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Catholic Charities of Buffalo Names Four to Leadership Positions

By August 19, 2017August 19th, 2021Leadership

by Kaitlin Jackson

Thu, Aug 24th 2017 12:30 pm
Catholic Charities of Buffalo has recently appointed a department director to its senior management team, appointed two other new leaders and promoted a long-time supervisor.
Mark Barry has been named Director of Clinical Services, Jeffrey Pirrone as Project Director for the Niagara Falls Poverty Reduction Initiative, Megan Lostracco has been hired as the Encompass Children’s Health Home Care Supervisor, and Andy Aprile has been promoted to IT Systems Administrator.
Before joining Catholic Charities, Barry worked as a telecommuting consultant for Gerson Lehrman Group, and prior to that, as regional director of adult operations for Bluegrass.Org in Kentucky. He comes to Catholic Charities with more than 13 years of executive management experience, and expertise in managing ambulatory programs and working with physicians in medical and clinical capacities.
In his role as director of Clinical Services, Barry provides clinical leadership, consultation and support to ensure quality care throughout the Clinical Services Department, which includes the Monsignor Carr Institute clinics serving children and adults in Erie County, children in Niagara County, and a marriage counseling center.
Barry has a master’s degree in human services administration and a bachelor’s degree in health and human services, both from the University at Buffalo, as well as two associate’s degrees.
Prior to coming to Catholic Charities, Pirrone was the supervisor of Mobile Safety-Net Team Community Services. Pirrone held the role since 2009 when he was hired to create and lead the Mobile Safety-Net Team Initiative, which was formed to assist The John R. Oishei Foundation respond to communities in Erie and Niagara counties that were affected by the economic downturn. He brings to Catholic Charities a wealth of knowledge and experience in poverty reduction, community and workforce development, racial equity and youth leadership and development.
As project director for the Niagara Falls Poverty Reduction Initiative, which is administered through Catholic Charities, Pirrone will be responsible for the direction, oversight and management of the Niagara Falls Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative Task Force. Pirrone will also assist in fiscal and program management.
Pirrone has a bachelor’s degree in secondary education/chemistry from Canisius College, and is a graduate of Harvard Business School Club of Buffalo’s Not for Profit Management Program.
Before joining Catholic Charities, Lostracco worked as a health services manager for West Haven Community House Inc. in West Haven, Connecticut. Lostracco brings experience in health services management, compliance, and state and federal requirements regarding health services.
In her role as health home care supervisor, Lostracco is responsible for overseeing the health home care management program operations and ensuring the continuous health service delivery for referred and enrolled children and families.
Catholic Charities is a provider of Encompass Children’s Health Home. The health home is a network of providers, health plans and community-based organizations that work with families of children with chronic health issues to ensure that the child’s physical, dental and mental health needs are met.
Lostracco has a master’s degree in healthcare administration from Walden University and a bachelor’s degree in nutritional sciences from the University of Connecticut.
Aprile, who joined Catholic Charities in 1989, most recently worked as the IT database administrator at Catholic Charities. As IT systems administrator, Aprile oversees Catholic Charities’ electronic medical record and billing system, is responsible for conducting database management and supports the agency’s Performance Quality and Improvement Department.
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, healthy 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 five 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 further information about the organization and its programs and services, contact Catholic Charities at (716) 218-1400 or go to You can also check out Catholic Charities on Facebook at, on Twitter at and on Instagram at