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

Catherine Shick, Chief Communications Officer

Kathleen Graim, Chief Client Services Officer

Jeffrey Williams, Chief Operations Officer

Jay Smith, Chief Workforce and Business Development Officer

Rachel Leidenfrost, Chief Strategic Initiatives Officer

Michael Daloia, Chief Products and Services Officer

Heidi Cheston, Chief Financial Officer

board of directors

Matt McAfee, Chair; M&T Bank
Jerry Sheldon, Immediate Past Chair; FeedMore WNY volunteer
Eric Decker, First Vice Chair; Independent Health
Lamont Williams, Second Vice Chair; The Utica Business Center
Robert Romeo, Treasurer; B S & P Wealth Management
Karen Merkel, Secretary; National Fuel
Tara A. Ellis, President & CEO; FeedMore WNY
Michele Mehaffy, CAC Co-Chair; Wegmans Food Markets
Ashley Rowe, CAC Co-Chair; WKBW-TV
Nancy Blaschak; FeedMore WNY volunteer
Carol DeNysschen; Buffalo State College
LaTonya Diggs, MSW; Value Network, IPA
Dominic Eusanio; Tronconi, Segarra & Associates
Mary Ellen Frandina; Evans Bank
Kristen Hanson; Tops Markets, LLC
Charles Hardy, West Herr Automotive Group
Lou Jacobs; Delaware North
Vinny Miranda; Lippes, Mathias, Wexler, Friedman
Ed Negron; U.S. Bank
Jamel Perkins; Sodexo
Todd Pohlman; JH Dodman Co, Inc
Robert Rumpl; Trautman Associates Architects/Engineers
Jeffrey Russo; Russo Development, Inc.
Jeffrey Stevens; Rich Products
Tim Wangler; Wegmans Food Markets
Barrie Yochim; Meals on Wheels Jamestown

community ambassador council

Michele Mehaffy, Co-chair; Wegmans Food Markets
Ashley Rowe, Co-chair; WKBW-TV
Jeff Bean; Acosta
Tom Berical; Freed Maxick
Glenn Butler; Personal Touch Food Service
Matt Cohen; Wilmington Trust
Greg Edwards; Gebbie Foundation
Kerri Garrison; HealthNow NY
Cassie Hodge; Perry’s Ice Cream
Donna Kahm; Southern Tier Health Care
Jeremy Kelley; Buffalo Bills
Kimberly Lamendola; NY Sustainable Agriculture Working Group
Max Lipsitz; L&M Wealth Management
Althea Luehrsen; Leadership Buffalo
Kexin Ma; Homeless Alliance of WNY
Amanda Paul; Say Yes Buffalo
Kathy Pilarski; Catholic Health
Rosa Pizzi; Phillips Lytle, LLP
Fred Turner; FeedMore WNY volunteer
Marlene Wakefield, MPA, MJIL; Seneca Nation of Indians
Amanda Westley; West Herr Automotive Group