Maria de Lourdes Perez-Albuene was born in Havana, Cuba and emigrated to the United States in 1960. She has a Master of Divinity degree from St. Bernard’s Institute in Rochester and has received certification in small business administration and community organizing. Her work experience includes 19 years at the Diocese of Rochester’s Office of Social Ministry (now Catholic Charities) and 5 years as business manager of the Roman Catholic Community of the Nineteenth Ward.
Lourdes’ experience also includes serving on several boards and committees. She currently serves on the Volunteers of America board, as well as St. Peter’s. Her commitment to the St. Peter’s Kitchen board is to use her experience in organizing, finances, personnel management and knowledge of how to best serve on a board to help the team achieve its goals.
Lourdes is married and has 3 children and 6 grandchildren.
Bob teaches Business at SUNY Geneseo and is Director of School of Business Interns. Previously he was the Executive Director of the South Wedge Planning Committee and spent over 25 years with HSBC Bank. Bob is also a member of the American Institute of CPA’s in the Personal Finance Section. His experience includes community and economic development with a focus on healthy eating through farmer’s markets and community gardens. He has been awarded the Healthy Hero Award by the Greater Rochester Health Foundation. Bob is also Board Chair of Delphi Drug and Alcohol Council, Chair of St. Monica’s Buildings and Grounds and The Westside Farmers Market. Bob has been married to his wife Joy for over 35 years, and has two married children.
Heidi is a life-long resident of Chili, NY and a graduate of Churchville Chili High School and RIT. She has been a volunteer at St. Peter’s Kitchen since 2010. Her other volunteer experiences include St. Pius X School and the Ronald McDonald Family Room within the Golisano Children’s Hospital. Professionally, she helps manage Inland Transport Services, Inc., a family-owned freight transportation service. Heidi is married and has two daughters in college.
Krista Jenkins is a born and raised Rochester resident who lives in the South Wedge with her husband, Gavin. During her time at Hartwick College, Krista discovered her passion for fighting against hunger and working with nonprofit organizations to provide food to those in need. Krista has participated in several mission trips to both South Africa and Costa Rica. She also worked with volunteer recruiting, as well as in public relations for the Community Involvement and Volunteerism office at Hartwick. Krista discovered her love for St. Peter’s after volunteering a few times this past year at the Kitchen and is excited to bring her spirit, volunteer experience, and passion for hunger relief to the Board. She begins the pursuit of her Master’s Degree in Public Administration and Nonprofit management this spring, while continuing her efforts to fight against hunger.
For the past 6 years, Kevin has been actively involved in grassroots community-based food programs, following his graduation from St. Bonaventure University in 2011. With a degree in biology and math, he discovered a passion in service at St. Francis Inn, in downtown Philadelphia. Kevin joined the kitchen in August 2016 as our Kitchen Operations Manager, and worked in that function until September of 2017, when he accepted a job as a lay minister at RIT’s Newman Catholic Community. Even though we miss Kevin in the kitchen, we are fortunate to have his voice of experience on our Board. Kevin is happily married to his wife Katie, and a proud dog parent to Murdoc.
Margy Riemer served as a Marketing and Communications professional employed by local non-profits (Catholic Family Center, St. Mary’s Hospital/Unity Health System, America Red Cross, and Blue Cross and Blue Shield) for more than 40 years. She has extensive experience in Marketing and Communications as an integral component of fundraising/public awareness strategies for those organizations. Her management positions required visionary thinking, excellent verbal and written communications skills, and the ability to build relationships with diverse audiences. Margy is skilled in strategic planning, public relations outreach, media relations, writing content for publications, public speaking and special event support. She is now retired, working part time for Grandma’s Helpers and volunteering for local non-profits whose Missions resonate with her. She looks forward to using her skills to benefit the important work of St. Peter’s Kitchen.
Greg serves as Rochester Silver Works’ technical and process support for Film Washing and Polyester Film Sales, as well as their overall business development leader. He has been at RSW since the company’s inception. Before working for RSW, Greg was at Eastman Kodak for 30+ years in the maintenance and manufacturing areas. While at Eastman Kodak he received extensive training, including Kodak Maintenance Machinist Apprenticeship along with attending college at Rochester Institute of Technology. Greg is passionate about finding new business opportunities and optimizing existing businesses from a functionality and cost-effectiveness standpoint, along with providing customer support. When not at work, Greg enjoys spending quality time with his wife Sonya and his son Matthew and daughter Cameron, vacations, sitting on the board for St. Peter’s Soup Kitchen and the great outdoors (camping, golfing, home construction/remolding and furniture building).
Tom began volunteering at St. Peter’s Kitchen over 25 years ago by washing pots and pans on Saturday morning, but his familiarity with the Kitchen goes further back than that. He was introduced to the Kitchen through his Dad who donated sandwich meats regularly to the original Director, Brother Bob. Tom’s involvement in the Kitchen over the years has changed but the mission of the Kitchen has remained constant, and it is a mission he continues to support. Professionally, Tom is the president of Westminster Consulting. He is married and has four children.
JoAnne received a Masters of Science degree from SUNY Brockport and a NY State Teacher Certification, taught for many years and is presently a retired elementary school teacher. She has been married for 36 years and has been blessed with a blended family of seven children and 16 grandchildren. She works part-time testing Civil Service Exams for the county and for the Federal Government testing students randomly chosen throughout New York State. She spends many volunteer hours at the Southwest Ecumenical Ministries (SWEM) food cupboard, St. Peter’s Kitchen and St. Monica’s Church. She plays clarinet with the New Horizons Concert Band from the Eastman School of Music, is a member of St. Monica’s choir and a member of the Oasis Community Chorus, and spends as much time as possible with her family and grandchildren.
Margaret is a retired human resources executive who has volunteered at St. Peter’s Kitchen for 15 years. As a board member she assists the dedicated staff in fulfilling our mission of providing nourishment and support to our community.
Her past volunteer activities include, board member of CP Rochester, Board Chair of The Friendly Home, and community mediator for Center for Dispute Settlement. She currently serves on the Development Committee at the Friendly Home, and is a volunteer at St. Peter’s Kitchen and the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester. Raised in Rochester, Margaret is a graduate of Nazareth Academy and holds a BS degree from Rochester Institute of Technology. Margaret and her husband, Peter, have a son, Andrew (wife, Heidi), and are the proud grandparents of Ryan and Adam.“One of the joys in retirement has been my association with St. Peter’s Kitchen and I am honored to serve on the board,” she said.