Fred Abare, General Mechanic
Fred Abare has been responsible for daily maintenance of the Institute’s three historical buildings for over three decades.
Robert E. Bullock, Deputy Director for Operations
Robert Bullock is the principal assistant to the director of the Rockefeller Institute for major support in managing overall day-to-day Institute operations. Areas of responsibility include, but are not limited to; strategic planning, budgeting, human resources, marketing and communications, general management, and program development and implementation. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Bullock served as the director of institutional advancement for the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute in Hyde Park and president of the New York State Archives Partnership Trust in Albany. In addition, he is a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel. Mr. Bullock holds a bachelor of arts from SUNY Potsdam and an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Patricia Cadrette, Senior Staff Assistant for Finance, Administration, and Conferences
As the staff assistant for finance, administration and conferences, Patricia Cadrette is responsible for the daily management and administration of project grants, contracts and procurement. Patti also serves as the project administrative officer for the Urban and Metropolitan Studies program, where she is responsible for contract management, fiscal administration and research support. Prior to joining the Institute, Patti worked for a New York State senator, for the commissioner of the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal and in the New York State Governor’s Office.
Michele Charbonneau, Staff Assistant for Publications
Michele Charbonneau assists in the various stages of publishing the Institute’s reports and publications including the New York State Statistical Yearbook. Michele received her bachelor's degree at the University at Albany.
Michael Cooper, Director of Publications
Michael Cooper supervises all stages of the publication process, handles desktop publishing, and exercises editorial supervision of the web site operations of the Institute. Prior to joining the Institute in 1988, he was a production editor at Ziff-Davis Publications, the Association for Computing Machinery, and Simon & Schuster. Cooper is a graduate of the University at Albany.
Heather Stone, Senior Staff Assistant for Finance
Heather Stone began working for the Institute in December 2000. She has an associate’s degree in business administration from Hudson Valley Community College.
Heather Trela, Assistant Director for Research Management
Heather Trela coordinates project management for the Institute’s special national, state and research foundation programs as well as oversees the administrative operations for the office of the director and executive staff. She holds a master's degree in political science from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy and a bachelor's in economics and political science from Hartwick College.