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Administrative Team

 

 

Mr. Mike Marsh

Executive Director

Michael Marsh is a native New Yorker and joined Baden Street Settlement in September 2020 to lead the agency as Executive Director. Mike has a J.D. from The Cornell Law School and a B.A. from Queens College of the City University of New York.  Most recently, Marsh joins Baden Street Settlement from the Cincinnati-area having served as an Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of Cincinnati Venture Lab. Prior to that, Marsh spent nearly 20 years in Rochester having served in leadership roles at prominent institutions, including Eastman Kodak, Nixon Peabody and the Monroe County District Attorney’s office.  Marsh comes to Baden Street Settlement with an accomplished career in both the public and private sectors. He brings more than 30 years of extensive experience in business management, organizational development, strategic planning, legal and non-profit board service.  Mike and his wife of 32 years, Joanne, have a 23-year old son, Michael.  In Mike’s free time, he likes to watch the New York Giants Mets & Knicks and also enjoys playing golf with friends.

 

Mr. Rick Christopher

Assistant Finance Director

Richard “Rick” Christopher grew up in Orleans County, but has lived and worked in Rochester since 1974. After retiring from Monroe County in 2011, Rick became Baden Street’s Finance Director. In 2019, he stepped down from that position in order to spend more time traveling, but remains at Baden on a part-time basis assisting the current Finance Director as needed. Rick came to Baden Street in the first place because he wanted to give back to the community and to help Baden Street navigate a very difficult period in the aftermath of severe funding cuts the Agency faced in the wake of the Great Recession.

Ms. Wendy Fitzhugh

Human Resources & Payroll Specialist

Wendy Fitzhugh is a Rochester native who has worked at Baden Street Settlement of Rochester since August of 2007. She attended Virginia State University and majored in Accounting. Wendy is currently the Human Resource and Payroll Specialist with Baden Street. Wendy has worked in the field of accounting for over 25 plus years and has spent the last 8 years branching out into the area of Human Resources. Wendy came to Baden Street when she returned to Rochester after living in theDC/Maryland area for 8 years and enjoys being part of the Baden Street family. In her free time, she enjoys reading and spending time with her lovely daughters.

Ms. Monica Hanks

Director of Special Initiatives & Events/Donor Relationship Coordinator

Monica L. Hanks was born in Rochester to Maxsene B. Hanks and the late Donald Hanks. She was raised on the Breedlove farm by her maternal grandparents, the late L.C. & Dorothy Breedlove, located in the Finger Lakes area in a small rural town called Dundee. She attended and graduated from Dundee Central High School and then SUNY Buffalo. She obtained her Masters Degree in Organizational Leadership from Medaille College in 2017. She has spent her career working in the social services field, with a focus on “at risk” youth between the ages of 16 – 24 years old. She was able to provide this support through her tenure with agencies such as Threshold, Center for Youth, Iroquois Job Corps Center and Villa of Hope. She is currently the Director of Special Initiatives & Events/Donor Relationship Coordinator. In her free time, Monica enjoys reading, traveling, cooking and spending time with family and friends.

Mr. Lee Harris

IT Director & Digital Arts Program Director

Lee Harris is from Rochester, NY and has worked with Baden Street Settlement since 2008. Lee attended East High School and is currently the IT Director at Baden Street Settlement. Lee has worked in the Rochester Community since 1987 as a  private business owner utilizing his technical skills working with  churches and small businesses as IT Support, computer technician and technical consultant. Lee came to Baden Street Settlement as a reference  from fellow small business owner and Xerox IT Manager Roy Williams and has proudly been with Baden Street ever since. In Lee’s free time he loves to bowl and just be your average super nerd.

Mr. Curtis Henderson

Finance Director

Curtis Henderson is from Pontiac Michigan and has worked with Baden Street Settlement since 2019. He attended Pontiac Northern High School, West Virginia State University, and Thomas More College. Curtis Henderson is currently the Finance Director with Baden Street. He spent 7 years as a Consultant for the Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program (DAPCEP)  and has experience as the Financial Manager for the City of Pontiac Treasury Department. He joined the Baden Street team because saw the positive impact the organization has on the community and it fit his passion and love for helping others. In his free time, Curtis loves to spend time with family and friends.

