Academy of Health Sciences

Board of Trustees

The Academy of Health Sciences Charter School is governed by a Board of Trustees that meets monthly to manage school affairs.

Next Board of Trustees Meeting

Monday, January 31st, 2021 at 5:30 pm 


All Board of Trustees meetings are open to the public.

Board Meeting Minutes

Minutes from each month’s meeting are available after they are formally approved and adopted by the Board at the following month’s meeting. To view recordings or transcripts of previous virtual board meetings, please contact:

Board of Trustees Members

Warren Hern

Warren Hern, Chair

Warren Hern is President and CEO of EastBay Ventures where he provides early phase companies with start up capital and advisory services. Previously, he was Co-CEO of Rochester Regional Health and CEO of Unity Health System. Warren has served on several community Boards. He holds a BA in Accounting from Southern New Hampshire University and an MBA in Finance from Rochester Institute of Technology Saunders School of Business. Warren and his wife Kathy reside in Webster, NY.

Erika Dooley, Trustee

Erika Dooley is an English as a Second Language teacher in local charter and district schools. She has been teaching English as a Second Language for eight years in charter schools, district schools and also internationally. Prior to teaching, she empowered parents to make informed decisions about school choice as a program manager at a non-profit in Washington, DC. She is a Rochester city resident and parent who is highly involved in parent groups and community organizations.

Wendy Ferrer

Wendy Ferrer, Trustee

Wendy Ferrer is the Principal at Red Purse Marketing with more than 20 years of marketing experience. Previously, she led the communications department at a community healthcare system and served as the director of communications for a national non-profit youth entrepreneurship program. As an avid community supporter, Wendy has served on the marketing committees for a variety of organizations. She holds a B.A. in Journalism/Mass Communication from St. Bonaventure University. A native of Rochester, Wendy resides in Pittsford with her husband and two children.

Robert Hoggard

Robert Hoggard, Trustee

Robert Hoggard currently works for Rochester Regional Health Foundations as a Development Associate, and is pursuing a PhD in higher education at the University of Rochester. Previously, Robert served as the Director of Development at Metro Justice; he now serves as Vice-President of the board. As an educator, Robert has taught and mentored students at Leadership Academy for Young Men, Vanguard High School, and Keuka College. Robert holds a B.A. from American Baptist College and an M.A. from Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School.

Michele Lawrence, Vice-Chair

Michele Lawrence is a healthcare executive with 25 years of experience, primarily in strategy and business development. She is currently the Associate Vice President of Business Development at the University of Rochester Medical Center, where she works with rural communities to improve access to healthcare services and strengthen the financial viability of hospitals. Michele has an MBA in Finance and an MPH focused on behavioral economics. She has 3 children.

Kevin Overton, Trustee

Kevin is an attorney at Harris Beach. Kevin’s developers, health care, lending, corporate and educational clients rely on his expertise to get real estate deals done. He focuses his practice on commercial real estate acquisitions and sales, alternative energy financing and development, leasing, zoning, land use, condominium and homeowners’ association formation, municipal and public authorities law.

Kevin Railey

Kevin Railey, Secretary

Dr. Kevin Railey is provost and vice president for academic affairs at St. John Fisher College. Previously, Dr. Railey served as associate provost and dean of the Graduate School at Buffalo State College. He has received several awards for his work. Dr. Railey received a bachelor’s degree in English from the State University of New York at Albany and went on to earn a master’s degree and Ph.D. in English from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Bradley Turner

Bradley Turner, Trustee

Bradley Turner, MD, MPH, MHA, FCAP, is an Associate Professor of Pathology and co-director of the Breast/GYN Pathology fellowship at the University of Rochester Medical Center. After completing a residency in Family Medicine at Duke University/Southern Regional AHEC, he practiced family medicine for five years. He then completed a second residency in Pathology, with subsequent fellowships in General Surgical Pathology, Oncologic Surgical Pathology, and Breast/GYN Pathology.

Mario Urso

Mario Urso, Treasurer

Mario Urso is the statewide co-leader of The Bonadio Group’s statewide Healthcare/Tax-Exempt Division, chairman of the firm’s Board of Directors and managing partner of the Buffalo office. Mario received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University at Buffalo. He is a member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants. Mario is active in local organizations, including serving as Treasurer of the Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology.

Louise Vella, Trustee

Louise Vella is a multifaceted HR leader with touch points in all parts of the employee experience in client relationship-based settings. Her more than 20 years of experience supporting leaders and their teams has been primarily within healthcare environments. In addition to her HR experience, Louise has also honed skills in Quality via past positions as the Associate Director of Lean at RIT, Director of HR and Quality at Borg Imagine as well as Reviewer and Judge for The Empire State Advantage (ESA): Excellence at Work program. Her certifications include SHRM, Lean and DiSC. She holds a BS in Business Management & Economics with a concentration in Healthcare Policy & Society from SUNY Empire and also has undergraduate education in Political Science from the University of Rochester.