In the 1960s, individuals discharged from psychiatric hospitals, who were not ready to live on their own, had no place to go. The Mental Health Association (MHA) of Rochester, headed by Hilton Hedrick, developed a plan that would provide supported housing options for individuals with persistent mental illness in the community. As a result of the MHA plan, East House was founded. The founding board members, led by Paul Wolk and Hettie Shumway, championed East House to become incorporated as a non-profit organization. East House was founded by The Honorable David O. Boehm, Ralph T. Collins, M.D., Hilton Hedrick, Hettie L. Shumway, James Sterner, M.D., and Paul Wolk.

In 1966, with the additional support of local foundations and private donations, Dorothea Brayer was hired as East House’s first executive director. That year, with three employees and an annual budget of $39,000, East House became the first halfway house in New York State and one of the pioneer programs in the country for individuals recovering from mental illness.

Since 1966, East House has been on the cutting edge of providing recovery services and programs to individuals in recovery from mental illness and substance use disorders. To see the full East House Chronology, Click Here.

Ways To Give

Support East House and Move Lives Forward.

Donations and grants are important to maintain our quality of services, staff and facilities.
Your donation goes directly where it is needed – to programs, services and client care.

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Board of Directors & Leadership

-Board Officers-

George Nasra, MD, MBA • Chair • University of Rochester Medical Center

Kwasi Boaitey, LCSW, PCC, SAP, RYT, CPT • Vice Chair • Upper Level Fitness

Deron E. Johnson, MBA Board Secretary • Pacific Life

David VanBlarcom • Treasurer • Veterans Outreach Center

Lindsay Gozzi-Theobald • East House • President & CEO

-Corporate Board Members-

Erika Ange • Independent Health Policy Consultant

Marcus Burrell, MD • BPSE Behavioral & Educational Solutions

Joe Carello • Wegmans Food Markets 

Barry Carrigan • Nixon Peabody, LLP

Ted Cordes • CPL Architecture, Engineering & Planning

Sahar Elezabi • Webster Psychiatry & Medicine, PLLC

Kelly Glover • Center for Governmental Research

Jane Knickerbocker • University of Rochester

Jim Lessard •  Broadstone Net Lease

Catherine Lovejoy •  Lakeview Health Services Inc. 

Donna Maxwell  • Benefit Resource LLC

Patty Phillips • Clarity Recruiting and Career Management, Inc.

Stuart Sacks • Board Certified Anesthesiologist now working in the recovery field/Medical Legal Consultant

Dawn Sullivan •  Rochester Institute of Technology/National Institute for the Deaf

-Foundation Board Members –

Jennifer Shoemaker  • Chair • ESL Federal Credit Union

Andrew Dollinger •  Howard Hanna Commercial Real Estate

Andrea Holland •  Holland Communications, LLC

Jane Knickerbocker  • University of Rochester

Danielle Pierleoni, MPA • Heritage Christian Services

Kathleen Whelehan  • The Upstate Bank

– East House Executive Leadership Team –

Jamie Comenale • Vice President of Residential Services

April Hill • Chief People Officer

Scott Moquin • Chief Compliance Officer

Chadwick Roy • Vice President of Finance