Staff & Board of Directors

RCN Staff

Ann Marie Stephan
Executive Director
Joined RCN in May 2019 after having served as the Director of Special Children’s Services for 10 years at Monroe County’s Department of Public Health. Prior to returning to Rochester in 2009, Ann Marie worked in Boston, MA as a developmental educator and service coordinator at several nonprofit early intervention programs. She also worked at the Chestnut Children’s Center as an Infant Lead Teacher and at Boston Children’s Museum as a Family Learning Program Manager. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Providence College and her Master’s of Science in Early Intervention at Wheelock College in Boston.
Meredith Moore
Director of Children’s Programs
In 2018, Meredith joined RCN as a certified teacher, quickly advancing to Director of Children’s Programs the following year. Meredith oversees the daily programming of RCN’s Universal Pre-K 3s and 4s program, along with the infant, toddler, and school-age child care classrooms. Meredith has been volunteering & working in the education field since she was a young teenager including over 20 years’ experience as a special educator, staff mentor, department chairperson, and Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) school-based trainer in the Washington, D.C. area. Since relocating to Rochester in 2013, she worked at the Wolk Children’s Center & for the Rush Henrietta School District before finding her way to RCN where her passion for ensuring every child’s success & social-emotional development guides her daily practices and interactions with children. Meredith is well known in each classroom & enjoys her daily visits and opportunities to share her love of reading and conversation with the children of RCN.
Rachel Chalmers
Director of SMILE (Special Education)
Rachel joined RCN in August of 2021. Prior to RCN, Rachel has had an extensive, 30-year career in early childhood education working as a Special Education Teacher in a variety of settings and overseeing multiple early learning programs such as Head Start, Childcare, Preschool and Early Intervention Special Education classrooms and Universal Pre-Kindergarten programs. Rachel has her Master’s Degree in Special Education and her School District Administrator Certification. Outside of RCN, Rachel teaches yoga several times a week and enjoys baking, gardening and spending time with her three grown children.
Jeff Hoffman
Director of Development
Joined RCN in July 2015 to oversee its fundraising & marketing efforts. His work focuses on the $1.2M Celebrating Kids, Changing Lives capital campaign, along with the Annual Children’s Fund and special events including the Mad Hatter Tea Party. Jeff also directs RCN marketing outreach including publications, social media, the website, and traditional media outlets. During his 25 years in the not-for-profit arena, Jeff has advocated for education on all levels, from Pre-K to doctoral programs. He has employed his donor-centered philosophy as the executive director of the Finger Lakes and Cayuga Community colleges’ foundations, and as a nonprofit consultant. Jeff most enjoys learning from the people who have made RCN a leading voice for children in Greater Rochester: donors, community leaders, parents, current and former “RCN kids,” teachers & staff (both past and present), and all those who have dedicated their lives to the children under RCN’s care.
Debora Hughes
Human Resources Specialist
Debora joined RCN in September 2021. She is a Rochester native and raised her two daughters here. Her career path has had many twists and turns as an operations manager, financial analyst, payroll supervisor and HR supervisor. She returned to college to earn her bachelor’s degree in 2018 and loves to continually learn. In every position she has homed in on her passion which is “treat each employee as you would like to be treated yourself” and thrives on being a positive role for employees and the children and families served by RCN. “I truly care and know that I have found a home here at RCN!” When she is not helping employees, Debora loves to garden, crochet, and spend time with her granddaughter. (she is expecting two more grandchildren in 2022.)
Ivelisse Marrero
Director of Family Childcare, CACFP and Satellites of Greater Rochester (SGR)
Joined RCN in early 2018 with 6+ years of working with children. She interfaces with RCN’s in-home childcare providers, overseeing the federal reimbursement program for nutritious meals and snacks, available to eligible children enrolled in their care. Ivelisse enjoys providing quality customer service to over 120 daycare homes and the 1,500 children they care for. As a bilingual professional, she is able to reach a sometimes underserved part of the community. In her spare time, Ivelisse spends quality time with her boys, JJ, Jaden, and Jahdiel. She also enjoys volunteering at her local church, deepening her relationships with the community.

Board Members

Board Chair

Joseph Sergio, Ed. D.

Rochester City School District

Vice Chair

Daniel Basch, CPA

Roberts Accounting, CPA


Amy Michatek, CPA

Wilmorite Management Group LLC


Garry Vernon

GLK Foods

Past Chair

Barry Wisset, Esq.

Frontier Communications


Soumyaroop Bhattacharya

UR Medicine

Matthew Carrigg, Esq.

Nixon Peabody

Damian Dick  

Monroe Community Hospital

John Harris, Esq.

Harris Law Firm

Jara Johnson, MS, DO

Rochester Regional Health

Barbara Reifler

Professional Fundraiser (Retired)

Jeri Rombaut, CPA

Urban League of Rochester (Retired)

Stephanie Snow

IDEX Corporation

Elizabeth Steinberg

Steinberg Paralegal

Jennifer Takatch, AIA

Architectura PC

Jean Williams

B. Forman Co. (Retired)

Andrea Zuegel

United Way of Greater Rochester & the Finger Lakes

Barbara Clemons, CFP, CTFA

ESL Investment Services

Amy Galiana

URMC-Highland Hospital

Michelle Halloran, SPHR

eHealth Technologies

Lisa McCabe, Ph.D.

Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research, Cornell U.

Davina McLean-Randall, Ed.S

Greece Central School District

Peter Nabozny

The Children’s Agenda

Lynanne Wehner

SWBR Architects

Corporate Compliance