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National Council

The Warner School of Education National Council is the leading volunteer advisory group for the Warner School of Education. The Council’s membership consists of distinguished national leaders who provide guidance and expertise on key initiatives for the school. The Council meets with our Dean semi-annually, and most recently, played an integral role in drafting our Campaign themes and goals.


Cicily Backus
Community Advocate

Lee Backus ‘62
Retired portfolio manager and partner at Buckingham Capital Management

Diane Boni ’84 
Retired Director of ELA, Social Studies, & Libraries, Greece Central School District

Mary Ellen Burris ‘68W (MS)
Retired Senior Vice President, Consumer Affairs, Wegmans Food Markets Inc.

William M. Carpenter
Managing Director, WMC Ventures, LLC
Former Chairman and CEO, Bausch and Lomb

Dr. James Farrar
Professor Emeritus of Chemistry, University of Rochester

Kathy Farrar ‘89W (MS)
Retired Teacher and RCSD Volunteer

Dr. Herbert R. Miller ’62, ‘64W (MA)
Corporate Education and Training Consultant

Dr. Vivian A. Palladoro ‘76W (MS), ‘97W (EdD)
Retired Pathology Administrator, University of Rochester

Dr. Meredith Rowe ’93, ‘95W (MS)
Professor of Early Learning and Development and Faculty Director of Human Development and Psychology, Harvard University 

Dr. Ellen G. Rusling ‘66W, ‘79W (MA), P’03, P’06
Retired School Psychologist/Family Therapist, Monroe BOCES #1
Life Discernment Consultant

Mariko Sakita-Mozeson ‘83
Founder & President, Project Job

Michael Scandling
Retired Vice President of Marketing, Faron Melrose Communications
Independent Consultant for Marketing and Marketing Communications 

Charles Symington ’80, ‘81S (MBA)
Retired Chief Operating Officer, MetLife Investments

Margaret Symington
Retired Principal Consultant, Investment and Securities Operations, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Donna Lechleiter Thompson ‘65W, ’79 (MS)
Co-Founder and Former COO, Fusion Productions, Inc.

Phyllis V. Wettermann ‘57N (BS), ‘59W (BS), ‘62N (MS)
Retired Teacher and Horizons Volunteer


Thomas S. Richards
Board of Trustee Member and Chair of URMC Board, University of Rochester
Former Mayor, City of Rochester 
Former Chairman, President and CEO, RGS Energy Group (parent company of RG&E)