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Catholic Charities Announces Five Leadership Appointments

By October 13, 2020July 29th, 2021News
From left: Chief Financial Officer Michael Quinn, Chief Development Officer Clara Moran, Chief People Officer Joseph Farrauto, Human Resources Director Briandi Little, and Director of Development Stephanie George
Catholic Charities of Buffalo announced five appointments to leadership roles in the organization. Michael Quinn has been named Chief Financial Officer, Clara Moran was appointed Chief Development Officer, Joseph Farrauto was named Chief People Officer, Briandi Little has been promoted to Director of Human Resources and Stephanie George to Director of Development.

Deacon Steve Schumer, Catholic Charities president and chief executive officer, said, “We’re thrilled to welcome Michael and appreciate the extensive experience he brings. We are also pleased to announce the expanded roles of Clara, Joseph, Briandi and Stephanie. The work of all of these team members will have a positive impact on our community through their support of our clients and services, and of our staff and volunteers whose efforts directly benefit the Western New York Community.”

Quinn, a certified public accountant, comes to Catholic Charities with more than 25 years of experience as a senior health care administrator with expertise in health system, medical practice and business leadership. Most recently he served as senior vice president Physician Services & Support at Catholic Health System of Buffalo. He also was CFO of UBMD Physicians Group, deputy director of the University at Buffalo New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics & Life Sciences, CFO at University Orthopaedic Services, Inc., and held positions with Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center.

He will be responsible for financial planning, oversight analysis and controls, fiscal relationships, as well as involvement with strategic planning, budgeting, and coordinating risk management, legal and related staff activities.

Quinn holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from LeMoyne College and a certificate from the Center of Entrepreneurial Leadership from the University at Buffalo.

Prior to being named Chief Development Officer, Moran served as the Director of Appeal Advancement for a total of five years. She also brings a diverse set of skills and experience through her seven years as manager and two years as owner of local downtown Buffalo restaurant Cabaret.

In her role, Moran will be responsible for strategic leadership and planning for long-term support for Catholic Charities through the execution of year-round annual and major gift advancement programs, including the annual Appeal in support of Catholic Charities and the Diocese of Buffalo. She will also work toward increasing awareness of Catholic Charities’ services and collaboration between Catholic Charities and both parishes and corporations, as the former Appeal Department moves toward the broader focus of development for the agency.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Buffalo State College.

Farrauto joined Catholic Charities as Director of Human Resources in 2015, and in 2019 was named Chief Human Resources Officer. He has 30 years of experience in human resources, including leadership roles with Eastern Niagara Health System, Tara Cares, and The Center for Hospice and Palliative Care. He is a member of The Society for Human Resource Management.

In addition to being responsible for providing oversight and guidance on agency on human resources, policy interpretation and legal compliance matters, he will oversee Volunteers and the Information Technology Department in his new role.

Farrauto holds a master’s degree in business administration from Medaille College and a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in leadership from Bryant & Stratton College.

Little joined Catholic Charities in 2018 as Human Resources assistant and most recently served as the agency’s Human Resources and Staff Development coordinator, in which she managed new hire orientation, agency training and continuing education opportunities, supported agency leaders with recruitment and employment and other employee relations matters.

As human resources director, Little will provide direction and guidance on recruitment, employee relations, compliance, employee training, and compensation and benefit programs. Little also maintains compliance for all EEOC requirements and AA regulations.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in individualized studies from Buffalo State College, and is pursuing a master’s degree in human resources management from the University of Maryland Global Campus.

George joined Catholic Charities as assistant director of Appeal Advancement in May 2020 and now serves as Director of Development, aligning with the department’s new emphasis away from a single annual Appeal focus and toward year-round donor stewardship and engagement through such efforts as increased education and awareness.

She will be responsible for managing and developing annual and year-round major gift advancement programs in her new role, as well as coordinating the efforts of the Development Department team. She also will serve as liaison with the Appeal leadership volunteers and support other Appeal volunteers.

George holds a master’s degree in integrated marketing communications from St. Bonaventure University, and completed a business integration seminar internship at University of Oxford, Trinity College, Oxford, UK. She has a bachelor’s degree in paralegal studies from Hilbert College.

Catholic Charities operates a $38 million budget, offering a broad range of about 50 programs serving individuals, children and families across the eight-county Western New York region – Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming – at 40 professionally staffed locations.

For more information about Catholic Charities of Buffalo, go to or call 716-218-1400. Find the organization on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.