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Catholic Charities Appoints Three to Leadership Roles

By August 15, 2018August 31st, 2021Leadership

Wed, Aug 15th 2018 03:00 pm



Catholic Charities of Buffalo announces a recent  appointment and two promotions to its leadership team within the organization.

Julie Lulek, MPH, has been named Director of School Based Services, Tracey Miers, LCSW-R, has been named Director of Performance Quality Improvement (PQI) and Mary Krypel has been named Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program Coordinator in the Family and Community Services Department (FACS).

Lulek comes to Catholic Charities from Catholic Health where she was the maternal-child health Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) Program lead.

Lulek oversees Catholic Charities’ services that are directly involved in supporting students, staff and families in many Catholic, public and charter schools across WNY, and is responsible for identifying and pursuing opportunities for program growth in these areas.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a master’s degree in public health from Hunter College, City University of New York.

Before being named PQI director, Miers served since 2001 as the supervisor of FACS Department fee-based counseling services program. She has also been instrumental in FACS PQI initiatives.

In her new role, Miers will oversee all agency PQI activities, as well as the accreditation process for Council on Accreditation.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and community mental health and a master’s in social work from the University at Buffalo. Additionally, Miers holds certifications in Eye Movement Integration and Level 1 EMDR Training, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker-R and a Certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.

Krypel has worked for the WIC nutrition program since joining Catholic Charities in 2013. She served in the capacity of WIC nutrition assistant, WIC nutritionist and WIC site leader before her most recent promotion to WIC coordinator.

In her new role, Krypel will oversee all functions and services of WIC sites on Harlem Road, Cheektowaga and Genesee Street, Buffalo.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in dietetics and nutrition from Buffalo State College.

As the most comprehensive human service provider in Western New York, Catholic      Charities makes a difference for people of every faith and ethnicity. Catholic Charities empowers children, families and seniors to achieve meaningful, health and productive lives. In all situations, Catholic Charities delivers support to meet immediate needs, and then assesses clients for other needs to ensure long-term success.

Catholic Charities is an excellent steward of the contributions it receives. For six years, Catholic Charities attained the highest-possible rating (four stars) from Charity Navigator for transparency and sound fiscal management. Catholic Charities also receives the highest ratings from the Council on Accreditation for quality service.

For more information about the organization and its programs and services, contact Catholic Charities at (716) 218-1400 or go to You can also find Catholic Charities on Facebook at, on Twitter at and on Instagram at