Board of Directors

RSD Board of Directors, 2021-2022

Officers 2021-23:


 
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Gerard C. Walter
President
Mr. Jerry Walter, appointed to the Board in October 2011, is the son of former Board President Dr. Jerry Walter. Mr. Walter is Executive Vice President at Power Management. He has held management positions with Constellation Energy and Rochester Gas and Electric Corp. Mr. Walter earned his B.S. in Energy Engineering Technology from Rochester Institute of Technology and his M.B.A. from the University of Rochester.
 

black man with dark brown hair and a short beardin a blue collared shit with a tieM. Tim Albert
Vice President
Mr. Albert is currently the Director of the NTID Student Life Team and was elected to the Board of Directors in April 2019. Mr. Albert holds AAS in Imaging Technology from RIT, as well as a BSW and MSW for Gallaudet University.

smiling white man with dark brown hair in a black suit jacket with a white shirtErwin Smith
Treasurer
Elected to the RSD Board of Directors in 2006, Mr. Smith is no stranger to the RSD community, as his son graduated from RSD. Mr. Smith earned his bachelor’s degree from SUNY Geneseo and his master’s degree from Clarkson University. He is the Assistant Vice President of IT and College Operations at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology.  Mr. Smith is also the chairperson of the Finance and Audit Committee.

smiling white woman in a white shirt with long blond hair and glassesLori A. DeWindt
Secretary
Lori DeWindt was appointed to the Board in October 2014 and is a Class of 1989 RSD alumni. She is a Senior Health Project Coordinator with the National Center for Deaf Health Research at the University of Rochester. She has 25+ years of experience counseling deaf clients in a variety of healthcare settings as a therapist.  Ms. DeWindt earned both her B.A. in Social Work and her M.A. in Mental Health Counseling from Gallaudet University.

smiling white woman with reddish-gray hair in a striped shirtJudy A. Hamilton-Donovan
Assistant Secretary
Appointed to the Board in October 2014, Judy A. Hamilton-Donovan, nee Hamilton, is a Class of 1973 RSD alumni. Mrs. Hamilton-Donovan earned her A.A.S degree in Medical Laboratory Technology from the National Technical Institute for the Deaf.

Board Members


smiling white man with dark brown hair and a beard in a gray suit jacket with a white shirtJustin Alexander
Mr. Alexander, a partner at Underberg & Kessler LLP, was elected to the Board in October 2021.  Mr. Alexander holds a J.D. from Temple University Beasley School for Law and a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania.  Justin is also a CODA.

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Byron Behm
Mr. Behm is a parent of an RSD student, as well as the brother of two RSD alumni.  Mr. Behm holds an M.Ed. from the University of Minnesota and a B.A. from North Central University.  He is currently working as a project coordinator for NTID's Center on Access Technology.  Byron was elected to the Board in October 2021.

smiling white man with light blond hair in a cream suit jacket with a white shirtJohn D'Amanda
Re-appointed to the Board in January 2018, John D'Amanda is General Counsel at Home Leasing, LLC,  and a descendent of Edmond Lyon. Mr. D'Amanda received his bachelor's degree from Washington College and a J/D/ for Whittier College School of Law. John previously served on the Board from 2004 to 2013.

bald Hispanic man in glasses with mustache and goatee in a suitRaymond Giamartino, Jr., Ed.D.
Dr. Giamartino was appointed to the Board of Directors in April 2013. Currently, he is the Assistant Commissioner for the NYS Education Department. Dr. Giamartino earned his B.A. in Political Science from St. John Fisher College, his M.S. in Education from Syracuse University, and his Ed.D. in Educational Administration from the University of Rochester.

smiling white man with dark brown hair and some facial hair in a red checked shirtJason D. Listman, Ed.D.
Dr. Listman was appointed to the Board of Directors in April 2019.  He is an Associate professor and a co-director for the BS in Interpreting Program in the Department of American Sign Language and Interpreting Education (ASLIE) at NTID/RIT.  He received an Ed.D. in Executive Leadership from St. John Fisher College, holds MS in Secondary Education, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, both from RIT.  His research interests include mentoring in undergraduate research, resilience characteristics in the deaf community, signed song translations, and the effectiveness of ASL teaching.  Dr. Listman serves on the Executive Committee and is the chairperson of the Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion Committee.

smiling tan white woman in a gold suit jacketSusan Lindsay
Ms. Lindsay earned her BA in Business Administration from RIT and an MBA from St. John Fisher College. She retired from the City of Rochester at the end of 2016. She was elected to the Board of Directors in 2007.

