RAWNY Board and Staffinfo@rawny.org
We are proud to have an active Board of Directors representing every sector of our community that plays a role in reentry--human service providers, substance abuse treatment, community supervision and law enforcement, education, business, and formerly incarcerated citizens. You may contact any of our Board members at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ann DeLeonardis GrahamExecutive DirectorAgraham@rawny.org
Prior to retiring in 2019, Ann served as Delphi Rise’s Chief Operating Officer and Director of Care Services, implementing and supervising Delphi Rise’s reentry, supported housing, and Health Home care management programs. Prior to her position at Delphi, she served as Monroe County’s first Reentry Coordinator in 2006 under Catholic Family Center, served as the Project Director for Client Specific Planning at the Center for Community Alternatives responsible for sentencing mitigation in felony cases, was Co-president of the Reentry Association of NY, authored the first kinship care manual in Monroe County, sat on the Commissioner’s State Committee on Reentry and the Catholic Conference of Bishops Criminal Justice Committee, and spent 17 years in civil legal services at Legal Assistance of WNY, assisting clients in the areas of welfare benefits, immigration, housing, and other civil rights issues. She has been an Adjunct Professor at Monroe Community College, Department of Human Services since 2011.
Mike IacucciBoard President
Mike retired from a career with the NYS Division of Parole (now part of NYSDOCCS), where he served as the coordinator of reentry services for the western half of the state, and served as the Deputy Superintendent of Programs at the Rochester Correctional Facility Work Release program, prior to joining Delphi Rise as the Program Manager for the Supported Forensic Housing program. He has been an adjunct professor in Roberts Wesleyan College’s Department of Criminal Justice. His volunteer activities include his role as former President, and current member, of the Churchville-Chili School Board, and a board member of Grace House Ministries. An active member of his church, he counsels individuals and couples. Mike has a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a Master’s degree in Sociology/Human Services.
Dale SedgwickVice President
Dale is an accomplished executive with 30+ years of experience in building high-performing organizations. After retiring from Xerox Corporation as Vice President, Marketing and Communications, she assumed the position of Chief Executive Officer of Hope Initiatives CDC Inc. whose mission is to help restore lives damaged by incarceration, substance abuse and poverty through employment, job training, spiritual guidance, encouragement, and hope. She is a graduate of Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics. She also has a Master of Business Administration degree from the Simon School at the University of Rochester, and Certification in Global Account Management from Columbia University in New York and St. Gallen University in Switzerland. She is a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. Committed to seeing Rochester area residents thrive, Dale has served on several local boards including the Carlson YMCA and Garth Fagan Dance. A committed Christian, she has been an active member of Bethel Christian Fellowship in downtown Rochester, NY for more than twenty years.
Cathy Salvaggio BuckertTreasurercbuckert@rawny.org
Cathy retired from the United States Probation Officer, Rochester, NY, in December 2020 after 27 years of service. She was the Program Development Specialist overseeing reentry services, collaborative community partnerships, and evidence-based programming, and was previously the Drug and Alcohol Specialist. She developed and facilitated the Reentry Court Program for eight years. She is certified in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (NCTI) and provided oversight of the CBT program in addition to facilitating trainings throughout NY. Cathy holds a Master of Education Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling with a Certificate of Advanced Studies (Drug and Alcohol) from Springfield College. Prior to joining the probation staff, Cathy was a drug and alcohol counselor at Park Ridge Chemical Dependency. Cathy is proficient in Motivational Interviewing, trained in Moral Reconation Therapy, certified in Group/Crisis Intervention, Interactive Journaling (Courage to Change) and as a Train-the-Trainer for Trauma Informed Responses in Criminal Justice (SAMHSA). As a certified Offender Workforce Development Specialist (OWDS), Train-the-Trainer/Instructor, she developed, implemented and taught the Ready Set Work Program in WNY and has been an instructor at venues including a federal institution. Cathy is an Adjunct Professor at Roberts Wesleyan College. She is member of the Women’s Initiative Supportive Health (WISH) project. Cathy provides consultation to community sectors agencies utilized her personal and professional experience to assist with embracing a balanced approach to proactively addressing critical barriers to reentry. In 2016, in recognition of her contributions to community corrections, she was awarded the Clair Gsell Excellence in Corrections Award.
