CALVIN EATON, FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
(he/his/him) Calvin Eaton aka theglutenfreechef is a freelance educator, digital content creator, and social entrepreneur with over six years of experience as a professional freelancer, whole foods chef, food blogger, K-12 and adult educator and published author. He launched (www.theglutenfreechefblog.com) in 2012; which has since grown into a holistic health and wellness community with international readership and a large social media platform.
In 2016 Eaton founded the grassroots non-profit “Communiversity” 540WMain Community Learning Academy (www.540westmain.org) with a commitment to enrich the Susan B. Anthony Preservation district as well as connect greater Rochester to the neighborhood through art & wellness courses, programs, and events. As a professional Mr. Eaton’s areas of expertise include social media and digital content creation, food blogging and recipe development, antiracism, diversity, inclusion, K-12 curriculum writing and teaching, and higher education.
ADAM EATON, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR
(he/his/him) Art lover, creator and voice of the people Adam Eaton is not only the younger brother of 540WMain’s Founder but the lead curator and editor of http://www.adameaton.com with a goal to help support and promote Rochester Artists to the local economy and assist in expanding their support to a global market. In his role as AD Adam Eaton oversees 540WMain’s artist direction, advancement, and community engagment initiatives.
RAY RAY MITRANO, ADVERTISING & SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR & CLASS COORDINATOR
(he/his/him) Ray Ray Mitrano loves to participate in community events, performances, workshops, and group exhibitions. Interactive storytelling is a major part of what he does, whether it involves drawing, animation, education, performing, videography, or multi-media installation. His experimental work embraces collaborative improvisation within conceptual frameworks. In addition to his freelance art and activism practice; Ray Ray is the brains and face behind 540WMain’s social media advertising and weekly HQ community classes respectively.
MICHELE ASHLEE, VOLUNTEER EVENTS PHOTOGRAPHER
(she/her/hers) Hailing from Kuckville, NY Michele Ashlee is a self-taught photography guru who has imagination and creativity running through her veins. She has taught private classes (Stephen Craddock and Arleen Thaler) and also assisted in teaching a class at the Community Darkroom. She owns a hair salon in Brockport, NY but calls Rochester home. When she isn’t shooting private events at 540WMain and weddings around the city; Michele is pouring her expertise into social activism focusing her lens on shooting social, economical and political issues in Rochester. Her subjects include Rochester’s Refugees, childhood poverty and the LGBTG community.
ERIN EGLOFF, FEATURED BLOGGER & VOLUNTEER GRANTS ASSISTANT
(she/her/hers) Erin Egloff was born and raised in Lowville, NY, and graduated from Pitzer College in Claremont, CA. She pursued a career in the Los Angeles nonprofit sector for 14 years, and moved to Rochester in 2017 with her husband and cats. Erin is a lifelong learner who is particularly passionate about intersectional feminism, racial justice, sexual violence and misconduct, education equity, and government transparency.
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