smiling white woman with blond hair in pearls and a black topAnne M. McGinnis, Ph.D.
Anne McGinnis, a Partner at Harris Beach since 2015, was appointed to the Board in June 2018. Dr. McGinnis earned her Bachelor's degree as a double major in Psychology and Music Education from the University of Hartford in 2004, her M.Ed. and Ph.D. in School Psychology from the Pennsylvania State University in 2007 and 2009, respectively, and earned her J.D. from St. John's University of Law in 2014. Dr. McGinnis's aunt is a graduate of RSD.

smiling white man with salt-n-pepepr in a gray suit with a blue shirtGary Meyer
A graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology with a B.S. in Accounting and an M.S. in Career and Human Resources Development, Mr. Meyer works for the DHH Insurance/CH Insurance Brokerage, Inc, a company that he founded and later merged with the CH Insurance Company. He is also adjunct faculty at Gallaudet University.  He joined the RSD Board of Directors in 1998.  Mr. Meyer is the chairperson of the Governance and Nominations Committee.

smiling white man with close-cropped brown hair in a white zipped topAlex Odenbach
Mr. Odenbach, appointed to the Board in October 2013, is General Manager and Vice President of The Links at Greystone, Snow Tubing at Greystone, and Stoney's Pub in Walworth, NY. He earned his B.A. in Economics from Bucknell University in 2009 and is a Certified Financial Planner.

smiling white man with brown hair and a white goatee in a blue shirt and tieMark S. Orlando, Ph.D.
Dr. Orlando joined the Board of Directors in April 2013. Dr. Orlando is the Director of Research and Education in Audiology at the University of Rochester Medical Center. When not immersed in research, he is a practicing audiologist. Dr. Orlando earned his B.S. in Communication Disorders from SUNY College at Buffalo, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Audiology from Penn State and the University of Washington, respectively. He further earned an M.S. in Medical Management and an M.B.A. in Business Administration from the Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester.

smiling white male in a black suit with a white shirtLowell C. Patric
Mr. Patric joined the RSD Board of Directors in 1986 and served as the President from 2002 to 2004. After retiring from his career as the President and Chief Operating Officer of the Rochester Community Savings Bank, he worked as the Director of FSB Bancorp.  Mr. Patric is the co-founder and current Board member of Karma Culture, LLC established in 2011, which is a manufacturing and distributing company of vitamin and additive-enriched wellness waters who uses a proprietary dispensing cap.

Blonde white woman with glasses in a blue and white shirtDeborah L. Pearce, Ed.D. & MBA
A member of the RSD Board of Directors since 2001, Dr. Pearce served as Board President from 2007 to 2009 and has remained an active part of the Executive Committee. She is the CEO of LeaJames, Inc. and has held executive and leadership positions with Otis Elevator Corporation/United Technologies, General Electric, and IBM. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia, a master’s degree from Harvard University, and her doctorate from St. John Fisher College.  Dr. Pearce is the chairperson of the Strategic Planning Committee.

smiling white man with blonde hair and glasses wearing a blue plaid button down shirtSteven V. Rebholz
Steve Rebholz is a Principal and Chief Operating Officer of SWBR Architects. Mr. Rebholz earned his B.A. in Architecture from the University of Notre Dame in 1985. He joined the Board in June 2018.

Advisory Council Members
Fr. Thomas Erdle
Mrs. Mary Gulick
Mr. Charles F. Hertrick
Mr. Samuel T. Hubbard, Jr.
Mrs. Charlotte Landhuis
Mr. Paul Wilkens

Executive Committee
Tim Albert
Byron Behm
Lori DeWindt
Judy Hamilton-Donovan
Jason Listman
Deborah L. Pearce
Erwin J. Smith
Gerard C. Walter
Finance & Audit Committee
Erwin Smith, Chair
Justin Alexander
Alex Odenbach
Lowell C. Patric
Deborah L. Pearce
Governance & Nominations Committee
Gary Meyer, Chair
John D'Amanda
Raymond Giamartino, Jr.
Judy Hamilton-Donovan
Susan W. Lindsay

Equity, Diversity, &
Inclusion Committee
Jason D. Listman, Chair
Lori DeWindt
Anne M. McGinnis
Lowell C. Patric
Erwin J. Smith
Strategic Plan Committee
Deborah L. Pearce, Chair
Tim Albert
Lori DeWindt
Jason D. Listman
Erwin J. Smith
Facilities Committee
Susan W. Lindsay
Steven Rebholz
Erwin J. Smith
Gerard C. Walter