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Mission: The Roberts Wesleyan University Alumni Council is comprised of volunteer leaders who actively strengthen Alumni presence in the Roberts community. Council members represent the diverse alumni base and support the vision and mission of the University by promoting the Alumni Relations' five strategic pillars of success, which are:

  • Increase Roberts pride 
  • Create a sense of belonging 
  • Grow the alumni network 
  • Promote life-long learning
  • Provide on-ramps for giving

Council members hold various positions as ambassadors to further the mission of the University. If you are interested in joining the council or would like to nominate a member, please contact us at alumni@roberts.edu or (585) 594-6837.


Michelle Blaakman ‘07 ‘14, Director of Alumni Engagement
Management and Strategic Marketing, M.S.
Director of Alumni Engagement at Roberts Wesleyan University

Sarah Riddell

Sarah Riddell ‘19 ‘21, Assistant Director of Alumni Engagement
Business Administration and Strategic Leadership, M.S.
Assistant Director of Alumni Engagement at Roberts Wesleyan University

Alumni Council

John Cleery Headshot

John Cleary ‘00, Admissions Ambassador
Organizational Management Online
Retired as Base Transition Coordinator at Seneca Army Depot; Radiation Officer at Wayne County Emergency Management Office; Director of Missions at Zion Fellowship

Nicholas Grunert Headshot

Nicholas Grunert ‘17, Social Ambassador
Management and Social Entrepreneurship
Assistant Director of Advancement at Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences at Rochester Institute of Technology

Meghan Headshot

Meghan Kettinger ‘19, Communications Ambassador
Nurse at Highland Hospital, University of Rochester Medical Center

Rich Messinger Headshot

Rich Messinger ‘81, Alumni Ambassador
Social Work
Retired as Senior Parole Officer at NYS Division of Parole

Lance Mitchell Headshot

Lance Mitchell ‘88 ‘97, Admissions Ambassador
Social Work and Social Work, M.S.W
Prevention Intervention Youth Spec. at Brighton High School

Miriam Moore-Burt Headshot

Miriam Moore-Burt ‘11 ‘14, Assistant Communications Ambassador
Organizational Management and Strategic Leadership, M.S.
Chief Diversity Officer at Town of Brighton

Lindsey Headshot

Lindsey Mwene ‘11 ‘20, President
Management Entrepreneurship and Strategic Leadership, M.S.
Assistant Professor of Management at Roberts Wesleyan University;
Hoselton Chair of Ethics and Free Enterprise at Roberts Wesleyan University

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Justin Niebel ‘06, Giving Ambassador
Business Administration and Communication
Manager, Data MSS Vertical (Northeast, South, and West) at Spectrum Enterprise

Cara Headshot

Cara Reindl ‘11, Events Ambassador
Development Director at Ugandan Water Project

Dan Rudd Headshot

Dan Rudd ‘06, Alumni Ambassador
Business Administration
Managing Director at Vision Financial Group

Bailey Sears Headshot

Bailey Sears ‘21, Social Ambassador
Registered Nurse at Golisano Children’s Hospital

Crystal Sessoms-Wiggins Headshot

Crystal Sessoms-Wiggins ‘11 ‘12, Vice President
Childhood & Special Education and Education Ed.M.
Principal at JV Forrestal Elementary School

John Cleery Headshot

Nina Ursu ‘19, Alumni Ambassador
Childhood & Special Education
Third Grade Teacher at Williamsville School District

Jim VanBrederode Headshot

Jim VanBrederode ‘88, Alumni Ambassador
Candidate for the NYS Senate 56th District