Harley Leadership2019-09-12T11:04:54-05:00

Harley School Leadership


   Bailey, Beth – Director of Marketing and Communications


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   Brice, Whitney – Director of Development


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   Edelhart, Amanda – Head of College Counseling


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   Frye, Larry – Head of School


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   Jones, Hassan – Middle School Head


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   Kuelling, Lars – Academic Dean


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   Mancuso, Peter – Athletic Director


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McDowell, Kim – Upper School Head


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   Mitchell, Robin – Director of Horizons


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   Motsenbocker, Ken – Cheif Financial Officer


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   Murphy, Sarah – Director of Auxiliary Programs


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   Pasternak, Vicki – Director of Food Services


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   Reader, Kirsten – Director of Admissions


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   Smith, Terry – Lower School Head


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Board of Trustees

Bob August is currently the managing partner and president of Laser Car Wash, LLC with locations in both Rochester and Pennsylvania. Bob was formerly a senior vice president at Monro Muffler Brake, Inc., a company his father and uncle. Bob’s two children, Nathan ’11, Maddy ’07 and his sister, Elizabeth August ‘82 all graduated from Harley. He was actively involved with the building of the 2007 Harley house through Habitat for Humanity, where he “worked to educate, fundraise, and build a home for a family in need”. Bob continues to serve Habitat for Humanity as a member of their board of directors, as well as, numerous local and national charities. Bob is a trustee for his family’s charitable trust, The Charles J. and Burton S. August Family Foundation.

Candice Baker Leit, Esq. received a B.F.A. in illustration from the Parsons School of Design and worked in publishing before receiving her J.D. from University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Her current work on a major project in taxonomy for the Governance, Risk and Compliance Group at Thomson Reuters combines her legal background with her interest in publishing and communications. Candice is enthusiastic about the Harley model of educating the whole person and believes her children have benefited enormously from their teachers, peers, and staff. Candice and her husband, Dr. Michael Leit, M.D., have four children. Two currently attend The Harley School: Aiden grade 11, and Josie in 8, and two are alums: their oldest, Jeremiah, graduated in 2014 and Aliza in 2017.

Jim I. Benjamin is a small business entrepreneur developing and delivering information technology solutions as a senior level manager, systems engineer and software/hardware engineer. Jim was a senior level executive at the Eastman Kodak Company and at kodak.com.
He previously worked at Xerox and as director of the iXerox Knowledge Platform. Jim received his M.B.A from the Simon School of Business of the University of Rochester; an M.S. in computer engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology; a B.S. in electrical engineering from NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering; and a B.S. from St. John’s University. Jim resides in Fairport, New York with his wife Kay. Their son Jonathan ’09 lives in Richmond, VA and their twins, Kristina ’15 and Jordan ’15, are attending the University of Dayton.

Stephen Brown has been a financial advisor since 1988, and is the managing director of The Brown Group at Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated. Stephen is one of a few “retirement benefits consultants” qualified to act as a fiduciary for institutions, earning the Defined Contribution Investment Consultant accreditation in 2012 and his Global Institutional Consultant designation in 2014. He was named by the Financial Times to its inaugural FT400 “Top Financial Advisors” for 2013 and was the only advisor on the list from Upstate New York. Stephen lives in Brighton, NY with his four children. His daughter Makenna is a freshman at Harley and daughter Blair is in grade 9 at Harley.

Daniel Chessin ’80 practiced law before joining Hahn Automotive. Hahn was founded in Rochester in 1958 by Danny’s father-in-law. Hahn sells automotive aftermarket products through wholesale and retail locations. The company employs 1200 people across the Midwest, Northeast, and Mid-Atlantic states. Danny currently serves as co-president and co-CEO with his brother-in-law, Eli Futerman. Danny attended Hobart College and received his J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law. He and his wife, Rena, live in Brighton and have two adult children.

Charlene Conners, MD graduated from the University of New York Buffalo (SUNY Buffalo), School of Medicine and Dentistry in 1989 completing her doctorate degree and internship. She split her undergraduate degree between SUNY Buffalo in cell and molecular biology and genetics, oncology and Duke University in Invertebrate Zoology (1984, Summa Cum Laude). Dr. Conners specializes in Internal Medicine – American Board of Internal Medicine and is affiliated with Strong Memorial and Highland Hospitals. Charlene and her husband Thomas Woodhams, Director of PE and PE Health at Avon Central Schools, have one son Ryan Woodmans’18.

Tim Douglas ’82 has more than 25 years’ experience in financial markets. Tim was most recently managing director and a senior banker with Citigroup’s Corporate and Investment Bank. Tim began his career at Citi after graduating from Princeton University with a B.A. Tim is involved with the Ann C.M. Douglas and R. Gordon Douglas Foundation and is co-trustee of the Catherine and Harvey Moses Charitable Trusts. Tim is an active member of Harley’s alumni network. While at Harley he was the president of the Student Council (’81-’82) and was the recipient of the Williams College Book Award and the Alumni Cup. He and his wife, Anne, reside in Rye, New York and have four children.

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, Gail Fiorini has more than 30 years’ experience in the banking industry and is currently senior vice president and treasury sales support manager of healthcare & institutions for Bank of America Merrill Lynch. For the past eleven years she has delivered banking services to clients in the not-for-profit, healthcare and higher education fields in Western New York and Western Pennsylvania. Gail has a B.S. in business and mathematics from Skidmore College. Gail resides in Fairport with her husband Ray. Their daughter, Emma, is currently a junior at Harley.

