Our Board of Directors


Kathleen DaBoll-Lavoie

Nazareth College

Dean of the School of Education

Kathleen DaBoll-Lavoie is Dean of the School of Education at Nazareth College. Prior to this position, she served in multiple roles including Chair of the Inclusive Childhood Education Department, Director of Graduate Inclusive Early Childhood and Childhood Education Programs, and Director of the Undergraduate Inclusive Childhood/Middle Childhood Education Program. DaBoll-Lavoie is currently the Co-Chair of the New York State Professional Standards and Practices Board, which serves in an advisory capacity to the Board of Regents and the Commissioner of Education on matters related to teaching in New York State. She is Immediate Past President of the New York Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, and serves on the Teacher Education Advisory Group to the New York State Education Department. She was an invited member of the New York State Teacher Standards Development Working Group, and served on the New York Assessments for Initial Teacher and School Building Leader Certification Work Group. DaBoll-Lavoie received her doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from Syracuse University, and her master’s in secondary education from SUNY Binghamton. She has presented extensively at state and national conferences; her work has focused on the development of inclusive teacher education programs, school/college partnerships, and assessment.


Larry Frye

The Harley School

Head of School

Mr. Frye earned his Ed.M. from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and his B.A. from Hamilton College. Previously, he has held positions as Dean of Students and Boarding, Director of Communications, Associate Director of Admissions and Director of Financial Aid, English Teacher, College Counselor, and Dorm Parent at The Cambridge School of Weston. He also worked as Senior Assistant Director of Admission at Wheaton College and Assistant Dean of Admission at Hamilton College.


Conger Gabel


GRSLA Board Chair

Conger Gabel is President and Founder of the Hardy Gabel Group, LLC, a management consulting firm specializing in product and technology development and financial management. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors of RPC Photonics Corporation. Early in his career, Conger taught high school physics and mathematics at the Polytechnic School in California and then served as Associate Professor of Optics at the University of Rochester. He received an A.B. in Physics from Princeton University where he graduated Magna cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa, a M.A. in Education and a Ph.D. in Optics from the University of Rochester, and a M.S. in Management from Stanford University where he was an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow.


Mary Jo Gabel


GRSLA Chief Financial Officer

Mary-Jo Gabel is the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer of the Hardy Gabel Group, LLC, and consults for Career Development Services, a non-for-profit organization focused on assisting individuals and corporations address the challenges of today’s workplace in leadership training, career development and transition services. Mary-Jo started with CDS in 1976 as a volunteer, and is now a Financial Consultant. In addition, Mary-Jo served as the Finance Director of Neighborworks Rochester from 2005 to 2010. Mary-Jo has been a Board Member and Chair of the Horizons Enrichment Program at the Harley School and was elected to the Board of the National Program in 2005. She served as Chair of the National Program 2007 to 2009 and is presently Treasurer. Mary-Jo has also served as the Chair of the Board of the Harley School and Chair of the Board of Trustees at Third Presbyterian. Mary-Jo received a Bachelor of Science in Education from Northwestern University and a Master of Arts in Education from the University of Rochester. She has six years of mathematics teaching experience in Dryden, NY and in Rochester, NY.


Josh Gewolb, Esq.


Partner at Harter Secrest & Emery LLP-

Josh Gewolb is an attorney at Harter, Secrest & Emery LLP specializing in tax matters and not-for-profit organizations.    

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Dr. Hernández is the Dean of the School of Education and Human Services for the College at Brockport. He is currently Co-Editor of the New York State School Counseling Journal and is a member of the American Counseling Association, the National Career Development Association, the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, the Association for Specialists in Group Work, and the American Counseling Association – New York. He has also been an elected member of the Board of Directors of the Association for Excellence and Equality in Education. Dr. Hernández is a past-president of the New York Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. Currently, Dr. Hernández serves as a board member for the New York State School Counselors Association and serves on the Western New York School Counselors Consortium.

The College at Brockport

Dean of the School of Education, Health & Human Services

Tom Hernández

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Dennis Showers

Interim Director of the School of Education

Dennis Showers is a SUNY Distinguished Service Professor of Science Education in the Shear School of Education teaching mathematics and science methods. He is currently serving as the Interim Director of the School of Education. He has worked with teachers and schools in 17 countries including China, Australia, Russia, Ecuador,Nicaragua, and Ghana. He created the Nuclear Science merit badge for the Boy Scouts of America and wrote the merit badge pamphlet. He also authored the Energy merit badge pamphlet.

