Shelly Gorino '80

  • Shelly Gorino, a member of the Rush-Henrietta Class of 1980, is a familiar face in the community. As director of the Henrietta Senior Center for 18 years, she has made a quite impact. Under Ms. Gorino’s leadership, the Center celebrated 20 years at its present location in July 2011.

    Ms. Gorino’s commitment to seniors is evident in her career choice and programs she supports in her personal life. She is on the coordinators board of the Monroe County Office for the Aging and the advisory board of the Woodcrest Commons Senior Living Community. She is also on the board of directors of the Rush-Henrietta Area Food Terminal.

    By working closely with the Henrietta Youth Asset Program, Ms. Gorino was able to create and promote intergenerational programs that benefit community members of every age and bring youth and seniors together. Among these are the Vollmer Even Start/Senior Reading Program, the After School/Senior Activity Program, the Listening Post, and the Town Summer Concert Series.

    All of these activities require collaboration, and Ms. Gorino interacts with many groups to bring new and innovative programs to Henrietta. Three years ago, she initiated the town’s Employee Wellness Program, and this year she worked with Wegmans Food Markets to introduce a hiking program called Passport to Family Wellness.

    Ms. Gorino also recognizes needs in other communities and has volunteered to fill the gap. She served as a board member of the Chili Recreation Commission, was instrumental in creating the Scottsville Farmers’ Market, and helped establish the Scottsville Ice Arena as a not-for-profit facility. The arena provides a place for youth and adult recreational ice-skating, as well as a location for high school hockey teams, including Rush-Henrietta, to practice and play. Her impact is evident in every aspect of community life. As her friend and co-worker Kathy Macomber noted, “Shelly is a great idea person who thinks outside the box. She always goes above and beyond with whatever project she tackles.”

    Ms. Gorino resides in Chili, N.Y., and has two children, Samantha, 20, and Nicholas, 18.