Sue deeply believes in the power of a great conversation to change the world. She also sees the enormous capacity our city has to tap more fully into its own potential. This is what has driven the founder and owner of BadFish Consulting to now lead and curate TEDxRochester. Inspired by her phenomenal team she is passionate about creating a signature TEDx event that will inspire us all to do more, be better, push our perceived limits and at the same time be kinder to each other. Her other goal is to create a more vibrant TEDx ecosystem locally involving the other TEDx university, school and community teams.
Co-Curator | Speakers
Dave’s background is in Physics and Engineering, so its no coincidence that he matches well with TED's founding ideals and principles. He first became involved with TEDx Rochester as a volunteer and after meeting various organizers and speakers, he knew he wanted to join the team. Being part of a consistently positive and impactful experience for the Rochester community is what keeps Dave involved.
Co-Curator | Exhibitors
Kelly Cheatle specializes in elegantly loud design and is a materials and process fiend through her work as co-owner of Airigami, a Rochester company that creates large-scale installations, illustrations, and experiences entirely out of balloons. Her artwork varies in scale by several orders of magnitude, from multi-story massive installations to sculptures small enough to sit comfortably on a penny. Her interest in community has been the driving force behind her involvement in TEDxRochester since 2009.
Co-Curator | Sustainability
Meg is extremely passionate about sharing knowledge of the great things happening around Rochester and with creating a resilient and empathetic community. With a background in Industrial and Systems Engineering and Sustainability, Meg works at Constellation Brands as their Corporate Environmental Sustainability Manager and manages and measures the company’s environmental footprint. Meg has a passion for waste – re-imagining, reusing, repurposing, and recycling to make a long term difference. Meg joins the TEDx team and is excited to help organize and share, learn about and transcend barriers.
Co-Curator | Co-Founder
Looking for a way to make Rochester the kind of vibrant, creative community in which to raise his children, Tony leapt at the opportunity to bring TED to Rochester with the first TEDxRochester in 2009. Five more events have followed, showcasing Rochester's potential not only to the world, but to Rochestarians themselves. Since then, he's moved back to being a full-time father, part-time IT pro and is excited for the opportunity to help future TEDxRochester events and to continue its legacy.
Gary is a co-founder of TEDxRochester, with Tony Karakashian. Gary has a deep passion for effecting positive change in Rochester. He also runs a thriving architectural illustration business, teaches at RIT and is a BadFish. Across his varied endeavors, the common thread is that in all cases he facilitates, illustrates and helps people tell their stories. If Gary could have a satellite office it would likely be in Billund, Denmark where he became a certified Lego Serious Play(™) facilitator. When Gary isn’t playing with Legos, challenging students at RIT or illustrating the soul of a building, he brings his creativity to a myriad of people and projects that are seeking to positively impact and transform the community.
Co-Curator | TED Fellow
Jen Indovina is a clean tech entrepreneur and CEO of Tenrehte Technologies, Inc. a Rochester-based company that makes electronics for energy management. As a TED Fellow, Jen is part of a global network of 400 visionaries – scientists, artists, activists, entrepreneurs, doctors, journalists and inventors – who collaborate across disciplines to create positive change around the world.
Co-Curator | Participant Experience
Jill is a philanthropic consultant with 20 years of experience driving positive social impact. With deep knowledge of strategic philanthropy, development, and social change initiatives, Jill brings clarity to complex projects and communication efforts. Having traveled the country leading civic engagement conversations, Jill enjoys the conversations she is seeing happen here in Rochester and is proud to join the TEDx team to help curate participation and audience experience.
Co-Curator | Partnerships
Mike is known for wearing many, many hats – from designing products that keep our soldiers safe to canvasing Central Asia as an account manager for Harris Corporation. His penchant for technology is evident by looking within his home office where you’ll find a 3D printer, drones and boxes of electronic parts. Mike moved to Rochester in 1995, and over the years he’s lived in Cornhill and more recently downtown Rochester where he came to appreciate the vibrancy of our community. He joins the TEDx Rochester team, and is thrilled the event melds his passion for technology and the Rochester community.
Rachel works for Greentopia in the role of EcoDistrict Coordinator. She received her Bachelor's in Horticulture from SUNY Cobleskill and after a handful of years working in local greenhouses, she moved to Seattle to pursue a Masters in Sustainability from the Antioch University of Seattle Center for Creative Change. In her spare time, she performs in community theater, works as a freelance florist and hangs out with her dog Russell. She is very excited to be involved in her first TEDx Rochester event.
A proud Rochestarian, Jona is currently a graduate student in the Executive Leadership program at St. John Fisher College. Her work here in our community is focused on complex problem solving, innovation, and divergent thinking. She often finds herself imagining what could be possible. She wants to help people get beyond no. Jona is excited to be part of her first Tedx experience and help support "ideas worth spreading" in our great city, full of smart, talented people.
Kwasi is the founder and CEO of Upperlevel Fitness Inc., where his focus is on using exercise to facilitate open lines of communication, client resilience, strength and passion. Kwasi is a lifelong learner, currently enrolled at the University at Buffalo pursing a Masters degree in social work. Kwasi is an International Coaching Federation Associate Certified Coach and is pursuing his Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher Training with a focus on trauma and recovery. Kwasi joins the TEDx team with passion for bringing the community together – and building relationships.
Co-Curator | Audience
As a bilingual arts educator and advocate, Annette Ramos has devoted her career to ensuring equitable educational and artistic opportunities for emergent learners from around the world. Today, Annette continues to expand these opportunities through her work as Associate Director of Education and Community Engagement with the Rochester Broadway Theater League (RBTL) and as the Executive Director of the Rochester Latino Theatre Company (RLTC). Annette is passionate and loves being a part of the TEDx Rochester team, specifically working toward the vision of making Rochester a true City of the Arts.
A dual citizen of the US and Canada, Julia Lowe is a graduate student at the University of Toronto, and an Adjunct Instructor at SUNY Geneseo. Julia is interested in informal online learning – specifically learning that happens on YouTube – and in teaching freshmen the finer points of reading and writing at a university level. She has a passion for crafting and is an avid Instagram user (you can find her at @jukalowe). Community is very important to Julia, and she’s excited to be involved in a conference that helps to make Rochester a strong and vibrant community in which to live and work.
Larry Moss is full of hot air and visionary ideas and combines the two with balloons and twists them into community-building art experiences as co-owner of Airigami. With a background in entertainment, applied math, and elementary education, Larry breathes life into STEM. He has been involved with TEDxRochester in various roles since it’s inception in 2009 and is passionate about the legacy of the event.