About Us

Board & Staff


Our staff has a strong commitment to serving the many constituents of our organization. But first and foremost, they focus their energies on those who take advantage of our programs and services.

Kate J. Fowler, Ph.D.
Executive Director

Pamela Ponzi
Business Manager


Interns from the UB School of Social Work

Melinda Ortiz-Rodriguez

Emma Valvo

Ava Thomas

Our board represents a cross-section of our community and has a passion for our organization and those we serve. The members work hard to ensure long-term sustainability of the organization and oversee that the funds raised directly affect those in need.

Board of Directors

Stacey A. Branchini: Co-Founder – IHTA

Thomas W. Branchini, CLU, ChFC: Co-Founder – IHTA

John DiFiore

Mary Campbell

Meghann Roehl, Esq., Harris Beach, PLLC

Adina Pera, Crowley Webb

Adam Culver, Northrup Gruman

Kathleen Clark, M& T Bank

Louis Sedia, Key Bank

Taylor Ann Winter, YWCA Cattarugaus County



Advisory Board

Judge Lisa Bloch Rodwin

Wendy Murphy, Esq.

Alexa D. Sardina: Survivor / Founder