Staff of the Month: Ted Colucci

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Ted Colucci, Lending & Homeownership Program Manager, travels the hallways of NeighborWorks® Rochester with his witty and jovial demeanor. With a positive outlook, Ted continuously looks for ways to move his department forward. He has been working here since May of 2012, yet that doesn’t mark the beginning of his involvement with NeighborWorks® Rochester; he originally began as a board member three years prior to becoming staff.

Although most of his profession was spent working for credit companies, he began wondering if there was a workplace that could use his professional skills while giving back to the community. This led him to have a conversation with NeighborWorks® Rochester’s CEO, Kim Brumber. Little did he know that while he was looking, NeighborWorks® Rochester was also looking for someone to work in lending and homeownership.  On a typical day, he works with folks to determine eligibility for rehab and repair as well as overseeing classes for homeownership and home repair.

One of his favorite things about work is the team he collaborates with to benefit the community. “We have a very mission-centric team; I enjoy working with the folks here because the attitude we coalesce around.” He also enjoys developing new projects and outreach opportunities.

With any extra time, Ted plays golf and reads; “I just love books” he exclaims, and spends time in the local library. He also spends time with his wife Roberta and critters, gardens, woodworks and has his hands full with Andy his terrier and his cats Pawlie, Beanie, Cecil and Wally.

Home to Ted means friends, family, safety and his wife and five pets.

Staff of the Month: Molly Blackwell

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“Home means a cozy spot with my husband and kids.”

One will often find Molly Blackwell entrenched in her office between stacks of paperwork, crunching numbers and keeping accounts in order. She has worked at NeighborWorks® Rochester for a year and a half as our trusty accountant; however, she also handles human resources. Her day-to-day can be anything from dealing with payroll, account reconciliations, processing loans, administering benefits and handling lien discharges… just to name a few.

Throughout her career at NeighborWorks® Rochester, Molly enjoys working with a diverse group of individuals; “We all have something to learn from each other”. Like many people involved in non-profit work, she enjoys helping a varied group of people.

Although dedicated to any task at hand, Molly appreciates being involved in numerous activities outside of work. She enjoys spending time with her family, going to family events, softball, soccer, taking art classes and learning new skills; she once stated that she “raises kids, dogs and chickens”. In addition to work and pastimes, she manages a rental property, keeping her rather busy.

Staff of the Month: Norman L. Roberts

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Although Norman L. Roberts has worked at NeighborWorks® Rochester for a span of seven months, his relationship with NWR extends far beyond. Before joining the staff at NeighborWorks® Rochester, he served as a volunteer on the board of directors for 15 years, primarily as President.

Norman, referred to around the office as Norm, is currently the Lead Safe Hazard Coordinator. He facilitates the coordination and income qualification process of applications for homeowners applying for lead assistance/remediation through the City of Rochester. The aspect he enjoys most about his job is the magnificent opportunity to interact with a host of outstanding citizens who genuinely value home and neighborhoods.

In his spare time he particularly enjoys reading, golf and more golf. Norman understands the importance of home for other families and says that for him “home means security, coupled with comfort as well as an acute sense of family, belonging and love.”

Staff of the Month

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You may have seen Jake Hershelman around town conducting energy audits for NeighborWorks® Rochester through our Technical Services Department. For a little over two years he has worked here, presently as the primary Lead Risk Assessor and Inspector and is one of our two Energy Auditors. Under certain programs he performs energy audits and services to help lower energy costs for customers. Jake also performs lead inspections for NWR loan customers and also for the City Lead programs.

Before moving back to Rochester and working at NWR Jake worked at Borg and Ide Imaging as an assistant to the main radiologist and worked at Read’s Moving Systems in South Carolina. While working at Read’s he was able to enjoy traveling and seeing the country to places he would probably never go to. “It also kept me in the best shape of my life because I was carrying thousands of pounds of furniture every day.”

Jake particularly enjoys the diversity his work creates, every person and house he works at is unique. Being the main contact that customers usually remember, he appreciates the relationships that he has been able to build with this variety of individuals. Being able to help people appreciate their homes even more is one of the rewards of working here. “I love that we can put money back into the pockets that need it the most.”

Aside from work, Jake spends his spare time with his fiancé and daughter. “They are my life and I enjoy every moment I have with them.” He also spends a lot of time watching and playing sports, his current pastimes being golf and participating in his kickball league. “I am enjoying teaching my daughter these sports that I love and grew up with. That is probably going to be my biggest accomplishment.”

Staff of the Month: June

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With seemingly boundless energy, Anwar Pickett, Healthy Blocks Program Manager, takes on the city one neighborhood at a time. This job entails everything from managing the social engagement, outreach, neighborhood event planning and execution to special project coordination in the HB targeted neighborhoods. Currently, the Healthy Blocks crew is finishing up the initiative in Brooks Landing and the Pocket.

Anwar started with NeighborWorks® Rochester in the fall of 2012, quickly jumping into his role in community development. In addition to working on Healthy Blocks in Monroe County, Anwar provides HB programming for the GenevaNeighborhood Resource Center in Geneva, NY. For Anwar, the greatest joy in working with NeighborWorks® Rochester is working with his assistant “to engage local residents and stakeholders toward realizing the full potential of their neighborhood social fabric.”

Most of Anwar’s time outside of work is spent with his son Nolan, family and close friends. He and Nolan particularly enjoy spending warm days outside taking part in various activities. Those activities range anywhere from sports to exploration.

Michelle Bilock

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If you have participated in Healthy Blocks, our NeighborWorks® Rochester targeted neighborhood initiative, you are sure to have met Michelle Bilock. As the Program Assistant for Healthy Blocks, Michelle works primarily with residents in targeted neighborhoods to improve their communities through physical and social investments. She enjoys “being out in the neighborhood, getting to know residents and seeing change and growth in their homes and hearts.”

Before beginning her position here in 2012 as the Healthy Blocks Program Assistant, Michelle lived in San Francisco, working and volunteering throughout the city. Even though she is in a new city with a slight temperature adjustment, you can still find Michelle thoroughly involved in Rochester, both through volunteering and working.

Although being extensively involved in the city through Healthy Blocks and other endeavors, Miss. Bilock enjoys a variety of activities in her spare time. She is active outdoors, very involved with her church, and loves to read a good book or watch good cinema. If you see her friendly face out and about in Rochester, be sure to say hello!