985 Bay Street
Rochester, NY 14609
Phone: 585-288-0600
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Our Staff

Nancy A. Filiaci, DVM

dr FILLIACI RCACDr. Nancy Filiaci grew up in Nassau, Bahamas during the fall, winter and spring months, and spent her summers in Toronto, Canada. She attended Cornell University School of Agriculture and Life Sciences and received her Bachelor’s Degree with honors and distinction in Animal Science in 1982. She then attended Cornell University of Veterinary Medicine where she received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1987. She completed an internship at Oklahoma State School of Veterinary Medicine from 1988 to 1989. Dr. Filiaci’s professional interests include educating the public, especially youth, in animal care issues and animal welfare issues. In her free time,

Dr. Filiaci enjoys spending time with her husband and kids, camping, hiking, reading and travelling. She can also be found Civil War reenacting quite frequently on weekends. She portrays a Confederate doctor. Dr. Filiaci shares her home with her husband and three teenagers as well as her three rescue pets. These pets include two dogs (Abe, a pug mix, and Gypsy, a Chihuahua mix), and one cat (Spot).

Cyndy D. – Clinic Coordinator
Cyndy DeweyCyndy is from Greece, NY. She attended SUNY Oswego where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Public Relations. Cyndy worked as a program coordinator at the University of Rochester for six years. She also worked as a freelance writer, editor and communications consultant while raising her two children.

Cyndy volunteered for GRASP, Inc. (a local pet rescue and adoption group) for over twelve years. During her time with GRASP she served as President, Fundraising Coordinator and Publicity Coordinator.

In addition to being the Clinic Coordinator at RCAC, Cyndy is also a licensed real estate agent. She shares her home with her daughter, her two dogs, four cats, one bird, and one fish.

Barbara A.H. – Licensed Veterinary Technician

barbara rcacBarbara grew up in Dansville, NY. She received her Bachelor of Science in business and marketing from St. John Fisher College, and her Master of Science in adult education with a minor in human resource management from SUNY Buffalo before becoming an LVT. She is also the vice president of the New York State Wildlife Rehabilitation Council.

In her free time, Barbara enjoys gardening, and horseback riding. She shares her home with a horse, a long-haired Chihuahua, and a hedgehog.

Rebecca S. – Licensed Veterinary Technician

Rebecca was born in Rochester and grew up in Richmond, VA. She has been working in the animal-care industry since 2007. She earned her associate’s degree in Veterinary Technology from Medaille College. Rebecca loves what RCAC represents for the community, giving people with financial constraints a place to go for their beloved pets.

Rebecca has two dogs (Bane and Rayne), five cats (Boots, Taz, Stella, Belle, and Luna), and two chinchillas (Tigger and Caramel). In her free time, she enjoys watching Disney movies and playing video games.

Sydney K.M. – Licensed Veterinary Technician

Sydney 2Sydney was raised in Brighton, NY. She graduated from Alfred State College in 2010 and began working as an LVT in July of that year. One thing she loves about RCAC is “working with local rescue groups and helping them continue the great work they do!” Special areas of interest within veterinary medicine for Sydney include: animal rescue, exotic pets, and pet obesity prevention/weight loss.

In her free time, Sydney is an animal care provider for families and their pets in the Rochester area. She also enjoys relaxing and spending time with her family and friends. She has two foster cats- Scotch and Gala- and three parakeets – Kiwi, Mango, and Narcissus.

AnnMarie J. – CSR

AnnMarie grew up in Webster. She is new to the animal-care industry having recently retired after 32 years of teaching. She enjoys meeting and interacting with new people and animals, as well as the friendly and positive atmosphere at RCAC.

AnnMarie has one grandpup named Rocky. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time with her family in the 1,000 Islands. She has been married for 30 years and has two grown children. She also volunteers at Gigi’s Playhouse.

Marly S. – CSR

Marly grew up in Grand Rapids, MN. She is new to the animal-care industry, but enjoys working at RCAC because her co-workers are fun to work with and she loves seeing all the dogs and kitties that come through every day!

Marly graduated from Carleton College is a bachelor’s degree in Russian Studies. She shares hew home with her miniature poodle named Muffy. In her free time, she enjoys taking Muffy on walks and swimming.

Jenna P. – ACA

Jenna grew up in Ontario, NY. She has been working in the animal-care industry since 2011. Jenna likes working at RCAC because they make a difference in a community that needs it most and there is truly never a dull  day.

She shares her home with two cats (Arrow and Boogie) and one dog (Buddha). In her free time, she loves to hike with her dog as much as possible – rain or shine! Outside of animals, her interests include herbal medicine and holistic healing.

Sondra D. – ACA

Sondra is an Animal Care Assistant and has worked in the animal-care industry for three years. She was born and raised in Rochester and attended Brockport University where she earned her bachelor’s degree. What she enjoys most about working for RCAC is helping to serve the pets and people in the community.

Sondra has two dogs (Piper and Morgan), three cats (Lucky, Tilly, and Reba), and a boa constrictor named Maple. In her free time, she enjoys horseback riding and raising chickens and turkeys.

Valerie S. – ACA

Valerie grew up in Hilton. She is new to the animal-care industry. Valerie is proud to be employed at RCAC because it is very apparent that each team member cares a great deal for the animals and the community. She is currently completing a pre-med track in order to apply to a veterinary medicine program in 2021.

She shares her home with Kevin, her terrific husband and the greatest cat dad, and their two cats named Israel and Ashes. In her free time, she enjoys recreational sports, outdoor activities, cooking, gardening, and writing music. She is a long-time volunteer at Pet Adoption Network.

Judy P. – Housekeeper

Judy grew up in the Black Creek and Highland areas in Rochester. She has been in the animal-related field on and off for the past 14 years. Judy is currently a housekeeper at Rochester Community Animal Clinic. She was previously a housekeeper Animal Hospital of Pittsford and has also worked in the Kennel at Suburban Animal Hospital.

Judy has had hands on experience in grooming and handling animals, cleaning, cooking and planting. In her free time she enjoys camping, cooking, listening to bands, drumming and going on ghost hunts. She shares her home with a Pomeranian named Piranha, a Pekinese named Betta, and a Himalayan cat named Ghost.

Per Diem Staff Members:  
Joan B. – Animal Care Assistant 
Jayne R. – Animal Care Assistant 
Erin H. – Animal Care Assistant
Patti D. – Licensed Veterinary Technician 
Kelly K. – Licensed Veterinary Technician 

Volunteer Opportunities