Meet the Team


Meet the Team

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Michael R. Daley '79

Michael R. Daley ’79 is the President and Secretary of the Aquinas Institute.  Mike joined the Board of Trustees in 2001 and later became President in 2002.  Prior to joining Aquinas, Mike was the Chief Financial Officer for a number of public telecommunication companies where he was responsible for supporting domestic and international high-growth market expansion, investor relations and fundraising. 

During his time as CFO, Mike was a member of the senior management team assisting in strategic planning, acquisitions and management of operating performance.
    • M. Daley '79

    • A. Cook, EdD '99

Anthony Cook, EdD ’99 is the Executive Director of Alumni Relations and Development at Aquinas. Prior to his return to AQ, where he previously taught social studies and coached football and track and field, Cook was the Superintendent of Catholic schools for the Diocese of Rochester (2013-2019) and served as Principal at Seton Catholic School (2011-2013).
He holds a doctorate in education from the University of Rochester, a master's degree in educational administration from the University of Notre Dame, and both a bachelor's and master's degree from the State University of New York College at Geneseo.

Christine Lopuchowycz Grout '88

Christine Lopuchowycz Grout '88 is the Associate Director of Alumni Relations for Aquinas.  She has worked in some capacity with Aquinas since graduating from Heidelberg College, including as a costume designer for the Aquinas Theatre Department and treasurer for the AQ Theatre Boosters since its inception in 1998. Her eldest daughter was in the inaugural class of the Aquinas Junior High seventh grade.
    • C. Grout '88

    • K. Dobson

Karen Dobson

Karen Dobson is the Administrative Assistant for the Offices of the President and the Alumni Relations and Development team. She joins AQ with a great deal of experience, holding positions at the University of Rochester and Xerox Corporation working with senior executive leadership and coordinating events for Xerox's most distinguished clients. Karen is married and enjoys a round of golf on weekends with her friends.

Anita Nagel

Anita Nagel is the Associate Director of Development at Aquinas, focusing on Annual Fund and the Class agent program. She joined AQ in 2008, having worked in Catholic education for over two decades in recruitment and student services. Anita’s twin daughters attended Aquinas.
    • A. Nagel

    • J. Polston '90

Jay P. Polston '90

Jay P. Polston '90 is an Associate Director, Major Gifts and Planned Giving. After graduating from Aquinas, he attended Springfield College (Bachelor's Degree in Human Services). He is married to Mary Kay, and has 2 daughters, and the family shares their dogs, Duke and Lola. They live together in Churchville, NY. Jay was employed for 22 years with The YMCA of Greater Rochester. His interests include his self-run Notre Dame Football Fan Website, racquetball and boating.
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