Khara joins us from Wildflower Consulting. As CEO, she had done business and marketing consulting for various Fortune 500 & 100 firms, like Cisco Software. Most recently, Khara is consulting for Urban League of Rochester, teaching digital Marketing courses to minority/women-owned SMBs in the Rochester area. A native Rochesterian, Khara commutes between her home in Atlanta and her family here in Rochester.
Leslie BarnesBoard Member
Leslie is currently the Executive Director of Hillside’s Community Based and Developmental Opportunities Services. Leslie was employed by the Monroe County Office of Probation until 2016. One of the myriad of responsibilities she held as Deputy Chief was co-chair of the Monroe County Reentry Committee. She has broad knowledge of the Rochester Community and has provided leadership to numerous community and government initiatives.
Bob BurnsBoard Member
Bob has served the Monroe County community for decades, as the County's Chief Probation Officer and the Director of Public Safety. Bob was also the Chair the Monroe County Criminal Justice Council and Co-Chair the Public Safety Sector Team. He served as the Chair of the Monroe County Task Force since its inception in 2006, working closely with RAWNY's Executive Director Ann Graham to bring reentry services to our county.
Lisa ConnorsBoard Member
Lisa has a bachelor’s degree in Community and Human Services, from SUNY Empire State College, and a certificate in Human Services Leadership from Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Human Services Leadership Institute. With over 30 years’ experience working at a the Monroe County Department of Human Services, and served on the Monroe County Reentry Task Force. Lisa brings with her an extensive knowledge of Medicaid, SNAP and Temporary Assistance Program Eligibility Regulations. Lisa has outstanding communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to interact with others easily.
Andre JeffriesBoard Member
Andre Jeffries is a Rochester native who is a master barber and owner of Big Dre Cutts Barber Lounge LLC. Andre was raised by his single mother on Rochester's northeast side. Andre became a father himself while still a teenager and needed to provide for his family. At that time, selling drugs seemed to be the best way. By age 23, Andre found himself facing a federal gun charge, to which he plead guilty and served a 60-month sentence. Just six months after his release, Andre was back in his old circles and facing another federal gun charge, serving an 84-month sentence. Now a father of five, he decided this time would be different. During his second incarceration, Andre decided he would not return to prison and utilized his time and resources wisely. He worked as a barber on the prison compound, where he enhanced his skills and work ethic. Andre began to write down his plan for post-prison life, so that upon his release in 2015, he had a plan to use his skills and entrepreneurial spirit to his advantage. Andre immediately found employment and enrolled in barber school. Within a year of his release Andre completed school and passed his board exams to become a NYS licensed barber. He worked 7 days a week at Madd Cutts Barbershop, all while working on his business plan and in 2016, Andre launched his business, Big Dre Cutts Barber Lounge LLC. A short time later, he opened his own barbershop located at 370 Hudson Ave. in the very neighborhood that raised him. Andre is now a great mentor to youth and others by sharing his story of change and redemption.
Craig W. Johnson LMHC, CASAC-G, President Emeritus
Craig W. Johnson LMHC, CASAC-G, President Emeritus Craig is currently the COO of Health Homes and New Initiatives at Huther Doyle Memorial Institute in Rochester. Craig had previously developed a recognized and effective treatment program in the local jail setting, and has served as a consultant to Probation Departments and Mental Health agencies. Prior to his work in corrections, Craig served as the Clinical Director at Park Ridge Chemical Dependency overseeing 7 outpatient programs, and inpatient CD treatment program, two Community Residences and community outreach. He has taught at a number of universities and operates a private practice, Mind Evolution, in Rochester along with serving on a number of boards and community consortia.an experienced and respected trainer on issues related to substance use, mental health and criminal justice involvement. He has taught literally thousands of counselors and impactors about substance use, co-occurring disorders, criminal justice clients and techniques for effective helping strategies.
Dick LaidlawBoard Member
Dick holds a real estate broker's license, with degrees from Indiana University in business administration and Purdue University with a degree in Industrial Supervision and additional graduate work done in business and Education. Dick experienced 25 years in the hospitality industry in various capacities. Dick was program chair for Hospitality management at Indiana Vocational Technical College and state wide curriculum director. Dick managed 150 students, 8 part time instructors and the apprentice cooks 3 year training program. Dick was the eastern US coordinator for TAPS (a contractor for JTPS) and managed groups in Philadelphia, Chicago, Rochester, Buffalo, McKeesport Pennsylvania(Pittsburg) ,Newark, NJ, Omaha Nebraska, Fayetteville, NC and Tulsa Oklahoma. The job placement rate was 95% with average class size of 30 students . Dick has done work at MCF and MCJ with men, women and youth using CBT with media intervention and aided recall utilizing notebook journaling. Dick initiated Scouts beyond bars for children whose parents are incarcerated as a way to provide structure to the parents and youth affected by incarceration. As a continuation of the jail work, Dick manages PRAM, serves on the advisory board at Industry and the Juvenile Justice Council. Dick is a US Navy veteran.
Brendaliz LopezBoard Member
Brenda hails from Guanica Puerto Rico. She has been living in the Rochester area since 2013. Brenda is currently a Forensic Housing Case Manager with Spectrum Health and Human Services. She also worked at Delphi Rise in their Forensic Housing, Reentry and Health Homes Care Management programs. Brenda has experience working with high-needs and at-risk populations and believes that it’s important to give back to her community. Brenda has an Associate degree in Tourism, and over 20 years of customer service experience. She has training in Mental Health First Aid, and certifications in Trauma, Resilience and Recovery, as well as in Care Management from the New York State Care Management Coalition. Brenda is bi-lingual, and has experience working with individuals from diverse backgrounds. Brenda has one daughter (Reydaliz), who she credits for giving her the motivation and drive to excel in all areas of life.
Marci MullerBoard Member
Marci is currently the Horticulture Team Leader at Cornell Cooperative Extension in Monroe County. She is an adjunct instructor at Finger Lakes Community College, Department of Environmental Conservation & Horticulture. In the past she owned and operated Marstan Landscape, and was the Director of the Rochester Landscape Technicians Program from 2005 to 2012, providing vocational training and GED preparation for men and women in reentry. Marci was also the instructor for Monroe Correctional Facility’s Green House class. She holds a Masters degree from SUNY Empire State College in Business and Policy Studies. Rochester
Richard A . PetitteBoard Member
Dick is currently President of Consultative Learning Solutions, a Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Certified Business Advisor. He brings over 30 years experience in executive coaching and designing and developing strategic business, education, training and multi-media. An instructional designer and Emmy award winning multi-media producer/director, Dick brings a unique blend of skills that span from strategic organizational diagnosis to implementation of solutions across a wide range of delivery formats. In addition to teaching as adjunct faculty for Cornell University, University of Rochester, SUNY Brockport, SUNY Oswego and other area colleges, Dick has been a Lead Professor in the Bachelors and Masters degree programs in Organizational Management at Roberts Wesleyan College and is the past Director of the On-line Bachelors Degree program in Organizational Management. Dick also teaches online courses in Broadcast Communications, E-Commerce, Grant Development, Leadership, New Business Development, Organizational Development and Strategic Planning nationally.
Dr. Craig A. WaleedBoard Member
~Formerly incarcerated citizen, educator, counselor, and motivational speaker dedicated to excellence in teaching and scholarship and disrupting the community to prison pipeline. Prior to obtaining his doctorate, Craig served as an Addiction Counselor at Catholic Family Center and Senior Case Manager at the Monroe County Reentry Task Force. He also worked as an adjunct professor at SUNY Brockport and Monroe Community College. Craig currently works at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a postdoctoral fellow in the Social Medicine Department.
Kayann WilliamsBoard Member
Kayann is a native of Jamaica but has called Rochester, NY her home for the past 20 years. Kayann is currently the Program Manager for the Rochester Supportive Housing Program with Spectrum Health & Human Services. She holds a Master’s degree in Educational Policy from the Warner School of Education at the University of Rochester, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, with a minor in African and African American Studies, also from the University of Rochester. Kayann has a certification in Behavioral Health – Criminal Justice, as well as a certification in Non-profit Management from St. John Fisher College. Kayann is a certified Offender Workforce Development Specialist (OWDS) who formerly taught the Ready Set Work Program at Delphi Rise. Kayann has experience in the behavioral health field and has also worked in various areas of the educational and legal sectors. She previously worked as an Occupational Specialist at Delphi Rise, and as a Senior AmeriCorps Legal Assistant with LawNY, as well as the National Urban League and the Alliance for Excellent Education. Kayann is an advocate for the dis-enfranchised, she has a passion for helping others, and a desire to influence and enact change. Kayann is an active member of her church at Praise Sanctuary Ministries Int’l Apostolic where she serves under the leadership of Bishop Raye McHugh Sr.