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 a 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.
Jennifer has more than 20 years of experience in research, evaluation, and assessment in the higher education and non-profit sectors. Jennifer currently works to support the Division of Student Affairs at RIT in using data to improve the experience of students. She is excited to be able to use her experience in writing and evaluating grants, collecting and using data to inform practice and strategic planning to support the Kitchen. She lives in Rochester with her husband
and two children.
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.
Jessica has diverse experiences in human services field, from teaching to working with populations experiencing homelessness to parish ministry. She worked at Camp Stella Maris for almost 10 years and has taught Spanish in public school and independently. Jessica worked at the St. Francis Inn soup kitchen in Philadelphia through Franciscan Volunteer Ministry and was also the interim director of the organization’s Thea Bowman Women’s Center. She has volunteered in other Rochester soup kitchens, including St. Peter’s Kitchen. Jessica feels blessed to have the opportunity to serve on St. Peter’s Board and bring her passion for team-building, community engagement, and social justice to the team. She currently serves as the secretary for St. Peter’s Board.
Jessica is the Faith Formation Director at St. Monica Church in the 19th Ward, where she enjoys working with youth and being involved in the music ministry.
Krista Jenkins is a born and raised Rochester resident who lives in the Culver-Merchants neighborhood with her husband, Gavin. Having a wonderful experience as a kitchen volunteer at Saint Peter’s, Krista decided to join the Board in 2017. Krista is proud to work at Foodlink, Rochester’s local food hub, on the Marketing and Communications team where she is primarily responsible for donor relations, gift processing, and fundraising strategy.
In 2019, she graduated with a Master’s of Public Administration in Nonprofit Management. Krista feels blessed to have the opportunity to serve the Saint Peter’s community as a Board member.
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.
Tom has been a corporate accountant for over forty years. He has recently retired from REDCOM Laboratories, Inc. His experience also includes several years as a systems analyst. Tom’s degree is from the University of Buffalo’s School of Management.
Tom is involved in several church and civic organizations. He is has been chairman of the Finance Committee at St. Christopher’s Church for over 15 years and is still active as such. Other significant involvement is with the Building and Grounds Committee and Parish Council. He also volunteers with the Boy Scouts of America with over 20 years of experience, mostly at the council level. In addition, Tom has served on the construction board and active board of directors for Patrick Place, a comfort care home in Scottsville. After being invited to join the Board at St. Peter’s Kitchen, he also chose to volunteer in the kitchen.
Tom looks forward to more time hunting, fishing, and camping in retirement. He resides in Chili and has been there for over 30 years with his wife, and has one adult son.
Gary was born and raised in Philadelphia. He moved to the Rochester area in 1992, after living in the Los Angeles area for 18 years. Gary is passionate about Philadelphia’s sports teams (sorry, Giants fans). He also loves gospel music and has been a member of church choirs and worship teams for many years. He is a graduate of Penn State’s business school. Gary has been married to his beautiful wife Sherri for 34 years. They have seven adult children and seven grandchildren.
Gary is new to St. Peter’s Kitchen. He is very impressed with the work the organization does and is excited about helping by serving on the Board. Gary brings a wealth of experience in corporate contracting and finance, having held positions in both of these fields during his 37 years of employment at Xerox. Gary also has experience in facilities planning, real estate acquisition, inventory management, logistics, and he has a keen business mind, in general. He is excited about the opportunity to apply the learnings gained through these experiences to help further the great work done by St. Peter’s Kitchen.
Nancy was born and raised in the Rochester, New York, area. She graduated from LeMoyne College with a degree in Business and went on to get her MBA from RIT. She worked for Xerox Corporation for 32 years, where she held many different business positions. In 2018, Nancy retired from Xerox and started volunteering at St. Peter’s Kitchen. The volunteer experience enabled her to see the nourishment and compassion that St. Peter’s Kitchen brings to the community. She was happy to join the board in 2021.
Nancy enjoys hiking, kayaking, skiing and gardening. She lives in Brockport with her husband, Ken. They have a son and a daughter.
John feels blessed to have joined the St. Peter’s Kitchen Board of Directors in 2021 after volunteering as a delivery driver for several years. With a passion for carrying out Catholic Social Teaching and extensive professional experience in marketing and communications, John currently serves on the development committee to help grow awareness of the important work of St. Peter’s Kitchen in Rochester’s west-side community.
John holds a B.A. in English from SUNY Geneseo and an M.S. in Public Relations from Syracuse University. He lives in Rochester’s Browncroft neighborhood with his wife, Chen, and two little boys.