Buffalo, NY

The Board of Directors, Emeritae Advisory Board, and staff share their passion, insights, and unique skills to create opportunities for each woman in Western New York to thrive.


    CEO: Sheri L. Scavone

    Sheri L. Scavone


    A native Western New Yorker, Sheri 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.

    Sheri is a licensed physical therapist (Russell Sage College), earned an M.S. 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.


    Director of Development: Suzanne D'Amico

    Suzanne D'Amico

    Director of Development

    Suzanne D'Amico is proud to make the WNY Women's Foundation the next chapter of her nonprofit career of 12-plus years.

    With a strong background in event planning and donor relations, Suzanne has helped successfully organize events to prioritize community building and growth. Her passion for educating parents and adolescents first manifested in her role as the North East Regional Walk Coordinator for the Hearing Loss Association of America. She later had the opportunity to use her skills to promote community education and awareness as the Director of Development for Kids Escaping Drugs.

    Although Suzanne's educational background doesn't appear to lend itself to service work, her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Voice from Carnegie Mellon University shaped her ability to perform well under pressure and remain confident in high-stakes scenarios. As a beloved piano teacher, it is important to Suzanne to foster a love of music in today's youth. She continues to share her joy for music as Musical Director for MoonMaxx Productions.

    Suzanne resides with her husband of 25 years, John, and has proudly raised two daughters who attend Bentley University and the University of Connecticut. She looks forward to furthering the mission of the WNY Women's Foundation alongside its incredible team.


    Women's Economic Mobility Coordinator: Kailey Kalonaros

    Kailey Kalonaros

    Women's Economic Mobility Coordinator

    Kailey is excited to join the WNY Women's Foundation as the Women's Economic Mobility Coordinator. In this role, Kailey will advocate for and coordinate the many workforce development programs created by WNYWF, that support the women in our community.

    Kailey has always had a passion for service and her education and career reflect this. She has a bachelor's degree in History from Buffalo State College and master's degree in Community Mental Health Counseling from St. Bonaventure. Kailey worked as a mental health counselor in a non-profit agency prior to working for the New York State Department of Labor as an employment counselor for 8 years.

    Having worked in both the mental health and employment spaces, Kailey has developed a profound appreciation for the impact that stable and sustainable employment have on an individual, their families, and their communities. By connecting individuals with resources to identify and resolve barriers to employment, creating opportunities to develop skills in high demand occupations and establishing partnerships with community organizations, we can create a happy and sustainable workforce in our region.

    Outside of work, Kailey enjoys spending time with her family, reading and doing yoga.


    ALL IN Coordinator: Sydney Flanagan

    Sydney Flanagan

    ALL IN Coordinator

    As the ALL IN Coordinator, Sydney manages outreach, relationship building, and programming for the WNY Women's Foundation's ALL IN initiative. Her work centers inclusivity to create purposeful, lasting change that makes Western New York a place where women and gender minorities are empowered to live, work, and lead.

    Sydney holds a bachelor's degree from SUNY Fredonia in Business Administration and Women's and Gender Studies, as well as a master's from Arizona State University in Social Justice and Human Rights. She comes to the WNY Women's Foundation from the University at Buffalo's office of Research and Economic Development, where she developed relationships with local businesses and changemakers through the team at Business & Entrepreneur Partnerships.

    Born and raised in Central New York, Sydney moved to Buffalo during her undergraduate years, and has since developed a strong community in the area. Sydney is passionate about women entrepreneurs, local businesses, the local queer community, intersectional workers' rights, and the inclusion of underrepresented and overlooked communities in social justice work.


    Administrative Assistant: Cynthia Huebsch

    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 four grandchildren.


    Communications & Development Coordinator: Angela Blask

    Angela Blask

    Communications & Development Coordinator

    As the Communications & Development Coordinator, Angela Blask plays a critical role in sharing the stories of the WNY Women's Foundation. She illustrates the organization's impact and raises awareness of our mission.

    A graduate of Trocaire College, Angela has several years of experience in the nonprofit sector including social media management, comprehensive communication, and event promotion. She joined the WNY Women's Foundation from her most recent role as Development and Communications Specialist at Kids Escaping Drugs.

    As a new member of the WNY Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, she looks forward to engaging with and learning from other colleagues in the nonprofit community.

    Angela and her husband, Kyle, reside in Alden where she enjoys reading, spending time with her family, and outdoor activities.


    Knowledge Management Coordinator: Mara Montante

    Mara Montante

    Knowledge Management Coordinator

    As the Knowledge Management Coordinator, Mara conducts research, collects and analyzes data, and organizes information to support the work of WNY Women’s Foundation. Her role is critical to WNYWF’s data-driven approach to advocating for policies that promote gender equity and economic mobility on a local and national level.

    Mara holds a bachelor’s degree from Skidmore College in Government and a master’s degree from New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service in Public Administration with a concentration in Public Policy. Her professional career has included positions at Planned Parenthood of NYC and the Social Services Task Force in the NYC Office of Management and Budget.

    In addition to her role at WNYWF, Mara serves as the director of People’s Park, a community park on Main St., and as a board member of Gardens Buffalo Niagara, chairing the Lunenfeld Beautification Grant program.

