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, May 23rd, 2022 at 5:30pm. 


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, President

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 New Language (ENL) teacher. She has been teaching ENL for ten years in charter schools, district schools and also internationally. Prior to teaching, she helped to empower parents to make informed decisions about school choice as a program manager at a non-profit in Washington, DC. She is a parent of school-aged children, 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 25 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 K. Hoggard recently helped lead Rochester Regional Health Foundations as the Founding Development Officer for Health Equity and Inclusion Initiatives, focusing on fundraising for the Social Determinants of Health initiatives. He currently serves as the Associate Director of Advancement for Academic and Student Affairs at Rochester Institute of Technology, where he leads the fundraising for diversity, equity, and belonging efforts. He’s pursuing an EdD in Educational Administration with a focus in Higher Education at the University of Rochester. His research seeks to understand African-American male college students’ racial trauma and resilience. Robert has taught and mentored students at Leadership Academy for Young Men, Vanguard High School, and Keuka College. He holds a bachelor’s degree from American Baptist College and a master’s degree from Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School.

Michele Lawrence, Vice-President

Michele Lawrence is a healthcare executive with 25 years of experience in healthcare strategy, transformation, innovation and rural health. She is currently the Assistant Vice President of Business Development at the University of Rochester Medical Center; the Co-Principal Investigator of the UR Medicine Recovery Center of Excellence; and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Public Health Sciences. She has an MBA in Finance and International Management 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 a partner in The Bonadio Group’s statewide Healthcare/Tax-Exempt Division and is chairman of the Firm’s Board of Directors. Mario received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the State University of New York 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 a Board Member and Treasurer of both the Academy of Health Sciences Charter School and the Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology.

Louise Vella, Trustee

Louise Vella is a multifaceted HR leader with  20+ years of experience in all parts of the employee experience in client relationship-based settings, primarily within healthcare. Louise also has skills in Quality via past positions as the Associate Director of Lean at RIT, Director of HR and Quality at Borg Imaging, and Reviewer and Judge for Empire State Advantage (ESA): Excellence at Work. Her certifications include Green Belt in Six Sigma, SHRM-CP, Lean and DiSC. She holds a BS in Business Management & Economics with a concentration in Healthcare Policy & Society from SUNY Empire and has undergraduate education in Political Science from the University of Rochester. She is also working on her Masters in Organizational Leadership. Currently Louise is the VPHR for the Weinberg Campus in Amherst, NY.