Board of Directors

 **Don Reeve, retired, Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.

Vice Chairman
**Nicholas Stefanovic, Director, Monroe County Veterans Service Agency

**Robert Janson, retired

Joseph Catone, USA Payroll Agency

Corporate Counsel
Jessie Gregorio, Underberg & Kessler, LLP

Board Members

Susan Acker, Merrill Lynch
**Ellen Adams, Red Hot Dish
**Vito Caraccio, Five Star Bank
**Kent Fellows, retired, M.D. Knowlton Company
**Arnold Gray, Gray Certified Public Accounting, P.C.
**Lou Katz, retired, Lifetime Assistance Inc.
**Matthew Legere, Harris Communications
**Marvin Patterson Jr., Rochester Police Department
Kristie Robertson-Coyne, University of Rochester Wilmot Cancer Institute
**Kimberly Romach, Monroe County Court System
Bernard Schroeder, Lake Beverage Corporation



Senior Staff

Laura Stradley
Executive Director

Laura Stradley is an Army veteran who spent eight years on active duty.  Just before leaving the service, Laura earned her Master of Science in Business Administration from Baker College. Laura has worked with veterans for more than a decade, and in 2015, she was inducted into the NYS Senate Veterans Hall of Fame. Laura has co-authored two books – The Pocket Idiot’s Guide to the ASVAB and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the ASVAB. She has been a Girl Scout Troop Leader for five years and lives in Penfield with her twins, Thomas and Sarah.




Brandon Kasperkoski
Director of Programs

Brandon is a United States Army veteran. He began his military career on active duty in 2006 as an infantryman and continues it as a reserve soldier today. He has over 10 years of leadership experience and organizational operations. Providing excellent service to our veteran community is Brandon’s upper-most mission. He has a “lead from the front” ideology and focuses on growth and development of the programs VOC offers. Brandon completed his undergraduate degree following his active military service and is continuing his pursuit of higher learning. Brandon was born and raised in the Rochester area and he and his daughter “MJ” live there now. Brandon loves the local area and strives to help keep it a place that fully supports our nation’s veterans and their families.


Alec Andrest
Director of Residential Services

Alec Andrest joined Veterans Outreach Center as the Residential Manager in March of 2016. Alec served 8 years in The United States Marine Corps 2006-2014. His passion for Veteran advocacy began as a financial services representative and grew when he was elected to the Veterans Business Council in July of 2015. Alec and his wife Julianna have 3 boys, reside in Irondequoit and belong to Grace Church.

Allison Tursi
Director of Human Resources 

Allison brings over 20 years of human resources experience to her role at VOC. During her career, Allison has gained significant experience in employee relations, talent acquisition and retention, leadership and workforce learning and development, as well as providing guidance and consulting support to senior management.  Her professional experience includes work in both corporations and non-profit organizations, primarily in the staffing, healthcare, security, and education industries.

Allison earned her BS in Communications from SUNY College at Brockport and is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the National Human Resources Association (NHRA).

Bruce Watson
Director of Finance

Joan Brandenburg
Director of Advancement

Joan is a seasoned Development professional with over 15 years of experience in fundraising leadership. After a long and successful career in broadcast journalism, Joan made the transition to the non-profit community as a means to give back. She is an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and continues to build on her experience and knowledge base through on-line courses and seminars.


Management Team

Matthew McGee
Development  & Marketing Manager 

Matthew joined VOC in March 2015. He is a retired police officer from the City of Rochester Police Department and also a retired officer from the United States Coast Guard. Matthew holds a Bachelor’s of Science in History & Master’s Degree in Public Administration from SUNY Brockport. Matthew is a member of the Alpha Chi Honor Society, Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society and Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Society.

Matthew enjoys traveling, attending local sporting events, attending the RBTL and Geva theatres, exploring the Finger Lakes Region, and spending time with his family. Matthew and his wife Becky live in the Rochester area and have two adult children, Joseph (son) and Jordan (daughter).

Kevin Gross
Development Associate

Kevin hails from Dryden, NY. He has a bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts from SUNY Oswego, and spent five years as a Stage Manager. Kevin then pursued a career with Boy Scouts of America, spending ten years as a professional, raising money, supervising volunteer training, activities and summer camp operations. Kevin, his wife Kate and son Geoffrey live in Hamlin.

Lindsay Chambers
Volunteer & Development Coordinator

Lindsay Chambers joined Veterans Outreach Center in May of 2016. Prior to joining VOC, she worked with NAMI Rochester and Women’s Foundation of Genesee Valley. Lindsay has been working in Development for the past 9 years. Lindsay lives in Fairport with her husband and 2 children.

Marianne Sernoffsky
Female and Family Outreach Program Manager 

Marianne is the proud spouse of a 26-year Army Veteran and has been working with Veterans for over 18 years. In the Army Creed it states “I will always place the mission first, I will never accept defeat, I will never quit” Marianne follows those ethos above and beyond. Veterans are near and dear to Marianne’s heart.

Caroline Brokaw
Stars and Stripes Flag Store Manager

Caroline joined Veterans Outreach Center, in August 2017, as the manager for the Stars and Stripes store. After ten years of experience in merchandising, customer account and retail management, she desired to find a position where she could make a difference in the lives of others. Helping those who served in our armed forces is something close to her heart, as her husband served in the Marine Corps for seven years. She and her husband recently returned to the Rochester area after spending three years stationed in Japan. She holds an Associate’s degree in Merchandising Management from the Fashion Institute of Technology, a Bachelor’s degree in Fashion Merchandising from Mercyhurst University, and a Graduate Certificate in Merchandising from North Texas University. She lives in Honeoye Falls with her husband, Alex and daughter, Harper. She enjoys snowboarding, traveling and taking family walks with their two dogs, Duke and Bella. She also enjoys cheering on her favorite teams, the Buffalo Bills and the New York Yankees. 

Nena Siverd
Employment & Training Services Manager

Nena has 20+ years’ experience in Employment & Training programs with non-profit agencies in Rochester and of those 17 years have been working at VOC serving a diverse socio-economic veteran population. She loves animals (especially her two dogs and four cats), spending time with family and friends, watching Boston teams (especially Red Sox and Patriots), and horseback riding!

Kristin Lundy
Veterans Treatment Court Representative

Kristin joined Veterans Outreach Center in August of 2017. Kristin holds a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice and a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Niagara University. Kristin has a background in substance abuse and has a passion for working with Veterans as well as treatment courts. Kristin enjoys obstacle course racing.

Randy Hoke
Superintendent of Information Systems & Facilities

Randy joined Veterans Outreach Center after a 20 year career in law enforcement, retiring as a Sergeant with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.  Of the many roles he filled in law enforcement he is most proud of his work on the SCUBA recovery team where he spent almost half his career.  Randy helped develop their electronics deployment package, including the use of two types of sonar systems and two styles of remote operated vehicles.  When he retired he was the leading trainer of those technology based systems and was considered the local expert in the field.  His roles in law enforcement were diverse, including being a supervisor of the Criminal Investigations Division, a member of the Community Services Unit, and supervisor of the Sheriff’s Division at the Greater Rochester International Airport to name a few. Randy lives in Brockport with his wife, Mary, their 4 children, and many pets.  They enjoy a busy family life of sports and activities, but Randy and Mary especially enjoy their time listening to the U.R. students at Eastman Theater or visiting the neighborhoods of Toronto.