PRESIDENT Scott Frame ’73 has recently retired from his post as vice president of Managed Print Services (MPS) and Field Operations for North American Agent Operations (NAAO) for Xerox. He was appointed to this position in January 2013. Scott was responsible for the overall growth of Xerox’s MPS and Agent business. He first joined Xerox Corporation in the U.S. in 1977. Scott attended St. Lawrence University where he received a B.S. degree in psychology. Scott ’73 and his wife Kathy ’73 are from Rochester and proud alums of the Harley School. Their two youngest children are also Harley grads. Four generations of Scott’s extended family have been closely aligned with Harley since its founding in 1917.

Seenu Kaza, MD is an ENT-otolaryngologist in Canandaigua, New York and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Clifton Springs Hospital and Clinic and F.F. Thompson Hospital. He received his medical degree from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years. Dr. Kaza specializes in the medical and surgical management of head and neck diseases. He is actively involved in teaching as an adjunct clinical faculty member of SUNY Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, LECOM Medical School in Pennsylvania, and the RIT Physician Assistant Program in Rochester. His wife Dr. Lesley James is a board certified family physician. Their daughter Emelia (Emmy) Kaza ’21 is in grade 10 at Harley.

Kathy Lindahl is the co-CEO (with her brother Bradley Calkins) of Rochester Midland Corporation (RMC) a 125 year-old family-owned Rochester business. Rochester Midland’s sales force spans the globe, with technology drawing on the expertise and creative chemistry of its five distinct chemical programs. Kathy serves on many local professional and nonprofit boards. Kathy received her B.S. from Hamilton College and studied business administration management at the University of Chicago. Kathy and her husband Ken live in Webster, New York with their daughter Lili, who is in Grade 9 at Harley.

Robert (Bob) Moore is currently chief executive officer of EagleDream Technologies, a technology consulting and product company based in Rochester, New York. Previously Bob was senior vice president of applications and development at Windstream Communications and spent 13 years as executive vice president and chief information officer at PAETEC. Bob serves on many for profit and not for profit Boards. Bob has a B.S. in computer science from RIT and an M.B.A. from Cornell University. He and his wife Connie reside in Pittsford and have two daughters. Sarah graduated from Harley in 2018 and Leah is in grade 10. Connie is a Harley Middle School English teacher.

Deborah L. Pearce, Ed.D. is CEO of LeaJames, Inc., a management consulting firm. Her professional experience includes executive and leadership positions with United Technologies Corporation, General Electric, and IBM. She has a B.S. from the University of Virginia, School of Engineering and Applied Science, an M.B.A. from the Harvard School of Business Administration, and in 2014 a doctorate from St. John Fisher College. Deborah serves on many local and national for profit and not for profit Boards. Her husband is Dr. William Sheeran. Their daughter Leaz is a senior at Harley.

Paul Sisson ’89 serves as head of Americas for CBRE Global Investment Partners leading the firm’s Americas multi-manager team. He is responsible for both debt and equity investments in primary funds, secondaries, co-investments and programmatic joint ventures with operating partners. He has experience in sourcing and structuring both debt and equity investments including senior, stretched senior and mezzanine investments, and equity joint ventures with real estate operating partners. Paul graduated from The Harley School in 1989. He earned a B.A. degree in economics from Colgate University and a M.S. degree in real estate finance from New York University. Paul and his wife Ellen live in Chevy Chase, MD with their two children.

Timothy “Tim” S. Wiest ’76 began his career as a lieutenant in the US Navy as a nuclear engineer. Tim later worked as President of Sprint Japan. Managing the merger of France Telecom, Deutsche Telekom and Sprint into Global One Japan, he then served as President of Global One Japan. Tim later purchased and became President of Lancs Industries in Seattle. After selling his business, Tim now is an adjunct professor at Edmonds Community College, teaching small business management in Washington State Prison. Tim attended the University of Pennsylvania earning a B.S.E. and Harvard where he earned his M.B.A. Tim and his wife Priscilla Rockwell Wiest ’76 are both Harley graduates. Tim and Priscilla live in Washington State. Tim spearheaded the Class of 1976 reunion gift to re-furbish the Harley flagpole.

VICE PRESIDENT Deborah S. Willsea ’73 is self-employed as a consultant with expertise in strategic development, collaborative community partnerships, grant writing and project management. She has more than 30 years’ experience working in the education field. Her focus has been on reaching underserved populations through innovative programs. Early in her career, Deb taught in Harley’s Middle School. She has a B.A. in Sociology from St. Lawrence University and a M.S. in Development, Learning and Instruction from the University of Rochester’s Warner School. Deb and her husband, Peter Willsea ’72, live in Brighton. Two of their four grown children, Sam ’06 and Will ’10, are Harley alums.

Xulong (Alex) Zhang, Ph.D. is currently working at Ultralife Corporation as the VP of China Sales and Chief Operational Liaison. He originally joined Ultralife as a Senior Research Scientist in 1998 and rejoined Ultralife as the R&D Director in 2002 after spending two years in China as a visiting professor at the Chinese Academy of Science (CAS). Dr. Zhang earned his BS and Master degrees in Materials Engineering from Wuhan University of Technology and a doctoral degree in Physical Chemistry from the University of Oklahoma. Alex and his wife, Xiaobei Qiu, have two children. Their daughter, Cassie, graduated from Harvard in 2012 and works at Jet.com in New York City. Their son Corey ’19 is in grade 12 at Harley.

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