Board of Directors
2016-2017 Board Officers
Born in Brooklyn, NY, Jessica and her family moved to WNY in 2009. She was introduced to CHC by a colleague at Hodgson Russ where she is a partner in the firm. Jessica practices law focused in the areas of business litigation, intellectual property litigation, environmental litigation, and appellate advocacy.
After learning about the mission of the school and meeting the amazing students at CHC, Jessica was motivated to join the Board of Directors in June 2011. It is her goal to continue to provide an enhanced facility for children with multiple disabilities to thrive in, and most importantly to enjoy on a daily basis.
Although born in Ohio, Lucy and family have resided in the Buffalo area for over 40 years. Through her position at Children’s Hospital, Lucy has been affiliated with CHC for approximately 30 years and has worked with every Executive Director at CHC since the founding of the school in 1971. After retiring from forty years of service at Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo/Kaleida Health, most recently as a Director/Manager of Preschool Programs; Lucy has been a strong and influential leader in bringing desired change to the field of Special Education.Lucy’s desire to continue serving children with developmental disabilities and their families while supporting program staff and administration motivated her to say “Yes” when requested to join the CHC Board of Directors in January 2011. She brings a wealth of experience and relevant knowledge, as well as a beautiful spirit to enhancing the lives of those served through CHC.Lucy hopes to accomplish playing a part in assuring the future of CHC, and strengthening programming as well as operations, especially in light of NYS Department of Education fiscal constraints.Lucy and her husband enjoy sharing a vibrant life and love with their two children and are proud to be called grandparents by their four wonderful grandchildren.
Jeff joined the CHC Board of Directors in June 2007. He learned about CHC through a friend that previously served on the school’s Board. Jeff is employed as the Chief Financial Officer of Graham Corporation. Graham is an international company and Jeff travels frequently throughout the USA and worldwide. He always makes time in his busy schedule for CHC and serves as the Treasurer as well as the Chair of the Finance/Audit Committee at CHC.
Jeff is an expert with financial matters, gleans details quickly, sees the big picture, and takes appropriate action for the best interests of CHC.
A long term resident of the Buffalo area, Michael graduated from Bishop Turner High School and Canisius College.
He recently retired from Erie Community College where he served as the Director of the Career Resource Center providing career planning and placement services in a three campus population of over 21,000 students.
When invited to visit CHC by a fellow CHC Board member, Mike was impressed and inspired. He welcomed the opportunity in June 2013 to serve on the Board of Directors and hopes to continue to provide direction, oversight, and support the mission of CHC.
Mike and his wife are the parents of four children, two of them having disabilities. He views his participation on the CHC Board as a chance to “give back” somehow for all the good things that were provided his children over the years.
Joseph J. Monaco