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.
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.
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.
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.
2017 Board of Directors
Ann E. Evanko, Esq.
Hurwitz & Fine PC, President / Managing Member Chair
Hillside Executive Director Western Region Chair Elect
M&T Bank Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer Vice Chair
Jeanette M. Robe, CPA
Buffalo Fiscal Stability Authority Executive Director Treasurer
Lenora B. Foote, Esq.
Executive Assistant to Presiding Justice Gerald J. Whalen, Appellate Division, Fourth Judicial Department Secretary
Teresa Bair, Esq.
Athenex SVP of Corporate Development and Legal Affairs
Ulla Bak, Esq.
Bak USA President
Christine Bonaguide, Esq.
Hodgson Russ LLP Partner
Helen Cappuccino, MD
Roswell Park Cancer Institute Attending Surgeon
Katherine S. Conway-Turner, Ph.D.
SUNY Buffalo State President
Collins Design Consultants
Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo President / CEO
Bflo Center for Arts & Technology (Former) Executive Director
Buffalo Bills, VP Community Relations/Buffalo Bills Foundation, President
Rosa Gonzalez, Ph.D.
RGonzalez Consulting President and Principal Engineer
Andrea HusVar, Esq.
Lippes Mathias Wexler aFriedman LLP Partner
The Jacobs Institute Manager of Communications & Outreach
Imagine Staffing CEO
New Era Cap Director PR & Brand Communications
Nicole E. Nobel, LCSW-R
Private Practitioner Therapist
Jennifer J. Parker
Jackson Parker Communications President/Owner
Paula Joy Reinhold
Joy Family Foundation
Emeritae Advisory Board Members
Summer Street Capital Partners LLC Partner
Ferguson Family Foundation President
Darby Fishkin, CPA
Sue Gardner, Esq.
Kavinoky and Cook LLP Partner
Ellen Grant, Ph.D., LCSW-R
Say Yes to Education Senior Vice President
Jane Griffin, Ph.D.
Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Inst. Principal Research Scientist