Patient Care

Wilmot Cancer Center Board Expands with Five New Members

Nov. 19, 2010

Five Rochester-area business leaders - Richard DiMarzo, Gary Haseley, Jeff Pierce, Greg Smith and Dennis Wilmot - recently joined the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center National Advisory Board to support local cancer care and research.

“We are thrilled to welcome such gifted and highly respected individuals to our Advisory Board and welcome the ideas and energy they bring,” said Richard I. Fisher, M.D., director of the Cancer Center and vice-president of the University of Rochester Medical Center.  “We look forward to leveraging their talent and expertise as part of our ongoing effort to provide the highest quality cancer care and research to our community.”

A resident of Rochester, DiMarzo, has volunteered on the Steering and Underwriting Committees for the Discovery Ball, the largest annual fundraiser for the Wilmot Cancer Center. He joins the board after supporting his late wife, Judy, through cancer care.

DiMarzo is senior vice president of wealth management and senior portfolio management director for Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC.  He is also a financial management committee member for Pennsylvania Mutual Insurance Companies and a board member for the Portfolio Management Institute.

Haseley’s desire to join the board follows his loss of close friends and family to cancer.  Now, he is committed to having an impact on the disease by supporting the Wilmot Cancer Center’s mission to find cures.

He and his wife, Laura, have been active in Discovery Ball planning committees.  Haseley, a resident of Webster, is president of Zeller Corporation. He has been involved with the Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection and McQuaid Jesuit High School, as well as a number of organizations that Zeller Corporation supports. Pittsford resident Jeff Pierce is expanding his commitment to the cancer center by joining the board. He became involved with the cancer center several years ago after losing both his father and a longtime friend to cancer. He has been a member of the Discovery Ball Underwriting Committee and his wife, Patrice, was co-chair of the Ball Culinary and Decorating Committee.

He is senior vice president of UBS Financial Services and serves on the board for Irondequoit Country Club.

Smith, president of Jay Advertising, joins the board as a cancer survivor anxious to provide input and support.  He and his wife, Shari Hall Smith, have served on the Discovery Ball Steering Committee. 

A resident of Pittsford, Smith also serves on the boards of directors for the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Lifetime Assistance Foundation, Arts and Cultural Council for Greater Rochester and Rochester Children’s Theatre.  He also serves on the marketing committee for Rochester Area Community Foundation.

Wilmot, grandson of the cancer center’s namesake, joins the board to continue his family’s commitment and because of family and friends who have recently faced cancer.  He has been involved with the Underwriting Committee for the Discovery Ball for several years.

Vice president of leasing and development for Wilmorite Management Group, Wilmot lives in Pittsford with his wife, Katie, and family. He is active with the Discovery Ball steering committee, the Constellation Brands - Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center, Finger Lakes Community College Foundation and Country Club of Rochester.