Patty is a former member of St. Peter and Paul’s Parish. She has been with the kitchen for over 17 years. She grew up attending Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish in the Thurston Rd/Brooks Ave area and feels she has “come home” through her work at the kitchen. She says “Every day is a new adventure as we never know from minute to minute what we will be called to stock, store, prepare and serve. It is a joy to see how God’s work is so tangible in our daily ministry, whether in the spirit of our volunteers or in our ability to help so many neighbors through the generosity of our benefactors.”
Ed is a recent addition to our staff joining us in 2015. He migrated from near Redding, PA in 2007 for a Masters’ 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.
Development Coordinator / Book Keeper
We are pleased to welcome Jerry Lupien as our new development coordinator/bookkeeper. Jerry has been volunteering for a number of years in helping to set up our accounting system and fundraising data management system as well as cooking on occasion. Jerry is also an Associate Broker with Howard Hanna Real Estate and is a retired executive director for the Boy Scouts of America, serving councils in Buffalo, NY, Wilkes-Barre / Scranton, PA and Burlington, VT.
Jerry’s daughter Mary has also previously served as kitchen manager and assistant director at St. Peter’s Kitchen.
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.
We are thrilled to welcome Charyleah Cordone to our staff. Char comes to us with a wealth of experience in food service and business management. She owned and operated the popular Rochester Club Ballroom on East Ave. for 18 years and before that was general manager of the Top of the Plaza restaurant at Midtown Plaza. She is an adamant dog enthusiast and has volunteered for many years in various women’s outreach / domestic violence organizations including Alternatives for Battered Women, Rape Crisis Center and counseled men at the Orleans prison on the effects of violence against women and children. She lives in Chili Center.