Professional Staff


Rev. Brian C. Cool

Fr. Cool has served at the University of Rochester since 1999, currently chairs the Diocese of Rochester’s Public Policy Committee, and serves on the New York State Bishop’s Public Policy Committee. An avid Syracuse University Athletics and Boston Red Sox fan, Fr. Cool is a high school and collegiate lacrosse referee. He has degrees from Nazareth College, St. Mary’s Seminary & University, and the University of Rochester. Please contact Fr. Cool at bcool@admin.rochester.edu or +1 (585) 275-8523.

Andrew Nicholas Cirillo

A native of Utica, NY, Andrew graduated from the University of Rochester in 2012, with a degree in Religion. He also received a Master of Divinity degree in 2017 from Catholic Theological Union (CTU) in Chicago, and is finishing a Master of Arts degree in Systematic and Liturgical Theology at the same institution. While at the UofR, Andrew served as altar server, lector, and sacristan at the Catholic Newman Community, in addition to working in the office with the chaplain and campus ministers. He has been involved in similar activities while a student at CTU, serving as youth minister, liturgical coordinator, and campus minister. Before coming (back) to Newman, he worked at The Bernardin Center for Theology and Ministry at Catholic Theological Union, coordinating and overseeing numerous programs and initiatives, and thus honoring the late Cardinal Joseph Bernardin of Chicago. Please contact him at acirillo@ur.rochester.edu or +1 (585) 275-8515.

Darlene Giardina

Retired controller of our own professional baseball club, the Rochester Red Wings, Darlene comes with 25 years of knowledge working in accounting where she oversaw the club finances and day to day operations. In 2012, Darlene was awarded the Rawlings Women Executive of the Year Award in Minor League Baseball for her dedication to her work. We are pleased Darlene has joined our team and are confident she will bring further success in helping us navigate our future growth through added compliance with University and Diocesan policies and good business practices. Darlene and her husband, Michael, have three sons and seven grandchildren and enjoy family time, boating, and travel. Please contact her at dgiardi2@ur.rochester.edu or +1 (585) 275-8515.

Sr. Leandra Kosmoski, ssj

Sr. Leandra now ministers to students at the University of Rochester at the height of a 30-year career spanning pastoral care, campus ministry, education, and spiritual direction. She is committed to guiding young adults to a deeper relationship with God. Originally a graduate of D’Youville College in Buffalo, NY, Sr. Leandra also holds master’s degrees from Loyola University in Chicago, IL, State University College of New York at Buffalo, and Creighton University in Nebraska. Please contact her at lkosmosk@ur.rochester.edu or +1 (585) 275-8521.

Bridget Nowak

Bridget has served as a Finance Director at the Diocese of Rochester since 2015. In addition to directing the finances for the Catholic Newman Community at the University of Rochester, she also provides services to the RIT Newman Catholic Community, St. John of Rochester Catholic Church, and St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Church. She studied Psychology at SUNY Geneseo and received her Master of Business Administration from Simon Business School at the University of Rochester. Please contact Bridget at bridget.nowak@dor.org or +1 (585) 248-5993, extension 36.