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Staff, Board & Funders

Our dedicated staff combine years of diverse experience with a passion for the mission of alleviating hunger in New York.

Xavier Bisono, BS
Client Services Associate

518-436-8757 x 125

Gail A. Cooney
Finance & Administration Specialist 

518-436-8757 x 111

Emily Cruz, BA
Communications Associate

518-436-8757 x 114

Salena J. Dabbs
Contract Management Specialist

518-436-8757 x 107

Patty Deubel, BS
Director of Field Operations

518-436-8757 x 118

Francesca DiGiorgio, MPH
School Meals Program Specialist

518-436-8757 x 115

Laura Doherty
Finance & Administration Specialist 

518-436-8757 x 123

Nicole Gentile, MSW
Operations Manager 

518-436-8757 x 102

Emily Hart DiMuria, BA
Public Affairs Associate

518-436-8757 x 103

Krista Hesdorfer, MPA
Government Relations Manager

518-436-8757 x 137

Jessica Judge
Client Services Specialist

518-436-8757 x 101

Diana Lezette
Training and Instructional Design Specialist

518-436-8757 x 122

Misha Marvel, MSW
Manager, Early Childhood Nutrition Policy & Engagement

518-436-8757 x 120

Jennifer Matrazzo, MA
Communications Director

518-436-8757 x 133

Alexandra Mershon, BA
Executive Assistant

518-436-8757 x 127

Connie Neidrauer-Brown
SNAP Technical Assistance Specialist

518-436-8757 x 132

Katie Owens, MBA
Associate Executive Director

518-436-8757 x 108

Jennifer Ozgur
Creative Manager

518-436-8757 x 113

Jessica Pino-Goodspeed, LMSW
Manager, School Meals Policy & Engagement

518-436-8757 x 105

Dawn Secor
SNAP Policy Manager

518-436-8757 x 142

Kayla Snyder, MA
Child Care Meals Specialist

518-436-8757 x 106

Sheldon Taylor
Contract Management Specialist

518-436-8757 x 104

Samantha Terry
Finance & Administration Specialist 

518-436-8757 x 116

Noelle Testa, MSW
Contract Management Specialist

518-436-8757 x 117

Andres J. Vives, MBA
Executive Director

518-436-8757 x 100

Kara Williams, LMSW
Community Engagement Manager

518-436-8757 x 134

THE BOARD

Our board is comprised of professionals from across the state who share a personal passion for alleviating hunger.

Dr. Anne Rogan, Registered Dietitian
President of the Board
Partners in Nutrition, LLC

Sandra Rhoades
Vice President of the Board
NYS Department of Health (retired)

Mark Quandt
Treasurer of the Board
Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York

Maureen Murphy
Secretary of the Board
Price Chopper Supermarkets

Grace Begany
SUNY Cobleskill

Bernadette Cole Slaughter
SUNY Cobleskill (retired)

Christine Deska
Nonprofit Sector Strategies

Robert Frawley
Early Childhood Policy Associates

Irene Lurie
University at Albany (retired)

Michael Sattinger
University at Albany

Bridget Walsh
Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy

Dana M. Wolin
Conway & Kirby, PLLC

SUPPORTERS

Hunger Solutions New York carries out its anti-hunger efforts in New York State with the support of the following contributors:

Government Support

  • NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA)
  • NYS Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS)
  • NYS Department of Health (DOH)
  • United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Foundations and Supporting Organizations

  • Share Our Strength
  • New York Health Foundation
  • Center for Science in the Public Interest

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