Deborah Stendardi has served RIT since 1979, originally joining RIT as director of Government and Community Affairs. Since, she has been promoted to interim vice president, associate vice president and now vice president.
Prior to joining RIT, she served in a variety of positions for six years with the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities in Albany.
In addition to her RIT responsibilities, Stendardi is very active in the Rochester community, serving in a number of volunteer and leadership roles for the United Way, Greater Rochester Metro Chamber of Commerce and other organizations. She received the Miller Award given by United Way to the outstanding campaign coordinator of the year in 1996.
Stendardi holds a bachelor's degree from the State University of New York at Cortland and a master's from SUNY Albany
Kristina J. Owens, a RIT Alumna, joined the Government and Community Relations team in January of 2018. Prior to RIT, she was a Biologist for the US Department of Agriculture’s Animal Plant Health Inspection Service for over 10 years. She is also a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer who served in Bolivia as a Natural Resource Consultant.
In addition to her work at USDA and now at RIT, She is an active leader in the Peace Corps alumni community. In 2011 she served as Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Washington, DC (RPCV/W) Event Manager for three signature events honoring the 50th Anniversary of the Peace Corps. Since then she served on the Board of the National Peace Corps Association.
Owens holds a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from State University of New York at Geneseo, a Master’s of Science in Forestry from Michigan Technological University and a Master’s of Science in Science, Technology and Public Policy from RIT.
Lynn brought over 20 years of conference and event planning experience to RIT when she joined the Office of Government & Community Relations in 2005. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management from Florida International University. Currently as Assistant Vice President of Special Events and Conferences, Lynn oversees the conference staff, serves as Director of Brick City Homecoming & Family Weekend, and represents the division on various university committees. Much of her responsibilities have a community relations focus with her management annually of RIT’s ever-increasing presence in the Rochester Fringe Festival and in assuming the logistical role for the annual Davis Awards.
Prior to these current roles, Lynn planned and executed a wide array of large-scale university events (both on and off campus) as well as coordinated the United Way Campaign. The RIT community has raised over $4.1M for local charities in the 11 years that she managed the campaign, and the university received multiple awards for exemplary service to the Rochester community: President’s Award (2008 and 2015), Richard P. Miller Award (2010), Student Award – Extraordinary Fundraising (2012), Chairman’s Award (2014). Beginning in 2016, an additional role for Lynn will be as Director of Brick City Homecoming and Family Weekend.