Our Staff

Dana Bergeron joined Aurora House in March of 2019 as part time Care Manager Coordinator.  She has several years experience with the elderly population in an Assisted Living setting and has cared for many residents on Hospice within those facilities.  This experience led her to seek a position in direct Hospice care.

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.

Cindy Wilson joined Aurora House as a volunteer in May of 2012.   Because she enjoyed her volunteer experiences she agreed to join the Aurora staff in August 2014 .  Cindy currently works full time at Rochester Regional Health System utilizing both her computer science and nursing degrees.

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 serves 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 who will also be helping with some Coordinator responsibility.  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..

Stefanie Cheshire works for UR Medicine Homecare as a Palliative Care nurse.  She came to Aurora in the per diem role because of her love for end of life care that focuses on comfort, compassion and dignity.  Stefanie began working at Aurora in February 2019.

Tammy Rice has been a long time caregiver volunteer at Aurora House and decided to take on a per diem role in March of 2019.  She has worked in the ICU and currently works in Endoscopy withRochester Regional Health Hospital.  She is a great addition to our staff.

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.