The Rochester River Foundation

The Rochester River Foundation, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit, is the funding arm and mission-supporting organization for the Rochester River Charter School. The Rochester River Charter School is the first project on the Rochester River Foundation.


Board Of Directors

Cheryl Dobbertin, education consultant
Wendy Gilmore, Rochester Institute of Technology
Joel Helfrich, PhD, Rochester River Foundation
Spero Michailidis, M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence
Russ Roberts, Xerox
Lisa Shaw, Monroe #1 BOCES

Jericsson Pichardo, Teach for America

Board Chair: Spero Michailidis
Vice Chair: Joel Helfrich
Secretary: Lisa Shaw
Treasurer: TBD

Meeting Schedule
The Board of Directors meeting schedule for 2018 is as follows. Please check the Calendar page of this web site to confirm the dates, locations and any additional information about the meetings.

  • TBD

2017 Meeting Materials
2016 Meeting Materials

Public Comment Policy
All meetings are open to the public and a portion of each agenda is set aside for speakers. To address the Board, please email the school at by noon on the day before the meeting at which you wish to speak.


National Board of Advisors

Arshay Cooper, Author, Chef, Rower, Teacher
Dan Drmacich, Chairman, Coalition for Justice in Education (Retired Principal, School Without Walls) 
Murray Fisher, Founder, Urban Assembly New York Harbor School (and President, New York Harbor Foundation)
Bill Gladstone, Chief Operating Officer, Makeosity, Inc.
Hayley N. Lutz, Community Engagement Professional
Chris Lyons, Illustrator and Adjunct Professor, RIT
Jerry Mintz, Director, Alternative Education Resource Organization
Robin Silver, MD, retired emergency room physician, professional wildlife photographer, and cofounder of the Center for Biological Diversity
Michael Sizer, PhD, Professor of Humanistic Studies, Maryland Institute of Art
Zoe Weil, PhD, President and Founder, Institute for Humane Education


Marie Alcock, PhD, President, Learning Systems Associates
John A. Anderson, Partner, Harter Secrest & Emery
Jaimie P. Cloud, Founder & President, Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education
Aaron T. Frazier, J.D., Harris Beach PLLC
Kimie Romeo, Charter Partner and Licensed Real Estate Salesperson, Empire Realty Group
Ted Townsend, Associate, Harter Secrest & Emery
Kim Wechtenhiser, President, SchoolWorks

The founders of the Rochester River Charter School are Joel Helfrich and Jericsson Pichardo.