Board Members

Monica McCullough, Esq.
Principal, MM Development Advisors

Bill Price, RLA
Landscape Architect, SWBR Architects

Stephanie Annunziata, CPA
Partner, Heveron & Company CPAs

Vanessa E. Villeneuve, R.A., LEED Green Associate
Principal, IN/EX Architecture P.C.

Howard Decker, FAIA
Architecture and Urban Design

Gene DePrez
Managing Partner, Global Innovation Partners

Eugenio Marlin
Executive Vice President, Ibero-American Development Corporation

Mike Prattico, AIA, LEED AP Partner, HBT Architects

Pamela Reese Smith
Human Services Professional

Mariam Yaqub, M.Arch
Project Manager, CJS Architects

Tanya Mooza Zwahlen, AICP Principal, Highland Planning, LLC

Who we are

Karen NozikKaren Nozik
Executive Director

Karen has over 30 years of experience in advocacy, communications, fundraising, and nonprofit administration.  She is a passionate advocate for neighborhood design, and for building more livable, walkable communities.  She has championed urban parks and public spaces for decades, first with the Bicycle Federation of America, then with the Bikes Belong campaign, the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, National Parks Conservation Association, and most recently with the City Parks Alliance, a national organization supporting creation, revitalization, and sustainability of urban parks and green spaces.  A communications and environmental policy veteran, Karen holds an MPA from the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University, Bloomington, and two undergraduate degrees from the Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University.  Her roots run deep in upstate New York and the Finger Lakes region. Born and raised in Rochester, New York; Karen helped to establish in memory of her brother, Michael Nozik, the Camp Seneca Lake Scholarship Fund, and now serves on its Board of the annual award of need-based scholarships for Camp Seneca Lake. When not working, Karen walks her talk by spending as much time as possible outdoors. She enjoys gardening, reading, hiking, skiing, crafting, practicing yoga, and exploring local and regional parks, trails, and museums.

Maria FurgiueleMonica McCullough, Esq.

Monica McCullough previously served as Board Vice President of the CDCR. She is the owner and founder of MM Development Advisors, Inc., a NYS Certified Woman-owned Business Enterprise that assists community-oriented non-profits and social service providers to develop affordable and supportive housing.





Maria FurgiueleMonika Reifenstein

Monika Reifenstein began working at the CDCR in January 2019, and has been Maria Furgiuele's "right-hand woman" ever since. She is honored and excited to help sustain the organization's mission while Maria focuses on her health.
Monika is interested in serving any organization with a mission dedicated to social justice. When not at the CDCR, she works with Reconnect Rochester as their Development & Communications Specialist.  She also serves as Co-founder and Director of Make Music Rochester and sings in two local choirs.


roger brownRoger E. Brown, AIA
Pro Bono Creative Consultant

Mr. Brown has been a practicing architect in New York State for over 35 years. He was Associate Partner with Barkstrom&LaCroix Architects for 27 years and is currently principle of the urban design consulting firm, Urban Architecture. Roger is a member of the American Institute of Architects and Congress for the New Urbanism. He served on the Board of the Common Good Planning Center (1999-2003) and is a founding member of the Community Design Center of Rochester (2003) as well as its predecessor organization, the AIA Rochester Urban Design Committee (1998). While with Barkstrom&LaCroix, Roger designed many AIA Rochester award winning residential and mixed use projects around the Rochester area including Cornhill Landing, the Mills, the Crescent, 70 East Blvd., Elmwood Manor Townhouses, and Cornhill Commons along with Vision Plans for Pittsford Village and Hilton Village Center. Roger regularly gives presentations on urban and community design to neighborhood groups, municipalities, and professional organizations. He has helped plan and facilitate numerous community design charrettes and design conferences/workshops on urban design and planning issues.



Maria FurgiueleMaria Furgiuele
Executive Director

Maria was formerly licensed as an architect and real estate salesperson, with experience as a small business owner and a special interest in urban planning and community building. She is a long time Design Center volunteer serving as a board member and president. She enjoyed being a guest studio critic  at Rochester Institute of Technology’s Masters of Architecture Program in Fall of 2016 and looks forward to other opportunities to mentor students and young professionals. Her many interests include accessible & sustainable design, historic re-use & renovation and  advocating for diverse & vibrant neighborhoods. She is an active volunteer with R Community Bikes and is fluent in Spanish and Italian. A nearly lifelong resident of Rochester, she firmly believes that Rochester has all of the ingredients necessary to become a model American city and is committed to making it happen.