Rob Sands, his family and Constellation Brands kicked off the Because Care Matters Campaign with a $20 million lead gift to the new Sands-Constellation Center for Critical Care, a project he sees as critical to Rochester Regional continuing to provide the highest quality of care. To that end, he’s committed to maximizing the effect of that gift by working to galvanize broad community support.
Rob is the immediate past chairman of the Rochester General Hospital Systems, a position he held for six years. Prior to that he served in almost every other existing board role. Now he lends his leadership to organizations across the region. He passionately serves, promotes and advocates for businesses and the region’s economic security as chairman of the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce. And as chairman of the New York Wine and Culinary Center, he helps nurture and showcase our state’s dynamic agriculture, craft beverages and culinary arts.
Rob is the president and CEO of Constellation Brands, Inc., a Fortune 500, international producer and marketer of beer, wine and spirits.
Andrew and Karen Gallina
Andy and Karen Gallina believe that creating strong healthcare institutions is critical to the strength of our community. Through their leadership, advocacy and support at Unity Hospital, they are helping to advance Rochester Regional Health’s mission and perpetuate its growth and success.
The Gallinas’ hearts and souls are invested in the Rochester community, which is most evident in their participation on several community boards. Andy is helping create the synergy and balance that is needed for a healthy downtown as a board member of the Rochester Downtown Development Corp. He is also helping to preserve the city’s cultural resources as a member of the Memorial Art Gallery’s Board of Managers. Karen was among the members of the Unity Hospital Board of Directors who worked on the successful merger with Rochester General Hospital. That experience is serving her well in her current role as vice chair of Rochester Regional Health’s Care Services Board. She is also providing her leadership to the Al Sigl Community of Agencies as a member of its board of trustees.
Andy and Karen are the owners of Gallina Development, their family-owned real estate business, which operates throughout Monroe County.
Thomas and Lynn Houseknecht
United Memorial Medical Center
As Batavia natives with large extended families in the area, Tom and Lynn Houseknecht recognize the hospital’s importance to the community’s health and economic vitality, and that is why they are both honored and excited to ensure that their local healthcare continues to be of the highest possible quality.
The Houseknechts have been involved in local healthcare through their participation on development and strategic hospital boards for more than three decades. Currently, Tom serves on the United Memorial Medical Center (UMMC) and the Rochester Regional Health Board of Directors and Lynn serves as treasurer for the UMMC League Board of Directors—she is also a past member of the UMMC Foundation Board. And they share previous fundraising campaign leadership through their experiences as co-chairs of the Edward S. Houseknecht Community Center in 2010 and Notre Dame High School in 2015.
Together, with their four sons, Tom and Lynn own Moffet Turf Equipment, a leading supplier of commercial grounds maintenance equipment in the Northeast, in Henrietta, NY.
Patrick Riggs, MD and Gail Riggs, PhD
Rochester General Hospital
Pat and Gail Riggs feel strongly that supporting Rochester Regional Health is among their responsibilities as Rochesterians. They are firmly committed to seeing the health system flourish for the benefit of all of those it serves, which is what has them so excited about helping lead this transformative campaign.
The Riggses have been dedicated volunteers and donors at Rochester Regional Health for decades. At Rochester General, they established the Vascular Surgery Fund and created the first Endovascular Suite, for which they were recognized with the John Whitbeck M.D. Clinical Philanthropy Award in 2003. They have also provided ongoing support to the Riggs Surgical Care Unit. In addition, Gail has received the Hope for a Cure Award from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in 2014 for her work helping those coping with type 1 diabetes.
Pat is chief of vascular surgery at Rochester Regional Health. And Gail is CEO and head of design for the Abigail Riggs Collection.
Newark-Wayne Community Hospital
Kaye Stone-Gansz sees access to the best possible medical resources as a key element in making Wayne County a great place to live, work and raise a family, making her an exceptional advocate for Newark-Wayne Community Hospital.
Kaye's passion for her community and its economic development has led her to joining the Wayne County Business Council, where she helps provide leadership, networking and support for local businesses. She also helps enrich the area’s agriculture through her membership to the Wayne County Farm Bureau. And she provides her business acumen to Lyons National Bank as an executive board member.
Kaye is the president and CEO of Stone Goose Enterprises, Inc., where she oversees and manages the daily operations and strategic direction of Smith’s Gravel Pit and Stone Goose Aggregates, which are aggregate mining facilities in Sodus, NY.
Clifton Springs Hospital & Clinic
Through his business leadership and philanthropy toward local institutions, Bob Woodhouse has become a staple of the community. Now he’s focusing his volunteer efforts on bringing more first-class health services to the area.
Bob's dedication to the growth and development of Clifton Springs is evidenced by his service on several civic and economic boards. He is currently treasurer on the Clifton Springs Hospital & Clinic Board of Directors, treasurer on the Clifton Springs Library Board, and treasurer and past president of the Clifton Springs Rotary Club. In addition, he is the treasurer and finance committee chair for the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Board of Directors.
Bob is the current chairman of the board and long-time CFO for G. W. Lisk Company, Inc., an international machining manufacturer in Clifton Springs.