Luis A. Perez

Greater Rochester Summer Learning Association

President & Chief Executive Officer

Luis A. Perez has been instrumental in the creation and expansion of GRSLA. Prior to being named President and CEO, Mr. Perez served as the Executive Director of the Horizons at Harley program (2010-2015), and in 2013 added the role of Director - Program Support and Expansion for GRSLA.

Mr. Perez has committed the past 30+ years to helping low-income, inner-city children be successful academically and in life. Mr. Perez, a NYS licensed social-worker, is a Rochester native of Puerto-Rican descent who served as an Assistant Pastor at Bethel Christian Fellowship from 1990-2006. While there Mr. Perez served in various capacities including: Church Business Administrator, Director of Children and Youth, City District Pastor, Director of Small Group Ministry, and Founder and Director for 16 years of the Bethel Summer Day Camp. In 2001, Mr. Perez founded and became the Executive Director of HOPE Initiatives, CDC a faith-based community development corporation serving the county of Monroe. 

A graduate of Monroe High School, he received his Master's Degree in Social Work form Roberts Wesleyan College, a Bachelor's of Science in Social Work from Nazareth College of Rochester, and an AAS in Human Services from Monroe Community College.He currently serves on the GRASA Advisory Committee and the ROC the Future Summer Learning C.A.N. He also is a team member of the ROC the Future STRIVE Together Leadership Program, one of ten cohorts around the country. 

Luis has been married to Pamela for over 40 years they have two adult children, Luis Gary and Rachel.

Mick Gee

Allendale Columbia 

Head of School

Mick Gee is Head of School at Allendale Columbia (AC). Since joining AC in 2012, Mick has increased enrollment 25%, lead the effort in building a brand new Design & Innovation Lab, expanded AC’s global program by building two international houses, and overseen a 100% increase in the School’s annual fund. Prior to joining Allendale Columbia, Mick was the Upper School Director at Winchester Thurston School—an independent school for students in pre-kindergarten through grade 12 located in Pittsburgh, PA. While at Winchester Thurston, Mick made a substantial impact, helping to increase Upper School enrollment by approximately 25%, playing a key role in efforts to raise funds for improved facilities, chairing the Science and Technology committee of the Board’s strategic planning process, and helping the school earn grants from the Malone and E.E. Ford Foundations. A native of the United Kingdom, Mick earned a B.S. in Chemistry and Analytical Science from Loughborough University in England, a PGCE (MAT equivalent) from the same institution, and an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Columbia University, Teachers College. In addition, he was selected by the Fulbright Scholarship program and participated in their Teacher Exchange program. Mick was recognized as a National Teacher of Excellence in the United Kingdom in 1996-1997, and completed the National Association of Independent Schools Edward E. Ford Fellowship for Aspiring Heads in 2006. Mick relocated to the Rochester area with his wife Amy and daughter Madeleine. 

Joe Martino

EnCompass Resources for Learning

Chief Executive Officer

Joseph M. Martino is the president and CEO of Education Enterprise of New York Inc., executive director of the Norman Howard School, and executive director of EnCompass Resources for Learning. Education Enterprise of New York supports a family of agencies including the Norman Howard School and EnCompass Resources for Learning, devoted to improving educational systems and increasing student success. He served as chief operating officer of Education Enterprise of New York prior to his appointment as President and CEO. The Norman Howard School has a 99 percent graduation rate and currently serves more than 130 youths with learning disabilities; EnCompass annually serves approximately 2,000 youth and their families at risk for educational failure and other negative outcomes. Before joining Education Enterprise of New York he served as principal accountability officer for Monroe County. In this role he was responsible for developing and implementing countywide systems to address revenue maximization, grants management, contract compliance and performance. On behalf of County Executive Maggie Brooks, he provided leadership and support to public-private partnerships addressing economic development, sustainable energy and educational success. Joe is one of the founding board members of the Discovery Charter School. He has a dual-major bachelor’s degree in history and government from King’s College and a master’s degree in history from Duquesne University, and he is working on a doctorate at Lehigh University. He lives in Penfield with his wife, Denise, and their children Isabel and Teshome.