Jack I. Dinaburg – President
A founding officer of Prevention 1st, Jack has over 35 years of leadership experience in both private and non-profit sectors. He was the founder and first president of the Upstate Kidney Association and the National Kidney Association of Upstate New York. Jack has served on the boards of the Jewish Community Center, Temple Sinai, and Big Brother/Big Sister.
Michael Chatwin – Vice-President
Michael is an Attorney with the law firm of Shapiro, DiCaro & Barak, LLC. He is the father of two boys with developmental disabilities and participates in many charitable fundraisers for people with developmental disabilities. Michael has served on the golf tournament committee for the annual Prevention 1st golf tournament since its inception and is now its co-chair.
Troy Whigham – Treasurer
A staff accountant with Mengel, Metzger Barr & Co., Troy works with non-profit organizations, corporations and individuals. He is a member of the New York State Society of CPA’s and is working on his Master’s Degree in Accounting.
Jessica Holly- Secretary
This year Jessica stepped up to co-chair the Golf Tournament, where she had served as Golf Committee secretary since 2013. She will co-chair the Golf Tournament with Michael Chatwin again in 2020.
Mike Boas – Mike works as an animator, web designer, and workshop instructor at Rochester’s Animatus Studio. His animation for Prevention 1st’s Help Mikey Make It Out game helped it to win an APEX Award for Publication Excellence. He also serves on the board at Rochester Association for Film Arts and Sciences and is co-runner of the Rochester Writers Workshop.
John Caufield – John served for five years as Fire Chief of the Rochester Fire Department, culminating 27 years of service with the RFD. Upon retirement from the RFD in 2013, John joined the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and served as the Mid-Atlantic Director. John is currently Fire Chief of the Fort Myers, FL Fire Department.
Molly Clifford – Molly is the Executive Director of Community Health Strategies. She previously served as Director of Fire Administration for the Rochester Fire Department (RFD) guiding multiple fire safety initiatives. She has served on the Monroe County Board of Health, and as staff to the City-County Council for People with Disabilities.
Robert Cole, Ph.D. – Bob is President of Fireproof Children and one of the nation’s leading experts in fire safety education. He is a research psychologist and Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Rochester Medical Center School Of Nursing.
A retired, 30-year veteran of the fire service, Bob was named Firefighter of the Year 2000 for his community-based prevention and education efforts and career achievement.
Benjamin Greene – A Financial Analyst in Chestnut Hill, MA, Ben specializes in real estate valuation and analysis for acquisitions, development, and their existing portfolio. Since 2010 he has also worked for the Bruegger’s Bagels franchise in New York State managing their Change for Change donation box program at all bakeries across Rochester, Syracuse, and Albany.
Michael G. Hirsh, MD – Dr. Hirsh trained in Rochester and practiced pediatrics here for 31 years. He is a clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of Rochester, and continues to teach medical students at the University of Rochester Medical School and residents at Golisano Children’s Hospital. He has dedicated his professional life to the care of children.
Edward (Ted) Kuppinger – A 22-year member of the Rochester Fire Department, he was promoted to Captain in 2014, spent 2 years supervising the Fire/Arson Investigation Unit and now serves as the Captain/Officer in charge of the Fire Safety Division. Capt. Kuppinger also served for 24 years in the National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve, retiring with the rank of Major.
Jennifer Ralph – Jen is Training Coordinator for Community Health Strategies, responsible for training program coordination, scheduling and implementation of its safety education workshops. She is also the talented artist who created the illustrations for the educational storybook Mikey Makes a Mess, the images used in the award-winning animated game Help Mikey Make It Out, and Prevention 1st’s Safe Routes to School posters.
Brett Rogoff – CEO of Strategic Group, a lifestyle marketing, special events, consumer promotions and public relations company in New York City. Brett is involved with the Cooke School, where Prevention 1st is expanding its Safe at Home training for people with developmental disabilities. Brett is currently the Membership Chair for the Northeast US Regional Chapter of YPO.
Jody Rowe – COO of Lifespan of Greater Rochester, a nonprofit whose mission is to help older adults and caregivers take on the challenges and opportunities of longer life. Jody has over 35 years working for not-for-profits. She was previously the Senior Administrator for Aging Services at The Arc of Monroe County serving persons with developmental disabilities and their families.
James Sheppard – VP, Youth Development, Dale Carnegie Training of Rochester. Currently a Monroe County Legislator, James previously served as Chief of the Rochester Police Department, and as Director of School Safety and Security for the Rochester City School District.
Ellie Stauffer – Ellie holds a Master’s degree in Organizational Development, Training and Human Resources Development and a BS degree in elementary education. She developed Prevention First/play safe! be safe! – Fire Safety Education for Preschool Children and Families and prepared trainers across the country to present this train the trainer program to early childhood educators, reaching thousands of children and families across our nation.
Sharon P. Stiller, Esq. – A Partner and Director of the Employment Law Practice at Abrams, Fensterman, Fensterman, Eisman, Formato, Ferrara & Wolf, LLP, Sharon has been recognized for her legal work and community service, and received the Kate Stoneman award from Albany Law School, the Raymond J. Pauley Award from the Monroe County Bar Association, and the Rochester Women’s Network’s “W” Award.
Iris Banister – Rev. Dr. Banister is a longtime child advocate. She has previously been Executive Director of the Wilson Commencement Park, head of the City School District’s Senior High Alternative Program for Education, and principal of the Charter School of Science and Technology.
Rick Costanza – Mr. Costanza is Chair of the Education Department of Monroe Community College. Previously he was Coordinator of Administrative Services and Senior Instructional Designer for the SUNY Learning Network, the nation’s second largest online learning program. He holds a master’s degree in teaching and curriculum from Harvard University, and a BA in English from SUNY Geneseo.
Donna M. Dedee – Ms. Dedee is President and CEO of the School of the Holy Childhood, a non-profit agency serving children and adults with developmental disabilities. She was previously president and CEO of Bishop Kearney High School, following nearly 20 years in television journalism.
Maria Figueroa – As Regional Manager of the National Fire Protection Association’s Fire Prevention Field Office, Captain Figueroa is an NFPA ambassador to the fire prevention community and promotes fire prevention initiatives nationwide. Prior to her current position, she was a firefighter for 19 years, served as Public Education Bureau OIC of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, and founded the firesetter intervention coalition in Miami-Dade County.
Frank McGarry – President of Francis A. McGarry Associates and project manager for the National Association of State Fire Marshals. Mr. McGarry has more than 20 years of service as New York State’s first State Fire Administrator and head of the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control.
Mary Louise Musler – Ms. Musler is Executive Director of 292 Baby, a community collaboration administered by Monroe Community College which develops and administers programs to all early childhood educators in Greater Rochester.
Wade Norwood – As Chief Program Officer for Community Engagement at Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency, Mr. Norwood works to build connections between health and human services and to connect community health planning to public policy advocacy. He is also a member of the New York State Board of Regents.
R. Wayne Powell – Mr. Powell is Life Safety Specialist for Marriott International and former Chief of Citizen and Community Preparedness of the United States Fire Administration (USFA). He has been involved in fire protection and training for more than 30 years, including USFA programmatic activities and National Fire Academy training.
Joan Roby-Davison – For more than a decade Ms. Roby-Davison was Executive Director of Group 14621 Community Association, serving more than 13,000 households in northeast Rochester and working to improve life in this neighborhood, including household hazard reduction and safety. Since 2008 Ms. Roby-Davison has been Coordinator of the Empire State Housing Alliance.
Stewart R. Moscov