about us


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

Eric Decker, Chair; Independent Health
Matt McAfee, Immediate Past Chair; M & T Bank
Lamont Williams, First Vice Chair; The Utica Business Center
Michele Mehaffy, Second Vice Chair; Wegmans Food Markets
Nancy Blaschak, Secretary; FeedMore WNY volunteer
Robert Romeo, Treasurer; B S & P Wealth Management
Tara A. Ellis, President & CEO; FeedMore WNY
Ashley Rowe, CAC Co-Chair; Media Personality
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
Matt Jones; Rich Products Corporation
Shelia McCartan; Moog, Inc.
Ed Negron; U.S. Bank
Jamel Perkins; Sodexo
Rosa Alina 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
John Waterman Jr.; Seneca Nation of Indians
Tim Wangler; Wegmans Food Markets
Tom Wiley; The Buffalo News
Barrie Yochim; Meals on Wheels Jamestown

community ambassador council

Donna Kahm, Co-Chair; Southern Tier Health Care
Ashley Rowe, Co-chair; Media Personality
Jeff Bean; Volta Energy Products
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
Jeannette Kreher-Heberling; Kreher Family Farms
Kimberly Lamendola; NY Sustainable Agriculture Working Group
Janice Larson; Rich Products Corporation
Max Lipsitz; L&M Wealth Management
Althea Luehrsen; Leadership Buffalo
Ashley Matrassi; Homeless Alliance of WNY
Amanda Paul; Say Yes Buffalo
Kathy Pilarski; Catholic Health
Lauren Roberts; Bank of America
Fred Turner; FeedMore WNY volunteer
Tim Waterman; Seneca Nation of Indians
Amanda Westley; West Herr Automotive Group