Department of Catholic Schools Staff

Dr. Anthony Cook III

Superintendent of Catholic Schools

Anthony Cook is deeply devoted to the ministry of Catholic education. An alumnus of Aquinas Institute, he has served Catholic schools in the Diocese of Rochester since 2004. Prior to being named Superintendent, Dr. Cook was the Principal at Seton Catholic School, located in Brighton, NY. As the spiritual and instructional leader of Seton, he managed several capital improvement projects, including a state-of-the-art science classroom. 

From 2008-2011, Dr. Cook served as Dean of Students at Aquinas Institute’s Junior High School. In this role, Dr. Cook focused on student, parent, and faculty relations with regards to student management. Aside from his role as Dean, from 2004-2011 Dr. Cook taught various Social Studies classes in Grades 7-12. In the summer of 2011, Anthony taught as an Adjunct Professor in the Mary Ann Remick Leadership Program at the University of Notre Dame, preparing future Catholic school leaders.

Dr. Cook holds a Doctorate in Educational Administration from the University of Rochester's Warner School, a Master of Arts in Educational Administration from the University of Notre Dame, a Master of Science in Education from the State University of New York College at Geneseo, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from SUNY Geneseo. Superintendent Cook is certified in New York State as a School District Leader, School Building Leader, and Teacher.


Mrs. Ann Frank

Coordinator of Assessment and Professional Growth

Ann Frank is the Coordinator of Assessment and Professional Growth for the Department of Catholic Schools. Her primary functions are to coordinate the planning and implementation of all diocesan staff development experiences for Catholic schools, serve as a resource to administrators and teachers in the area of staff development and faith formation, administer the assessment program for schools throughout the Diocese, and provide leadership and support to school administrators in implementing assessment programs.

Ann earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Education from Nazareth College. Before working for the Catholic Schools, she was a program director/instructor at a private business college. She belongs to several professional education organizations and serves on the New York State Interdiocesan Curriculum Committee.



Ms. Rebecca Williams

Business Manager

Rebecca Williams is the Business Manager of Catholic Schools & the Business Manager of Siena Catholic Academy.  She has been with the Diocese of Rochester since October 2014. She is responsible for the preparation and implementation of the annual Diocese of Rochester school budgets, monitoring of all Catholic school budgets, and for making appropriate recommendations to the Superintendent of Schools, CFO, and School Board.

Prior to coming to the Diocese, Rebecca was the Controller at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, NY for 15 years where she directed, interpreted, and monitored all accounting and budgeting aspects of the club’s operations as well as evaluated policies, trends, and increased profit possibilities.  In addition, she worked with the PGA of America as the Club Controller on the 2013 PGA, 2008 Senior PGA and 2003 PGA events held at Oak Hill County Club.

Rebecca Williams received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Syracuse University where she was the Vice President of Operations for the Accounting Association, Investment Club member, Dean’s Advisory Board member, and Society of Woman Managers member. 

She lives in Hilton, NY with her two son’s Adam and Brian. She volunteers for Hilton Lacrosse programs through HAYLO and the Hilton Lacrosse Boosters Club where she was elected the Treasurer 5 years running, Fundraising Committee 7 years, and Banquet Committee 7 years.


Sister Francella Quinn, SSJ

Administrative Assistant in Records

Sister Francella Quinn is a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Rochester, NY. She holds a BS in Elementary Education and a BA in English from Nazareth College. She obtained her Masters in Educational Administration and a Certificate of Advanced Studies from New York State University at Brockport. Sister is certified as a Supervising Principal and School District Administrator.

Sister is a former teacher and administrator in the Diocese of Rochester and Adult Education Teacher and Mentor in the Public School System. Sister currently works as an Administrative Assistant in the Catholic Schools Office. Sister has spent 55 years in education.




Mrs. Sharon Hockwater

Administrative Assistant

Sharon Hockwater is the Administrative Assistant for the Department of Catholic Schools. She has previously worked at Seton Catholic School for 15 years as Administrative Assistant. She is pleased to be able to support the team at the Department of Catholic Schools office as well as to continue to support our Catholic schools.

Sharon earned an A.A.S. degree in Executive Secretarial Science at Monroe Community College. She has enjoyed a variety of volunteer work over the years at the Penfield Central School District, Visiting Nurse Service, Girl Scouts and ARC of Ontario. Sharon is married and has two grown daughters.