A brief introduction to our volunteer Board Members.
The Police Accountability Board is comprised of dedicated individuals from diverse backgrounds, who serve as a vital bridge between the Rochester community and change. Since June 2022, the PAB has been able to welcome five new volunteer board members who are all committed to the work of our agency.
Take the chance to meet our current Board members.
- Chairperson: Larry Knox
A political coordinator for 1199 SEIU, Larry began his union career organizing daycare providers with the CSEA union. In 2008, he served as a regional campaign staffer for the Barack Obama presidential campaign. Knox earned his criminal justice degree from Monroe Community College and majored in political science at the University of Rochester.
In addition to being PAB board chair, Knox has served on the boards of Reach Advocacy, Metro Justice, and the Rochester Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative.
The Rochester City Council appointed Knox.
- Vice-Chair: Arlene Brown
Mrs. Brown served as a member of the Monroe County Democratic Committee 22nd LD for more than 10 years. A longtime resident of the City’s 19th Ward, she is an ordained Elder who serves at the Love Fellowship Workshop Center and has been involved with church ministry for more than 40 years.
The U.S. Postal Service, Monroe County Legislature, Channel 8 News Golden Apple Award, Rochester Genesee Valley Club – NANBPWC, and various churches, have recognized Mrs. Brown for her public service.
- Northwest City Council Appointee: Rabi Drorah Setel
A Buffalo native, Rabbi Setel is a graduate of Swarthmore College, Harvard Divinity School, and SUNY Buffalo Law School as well as having studied at the London School of Economics and Political Science, in the Religious Studies doctoral program at Yale University, and the Rabbinic program at the Leo Baeck College, London, UK.
She presently serves as rabbi to the Temple Emanu-El congregation at the Jewish Community Center in Brighton, a suburb of Rochester, New York.
The Police Accountability Board Alliance appointed Rabbi Setel.
- Mayoral Appointee: William Clark
Previously serving as the President and CEO of the Urban League of Rochester, Mr. Clark comes to the PAB with more than twenty-five years of executive experience. Clark also served on the RCSD Board and is a veteran, serving as a staff sergeant in the U.S. Air Force. Mayor Malik Evans nominated him to the PAB.
- PAB Alliance Appointee: Daniel Cadet Sr.
Daniel Cadet was appointed to the board in August 2022 following a nomination to the seat by Rochester’s Police Accountability Board Alliance. He is a social worker at Rochester General Hospital with more than seven years of experience working with non-profits. A graduate of Nazareth College, Cadet also worked with the Center of Dispute Settlement.
- PAB Alliance Appointee: Mary Wambach
Mary Wambach is a writer, with a focus in Human Resources, psychology, and religion. She served as Executive Director of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Center and has spent nearly 20 years, as a consultant on the subject of abuse, neglect, education, and treatment of children and adults with disabilities. The Police Accountability Board Alliance nominated Mary to the seat.
- PAB Alliance Appointee: Rev. Keith Patterson
Rev. Patterson is an elected member of the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester’s Commission on Ministry, serving on the ministry’s Budget Committee and Congregational Development Grant Committee. Previously Patterson was a member of the United Christian Leadership Ministries where he learned much about the City and its history of policing. He was nominated by the PABA.
- City Council Appointee: Yvonne Wilson
Yvonne Wilson is a former member of the Community Coalition Safety Board and a Rochester Businesses Institute graduate. She previously served as a counselor to Monroe County inmates, focusing on rehabilitating them back into society. Wilson was appointed to the PAB by Rochester’s City Council.
In addition to the eight (8) sitting members, the PAB has one vacancy. This person would represent the City’s Northeast District once approved by City Council.
The members of your Police Accountability Board are dedicated to fostering transparency, accountability, and justice within our community. Their diverse backgrounds and shared commitment to justice make them a formidable force in creating a safer and more equitable society for all.
As active and engaged community members, it’s important to stay informed about the work of the Police Accountability Board and support the agency’s mission. You can learn more about the PAB by attending our public board meetings on the first Thursday of each month at our East Main Street office.