    Outside of work, Mara enjoys traveling, gardening, cooking, and spending time with her family. She is excited to join the WNY Women’s Foundation and use her experience and skills to help make a difference for women in WNY and beyond.



    Board of Directors

    Executive Committee

    Hon. Lenora B. Foote-Beavers

    Buffalo City Court Judge and Acting Erie County Family Court Judge


    Lipsitz, Ponterio & Comerford LLC

    Catherine Earle

    Delaware North
    Senior Project

    Natalie Fischer

    National Fuel Gas Company
    Director, Investor Relations

    Teresa Bair, Esq.

    Kura Oncology, Inc.
    Chief Legal Officer
    Past Chair

    Board Members

    Tiffany Adams

    Hunt Real Estate

    Linda Angert Kahn

    Institutional Strategist-Development Consultant

    Jessica M. Baker, Esq.

    Evergreen Health
    General Counsel

    Jamie Batt

    Rupp Pfalzgraf LLC

    Odie Brant Porter

    Odie Porter Consulting

    Jody Briandi

    Hurwitz Fine P.C.
    President/Managing Partner

    Dr. Allison Brashear

    University at Buffalo
    Vice President for Health Sciences & Dean, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

    Emily Burns Perryman

    Millennium Trust Company

    Breauna Crumpler

    Bank of America
    Vice President, Private Client Advisor

    Nancy Cox

    Bonadio Group
    Partner, Real Estate Team Leader

    Candace Darby

    Community Volunteer

    Patricia Farrell

    Wilmington Trust, Affiliate of M&T Bank
    Managing Director

    Nickole Garrison

    Garrison Murphy Wealth Management
    Chief Client Officer and Vice President

    Carolyn Human

    Carolyn Human Communications, LLC
    PR and Media Relations Consultant

    Arlene Kaukus

    University at Buffalo
    Director of Alumni and Industry Engagement Office of Alumni Engagement

    Stacy Knapper

    University at Buffalo Foundation

    Stacy Lewis Beauford

    Buffalo Police Department Lieutenant (Retired)
    Community Volunteer

    Alanna Pokorski

    Excelsior Orthopaedics

    Marta Rogers

    Evans Bank
    Employee Experience Director

    Crystal Rodriguez-Dabney

    Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
    Chief Diversity Officer and Senior Vice President

    Siobhan Smith

    Co-Founder and Senior Partner

    Carmen Snell

    Highmark Western & Northeastern New York
    Vice President, Deputy General Counsel

    Joleigh Wylucki

    CNG Inspection of Buffalo & Blue Ribbon Heating & Air Conditioning

    Emeritae Advisory Board Members

    Jennifer Balbach

    Summer Street Capital Partners LLC

    Kristin Bauer

    Community Volunteer

    Christine Bonaguide, Esq.

    Hodgson Russ LLP

    Helen Cappuccino, MD

    Roswell Park Cancer Institute
    Attending Surgeon

    Rebecca Collins

    Collins Design Consultants

    Betsy Constantine

    Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo
    Executive Vice President

    Katherine S. Conway-Turner, Ph.D.

    Community Volunteer.

    Clotilde Dedecker

    Community Volunteer

    Amber Dixon

    Strategy Consultant

    Ann E. Evanko, Esq.

    Hurwitz & Fine PC,
    President / Managing Member

    Dorothy Ferguson

    Ferguson Family Foundation

    Darby Fishkin, CPA


    Ellen Grant, Ph.D., LCSW-R

    Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
    Executive Director for Corporate Social Responsibility and Community Education

    Sue Gardner, Esq.

    Kavinoky and Cook LLP

    Rosa Gonzalez, Ph.D.

    RGonzalez Consulting
    President and Principal Engineer

    Jane Griffin, Ph.D.

    Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Inst.
    Principal Research Scientist

    Gretchen Geitter

    Buffalo Bills
    Vice President

    Alice Jacobs, Esq.

    Delaware North

    Mary Jo Hunt

    Cummings Foundation
    Executive Director

    Allison Kupferman

    Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine
    Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

    Gia Manley

    Imagine Staffing

    Sally Marks

    Marks Family Foundation
    Board of Trustees

    Nicole E. Nobel, LCSW-R

    Private Practitioner
    Vice Chair

    Cindy Odom

    Hillside Foundation
    Chief Advancement Officer

    Marcia O'Neil-White

    Community Volunteer

    Paula Joy Reinhold

    Joy Family Foundation

    Anne Rimmler, Esq.

    Paul William Beltz PC

    Jeanette M. Robe, CPA

    Buffalo Fiscal Stability Authority
    Executive Director

    Anne Saldanha, M.D.

    Retired Expert Pathologist

    Jackie Sanchez Culliton

    First Niagara Bank
    Retired Senior Vice President

    Tricia Semmelhack, Esq.

    Retired Attorney

    Michele Trolli

    Retired Banking Executive

    Carolyn Valenti, CPA

    Lougen, Valenti, Bookbinder & Weintraub, LLP

    Andrea Vossler, Esq.

    Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP

    Sujata Yalamanchili, Esq.

    Hodgson Russ LLP