FeedMore WNY relies on a multifaceted team to fulfill our mission. This includes our dedicated staff members, a diverse board of directors, and a community ambassador council. We refuse to let hunger prevail in our community.

management team

Tara A. Ellis, President & CEO

Lisa Woodring, Chief Development Officer

Kathleen Graim, Chief Client Services Officer

Jeffrey Williams, Chief Operations Officer

Tori Allen, Chief Communications Officer

Jay Smith, Chief Workforce and Business Development Officer

Rachel Leidenfrost, Chief Strategic Initiatives Officer

Michael Daloia, Chief Products and Services Officer

Melvin Jelks, Human Resources Manager

Heidi Cheston, Chief Financial Officer

board of directors

Jerry Sheldon, Chair; FeedMore WNY volunteer
Richard A. Grimm, III, Esq., Immediate Past Chair; Magavern, Magavern, Grimm LLP
Matt McAfee, First Vice Chair; M & T Bank
Eric Decker, Second Vice Chair; Independent Health
Robert Romeo, Treasurer; B S & P Wealth Management
Karen Merkel, Secretary; National Fuel
David A. Smith, CAC Co-Chair; FeedMore WNY volunteer
Michele Mehaffy, CAC Co-Chair; Wegmans Food Markets
Nancy Blaschak; FeedMore WNY volunteer
Tim Boyle; FeedMore WNY volunteer
Carol DeNysschen; Buffalo State College
LaTonya Diggs, MSW; Value Network, IPA
John Eagleton; Steuben Trust Co
Dominic Eusanio; Tronconi, Segarra & Associates
Mary Ellen Frandina; Evans Bank
Kristen Hanson; Tops Friendly Markets
Lou Jacobs; Delaware North
Vinny Miranda; Lippes, Mathais, Wexler, Freidman
Ed Negron; Citizens Bank
Cliff Nelson; The Jacobs Team
Jamel Perkins; Sodexo
Todd Pohlman; JH Dodman Co, Inc
Robert Rumpl; Trautman Associates
Jeffrey Russo; Russo Development, Inc.
Jeffrey Stevens; Rich Products
Tim Wangler; Wegmans Food Markets
Lamont Williams; The Utica Business Center
Barrie Yochim; Meals on Wheels Jamestown

community ambassador council

David Smith, Co-chair; FeedMore WNY volunteer
Michele Mehaffy, Co-chair; Wegmans Food Markets
Tom Berical; Freed Maxick
Glenn Butler; Personal Touch Food Service
Matt Cohen; Wilmington Trust
Joyce Dolce; FeedMore WNY volunteer
Greg Edwards; Gebbie Foundation
Kerri Garrison; HealthNow NY
Stephanie Geter; Buffalo State College
Vince Hanley; Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC
Charles Hardy; West Herr
Cassie Hodge; Perry’s Ice Cream
Max Lipsitz; L&M Wealth Management
Kathy Pilarski; Catholic Health
Rosa Pizzi; Phillips Lytle, LLP
Ashley Rowe; WKBW-TV
Maria Scarozza; Szymkowiak & Associates CPAs, PC
Scott Terhaar, CPA, MBA; Launch NY
Fred Turner; FeedMore WNY volunteer