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

Rachel Leidenfrost, Executive Vice President of People & Projects

Jeffrey Williams, Executive Vice President of Operations

Lisa Woodring, Executive Vice President of External Affairs

Tami Bartels, Chief Operations Officer

Heidi Cheston, Chief Financial Officer

Michael Daloia, Chief Products and Services Officer

Kathleen Graim, Chief Nutrition and Client Services Officer

Collin Bishop, Chief Communications Officer

Jay Smith, Chief Workforce and Business Development Officer

board of directors

Matt McAfee, Chair; M&T Bank
Eric Decker, First Vice Chair; Independent Health
Lamont Williams, Second Vice Chair; The Utica Business Center
Robert Romeo, Treasurer; B S & P Wealth Management
Nancy Blaschak, Secretary; FeedMore WNY volunteer
Tara A. Ellis, President & CEO; FeedMore WNY
Michele Mehaffy, CAC Co-Chair; Wegmans Food Markets
Ashley Rowe, CAC Co-Chair; WKBW-TV
Carol DeNysschen; Buffalo State College
LaTonya Diggs, MSW; Value Network, IPA
Dominic Eusanio; Arcara Zucarelli Lenda & Associates PC
Mary Ellen Frandina; Evans Bank
Kristen Hanson; Tops Markets, LLC
Lou Jacobs; Delaware North
Ed Negron; U.S. Bank
Jamel Perkins; Sodexo
Rosa Pizzi; Phillips Lytle, LLP
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
Tom Wiley; The Buffalo News
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
Dave Elibol; Gross Shuman P.C.
Don Heins; Lactalis
Cassie Hodge; Haley Marketing
Donna Kahm; Southern Tier Health Care
Jeremy Kelley; Buffalo Bills
Jeannette Kreher-Heberling; Kreher Family Farms
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
Lauren Roberts; Bank of America
Fred Turner; FeedMore WNY volunteer
Marlene Wakefield, MPA, MJIL; Seneca Nation of Indians
Amanda Westley; West Herr Automotive Group