Born and raised in the city of Rochester, Ericka recently relocated back to New York State after living in Cape Coral, Florida for about 2 years. Her previous work experience is composed of customer service and administrative support. Before joining our team as an Administrative Assistant, she worked for Mercola, a natural health company, in the Return Merchandise Authorization (RMA) department. Prior to that, she worked for The Pike Company based in Rochester, NY, as an administrative assistant in the Project Controls department. She is a proud alumni of Joseph C. Wilson High School, located in the city. Ericka has obtained an associate’s degree from Finger Lakes Community College, and hopes to further her education in the future. She believes children of all communities are worth what we stand and fight for here at The Childrens Agenda. She is the mother of a very busy baby boy, named Messiah.
Jackie leads an alliance of leading Rochester-area institutions and community partners working with the Rochester City School District to promote alignment of strategies, resources, and accountability for improving the academic achievement of Rochester’s children. Before joining The Children’s Agenda, Jackie worked for the City of Rochester for over 28 years, including 4 years as Assistant Commissioner in the Department of Recreation and Youth Services. Jackie is a Steering Committee member of several initiatives, including the Rochester Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative (RMAPI), Systems Integration, and the Racial Equity Justice Initiative (REJI). She is also active in several community efforts, including the Black Women’s Leadership Forum, Parent Leadership Training Institute, and the Black Agenda Group (BAG). She’s received numerous community awards including: “Outstanding Leader in the African American Community” by Rochester A.B.O.V.E.; Teen Empowerment’s “Champion for Youth” leadership award, and Action for a Better Community’s “Signature Citizen of the Year” award. She has an Associate degree in Business Administration from Monroe Community College, a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from SUNY Empire State College, and a Master’s degree in Management Science from Keuka College. Jackie and her husband have six adult children—four proud graduates of the Rochester City School District—and 13 grandchildren.
Tanishia builds relationships between ROC the Future and key stakeholders and partners, including leaders in health, education, business, non-profit and economic development. Tanishia’s background includes a 13-year career in the Rochester City School District holding various roles such as school counselor, Student and Family Support Center Coordinator and College Coach. As Coordinator of programs for expectant and parenting students; she instituted the first parenting class in the Rochester City School District for expectant and parenting students. Tanishia holds a bachelor’s of science degree in psychology and MS.Ed Counseling from The College at Brockport. She sits on the Board of Directors for Healthy Baby Network, is one of the Founding leaders of PittsfordSoars, and is President of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Theta Alpha Zeta Chapter. She’s been featured in the Democrat and Chronicle as Rochester’s “Woman to Watch”, BreakThru Magazine’s Power List: The Top 10 Women in Rochester making history, is the recipient of the BreakThru’s Inspiration Award, the 2018 ROC Award for Outstanding Community Involvement and the Susan B. Anthony Award for her advocacy work for women and girls. She was also featured on News 8 Extraordinary People and received the Get to 50/50 award.
Jessica leads ROC the Future’s communications initiatives by developing and executing comprehensive, integrated communications for cross-sector partners, conveners, community stakeholders, parents and families. She also serves as the coordinator of the annual State of Our Children Address. In 2018, she was named a finalist for the ATHENA Young Professional Award. Prior to joining ROC the Future, Jessica served as the Communications Specialist for the Urban-Suburban Transfer Program. In that role, she developed content for the program’s publications, social media accounts, and website. She also served as the director of after-school programs at the Urban League of Rochester from 2008-2012, where she coordinated five college & career programs serving Rochester area youth, and managed a budget of $400,000. Jessica received her bachelor’s degree from Buffalo State College in Social Studies Education grades 7-12 and a master’s degree in Teaching and Curriculum from the Margaret Warner Graduate School of Education at the University of Rochester.
Michelle manages all administrative, operational, and financial activities for the organization, including high-level oversight of finances, budget, payroll and human resources. She serves as the staff liaison to the Board of Directors. Michelle has more than 25 years advanced administrative experience and she has been with the organization since its inception in 2004. Michelle lives in Honeoye, NY with her husband and 2 active teenagers.