Our Staff

Marcia Chiappone has been an important part of the team at Aurora House.  She currently works for UR Medicine Homecare/VNS Hospice and was the VNS Hospice Nurse assigned to Aurora House for many years.  In 2012, she accepted a staff position with us and typically works weekends.

Peggy Hurst joined our per diem team in February, 2018 after being a volunteer with us for over 7 years.  She is retired from Unity Hospital after working many years in Critical Care/ ICU.  Peggy enjoys her interactions with our residents and uses her time with our volunteers to provide guidance and support.

Megan Francisco joined our team as the Care Coordinator in May 2021 . While pursuing her first Bachelors degree in Psychology at RIT, she completed a summer internship at Advent House, another local comfort care home in Monroe County. Quickly realizing after this experience that she had a heart for hospice care, she decided to attend University of Rochester’s accelerated nursing program to get her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing, graduating in 2018. She started her career at Strong Memorial Hospital working for a year and half in the Neuromedicine ICU before transferring to Strong’s inpatient Palliative Care Unit, where she currently continues to work part-time. With a deep passion for hospice care and an admiration for all that the comfort care homes provide for the community, Megan brings a big heart to the organization and experience in caring for a wide variety of hospice patients.

Kasey Perkins joined the Aurora House as a per diem nurse in 2019 and quickly moved into the role of Care coordinator that same year. In June 2021, she took on the role of Executive Director for the organization. Kasey brings her nursing background to this role as well as a passion for hospice. She is committed to providing dignity, comfort, and care to the residents and their loved ones at Aurora House.  

Previous to her time at Aurora House, Kasey was a nurse on the neurosurgery unit at Strong hospital. She also has a background in fundraising, management, and relationship development.

Community Education Opportunities

Aurora House is proud to offer a welcoming learning environment for students from Roberts Wesleyan College, St. John Fisher, Genesee Community College, The Harley School, and many other local High Schools.  Individuals with life challenges are welcome, working on projects that fit their skill set and comfort level.

You are welcome to contact our Executive Director with questions regarding learning opportunities or our model of care, by calling 585-617-4863 or via email.