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.

Kasey Perkins served patients in the Neurosurgery Unit at Strong Memorial Hospital and experienced some of those patients pursuing Hospice care while on her unit.  She has enjoyed working with those patients, and this led her to Aurora House in February 2019 as a per diem staff member.  She accepted the role of part time Care Coordinator in December 2019.  Kasey enjoys being able to offer bedside care in a much more relaxed atmosphere.

Leslie Casey came to Aurora House in February of 2019.  She has been a nurse for several years in many settings, most recently at the Beikirch Long Term Care facility in Brockport NY.  She liked the idea of being in a much smaller setting that offered more one on one interaction with our residents and families.  She joined Aurora in the per diem role.

Sally Sackett is a long time volunteer caregiver at Aurora House who decided to make the move to per diem staff in February, 2020.  She is a longtime nurse at Rochester General Hospital where she worked with breast cancer patients for the last three years and is currently working with GYN Oncology patients.  She believes that being present to those in need is our greatest gift to others.  

Ann Nutter Pierre has had six years of experience in Hospice over the course of her career. Most recently she has worked in mental health and care management, but is thrilled to be returning to a Hospice role as a per diem nurse at Aurora House in February 2020. 

Karen Charnley joined Aurora House in February 2020 as a per diem nurse.

Marjorie A. Smith, LCSW joined Aurora House as Executive Director in January, 2019.  She came to Aurora from a local Hospice Agency after eight years as a Home Hospice Social Worker.  Her role concentrated on supporting terminally ill patients as they navigated the last stage of their lives, with focus on the dignity and comfort of the whole person: mind, body, and spirit.  Her commitment to and love of Hospice grew from her personal experience with family members receiving Hospice care.  Marj graduated from Roberts Wesleyan College with a Bachelor’s in Organizational Management, and returned to Roberts to complete her Masters of Social Work.  Previous to Hospice, she worked in the Mental Health field as a Therapist, and also has experience in Program Directing and Team Building.

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.