For Immediate Release
Contact: Kristin Tutino, (585) 258-0253
FIVE NEW TRUSTEES JOIN WXXI BOARD
Sergio Esteban Elected Chair
Rochester, New York (December 6, 2007) – WXXI recently elected members to its governing board: Sergio Esteban, President of LaBella Associates, P.C., formerly the board’s vice chair was elected chair of the board; Diana Kurty, a financial consultant, formerly treasurer of the board was elected vice chair; Steven Swartout, Esq., VP and General Counsel of Canandaigua National Bank and Trust, formerly the board’s secretary was elected treasurer; and Beth Ela Wilkens, Esq., a partner at Harris Beach LLP was elected secretary.
Five new members were also appointed to the WXXI Board of Trustees. They include:
Christopher C. Booth is Chief Administrative Officer & Corporate
General Counsel at Lifetime Healthcare Companies, where he manages various administrative functions of the enterprise including health policy, governance, communications, government relations, legal issues, corporate compliance, risk management and internal audit. He also has management oversight responsibilities for a number of the enterprise's subsidiary operations. A native of Waterbury, Connecticut, Mr. Booth earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1983 and a Juris Doctor degree from Union University’s Albany Law School in Albany, New York in 1986. Mr. Booth was admitted to the New York State Bar as an attorney in early 1987. Mr. Booth, and his wife Gail, who is also an attorney, have three children: Kimberly, Kristen and Julianne, and reside in Pittsford.
Eleanor J. Chin is an executive coach and business consultant. Prior to starting her business, Thompson Chin Associates, LLC, she had a 25-year career with Eastman Kodak Company where she started as a direct sales representative in New York City. She has had extensive experience in sales, service and general management at Kodak, culminating in an assignment as Director of Strategy & New Business Development, Vice President, Commercial Imaging. A native of Kingston, Jamaica, Ms. Chin received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Political Science from Stony Brook University. She has completed post-graduate Executive Development programs at the Smith College Consortium, Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. In addition, she has a Master’s Certificate in Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University. Ms. Chin lives in Rochester.
Fabricio Morales is President and CEO of FM Office Express, Inc., a distributor of office furniture and supplies. Mr. Morales founded the company in Buffalo in 1995, moved it to Rochester in 1999, and in 2004 acquired Merkel Donohue, Inc. Mr. Morales is on the Boards of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, Rochester Broadway Theatre League, Geneseo’s Business Advisory Council, the United Way, and the Seneca Park Zoo Society. Born in the southeast section of Mexico City, Mr. Morales graduated from Southern Arkansas University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management. He and his wife, Deborah and their sons, Nate and Charlie reside in Fairport.
Judy Novak is Vice President, Finance and Business Operations for the Production System Group at Xerox where she is responsible for working with Xerox Value Chain partners to develop the Strategic Plan for the business, enabling delivery of current year business and financial objectives, and ensuring an appropriate control environment for the Production Systems Group. Prior to this role, she was the Director, Finance Re-engineering for Xerox Corporation. Before joining Xerox in 1990, Ms. Novak held a number of financial positions in both manufacturing and engineering operations in General Motors. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from LeMoyne College and an MBA in Corporate Accounting from Rochester Institute of Technology. Ms. Novak is also a board member for the Greater Rochester Enterprise. A native of the Rochester area, she currently resides in Penfield with her husband Dan and their two children.
Betsy Wilson has served as Department Head and Training Manager for the Four Seasons and Wyndham Hotels and Resorts. Most recently she was an associate at PKF Consulting, a firm that specializes in hotel transactional advisory work, before moving to Rochester in 2001 when her husband took the position of CFO at Paetec Communications. Raised in Houston, TX and then Cleveland, OH, Mrs. Wilson received her Bachelors degree from The School of Hotel Management at Cornell University. Currently, she is an active mother of three young children. She is involved with her children's school, Trinity Montessori in East Rochester, and the Seneca Park Zoo Society. She also serves as the treasurer for the Cornell Club of Greater Rochester, as well as being a member of the Board of Deacons at the First Presbyterian Church of Pittsford. Mrs. Wilson and her family currently reside in Victor.
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