Board Members


Nate Bank

Co-President |


Why I Joined RYP: I joined RYP to connect with people who see an exciting future for Rochester and want to be part of making it great.  Life is better with interesting conversation, fun events and engaging community activities, and RYP helps cultivate those in Rochester.

Bio: I am a proud Rochesterian, passionate about our city and the revival of downtown as a cultural and innovative urban core.  I live and play in the South Wedge neighborhood, and work as Corporate Counsel for Kodak Alaris.  You can often find me at community events around town, playing in the sand box known as Hot Shots Indoor Beach Volleyball, shredding the slopes at Bristol Mountain, or if the conditions are right even floating on a surf board out on Lake Ontario.


Erin Burd

Co-President |


Why I Joined RYP: I joined RYP to meet and advocate for other like-minded professionals who were interested in making our community an even better place to live and work.

Bio: Born a California girl and raised in beautiful Idaho, I attended the University of Utah for undergrad, spent a couple years working in Michigan and then moved to Rochester in 2014.  I fell in love with the vivacious culture here in Rochester and I am proud to call this city my home.  I have a heart for philanthropy and non-profit work, and I currently work for Girl Scouts of WNY in fund development and proudly serve as a volunteer with the American Cancer Society.  In my free time I enjoy snowshoeing, hiking, running, cooking, and international travel.


Pauleen Vacca

V.P. of Marketing |


Why I Joined RYP: I joined RYP to grow my professional and personal networks.  What better way to do so than with a group of over 5,000 members who are excited and energized about Rochester?

Bio: After working in both Rochester and New York City, I opened Pauleenanne Design, an event and marketing firm, in 2011.  When not busy with the business, I enjoy going to my favorite Rochester restaurants, finding artistic inspiration, and jet setting whenever possible.  I am thrilled to serve RYP as the V.P. of Marketing, and want to share the excitement of living in Rochester with other YPs!

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Mandy Friend Gigliotti

V.P. of Operations |


Why I Joined RYP: I joined RYP to expand my business network, learn from other successful young professionals and connect with great people!

Bio: Only us ‘New Yorkers’ would understand, but after graduating from the University of Richmond in Virginia, I just had to come back home!  It didn’t take me long to gravitate toward Rochester and I’m so happy to be here.  Working in real estate, I absolutely love getting to know fellow Rochestarians, hearing their stories and finding ways to work together.  When you come to an RYP event, come find me and I’ll be sure to help you make the business connections you’re looking for!


Caitlin Welc

V.P. of Administration |


Why I Joined RYP: I joined RYP to build contacts and friendships.  I wanted to meet young professionals in Rochester and experience different opportunities that Rochester has to offer to individuals like myself.

Bio: After growing up in Fairport and receiving my Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Management from SUNY Fredonia, I have planted my roots in the Browncroft Neighborhood in the City of Rochester. I currently work at Regional Transit Service and enjoy spending free time with my friends and family, staying active with tennis, cooking and volunteering within the community.


Lee Wilson

V.P. of Finance |


Why I Joined RYP: I joined RYP because I saw an opportunity to be part of a group that helps and encourages young professionals in the community to expand their knowledge and network, which is an invaluable asset.

Bio: Born and raised in Rochester, I graduated from SUNY Fredonia in 2008, began my career as a CPA here in Rochester, and married a beautiful woman who I met in college.  I am an avid athlete, who enjoys all sports but my true passion is soccer, both playing and coaching it.  Other interests I have are spending time in the Finger Lakes and the Adirondacks, reading and learning something new every day.  When you come to our next event or see me around town, please don’t hesitate to say hi!


James Schaefer

Social Co-Chair |


Why I Joined RYP: I joined RYP to connect with quality individuals in our community and experience all that this wonderful city has to offer.

Bio: I grew up in Buffalo, graduated from St. John Fisher College and became a financial planner, currently working with Northwestern Mutual to help clients with their insurance and investment planning.  When I’m not doing that, I volunteer as a Ski Patrol Snowboarder at Hunt Hollow Ski Club, play wood bat baseball, ice hockey, and golf, and of course hang 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.


Andrew Brady

Professional Development Co-Chair |


Why I Joined RYP: When I saw RYP evolve to start helping create the future of Rochester, I knew I had to get involved. It is an exciting time to be in Rochester as it redefines itself, and it is enormously gratifying to be a small part of bringing together the YP community to develop a shared vision of what Rochester can become.

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.

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Lauren Zinter

Professional Development Co-Chair |


Why I Joined RYP: I joined RYP to connect with other young professionals who are like-minded career driven individuals. I find we all have the same passion for making the Rochester community an even better place to live, work, and play.

Bio: Originally from the Buffalo area, I moved to Rochester after graduating from SUNY Geneseo. I started working at the Democrat and Chronicle in college and have been there ever since. As an Advertising Sales Manager, I love making connections with individuals who make up the great city we live in. When I’m not working you can find me playing with my adorable Chocolate Lab, Lacey, raising money for breast cancer, baking my latest cupcake creation, hanging out with my amazing friends and family, and cheering on my beloved Buffalo Bills and Sabres with my boyfriend, Ben.


