Deb Rosen, LCSW Executive Director   Deb Rosen (She/Her/Hers) joined Bivona Child Advocacy Center in April of 2017. Deb is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has focused her career on the needs of children and families involved in the child welfare, foster care, juvenile justice, and behavioral health systems. She earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin and previously held positions as a medical social worker, a child and family therapist, Director of Out of Home Care for the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare, Director of Child and Family Services in Monroe County, andManaging Director of Strategic Partnerships at Hillside Family of Agencies.

Deb Rosen, LCSW
Executive Director

Deb Rosen (She/Her/Hers) joined Bivona Child Advocacy Center in April of 2017. Deb is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has focused her career on the needs of children and families involved in the child welfare, foster care, juvenile justice, and behavioral health systems. She earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin and previously held positions as a medical social worker, a child and family therapist, Director of Out of Home Care for the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare, Director of Child and Family Services in Monroe County, andManaging Director of Strategic Partnerships at Hillside Family of Agencies.

Anna Potter Associate Executive Director   Anna Potter joined Bivona Child Advocacy Center in May of 2010. Anna has worked with victims and families of sexual assault for more than 20 years. She previously was the Regional Manager of Rape Crisis Service of Planned Parenthood. Anna is a certified sexual assault counselor/advocate and received her BA in Sociology/Psychology from SUNY Geneseo.

Anna Potter
Associate Executive Director

Anna Potter joined Bivona Child Advocacy Center in May of 2010. Anna has worked with victims and families of sexual assault for more than 20 years. She previously was the Regional Manager of Rape Crisis Service of Planned Parenthood. Anna is a certified sexual assault counselor/advocate and received her BA in Sociology/Psychology from SUNY Geneseo.

Jaime Anderson, MA, CFRE Director of Development   Jaime Anderson joined Bivona Child Advocacy Center in January of 2018. Jaime has 15 years of non-profit fundraising experience. She most recently was the Executive Director for the American Lung Association’s Western New York and Vermont markets, where she spent eleven years with the organization. She has a BA from Niagara University and a MA from The College at Brockport, and she recently earned the CFRE credential (Certified Fund Raising Executive). Jaime serves on the board of Dreams from Drake and volunteers her time with several organizations that serve the Rochester community.

Jaime Anderson, MA, CFRE
Director of Development

Jaime Anderson joined Bivona Child Advocacy Center in January of 2018. Jaime has 15 years of non-profit fundraising experience. She most recently was the Executive Director for the American Lung Association’s Western New York and Vermont markets, where she spent eleven years with the organization. She has a BA from Niagara University and a MA from The College at Brockport, and she recently earned the CFRE credential (Certified Fund Raising Executive). Jaime serves on the board of Dreams from Drake and volunteers her time with several organizations that serve the Rochester community.

Beenu Balakrishnan Client Relations Representative   Beenu Balakrishnan joined Bivona in September of 2018. Before officially joining the staff here, Beenu volunteered at Bivona’s front desk working with clients and doing data entry. Before moving to the United States, Beenu worked as an Operations Executive for a brokerage firm in India. She has an MBA in Human Resource Management as well as a Bachelor’s in degree in Mathematics.

Beenu Balakrishnan
Client Relations Representative

Beenu Balakrishnan joined Bivona in September of 2018. Before officially joining the staff here, Beenu volunteered at Bivona’s front desk working with clients and doing data entry. Before moving to the United States, Beenu worked as an Operations Executive for a brokerage firm in India. She has an MBA in Human Resource Management as well as a Bachelor’s in degree in Mathematics.

Lisle Coleman Intake Coordinator   Lisle Coleman (She/Her/Hers) joined Bivona Child Advocacy Center in August of 2017. as the Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator, but moved to Intake Coordinator in July 2018. Before Bivona, Lisle served as an AmeriCorps VISTA at Enrico Fermi School 17. As a VISTA fellow, Lisle worked with School 17 Community Partners to provide wrap-around services and holistic support to youth at the school and in the broader Rochester community. Lisle received a B.A. in Anthropology and Public Health from the University of Rochester.

