Meet the TEAM

To ensure ROC the Future functions effectively with clear communication and organized efforts, we rely on our Backbone Staffing. These dedicated individuals are the heart of our alliance. They are leaders, parents, professionals, and concerned citizens of Rochester, NY.

Jackie Campbell

Jackie Campbell

Alliance Director

Jackie Campbell is Director of ROC the Future, and leads the backbone team as it promotes continuous improvement, alignment of strategies and resources, and accountability for improving academic achievement of Rochester’s children.
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Before joining The Children’s Agenda, Jackie worked for the City of Rochester and led the Bureau of Youth Services in the Department of Recreation and Youth Services, including four years as Assistant Commissioner, with responsibility for oversight of human services and youth development programs, including youth and adult employment efforts. Jackie has a master’s degree in Management Science from Keuka College, and is a trained facilitator of multiple curriculums for youth development, parent and family engagement, and leadership.

Jackie is a strong advocate for community and family engagement, and is active in several community efforts, including the Black Women’s Leadership Forum, Parent Leadership Training Institute, and Racial Equity Justice Initiative (REJI), and is a Cultural Broker and Advisor to the Community Advisory Council (CAC). Jackie has received numerous awards and recognitions, including “Citizen of the Year Award” from Action for a Better Community, “Community Leader Award” by Rochester A.B.O.V.E., “Champion for Youth Award” from Teen Empowerment, and the “2019 Rev. Raymond L. Graves Social Justice Community Service Award” from the Greater Rochester Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission.

A long-term community resident, she and her husband Michael, have six adult children and a number of grandchildren. As a proud graduate of Rochester City Schools, Jackie is a committed servant to the children and families of her community.

Contact Jackie

585-627-5896 x225

jcampbell@rocthefuture.org

Willie Robinson, Jr.

Willie Robinson, Jr.

Family & Community Engagement Manager

Willie Robinson, Jr. is the ROC the Future Family & Community Empowerment Manager. Prior to joining ROC the Future, Willie served in various capacities working with youth and families and has a corporate background.

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While employed at Xerox Corporation, he managed four community outreach programs: Xerox Science Consultant Program (XSCP), FIRST Robotics Program, Xerox Community Involvement Program (XCIP), and Xerox School/Work Partnership Program (XSWPP).

During his tenure at Action for a Better Community, he worked as an Employment Specialist with the Milestones program helping to train and employ disenfranchised youth and young adults.  During a short period at the University of Rochester, he worked with the Hillside Work Scholarship Program as well as the Health Professions Opportunity Grant (HPOG) Program.

He also served as the coordinator for the Office of Parent Engagement with the Rochester City School District.  He had the pleasure of working with a group of dedicated and committed parents who established the RCSD Start Strong Program, Family Affair in the Park, and a fatherhood program called Men of Action Network (MAN).

He has a bachelor’s degree in Electronic Technology from North Carolina A&T State University and a master’s degree in Human Resource Management from Nazareth College.  In 2019, he was recognized as the Distinguished Health & Wellness Professional of the year at the Rochester Black Men Achieve Awards.

Willie celebrates 34 years of marriage with his wife, Cynthia, and they have two adult children and a four-month-old grandson.

Contact Willie:

wrobinson@rocthefuture.org 

585-627-5896 Ext. 247

Jessica Lewis

Jessica Lewis

Communications Specialist

Jessica Lewis is the Communications Specialist for ROC the Future (RTF) and leads RTF’s communications initiatives by developing and executing comprehensive, integrated communications for funders, conveners, networks, community-based organizations, and parents.

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Prior to joining ROC the Future, Jessica served as the Communications Specialist for the Urban-Suburban Transfer Program, the nation’s first and oldest school-based integration program. In that role, she developed content for the program’s publications, social media accounts, and website. She also served as an anniversary steering committee member, which led the program’s major initiative to commemorate 50 years serving the Rochester community. She had the honor of emceeing the 50th-anniversary gala with Adam Chodak of WROC News 8. Before joining the Urban-Suburban program, she served as the director of after-school programs at the Urban League of Rochester, where she coordinated five college and career programs serving Rochester area youth and managed a budget of $400,000. Jessica’s programs consistently surpassed outcomes and goals, which earned her the “2012 Employee of the Year” award.

Jessica received her bachelor’s degree from Buffalo State College in Social Studies Education grades 7-12 and a master’s degree in Teaching and Curriculum from the Margaret Warner Graduate School of Education at the University of Rochester. She is the owner of a public relations firm called LáLew Public Relations.

Contact Jessica
585-627-5896 x233
jlewis@rocthefuture.org

Camille Simmons

Camille Simmons

Manager of Continuous Improvement

Camille Simmons is the Manager of Continuous Improvement for ROC the Future. Camille works directly with our stakeholder groups to develop and implement process improvement to accelerate the impacts of our work.

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Camille previously served in various capacities focused on youth intervention work, most recently as Operations Manager for a local non- profit agency. In her previous role, Camille oversaw a team dedicated to the agency’s youth employment, academic, college readiness, and career-based services and partnerships, as well as provided project oversight for multiple special projects.

