What Is The Board?

The Police Accountability Board is run by nine unpaid, volunteer Board Members. The Board’s role is to oversee the agency’s operations, set the agency’s priorities, and serve on panels during the Board’s investigatory process.

One Board Member is appointed by the Mayor. One Board Member is appointed by City Council for each of the four City Districts (East, Northeast, Northwest, and South). The remaining four Board Members are selected by the PAB Alliance, a coalition of community members who helped create and continue to sustain our work.

The law requires our Board Members to be city residents who “reflect the City’s diverse community.” No Board Member (or their family members) can have ever worked for RPD or represented someone suing RPD. Board Members generally serve three year terms, though some members are serving out shorter preliminary terms.

You can apply to serve on the Board by visiting the PAB Alliance’s website at paballiance.org and clicking on the “Apply for the PAB” tab under the “Joining the Alliance” menu.

Board Members

Shani Wilson

Board Chair (Alliance Seat)

Shani Wilson PA-C is an Internal Medicine Board-certified Physician Assistant (NCCPA) with areas of expertise in LGBTQ+ Health, sexual health, minority health disparities with an emphasis on mental health, Medication Assisted Therapy for Opiate Addiction, Trauma-Informed Care and vaccine-preventable diseases.

Community activism and engagement have been especially important to Shani; she is passionate about giving a voice to the underserved people of Rochester. She uses her experiences working in FQHC (Federally Qualified Health Centers) for the last 8 years to lecture and teaches on the intersectionality of social justice and medicine- and was recently appointed to the American Academy of Physician Assistants national commission to address equity within the PA profession.

Shani also works closely with local organizations that strongly advocate for LGBTQ+ rights and access. She currently is serving as the interim Vice President on the Board of Rochester Black Pride, and recently received an award from the community-led organization- The Jasan Ward Community Advocacy Award, which is named after one of the founders of the local Mocha Center- which was integral in caring for and mentoring queer youth.

And last but certainly not least, Shani is also currently Chairing the Inaugural Rochester Police Accountability Board. It’s mission, set by an overwhelming majority of Rochester’s voters in 2019, is to ensure public accountability and transparency over the powers exercised by sworn officers of the Rochester Police Department.

Danielle Tucker

Vice Chair (Alliance Seat)

Danielle Tucker, MS is a middle school teacher at Rochester Prep. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Xavier University of Louisiana and a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Grambling State University. In 2018, Ms. Tucker founded House of Empowerment Mentoring Inc., a nonprofit organization that helps prepare low socioeconomic students for college. She is a resident of the city of Rochester as well as a landlord. Danielle Tucker, MS is a businesswoman that gives back to her community often and has been active in the Rochester community since returning in 2017.

Dr. Robert Harrison, III M.D.

Board Member (Council Seat - East)

Dr. Harrison has lived in Rochester since March of 1993 and is a physician specializing in Internal Medicine with a sub-specialty in Endocrinology and Metabolism. Raised in Mississippi, he received a B.S. degree from Tougaloo College, a historically black school and an M.D. degree from Northwestern University in 1966. His training in Internal Medicine was from 1966-1972 interrupted by 2 years to serve in the United States Navy. After training as an Endocrinologist for two years at Vanderbilt University, Dr. Harrison occupied academic positions at Vanderbilt University, Columbia University, The University of Arkansas and the University of Rochester where he retired in 2001 and he remains an Emeritus Professor of Medicine. At various times since 2001 he has served as a consultant or worked as a clinician. For the past four years the majority of his time has been spent participating in classes at OSHER, an RIT-run educational program for persons over the age of 50.

Vacant Position

Vacant Position

Council Seat - Northeast

Vacant Position

Vacant Position

Board Member (Alliance Seat)

Reverend Matthew Nickoloff

Board Member (Council Seat - South)

Reverend Matthew Martin Nickoloff is the founding priest of the South Wedge Mission, a Lutheran-Episcopal community of communities committed to cultivating life and the common good. A native of our area, he is passionate about building bridges, inter-religious collaboration, and creating spaces where people can rediscover possibility in the face of division and despair. An avid musician and paddle-boarder, Matthew lives in the South Wedge with his wife Leah, an RCSD teacher, and their three children.

Rabbi Drorah Setel, J.D.

Board Member (Council Seat, Northwest)

Rabbi Drorah Setel, J.D., is the spiritual leader of Temple Emanu-El, a Reform synagogue in Irondequoit. She is a trained mediator and has developed educational programs as well as led retreats and workshops on dispute resolution. Rabbi Setel lives in the Maplewood neighborhood of Rochester.

Reverend Dr. Rickey Harvey

Board Member (Mayoral Seat)

Rev. Dr. Rickey Bernard Harvey has preached across the nation in more than 30 states and countless numbers of towns and cities. He has conducted citywide revivals, preached for National Baptist Conventions, American Baptist Conventions, and several other National bodies. Rickey Harvey has worked with Reverend Jesse Jackson, Rev. Samuel Billy Kyles and many other pastors in community efforts through Operation P.U.S.H Rainbow Coalition; as a means to care for communities, be a voice for them during times or racial profiling, discrimination and marginalizing. He has worked with the Rochester City School District as a long-term sub. Rickey Harvey is a graduate of University of Phoenix, Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School and holds 2 Master's, 2 Bachelor's and 1 Doctoral degree, in such fields as Psychology, Business, Organizational Management, Divinity and Ministry. A proud father of four, Rickey Harvey is a businessman, owning two Airbnb’s in the City of Rochester. He is founder and lead singer of a gospel quartet group here in Rochester, The Dynamic Dixie Wonders!

Arlene Brown

Board Member (Alliance Seat)

Arlene Brown has been a resident of the 19th Ward for nearly 50 years and has dedicated her life to making a positive difference within the lives of others. In 2008, she retired from the US Postal Service after nearly 40 years of service. Mrs. Brown now works part-time as a Funeral Attendant at the Metropolitan Funeral Chapels. In addition, she continues with a full schedule of family, church, and civic engagements. Ms. Brown served as a member of the Monroe County Democratic Committee 22nd LD for more than 10 years. Balancing civic and religious duties, Mrs. Brown has been involved with church ministry for more than 40 years. A long-time member of the Frederick Douglass Toastmasters Club, she has attained the organization’s distinction of “Distinguished Toastmaster.” She has been recognized for public/civic service by the US Postal Service, Monroe County Legislature, Channel 8 News, Rochester Genesee Valley Club – NANBPWC, and various churches. Beyond community involvement, Mrs, Brown finds fullness of joy in service unto God and love of family.