Meet Our Staff


Fr. Brian C. Cool

Fr. Cool has served at Rochester since 1999 and currently chairs the Diocese of Rochester’s Public Policy Committee and serves on the New York State Bishop’s Public Policy Committee. An avid Syracuse University sports fan, Fr. Cool is a high school and collegiate lacrosse referee. He has degrees from Nazareth College, St. Mary’s Seminary and the University of Rochester. Please contact Fr. Cool at bcool@admin.rochester.edu or 585-275-8523.

Leandra Kosmoski

Sr. Leandra Kosmoski, ssj, now ministers to students at the University of Rochester at the height of a 28-year career spanning pastoral care, campus ministry, education, and spiritual direction. She is committed to guiding young adults to a deeper relationship with God. Originally a graduate of D’Youville college in Buffalo, NY, Sr. Leandra also holds master’s degrees from Loyola University in Chicago, IL, State University College of New York at Buffalo, and Creighton University in Nebraska. Please conatct Sr. Leandra at lkosmoski@admin.rochester.edu or 585-275-8521.

Karen Anvelt

After thirteen years as administrative assistant to the Dean of the Medical Center, Karen began work at Newman in 2000. A very talented administrator, her responsibilities include managing our budget, annual appeals, database and student workers. Karen and her husband live in Pittsford where they have raised three wonderful children; Her daughter, a graduate of St. Bonaventure University, now a NYC schoolteacher. Her son who attends Canisius College, and her youngest daughter, is a senior in high school. Please contact Karen at kanvelt@admin.rochester.edu or 585-275-8515.

Natalie Fuentes

Natalie, now a junior, has worked for the Newman community as an office assistant since her freshman year. She works alongside Karen, helping to facilitate administrative work by processing mailings and maintaining the database updated. Most recently she has joined the leadership group for Newman’s Hispanic and Latino Outreach Committee. Originally a native from southern California, she has come to Rochester to pursue a major in American Sign Language and brain and cognitive science. Please contact Natalie at nfuente2@u.rochester.edu.

Kevin Bonko

Kevin Bonko is the current Social Media Director for Student Communications with Newman. Studying Mechanical Engineering, he hopes to begin his career by working within the nuclear engineering field. Living in Painesville, Ohio, he is passionate about anything Cleveland, and currently is a member of the Men’s Club Ice Hockey Team and Baja SAE here on campus. Contact Kevin at kbonko@u.rochester.edu.

Griffin Cunningham

Griffin Cunningham is a member of the class of 2019 at the University. He is primarily interested in studying religion and international relations, but is also interested in the emergency medical response field. In his free time, he likes to draw and spend time outdoors. Griffin also enjoys healthy and respectful debates on current issues and conflicts between others. Contact Griffin at gcunnin4@u.rochester.edu.

Yawo Alphonse Siatitse

Alphonse Yawo Siatitse is currently the webmaster of the Newman Community website. He is a member of the class of 2020 and he is majoring in Computer Science. He is so passionate about robotics and also like playing soccer . Contact Alphonse at asiatits@u.rochester.edu.

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