Camille is Lean Six Sigma certified and received her bachelor’s degree from Keuka College in Social Work. She received a master’s degree in Strategic Leadership at Roberts Wesleyan College. She is a 2010 graduate of the United Way’s African American Leadership Development Program and a 2015 graduate of Leadership Rochester, where she returns each year to serve on their Building Common Ground panel focused on race and equity.

Contact Camille
585-627-5896  x236
csimmons@rocthefuture.org

MaryBeth Elko

MaryBeth Elko

Continuous Improvement Specialist

MaryBeth joins the ROC the Future team as the Continuous Improvement Specialist. Prior to joining ROC the Future, MaryBeth served as Professional Development Specialist with PK-12 school systems in Rochester.
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In that role, she designed and facilitated customized professional learning experiences with regional school districts, district leaders, teams, and individual educators. For the last several years, much of the professional development MaryBeth designed focused on supporting educators with: antiracism, culturally relevant teaching and learning, equitable and inclusive practices, restorative practices, and social and emotional learning. Prior to her work as a professional development specialist, MaryBeth was a middle school teacher and Instructional Coach in the Syracuse City School District.
She is a parent leader and a graduate of PLTI Cohort 8. MaryBeth, her husband, and daughter live in the Homestead Heights neighborhood of Rochester.
MaryBeth earned both her Master’s in Teaching as well as her Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Leadership from Syracuse University.

Contact MaryBeth
585-627-5896  
mbelko@rocthefuture.org

Ryan Lavoie

Ryan Lavoie

Administrative & Grants Assistant

Ryan Lavoie is the Administrative/ Grants Assistant who works closely with the ROC the Future Alliance Director to provide high-level administrative and financial maintenance support, as well as critical communications to key leader partners and stakeholders in the community.

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Before joining the team at ROC the Future, Ryan’s experience focused on brand marketing and human resources, where among other responsibilities, he successfully led an inclusion initiative tasked with diversifying the hiring process for a top Fortune 500 company. Ryan dedicates his spare time to volunteer work in the community, ranging from stage-managing local theater productions to providing aid at various food banks. His remaining time is spent relaxing with his schnauzer, Lady, and a good book.

Contact Ryan
585-627-5896 X228
rlavoie@rocthefuture.org

Kilolo Moyo-White

Kilolo Moyo-White

Family and Community Engagement Specialist

Kilolo Moyo-White is ROC the Future’s Family and Community Engagement Specialist. She will lead our efforts to engage families and the community in systemic change to improve academic outcomes for children. 

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Prior to moving to Rochester, Kilolo spent the past 15 years building relationships as a community and youth support advocate through her role as a community educator in the public school system of Philadelphia, PA. As an academic advisor, program coordinator, and curriculum writer for Philadelphia Freedom Schools, Kilolo designed and led social justice workshops to empower teen voice and leadership.

Kilolo’s passion for community building runs deep. In 2009, she was a lead organizer in co-founding Sankofa Freedom Academy Charter School. Additionally, Kilolo has led education workshops through Teach For America’s African American Corps, EdXEd NYC, and Educon. Since moving to Rochester, Kilolo has become a parent leader with ROC the Future’s Parent Engagement Collaborative Action Network (PECAN), School #23’s Parent Teacher Association and a member of the 19th Ward Community Association.

Kilolo is a graduate of Lincoln University and Temple University, with a master’s degree in African American Studies. She resides in the 19th Ward with her loving husband Kevin and 3 children.

Contact Kilolo

585-627-5896 X234

kmoyowhite@rocthefuture.org

James Ross

James Ross

Data Analysis Specialist

James joins the ROC the Future team as a Data Analysis Specialist. Prior to joining ROC the Future, James served as a Research Analyst with Children’s Institute and served the community in various capacities including as an Assistant Professor within the SUNY system for fifteen years, a practicing attorney specializing in representing juveniles as an Attorney for the Child in the New York State Family Court, and serving four years as an AmeriCorps fellow serving in various positions supporting the educational and social emotional needs of students in the Rochester City School District.

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While a faculty member at both Buffalo State College and the College at Brockport he taught in the department of Criminal Justice and while at Brockport, he was a faculty member in the Department of Public Administration.
While serving as a fellow in the AmeriCorps national service program, James supported the learning and social emotional needs of students as a behavioral intervention specialist at both Leadership Academy for Young Men and Vanguard Collegiate high schools in the Rochester City School District.
During his time at Children’s Institute, James worked with the Whole Child Connection team in consulting and assessing schools and district readiness to incorporate social and emotional learning into their curriculum.
James has been a practicing attorney since 2001, specializing as an Attorney for the Child in New York State’s 4th Department. James has represented children in custody, visitation, social welfare, educational, and PINS and juvenile delinquency matters.
James has a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from University at Buffalo, a Master’s of Science in Sociology from Illinois State University, a J.D. degree from University at Buffalo, School of Law, and a Ph.D. in Sociology, specializing in social psychology from University at Buffalo.
James proudest accomplishments are being a father to his son and daughter, and being married to his high school sweetheart for over 20 years.
Contact James Ross
585.295.1000 Ext. 235

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274 N. Goodman Street, Suite D103
Rochester, NY 14607

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