Staff & Board of Directors

RCN Leadership Team

Lynn Lubecki, Executive Director/CEO of Rochester Childfirst NetworkLynn Lubecki, Ed.D. Executive Director/CEO
(585) 473-2858, Ext. 242

Lynn M. Lubecki, Ed. D. brings more than 20 years of early childhood education expertise and passion to Rochester Childfirst Network to continue its tradition of providing quality services to young children and their families.

Dr. Lubecki has hands-on experience with multiple aspects of services provided within our network, including in-home child care and special education. She has worked in a variety of early childhood programs, including a position in Leeds, England. Dr. Lubecki’s diverse experiences uniquely equip her to administer RCN’s high quality programs through a multi-cultural lens.

Dr. Lubecki was RCN’s Director of Children’s Programs for four years prior to becoming Executive Director. She provided program and practice leadership for our staff of child care professionals. Throughout her tenure, she actively worked with an array of early childhood educators, parents, community leaders, and organizations dedicated to improving the quality and accessibility of early childhood education.

Dr. Lubecki holds a BA in Early Childhood Education, an MS in Inclusive Early Childhood Education and finished her education doctorate in Executive Leadership in May 2015. Dr. Lubecki resides in the City of Rochester and has two children, John and Angela. She credits her success to a loving family who understands the power of investing in the children.



Pat Graff

Patricia Graff, Director of Special Education (SMILE)
(585) 473-2858, Ext. 289

Pat comes to RCN with over 30 years of experience in teaching,  curriculum development, advocacy, and educational administration. She graduated from St. John Fisher College with a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership with an SAS certification. Pat and her husband live in Honeoye Falls and have 2 grown children. In fact, her oldest son, Cooper attended the SMILE program 20 + years ago!



Amy McBride, Director of FCC

Amy McBride, Director of Family Child Care and Professional Development

Amy McBride joined Rochester Childfirst Network (RCN) as a Professional Development Specialist in the Family Child Care department. Most recently, Ms. McBride was promoted to the role of Director of Family Child Care. She comes to RCN with 10 years esperience in the early childhood field. She holds a Master’s Degree from Canisius College in Buffalo, NY in Literacy Education as well a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. Her expertise in coaching and training make her an asset to both Family Child Care and RCN as a whole. She is the mother of two children, ages 5 & 7 and enjoys spending her free time baking and in the great outdoors.

Diana Webb, Coordinator of FCCSGR

Diana Webb, Coordinator of Family Childcare Satellites of Greater Rochester
(585) 473-2858, Ext. 249

Diana Webb, has been in the field of Early Care and Education for over 30 years, she represents RCN on inter-agency projects whose goals are to increase the quality of care offered in nearly 900 licensed and registered family child care homes. Diana offers one-on-one in-home training and presents a series of workshops towards accreditation through the National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCCand the Child Development Associate Credential (CDA) .

Diana and Bill, her husband, of 41 years have two adult children and 2 grandchildren. Diana is a current lecturer and workshop presenter at local, state and national conferences.

Jeff Hoffman, Director of Development



Jeff Hoffman, Director of Development
(585) 473-2858, Ext. 246

Jeffrey Hoffman has over 20 years of experience in nonprofit management, fund development and public relations. Much of his service has been in higher education including Keuka College, Finger Lakes Community College, New York Chiropractic College and Cayuga Community College. Jeff earned his B.A. in mathematics at SUNY Cortland and his masters in Business and Policy Studies/Nonprofit Management from Empire State.

Jeff’s development work has included everything from annual funds to capital campaigns to planned giving. He has secured million-dollar gifts from individuals as well as nationally based foundations. He serves as a consultant to not-for-profit organizations, having presented workshops on fund development and nonprofit management across the U.S. and in Canada. Jeff lives locally with his wife Debbie, and they have three children Sam, Sean and Sarah.

Tiffany VanAuker

Tiffany VanAuker Co-Director of Operations (Compliance/Front Office)
(585)-473-2858, Ext. 221

Tiffany has been working in the field of Early Childhood Education since 1993. She has worked as a preschool teacher, kindergarten teacher, Assistant Director and most recently Center Director.  She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from SUNY Fredonia. Tiffany lives in West Henrietta with her husband and two school age sons.



Mike Evans, RCN

Michael Evans, Co-Director of Operations (Facilities)
(585)-473-2858, Ext. 223

Mike was born in Sheridan, WY and has lived in Nebraska, California, Montana, New Jersey, and currently lives in Rochester, NY. He moved to Rochester in August, 2013 after his girlfriend got her PhD in toxicology at Rutgers University, and accepted a position at the U of R. Mike is an avid fan of Star Wars, Dungeons and Dragons, and video games. He enjoys creative writing and is about to publish his first book. Mike has worked with Rochester Childfirst Network since November, 2013 and has enjoyed working with all of his awesome children and colleagues.

Board Members

    • Eileen Cavalier
    • Mary Drechsler
    • Michelle Halloran
    • Jara Johnson
    • Meagan Kinsella
    • Diane Larter
    • Wendy Lehmann
    • Lisa McCabe
    • Amy Michatek
    • Elizabeth Murray
    • Barbara K. Reifler Unison
    • Jeri Rombaut
    • Carol Schlank
    • Karl Schuler
    • Muriel Steinberg
    • Jennifer Takatch
    • Robert (Bob) Van Niel
    • Garry Vernon
  • Kim Weick
  • David Whitaker
  • Barry Wisset


  • Andrea Zuegel

Corporate Compliance