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.
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.
Willie Robinson, Jr.
Family & Community Empowerment 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.
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.
585-627-5896 Ext. 247
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.
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.
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.
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.
Stephanie Townsend, Ph.D.
Director of Research and Analytics
Before joining ROC the Future, Stephanie worked for 12 years as a consultant to community-based and educational organizations. Her work included projects here in Rochester as well as for state, national, and global organizations. She also taught as an adjunct instructor in undergraduate and graduate programs at St. John Fisher College, Nazareth College, Rochester Institute of Technology, and SUNY College at Brockport. Stephanie has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Religious Studies from the University of Michigan, a master’s degree in social ethics from the Graduate Theological Union, and master’s and doctoral degrees in community and prevention research from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
As a community psychologist, she has been widely published and is recognized as an expert on community-based responses to violence, including violence prevention. Stephanie grew up in a military family, attending public and Department of Defense schools around the country and overseas.
She and her husband have one son in middle school.
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.
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.
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.
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.