70 Lighthouse Street; Rochester, NY 14612

Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse Historical Society

Board

SOCIETY OFFICERS:
Photo of Fred Amato

President

PRESIDENT, FREDERICK “Fred” AMATO IS ENTERING HIS 12th  YEAR OF SERVICE AS A LIGHTHOUSE TRUSTEE, HE HAS SERVED AS THE SOCIETY’S PRESIDENT FROM 2006-2010. SINCE COMING TO THE LIGHTHOUSE AFTER A SUCCESSFUL CAREER (RETIRED) AS BOTH A MONROE COUNTY LEGISLATOR AND PLANNER FOR THE FIRE & SECURITY SYSTEMS GROUP AT THE EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY, FRED HAS IMPLEMENTED A NUMBER OF NEW PROGRAMS FOR US INCLUDING: OVERSEEING THE CREATION OF THE ORIGINAL LIGHTHOUSE WEBSITE, IMPLEMENTING THE WEATHER BUG SYSTEM FOR WHEC-TV10, INITIATING THE GARAGE SALE AS WELL AS OTHER SPECIAL EVENTS AND COORDINATING THE LIGHTHOUSE’S NEW WAR OF 1812 BICENTENNIAL PEACE GARDEN. IN HIS “SPARE” TIME, FRED DELIVERS PRESENTATIONS ABOUT THE LIGHTHOUSE TO A WIDE VARIETY OF COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS AND OVERSEES OUR PUBLIC RELATIONS EFFORTS.

VICE PRESIDENT, JOHN “JACK” KEMP PREVIOUSLY SERVED AS AN OFFICER OF THE LIGHTHOUSE SOCIETY IN THE 1990’S AND CHAIRS OUR POPULAR “VILLAGE HISTORY GROUP” THAT MEETS MONTHLY TO STUDY LOCAL HISTORY. A NATIVE ROCHESTERIAN, JACK IS EVEN BETTER KNOWN AS THE (RETIRED) OWNER OF THE GEORGE RENNIE BICYCLE SHOP IN THE SOUTH WEDGE WHERE MANY OF US ACQUIRED OUR FIRST “WHEELS” UNDER HIS GUIDANCE FOR 36 YEARS.

SECRETARY, Kathleen Connor(information coming soon)

CURATOR, MICHAEL J. MAY IN HIS TWENTIETH YEAR HAS SERVED THE LIGHTHOUSE AS A VOLUNTEER, TRUSTEE, CURATOR, AND PAST PRESIDENT. A LIFELONG RESIDENT OF CHARLOTTE, MIKE EARNED A B.S. IN MANAGEMENT FROM ST. JOHN FISHER COLLEGE AND WORKS AT EXCELLUS WHERE HE HAS ADVANCED TO THE POSITION OF ANALYST/PROGRAMMER IN EMERGING TECHNOLOGY DURING HIS 28-YEAR-CAREER.

TRUSTEES:

TAMMY BAUERSCHMIDT EARNED A DEGREE IN SPEECH THERAPY FROM SUNY GENESEO AND TODAY WORKS AS A SPECIAL EDUCATION PARAPROFESSIONAL FOR MONROE BOCES. SHE HAS BEEN A LIGHTHOUSE TOWER GUIDE FOR 21 YEARS WHICH SPEAKS VOLUMES ABOUT BOTH HER COMMITMENT TO THE LIGHTHOUSE AND HER STAMINA!

TOM BREWER A LIFELONG RESIDENT OF CHARLOTTE, HAS BEEN AN ACTIVE LIGHTHOUSE VOLUNTEER SINCE WE TOOK CHARGE OF THE SITE IN THE 1980S AND IS CURRENTLY CHAIR OF OUR MARINE HISTORY PROGRAM. HE ALSO REPRESENTS US AS A MEMBER OF THE GREAT LAKES HISTORICAL SOCIETY AND TORONTO MARINE HISTORICAL SOCIETY.

MARK CASSETTI(information coming soon)

THOMAS I. CLAYTON BEGAN VOLUNTEERING AT THE LIGHTHOUSE AFTER RETIRING FROM A 41-YEAR-CAREER IN SUPPLY MANAGEMENT AT THE EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY AND OVERSEES THE MAINTENANCE OF THE LIGHTHOUSE BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS. HE WAS NAMED THE LIGHTHOUSE’S “VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR” IN 2010.

VIRGINIA A. KOBYLARZIS SERVING AS A TRUSTEE AGAIN FOR SHE WAS A FOUNDING TRUSTEE AND SIGNED THE CHARTER TO CREATE THE SOCIETY IN 1984! SHE PLAYED A KEY ROLE IN THE SOCIETY’S EARLY YEARS WHILE WORKING AS A LEGISLATIVE AIDE FOR (RETIRED) CITY COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVE, ROBERT STEVENSON, AND SERVING AS VICE CHAIR OF THE CITY PRESERVATION BOARD.

TONY MICCICHE, WHO WAS ELECTED TO THE MONROE COUNTY LEGISLATURE IN 2011 TO REPRESENT THE 26TH LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT WHICH INCLUDES CHARLOTTE. A LIFELONG ROCHESTERIAN, TONY GRADUATED FROM CHARLOTTE HIGH SCHOOL AND WORKED FOR 25 YEARS AT GENERAL MOTORS. TODAY, HE IS A LICENSED REAL ESTATE AGENT WHEN NOT SERVING AS OUR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVE TO THE COUNTY.

ANNA R. PENSGEN IS CONTINUING HER SERVICE AS A TRUSTEE HAVING FIRST JOINED THE BOARD IN 2012. ANNA HOLDS A BACHELOR’S DEGREE IN ARCHITECTURE, WITH A CONCENTRATION IN HISTORIC PRESERVATION, FROM ROGER WILLIAMS UNIVERSITY AND ALSO THROUGH HER WORK AT BERGMANN ASSOCIATES, SHE IS A DEDICATED PROFESSIONAL COMMITTED TO THE ACCURATE PRESERVATION OF HISTORIC SITES LIKE THE LIGHTHOUSE AND CUSTOM HOUSE.

SANDY PINKNEY(information coming soon)

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