Mike Evans moved to Rochester, NY in 2013 after his wife received her PhD in Toxicology at Rutgers University and took a post doctorate position at URMC. Mike has been working in the non-profit sector for nearly a decade, serving as Director of Operations at Rochester Childfirst Network (RCN) and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Rochester, before becoming the Executive Director of the South East Area Coalition in October 2020. Recently Mike created a new tool lending library program, SEAC’s Tool Shed, which serves the Greater Rochester Area.
Mike has lived all over the country: Wyoming, Nebraska, California, Montana, New Jersey and now New York, “Rochester is a great place to live. I’m happy to call this my home.” Mike enjoys grunge and punk rock music, kayaking, biking, hiking, Star Wars, drumming, video games and writing. He currently runs his own publication company and has written seven books.
Mike is passionate about diversity, equality, and inclusion because, “only once we’re all equal and included, can we truly be rid of oppression and hate. I grew up idolizing Star Trek: Next Generation; all species, beliefs, cultures, views, etc. were discussed, accepted, and celebrated. That’s where we need to head.”
Kiki has been a resident of the Park Avenue neighborhood since she moved here in 1995. A former English teacher and professional volunteer, she has years of experience fundraising for local schools and organizations. Kiki is proud to have raised her family in the “biggest small town you’ll ever find” and believes in the importance and power of neighborhoods. As a very active and transportation-challenged blind woman, she values the businesses, agencies, and resources in our community and works to help them thrive.
Lori Wood (she/her/hers)
Lori is a lifelong Rochester resident and has lived in the North Winton Village area for the last 22 years. She and her husband moved to this area specifically because of the beauty of the neighborhoods and so much that it has to offer; parks, library, restaurants, and great schools for their daughter.
Lori has over 15 years of non-profit accounting experience working for RochesterWorks Inc., Community Place of Greater Rochester, and iCircle Services of the Finger Lakes.
Her hobbies are yoga, kayaking, reading, bike riding, and hiking. Lori and her husband love to take our dog Brodie walking through the neighborhood, meeting several people and their dogs, always remembering the dogs name but not the owners for some reason.
Nick has lived in Western New York his entire life, working for years in landscaping and masonry. As a political activist and campaign consultant he advocates for bettering his community, and he currently serves in the New York Democratic Party and as a member of the Greater Rochester LGTBQ+ Political Caucus executive committee. Nick loves the South Wedge for its beauty, history, and every little side street he jogs.