Christine A. Eichelberger, President
Christine retired in 2019 from a 32-year career in commercial banking, most recently as Senior Vice President at Canandaigua National Bank. She holds an MBA from the Simon School at the University of Rochester and an undergraduate degree in mathematics.
William J. Grande, Secretary
Bill retired in January 2022 from Micropen Technologies (now Exxelia Micropen), where he was employed since 2004 as Chief Technology Oﬃcer & VP, overseeing the Company’s R&D, new product development, and business development activities. His career spanned both academic and industrial settings and included an engineering faculty appointment at Rochester Institute of Technology and research scientist positions at Kodak, Cornell, and IITRI. An expert in microfabrication for nearly 40 years, he worked in a diverse range of technologies, always with the aim of building tangible, leading edge devices. An avid multidisciplinary researcher, Bill holds 24 US patents in a wide range of technologies including micro bearings, medical devices, and hydrogen gas storage.
Jaylene Carpenter, Treasurer
Jaylene joined Bonn, Dioguardi & Ray, LLP, in 2012 as Manager, Accountant, and Auditor. Her responsibilities include managing the firm’s financial and human resources affairs and providing bookkeeping services for clients.
Mark retired from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in 2019 after 18 years with the university. He is now a part-time faculty member at RIT. Previously, he worked in the corporate world as a marketing executive and was a principal in a local management consulting ﬁrm. In addition to Writers and Books, Mark has served with other local organizations, both as a board member and volunteer, including Al Sigl Center, Equicenter, Genesee Valley Club, Hillside Family of Agencies, Memorial Art Gallery, McQuaid Jesuit, Rochester Community Players, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, St. John’s Home, St. Thomas More Church, Simone Center at RIT, and YMCA of Greater Rochester. He is a member of Rochester Rotary and the Country Club of Rochester, as well as three social/literary roundtables, Gaggle, Institute of Fellows and OASIS. Marks lives in Pittsford with his wife Anne. They have two grown children and one grandchild.
Eric G. Cook
Eric is Senior Vice President, Financial Advisor, and Senior Portfolio Manager at RBC Wealth Management. Previously, he worked in Manhattan for nearly a decade as a sportswriter and sports programming coordinator, where he learned the value of storytelling.
Born and raised in Rochester, NY, Jacquelyn is a retired elementary school principal with 33 years of experience in education. She believes that education morphs a child’s life, giving them freedom to think, express, advocate and change the world. Throughout her career in the Rochester City School District as classroom teacher, literacy specialist, teacher coach, and school administrator, her passion has been providing equity and access to urban students with a focus on increasing opportunities for students to engage with creative art experiences and new academic learning. Jacquelyn recently launched Soulchild Studio, Inc: Reimagining Mind and Space with the goals of inspiring freedom of expression through re-vision of thought, voice, and choice and encouraging parents and educators to embrace emancipatory pedagogy at home and in the classroom.
Lester David Friedman
Les is Emeritus Professor and former chair of the Media and Society Program at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Previously, he taught cinema studies at Syracuse, Northwestern, and American Universities and at the Art Institute of Chicago. He also taught health humanities and bioethics at Upstate Medical Center (Syracuse) and the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University (Chicago). The author, co-author, and editor of over 20 books and numerous articles, his areas of academic specialties include ﬁlm genres, American cinema of the 1970s, American Jewish cinema, British ﬁlm of the 1980s, and Health and Humanities. A winner of the National Jewish Book Award (Visual Arts), he authored two screenplays that are the basis of independent ﬁlms.
Bev is a semi-retired clinical social worker in private practice. She has served as President of the Parent Teacher Student Association of School 23 and School of the Arts in Rochester, NY, as well as President of the Rochester Association of Clinical Social Workers. She has been involved with Writers & Books since inception as member, supporter, and board member.
Grant served as Director of the University of Rochester’s Memorial Art Gallery for 29 years, retiring in 2014. During his tenure, he established a legacy of joining arms with cultural institutions around the community, enlarging the art museum and collection, and creating a more inviting campus.
Frank A. Interlichia
Frank is Senior Consultant & Principal at Marts & Lundy, a full-service fundraising consulting ﬁrm with an international client base. Previously, he served as Senior Associate Vice President and Chief Advancement Oﬃcer at the University of Rochester Medical Center.