Women's Leadership Council

Nazareth University’s Women’s Leadership Council was established within the School of Business and Leadership in 2019 with the support of enthusiastic women leaders to advance women’s leadership in the greater Rochester region. 

  • The mission of the group is to build the power and impact of women’s authentic leadership in the greater Rochester region. 
  • The council’s vision is to achieve recognition that Rochester is the community where women from backgrounds overcome barriers and lead positive change. 
  • The major goal of the council is to support and cultivate leadership development for young women professionals (those within five years of their first full-time professional jobs) to ensure their personal successes and future career growth in the greater Rochester region.


  • Kim Allen, Dixon Schwabl Inc., CEO
  • Pamela Baker, Our Lady of Mercy High School for Young Women, President and CEO
  • Linda Becker, NorthStar Network
  • Lauri Bonnell, Young Woman's College Prep Foundation, Director of Development 
  • Alice Calabrese, Lollypop Farm, Humane Society of Greater Rochester, CEO
  • Julie Camardo-Steron, Zweigle's Inc., CEO
  • Meaghan de Chateauvieux, Willow Doestic Violence Center, CEO
  • Kristen Clark, The Bonodio Group, CPA, Managing Partner
  • Donna Dedee, Holy Childhood, CEO
  • Andrea DeMeo, Trillium Health, CEO
  • Hilda Escher
  • Heather Goodbody, Merrill Lynch, Goodbody & Associates, Senior Vice President
  • Rose Hair, Nazareth University, Interim Dean, School of Business & Leadership
  • Kelly McCormick-Sullivan, Rochester Regional Health Foundation
  • Teresa O'Loughlin, United Way, Chief Development Officer
  • Barbara Pierce, City of Rochester, Director of Communications & Special Events
  • Randi Proukou, Zea Proukou PLLC
  • Annette Ramos, RLTC, Geva Theater, Executive Director
  • Jaime Saunders, United Way, President
  • Elaine Spaull, The Center for Youth, Executive Director
  • Salley Thorton, Toshiba American Business Solutions, Director of Field Marketing
  • Lori Van Dusen, LVW Advisors, CEO
  • Kathleen Whelehan, The Upstate National Bank, President, CEO
  • Melanie Wolk, Trevett Cristo Attorneys, Partner
  • Mary Worboys-Turner, Worboys Turner LLC, Owner
  • Laurie Zaucha
  • Heidi Zimmer-Mayer, Rochester Downtown Development Corporation, President
  • Heidi Zimmer-Mayer, Rochester Downtown Development Corporation, President

 Currently, the council is focusing on three major projects: