SEAC Board of Directors
The South East Area Coalition is neighborhood preservation corporation governed by an all volunteer of board of directors.
Tom Pastecki joined SEAC in 2018. He is a resident of the ABC Streets and a longtime member of the robust ABC Streets Neighborhood Association, now serving as its president. Tom is an active member of the grass roots based Many Neighbors Building Neighborhoods and Co-Chairs The Coalition for Cobb’s Hill.
Tom has been a caring landlord in the Park Ave area for many years.
He is committed to working with others on community projects to ensure all neighborhoods and residents are served fairly making Rochester a stronger and more equitable place to live.
My name is Bryce Miller. I have owned my home in the city of Rochester since 2007 in the North Winton Village Neighborhood, and I grew up in Suburban Chili. I was immediately drawn into Rochester city living due to its great diversity, which includes its storied history of being inclusive to LGBTQ individuals. Being a gay male myself I found this to be very important that we live in such an inclusive city for those of all different backgrounds. Rochester has been a trailblazer for diversity and equal rights. I have been with my partner Collin for four years. We have three small dogs. Lucy, Billy, and Robert. We all love going on hikes in the summer. My partner and I also are avid car people, and have a small car collection including vintage convertibles we love driving around the finger lakes in the summer. I love landscaping and remodeling our home that we share. As a full time profession I am a service advisor for Garber Automotive Group. I have been the President of North of East Main Neighbors United (NEMNU) since 2011 and Vice-Chair of North Winton Village Association for the past three years. I was a board member at large previously. In 2020 I was elected to the Monroe County Democratic Committee. I am very excited to take on the role of Vice-Chair for SEAC. My passion in life has been volunteering to make our neighborhoods as vibrant and welcoming as possible. I have always wanted to put neighbors first in every volunteer role I take. I will and always be proud to call the greater Rochester area home.
Harter Secrest & Emery LLP
Christine is the current Secretary of the Board of Directors for the South East Area Coalition, and is also a member of the Monroe County Bar Association. She has been recognized by Chambers USA in the field of Corporate/M&A, was named to their 2019-2020 “Up and Coming” list, and was a member of their “Associates to Watch” list from 2016-2018. Christine is a past Rochester Business Journal “Forty Under 40” recipient, and was named a Daily Record “Up and Coming Attorneys” in 2017. Christine received her J.D., High Honors, from Vanderbilt University and her B.S. in Chemistry, High Honors, from Carnegie Mellon University.
My name is Jessica Williams, I am a Branch Manager at The Summit Federal Credit Union and I over 10 years’ experience within the banking industry. By being a part of the South East Area Coalition I want to utilize my skills to not only contribute to the financial success but the overall success of the South East Rochester Community. I grew up in the Rochester Community, I currently work in the North Winton neighborhood, and I have two kids that I enjoy spending time with. Also on my spare time I enjoy traveling, shopping, bowling as well watching the Buffalo Bills.
Fernán R. Cepero, MA, MS, PHR, SHRM-CP
Senior Human Resources Business Partner
YMCA of Greater Rochester
YMCA Of the USA Human Resources Partner Organizational & Global Leader
Fernán R. Cepero, MA, MS, PHR, SHRM-CP, Organizational & Global Leader is Senior Resources Business Partner for the YMCA of Greater Rochester supporting the YMCA of the USA Service Delivery Partner system and the Alliance of New York State YMCAs. Fernán has also served an Employee Development Manager for Nestlé Waters North America (NWNA) where his responsibilities include recruiting, employee development and ensuring effective succession planning. Prior to this position he served as Human Resource and Employee Development Manager for Xerox Corporation. There he was responsible for the creation and implementation of their People Development Strategy, where in, he developed and maintained a pool of management talent to meet the company’s long-term needs.
Fernán is an Adjunct Professor of Human Resource Management and Organizational Development at Medaille College, Bryant & Stratton College, Monroe Community College, St. John Fisher College, Southern New Hampshire University, and the University of Phoenix.
He is Past President of the Genesee Valley Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management and Past State Director of the New York State Society of Human Resource Management. He currently is on the Board of Trustees for Eugenio Maria de Hostos Charter School and serves as Chair of the Human Resources Committee. Fernán was appointed Commissioner to the Civil Service Commission for the City of Rochester, New York in 2015 by Mayor Lovely A. Warren.
Fernán is a 2005 recipient for the Andrew Young Award for diversity & inclusion from YMCA of the USA, a 2007 recipient of Human Capital Magazine Future HR Leaders Award, a 2013 inductee into the Latino American Whos Who, and most recently the 2017 recipent of the Values Based Leadership Award from the National Human Association (Rochester Chapter).
He holds an M.S. in Human Resource Development from Rochester Institute of Technology, an M.A. in Foreign Studies from the American University and a B.A. from Fordham University. Fernan maintains certifications from Mager Associates in Instructional Module Development & Criterion Referenced Instruction. He is certified to administer Consulting Psychologist Press, standardized psychological profiles including the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI), the Kirton Adaptation Innovation® instrument and is a certified consultant for The PROFILOR® instrument. Fernan is also a Development Dimensions International (DDI) facilitator.
Recognized by the Neighborhood of the Arts Business Association, Senator Joseph E. Robach and New York State Assemblymember Harry Bronson as an outstanding woman of the Neighborhood of the Arts, Janet Collinge comes to the South East Area Coalition after serving as president of the Neighborhood of the Arts Neighborhood Association. Janet was one of the pioneer organizers of the Neighborhood of the Arts’ BoulevART and artistic traffic control boxes. Prior work experience as a Downtown Guide and in the Rochester Public Library’s Local History Division fueled Janet’s love for the city and created many unique experiences, resources and connections. Janet, who holds a Master’s degree in Communications from the University of Central Missouri, is delighted to continue her service to her beloved city as the 2020 Flower City AmeriCorps Community Engagement.
DeJoy, Knauf & Blood
Corey is a CPA working for DeJoy, Knauf & Blood, LLP, which is located in downtown Rochester. He lives in the Browncroft neighborhood.
Andrew is a Principal and Co-founder of Vessel Strategy, a digital marketing agency in Washington, DC. He is also Vice President and a Wealth Management Advisor at Argaman Smith Financial Group. In addition, Andrew is an adjunct professor with the iSchool at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).
Andrew serves on the board of the Maplewood YMCA and previously served on the board of the Monroe Family YMCA for ten years, four of those as the chairman. He is a board member of the South East Area Coalition (SEAC), and also volunteers as a Civil Service Commissioner for the City of Rochester.
Andrew holds a BS in Biology from The George Washington University and an MBA from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Not all work and no play, Andrew is a stained-glass artist who has been commissioned to design and build custom windows ranging from 140 year-old brownstones to mid-century mod houses. He has recently picked up blacksmithing and is currently developing his skills in blade-smithing. In the warmer months, he spends weekends with his wife and children at their place near Chautauqua Lake.
St. Joseph’s House of Hospitality Rochester City Wide Tenant Union
Jasmin has been a resident of the South Wedge since moving to Rochester in 2007. She’s proud to also work in the neighborhood she lives in, as House Coordinator of St. Joseph’s House of Hospitality and Political Organizer with Rochester City Wide Tenant Union. Jasmin founded Rochester Free Store in 2013 (think Goodwill, but everything is free!) Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, Rochester Free Store had to close its doors in 2020. Jasmin looks forward to engaging with the community as part of her role on SEAC board.
Wilson Digital, LLC & Facehead Digital
Kevin Wilson has lived in Rochester since 2012 and is a resident of the Pocket Neighborhood within North Winton Village. He’s served on the SEAC Board since 2016. Kevin works as the Director of Digital Ops at Facehead Digital and spends his free time exploring hiking trails around Rochester with his wife Sami and his dog Winston.