Char brings a wealth of experience in food service and business management. She owned and operated the popular Rochester Club Ballroom on East Avenue for 18 years and previously was general manager of the Top of the Plaza restaurant at Midtown Plaza. She is a dog enthusiast and has volunteered for many years in various women’s outreach/domestic violence organizations including Alternatives for Battered Women and Rape Crisis Center, and counseled men at the Orleans prison on the effects of violence against women and children. She lives in Chili Center.
Ed joined the St. Peter’s Kitchen staff in 2015. He migrated from near Redding, PA in 2007 for a masters’ degree program in physics at the University of Rochester. He is a cycling enthusiast — rain, snow, and cold do not keep him from riding his bike to work. Ed is an active volunteer with “RCommunity Bikes,” and is actively involved in the bike scene in Rochester.
We are thrilled to welcome Kelly Finnigan to St. Peter’s Kitchen as our new Executive Director. Kelly joins St. Peter’s Kitchen with over 30 years’ experience in all aspects of social services, including leadership, program development, and direct social work services. Previously, Kelly was Director of Operations at the House of Mercy. A Rochester native, Kelly lives in Brighton with his wife, Kara, and two children, Maya and Hugh.
Caren recently returned to Rochester after a successful career in New Hampshire. She has served in many positions with Meals on Wheels including as field supervisor and site manager. She is a certified Advanced Emergency Medical Technician and has served as Lieutenant with the Stratham, NH Fire Department. She was also active for many years in her local town government.
Lou joined the St. Peter’s team in 2020 but is well-known in our community, where he has lived for nearly 20 years. Lou prides himself on being a mentor and good influence in our community, helping, talking, and advising with everyone that comes to St. Peter’s. He has a warm heart and infectious smile that brightens up even the dreariest of days. When not at St. Peter’s, Lou enjoys being with friends, playing the saxophone, and listening to music.
Operations Manager/Social Worker
Amy leads our lunch and pantry program operations including volunteer coordination, liaison between donating stores, equipment and building management, and community communications. Amy is a graduate of Community Health Workers Association of Rochester (CHWAR)’s first Community Health Worker training program cohort in 2019. Before joining St. Peters, Amy worked for three years, with MC Collaborative as a community heath worker. Amy lives in Rochester with two beautiful cats and enjoys working and spending time with friends.