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Meet the Team!

Kimberly Stewart, Community and Family Outreach Coordinator, Palmyra-Macedon CSD

Bio: I started my career at Pal-Mac in 2004 as a school psychologist. I have been the outreach coordinator since 2021. I have four children who have all attended Pal-Mac.

Why I'm in this role: I am passionate about working with the school district, families and the community to identify barriers that hinder the success and growth of our youth. When we know and understand the root cause(s) of why our youth are struggling, then we are better able to collaborate, brainstorm and implement resources, strategies or programs to help reduce or eliminate these barriers. Families are an integral part in their children’s education and we need their voice.



Bryan Peck, Community Schools Coordinator, Palmyra Macedon Primary School

Years at Pal-Mac: 1

Bio: I reside in Canandaigua with my two dogs and wife! 

Why I'm in this role: I love the collaborative culture at Pal-Mac and specifically working with the younger students at the primary school. Although I am based at the primary school, my role allows me to extend beyond the walls of the building to work with families and the community. No day is ever the same, which is fun, but what makes this work fulfilling is getting to know all of the students and families in our district and community.

Leslie Vecchiotti, Family and Community Engagement Specialist

Bio: I retired after 34 years of teaching in 2019. My last 23 years were spent as a Special Education Teacher, Staff Developer, and Instructional Coach for the Pal-Mac School District. I have 3 children who went through this school system.

Why I'm in this role: In the years that I lived and worked in the Pal-Mac Community, I got to know many of the residents, school personnel, business owners, and nonprofits that operate in the area. It is such a pleasure to be “back home” helping to bring all of these groups together in ways that support kids and families. There is so much available in Wayne County…we just need to get people connected.

Amanda Lesterhuis, Optimal Health Coordinator

Why i'm in this role: I grew up in Wayne County and returned here after I completed my Bachelor’s program at SUNY Oneonta. Being away from home, I realized that Newark, and Wayne County, is my home and there are no other people in this world I would rather help and collaborate with than the folks right here in my home county. 

José - Community Schools Coordinator, Palmyra Macedon High School

Bio: I previously worked within the Sodus high school helping to run a program called STEADY Work, which I am excited to get started here. I currently reside in Rochester, but I grew up in Sodus.

Why I'm in this role: After graduating with a degree in business and economics in 2020 during the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, I, like many others, had no idea what I was planning to do. Thankfully, I was presented with an opportunity to work with youth in the community. I am fulfilled by helping our youth realize and attain their goals, and working to eliminate the barriers that obstruct their path to success.