Lisle Coleman
Intake Coordinator

Lisle Coleman (She/Her/Hers) joined Bivona Child Advocacy Center in August of 2017. as the Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator, but moved to Intake Coordinator in July 2018. Before Bivona, Lisle served as an AmeriCorps VISTA at Enrico Fermi School 17. As a VISTA fellow, Lisle worked with School 17 Community Partners to provide wrap-around services and holistic support to youth at the school and in the broader Rochester community. Lisle received a B.A. in Anthropology and Public Health from the University of Rochester.

Kathy Davies Office Manager   Kathy Davies joined Bivona Child Advocacy Center in August of 2012. She was previously the Office Manager, Assistant to the Executive Director and Secretary to the MCC Foundation Board of Directors at Monroe Community College Foundation. Kathy has an extensive background in banking as she worked for JP Morgan Chase Bank for 28 years.

Kathy Davies
Office Manager

Kathy Davies joined Bivona Child Advocacy Center in August of 2012. She was previously the Office Manager, Assistant to the Executive Director and Secretary to the MCC Foundation Board of Directors at Monroe Community College Foundation. Kathy has an extensive background in banking as she worked for JP Morgan Chase Bank for 28 years.

Carrie Dengler Client Services Manager   Carrie Dengler joined Bivona in September of 2018. She has a background in Human Service and came from the Jewish Community Center where she worked for 20 years in various positions. She most recently served as their Adult Programming Coordinator and Membership Representative.

Carrie Dengler
Client Services Manager

Carrie Dengler joined Bivona in September of 2018. She has a background in Human Service and came from the Jewish Community Center where she worked for 20 years in various positions. She most recently served as their Adult Programming Coordinator and Membership Representative.

Ashley Dotter Events Manager   Ashley Dotter joined the Bivona team in March 2019 as Events Manager. Ashley was born and raised in Rochester and graduated from SUNY Geneseo. Before coming to Bivona, Ashley worked in politics managing several local campaigns and most recently worked for NYS Senator Joseph Robach as his Event Coordinator. Ashley brings diverse Event Management and Fundraising experience to her position and is dedicated to enhancing event experience for all Bivona events. Ashley also has a personal tie to Bivona as she is an active foster parent.

Ashley Dotter
Events Manager

Ashley Dotter joined the Bivona team in March 2019 as Events Manager. Ashley was born and raised in Rochester and graduated from SUNY Geneseo. Before coming to Bivona, Ashley worked in politics managing several local campaigns and most recently worked for NYS Senator Joseph Robach as his Event Coordinator. Ashley brings diverse Event Management and Fundraising experience to her position and is dedicated to enhancing event experience for all Bivona events. Ashley also has a personal tie to Bivona as she is an active foster parent.

Geri Ann Frasch Forensic Interviewer   Geri Ann Frasch jointed Bivona Child Advocacy Center in April 2019. She has 25 years of experience in the child development field working with children and families. She previously owned a child care center as well as a family mediation center. Gerireceived her BS in Child Psychology from The College at Brockport and has specialized training in Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Geri Ann Frasch
Forensic Interviewer

Geri Ann Frasch jointed Bivona Child Advocacy Center in April 2019. She has 25 years of experience in the child development field working with children and families. She previously owned a child care center as well as a family mediation center. Gerireceived her BS in Child Psychology from The College at Brockport and has specialized training in Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Sheila Girard, CPA Director of Finance   Sheila Girard joined Bivona in October of 2018 as temporary Director of Finance. Sheila is a highly qualified finance leader who has led corporations and nonprofits in Arizona and New York State. She describes herself as a mission-driven person with a passion to work within communities.

Sheila Girard, CPA
Director of Finance

Sheila Girard joined Bivona in October of 2018 as temporary Director of Finance. Sheila is a highly qualified finance leader who has led corporations and nonprofits in Arizona and New York State. She describes herself as a mission-driven person with a passion to work within communities.

