Board of Trustees

As a charter school, GCCS operates independently of the Rochester City School District and reports directly to the New York State Board of Regents through the State Education Department. 

The GCCS Board of Trustees is responsible for ensuring that the school operates in a fiscally sound manner and maintains fidelity to the philosophy, program, and policies set forth in the school’s charter.

Important Information About Our Upcoming Meetings:

The next regularly scheduled Genesee Community Charter School Board of Trustees Meeting will be Wednesday, November 9th at 5:30 p.m. at the Cunningham House Studio at the Rochester Museum & Science Center (657 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607)

Items on the Agenda: NYS 3-6 ELA and Math Test Results, Committee Structures and Discussion, School Leader Evaluation

Agenda and Materials for each monthly meeting can be found here.

Meeting Dates for the  2022 – 2023 school year can be found HERE.

The GCCS Board of Trustees

  • Includes community representatives, parents, and museum representatives.
  • Meets at 5:30 p.m. on the first or second Wednesday of each month at the Cunningham House Studio on the campus of the Rochester Museum and Science Center.
  • Approves minutes from the previous meeting, hears a report from one of our teaching teams, examines financial statements, and receives an update from our school leader.
  • Creates or approves policies, such as the bullying or chaperone policies.

Board Members

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Michele Hannagan


(585) 271-4552 ext. 460

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Nolica Murray-Fields

Community Representative

(585) 271-4552 ext. 460

Allison Shultes

Allison Shultes

RMSC Representative

(585) 271-4552 ext. 460

Kevin Sutherland

Kevin Sutherland


(585) 271-4552 ext. 460

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Annemarie Wess

Vice President

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  • Michele Hannagan, President, Community Representative
  • Ryan O'Malley, Vice President, Community Representative
  • Kevin Sutherland, Treasurer, Community Representative
  • Danielle Lavell, POTENTIAL RMSC Representative
  • Annemarie Wess, Community Representative
  • Mark Schiesser, Community Representative
  • TBD, RMSC Representative
  • Nolica Murray-Fields, Community Representative
  • Adam Koneman, Community Representative
  • Eboni Henderson, Community Representative
  • Tasha Stevens, Community Representative
  • Colin Orr, Parent Representative
  • Charlie Johnson, POTENTIAL Parent Representative
  • Jessica Wanner, Parent Representative

Education Governance Council Representatives

One of the founding principles of the Genesee Community Charter School was the belief that the School’s success in fulfilling its educational mission is dependent upon the participation and support of all stakeholders and, in particular, the participation and support of its professional faculty.  Statutory prohibitions prevent employees from serving as Trustees.  Nonetheless, the professional expertise and insight of the faculty is essential to enable the Board of Trustees to fulfill its governance responsibilities in all matters exclusive of the financial elements of the employment relationship with staff.

The following GCCS staff members attend all Board of Trustees meetings  serving as members of the Education Governance Council (EGC).  The EGC offer advice for any action of the Board of Trustees on any matter not related to an employment relationship or staff disciplinary action and the Board of Trustees will give due consideration to the opinions expressed by this group.

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Shannon Hillman

School Leader

(585) 271-4552 ext. 460

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Becki Mason

Fourth Grade Teacher

(585) 271-4552 ext. 460

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Alexis Stubbe

Sixth Grade Teacher

(585) 271-4552 ext. 460

To contact Board Members: please call 585-697-1960 and leave a message.

Board Meetings & Minutes

Minutes from each month’s meeting are available on the school’s website after they are formally approved and adopted by the Board.  Please click here for approved Meeting Minutes.

Board of Trustees meetings held from April 2020 through June 2021 remotely were all recorded and transcribed.

Here are the links to each meeting recording:

June, 2021; May, 2021; April, 2021; March, 2021; February, 2021 (transcription); January, 2021 (transcription); December, 2020 (transcription); November, 2020 (transcription); October, 2020 (transcription); September, 2020 (transcription); August, 2020 (transcription); June, 2020 (transcription); May, 2020 (transcription); April, 2020 (transcription)

They are also available to the public upon request to the School Leader, Shannon Hillman (

FOIL Policy

GCCS created a FOIL policy when the charter was initially approved in 2000.  To view the full policy, click here.

To view the school’s FOIL subject matter list, click here.

The School’s most recent FOIL requests have been related to:

  • Employee salaries, certifications, and dates of hire
  • Contracted vendors
  • Enrollment and retention data
  • IRS 990 Tax Filing
  • Board Meeting Minutes
  • Lease agreements.