70 Lighthouse Street; Rochester, NY 14612

Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse Historical Society

Board

SOCIETY OFFICERS:

Photo of Fred Amato

President

PRESIDENT, FREDERICK “Fred” AMATO: SINCE COMING TO THE LIGHTHOUSE AFTER A SUCCESSFUL CARREER (RETIRED) AS BOTH A MONROE COUNTY LEGISLATOR AND PLANNER FOR THE FIRE & SECURITY SYSTEMS GROUP AT THE EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY, HE IS ENTERING HIS 15TH YEAR OF SERVICE AS A LIGHTHOUSE TRUSTEE/OFFICER. HE HAS SERVED AS THE SOCIETY’S PRESIDENT FROM 2006-2010 AND THEN AGAIN 2019-2020. OVER HIS YEARS AT THE LIGHTHOUSE HE HAS IMPLEMENTED SEVERAL NEW PROGRAMS FOR THE SOCIETY INCLUDING OVERSEEING THE CREATION OF THE LIGHTHOSUSE WEB SITE, IMPLEMENTING THE WEATHERBUG SYSTEM FOR WHEC-TV (CHALLEN 10) AND THE LIVE CAMERA FOR THE WROC-TV(CHANNEL 8). HE ALSO OVERSAW THE INSTALLATION OF THE WAR OF 1812 BICENTENNIAL PEACE GARDEN. IN HIS SPARE TIME, FRED DOES COMMUNITY OUTREACH BY DOING PRESENTATIONS ON OUR HISTORIC LIGHTHOUSE TO A WIDE VARIETY OF COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS AND OVERSEEING OUR PUBLIC RELATIONS EFFORTS. HE ALSO SERVES AS SECRETARY FOR THE ONTARIO BEACH PARK PROGRAM COMMITTEE WHERE HE HELPS COORDINATE THE BIG BAND DANCES AND CONCERTS BY THE SHORE AT ONTARIO BEACH PARK. HE ALSO CHAIRS THE COMMUNICATIONS TEEHNOLOGY COMMITTEE AT HOLY CROSS CHURCH, SERVES AS THE LIGHTHOUSE REPRESENTATIVE TO THE CHRLOTTE COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION AND SERVES AS A BOARD MEMBER OF THE CCDC (CHARLOTTE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE).

VICE PRESIDENT, JOHN “JACK” KEMP: JACK HAS BEEN ACTIVELY INVOLVED IN THE SOCIETY SINCE THE 1990’S AND HAS PREVIOUSLY SERVED AS AN OFFICER AND A TRUSTEE. AN AVID COLLECTOR OF LOCAL HISTORY, JACK CHAIRS THE VILLAGE HISTORY GROUP FOR THE SOCIETY, WHICH HOLDS MONTHLY MEETINGS ON LOCAL HISTORY AT THE CHARLOTTE BRANCH LIBRARY. A NATIVE ROCHESTERIAN, JACK IS EVEN BETTER KNOW AS THE (RETIRED) OWNER OF THE GEORGE RENNIE BICYCLE SHOP IN THE SOUTH WEDGE WHERE MANY OF US ACQUIRED OUR FIRST ‘SHWWLS’ UNDER HIS GUIDANCE FOR 36 YEARS.

SECRETARY, BONNEY BENNETT: BONNEY HAS BEEN AN ACTIVE VOLUNTEER AT THE LIGHTHOUSE SINCE MAY 2019. SHE HAS ADMINISTERED NEW MEMBERSHIPS AND RENEWALS USING PAST PERFECT SOFTWARE WHICH CGLHS PURCHASED TO TRACK MUSEUM ARTIFACTS AND MEMBERS. BONNEY ALSO ASSISTED PEG ROACH, VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR, BY MAINTAINING A GOOGLE DRIVE CALENDAR AND EMAILING REMINDERS TO VOLUNTEERS. ADDITIONAL VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES HAVING INCLUDED PREPAIRING AND SUBMITTING A DAR GRAND AND INITIATING LIGHTHOUSUE PARTICIPATION IN THE ROCHESTER CENTRAL LIBRARY VIP VISITOR PROGRAM.

OTHER CURRENT VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES IN WHICH BONNEY PARTICIPATES ARE SERVING ON THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF ROCHESTER GLOBAL CONNECTIONS AND ASSISTING IN HER GRANDSON JACK’S 2ND GRADE CLASS AT SCHLEGEL ROAD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN WEBSTER. BONNEY HAD A LONG WORK CAREER AT XEROX WHERE SHE HELD NUMBEROUS MANAGEMENT POSITIONS AND WAS A LEAN SIX SIGMA BLACK BELT. PAST VOLUNTEER ROLES INCLUDE YOUTH ORGANIZATIONS (PERINTON YOUTH HOCKEY, LITTLE LEAGUE, CHURCH AND THE ROCHESTER CURLING CLUB WHERE SHE IS AN ACTIVE MUMBER.

TREASURER

TREASURER, JAMES M. ZIOBRO: JIM BECAME A MEMBER OF THE SOCIERTY IN AUGUEST OF 2019. HE CAME TO THE LIGHTHOUSE FOR A FRIENDS PARTY AND IMMEDIATELY BECAME A MEMBER. HE COMES TO US WITH A BACKGROUND AND SKILLS IN ACCOUNTING, OFFICE WORK, COMPUTER/IT, FUNDRAISING/MEMBERSHIP, PHOTOGRAPHY, PUBLIC SPEAKING, LIBRARIAN, SIGN LANGUAGE, AND TEACHING. HE IS A COMPUTER ENGINEER BY TRADE WITH HIGHER EDUCATION TEACHING EXPERIANCE.

