Rev. Brian C. Cool '06W (MS), '21W (EdD)
Fr. Cool has served at the University of Rochester since 1999, 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 Athletics and Boston Red Sox fan, Fr. Cool is a high school and collegiate lacrosse referee. He has an undergraduate degree from Nazareth College, graduate degrees from St. Mary’s Seminary & University and the University of Rochester, including a Doctorate of Education.
Breanna, a Rochester, NY, native, graduated from Nazareth College with a degree in Religious Studies, and joined the staff of the Newman Community as the Program Assistant for Campus Ministry. She has worked and volunteered in Faith Formation and Youth Ministry Programs, along with serving as a cantor in the Church for many years.
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.
Laurie has served as a Finance Director at the Diocese of Rochester since 2014. In addition to directing the finances for the Catholic Newman Community at the University of Rochester, she also provides services to the Church of the Assumption, the Church of the Resurrection, the RIT Newman Catholic Community, St. Louis Church, and St. John of Rochester Catholic Church. She studied Business Administration (Accounting and Finance) at the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Michelle enthusiastically joins the Newman Community as our Associate Director! She brings with her over 20 years of Diocesan Parish experience throughout the Rochester area in the communities of Our Lady of Mercy, Church of the Resurrection, and St. Louis. Michelle is an amazing mom of two. She enjoys her side business selling antiques and vintage treasures. Michelle can be described as an avid reader, and is frequently found spending time with her family. She attended Saint Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry, and studied Catechetical Leadership and Pastoral Ministry studies. Michelle is excited to serve our students, alumni, staff and the University of Rochester.
Kate joins the Newman Catholic Community as Office & Advancement Manager, bringing over 4 years of experience in nonprofit administration. She resides in the Neighborhood of the Arts with her two rescue cats Juniper and Mimi. She enjoys watching the Buffalo Bills and is an enthusiastic fan of hockey, especially the Rochester Americans and Buffalo Sabres. On the weekends, you can find her combing through antique and thrift stores, visiting Lake Ontario, or enjoying museums and socializing with friends.