The Board of Directors, Emeritae Board and staff share their passion, insights, and unique skills to collaborate on the barriers facing women and girls in the region.



Kelli Cavo

Director of Development

Kelli joined the WNY Women’s Foundation in November 2017. She is a lifelong resident of Buffalo and is thrilled to see the incredible resurgence that is taking place in her hometown. Kelli also cheers for her Buffalo Sabres – ALWAYS! They will bring home the cup, in her lifetime.

In 2002 Kelli felt a strong desire to give back and left the corporate environment to begin her career in the not for profit sector. She has over 15 years of experience working in development at human service agencies. Most recently, Kelli was the Director of Development at Gerard Place, where she was instrumental in creating a Development Department.

Kelli would like to help pave the way for young women and girls and help make a difference in their lives, just as her mentors have done for her.

e: kelli@wnywfdn.org

Ashley Everett

Coordinator of Communications and Events

Ashley is a Western New York native and an alumna of Buffalo State College. She received a BA in Journalism with a minor in Women’s Studies in 2010. Since then, Ashley has gained event experience through previous volunteer work at Buffalo Botanical Gardens and with Communify, a small community organization. Ashley joins the Foundation following her work as the Fundraising and Marketing Coordinator at the Hickok Center for Brain Injury in Rochester.

Through her work, she hopes to provide a voice, make a difference, and create a lasting impact for her two young daughters and other young girls alike.

e: ashley@wnywfdn.org

Kristen Luppino-Gholston

Coordinator of Community Initiatives & Investments

Kristen joined the Foundation in July 2015 after a decade of working on women’s issues in Western New York nonprofits. A community social worker by training, Kristen worked with Child and Family Services Haven House and Catholic Charities WIC doing macro-level work to develop relationships, build collaborations, increase opportunities for women and children, and bring about a more just community for all. Kristen lived in Boston, New York City, and Washington, DC before settling in Buffalo; a city she fell in love with in 2003. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Boston College and her Master’s degree in Social Work from SUNY at Buffalo.

Kristen’s motivation to work for women is heightened by the desire to pave the way for her two young daughters.

e: kristen@wnywfdn.org

Danielle Marino

Operations and Development Assistant

Danielle joined the Foundation staff in September 2016 when she relocated to her hometown of Buffalo after living in New York City for nearly two decades. Danielle is passionate about social justice, as reflected by a career spent in nonprofit management and program operations. Most recently, she helped to develop and launch a training program with New Leaders, a national organization dedicated to improving education for kids in urban school districts through supporting development of strong school leadership.

Danielle recognizes the benefits of opportunity and education in her life and hopes to contribute to the community of Buffalo by providing more support to the women and girls in our area.

e: danielle@wnywfdn.org

Sheri L. Scavone

Executive Director

A native Western New Yorker, Ms. Scavone is honored to have joined the WNY Women’s Foundation in January 2014.

A tireless advocate for girls and women with over 30 years of experience leading and growing nonprofit organizations, Sheri volunteers her time to serve on the Board of Directors of SEFCU and the Gay and Lesbian Youth Services of WNY, as well as the Steering Committee of Save WNYCPC, Russell Sage College Annual Fund, and as a member of Leadership Buffalo.

Ms. Scavone is a licensed physical therapist (Russell Sage College), earned an MS Executive Leader degree in Health Systems Administration (Rochester Institute of Technology) and has an advanced post-graduate certificate in Palliative Care (The Sage Colleges). She is currently in the Health Foundation of WCNY Health Leader Fellowship and Trauma Informed Champion programs. Former roles include: Director of Cancer Services for the NYS Department of Health/Centers for Disease Prevention and Control; President/CEO of Gilda’s Club Capital Region; Chief Development Officer at Bellevue Women’s Hospital; VP/COO WNY Physical & Occupational Therapy Group; and Senior Administrator–Surgical Oncology at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

As a women’s college graduate and mother of twins, Ms. Scavone is passionate about harnessing the incredible resources of women to strengthen our community.

e: sheri@wnywfdn.org

2017 Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Board Members

Emeritae Advisory Board Members