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The Board of Trustees of The Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse Historical Society

SOCIETY OFFICERS:

PRESIDENT, ROBERT L. OWENS, JR. HAS OVER 45 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE IN NOT-FOR-PROFIT MANAGEMENT GAINED FROM AN AWARD-WINNING CAREER IN PUBLIC BROADCASTING WITH MOST OF US ASSOCIATING HIM WITH HIS 27 YEARS SERVING AS DIRECTOR OF TELEVISION PROGRAMMING FOR WXXI PUBLIC BROADCASTING.  BOB WAS THE LIGHTHOUSE SOCIETY’S PRESIDENT FROM 2010-2014 AND WE ARE DELIGHTED THAT HE’S AGREED TO SERVE AGAIN.

VICE PRESIDENT, PHILLIP R. HURWITZ MAINTAINS A PRIVATE LAW PRACTICE IN GREECE THAT SPECIALIZES IN CIVIL AND CRIMINAL DEFENSE LITIGATION AND APPEALS.  HIS KNOWLEDGE AS A PRACTICING ATTORNEY HAS BEEN INVALUABLE TO US SINCE HE FIRST BECAME A LIGHTHOUSE TRUSTEE IN 2011 AND PHIL PLAYED A KEY ROLE IN OUR ACQUISITION OF THE HISTORIC U.S. CUSTOM HOUSE THAT YOU’RE ENJOYING TODAY.

TREASURER, DOUGLAS T. MORAN IS SELF-EMPLOYED IN MEDIA TRANSFER APPLICATIONS, DOUG OVERSEES THE SOCIETY’S COMPUTER SYSTEMS AS WELL AS THE DIGITIZATION OF THE SOCIETY’S DOCUMENTS AND PHOTOGRAPHS ONTO PERMANENT MEDIA.  A LIFELONG RESIDENT OF CHARLOTTE AND GRADUATE OF CHARLOTTE HIGH SCHOOL, DOUG COMPLETED A 25-YEAR-CAREER AS A MODEL MAKER FOR THE EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY BEFORE BECOMING A LIGHTHOUSE VOLUNTEER IN 2006.

RECORDING SECRETARY, MARY JOYCE D’AURIZIO WAS A TEACHER FOR 29 YEARS (B.A.; M.A. IN ENGLISH FROM SUNY FREDONIA; M.B.A. FROM ST. BONAVENTURE UNIVERSITY) BEFORE SERVING AS THE SUPERVISOR OF THE TOWN OF IRONDEQUOIT (2010-13) AND IS A PAST DISTRICT COMMANDER OF THE U.S. SAIL AND POWER SQUADRONS.

TRUSTEES:

FREDERICK “Fred” AMATO IS ENTERING HIS TENTH YEAR OF SERVICE AS A LIGHTHOUSE TRUSTEE, HE HAS SERVED AS THE SOCIETY’S PRESIDENT FROM 2006-2010.  SINCE COMING TO THE LIGHTHOUSE AFTER A SUCCESSFUL CAREER (RETIRED) AS BOTH A MONROE COUNTY LEGISLATOR AND PLANNER FOR THE FIRE & SECURITY SYSTEMS GROUP AT THE EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY, FRED HAS IMPLEMENTED A NUMBER OF NEW PROGRAMS FOR US INCLUDING:  OVERSEEING THE CREATION OF THE ORIGINAL LIGHTHOUSE WEBSITE, IMPLEMENTING THE WEATHER BUG SYSTEM FOR WHEC-TV10, INITIATING THE GARAGE SALE AS WELL AS OTHER SPECIAL EVENTS AND COORDINATING THE LIGHTHOUSE’S NEW WAR OF 1812 BICENTENNIAL PEACE GARDEN.  IN HIS “SPARE” TIME, FRED DELIVERS PRESENTATIONS ABOUT THE LIGHTHOUSE TO A WIDE VARIETY OF COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS AND OVERSEES OUR PUBLIC RELATIONS EFFORTS.

LEA BANCROFT OF BANCROFT AND ASSOCIATES FINANCIAL PLANNERS, SHE HOLDS A MASTER’S DEGREE IN FINANCIAL SERVICES FROM THE AMERICAN COLLEGE AT BRYN MAWR AND A BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN BUSINESS FROM THE ROCHESTER INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY.  LEA SERVES ON THE SOCIETY’S FINANCE COMMITTEE.

TAMMY BAUERSCHMIDT EARNED A DEGREE IN SPEECH THERAPY FROM SUNY GENESEO AND TODAY WORKS AS A SPECIAL EDUCATION PARAPROFESSIONAL FOR MONROE BOCES.  SHE HAS BEEN A LIGHTHOUSE TOWER GUIDE FOR 21 YEARS WHICH SPEAKS VOLUMES ABOUT BOTH HER COMMITMENT TO THE LIGHTHOUSE AND HER STAMINA!

TOM BREWER A LIFELONG RESIDENT OF CHARLOTTE, HAS BEEN AN ACTIVE LIGHTHOUSE VOLUNTEER SINCE WE TOOK CHARGE OF THE SITE IN THE 1980S AND IS CURRENTLY CHAIR OF OUR MARINE HISTORY PROGRAM.  HE ALSO REPRESENTS US AS A MEMBER OF THE GREAT LAKES HISTORICAL SOCIETY AND TORONTO MARINE HISTORICAL SOCIETY.

