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Board of Trustee Members

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Barbara P. Lovenheim - Chair
Gubernatorial Appointment (2012-2024)

MCC Professor Emerita Dr. Barbara P. Lovenheim taught for 17 years in the College's English/Philosophy Department and in the College's Honors Institute. She taught in the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program at Nazareth College. A prolific writer who has published many critical and creative pieces, Dr. Lovenheim has taught in Strasbourg, France for Syracuse University and was a visiting professor in the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program at Dartmouth College. She is active in the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Project at MCC. She served on the University of Rochester Library Advisory Board and the Friends of Eastman Opera Board. She plays clarinet with the New Horizons clarinet choir through Eastman Community School. Dr. Lovenheim has a B.A. from Ohio University, an M.A. from Tufts University, an M.F.A. from New England College, and a Ph.D. from the University of Rochester.

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Grace S. Tillinghast - Vice Chair
Local Appointment (2009-2020)

Mrs. Tillinghast is co-owner of The Battery, a baseball and softball training facility in Gates, and a former Eastman Kodak Company executive. In addition to her extensive career in public affairs and communications at Kodak, she was co-host and co-producer of "Que Pasa Rochester," WXXI's Spanish-language news program, for 16 years. An area resident for nearly 40 years, she is a longtime advocate of the Hispanic community. Presently, she serves on the boards of the Rochester Hispanic Business Association, the Arts and Cultural Council for Greater Rochester, the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center and the Rochester Police Department Do the Right Thing program. Fluent in five languages, she has lectured and published throughout the world about the use and abuse of the Spanish language. Ms. Tillinghast's education includes certification in elementary and secondary education from Tomas Godoy Cruz Teachers' College; certification in English, University of Michigan; certification in Italian, Dante Alighieri Institute; and certification in corporate community relations, Boston College School of Management.

Auven “Benny” Martinez III
Student Trustee (2020-2021)

Mr. Martinez is pursuing an MCC associate degree in criminal justice toward a career in politics in hopes of playing a significant role in reforming the criminal justice system. He aspires to ultimately lead Rochester as mayor. In addition to his full-time studies and part-time job, he is an engaged student leader. He served as a peer leader at the Downtown Campus, vice president of membership for the Phi Theta Kappa honor society, and most recently as president of Student Events and Governance Association. After MCC, he plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in public relations and eventually earn a law degree.

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John L. Bartolotta 
Local Appointment (2008-2025)

Mr. Bartolotta is retired as Group Manager/Administrative Vice President of M&T Bank. He has extensive banking experience in both the development of new and existing commercial loan relationships and sales strategies. He is a Past Chair of the Monroe Community College Board of Trustees, Past President of the Monroe Community College Foundation and Locust Hill Country Club, Past Chair of the Al Sigl Center Sports Committee, and most recently served on the boards of Better Business Bureau and Humane Society of Rochester. A graduate of Aquinas Institute and Rochester Business Institute, Mr. Bartolotta is a veteran of the US Marine Corps Reserve.

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Dr. Joe Carbone
Local Appointment (2018-2025)

Dr. Joe Carbone serves as president of the Monroe County Legislature and represents the 16th legislative district, comprised of the northeastern portion of the Town of Irondequoit. He was elected to the Legislature in 2012, re-elected in 2015 and is currently serving a four-year term. Dr. Carbone owns two medical practices, one on Titus Avenue in the Town of Irondequoit and one in Brighton. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong as well as the Italian Heritage Foundation. Dr. Carbone is a graduate of West Irondequoit High School. He also earned a bachelor of science degree from St. John Fisher College and a doctorate of podiatric medicine from the Illinois College of Podiatric Medicine.

Daniel M. DeLaus, Jr.
Local Appointment (2020-2021)

Mr. DeLaus is Chief Legal Counsel for Rochester-Genesee Regional Transportation Authority. He represents the Authority in all legal and regulatory matters and transactions. Mr. DeLaus began his career in the Monroe County Public Defender’s office and then moved on to private practice. He returned to county government in 2004 as County Attorney. Five years later, County Executive Maggie Brooks appointed him Deputy County Executive, her chief policy advisor and senior staff member. He serves on the board of directors and is treasurer for Common Ground Health focusing on community health issues via data analysis, community engagement and solution implementation through community collaboration and partnership. He serves on the Policy Working Group and System Integration Project Legal Group for the Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative (RMAPI) which is a multi-sector community collaborative with a goal to improve quality of life by reducing poverty and increasing self-sufficiency. Mr. DeLaus chairs the Town of Penfield Zoning Board of Appeals. He holds a juris doctorate degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Notre Dame. He is a member in good standing of the Monroe County Bar Association.

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Carla M. Palumbo
Gubernatorial Appointment (2016-2022)

Ms. Palumbo is the president and CEO of the Legal Aid Society of Rochester with over 30 years of experience as attorney. She has spent much of her career with the organization advocating for domestic violence victims and access to justice for the most vulnerable in our community. Previously, she served on the Monroe County Legislature, including two years as minority leader of her caucus, and on the Rochester City Council, representing Northwest Rochester. During her time on the Council, she chaired the Neighborhood and Business Development Committee. In addition to her public service, she is the co-author of the third and fourth editions of The Law of Sex Discrimination. Ms. Palumbo’s community involvement includes serving as the immediate past president of the board of Mary’s Place and as a board member of the New York Bar Foundation, which has named her a lifetime fellow. She holds a juris doctor degree from Syracuse University and a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Italian education from SUNY Albany.

Dale R. Rehkopf II
Local Appointment (2019-2021)

Mr. Rehkopf is a United States Army veteran and an Edward Jones financial advisor. He has over 17 years of experience specializing in retirement, education, and risk management planning. He holds the Certified Financial Planner (CFP®), Master Planner of Advanced Studies (MPAS®), Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU®), and Accredited Asset Management Specialist (AAMS®) designations. Mr. Rehkopf has been responsible for the talent acquisition, training, operations, and practice management of Edward Jones financial advisors throughout Western New York. He earned a master of science degree from the College for Financial Planning® and a bachelor of science degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point.

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Allen K. Williams
Gubernatorial Appointment (2012-2024)

Mr. Williams is the Program Coordinator for the Rochester Joint School Construction Board (RJSCB).  The RJSCB was created the by the Rochester School Facilities Modernization Act a $1.3 billion program which will renovate schools in the Rochester City School District and bring them up to 21st century learning standards.  Mr. Williams is the former Director of Special Projects and Education Initiatives for Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren. Mr. Williams has nearly 30 years of financial, accounting and pension planning experience. He was the Chief Financial Officer for Brown & Hutchinson, the largest minority owned law firm in New York state. He has worked at TIAA-CREF, JP Morgan & Co. and the United States International Trade Commission. As the Director of Special Projects and Education Initiatives he was responsible for a variety of the Mayor’s initiatives centered on early childhood learning, literacy and job readiness. He is also a strong supporter of education, having served as an adjunct instructor in MCC’s Business Administration and Economics Department and as a commissioner on the Rochester City School District Board of Education. In addition to serving on the Board of Trustees of Monroe Community College he also serves as treasurer on the executive committee of the New York Community College Trustees  Association (NYCCT).  He also served on the boards of WXXI Public Broadcasting, the Jordan Health Center, Action for a Better Community and the Rochester ChildCare Council.  Mr. Williams earned a MBA from University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and a bachelor’s degree from University of California, Irvine.