Leadership (Steering) Committee

E.R.A.S.E recognizes that the voices and contributions of people of color have been silenced, limited, ignored, disregarded, patronized, and disrespected throughout our history both locally and nationally. E.R.A.S.E seeks to end these injustices by working to ensure people of color’s voices are heard and serve as leadership across our community including but not limited to holding seats of power in our government, our schools, and our neighborhoods. 

T’Hani Wade
Chair / President

I am a Healthcare Professional who has proudly serviced various employer groups in the Greater Rochester area with their Employee Benefits for over 10 years. I am a City of Rochester native alongside my husband, and we both attended School of the Arts. I am also a mother of two boys and a sassy little girl.

E.R.A.S.E. was formed on the heels of Mr. George Floyd’s murder with just a handful of concerned and eager parents ready to make meaningful change in regards to racial /social injustices in the Town of Irondequoit, alongside community members who were ready to listen, learn & take action.

We have since formalized into a Nonprofit 501(c)3 and our goal is to continue to advocate, elevate, and celebrate the voices of our black and brown youth and neighbors while continuing to build meaningful partnerships with our schools, police and other community leaders. It takes a village to raise a child, and E.R.A.S.E. is committed to eliminating racism and seeking equity.


Shawn James
Vice Chair / Vice President

I am a Licensed Master Social Worker, and owner of my private therapy practice. For 20 plus years, I have enjoyed my work in Community and Human Services. Serving as a mental health provider and a community activist is a deep passion of mine. I am also a mother of two young men, one school age, and the other serving in the military.

I am dedicated to helping our community be the change that we desire to see. I happily joined the E.R.A.S.E. Organization to advocate, and fight for change. I would like to help foster relationships that builds alliances within our community. I desire to sever the head of racism and discrimination, and eliminate the culture that seeks to keep it alive.

I believe in E.R.A.S.E’s core values and its mission to become our communities change agent, to impact our neighborhood’s policies around equality and equity. I am committed to providing education to our families within our community on social justice so they can continue the work to end racism in their own homes. I support E.R.A.S.E. in being the accountability that our community needs, and that our children deserve.

Latanya Morse
Treasurer

Hello E.R.A.S.E friends! I was born and raised in the City of Rochester but graduated from Irondequoit High School- IHS by way of the Urban Suburban Program.  I have lived in Irondequoit for 13 years with my husband and children who attend Rogers Middle School and Dake Jr. High.  I enjoy traveling, watching football (go Steelers!) and all things HGTV. 

My faith in God has brought me a long way. It is God’s love that inspires my commitment to working on anti-racist education and advocating for the end of violence against black and brown people in our communities. I am especially grateful for this organization and look forward to the work we will achieve together. 



Melissa Sydor
Vice Treasurer

I have lived in Irondequoit with my husband Greg for the last 15 years. We have one son age 13 at Dake, and a daughter age 10 at Iroquois. We enjoy our time  in Irondequoit with our kids who participate in soccer,  lacrosse, and the City Waves Swim Team at the Maplewood YMCA.

Although my parents did not live in Irondequoit, I spent most of my time growing up here, attending Christ the King Elementary School, and Bishop Kearney High-school. I am 100% Ukrainian, and attend St. Josaphat’s Ukrainian Catholic Church.  

As a licensed Clinical Social Worker, I run a private practice located in the heart of downtown that was started after working in a mental health clinic for over 15 years. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with family and helping my community. Currently, I am head of the local Ukrainian Women’s League of America chapter 120, volunteer as a social work internship supervisor at House of Mercy, serve on the board of Kalyna Ukrainian Dance Ensemble, and participate in anti-poverty organizing with Social Welfare Action Alliance Rochester Chapter, and National Steering Committee. After years of working in the city around social justice issues I am excited to be a part of this group focused on racial equity and social justice in the community where I live.


Claudette Lowery
Secretary

Having lived in West Irondequoit for over 11 years, I have thus far had two children graduate from the high school and five other children currently attending district schools.  Family means everything to me so loving on them, and spending quality time with them is of the utmost importance.

Most of my working career has been in the Human Service field working with children, families and those who were homeless or at risk of being homeless through court advocacy and/or eviction prevention, and operating an emergency food pantry.

Now I am a Licensed Practical Nurse who works private duty cases, and as a School Nurse at a Charter School.  As an Evangelist, and Associate Minister of a local church I speak frequently throughout the area.  Being a Certified Foster/Adoptive Parent and a Girl Scout Troop Leader for the last 17 years has been extremely rewarding, and fulfilling.  I love laughter, nature, children, people, great coffee and conversation, and most genres of music, with The Eagles Hotel California being my all time favorite song.  My hobbies include reading, writing and singing.  As an Activist I work to be a part of the change I want the world to see for people of color all over the world.

Michael Huntone
Vice Secretary 

I am very proud to be working with our E.R.A.S.E. community to end the stain of systemic racism in Irondequoit, and our greater Rochester community. My family has lived in Irondequoit for the past four years, where we have two children in the West Irondequoit school district.

I was born and raised in the Finger Lakes, and have spent time living in LA and NYC prior to moving to the Rochester area. I am an unashamed massive geek, can chat ALL DAY about Star Wars, Marvel comics, books, movies, and 90s hip hop.

I LOVE Rochester, and am proud to be an Irondequoit resident. As a man of faith, I believe in the immediate need for, and righteousness of, actively combatting injustice; in particular the evils of white supremacy which deny true justice and freedom to all the people of color in our community. I am here to stand with and in support of all our Black and Brown neighbors to make Irondequoit and our greater Rochester area the community we know it can be, where all are welcome, empowered, and loved!

Jeanine Connor
Public Relations Chair

Hi, welcome to E.R.A.S.E. I work and live in Irondequoit. I am the Founder of my private practice and have been in practice for over five years. My family of origin and creation was born and raised in Irondequoit. We lived in California for a decade and while we loved it there, once we became parents we wanted to raise our family around our childhood friends and our family. My husband and I met while we both attended and graduated from West Irondequoit schools. And I have also been a student of the Rochester City School District. 

You can imagine how I feel, that it is imperative that being instrumental in eradicating racism from our home town, and creating an atmosphere of equity and mutual compassion for our neighbors, and colleagues. We envision a world for our sons, grandchildren, and great grandchildren where they are everyone’s equal and where they have every opportunity afforded to them.



Nicholas Robertson 
Policy and Research Chair

I live in Irondequoit in the Winona Woods neighborhood with my wife, and two children. We moved from the City of Rochester to Irondequoit in the Fall of 2014. My oldest son is about to be a graduate of Irondequoit High School and my youngest son is completing the third grade at Briarwood elementary. I am originally from Jamaica, West Indies, and have lived in NYC, and Geneseo, NY. 

I am passionate about social justice, especially matters of racial justice, and this passion led me to become a sociologist with a focus on race, crime, immigration, urban sociology, and the African diaspora. For most of my adult life I have taught students about these issues at Monroe Community Community, Geneseo, Brockport, and am currently an Assistant Professor in the Criminal Justice department at the Rochester Institute of Technology. 

E.R.A.S.E. provides a great opportunity to engage in social/racial justice work in Irondequoit. We are at a historical moment where there is an opportunity to address racial inequality at the local, state and national level in a manner that we have not been able to since the Civil Rights Movement, and my hope is that by working with the Steering Committee and members of the Irondequoit community, E.R.A.S.E will be able to make a significant contribution in reducing inequality and toward social justice.