New Steering Committee Members 2022-2023

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Lucia Colindres-Vasquez

Lucia Colindres-Vasquez is the Chief Program Officer at Ibero-American Action League, Inc. She has oversight of most Ibero programs and related health initiatives throughout the Finger Lakes and Capital region.

Lucia has 22 years of experience in Community Health and most recently worked for Rochester Regional Health where she led multiple Community Health-DSRIP initiatives, the National Health Service Corps, supported several FQHCs, and the creation and transformation of the Multicultural Resource Center project at the Wilson Multicultural Medical Campus.  Lucia has a B.S. in Social Science-Sociology from SUNY College at Brockport and a Master of Healthcare Administration from Roberts Wesleyan College. She also holds a Family Development Credential from Cornell University.  

Lucia was the Executive Director of the Community Health Workers Association of Rochester, Inc., and is currently the board co-chair. She is the steering committee chair of the Latino Leadership Development Program of United Way of Greater Rochester, and the past Co-Chair of the Latino Health Coalition at Common Ground Health.  Lucia is the Community Health Worker Ambassador for New York State and a CHW leader member of the National Association of Community Health Workers (NACHW).

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Sasha Eloi-Evans

Dr. Sasha Eloi-Evans is a native of the Caribbean and an accomplished practitioner and strategist with several years of higher education leadership. She began her career in higher education at Syracuse University, teaching English as a second language. In her current position at University of Rochester, reporting directly to Mercedes Ramírez Fernández, the former Vice President for Equity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer, Eloi-Evans works closely with senior leadership, administration, academic deans, faculty, students, and staff to ensure that equity and inclusion are embraced across the University, enterprise-wide, producing transformative EDI change. She also manages the daily operations of IOEI, including institution-wide equity, diversity, and inclusion from a strategic lens that includes recruitment, training, communication, policy, compliance, and metrics. 
 

Sasha is a proud Black woman who enjoys reading and spending time with her two children and wife.  She has volunteered as a Staff Equity Officer and served as the Anti-racism Training Co-Chair, LGBTQ Advocacy Committee, Women's Leadership Alliance, Susan B. Anthony Institute Honoree for Service and Activism, Presidential Diversity Award Nominee, and much more. 

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Sareer Fazili​

Sareer Fazili is an empathic & empirical attorney by trade & training with more than 2 decades of private practice coupled with an equal amount of investment of time, talent & resources across many community service organizations. In 2021, he started the Fazili Firm to help clients navigate the hurdles that are placed before them when they are injured as a result of the negligence of others. He is the current President of Pittsford Youth Services and has served as President at the Islamic Center of Rochester. He sits on the Board of Trustees for the Barakah Muslim Charity, the Board of Directors of the Center for Kashmir, and is secretary of the Monroe County Bar Association. 

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Beth Lilach

Beth Lilach is the Executive Director of the Konar Center for Tolerance & Jewish Studies at Nazareth College. She has been engaged in Holocaust & Genocide History, Jewish Studies, Human Rights & Social Justice Advocacy, and Feminist Pedagogy for over thirty years. Beth is a dedicated educator, researcher, speaker, and activist. Her background includes the curating of a Holocaust Museum on Long Island, conducting presentations at conferences around the world, interviewing Rohingya Survivors in refugee camps in Bangladesh, and designing tailor-made professional development seminars on ethics for nurses, physicians, law enforcement officers, and attorneys.

 

Beth received her BA in Feminist Studies from the University of California-Santa Cruz and obtained her MA in Holocaust History and Genocide Studies from Clark University. Beth is passionate about her work, but also loves to be around animals, travel, and get lost in nature.

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Jill Paperno​

Jill Paperno is a senior civil rights litigator at the Empire Justice Center.  Before joining Empire Justice, she spent 35 years in the Monroe County Public Defender’s Office, most recently as the First Assistant Public Defender.  Jill’s book, “Representing the Accused: A Practical Guide to Criminal Defense” was published by West Publishing in July of 2012.  Jill served as the president of the Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys for the 2015-2016 year, and the Monroe County Bar Association for the 2020-2021 year.  Jill helped to found the Lawyers’ Coalition for Racial and Social Justice and the Monroe County Bar Association President’s Commission on Antiracism.  

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Tina Paradiso​

Tina Paradiso is the owner of three social enterprises, following the principles of conscious capitalism and serving leadership. Her personal mission statement is: to defend and champion humankind through strong advocacy for what is right, equitable and just. She spent three years working her way out of homelessness from the age of 19 and she is a survivor of domestic violence. A decade after settling into Rochester, NY, she purchased her first business at the age of 42.  She is an enthusiastic, authentic and relentless non-conformist who has the ability to see through others’ lens, balancing high expectations with heart to serve others through business.

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Michael Silbert​

Michael Silbert began earned degrees in Jewish Professional Leadership and Non-Profit Management and began his career in the Jewish community at Brandeis University. While working in Financial Resource Development at Boston University Hillel, he realized “that I really wanted and needed to be working with Jewish students, their Jewish lives and their Jewish growth.”
Pastoral care is one of the most important aspects of the rabbinate for Rabbi Silbert. “My experiences surrounding the loss of my mother when I was a teenager taught me that pastoral care is not something that all rabbis are comfortable with, even though it ought to be one of the most important areas of their jobs,” says Rabbi Silbert. “My chaplaincy internship at a hospital in Boston was key to this aspect of my own personal growth. You learn when to talk, when to stay quiet. You have to know that you may not have the answers. As my teacher Rabbi Arthur Green once said, ‘there are times when love is all you have to offer.’”
Rabbi Silbert is currently at Temple Beth David. When asked about his philosophy he comments, “Relationships. That is the single most important thing. It’s not always about programming, it’s about building meaningful Jewish relationships. People don’t have relationships with synagogues, they have relationships with people. To accomplish this, he says, people have to be made to feel welcome, to feel wanted and to give them a reason to return. 

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Susanna Speed

Susanna Speed (she/her) is the Sr. Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Trillium Health and has been with the company for 9 years in many roles, including care management, prevention, sexual health and education. For the past 15 years Susanna has worked with a variety of populations, including people living with disabilities, LGBTQ+ communities, foster children and other groups who have historically been marginalized. Susanna is also the Co-Chair of the ROC Pride Collective, a community-led group coordinating Rochester Pride. Susanna graduated from the University at Buffalo with a Bachelor’s degree in English and a Master’s degree in Global Gender Studies and works with a variety of community groups throughout the Greater Finger Lakes region.