Joe McCrank started volunteering for ImageOut in 2000. He has been a co-chair for Theatre Operations for almost two decades and has served as a board member since 2007. Joe enjoys getting to know so many of the regular ImageOut members and supporters.
Joe had a long career in the banking industry. After leaving banking, he started his own successful interior painting business. Joe has been in the painting business for 18 years. When there is no snow on the ground you will find Joe enjoying his passion for classic cars with his friends – attending car shows throughout the spring, summer and fall.
Deb Oppenheimer (she/her)
Theatre Operations Committee Co-Chair
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Matteo Ragusa (he/him)
Finance Committee Chair
Matteo Ragusa has been part of the ImageOut board for more than 5 years . He quickly ascended to the position of Treasurer shortly after joining; a role that he continues to fill and enjoy. ImageOut has provided him with many wonderful memories, both at the meeting table and in the theater.
He comes back to Rochester by way of a childhood in Italy, some time in central New York, an education at Oberlin in Ohio, and a start to his professional life in San Francisco as a research biochemist in pharma.
Although he longs for his days in the lab, he pivoted to a career in healthcare and nonprofit finance/operations in 2010, opting to leverage his fondness for a good spreadsheet towards solving more immediate problems in community health. He earned his MBA at the University of Rochester and has been a part of Trillium Health since 2016, currently working in their Finance department.
Matteo lives in the City and shares his home with a scheming cat, a neurotic dog, and a loving human.
Braden C. Reese (he/him)
Interim Ticketing Committee Chair
Braden Reese is a proud Rochester transplant – who was born in Syracuse, NY and grew up in Oneida, NY – but considers the Flower City his “chosen home.” Braden graduated from SUNY Oswego with a B.A. in Political Science. His passions include activism, community service, and politics. His hobbies and interests include board and card games, photography, walks, music, and movies. Braden founded Rochester LGBTQ+ Together and currently serves as its Director. He also serves as administrator of Rochester LGBTQ+ Mutual Aid and Community Events Committee Chair at the ROC Pride Collective. He currently works at ImageOut in the role of Managing Director. He previously worked as LGBTQ+ Center Manager and Program Manager at Out Alliance.
Lisa Rosica (she/her)
ImageOut Art Committee Chair
Lisa is a native Rochesterian and has been a practicing psychiatrist for over 25 years. Outside of her work she enjoys creating collages, hiking and biking throughout the Finger Lakes with her wife, taking in local music, being part of an amazing book club, and keeping her cat out of trouble.
As an aficionado of the arts Lisa supports art as a form of self-expression, story telling and as a way to form connections. Her hope is to advance the mission of ImageOut Art by bringing LGBTQ+ art to the broader community through a variety of events and exhibits.
Michele Thornton (she/her)
Marketing & Outreach Committee Chair
Michele Thornton is a professor, consultant, and healthcare researcher. She and her wife Gillian moved to Rochester from her hometown of Chicago, IL in 2017. At that time, Michele had just completed her PhD in Public Health and came here to join the School of Business graduate faculty at SUNY Oswego. There, she teaches Health Policy, Health Economics and Global Business and Society. Additionally, Michele is the school’s chair of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
When not obsessing over work and politics, Michele is an avid traveler, movie buff, aspiring gardener and proud mom to her boxer Darwin. Michele and her wife have been supporters of ImageOut since they moved to New York, and are thrilled to continue working to bring this amazing festival to life each year.