Ms. Mary Jackson

Financial Clerk and Transportation Coordinator

Mary A. Jackson was born in Fort Myers, Florida, and at the age of 12 years old her family moved to Rochester, New York. She attended Franklin High School. Prior to being employed at Baden Street Settlement she worked several years as a teacher’s aide and switchboard operator for the RCSD as well as nurse’s aide for Rochester General Hospital. She has worked with Baden Street Settlement for over 24 years starting as the receptionist/switchboard operator for the administration office and transportation coordinator. In 2009, she was promoted and is currently a member of the finance team as the clerk in the finance department. Throughout her 24 years at the agency she has served as the administrative support related to equipment (fax, postage, copier), responsible for ordering agency supplies and continues to serve as the transportation coordinator. In her free time, Mary enjoys reading and traveling.

Mr. Teddy Thomas

Maintenance Operations

Theodore “Teddy” Thomas is a Rochester native by way of Georgia and has worked at Baden Street Settlement since 2008 but utilized the programming and resources of the organization since he was a child. Teddy attended Martin Luther King High school in Atlanta, GA and visited Rochester every summer and for vacations to see family during which time he was active in various activities offered at Baden Street Settlement. His family moved to Rochester after he graduated from high school and he could finally call Rochester his home. During his tenure as the Maintenance Supervisor, he has been able to utilize his vast skill set to keep the agency going. Teddy started his career as a contract worker at Baden prior to moving into a position within the agency. Teddy’s love for Baden Street began as a child, and this position allows him to work at the agency he grew up in. In his free time, Teddy loves fishing, traveling and supporting the Buffalo Bills.

 

 
 
 
 

Program Directors

 

 

Ms. Kimberly Barnes-Ellis

Program Director

Kimberly Barnes-Ellis is from Rochester, New York and has worked with Baden Street Settlement for 17 years. She attended West Irondequoit High School in the Urban Suburban Program and Graduated from Central State University in Ohio with a degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education. Kimberly Barnes-Ellis is currently the director of Baden Street Child Development Center. She spent several years as the program director at South Avenue Daycare Located at the Rochester Psychiatric Center and has experience as a supervisor in dietary at Highland Hospital for over 20 years and has worked for Highland Hospital for over 30 years. She came to Baden Street Settlement because of her love and passion for working with children and loves being part of the team. In her free time Kimberly loves shopping, cooking and spending time with her family.

Ms. Yvonne Clinkscales

Program Director

Ms. Mary Gomez DeSantis

Program Director

Mary DeSantis is originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She has worked at Baden Street Settlement for six years as Director of Behavioral Health & Community Services. She completed her master’s degree in social work from the University at Buffalo and her undergraduate degree from Brockport State College. Mary brings 25 years of experience in the Human Services field, with a focus on working with individuals and families in the areas of mental illness and substance abuse. She is a Licensed Social Worker and a Master Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor with the International Certificate. Mary came to Baden Street Settlement to develop the newest department of the agency Behavioral Health Services and has since focused on expanding services to the community to include: Adult Care Management, Home and Community Based Services, Peer Services, and Family Services under the Office of People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). Her hobbies include cooking, baking, and quilting. She enjoys spending time with her family and three dogs.

Ms. Pamela Quick

Program Director

Ms. Pamela Quick was born in Rochester, New York via The Bronx, New York and is currently enrolled at Empire State College majoring in Community and Human Services. The core of her previous educational experience is in Criminal Justice received from Keuka College. She considers herself an advocate for children’s well-being socially, emotionally, physically, educationally as it relates to the effects of poverty on children. Ms. Quick was appointed Director of the Activities Department in 2019. She was previously the Assistant Director of the Activities Department for 10 years, and worked with community partnerships programs as well. She worked with After School programs, 21st Century Recess Community programs, Youth on the Move (Teen Program) and Summer Enrichment programs with the Rochester City School District. Ms. Quick loves kids, working out, reading, animals, and nature; she likes cooking, sports, music, and movies.

Ms. Carol Robinson

Program Director

Carol Robinson is from Rockingham NC. She has lived in Rochester, NY since she was 16 years old.  She started working for Baden Street in 1995 as a Toddler Teacher.   Since then she has had several positions in the Early Childhood Department.  Carol has had great experience working with the families in the Northeast section of the city. She attended Monroe High School and shortly thereafter decided that she wanted to work in the Human Service field, so she went on to earn her Associates Degree in Human Services at Monroe Community College.  There Carol decided that she wanted to work in a  community is where she would be most impactful.   Carol is currently the Pre-K Director and works in the daycare center as the Assistant Director and Educational Coordinator.  She is currently enrolled at Empire State College working on a BA in Early Childhood. Her hobbies are reading, hanging out with her 3 grandchildren and traveling whenever work permits.

