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



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

c: (716) 393-8414

Corey Fabian-Barrett

Director of External Affairs

An experienced nonprofit professional and passionate feminist, Corey previously worked at the Richardson Olmsted Campus, Nantucket Historical Association, the Council for European Studies, and the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation. Outside of work, Corey is a miniaturist and serves as her Smith College class web chair. Corey has her BA in history and archaeology from Smith College and her MA from University College London, as well as certifications in web development, museum studies, and nonprofit management.


Aster Hathaway

ALL IN Coordinator

As a native Western New Yorker and longtime member of the arts community, Aster has a deeply rooted commitment to Buffalo’s cultural and social growth. Aster’s work centers around relationship building and data analysis, and they have worked with the Buffalo Zoo, West Side Community Services, and the Coalition for Economic Justice, among others. In addition to their nonprofit work, Aster is a dance teacher and performer. They hold a BA in Dance from Smith College, the Cecchetti Council of America Professional Elementary certificate, and are a CCA-accredited ballet instructor.


Cynthia Huebsch

Administrative Assistant

Cynthia has a history of organizational results at People Inc., Uniland Development, and Rich Products, as well as a degree in Business from Villa Maria College. She and her husband reside in Amherst and are proud parents of two adult children and two grandchildren.


Melanie Jaskolka, CFRE

Director of Development

Melanie has 10 years of experience in development and fundraising. She most recently worked at Buffalo Seminary. Previously, she worked in the non-profit sector and in politics in Washington, DC. Melanie has her undergraduate degree from Smith College and a Masters in Public Policy from Georgetown University. Melanie received her Certified Fund Raising Executive accreditation in Spring 2018. Outside of work, Melanie sits on the board of the Westminster Economic Development Initiative, plans events for the Smith College Club of Buffalo, and serves as her Smith Class Secretary.


Brandy Loveland

Women's Economic Mobility Hub Achievement Coach

An experienced LMSW and social justice advocate, Brandy Loveland is the former Director of Community Engagement at Erie County Restorative Justice Coalition.  She also worked at various organizations, including Baker Victory Services, the YWCA, and the Salvation Army.  Outside of work, she enjoys traveling, art, and gaming.  Brandy serves as a board member for the WNY Peacemakers and YK716.  She has her BA in Social Work from Syracuse University and MA from the University at Buffalo.  Brandy also holds a New York State Licensure.  She was also part of the 2020 cohort for the Oishei Fellowship for Leaders of Color.


2020 Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Board Members

Emeritae Advisory Board Members