THOMAS I. CLAYTON BEGAN VOLUNTEERING AT THE LIGHTHOUSE AFTER RETIRING FROM A 41-YEAR-CAREER IN SUPPLY MANAGEMENT AT THE EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY AND OVERSEES THE MAINTENANCE OF THE LIGHTHOUSE BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS.  HE WAS NAMED THE LIGHTHOUSE’S “VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR” IN 2010.

KATHY CONNOR IS CURATOR OF THE GEORGE EASTMAN HOUSE, RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CARE AND MAINTENANCE OF MR. EASTMAN’S MANSION ON EAST AVENUE, AND CURATOR OF THE GEORGE EASTMAN LEGACY COLLECTION OF OVER 200,000 ARTIFACTS.   SHE IS ALSO AN ADJUNCT FACULTY MEMBER IN ST. JOHN FISHER’S MUSEUM STUDIES PROGRAM AND ALWAYS BRINGS HER STUDENTS TO THE LIGHTHOUSE.

MICHAEL J. HAGER IS PRESIDENT/FOUNDER (1984) OF MUSEUM PHOTOGRAPHICS, A ROCHESTER COMPANY SPECIALIZING IN IMAGE PRODUCTION FOR MUSEUMS, HISTORICAL SOCIETIES, LIBRARIES AND ARTISTS.  A FORMER ARCHIVIST FOR THE GEORGE EASTMAN HOUSE, MICHAEL HOLDS A MASTER’S DEGREE IN PHOTOGRAPHIC ART FROM SUNY BUFFALO.

VIRGINIA A. KOBYLARZ IS SERVING AS A TRUSTEE AGAIN FOR SHE WAS A FOUNDING TRUSTEE AND SIGNED THE CHARTER TO CREATE THE SOCIETY IN 1984!  SHE PLAYED A KEY ROLE IN THE SOCIETY’S EARLY YEARS WHILE WORKING AS A LEGISLATIVE AIDE FOR (RETIRED) CITY COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVE, ROBERT STEVENSON, AND SERVING AS VICE CHAIR OF THE CITY PRESERVATION BOARD.

MICHAEL J. MAY IN HIS TWENTIETH YEAR HAS SERVED THE LIGHTHOUSE AS A VOLUNTEER, TRUSTEE, CURATOR, AND PAST PRESIDENT.  A LIFELONG RESIDENT OF CHARLOTTE, MIKE EARNED A B.S. IN MANAGEMENT FROM ST. JOHN FISHER COLLEGE AND WORKS AT EXCELLUS WHERE HE HAS ADVANCED TO THE POSITION OF ANALYST/PROGRAMMER IN EMERGING TECHNOLOGY DURING HIS 28-YEAR-CAREER.

TONY MICCICHE, WHO WAS ELECTED TO THE MONROE COUNTY LEGISLATURE IN 2011 TO REPRESENT THE 26TH LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT WHICH INCLUDES CHARLOTTE.  A LIFELONG ROCHESTERIAN, TONY GRADUATED FROM CHARLOTTE HIGH SCHOOL AND WORKED FOR 25 YEARS AT GENERAL MOTORS.  TODAY, HE IS A LICENSED REAL ESTATE AGENT WHEN NOT SERVING AS OUR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVE TO THE COUNTY. 

ANNA R. PENSGEN IS CONTINUING HER SERVICE AS A TRUSTEE HAVING FIRST JOINED THE BOARD IN 2012.   ANNA HOLDS A BACHELOR’S DEGREE IN ARCHITECTURE, WITH A CONCENTRATION IN HISTORIC PRESERVATION, FROM ROGER WILLIAMS UNIVERSITY AND ALSO THROUGH HER WORK AT BERGMANN ASSOCIATES, SHE IS A DEDICATED PROFESSIONAL COMMITTED TO THE ACCURATE PRESERVATION OF HISTORIC SITES LIKE THE LIGHTHOUSE AND CUSTOM HOUSE.

LAWRENCE KIRK SIMPSON WHO HAS BEEN WITH US AS A TRUSTEE FOR MORE THAN SEVEN YEARS. HE ALSO SERVED AS THE SOCIETY’S PRESIDENT FROM 2014-2016.  WHEN HE IS NOT AT THE LIGHTHOUSE, KIRK IS MANAGER OF STUDENT SYSTEMS FOR THE GENESEE VALLEY-WAYNE-FINGER LAKES BOCES EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY SERVICES AND HE WILL CONTINUE TO LEND HIS PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE TO THE OPERATION OF THE LIGHTHOUSE’S COMPUTER SYSTEM.

CHRISTINE B. SMITH HAS BEEN VOLUNTEERING AT THE LIGHTHOUSE SINCE 1999 AND IS CURRENTLY ASSISTANT CHAIR OF OUR GIFT SHOP OPERATION. A RESIDENT OF THE CITY’S HISTORIC 19TH WARD, CHRIS RETIRED IN 2012 AFTER A 20-YEAR CAREER AS A CARDIAC/TELEMETRY NURSE AT UNITY HOSPITAL AND LOOKS FORWARD TO EXPANDING THE SHOP’S ROLE AS ONE OF OUR MOST VITAL SOURCES OF OPERATING INCOME.

 


 

 

 

   
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