The Levine Center to End Hate is guided by a multicultural, multi-ethnic, interfaith steering committee representing a wide range of sectors of our community, including business, nonprofit, public and higher education, and the arts.

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Steering Committee


Kevin Beckford

GRYT Health Sr. Vice President, Chief People & Compliance Officer


Carolyn Nussbaum, Esq.

Partner, Nixon Peabody

Steering Committee

Judy Azoff
Executive Director, Retired
Farash Institute for Jewish Education

Mike Boucher

Co-Director, Counseling & Community Works St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center


Rina Chessin

Past President
Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester


Zack Ellis

Founder & CEO 

TheirStory, Inc.


Adrian Hale
Director of Economic & Community Development

Foundry: A Digital Currency Group Company



Seanelle Hawkins, Ed.D.

President and CEO

Urban League of Rochester

Ann M. Johnson
Executive Director
ACT Rochester

Mona Friedman Kolko


Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester


Christina Lee

Coordinator for Global Education

Monroe Community College


Todd Levine

President, The William & Mildred Levine Foundation


Kevin McGowan, Ph.D.
Brighton Central School District

Susan E. Nowak, SSJ, Ph.D.
Professor of Religious Studies
Nazareth College


Julie Nusbaum

Immediate Past President, Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester Inaugural Chair,

Levine Center to End Hate



Bianca Pointner

Community Trainer

Gandhi Institute

Michael Silverstein, CRPC
Senior Partner
Freedom Financial Planning, LLC


Taj P. Smith, Ed.D
Director of Diversity Education
Rochester Institute of Technology


Tiana Stephens
Communications Officer
Greater Rochester Health Foundation

Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester

Meredith Dragon
Chief Executive Officer