I am proud to call Pittsford home. I moved here when my husband, Barney Ricca, accepted a faculty appointment at St. John Fisher College. At that time, I started a small business that helps nonprofit and educational institutions. Pittsford offered our son, Joseph, many opportunities as he grew from toddler to middle schooler. We enjoy bicycling on the canal and past the farms, fishing in Powder Mills Park, finding books at the library, and eating at our favorite Pittsford restaurants.


When we moved to Pittsford, I opened a small business, Townsend Consulting & Evaluation, that evaluates programs and trains staff at nonprofits, schools, and universities. When time allows, I teach as an adjunct faculty member, working at both St. John Fisher and Nazareth Colleges.

My greatest strength as a candidate and town board member is a professional skillset that includes:

  • • Needs assessment
  • • Strategic planning
  • • Grantwriting and collaborative fundraising
  • • Policy analysis


I’ve lived all over the United States because of my father’s military service. Attending the University of Michigan as an undergraduate continued my nomadic existence, marking the eleventh place I called home. Since then, my travels took me to Berkeley, California, where I completed a master’s degree in social ethics at the Graduate Theological Union; to Dallas, Texas, where I worked for a domestic and sexual violence resource center and a parochial high school; and to Chicago where I completed my doctoral work in community psychology.

I’ve seen many parts of our country, experienced regional cultures and witnessed different approaches to government – each of those experiences strengthening the value I place on living in Pittsford. Living in all those places also means I bring varied perspectives and new ideas for what is possible in our town. I see not only the strengths of Pittsford, but also how much more vibrant and diverse it can be, and insights into best practices to get us there.

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