Board of Directors

The Aurora House Board of Directors guides the organization and ensures the fulfillment of our Mission.

Marj Smith

Board President
Marj began her Social Work career in Mental Health after obtaining her Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Management and her Master’s Degree in Social Work, both from Roberts Wesleyan College.  After experiencing Hospice Care with a family member in 2008, she shifted her career focus to Hospice Social Work.  She was the Hospice Agency Social Worker for Aurora House from the time the House opened, and then served as Executive Director from 2019 to 2021.  She is now a Behavioral Health Care Manager for the Excellus BC/BS Medicare population.  Marj returned to Aurora House in December 2021 as a Board member and has taken on the role of Board President for 2022.  Feel free to contact Marj with any questions at president@aurorahousewmc.com.

Tony Pisa

Board Vice President
Since beginning his professional career thirty-six years ago, Tony has strived to develop a strong leadership skill set in his industry. Over his twenty-six years at Wegmans Food Markets, and in his current position as Manager of the Maintenance Department, he has honed those leadership skills by being focused on building a strong organization with caring, empowerment, and respect for others, and on making a difference in our community.  Tony has utilized these same values in his personal life, volunteering with Spencerport Jr. Baseball & Softball for the past ten years.  He was excited to join The Aurora House Board of Directors in 2019.  He has brought his professional knowledge to the Facility needs of the organization and currently serves as VP of the Board.  Tony welcomes any questions about Aurora House at facilities@aurorahousewmc.com.

Kathy Gleason

Treasurer
Kathy Gleason is relatively new to Aurora House but comes with over six years experience in comfort care and over 20 years in healthcare administration. She has gained insight into the administration and operations of comfort care homes and has been Treasurer for Aurora House for the past two years. Kathy is well aware of the challenges faced by small nonprofits, and most especially by our comfort care homes, and knows how fortunate our area is to have Aurora House serving the community. Her vision for Aurora House is to grow the number of supporters, both private and commercial, to become more known within our community, and to sustain the invaluable services we continue to offer the terminally ill. Kathy welcomes questions about Aurora House and invites interested parties to contact her at treasurer@aurorahousewmc.com.

Sandy

Sandy Eichas

Secretary

Sandy became involved with the organization as an Aurora House volunteer at fundraising events and has continued offering her time in this capacity for many years.  In January 2018, she joined the board and offered her IT experience to the organization adding the role of Secretary to her responsibilities in September 2020.  Sandy retired from her position as an IT Support Analyst at Nazareth College in 2019. She can be reached at it@aurorahousewmc.com

Adam

Dr. Adam Herman

Medical Consult

Dr. Herman began volunteering his time to Aurora House in a medical consulting role shortly after the House opened.  He eventually joined the Board and has continued offering his medical support and guidance.  Dr. Herman is currently the Director of Palliative & Hospice Care for Rochester Regional Health System.  His dedication to End of Life care is invaluable to the organization.  Dr. Herman can be reached at clinician@aurorahousewmc.com

Jean

Jean Deryuther

Board Member

Jean joined Aurora House when the organization was in its infancy.  She served on the Advisory Board during the development and house construction phases and has been a Board member for several years.  Her oversight of fundraising for the organization has allowed her to use her creativity and skills in this vital area.  Jean completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Management from RIT, and recently retired from Kodak Alaris as Production Manager.  She can be reached at fundraising@aurorahousewmc.com

Chris

Chris Burke

Board Member

Chris Burke started as a volunteer with Aurora House in late 2007 working on the Starry Night Gala committee which she still serves on and then serving as the President of the Advisory Board which was in existence until the construction of the house was completed.   She then joined the Board in 2010, serving in various roles and has just completed her term as President.  Chris is a Certified Management Accountant and is employed as Manager, Regulatory Affairs, at Frontier Communications.  Chris’s email address is ahboard2@aurorahousewmc.com

Susan

Susan Sullivan

Board Member

From her first position at Eastman Kodak, Susan built her career, gaining experience and formal education in marketing, fundraising and higher ed. With a 20+ year tenure at Roberts Wesleyan College in marketing and recruitment roles, she continued to broaden her expertise in marketing and fundraising at The Charles Finney School, Rochester Regional Health and Lifespan. Susan has been an adjunct faculty member at Roberts Wesleyan College since 2008 and is currently employed there as a full-time faculty member in the School of Business. Susan’s mom ended her life’s journey in the serenity and care of Aurora House in 2021.  Susan can be reached at ahboard3@aurorahousewmc.com

Kelly

Kelly Henion

Board Member

Kelly Henion was born and raised in Holley.  She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from SUNY College at Brockport in History.  She began a career in finance at the Spencerport M&T nearly 15 years ago and has been serving the community through Aurora House since joining the board in March 2021.  She has been active in fundraising and writing Grants for the organization.  She is currently a Compliance Specialist at ESL Federal Credit Union.  Kelly invites inquiries and can be reached at ahboard1@aurorahousewmc.com