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Staff Members & Board Members

Melanie Rushforth, Chief Executive Officer

Melanie brings to Lutheran Charities a wealth of experience, spanning over 25 years, in the nonprofit sector and leadership roles. Her skillset and drive will align well with Lutheran Charities’ rich history of supporting regional social services. With a passion for cultivating a culture of compassion, Melanie is eager to lean in, inspire, and contribute to the living legacy that is Lutheran Charities of WNY.


Jessica Lawrence, Office Administrator
The friendly voice answering our phone is that of Jessica Lawrence, Office Administrator, who recently joined the Lutheran Charities team. Jessica handles day-to-day operations at our office and plays key roles organizing and managing our fundraising events, and maintaining our social media and website.


Mr. David Macro, President (Governance)

Ms. Emily Kordasiewicz, Vice President (Grants - Chair, Marketing)

Ms. Barbara Biegner, Treasurer (Finance)

Ms. Terry Kinney, Secretary (Fundraising, Marketing)

Dr. Alan Aquilina (Fundraising, Grants)

Mr. Michael Bieger (Finance - Chair)

Mr. John Kinney (Fundraising, Marketing)

Ms. Kristen Murphy (Fundraising - Chair)

Mr. Allan Simmons (Finance, Fundraising)

Mr. Peter Storey (Marketing - Chair, Fundraising)