To Ginny Clark, Rochester Regional Health has a proven track record and a compelling vision for the future that will enable it to remain a regional leader for years to come. In particular, the reputation of the Sands-Constellation Heart Institute, and the exceptional people who helped create it, have inspired her to be a proud leader in this fundraising effort.
An active community volunteer, Ginny helps care for the region’s economic growth through her board membership for Greater Rochester Enterprise. She also serves on the board at Intervol, a non-profit humanitarian relief organization, where she helped arrange for the delivery of critical, post-earthquake goods to Haiti in 2010. Additionally, she contributes to the success and achievement of the community’s youth as a member of the Education Success Network Foundation’s board.
Ginny is senior vice president of public affairs for Constellation Brands, an international producer of beer, wine and spirits, where she oversees its U.S. government relations as well as its philanthropy and global community affairs.
Marc and Ann Iacona
Over the last two decades, Rochester Regional Health has become part of Marc and Ann Iaconas’ family. They take pride in how it has grown and positively effected the community, which is fueling their desire to lead the neurosciences initiative and further enhance the level of care throughout the system.
Together, the Iaconas have provided support to organizations focused on healthcare, education, culture, the economy and more. This includes helping to improve the quality of life for people who live and work in the eight-county region through the Community Foundation. They have also contributed to efforts that provide homeless women and children housing, self-sufficiency skills and educational programming through the Sojourner House. Currently, Marc is on the board of directors for the HUGS Foundations, which gives healthy smiles to children affected by microtia, cleft lip and palate and other facial deformities.
Marc is the president and CEO of Simcona Electronics Corporation, an electronic parts supplier, and the executive director and co-producer of the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival. Ann is an active community volunteer.
Cancer care is high among Dawn Lipson’s passions. The leadership and generosity she and her late husband, Jacques, provided to Rochester Regional Health led to the founding of the Lipson Cancer Institute. She remains a fierce advocate and champion of the institute’s mission to ensure everyone who needs care can receive it, regardless of their income.
Dawn loves living in Rochester for its amazing wealth of cultural opportunities, which she actively nurtures through her participation in several organizations. She is an active member of the Jewish community, serving as the president of the Jewish Home Auxiliary, a member of the Jewish Community Center (JCC) Board of Directors and she’s on the advisory council for the JCC’s theatre company, CenterStage. She further promotes the arts as the current chair of the Arts and Cultural Council for Greater Rochester. Dawn also supports public broadcasting as a member of WXXI’s Trustee Council. For these roles and many others, she has received extensive recognition for her service and philanthropy.
Dawn, retired from a career in labor relations, is a dedicated volunteer, committed to advancing higher education, the arts and healthcare within the community.
As a former nurse, Stacie Whitbeck is passionate about nursing and the patient care experience. She is looking forward to using her local and national healthcare experience to offer a new perspective and challenge existing paradigms to help nursing at Rochester Regional Health continue to evolve.
While no longer working in healthcare, Stacie continues to be a community healthcare advocate, specifically related to the care, support and education associated with cancer as a member of Gilda’s Club Rochester’s Board of Directors. And as a member of the Crisis Nursery of Greater Rochester’s Board of Directors, she has helped give at-risk babies a better chance at having a healthy, full life. She also still enjoys a connection to healthcare through her husband, Gordon, who has been a practicing physician at Rochester General Hospital for more than 16 years.
Stacie is an associate broker with Sotheby’s International Realty for Western New York and the Finger Lakes. For more than two decades prior, she worked as a nurse manager at Strong Memorial Hospital, a nurse executive at Highland Hospital and was a manager for a healthcare consulting practice for Ernst & Young.
Hospital & Program Committees
Clifton Springs Hospital & Clinic
- Bob Woodhouse, Vice-Chair
- James Cheney
- Paul Griswold
- Mary Lue Mueller
- Bill Young
Newark-Wayne Community Hospital
- Kaye Stone-Gansz, Vice-Chair
- Cheryl DeMeyers
- Susie Earl
- Scott Healy
- Edward Leroux
- Lynda Robeson
- Hank Stuart
Rochester General Hospital
- Drs. Pat & Gail Riggs, Vice-Chairs
- Dr. Richard & Josie Gangemi
- Howie & Jona Jacobson
- Dr. Steve & Robin Rauh
- David & Betsy Riedman
United Memorial Medical Center
- Tom & Lynn Houseknecht, Vice-Chairs
- Peter & Julie Call
- Peter & Lauren Casey
- Rick & Dee Henry
- Mark Schoell
- Jonathan & Kristi Tretter
- Christian & Julie Yunker
- Dr. Andrea Zucchiatti
- Karen & Andy Gallina, Vice-Chairs
- Bob August
- Dr. Greg Lewish
- Kelly McCormick-Sullivan
- Tom & Barbara Riley
- Dawn Lipson, Chair
- David Germano
- Linda Lovejoy
- Ginny Clark, Chair
- Chris & Stella Calabrese
- Dr. Tim Malins
- Peter & Joelle Roberti
- Elsa Steo
- Jim Watters
- Marc & Ann Iacona, Chairs
- Robert Bartosiewicz
- Dr. Anthony Petraglia
- Michele Williams
- Stacie Whitbeck, Chair
- Alina Catanzaro
- Gina Cortese
- Lori Dambaugh
- Denise Hartung
- Rita Kae Robertson