Ms. Dolores Rodriguez

Program Director

Dolores Rodriguez was born in Chicago, Illinois and has been employed at Baden Street Settlement for 30+ years serving the community in which she was raised. She went to Franklin High School and then attended Monroe Community College. Upon joining the Baden Street family, Dolores realized that Baden Street had a positive impact on the community and she wanted to be a part of that. Dolores began as a clerical worker then as a bilingual caseworker, eventually reaching senior caseworker status. Over the years, Dolores conducted client interviews, completed intake and eligibility forms, provided language translation services, transportation assistance, emergency food, housing, in addition to referrals and strong advocacy to social services, SSI/SSD, medical, mental health, and chemical dependency services. Dolores is currently the Director of the Emergency and Family Assistance Department, and is grateful to Ms. Annie E. Miller and Gladys Holloman, the extraordinary ladies who taught her the meaning of giving back. In her free time, Dolores likes to sing, solve puzzles (Sodoku), and go for walks.

Ms. Jennifer Quick

PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Jennifer Quick is a Rochester native who has worked with Baden Street Settlement of Rochester since August of 2013. She attended Cornell University and majored in Interdisciplinary Studies and completed a minor in Education. Jennifer is currently the director of Metro Council for Teen Potential, a collaborative program that promotes youth health and youth development. Jennifer has worked in the world of nonprofits for over 15 years with an array of experiences in youth development, curriculum delivery, bridging youth and adults to community resources, and case management. Jennifer is very passionate about human-to-human storytelling, equipping folks with life skills, community building, animals, nature, and most importantly- quality time with family and friends.

Ms. Leanne Perez-Dunham

INTERIM PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Leanne Perez-Dunham is currently the Interim Program Director of Baden Street Settlement’s Counseling Center as of July 2021.  She has worked in the Substance Abuse field for 14 years and came to Baden Street as a CD counselor in June 2012.  Leanne was promoted to the Supervision of the English track in 2020.  She has her Bachelor’s Degree in Substance Abuse Counseling from SUNY Brockport which she graduated in 2007 and a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from St. John Fisher College in 2012.  Leanne is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Master Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse, Counselor. In her free time, Leanne enjoys spending time with her family and reading a good book.  

 

Board of Directors

 

Tyrese Bryant

President

Tyrese J. Bryant is a Rochester native who has been on the Board of Directors of Baden Street Settlement since 2018. He attended St. John Fisher College for his undergraduate studies and Clemson University for his graduate studies. Tyrese works in Real Estate and Site Development for Wegmans Food Markets. He was attracted to Baden Street because of their long commitment to making a positive difference in people’s lives.

Trent Marshall

Vice President

Trent L. Marshall is a native Rochesterian. and has been on the Baden Street Settlement Board of Directors since 2012. He graduated from the Clifford Avenue Campus of Edison Technical and Industrial High School with a major in lithography. Trent has served on the following boards: DePaul Mental Health, AIDS Rochester, Inc., Jordan Health (CAB), AIDS Community Health Center (Now Trillium), and is the Vice President of the Baden Street Settlement Board. He is a veteran community advocate for the homeless, people with substance use disorders, mental health issues, AIDS/PLWA, the disenfranchised, and the LGBTQ communities. Trent has an extensive background in, human resources, substance use disorders, and administration.

Christopher Hudak

Secretary

Board Member since 2019

Katie Storrs Norman

Treasurer

Katie Storrs Norman grew up in North Carolina and has been on the Board of Directors for Baden Street Settlement since 2013. She attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for undergrad and graduate school. Katie is currently an International Tax Manager at Constellation Brands, headquartered in Victor, NY. She spent several years at PricewaterhouseCoopers and has experience in accounting and finance at other companies such as Atlantic Media and Discovery Communications. She came to Baden Street because of the mission and the people, and loves being part of the team. In her free time Katie loves to run, read, and spend time with her husband, two children, dog, and friends.

Scott Adair

Assistant Treasurer

Scott Adair currently holds the position of Chief Financial Officer of the Rochester Genesee Regional Transportation Authority and has been on the Board of Baden Street Settlement since 1997. Scott received his Bachelors of Science degree in accounting from the State University of New York at Geneseo in 1988. Prior to joining RGRTA, Scott spent 8 years in various capacities with the County of Monroe including his last 4 years there as the Chief Financial Officer. Scott spent 16 years in public accounting focusing his career in the practice of Governmental and Not for Profit audits. Scott serves on a variety of Boards and has previously served as President of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants, President of the Moynihan Scholarship Fund, a Board Member in the Town of Henrietta and as an adjunct accounting professor at St. John Fisher and Nazareth Colleges in Rochester.

