by Nancy Steves
Joyelle Tedeschi, MSW, has been named director of the agency’s Department of Family and Community Services (FACS); Katherine Darrow, MSW, has been given the role of supervisor within the Multisystemic Therapy (MST) program; and Megan Lostracco, MHA, has been named project coordinator of Care Coordination Services.
Tedeschi comes to Catholic Charities from the Lt. Col. Matt Urban Human Services Center of WNY where she was chief program officer.
In her role at Catholic Charities, Tedeschi oversees FACS programming and the staff directly involved in providing the department’s many services, which include: counseling; emergency assistance; parent education; kinship caregiving; military and veteran services; Multisystemic Therapy; Domestic Violence Offenders Program for Men; and the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) nutrition program in Erie, Niagara and Chautauqua counties.
Tedeschi holds a bachelor’s degree in health and human services and a master’s of social work degree, both from the University at Buffalo. She is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions, which include participation in the Health Foundation of WNY and Central NY’s Health Leadership Fellows – Cohort 8; Leadership Buffalo Class of 2017; Business First’s “Forty Under 40,” Class of 2011; and Business First’s Women of Influence, Class of 2014.
Before being named MST supervisor, Darrow served Catholic Charities for 13 years as an MST and family services program therapist.
In her role as supervisor, Darrow will oversee Catholic Charities’ Multisystemic Therapy services in Niagara County.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from Buffalo State College and a master’s of social work from the University at Buffalo.
Lostracco has served Catholic Charities for about 14 months in the role of Encompass Children’s Health Home care supervisor. Prior to Catholic Charities, she was the health services manager for West Haven Community House Inc. in West Haven, Connecticut.
In her new role as program coordinator, Lostracco will oversee the Encompass Children’s Health Home, and the Care Management and Community Health Worker programs, to ensure continuous health service delivery for referred and enrolled children with chronic health issues.
She holds a master’s degree in healthcare administration from Walden University and a bachelor’s degree in nutritional sciences from the University of Connecticut.
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.
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