Villa of Hope Senior Leadership Team

Chris Gullo - President Christina M. Gullo MSW, MBA President/CEO


Christina Gullo was named President/CEO of Villa of Hope in November 2010. With a Master’s degree in Social Work from Marywood University and a Master’s in Business Administration from Rochester Institute of Technology, Gullo’s background includes clinical, professional and business experience. Prior to joining the Villa, Gullo served as Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer for Catholic Family Center. Gullo is a 2008 recipient of the Up & Coming Businesswomen’s Award, 2005 recipient of the Rochester Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 Award, and a 2014 Athena Award finalist.

Anne Eichas Vice President of Community ProgramsAnne Eichas,     LCSW-R
Vice President of Community Programs


Anne Eichas joined Villa of Hope in October 2012 as Vice President of Community Programs.  Anne received her Master of Social Work from the University of Buffalo and is a licensed clinical social worker. She came to the Villa from Catholic Family Center (CFC), where she worked for nearly 30 years holding various social work and leadership positions. Prior to joining the Villa team Anne was the Vice President of Community Services at Catholic Family Center.

Aaron JamesAaron James, Sanctuary Institute Faculty Consultant
Vice President of Sanctuary and Trauma Education


Aaron James was named Vice President of Sanctuary and Trauma Education in August 2014. He has been at the Villa for 20 years and began as a Residential Counselor, and then became a trainer for the agency. In 2011 he was a member of the task force team that selected the Sanctuary Model for the Villa and he has been the lead person training, running the Sanctuary Core Team and working implementation. Before moving into his current role, James was the Organizational Development Manager.

Sarah Marche Sarah Marche, MBA
Vice President of Human Resources and Facilities Operations


Sarah Marche joined Villa of Hope as Vice President of Human Resources and Facilities Operations in July 2014. Marche holds a Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources from the University of Buffalo. She came to Villa of Hope from Olmstead Sight in Buffalo, NY where she was the Director of Human Resources.

Angie Perez Angie Perez, MSHA, CASAC
Chief Compliance Officer, and Vice President of Administration and Behavioral Health Services


Angie Perez was named Vice President of Quality, Compliance, IT and Addiction Services in October 2013. Perez holds a Bachelor of Science in Community and Human Services from SUNY Empire State College and a Master of Science in Health Administration from Roberts Weslyan College. Her career path in behavioral health includes extensive clinical and quality improvement roles. Most recently, Perez served as the Coordinator of Continuous Quality Improvement at Horizon Health Management Group, LLP. Perez was named a Latina to Watch by Rochester La Voz in 2010.

Gerianne Puskas, Vice President of Development Gerianne Puskas, MBA, CNPM
Vice President of Development and Marketing

Gerianne Puskas joined the Villa as Vice President of Development and Marketing in July 2015. She brings to the Villa 20 years of experience which includes: six years with Boy Scouts of America as a Senior District Executive and Cub Scout Camp Director and twelve years with the American Cancer Society. Prior to the Villa, she was the Area Director with the American Diabetes Association. Gerianne is also a part of SUNY Empire State College Business Management & Economics Residency team helping develop residency curriculum and evaluating students' prior learning to grant undergraduate non-profit management credits. 

Diane Tucker - CFODiane Tucker, CPA, MBA
Chief Financial Officer


Diane Tucker joined Villa of Hope as Chief Financial Officer in September 2015. Tucker, a CPA, holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Rochester Institute of Technology and a Master of Business Administration from the William E. Simon School at the University of Rochester. Tucker’s experience includes financial planning and analysis, accounting and banking. She most recently worked as a finance director for Eastman Kodak Company.

And welcome to new staff:

Right Reverend Emilio Alvarez, Director of Pastoral Care


Emilio Alvarez is one of the up and coming scholars and commentators on the intersection of religious education and theology in America. As a ministerial practitioner, his nearly two decades of vast experience within the Christian Church world-wide has positioned him well as a prophetic voice, especially within Afro/Latino communities of faith.

A widely sought lecturer and preacher, Bishop Alvarez has traveled to nearly a dozen countries preaching and teaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ and has worked diligently planting churches for over 18 years. He has presented academic papers at various theological seminaries and universities including Georgetown University, Loyola Marymount University and New York Theological Seminary. As an educator Bishop Alvarez has a strong track record of developing course curriculums and ministerial educational programs for theological seminaries and Bible colleges alike. He is the founding director of the newly developed Certificate in Convergence Studies Program at New York Theological Seminary, a program which trains clergy and laity alike and is the first of its kind in the US.

As a proponent for Christian unity, in 2014, Bishop Alvarez was honored to have been invited along with other Bishops to the Vatican in Rome, to have an audience with Pope Francis around the theme, “The Miracle of Unity.” Afterward, he was elected as the Ecumenical Officer for the Communion, developing strong ecumenical relations around the world with clerics from a variety of Christian traditions, including the Greek Orthodox Church and beyond.

Bishop Alvarez was consecrated a Bishop in the Lord’s Church in the Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches, an Evangelical communion which reverences the historic Christian faith and practice of the early church while striving to become relevant within postmodernism. He is the Bishop Ordinary of the Diocese of Christ the King, a network of urban Afro/Latino churches representing 8 states and 6 countries. He currently serves as the founding pastor and Rector of The Gathering Place: Where Love Meets in the city of Rochester, New York. He has also most recently taken a position as the Religious Service Specialist for the Department of Homeland Security at the Buffalo Federal Detention Facility through Jesuit Refuge Services and is also now the Pastoral Care Director at Villa of Hope.

Bishop Alvarez holds Bachelors in Christian Education, a Master of Arts in Religious Education from New York Theological Seminary and is currently completing his Ph.D. in Religious Education at Fordham University in the Bronx, New York. He is member of the Religious Education Association and has been awarded Alpha Sigma Nu, the highest academic honor bestowed in any Jesuit university or college. 

Bishop Alvarez is happily married to his wife of 17 years Denene Alvarez and together they have three beautiful children Eli, Siomara and Lucas.