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Passionate People with a Cause

Executive Leadership

Lori VanAuken
President and CEO

Lori VanAuken has over 32 years of leadership, policy, advocacy and fundraising experience in the non-profit sector. In March 2013 she assumed the role of Executive Director of Catholic Charities Community Services, which served people with developmental disabilities, individuals who have sustained traumatic brain injuries and those living with chronic illnesses such as HIV/AIDS. She assumed the role of President and CEO of Catholic Charities Family and Community Services on January 1, 2022.

Catholic Charities Family and Community Services brings together the services and programs of Catholic Family Center and Catholic Charities Community Services, serving over 28,000 clients annually with an operating budget of nearly $50M.

Before joining Catholic Charities, she served as the Deputy Executive Director of Children’s Institute, affiliated with University of Rochester, where she managed government, corporate and foundation relation, board development, strategic planning and agency communications and fundraising. Prior to her employment with Children’s Institute, Lori spent nearly a decade with the Rochester Area Community Foundation where she oversaw grantmaking in the areas of early childhood. She also advocated for child care subsidies and influenced policy decisions in the field of early care and education.

Lori has been recognized by the Rochester Business Journal as a recipient of the Forty Under 40 Award, and the Women of Excellence Award in 2018. She received her bachelor’s degree from SUNY Geneseo and her master’s in public administration from SUNY Brockport, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. During her career she has served on a variety of state and local boards of directors, and has chaired or co-chaired several community-wide collaboratives and community task forces. Lori provides input into statewide policies and practices that are established by the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities.

Originally from Queens, NY, Lori lives in Hilton with her husband, Eric, and two sons, Tommy and Michael. She enjoys spending time with her family, and volunteering at her church. Her hobbies include taking long walks, running, Jazzercise classes and retail therapy.

 

Photo of Cathy BalysCathy BalysAssociate VP, Financial Planning & Analysis
Photo of Tracy BoffTracy BoffChief Administrative Officer
Photo of Penny CoonPenny CoonCompliance Officer
Photo of Amanda GallagherAmanda GallagherDirector of Human Resources
Photo of Kathleen JohnsonKathleen JohnsonChief Financial Officer
Photo of Lisa LewisLisa LewisChief Program Officer
Photo of Tracy KroftTracy KroftChief Development Officer
Photo of Tracy McNettTracy McNettVice President, Care Coordination
Photo of Jim MorrisJim MorrisVice President, Family Prosperity
Photo of Marilyn PalmieriMarilyn PalmieriVice President, Supportive Services
Photo of Barbara PolingBarbara PolingChief Human Resources Director
Photo of Renée SchumacherRenée SchumacherVice President , Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Photo of Tom VeederTom VeederChief Information Officer
Photo of Rebecca Roberts ZiobrowskiRebecca Roberts ZiobrowskiCompliance Officer

Photography credits: David Burnett, Digitaz Photography and John Schlia, John Schlia Photography

Board of Directors

  • Luke Mazzochetti
    Board Chairperson
  • Iveth Reynolds
    Vice Chair & Vice Chair of Governance & Nominating
  • Virgil Joseph
    Treasurer & Vice Chair of Finance
  • Stevan Ramirez
    Secretary
  • Sheila Briody, SSJ (At Large)
  • Tim Mason (At Large)
    Diocesan Representative
  • Joseph A. Carello
    Vice Chair of Advocacy & Parish Relations
  • William H. Castle
    Vice Chair of Human Resources
  • Elizabeth Ciaccio
    Vice Chair of Fundraising & Development
  • Louis Howard
    Vice Chair of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
  • Laura Purcell
    Vice Chair – Corporate Compliance & Quality Management
  • Denny Fries
    Immediate Past Chair (CCCS)
  • Sue Argüello
  • Merideth Bahr-Andreucci (At Large)
  • Rev. Brian C. Cool
  • Lucia Colindres-Vasquez
  • Mary Dombovy
  • Alasdair MacKinnon
  • John M. McBride
  • Joseph Pocious
  • Jim Prinzi
  • Miguel A. Velazquez

Ex-Officio

  • Karen A. Dehais
    Diocesan Director and President, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Rochester
  • Lori VanAuken
    President and CEO

Who is Catholic Charities Family and Community Services

A quick overview about us

89%
Of Every Dollar
given goes directly to programs
100%
Board Participation
6,000
Volunteer Hours
= $170,000 of services
5,500+
Rochestarians
Give to CCFCS