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

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.

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

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

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

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

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