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 or 585-275-8523.

Leandra Kosmoski, ssj

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 or 585-275-8521.

Karen Anvelt

Karen has been a 16 year employee of the Newman Community as bookkeeper and other administrative responsibilities. Prior to Newman Karen managed was the administrative assistant to the Dean of the Medical Center. A very talented administrator, her responsibilities include managing our budget, overseeing annual appeals and our database system. Karen and her husband live in Pittsford with her husband (Peter) where they have raised three children; Her daughter (Genevieve), a graduate of St. Bonaventure University, now a school teacher in Denver. A son (Michael), a recent graduate of Canisius College in computer science, and her youngest daughter (Claire)attends the New York Fashion Institute in NYC. Her enthusiasm, organization skills and attention to details combined with her experience and community knowledge makes her the ideal candidate for this position. Please contact Karen at or 585-275-8515.

Darlene Giardina

Retired controller of our own professional baseball club, the Rochester Red Wings, Darlene comes with 25 years of knowledge working in accounting where she oversaw the club finances and day to day operations. In 2012, Darlene was awarded the Rawlings Women Executive of the Year Award in Minor League Baseball for her dedication to her work. We are pleased Darlene has joined our team and are confident she will bring further success in helping us navigate our future growth through added compliance with University and Diocesan policies and good business practices. Darlene and her husband, Michael, have three sons and seven grandchildren and enjoy family time, boating and travel. Please contact Darlene at


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

Yawo Alphonse Siatitse

Yawo is currently the webmaster of the Newman Community website. He is a member of the class of 2020 and majoring in Computer Science. On campus, Yawo is involved in Club soccer, the Robotics club and is the current Publicity Chair for the GreenSpace Special Interest Floor. Contact Yawo at


Tim Gillen

Tim is originally from Philadelphia, PA; he studied fine arts with a concentration in photography at Temple University. When he was a junior in college, Tim became the Newman center president and active with FOCUS. Moved by the mission of Jesus’ thirst for souls, he desired to become a full time missionary. Tim previously served at Boston University for 2 years and is excited about coming to Rochester! Tim likes getting to know people by discovering what they are passionate about. He enjoys sports, coffee, cooking, and books.

Heather Fleury

Heather is originally from Toronto, Canada but has been living in Kentucky for the past 15 years. She attended Eastern Kentucky University where she graduated with a Bachelors degree in Public Health. She is super excited to be serving as a FOCUS Missionary at the University of Rochester! Go Yellowjackets! She enjoys playing badminton, listening and singing to all types of music, has a heart for all dogs, loves to laugh, likes to drink coffee out of giant mugs, but most of all loves Jesus and His Church!

Jim Davey

Jim is from Maine and graduated from the University of Maine, this past year he served as a missionary at the University of Mary Washington.  While at UMaine, Jim studied physics and engineering and was active in the campus Newman center. During his senior year of college Jim felt strongly called to serve the Lord as a FOCUS missionary. Jim’s hobbies include frisbee, swing dancing, Super Smash Bros, and being a nerd in general. He is looking forward to getting to know the students and helping them to grow in any way that he can!

Rebecca Rodeheffer

Originally hailing from the Silicon Valley in California, Becca went to school at the University of Denver, where she fell in love with the mountains and studied Hospitality Management (aka How to Throw a Good Party with Class). She loves wine, snowboarding, pilgrimages, and long coffee dates, and has walked about 1000 miles in her hiking boots. Her favorite saint is St. Catherine of Sienna because of her intimate prayer life coupled with her compassionate boldness in the world.

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