Sheri L. Scavone, Executive Director

Sheri, a native Western New Yorker, is honored to have joined the WNY Women's Foundation in January, 2014.

In her role, Ms. Scavone uses Foundation research data to educate, convene and forge collaborations with key community stakeholders about gender bias and other issues preventing girls and women from achieving economic self-sufficiency. She leads the Foundation to empower young girls, single mothers and aspiring female leaders through strategic initiatives and investments. Ms. Scavone is a tireless advocate for girls and women.

Sheri has over 30 years of experience leading and growing nonprofit organizations and currently volunteers  her time to assist on the Board of Directors of SEFCU financial institution and the Gay and Lesbian Youth Services of WNY as well as with the Steering Committee of Save WNYCPC, Russell Sage College Annual Fund and as a member of Leadership Buffalo ('15).

Ms. Scavone is a licensed physical therapist (Russell Sage College), earned an MS Executive Leader degree in Health Systems Administration (Rochester Institute of Technology) and has an Advanced post-graduate certificate in Palliative Care (The Sage Colleges). A licensed Physical Therapist, Sheri is the former Director of the Cancer Services Program for the NYS Department of Health/Centers for Disease Prevention and Control, former President/CEO of Gilda's Club Capital Region, Chief Development Officer at Bellevue Women's Hospital, VP/COO WNY Physical & Occupational Therapy Group and also served as Senior Administrator-Surgical Oncology at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

As a women's college graduate and mother of twin girls, Ms. Scavone is passionate about harnessing the incredible resources of women to strengthen our community!


Kristen Luppino-Gholston, Coordinator of Community Initiatives & Investments

Kristen joined the Foundation in July, 2015 after a decade of working on women's issues in Western NY non-profits. A community social worker by training, Kristen worked with Child and Family Services Haven House and Catholic Charities WIC doing macro level work to develop relationships, build collaborations, increase opportunities for women and children, and bring about a more just community for all.  Kristen lived in Boston, New York City, and Washington, DC before settling in Buffalo, a city she fell in love with, in 2003.  She received her Bachelor's degree from Boston College and her Master's degree in Social Work from SUNY at Buffalo. An active volunteer, Kristen has been a Big Sister with the Be-A-Friend program since January, 2007.  Kristen's motivation to work for women is heightened by the desire to pave the way for her two young daughters.     


Catherine Carr LincolnCoordinator of Donor Relations 

Catherine joined the Foundation in September of 2015 after relocating to Buffalo from the New Haven, CT area. While there, she worked for an agency serving homeless families, Christian Community Action (CCA), where she spearheaded the development of the ARISE (Accessing Resources for Independence, Skill-building and Employment) Center and program. Prior to CCA, she managed the fundraising, special events and the course brochure for Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven's community art school. Catherine received her Bachelor's degree from Smith College, and she serves on the Board of Litchfield Performing Arts which hosts the Litchfield Jazz Camp and Jazz Festival every summer.  She and her husband have two young adult children and are thrilled to have moved to such a vibrant city.


Ashley Everett, Coordinator of Communications and Events

Ashley is a Western New York native and an alumna of Buffalo State College. She received a BA in journalism with a minor in women's studies in 2010. Since then, Ashley has gained event experience through previous volunteer work at Buffalo Botanical Gardens and with Communify, a small community organization.  Ashley joins the Foundation following her work as the fundraising and marketing coordinator at the Hickok Center for Brain Injury in Rochester. Through her work she hopes to provide a voice, make a difference, and create a lasting impact for her two young daughters and other young girls alike. 

Danielle Marino, Operations and Development Assistant

Danielle joined the Foundation staff in September 2016 when she recently relocated to her hometown of Buffalo after living in New York City for nearly two decades. Danielle is passionate about social justice, as reflected by a career spent in non-profit management and program operations. Most recently, she helped to develop and launch a training program with New Leaders, a national organization dedicated to improving education for kids in urban school districts through supporting development of strong school leadership. Danielle recognizes the benefits of opportunity and education in her life and hopes to contribute to the community of Buffalo by providing more support and opportunities to the women and girls in our area.