Karen Morris, Brighton Town Judge and Monroe Community College Professor

Karen is a full time Professor of Law at Monroe Community College and an elected Town Judge in Brighton.  She has served as the volunteer Chief Operating Officer of Ticket2Ride since its inception.  Her other community activities include serving food at the Salem Nutrition Center, volunteering as a Big Sister in the Big Brother/Sister program, and performing magic at not-for-profit agency events.

Precious Bedell, MA, CHW               

Precious Bedell is an activist devoted to improving the lives of people impacted by the Criminal Legal System. She is a specialist in providing resources and helping those reentering from prisons and jails on how to navigate complex medical, social and reentry services. She founded and directs the Turning Points Resource Center, a nonprofit that supports the families of those incarcerated, which is a prison ministry at the Episcopal Dioceses of Rochester, NY. Bedell is the Assistant Director of the Rochester Education Justice Initiative of the University of Rochester that fosters higher educational opportunities for incarcerated people and former incarcerated people.

 

Cathy Harris, LMSW (retired)

Cathy is a Licensed Master Social Worker specializing in aging and chronic illness. She is active in her professional organization, works part-time at Gilda's Club Cancer Action and volunteers with Lifetime Care hospice and in various social justice initiatives. 

 

Charlene Leistman, Director of Operations, Pre-Trial Services Corp.

Charlene is the Director of Operations for Pre-Trial Services. She has been on the steering committee for Ticket to Ride since 2012. She is also on the executive board of the New York Association of Pretrial Service Agencies.  Ms. Leistman is a graduate of the National Institute of Correction’s (NIC) Women in Leadership program and Pretrial Executive Training program. 

Michael Miller, Retired Family Court Judge

Michael practiced law for 50  years In Rochester.  During that time. I served 16 years as Brighton Town Councilman, 2 years as Chairman of the Monroe County Democratic Committee and 10 years as a Monroe County Family Court Judge.

Elizabeth O’Brien, Monroe County Department of Human Services

Elizabeth (Liz) currently serves as the Financial Assistance Coordinator for the Self-Sufficiency Workgroup at the Monroe County Department of Human Services (MCDHS).  Elizabeth is committed to moving the needle on poverty in our area. Throughout our community, Elizabeth assists underserved individuals living in poverty and often with low skills, in obtaining and maintain employment.  Liz’s passion in service to the community is evident in her various volunteer opportunities throughout the community. Elizabeth’s expertise on the benefits of work, the value of social capital, the benefit cliff and wage subsidies are often sought out, she has regularly served as a presenter for local Health and Human Services and Employment conferences as well as the New York State Public Welfare Association annual conference.

 

Fred Schaeffer

Past President / Judicial Process Commission (JPC)

Past President / Metro Justice

 

Ann Spargo, Volunteer, Salem Nutrition Center

Ann is a retired Operations Management and Leadership consultant.  She is currently working on opening a new soup kitchen in the Culver/Parsells neighborhood in Rochester and volunteers with both the Salem Nutrition Center and the Friends of the Public Market.  Ann is an active volunteer in our community and is passionate about helping strengthen our community one member at a time.  

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