Lu grew up here in Buffalo and left to pursue her undergraduate education at Georgetown University in D.C. Following that, she spent several years in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps on the Colville Reservation in Omak, Washington before continuing on to earn her M.A. from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. Lu returned to Buffalo and spent 12 years as a campus minister at Canisius College before becoming the Executive Director of Family Promise of WNY. She is motivated each and every day by the children and parents FPWNY serves to make this program better. She lives with her husband and two children on the West Side of Buffalo.
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Chetrece is a recent graduate of Daemen College's Social Work Bachelors degree program. She was born and raised in Buffalo, NY. Happily married for 6 years, she is a proud mom to two girls, a son and her german shepherd. Her passion for helping people started during her youth working with her church's clothing giveaway and volunteering at various long term care facilities on the weekends. She has worked in the medical field for the last 16 yrs as a Licensed Practical Nurse and was excited to join our team helping families out of their current circumstances. She has always known her calling was to help people, and wants to help them overcome negative situations while giving them hope for their future.
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After graduating from SUNY Fredonia with a Music Business degree, Susana has spent most of her career in marketing/communications; starting off in concert promotion, working at a number of advertising agencies as well as several firms in their in-house marketing departments. She decided it was time to use her skills for the greater good, serving the community and helping others in any way she can. She's extremely grateful to be a part of Family Promise.
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Crystal is a native of Buffalo and lives with her son downtown. She is finishing school for human services. She started working for Family Promise in August of 2020. She is passionate about helping others and likes working at this shelter because everyone is a family and we stick together!
Hannah is native to Trinidad, having moved to the United States in the early 2000's. She has held many positions at Family Promise, from housekeeper to House Manager. As our Food Manager, Hannah brings her passion for cooking to the guests in our shelter. As someone who has lived through her own share of hard times, Hannah believes in the power of faith and staying positive in difficult situations and shares that outlook with our guests.
Jenn (they/them or she/her) completed their undergraduate education at Canisius College, studying Art History, Anthropology, and Gender Studies. Jenn is passionate about social justice and working with youth, which has continued to draw them back to working in local communities of Buffalo at grassroots levels. Jenn is very excited to be working with the families we see here, and creating lasting relationships among the community through their role.
Steve Blass is a Insurance Agent for Knights of Columbus Insurance. Steve has a Bachelors of Science in Childhood and Special Education from Daemen College and a Masters of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Medaille College. Steve brings fundraising and development skills and knowledge from previous work experiences to the board. Steve has been helping Family Promise of WNY since 2014 and on the Board since 2017.
Katherine Dibble is an attorney at Lipsitz, Ponterio & Comerford, LLC Her interest in joining the Board of Family Promise stems from both her personal and professional life. As an attorney, she has had the opportunity to be on all sides of difficult situations, and has had to counsel people through some of the most trying parts of their lives. In these moments, she has realized how important it is to have robust support systems in place to help anyone and everyone who needs a hand. As a life long Buffalonian, she could not be more proud to be part of a community that fosters places like Family Promise and protects the most vulnerable people in their most vulnerable moments. She finds having some small role in assisting in the mission of Family Promise to be a privilege.
Kaylei Russell, CPA is a Senior Accountant with BS&P CPA's and Consultants where she focuses on providing taxation and attestation services to small businesses and individuals. After graduating from SUNY Fredonia with a degree in Public Accountancy, Kaylei relocated to Buffalo and is passionate about becoming involved in the local community. She is eager to use her professional experience to aid the mission of Family Promise and play a small role in making a lasting impact in the lives of others. Outside of work Kaylei enjoys hiking with her dog, cycling, kayaking and spending time with friends and family.
Matthew currently works for Verizon as the Senior Manager of Learning and Development. In this role, Matthew is responsible for overseeing the L&D needs for Verizon vendor partners from a national perspective. Matthew is a native of Buffalo, New York and currently resides in Amherst with his wife, Asia, and 2-year-old son, Matthew2. Matthew graduated from St John Fisher College with a degree in Business Management. Matthew is involved with serving with Buffalo Prep and is passionate about helping serve the city of Buffalo.
Marissa Desiderio is the Senior EAP Clinician & Training Coordinator with Child & Family Services of Erie County. Prior to Child & Family Services, Marissa was a Supervisor with Say Yes to Education Buffalo and Catholic Charities. She has been working with children and families for over 15 years in various capacities. Marissa is also a clinical social worker who maintains a small private practice.
Andrew Hahn is the Senior Executive for Northwest Investment Services division. He has a Bachelors of Science in Finance and MBA from Canisius College. Andrew is also a graduate from the Consumer Bankers Association Executive Banking School and holds multiple FINRA licenses. He is currently a committee member of Northwest’s Diversity and Inclusion Council. Andrew used to serve on the Junior Achievement board and was also co-chair of JA’s Stock Market Challenge fundraising committee. Born and raised in Western New York, Andrew currently resides in Snyder with his wife, Amy, and daughter, Sydney.
Christian Hoffman is the Director of Communication at Community Missions in Niagara County, the largest private provider of basic human needs and of mental health services in the area. Since joining the Mission in February 2013, Mr. Hoffman has garnered unprecedented media coverage for the agency, launched several new initiatives, and helped secure hundreds of thousands of dollars in grant funding. He resides in Cheektowaga with his wife, Toni, and two children, Elliana (6) and Jack (3). He has served on the Board of Family Promise of WNY since 2014.
Melissa Keith is the Media Director at Abbey Mecca. Joining Abbey Mecca in 2006, Melissa has held various positions in the media department. In 2020, she was named to her current role as media director for the agency. She oversees and manages research, planning, buying & post-buy analysis for both traditional and digital advertising for agency clients. A Western New York native, Melissa has more than 15 years of experience in media management. Melissa recently graduated from the Leadership Buffalo Class of 2021 Rising Leaders.
Ms. Aundrea Sanders is the Supervisor of Student Support Services for the Buffalo Public Schools (BPS). She has been employed by the BPS for the past 20 years. A school social worker by training, Aundrea has focused on service to others through the development of youth mentoring and enrichment programs and church-community building programs. Service to others has allowed her to provide advice and direction as students navigate education, college, career, and life choices. As an educator and social worker, she believes it’s necessary to create networks and share life's journey to make life a little easier for someone else. Aundrea is married with three children and enjoys spending time with family, traveling, and event planning.