldevelopment@r-y-p.org

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Current Job: Real Estate Agent

Hometown: Rochester

Favorite Rochester Gem: Schooners Riverside Pub in the Summer

Bio: I was raised in West Irondequoit, where I graduated from IHS in 09’. I went on to attend SUNY Albany where I received my B.S in accounting. Following graduate school at SUNY Brockport, I spent a little over year in public accounting while earning my CPA. However, I’ve since become a licensed Real Estate agent with Sharon Quataert Realty. Other various organizations I’ve joined include committees with the Center for Youth & RocCity Coalition.