Board of Directors


Robert Brushafer

Robert Brushafer has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan.  For the past 18 years he has worked as a Sales Engineer for a chemical company.  As a husband and father of five children, he and his wife, Jennifer, are firmly committed to supporting their daughter, Mary Kate, the founder of Santa Hat Society.  Robert also teaches Catholic Young Adult Faith Formation.

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Tina Gilbert

Tina Gilbert holds an Associate Degree from Alfred State College in Applied Science and holds a Green Belt in Lean Six Sigma.  As a wife and mother of two, Tina attempts to hold a critical balance for the love for her family and home life with her career. She has been a Practice Manager for the Rochester Regional Health System for the past 15 years.  She has over 21 years of solid experience in the medical field with expertise office management and process improvement.


Kaitlyn Hoag

Kaitlyn Hoag has an undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Nazarath College while also taking the steps to receive a teaching certification.  Her long term goal is to achieve a master’s degree and to become a Speech-Language Pathologist in a school setting.

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Mary Ann Merle

Mary Ann Merle is a mother of two children with her husband Larry Merle. She works as an office administrator at Genesee Construction. Her heart for children led her to be highly involved in fundraising at both Lima Christian School and Genesee Country Christian School. Mary Ann is currently serving her tenth year on the board at Genesee Country Christian, previously serving as the President.


Steve Sweitzer

Steve Sweitzer has over thirty years of broadcast TV news experience; shooting, writing, editing, field producing and operations management. Among his numerous awards, he has been Indiana News Photographer of the Year and taken a first place in the Associated Press reporting category. He is the owner of Sweitzer Productions, a multimedia services company.  He is a past president of the National Press Photographers Association and has received their Sprague Award, their highest honor for his achievements and contributions to the field of photojournalism.  Steve teaches several courses for the Journalism Department at Indiana University Purdue University (IUPUI) where he received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching by a part-time faculty member.


Lorri Welch

Lorri Welch has been a hair stylist for 36 years, a self-employed business owner for the past 18.  As a lifelong member of the Dansville community, she has volunteered in some capacity for several local groups and organizations.  She is a past member of the Dansville Women Civic Club and a co-chair of a committee for the Main Street Clock Fund.  She is also a past committee chair and a current member of the Dansville Festival of Balloons. Lorri and her husband Bill have devoted time to renovating a 200 year old building on Main Street in Dansville that is home to her business.  In her spare time she loves to read and spend time with family.

Joe Wykes

Joseph Wyks

Joe is currently Senior Manager of Information Technology for the New Jersey Devils and Prudential Center. He has a degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University and has been an IT professional for over 25 years. Joe helped win a Stanley Cup with the Devils as part of the front office in 2003. Joe and his wife Carolyn spend their time chasing after their 1 year-old son, Nicholas.

 Joe has been a strong supporter of the Santa Hat Society since its inception