Meet Our 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 sports fan, Fr. Cool is a high school and collegiate lacrosse referee. He has degrees from Nazareth College, St. Mary’s Seminary, and the University of Rochester. Please contact Fr. Cool at or +1 (585) 275-8523.

Sr. Leandra Kosmoski, SSJ

Sr. Leandra now ministers to students at the University of Rochester at the height of a 28-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 or +1 (585) 275-8521.

Andrew Nicholas Cirillo

A native of Central New York, Andrew attended the University of Rochester, graduating in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion. Andrew has also participated in graduate studies at Catholic Theological Union (CTU) in Chicago, graduating with a Master of Divinity degree in 2017. Additionally, he is finishing a Master of Arts degree at the same institution, concentrating in Systematic and Liturgical Theology. 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. Andrew is extremely excited to be back at Newman, and hopes that he can exude his passion and love for God to all the wonderful students! Please contact him at 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 or +1 (585) 275-8515.


Griffin Cunningham

Griffin is a member of the class of 2019 at the University. He is primarily interested in studying Religion and History. In his free time, he likes to draw and spend time outdoors. Griffin also enjoys healthy and respectful debates on current issues and conflicts between others. Contact Griffin at

Agustín Díaz Herrero

Gus is a member of the class of 2020, majoring in International Relations and minoring in History. Within Newman, he is involved with Kairos Retreats, E-Board, and works as the Social Media and Communications Director. In his free time, he is either practicing languages or watching crime/comedy television shows. Contact Agustín at

Patrick Forrestel

Patrick is a member of the class of 2019, majoring in Chemistry and minoring in Psychology and Biology. He is involved with Stephen Ministry, the Kairos Retreats, and E-Board within the Newman community. In his free time, Patrick plays baseball and basketball recreationally, and he is a huge Buffalo Bills fan. Contact Patrick at

Mcvvina Lin

Mcvvina is a Data Science major and a member of the class of 2019. Mcvvina loves being President of the Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE), and enjoys attending conferences, listening to music, and oil pastel painting. She is always looking for TV/movie recommendations. Contact Mcvvina at

José Quintero, Jr.

José is a member of the class of 2020, majoring in both Economics and Finance. He is an active member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity and the University of Rochester YellowJackets all-male acapella group, and in his free time he enjoys watching comedy television shows and playing the ukulele. Contact José at

Yawo Alphonse Siatitse

Yawo is currently the webmaster of the Newman Community website. He is a member of the class of 2020 and majoring in Computer Science. On campus, Yawo is involved in Club soccer, the Robotics club, and is the current Publicity Chair for the GreenSpace Special Interest Floor. Contact Yawo at

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