Crisis Hotline (716) 433-6716

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Kelly DeMatteo
716-433-6714 x212

At the YWCA, Kelly DeMatteo has been the CEO of the YWCA of the Niagara Frontier since November 2023. She was previously the YWCA’s Vice President of Finance for 7 years. Kelly has a Bachelor of Arts degree and over 30 years of finance, accounting and budgeting experience in both the non-profit and private sectors.

Kelly is dedicated to continuing the YWCA of the Niagara Frontier’s long-standing mission of Eliminating Racism, Empowering Women, and Promoting Peace, Justice, Freedom, and Dignity for all.

Kelly has a husband, two wonderful children who are in college, a cat and dog. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and vacationing.

Vice President of Programs

Mary Brennan Taylor
(716) 433-6714 x215

Mary Brennan-Taylor is the Vice President of Programs for the YWCA of the Niagara Frontier and has served in this role for 17 years. Mary has over 35 years of management experience working in the non-profit, public, and private sectors; including ten years as a District Representative for Congressman John LaFalce, ten years in bank marketing as Assistant Vice President at Marine Midland Bank, and 17 years of direct service working with marginalized populations in Niagara County.

Mary received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Niagara University, and is an active community volunteer, serving on the Boards of Niagara Hospice, Lockport Community Television and lecturer on the topics of Women’s History and Patient Safety. Mary serves as an adjunct faculty member at the University at Buffalo Department of Family Medicine and is the recipient of the Buffalo Business First Woman of Influence Award and Lockport High School Distinguished Alumni award. She is a lifelong community advocate for the most vulnerable members of the community, and has decades of experience in the implementation of direct services and community collaborations.

Vice President of Housing

Kathy Jackson
716-433-6714 x218

Kathy Jackson is the Vice President of Housing at the YWCA of the Niagara Frontier. She is a lifelong resident of Lockport and graduate of SUNY Brockport with a BA in Sociology. She has been employed by the YWCA for sixteen years, fifteen as Domestic Violence Safe House Manager and one year as VP of Housing. Kathy also volunteers her time for a number of efforts, including the Board of Directors for the Eastern Niagara United Way as well as a campaign volunteer for several years, Life Member and former President of Lockport Junior Service League, Board of Directors and volunteer for Lockport Meals on Wheels, and Board Member for Lockport Catholic Schools and Member of the DeSales Move of Faith Committee.

Vice President of Human Resources & Operations

Sylvia Baptiste
716-433-6714 x213

Sylvia Baptiste is the VP of Human Resources & Operations at the YWCA of the Niagara Frontier. Sylvia has been with the YWCA for 31 years. During her years with the YWCA, Sylvia worked in the fiscal department and grant compliance for both the YWCA of the Niagara Frontier and Carolyn’s House LP. Sylvia received Human Resource Generalist training which includes policy and procedures for the agency. She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and was active in the Niagara County Region of the Department of Labor Job Service Employer Committee (JSEC). Sylvia also volunteers with the Covenant United Church of Christ in Gasport NY on their Finance Committee and is an active Member of the AM Lockport Toastmasters.

Vice President of Finance

Kim Schotz
716-433-6714 x221

Kim Schotz is the Vice President of Finance and started working at the YWCA October 2023. Kim is responsible for all grant billing at the YWCA, through New York State, Niagara County and private foundations. Kim has her Bachelor’s of Science degree in accounting, from Suny Fredonia. She has 30+ years of finance, accounting and budgeting experience that helps the YWCA of the Niagara Frontier to run according to budget guidelines and guarantees that all financial reporting is completed in a timely manner. In her free time, Kim enjoys hiking with her husband and spending time with her family.

VP of Children’s Programming

Debbie Rogalski
716-433-6714 x214

Debbie Rogalski has been with the YWCA for 23 years, currently serving as the Children’s Services Director. In this role, Debbie oversees the School Age Child Care programs located in several sites throughout the County. She is also responsible for the implementation of policies and procedures for the camps, grant completion and management, as well as curriculum development. Debbie has a BS in Psychology from Canisius and is certified in Basic Life Support and Heart Saver First Aid. She is a huge fan of big, fluffy dogs!

Executive Assistant/Communications Director

Alexis Muntz
716-433-6714 x241

Alexis Muntz is the Executive Assistant to the CEO at the YWCA of the Niagara Frontier. She has been with the YWCA since July, 2022. She works closely with the CEO of the YWCA and performs daily administrative duties. Alexis is our social media specialist and maintains all of the YWCA’s social media content across multiple social media channels and produces quality content. Her creative mind keeps our social media platforms and events unique. Alexis works closely with the Board of Directors and Program staff when planning events, such as fundraisers. In her free time, she enjoys traveling to different board walks and taking long walks with her dog.

Building & Grounds Keeper Carolyn’s House

Alan Biano

(716) 278-9662

Building & Grounds Keeper – Cottage Street

Dennis Dalrymple

716) 433-6714 ext. 236

John Pound Administrative Assistant

Ashley Flowers

(716) 478-4750 ext. 1

Case Manager/Counselor – Carolyn’s House

Tabitha Janese

(716) 278-9662 ext. 20 | (716) 385-2432

Case Manager/Counselor – North Tonawanda

Jessica Jolley

(716) 343-3129

Domestic Violence/Rape Crisis Counselor & Advocate

Pamela McKinney

(716) 433-6714 ext. 216 | (716) 261-5466

Front Desk Representative Cottage Street

Jackie Pratt

(716) 433-6714 ext. 210

Payroll/Accounts Payable

Marcia Jones

(716) 433-6714 ext. 217

Rape Crisis Program Supervisor

Rachel Sandle-Sacco

(716) 433-6714 ext. 235

Children’s Services Assistant

Megan Severance

(716) 433-6714 ext. 232

Case Manager/Counselor

Allison Taylor-Ohar

(716) 433-6714 ext. 225 | (716) 334-0086

Safe House Supervisor

Susannah Watson

(716) 433-6716

John Pound Assistant Director

Cheryl Wentland

(716) 478-4750 ext. 2

RRH-Homeless Prevention Specialist

Melinda Zimmerman

(716) 278-9662 ext. 21 | (716) 523-5094