Russell                                                                                                                            RICH RUSSELL – President                                                                                                     A Pennsylvania native, Rich Russell relocated to Canandaigua in 1984.  He has two adult children and enjoys serving his community.  Rich became involved with Light Hill as a way to honor his parents and express gratitude toward his sisters for providing at-home end-of-life care for their parents.


                                                                                                                              KATIE HARRISON – Treasurer                                                                                         A Canandaigua native, Katie now lives in Lima with her husband and two young daughters. Katie is a Director at a local CPA firm.  Katie’s desire to be a part of Light Hill comes from experiencing her grandparents’ need for end-of-life care.


ELLEN POLIMENI – Secretary  
                                                                  The loss of family members drew Ellen, Mayor of Canandaigua, to become involved in helping create a comfort care home in the Canandaigua community. Losing a loved one is difficult, and knowing there are resources available like Light Hill to help families makes for a truly “caring community”.  


Mary has been involved in end-of-life care since 1992. She was a House of John volunteer, Medical Director for Ontario–Yates Hospice, and Education Outreach Coordinator for Compassionate Care. She is still active in training volunteers for Light Hill and comfort care homes.


Savastano_Mary                                                                                                                      MARY SAVASTANO-CUTTING                                                                                               Mary Savastano-Cutting is honored to be involved with the care and support of individuals and loved ones at end-of-life. In her experiences as a Social Worker at Thompson Health and with her personal experiences, Mary feels strongly about Light Hill. Mary is married and has three amazing adult children. 




LORI LA FAVE                                                                                                                               Lori has taught first grade and kindergarten for the Canandaigua City School District for the past twenty-five years. A lifelong resident of Palmyra, Lori has two adult step-sons and a close extended family. 


Dr.Cheryl Williams moved to this area with her husband and three children from Saratoga Springs in 2007.  She is a Hospice and Palliative Care physician who serves the Canandaigua community by providing inpatient and outpatient palliative care consults.  In addition, Dr. Williams serves Ontario and Yates counties as the Hospice Medical Director.  She is passionate about providing quality end-of-life care and became involved in Light Hill to help those in need of a safe, caring environment for their final journey.