THE LEADERSHIP TEAM

 

FOUNDER & CEO
Jerris Wade

 

Jerris has a certification in Nonprofit Management through the Center for Community Engagement at St. John Fisher College and a B.A. in Communications with a minor in studio art from S.U.N.Y. Brockport. He's a proud alum of the School of the Arts, Rochester NY. Jerris has a strong passion for the Arts and understands the positive impact the arts have on our educational system and community. He believes that offering youths the tools and resources to be creative at an early age allows them time to develop an understanding and appreciation for the arts. He believes that when you’re passionate about what you do, you tend to live a more productive life.

 

 

FOUNDER & CFO

Kory Samuels

 

Kory Samuels was born and raised in the Rochester area. He currently is an executive in the hospitality industry. His experiences as a youth attending the School of the Arts drew him to the opportunity in serving the Student Arts Foundation as a member of the leadership team. Kory’s background in business, familiarity with the Rochester community, coupled with his role in the student’s arts foundation, fortifies his passion for helping people in any capacity.

 

 

VP OF DIVERSITY & OUTREACH

Bernice Torbitt

Bernice is a Rochester native and has experienced first hand the positive impact that the arts can have within the local community. She is a graduate of School of the Arts and believes her education greatly influenced her artistically and culturally. Bernice obtained a B.S. in International Business from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a M.S. in Strategic Leadership from Roberts Wesleyan College. One of her passions is to serve others in the community.

 

 

VP OF STRATEGIC DEVELOPMENT

Stephanie Bancroft

 

Stephanie works as an independent art advisor and appraiser of fine and decorative art; she is an Associate member of the Appraiser’s Association of America. A proud Rochester native and graduate of School of Arts, Stephanie received her B.A. in Art History from American University, and studied for an MPhil in Islamic Art and Archaeology at the University of Oxford before returning stateside to obtain a M.A. in American Fine and Decorative Art from the Sotheby’s Institute of Art in New York. Stephanie is delighted to be working and living in her beloved hometown. She is excited to play an active role in the growth of Rochester’s vibrant arts and music scenes, and to have the opportunity to give back to her community.

 

 

VP OF MARKETING & SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGMENT
Jen Wiedrick

 

Jen Wiedrick received a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from SUNY Oswego. After college she moved to Long Island for 7 years, but decided that Rochester was where she was meant to be. She has always had a passion for arts, and even owned her own fashion accessory business from 2011 to 2013. Since then, Jen has gravitated into online marketing and social media initiatives for various companies to help them increase their online presence. She is very excited to have the opportunity to share her knowledge of artistic career paths, and to help spread the word about this amazing foundation.