TRUSTEES:

TOM BORRELLI: TOM HAS BEEN A RESIDENT OF CHARLOTTE FOR 36 YEARS. SERVED AS VICE PRESIDENT OF THE CHARLOTTE GENESEE LIGHTHOUSE HISTORICAL SOCIETY IN THE 1980’S. SERVED AS DIRECTOR OF THE CHARLOTTE COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS IN THE 1980’S. RETIRED FROM EASTMAN KODAK IN 2007. PRESENTLY EMPLOYED AT LAKESHORE COUNTRY CLUB.

TOM BREWER: A LIFELONG RESIDENT OF CHARLOTTE, HAS BEEN AN ACTIVE LIGHTHOUSE VOLUNTEER SINCE WE TOOK CHARGE OF THE SITE IN THE 1980’S 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.

KATHLEEN CONNOR: FIRST ELECTED AS A TRUSTEE AND THEN AS SECRETARY OF THE SOCIETY. SHE CURRENTLY WORKS AS THE CURATOR OF THE GEORGE EASTMAN HOUSE MUSEUM. SHE ALSO TEACHES AT NAZARETH COLLEGE. SHE HAS BEEN ABLE TO BRIG HER KOWLEDGE AND EXPERTISE TO HELP THE SOCIETY IN ACCOMPLISHING ITS MISSION.

ALAN ELDRIDGE: A LIFELONG RESIDENT OF THE ROCHESTER AREA, ALAN HAS SERVED AS A TOWER GUIDE AT THE LIGHTHOUES FOR THREE SEASONS. HE RETIRED IN 2017 AFTER 30 YERS IN USINESS ADMINISTRATION AND COMMUNICATIONS FOR THE NY STATE POLICE. HE ALSO SERVED EIGHT YEARS IN THE U.S. COAST GUARD AUXILIARY, SERVING FOR TWO YEARS AS FLOTILLA COMMANDER.

VIRGINIA A. KOBYLARZ: SHE IS 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 (CURATOR): IN HIS TWENTY-SECOND 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: HE HAS SERVED AS A TRUSTEE OF THE SOCIETY SINCE 2016. HE WAS ELECTED TO THE MONROE COUNTY LEGISLATURE IN 2011 AND SERVED TILL 2019 WHERE HE REPRESENTED THE 26TH LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT WHICH INCLUDED PORTIONS OF GATES, GREECE AND THE CITY OF ROCHESTER (CHARLOTTE AND MAPLEWOOD NEIGHBORHOODS). A LIFETIME RESIDENT OF ROCHESTER, TONY ENTERED THE FOSTER CARE SYSTEM AT THE AGE OF EIGHT AND LEFT AT THE AGE OF FOURTEEN, WORKING AT THE CHARLOTTE’S LDR CHAR PIT WHILE ATTENDING CHARLOTTE HIGH SCHOOL. AFTER GRADUATION, HE WORKED FOR 25 YEARS AT GENERAL MOTORS AND TODAY IS A LICENSED REAL ESTATE AGENT. HE ALSO IS A BOARD MEMBER OF THE CHARLOTTE COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION (CCA)

NICK MILONNI: I AM VERY HONORED TO BE ELECTED AS A TRUSTEE ON THE CHARLOTTE-GENESEE LIGHTHOUSE BOARD OF DIRECTORS. I BEGAN VOLUNTEERING AT THE LIGHTHOUSE IN JULY OF 2019. I HAVE A GREAT LOVE OF HISTORY AND HISTORICAL LANDMARKS, AND FOUND THE STORY OF THE LIGHTHOUSE VERY INTERESTING AND INTREGUING TO ME. I ALSO REALLY ENJOY HELPING PEOPLE AND APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE THE KNOWLEDGE I LEARNED ABOUT THE LIGHTHOSUE WITH OTHERS, AND TO TAKE VISITORS UP INTO THE TOWER. I WAS INTERESTED TO LEARN THAT STUDENTS AT CHARLOTTE HIGH SCHOOL ASSISTED IN SAVING THE LIGHTHOUSE, AND THAT THE LANTERN ROOM WAS BUILT BY STUDENTS AT EDISON HIGH SCHOOL. IT WAS GREAT TO HEAR THAT YOUNG PEOPLE CARED ABOUT THIS LANDMARK AND WANTED TO PRESERVE IT FOR THE COMMUNITY. I PLAN TO CONTINUE TO VOLUNTEER AT THE LIGHTHOUSE, AND AS A YOUNG PERSON MYSELF, HOPE TO BRING A CONTEMPORARY PERSPECTIVE TO THE BOARD. HE JUST GRADUATED FROM GREECE ARCADIA HIGH SCHOOL AND WILL ATTEND RIT THIS SEPTEMBER.

JAMES R. WOLFE: JAMES IS A SPECIAL EDUCATION (READING) TEACHER FOR MONROE BOCES AND PRESENTLY TEACHES IN THE EAST ROCHESTER OFFICE. JAMES HAS LIVED IN THE CHARLOTTE AREA FOR THE PAST THREE YEARS. HE GREW UP IN THE MEDINA AREA OF ORLEANS COUNTY. HIS FIRST TWO YEARS HE TAUGHT IN THE CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT. HE IS VERY INTERESTED IN THE HISTORY AND THE FUTURE DEVELOPMENT OF CHARLOTTE AND IS LOOKING FORWAR TO BECOMING MORE INVOLVED AT THE CHARLOTTE-GENESEE LIGTHOUSE.

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