Former Board Members

Shepherd Home is grateful to our board members, past and present, whose hard work help keep Shepherd Home running smoothly!

Bill Rice

Bill Rice chaired Shepherd Home's Finance Committee.

Bill earned BA and MBA degrees from Harvard University.  Between undergraduate and graduate schools he served for three years in active duty with the US Air Force as a pilot and an intercept controller.

Bill's professional experience in accounting and finance began with five years in the Controller's Office of the Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Michigan. That was followed by four years as Controller of a printing company in Buffalo and finally as CFO for 30 years with Curtice Burns Foods in Rochester. During Bill's tenure the company went through tremendous growth, including many acquisitions. When he left the company in in the year 2000 sales were 30 times greater than when he started in 1970.
Bill is presently a Certified Financial Planner with Cooper Haims Advisors.
Bill sees the Shepherd Home as a rare help to people in their time of greatest need. Most people do not know about comfort care facilities until the need is there.  Bill is also a long term board member of The Boys & Girls Club of Rochester and of the Strong Museum.
Amy Yelle
Channing Philbrick, Former Chairman

Channing Philbrick is a retired Eastman Kodak manager and former Penfield Town Supervisor.  Currently a volunteer for various non-profit organizations including the University of Rochester Medical Center Institute for the Family,  Fair Elections Practices Committee and the Rochester Flying Club.  Has lived in Penfield since 1969 and continues active in numerous community activities.  BS degree from the University of New Hampshire.  A Shepherd Home Board member since 2004 and currently board chair.

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Joan Benati, RN, BSN, MS

Joan was one of the founders of Shepherd Home. She was part of a small group who saw a need for hospice care in our area and helped guide the project from concept to reality. As a key player with our organization from the start, she contributed her knowledge and compassion -- training many of  our volunteers, serving on our board for more than 7 years, and helping out with a myriad of projects -- to help make Shepherd Home what it is today.

Joan graduated from St. Joseph’s Hospital School of Nursing in Syracuse, N.Y.  She also earned a BSN from Alfred University, a Masters Degree from the University of Rochester, and BS and MS degrees in education from SUNY Oswego.

Joan worked for several years in pediatrics, specializing in the care of premature infants. She also taught in the SUNY Brockport nursing program for 20 years.

After an extended illness, Joan spent her last days living at Shepherd Home, as a resident in the place she helped create and where she had selflessly served others. Joan passed away in the spring of 2014 and is missed by everyone associated with Shepherd Home.

Bob Hesselberth

Bob is the retired CEO of Spectracom Corporation, a manufacturer of precision electronic time and frequency synchronization systems. Prior to founding Spectracom, he spent ten years with Harris RF Communications in various engineering and marketing positions, and before that he was a development engineer with General Dynamics Electronics.  During his time at GDE, he served two tours of duty in the Army Signal Corps as a lieutenant, the second one when his reserve unit was recalled during the Berlin Wall Crisis in 1961.

He grew up in Indiana where he received his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering at Purdue University. After moving to Rochester, he earned an MBA degree at the Simon School of the University of Rochester.

Bob joined the Shepherd Home board in 2006, where he chairs the Facilities Committee, and serves on the Finance and Community Relations Committees. He has served on the board of directors of the Penfield Symphony Orchestra and as Board President for a few years. He continues to serve as the Chair of the PSO Finance Committee.

He is an avid racquetball player, a jazz listener, and genealogy hobbyist, and hopes to publish his memoir in 2013. He believes that comfort care and hospice are the best ways to handle end-of-life situations, and hopes that more people will volunteer to help the dying in this way.

Diane Knox

Diane Knox is vice president, human resources for Global Document Outsourcing and Corporate Operations at Xerox Corporation.  She also serves as a member of the Xerox corporate ethics board.

In her current role, Diane is responsible for talent and workforce strategies that support the document services business and corporate operations worldwide. This includes talent acquisition and development, transition management for mergers and acquisitions, and leading organizations through periods of significant change.  Additionally, she manages a shared service accountable for human resource generalist support to U.S. managers and organizations.

Diane has 30 years of human resource management experience, including significant leadership roles at Xerox.  She served as vice president of human resources for the company’s North America field operations, an organization of 32,000 employees, and served as the senior human resources business partner for the company’s outsourcing business during a three-year period of substantial growth and transformation. Diane previously led the diversity office for North America and has managed the corporate competency center for employee satisfaction initiatives.  She has held leadership positions in human resource operations management, compensation and talent acquisition. 

Diane holds  an M.B.A. from Syracuse University and a bachelor of science degree from the College of Education at Penn State University.

She is vice president of the board of directors for Pathway Houses of Rochester New York and a board member for the Shepherd Home, a local hospice facility.  She is also a member of the Xerox Women’s Alliance, and a volunteer for many community causes.
Cathy Wiedemer

Cathy Wiedemer has been a Shepherd Home board member since 2004 and was the treasurer from 2006 to 2009. She's a member of the Finance Committee and Chair of Annual Fund Drive.  Cathy retired from Cable-Wiedemer, Inc., where she was the Office Manager/Treasurer.

In addition to all she does for Shepherd Home, Cathy has been a volunteer at the Penfield Ecumenical Food Shelf for over 9 years and serves on several non-profit boards.

Cathy and her husband George, Penfield's former Town Supervisor, have been married for more than 45 years. They have four grown children and seven grandchildren.

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Paul Anderson

Paul Anderson is a Kodak retiree. He was the Director of Benefits Counseling prior to his retirement. More recently he was a Senior Broker and Financial Planner for Sage Rutty Co.,Inc. Paul has a BS degree in business from RIT and is a Certified Financial Planner. He has been a resident of Penfield for the last 5 years after living in Livingston county for most of his life.

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Mike Jonas

Mike Jonas is a registered nurse at Rochester General Hospital. In addition to being on the board at Shepherd Home, he's been a caregiver for our residents for more than three years. Mike has over 20 years of experience in retail management as well as over 30 years in emergency services, including serving as Chief of the Rexford Fire Department for seven years. Mike was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. He obtained his Registered Nurse degree in 2009 from Monroe Community College.  He lives in West Walworth with his wife and three children.