Amanda Sharpe

Volunteering Co-Chair |


Why I Joined RYP: I joined RYP to expand my personal and professional networks, to build social skills and to become more involved in the Rochester community.

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 |


Why I Joined RYP:  I joined RYP to expand my network capabilities with other YP’s and learn more about the projects and organizations I could be a part of for our city’s growth.

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.

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Sarah Hannon

Sports Co-Chair |


Why I Joined RYP: After graduating from college, I knew that the best way to enjoy my time as a young professional in Rochester was to meet other people like me!  The RYP community is perfect for meeting people who love what you love, whatever that may be, and for learning more about Rochester while doing so.

Bio: After growing up in Northern New Jersey, I moved to Rochester to attend RIT.  I graduated in 2012 with a degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management and found no better place to start my post graduate life than right here in Rochester!  I currently work at the Tennis Club of Rochester and spend my free time playing volleyball, skiing, kayaking, and searching for the best wings in Rochester.


Greg Irwin

Sports Co-Chair |


Why I Joined RYP: I joined RYP to get more involved in the community and help Rochester’s growth.  I feel that this great city has a lot to offer and many opportunities for young professionals.  RYP helps facilitate those opportunities through its many activities and the connections they create.

Bio: Growing up in Rochester, I knew that I would eventually return to this great city.  After 4 years in Cleveland attending Case Western Reserve University and 4 more years working out in Madison, Wisconsin, I finally made my return to be close to my family and new niece.  I am currently working on a startup, Endless Bench.  In my spare time, I can be seen running around town in a striped shirt refereeing soccer.


Amy Ventura

Perks Program Co-Chair |


Why I Joined RYP: I joined RYP to connect with young professionals in an engaging, valuable and fun way, and also to contribute to Rochester’s vibrant community.

Bio: I grew up outside of Syracuse, attended SUNY Geneseo for college and then moved to Rochester and completed a year of service as an AmeriCorps Volunteer as a coordinator for the City.  I am now on a team with the Mayor’s Office of Innovation and Strategic Initiatives, working to develop programs and policies to improve the lives of Rochester residents.  In Rochester, I love to try out new restaurants, bike around town, play kickball, and root for the local sports teams, as well as for the Bills and Syracuse basketball.  Rochester has always been a dynamic city to me, with a wealth of opportunity for new experiences.


Larry “Chip” King, Jr.

Perk Program Co-Chair |


Why I Joined RYP: I joined RYP to meet young Professionals in the Rochester area that finds pleasure in giving back to the Rochester community just as much as I do. Also to build new relationships with the future leaders of the city of Rochester, we all have the same goal which is to make the city a better place and I plan on being a part of the process.

Bio: Born and raised in Rochester in the city on the west side, I am 1 of 13 siblings raised in a single parent home.  I graduated from Buffalo State College, worked for Verizon for 6 years while discovering who I really am and decided an Entrepreneur is more of my skill set, being a leader, teaching others, motivating and inspiring.  I am currently working on opening a lounge for young professionals in the center city, as well as working for J. Fiorie & Co. (Commercial Real Estate) and in my free time I volunteer at the Boys & Girls Club of Rochester, where I serve on the Junior Board as well.


Rebekah Frischkorn

Social Media Chair |


Why I Joined RYP: I joined RYP to connect with other young professionals in the area and become more involved in the Rochester community.

Bio: Shortly after graduating from Elizabethtown College with a degree in Marketing, I found myself moving to Rochester for a career in advertising.  In the advertising world, no two days are ever the same, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.  I currently work at Partners + Napier as an Account Executive and in my spare time, love spending time with friends and exploring all of the hidden gems Rochester has to offer!


Alexandra Atzl

Web Development Chair |


Why I Joined RYP: I joined RYP to network with other young professionals in the Rochester area, and to become more aware of the opportunities and experiences available in our city.

Bio: A life-long New Yorker, I grew up outside of New York City, attended Rochester Institute of Technology, and have lived and worked in Rochester since 2013. I’m currently a Software Engineer at Brand Networks, where I work to bring digital experiences to life for our clients. I am also a member of the Rochester chapter of Girl Develop It, where I TA courses in web development. In my free time I like to knit afghans, draw and sketch, and practice yoga.


Brandon Van Buskirk

Mobile App Development Chair |


Why I Joined RYP: I joined RYP to broaden my network and to have fun with other young professionals in Rochester.

Bio: Raised in Upstate New York, I first moved to the Rochester area to attend Spencerport High School and I’ve lived here ever since. I attended MCC before transferring to SUNY Institute of Technology where I graduated with my B.S. in Computer and Information Science. I live in and enjoy everything that the South Wedge has to offer. I love craft beer and locally roasted coffee. In my off time I like to snowboard, play video games and go to metal shows.