Sara Hickman-Himes Marketing & Communications Specialist   Sara Hickman-Himes (She/Her/Hers) joined Bivona Child Advocacy Center in September of 2018. Before coming to Bivona, Sara worked at Foodlink as their Graphic Design & Marketing Coordinator. Sara has a background in Journalism, with more than a decade working at newspapers, including the  Rochester Democrat & Chronicle . She holds a BS in Journalism & Mass Communication from Kent State University. Sara is also a Girl Scout leader, and committee co-chair with ImageOut LGBT Film Festival.

Sara Hickman-Himes
Marketing & Communications Specialist

Sara Hickman-Himes (She/Her/Hers) joined Bivona Child Advocacy Center in September of 2018. Before coming to Bivona, Sara worked at Foodlink as their Graphic Design & Marketing Coordinator. Sara has a background in Journalism, with more than a decade working at newspapers, including the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle. She holds a BS in Journalism & Mass Communication from Kent State University. Sara is also a Girl Scout leader, and committee co-chair with ImageOut LGBT Film Festival.

Lindsey Macaluso, LCSW   Director of Mental Health Services   Lindsey Macaluso joined Bivona Child Advocacy Center in June of 2016. Lindsey has worked with survivors of trauma for over ten years in a variety of capacities to include child protective case management, home and community based therapy with at-risk adolescents and outpatient therapy with adult survivors of domestic violence and child and adolescent survivors of sexual abuse. Lindsey holds a BA in psychology from Ithaca College and a Master of Social Work from the Greater Rochester Collaborative program. Lindsey is a licensed Social Worker in the state of New York.

Lindsey Macaluso, LCSW
Director of Mental Health Services

Lindsey Macaluso joined Bivona Child Advocacy Center in June of 2016. Lindsey has worked with survivors of trauma for over ten years in a variety of capacities to include child protective case management, home and community based therapy with at-risk adolescents and outpatient therapy with adult survivors of domestic violence and child and adolescent survivors of sexual abuse. Lindsey holds a BA in psychology from Ithaca College and a Master of Social Work from the Greater Rochester Collaborative program. Lindsey is a licensed Social Worker in the state of New York.

Wendy Malsegna   MDT Coordinator &   Forensic Interviewer   Wendy joined Bivona Child Advocacy Center in August of 2016. She retired in July 2016 from the Monroe County Sheriff's Office where she worked as an Investigator specializing in crimes against children and economic crimes. Wendy is a United States Army Veteran.

Wendy Malsegna
MDT Coordinator & Forensic Interviewer

Wendy joined Bivona Child Advocacy Center in August of 2016. She retired in July 2016 from the Monroe County Sheriff's Office where she worked as an Investigator specializing in crimes against children and economic crimes. Wendy is a United States Army Veteran.

Kerri Mingoia   Data Specialist   Kerri Mingoia joined Bivona Child Advocacy Center in October of 2016. Prior to joining Bivona, Kerri worked for the Fairport Central School District as the Administrative Assistant to the Director of Human Resources, and as Assistant to the President and Vice President of Metrose Custom Homes. She received her Associates Degree in Biotechnology and has extensive experience in the medical field.

Kerri Mingoia
Data Specialist

Kerri Mingoia joined Bivona Child Advocacy Center in October of 2016. Prior to joining Bivona, Kerri worked for the Fairport Central School District as the Administrative Assistant to the Director of Human Resources, and as Assistant to the President and Vice President of Metrose Custom Homes. She received her Associates Degree in Biotechnology and has extensive experience in the medical field.

Shawn Shannon-Missal Accounting & Development Specialist   Shawn Shannon-Missal joined Bivona Child Advocacy Center in January of 2017. She most recently worked for Fresh Skin & Body as the Massage Therapist, and previously worked for Performance Research as a Data Coordinator. Shawn studied Art History at Rhode Island College. She is a member of the Perinton Historical Society and the Fairport Rotary.

Shawn Shannon-Missal
Accounting & Development Specialist

Shawn Shannon-Missal joined Bivona Child Advocacy Center in January of 2017. She most recently worked for Fresh Skin & Body as the Massage Therapist, and previously worked for Performance Research as a Data Coordinator. Shawn studied Art History at Rhode Island College. She is a member of the Perinton Historical Society and the Fairport Rotary.

