Kyle Crandall (class of ’18)
Kyle and his wife Ginger purchased a home in Beechwood in 1999. They are committed to the Beechwood neighborhood and raising their three children here as well. Kyle has served in two different stints as President and is committed to working together with all citizens, good businesses, organizations, and City government to see the neighborhood become a safe and desirable neighborhood for families to live. In addition, Kyle teaches at East High School and coaches the Varsity Baseball team at East and the Varsity Basketball team at NE College Prep. Kyle and his family also fellowship at Bethel Christian Fellowship.
Esther Wilson (class of ’18)
Bio coming soon…
Kevin Thompson (class of ’20)
Kevin has been in Beechwood 12 years with the last five as a homeowner (E. Main). He became aware of the Beechwood meetings, which drew him into the community. He was impressed with how well it was run- the interaction with city hall and all things Beechwood.
Joe Di Fiore (class of ’20)
Growing up not far from Beechwood, Joe joined our neighborhood in April 2010 (Parsells Ave) and quickly realized it was the place to be! In addition to his duties as Secretary, Joe maintains the BNC website and Beechwood FB Page, and he rarely misses an opportunity to join a committee or attend a meeting that is likely to impact Beechwood. Joe also serves as a board member for the City Roots Community Land Trust, which works to empower residents and to secure permanently affordable housing options in Rochester. Passionate about potlucks, community-building, and all things Beechwood, Joe has been proud to serve on the BNC Board since 2014.
Shane Wiegand (class of ’20)
Shane is a fourth grade teacher in the Rush Henrietta Central School District. He attended SUNY Geneseo and earned his Bachelor’s degree in Childhood and Special Education and a Master’s degree in Childhood Multicultural Education. After college, Shane moved back to Rochester and attended Artisan Church in the Swillburg neighborhood, where he served as an elder and leader of the social justice team. He developed partnerships between the church and organizations such as Sojourner House, Rochester Area Interfaith Hospitality Network, and North East Area Development. Shane worked with Artisan and NEAD on several volunteer projects, including painting the Freedom School, fundraising for the Sankofa Bird Mural, and organizing community social justice film nights at Dazzle dance studio (with food from Speedy Slice!). During these projects, Shane and his wife Jennie fell in love with the Beechwood neighborhood and purchased a home on Rosewood Terrace in June of 2016. Along with regularly attending monthly BNC meetings since March of 2016, he has become involved with the City Roots Community Land Trust. Shane is a passionate cyclist and bikes to work whenever the weather allows. He also enjoys driving some of the neighborhood kids to the Saturday literacy program at the Freedom School. Shane is excited about the opportunity to meet more of his neighbors and become more involved in the neighborhood, especially in the areas of community development and education.
Matt Smith (class of ’20)
Matt has lived in Beechwood since 2001 and has served on our board since 2011. He is a passionate advocate of Beechwood who appreciates our neighborhood’s historic charm and character. When he’s not working for Xerox, in his spare time he enjoys housing restoration projects and building leaded glass windows and fixtures.
Agnes Perez (class of ’19)
Bio coming soon…
Chris Holdridge (class of ’20)
Chris is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America, a lifetime Rochester resident, former student and teacher at East High School, and the founder of 441 Ministries in Beechwood. Chris is the pastor of New City Fellowship-Beechwood, a church committed to being a blessing to the neighborhood through community development and support. He has lived in Beechwood for 12 years (Grand Ave.) along with his wife, Alicia, and their four sons.
John P. Gleason (class of ’18)
John is a nationally and internationally certified fund raising executive with more than forty years of development experience. He has worked on the planning or management of eleven major campaign efforts with an aggregate total in excess of $500,000,000. He lives in Beechwood with his wife Mary Ellen Miller Gleason who is a professor at Monroe Community College. They have three grown children.
Burt Betchart (class of ’18)
My wife and I bought our first home and moved to Beechwood two years ago. I have enjoyed the community and I share a sense of optimism for the future of the neighborhood. I gladly serve on the BNC Board of Directors, and do my best to pursue the realization of our community interests.
Beth Sieber (Class of ’19)
Beth bought her Beechwood home in 2004. In prior years, she had been Director at the Webster Avenue Family Resource Center, so her connection and affinity for this neighborhood extends over two decades. Beth’s children are graduates of the City School District and are involved in healthcare and the local jazz scene.
A non-profit administrator, with particular passions around the alleviation of poverty and the protection of our natural resources, Beth also values the beauty of our neighborhood’s older homes and tree-lined, walkable streets. She firmly believes in the importance of community and the ability that a sense of place contributes to community. Serving as a neighborhood representative on the committee charged to consider Main Street design, was a very rewarding experience for Beth.
Beth is honored to serve with the Neighborhood Coalition Board and excited about the possible role that Beechwood can take in the revitalization of Rochester. She is invested in the Beechwood neighborhood and is committed to working to make the neighborhood the best place that it can be for all of our neighbors.
Jennifer Banister (class of ’19)
Jennifer Banister and her husband Tony Brown were blessed to find their home on Grand Avenue in 2004, bought from a friend whose family had lived in the house since the early 1900s. With her neighbors, Jennifer helped create an informal block club named for MLK’s radical vision for how we look out for one another: Our Beloved Community@ Grand & Webster. Since 2008, beloved neighbors created a lawn business for/by early teenagers, block celebrations and gatherings, a green space at the corner of Grand & Baldwin, and have advocated on behalf of our neighbors to get absentee landlords to respect their tenants and make needed repairs. For the past 15 years, including in Boston and Rochester, Jennifer has worked alongside youth making positive changes in their neighborhoods through the organization, Teen Empowerment. Her focus is on community uplift approaches emphasizing community-building, jobs and opportunities for youth and adult neighbors, and measures that prevent the push-out of longtime neighbors in the face of gentrification. She cherishes living in a front porch community, a few minutes from downtown by bike and by foot to our Rochester treasure, the Public Market.
Hasana Martin (class of ’19)
I was born in New Jersey, but I have lived in Rochester for most of my life. I graduated from Jefferson H.S. in 1987. I decided to pursue a career in human services in 1994. I enrolled in MCC and after graduation enrolled in Nazareth. I graduated in 1996 and spent five years working for the RCSD. I am currently serving as an AmeriCorps member through Connected Communities. I find myself drawn to fields that involve a great deal of contact with people. I enjoy reading, assembling puzzles, and spending time with my family. I have lived in the Beechwood neighborhood for almost a year and I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know my neighbors. I look forward to working with other members of the Beechwood Neighborhood Coalition and being part of the future of Beechwood.
Members at Large
Doreen Young (class of ’19)
Bio coming soon…
Candidates for the Board
Mary Lupien (class of ’21)
Bio coming soon…
Members are elected to the BNC board in April during our Annual Meeting. For details on the election process and general governance, have a look at our bylaws.