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 13th  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, BRING BACK THE GARAGE SALE AS WELL AS OTHER SPECIAL EVENTS AND COORDINATING THE LIGHTHOUSE’S 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.  HE IS SECRETARY OF THE ONTARIO BEACH PARK PROGRAM COMMITTEE AND HELPS COORDINATING THE BIG BAND DANCES AND CONCERTS BY THE SHORE AT ONTARIO BEACH PARK.  HE CHAIRS THE COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE AT HOLY CROSS CHURCH.

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 CONNORSTARTED AS A TRUSTEE AND THEN BECAME SECRETARY OF THE SOCIETY.  SHE CURRENTLY WORKS FOR THE GEORGE EASTMAN HOUSE AS CURATOR.  SHE HAS BEEN ABLE TO BRING HER KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE IN HELPING THE SOCIETY ACCOMPLISHING OUR MISSION.

TREASURER, KIRK SIMPSON:  HAS A BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION FROM THE ROCHESTER INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY AND A GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN INFORMATION SYSTEMS AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS MANAGEMENT FROM SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY.  HIS WORK HISTORY INCLUDES MANAGEMENT, TECHNICAL AND BUDGETARY RESPONSIBILITIES.  IN HIS CURRENT JOB HE MANAGES A DIVERSE TEAM OF TWENTY SUPPORT TECHNICIANS THAT SUPPORT FIVE AREAS OF STUDENT SYSTEM’S NEEDS.  HE ATTENDS NEW YORK STATE EDUCATIONS DEPARTMENT MEETINGS AND IS PART OF THE GENESEE VALLEY AND WAYNE-FINGER LAKES EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY SERVICES’ MANAGEMENT TEAM.  HE IS A PAST PRESIDENT AND BOARD OF TRUSTEE OF THE SOCIETY.

CURATOR, MICHAEL J. MAY:  IN HIS TWENTY-FIRST 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:

TOM BORRELLI: Tom TOM HAS BEEN A RESIDENT OF CHARLOTTE FOR 36 YEARS.  SERVED AS VICE PRESIDENT OF THE CHARLOTTE GENESEE LIGHTHOUSE HISTORICAL SOCIETY IN THE 1980’S.  SERVED AS DIRECTOR OF THE CHARLOTTE COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS IN THE 1980’S.  RETIRED FROM EASTMAN KODAK IN 2007. PRESENTLY EMPLOYED AT LAKESHORE COUNTRY CLUB.

TOM BREWER:  A LIFELONG RESIDENT OF CHARLOTTE, HAS BEEN AN ACTIVE LIGHTHOUSE VOLUNTEER SINCE WE TOOK CHARGE OF THE SITE IN THE 1980’S 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:  CURRENTLY TRUSTEE OF THE SOCIETY.  WORKS AS A SUBSTITUTE TEACH IN SCHOOLS AROUND THE MONROE COUNTY AREA.  FORMER MONROE COUNTY LEGISLATOR AND INSURANCE AGENT.

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. KOBYLARZ: IS 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:  HE HAS SERVED AS A TRUSTEE OF THE SOCIETY SINCE 2016. HE WAS ELECTED TO THE MONROE COUNTY LEGISLATURE IN 2011 TO REPRESENT THE 26TH LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT WHICH INCLUDES PORTIONS OF GATES, GREECE AND THE CITY OF ROCHESTER (CHARLOTTE AND MAPLEWOOD NEIGHBORHOODS). A LIFETIME RESIDENT OF ROCHESTER, TONY ENTERED THE FOSTER CARE SYSTEM AT THE AGE OF EIGHT AND LEFT AT THE AGE OF FOURTEEN, WORKING AT THE CHARLOTTE’S LDR CHAR PIT WHILE ATTENDING CHARLOTTE HIGH SCHOOL. AFTER GRADUATION, HE WORKED FOR 25 YEARS AT GENERAL MOTORS AND TODAY IS A LICENSED REAL ESTATE AGENT.

SANDY PINKNEY:  TRUSTEE FOR THE SOCIETY.  RETIRED AND TAKES ARE OF HER GRAND KIDS.  

CHRISTINE SMITH:  SHE IS AN ACTIVE MEMBER/VOLUNTEER AND PREVIOUSLY SERVED AS A TRUSTEE AND CO-CHAIR OF THE GIFT SHOP.  SHE HAS ALSO BEEN A REPRESENTATIVE ON THE PLANNING COMMITTEE FOR THE LIGHTHOUSE CHALLENGE IN WESTERN NY AND HAS BEEN A MEMBER OF THE GARAGE SALE PLANNING COMMITTEE, CASHIER, TOWER GUIDE AND GARDENER.

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