Amy Kotlarz Knapp began as a digital media specialist at Common Ground Health in March 2015. She creates Common Ground and Healthi Kids’ newsletters, manages their social media presences and oversees Common Ground’s reporting to funders.

An award-winning reporter, she covered regional news for 14 years with a particular focus on health issues. Prior to starting at Common Ground Health, she worked for eight years at the Catholic Courier, writing for the monthly print publication, the newspaper’s weekly e-newsletter, website and staff blog. Earlier in her career, Amy worked for the Greece Post, Batavia’s Daily News, the Syracuse Newspapers and the Smithsonian Institution.

From 2009-2014, Amy led a crew of family and friends in planning the annual Kotlarz Classic, a memorial golf tournament that raised nearly $25,000 in funds to help families struggling after the death of a parent. That money is now part of the Kotlarz Fund for Families, a permanent fund at the Rochester Area Community Foundation that gives small grants to charities that help grieving families.

In her free time, Amy enjoys playing with her kids, cheering for SU basketball, knitting and snuggling with her cats -- sometimes all at the same time.