Meet the New Foundation Board Members
Julie Camardo-Steron serves as the 5th Generation owner and current President of Zweigle’s Inc. She was born and raised in Rochester, NY and attended Mercy High School. She went on to Providence College and received a BA degree in Psychology.
After college she first worked as of the Jesuit Volunteer Corp, in Syracuse, NY running a program at the Brighton Family Center focusing on young parents. After Syracuse she moved to Maryland to pursue a career in nursing but ended up working in the staffing industry.
In 2002, Julie moved back to Rochester to work for Zweigle’s. She started in the office and then transitioned to sales while both her grandfather and mother were still at Zweigle’s. In 2005, Julie was named Vice President of Zweigle’s. She took over as President of Zweigle’s in 2009 after her mother passed away. January of this year Julie was named as current CEO/Owner of the company.
Julie’s number one goal is to continue the Zweigle’s legacy and successfully grow the business. Under her leadership the business has expanded its product offerings to include chicken sausage, meatloaf and more. She is also launching two new brands, Savory Sensations and Mama Camardo which will feature new items such as breakfast sausage, meatballs, pizza toppings and full cooked whole muscle meats. The new business is designed to develop new products to off set the seasonality of Zweigle’s core business.
Julie is committed to the community where she lives. She is on the Board of Directors for Foodlink Inc. and is the current Chairperson Emeritus. She has been assisting Foodlink for over 11 years on various committees and joined the Board of Directors in 2008. She has served on the CDS foundation Board as a former member and secretary for six years ending her term in 2013. Currently she serves on the MCC Foundation Gala Committee and is a strong supporter of the Golisano Children’s Hospital, Susan B. Anthony Center for Women’s Leadership, Strong Museum of Play and United Way. She has also been an active parent in the Harley School community serving as a classroom representative.
Julie has three children with her husband Scott, two daughters Elizabeth, Samantha and a son, Nathan. She supports her children in their education, sports and artistic activities. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends outside of work.
Robert J. Duffy '75 and '88
Rochester native Robert J. Duffy began as Rochester Business Alliance president and Chief Executive Officer January 1, 2015. Prior to working for RBA, Duffy served as New York lieutenant governor in Governor Andrew Cuomo's administration from January 2011 to December 2014. Duffy previously served as Rochester mayor from January 2006 to January 2011 and as Rochester police chief from March 1998 to April 2005, when he resigned his post to run for mayor. He joined the Rochester Police Department in November 1976.
During his tenure as Rochester mayor, Duffy was widely recognized for navigating the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression by reducing the cost of government, improving services, lowering tax rates, and attracting millions of dollars in private-sector investments.
As lieutenant governor, Duffy chaired the Regional Economic Development Councils aimed at rebuilding New York's economy and positioning the Empire State to be a global economic leader. Duffy also served as chair of the Spending and Government Efficiency Commission. In that role, Duffy oversaw an effort to make New York's government more modern, accountable, and efficient.
Duffy also played an instrumental role on the governor's Mandate Relief Council. He chaired a series of statewide mandate relief hearings, which sought input from local government officials and constituents on the statutory and regulatory burdens faced by local governments and school districts.
In May of 2012, the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations awarded Duffy the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. The medal honors notable American citizens who demonstrate a life committed to community service.
Bob Duffy holds two degrees from Monroe Community College, a Bachelor of Science degree from Rochester Institute of Technology, and Master of Arts degree from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.
Ronald C. Mead
Ron Mead is Vice President of M/E Engineering, P.C. and is responsible for the operations of M/E's Rochester, NY office. He is an integral part of M/E's professional staff development. Ron was one of the founders of the firm in 1992. He has been in the consulting engineering business since 1979 and has been actively involved in the design and implementation of many of the firm's major projects for K-12 school, college, university and industrial clients. Ron received his BS degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Rochester Institute of Technology in 1981. Ron is a Licensed Professional Engineer in New York State and is a LEED Accredited Professional.