Meet the Newly Elected 2022 CHNA Board Members

Below are the newly elected 2022 CHNA Board Members. Six outstanding Corn Hill neighbors were elected to six open board positions. Learn more about these members below. Congratulations to the new members!

Keith Davis

Keith Davis

I’m originally from Columbus, Ohio. I moved to Upstate NY in 2008 after completing graduate school and lived in Oswego, NY for about 8 years before coming to Rochester! My first apartment here in Rochester just happened to be in Corn Hill. After a year here my partner, Sean, and I decided to buy our home here. We love the neighborhood and its proximity to downtown.

I work in the field of international education and currently work at SUNY Brockport as an Associate Director for International Recruitment and Campus Support. I chose this field because I have always been passionate about experiencing other cultures and viewing the world from a different perspective. My role now allows me to welcome students from all over the world, just like I was welcomed when I studied abroad as a college student – and I love it!

Since moving to the neighborhood, I have volunteered for several neighborhood cleanup days and the arts festival. I also volunteer for the neighborhood PAC-TAC and the Corn Hill Commons HOA. I would love to become more involved in the neighborhood and give back to this awesome community.

Debbie Gruber

Debbie Gruber

I am a relatively new resident of Corn Hill, having moved in November 2021. Buying a home here has been the culmination of a dream I’ve had for many years. This is exactly the type of urban community that I knew would be a perfect fit for me, and, so far, it’s lived up to each and every expectation.

I retired in 2016 as an occupational therapist from School of the Holy Childhood, where I worked with children and adults with special needs for 18 years. After retirement, I found that I missed the interactions with others that OT afforded me, and began working per diem at the Jewish Home of Rochester, where I still put in a few hours each week.

I play percussion in the New Horizons symphonic band, and it is one of the great joys of my life to play music with others. New Horizons is part of the Eastman Community Music School, giving seniors the opportunity to play an instrument in one of its many groups (jazz, Big Band, strings, etc.)

I have three adult children, one of whom is Rochester City Councilman Mitch Gruber. Between my two daughters and son, I have four beautiful grandchildren, and one on the way in December.

I am running for a position on the CHNA because I am so appreciative of what Corn Hill is, and what we all want for its future. Being involved in one’s community is the best way to show that appreciation. I volunteered in the Emerging Artists Exhibition at this year’s Arts Festival, and hope to become active in more committees as time goes on. I will be an advocate for strengthening ties to our city, and to ensure that all residents have a voice in continuing to make our community the unique place that we all are proud to call home.

Debby Onslow

Deborah Onslow

It has been a pleasure for me to serve on the CHNA Board for the past two years.

There is no doubt that the Association Board has done its very best to be able to continue to provide services and improvements to the neighborhood in spite of the challenges created by the pandemic. Going forward, the Board wants to do even more to ensure that the care and protection of our beloved neighborhood continues.

I am a retired public broadcasting executive. My career started here at WXXI. I then moved on to manage stations in Springfield, Massachusetts, and Albany. I have many years of experience serving on a variety of non-profit boards including the Hochstein Music School and the Rochester Philharmonic.

I moved to the neighborhood in 2019. I love living here and believe that we have a wonderfully unique place to live.

I currently serve on several neighborhood association committees including philanthropy, beautification, and outreach as well as the subcommittee planning a butterfly garden.

If re-elected to the Board, I will do my best to help preserve and promote our great community.

Rohan Parikh

Rohan Parikh

I am running for re-election to the Corn Hill Neighbors Association to continue to provide a unique perspective to the board. I am the youngest member of the current board, the only renter, and one of few BIPOC individuals.

I believe in a CHNA that actively represents all in our neighborhood, regardless of race, class, or homeowner status; meaningfully engages with organizations providing food access and opportunities for youth in the community; and reaches beyond our borders for a better Rochester.

My personal background is in capacity building for nonprofit organizations. I currently work in operations at Partners in Restorative Initiatives, which provides training in Restorative Practices to schools across Rochester to address disproportionality in school discipline and disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline.

I previously served as Director of Development for Horizons at Harley, a summer learning program for RCSD students at The Harley School, and also helped run Cycle the Erie Canal, an eight-day 400-mile bike tour from Buffalo to Albany along the Erie Canalway Trail.

I live on Tremont Circle with my partner, an emergency medicine resident at the University of Rochester, two cats she adopted in Brazil, and our ten-month-old baby, who enjoys his strolls in Corn Hill.

Quentin Schneider

Quentin Schneider

I am originally from Bordeaux, France. I came to the US 11 years ago to pursue my education in Detroit while being part of the Division I fencing team of Wayne State University. After graduating, I followed my lovely now wife (Olivia) to Newark, NJ where she started graduate school while I found a job in finance. We finally came to Rochester when I started my MBA at the University of Rochester in 2018. We moved to Corn Hill when we purchased our lovely home on Adams Street in 2020 one month before the lockdown.

I currently work at Adaptec Solutions (a fast-growing Robotics company) in Henrietta as the controller. In other words, I manage the accounting and the finance reporting directly to the CFO. My role allows me to have a broad overview of the entire business. While it can be hectic at times, I truly enjoy the diversity of the role and the problem-solving aspect. This current year, I have been a street manager during the Corn Hill festival, and I have participated in plenty of neighborhood events where I was able to meet the amazing community of Corn Hill. I want to be more involved in the association to give back to the community and to build it stronger.

Judy Simser

Judy Simser

I have spent most of my life building community. Whether it be my work in social ministry, facilitating prison groups, and developing supportive housing for people who have been marginalized, nurturing community has always been a part of who I am.

My husband Terry and I have lived in Cornhill for over 20 years. During this time I have volunteered for Corn Hill Arts Festival, Holiday Tour of Homes, security, and as a liaison between the Corn Hill and our neighborhood faith communities.

I love the diversity of the Cornhill neighborhood and would like be a part of creating more pathways to enhance our community. It will be an honor to contribute to the incredible accomplishments of CHNA.

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