Jeff Leenhouts -- Penfield Town Supervisor
Jeff is an active community leader whose career has focused on finance, as a financial advisor and project manager. He has worked with Smith Barney, RBC Wealth Management, Home Leasing, and Home Properties, and holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from St. John Fisher College.
He is a volunteer with several organizations and charities, with board positions including Penfield Little League, Boys and Girls Club, Boy Scouts of America's Seneca Waterways Council, Center for Youth, Newark-Wayne Community Hospital, Rochester Regional Health Foundation, Rochester Rotary Club, and Rochester Police Foundation. Leenhouts’ professional and community work has equipped him with extensive experience in engaging stakeholders and building consensus around challenging issues. He has led development projects to successful completion, managing diverging interests, while building relationships and celebrating positive outcomes in a timely manner.
Leenhouts believes the Town of Penfield has helped shape the person he’s become. Penfield is where he and his wife and four children have celebrated all their holidays and the Penfield town streets are where his kids learned to ride their bikes and then drive their cars. His neighbors are friends, teachers, classmates, and teammates. For the Leenhouts family, Penfield is forever a part of their story and their deepest sense of home. Learn more at VoteLeenhouts.com
AJ Hetzke- Penfield Town Board
AJ is a 32 year resident of Penfield where he and his wife Diana raised their three children, Karl, Margot, and Eric. He and his family have been involved in many areas of the town and Penfield schools, including music programs, scouts, soccer, little league, swimming, basketball, tennis, the theater, and more. They are regulars at St. Joseph's Church, members since 1991, and AJ is a charter member of the Knights of Columbus at St. Joe's.
AJ has served for more than 26 years on the Penfield Planning Board, and been its Chairman for the last nine years. Throughout his tenure on the Planning Board, AJ has consistently advocated for a balanced approach to development in Penfield. His initiative regarding the architectural and site plan features at Target (when it was originally proposed) led to the creation of the Penfield Planning Board Design Guidelines. He has worked tirelessly to provide the growing town of Penfield with responsible development while acknowledging the residential and agricultural roots and character we all enjoy.
He has spent his career owning and operating a diversified lighting company located on Rochester's west side, helping commercial buildings reduce their carbon footprint, save energy, and increase occupants' well being since 1986. In addition, of note, one of his favorite career projects was helping design the lighting and providing his company's fixtures for the Alamo in San Antonio, TX. AJ also conceived, designed, and donated the color changing lights in the West Gym at Penfield High School used to introduce our Penfield Athletes at home games and generate excitement and school spirit.
He has also been active in the lighting industry's professional organization, the Illuminating Engineering Society since the mid 1990's, and currently volunteers on the Board of Managers in the Rochester Section, is the District Chair for IES District 2, overseeing all sections in the Northeast United States, and is a member of two IES committees, one of which he is the Chair.
AJ's demonstrated commitment to the Town of Penfield for almost 3 decades, his demonstrated commitment to volunteering for over 25 years in the IES, his commitment to his family, faith, friends and community make AJ the ideal candidate to help propel Penfield into the future.
David Bast - Penfield Town Board
My name is David Bast. I am proud Penfield homeowner, married father of a 16 month old son, an Armed Forces Combat Veteran and retired Penfield State Police Officer. I have lived in Penfield for 15 years and have worked in public service for our community and country for the last 40 years.
My calling to community service began as a teenager where I served in my local church in Fairport as a altar boy. I have also volunteered as a Chaplain for the Flower City Chaplain Corps, American Legion Honor Guard, a mentor at the Veteran’s Outreach Center and local Fireman/EMT. I am presently a Security Supervisor in our public schools. As a New York State Trooper, I enforced our town laws, worked with residents and community leaders to build safer neighborhoods in our town. I understand the need for safe schools for our children and a town that is safe for all to enjoy.
I believe in teamwork and building relationships. I have a duty and responsibility to help others and I am prepared to serve as a member of the Town Board. I want to hear from our residents; I know their opinions and ideas count.
“Let’s Work Together - Credibility, Character and Community"