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  Our Staff

Marjorie A. Smith, LCSW joined Aurora House as Executive Director in January, 2019.  She came to Aurora from a local Hospice Agency after eight years as a Home Hospice Social Worker.  Her role concentrated on supporting terminally ill patients as they navigated the last stage of their lives, with focus on the dignity and comfort of the whole person: mind, body, and spirit.  Her commitment to and love of Hospice grew from her personal experience with family members receiving Hospice care.  Marj graduated from Roberts Wesleyan College with a Bachelor’s in Organizational Management, and returned to Roberts to complete her Masters of Social Work.  Previous to Hospice, she worked in the Mental Health field as a Therapist, and also has experience in Program Directing and Team Building.  With several years of leadership experience, she brings a wealth of varied skill sets to the Director position.

Marcia Chiappone has been an important part of the team at Aurora House.  She currently works for Visiting Nurse Service (VNS)  and has been the nurse assigned to VNS residents in our home since our doors opened in 2010.  In 2012, she accepted a staff position with us and typically works weekends.

Cindy Wilson joined Aurora House as a volunteer in May of 2012.   Because she enjoyed her volunteer experiences she agreed to join the  staff at Aurora House in August 2014 .  Cindy currently works full time at Rochester Regional Health System utilizing both her computer science and nursing degrees.

Peggy Hurst joined our per diem team in February, 2018 after being a volunteer with us for over 7 years..  She is retired from Unity Hospital after working many years in Critical Care/ ICU.  Peggy enjoys her interactions with our residents and uses her time with our volunteers to provide guidance and support.


Aurora House is proud to offer a welcoming learning environment for students from Roberts Wesleyan College, St. John Fisher, Genesee Community College, The Harley School, and many other local High Schools.  Individuals with life challenges are welcome, working on projects that fit their skill set and comfort level.

You are welcome to contact our Executive Director with questions regarding learning opportunities or our model of care, by calling 585-617-4863 or via email:

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Care Manager positions are currently available; please see our listing on  As always, we welcome new volunteers, including hands-on caregivers. Please visit our Volunteer tab for more information.