Sue Sidore Client Relations Representative   Sue Sidore joined Bivona Child Advocacy Center in June of 2006. She was previously a Teller Supervisor at M&T Bank. Sue has an extensive background in banking but is glad to have made a switch in fields. In addition to greeting visitors, she spends time with the children who come to Bivona.

Sue Sidore
Client Relations Representative


Sue Sidore joined Bivona Child Advocacy Center in June of 2006. She was previously a Teller Supervisor at M&T Bank. Sue has an extensive background in banking but is glad to have made a switch in fields. In addition to greeting visitors, she spends time with the children who come to Bivona.

Ashley Simon Forensic Interviewer   Ashley Simon joined Bivona Child Advocacy Center in April 2019. Previously, she worked for 4 and a half years with juveniles in PINS (Persons In Need of Supervision) and Juvenile Detention services, and also with Child Protective Services. She received her Bachelor’s of Science in Human Services from SUNY Empire State College.

Ashley Simon
Forensic Interviewer

Ashley Simon joined Bivona Child Advocacy Center in April 2019. Previously, she worked for 4 and a half years with juveniles in PINS (Persons In Need of Supervision) and Juvenile Detention services, and also with Child Protective Services. She received her Bachelor’s of Science in Human Services from SUNY Empire State College.

Stefanie Szwejbka Manager of Community Education   In 2012, Stefanie joined Bivona Child Advocacy Center as the Prevention Education and Outreach Specialist where she spearheaded the child abuse prevention training initiative. Stefanie became a Certified Instructor for Darkness to Light, enabling her to begin training trainers across the state. Stefanie has now returned to Bivona as the Manager of Community Education to continue the growth of prevention efforts in this community. She received her Masters in Criminal Justice from the University of South Carolina, and has dedicated her career to advocating for victims of violence and childhood abuse. She has worked for the Department of Juvenile Justice in South Carolina; the Child Advocacy Center in Fayetteville, North Carolina; the Child Advocacy Center of the Finger Lakes; the US Army as a Child Advocate and Family Violence Prevention Trainer; and served as a court appointed special advocate for children (CASA).

Stefanie Szwejbka
Manager of Community Education

In 2012, Stefanie joined Bivona Child Advocacy Center as the Prevention Education and Outreach Specialist where she spearheaded the child abuse prevention training initiative. Stefanie became a Certified Instructor for Darkness to Light, enabling her to begin training trainers across the state. Stefanie has now returned to Bivona as the Manager of Community Education to continue the growth of prevention efforts in this community.
She received her Masters in Criminal Justice from the University of South Carolina, and has dedicated her career to advocating for victims of violence and childhood abuse. She has worked for the Department of Juvenile Justice in South Carolina; the Child Advocacy Center in Fayetteville, North Carolina; the Child Advocacy Center of the Finger Lakes; the US Army as a Child Advocate and Family Violence Prevention Trainer; and served as a court appointed special advocate for children (CASA).

Sara White-Smith   Family Advocacy Coordinator   Sara White-Smith joined Bivona Child Advocacy Center in November of 2014. Her background includes 25 years of working with children and families through advocacy, crisis support and education. She previously worked at the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office as a Victim Witness Advocate. Sara received her BA in Criminal Justice from Keuka College.

Sara White-Smith
Family Advocacy Coordinator

Sara White-Smith joined Bivona Child Advocacy Center in November of 2014. Her background includes 25 years of working with children and families through advocacy, crisis support and education. She previously worked at the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office as a Victim Witness Advocate. Sara received her BA in Criminal Justice from Keuka College.

Kate Woodard, LMSW Forensic Interviewer   Kate Woodard joined Bivona Child Advocacy Center in September of 2018. Prior to joining Bivona, she worked for the University of Rochester Medical Center with the Palliative Care Program as well as the emergency department. Kate received her BS in Social Work from Daemen College and her MSW from the University of Buffalo.

Kate Woodard, LMSW
Forensic Interviewer

Kate Woodard joined Bivona Child Advocacy Center in September of 2018. Prior to joining Bivona, she worked for the University of Rochester Medical Center with the Palliative Care Program as well as the emergency department. Kate received her BS in Social Work from Daemen College and her MSW from the University of Buffalo.