Jon Alhart

Jon Alhart is from Rochester, NY and joined the Board of Directors for Baden Street Settlement in 2021. He attended Penfield High School and Ithaca College. He spent eight years in journalism as a sportscaster and then transitioned to a career in marketing at Dixon Schwabl in 2008. Jon leads the digital marketing/demand generation team at Dixon Schwabl as a managing partner. He came to Baden Street because of the difference Baden Street makes in the lives of children, families and seniors in Northeast Rochester.

In his free time, Jon loves to spend time with his wife, Valerie, and three children – daughter Emerson and twin boys Asher and Greyson. He loves to work out, go to concerts (during non-COVID times of course), golf (even if it is poorly) and follow the Bills, Mets and LA Lakers.

 

Taylor Caruthers

Jeff Clark

Jeff Clark is a native Rochestarian, who recently returned to the Baden Street board of directors after an original term of service from 2000 – 2011. He received BS and JD degrees from Brigham Young University, and currently is employed by Livingston Associates, Inc. as its Executive Vice President and General Counsel. He also has an Of Counsel position with the law firm Bond Schoeneck & King, PLLC. His long association with Baden Street is testimony to the good works, and the people who do them, that exemplifies Baden Street. He loves spending time with his family, reading, making music, and all forms of motion – running, swimming, cycling, etc.

Robert Gavin

Robert Gavin was born and raised in Rochester, NY and now resides in the Raleigh, NC area. He has worked with Baden Street Settlement for 8 years. He graduated John Marshall High School then received degrees in Mechanical Technology at Finger Lakes Community College and Mechanical Engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology.  Robert is currently on the Board of Directors with Baden Street and sits on several committees, including Chair of the By Laws Committee and was a former Board President. His career path went from Mechanical Design Engineer to Information Technology Project/Program Manager to his current role, Senior Manager, Cyber Security. He has always exercised a passion for people, community and improving the workforce which is what attracted him to Baden Street Settlement. He enjoys golf, live jazz music, outdoor events and yard work.

Kimberly Giblin

After making Rochester home in 2013, Kimberly began her service on the Board of Directors in 2017. She holds a BSBA from the University of Denver and dual masters degrees from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and S.I Newhouse School of Communication. Working in sales and marketing for over fifteen years for Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, Kimberly is currently the marketing lead for the Private Retreats collection at resorts in the Caribbean and Mexico. Passionate about people, culture, and community, she came to Baden Street Settlement because of the deep history and direct impacts the agency offers. When not on an airplane for work or personal travel, Kimberly enjoys Rochester winters on the ski slopes or paddle courts and summer water skiing or boating on Canandaigua Lake.

Bill May

Bill May is originally from Chicago, Illinois and has worked with Baden Street Settlement for 4 years. He attended Thornton Township High and Iowa State University. Bill is currently on the Baden Street board of directors. He has spent several years working in Information Technology for both the Federal Government and the Defense Industry. He came to Baden Street to be able to work with a non-profit in the community he lived in, so that he can see the benefit directly. In his free time, he loves to spend time taking his 2 dogs down to the water to play.

Robin Stein

Thomas Stewart

Thomas Stewart serves as Canopy’s Vice President & Chief Accounting Officer, where he is responsible for Canopy’s external reporting, technical accounting, and financial close processes.  He joined the Baden Street Board in 2018.  Prior to joining Canopy in April 2019, Mr. Stewart spent over 10 years at CBI, where he held a variety of roles within the finance organization, most recently serving as Senior Director, Global Accounting June 2018 to April 2019.  Mr. Stewart started his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Rochester, NY and obtained his Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the State University of New York at Geneseo.  Mr. Stewart is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of New York and brings a wealth of U.S. GAAP experience to the organization.

Rhashard Watkins

Rhashard Watkins is Chief Operating Officer of Kron Insurance Services. He has been on the Baden Street Settlement Board since 2018. Rhashard holds a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Alfred State and an MBA from the Saunders School of Business at Rochester Institute of Technology. An accomplished professional, mentor and thought leader, Rhashard possesses extensive experience in operational scalability, providing strategic vision and alignment in fast-paced, entrepreneurial environments. He is also the Treasurer of the Rochester Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.