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by Stephanie Brown

Mon, Mar 14th 2016 03:00 pm

BUFFALO, N.Y., March 11, 2016 – Three new members have been elected to the Catholic Charities of Buffalo Board of Trustees. They are Joseph Feeley, CPA, Pastor James Giles and Julie Snyder.

Feeley is a partner at Linwood Investment Advisors, Inc. in Williamsville. Pastor Giles is president and chief executive officer of Back to Basics Outreach Ministries, Inc. in Buffalo. Snyder is Vice President of Corporate Relations with HealthNow New York, Inc. in Buffalo.

Dennis Walczyk, Catholic Charities Chief Executive Officer, said, “We welcome these individuals who each bring significant expertise and a passion for our work of providing hope for people in need in our community.”

Feeley also serves as the director and treasurer of the RAS Scholarship Fund, Inc. He formerly served as the Director of the Investment Committee for the Sisters Hospital Foundation and Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation.

In his role, Pastor Giles manages the personnel and operations for Back to Basics Outreach Ministries, Inc., coordinating and developing strategies to maintain its mission and develop programs and systems to accomplish goals and objectives. He serves on the boards of Child and Adolescent Treatment Services, Erie County Re-entry Task Force, Stop the Violence Coalition and Erie County Safety Board. He is also coordinator of Buffalo Peacemakers.

As Vice President of Corporate Relations, Snyder is responsible for the company’s strategy and direction for media relations, community investments and partnerships, internal and operational communications and key corporate initiatives across HealthNow’s markets. She serves on the Board of Trustees for Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy and the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center. Additionally,  Snyder serves on a number of marketing committees for various non-profits including Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology, United Way of Buffalo and Erie County, and 43North. She is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Buffalo.

As the most comprehensive human service provider serving 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, healthy and productive lives.

In all situations, Catholic Charities delivers support to meet immediate needs, and then assess its clients for other needs to ensure long-term success.

Catholic Charities is an excellent steward of the contributions it receives. The Better Business Bureau Foundation of Upstate New York recently presented Catholic Charities with the 2015 Torch Award for Philanthropic Excellence, recognizing the organization for employing practices which generate a high level of trust among employees, donors and communities. It also receives the highest-possible rating (four stars) from Charity Navigator for transparency and sound fiscal management, and the highest ratings from the Council on Accreditation for quality service.

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