Leadership & Board

Meet our caring Leadership Team & Board of Trustees

OrigamiDove_Blue.png

The Board of Trustees and the leadership team are comprised of dedicated individuals, who lead the way with compassion and integrity and are committed to providing quality, outstanding, and innovative care for patients and families, while maintaining connection to our community thorough outreach, collaborative partnerships, and engagement of volunteers and the community-at-large.

The Board of Trustees governs Hospice & Palliative Care Buffalo (HPCB). HPCB affiliates include Hospice Buffalo, Home Connections (adult palliative care program), Essential Care for Children, Wilson Support Center, and the Hospice Foundation of WNY.

Leadership

#

Christopher Kerr, MD, PhD

Chief Executive Officer & Chief Medical Officer

Read Bio ➝

#

Rebecca Calabrese, MD

Home Connections Medical Director

Read Bio ➝

#

Kelley Clem, RN, MS

VP of Clinical Education & Patient Advocacy

Read Bio ➝

#

Debra Luczkiewicz, MD

Hospice Medical Director

Read Bio ➝

#

Roseann McAnulty

Chief Operating Officer

Read Bio ➝

#

Alicia Poe

Director of Human Resources

Read Bio ➝

#

Samantha K. Pudlewski, BSN, RN, CHPN

VP of Palliative Care & Admissions

Read Bio ➝

#

Lynn Riker

Director of Clinical Marketing & Outreach

Read Bio ➝

#

Elizabeth Siderakis

Executive Vice President, Hospice Foundation

Read Bio ➝

#

Cary Sisti, MS, RN, ANP-BC, ACHPN

Chief Clinical Operations Officer

Read Bio ➝

#

John Tangeman, MD, FACP

Administrative Medical Director

Read Bio ➝

#

Abigail Unger, LCAT, MT-BC

VP of Psychosocial Services

Read Bio ➝

Staff Physicians

Anne Banas, MD

Staff Physician

Dr. Banas is a graduate of the SUNY at Buffalo School of Medicine. Dr. Banas is certified by the Harvard Medical School Department of Continuing Medical Education in Clinical Training in Mind/Body Medicine. She belongs to the American Academy of Neurology.

Read More ➝

Christopher Jacobus, MD

Staff Physician

Dr. Jacobus has been working with the elderly since 2004 and joined Hospice Buffalo in 2006. Known for his compassionate care for geriatric patients and their families faced with life- limiting illness, he advocates for the respect the elderly deserve until their last breath. His reach extends into nursing homes, assisted living residences, group homes and hospitals. He is regarded by the clinical community as an expert in the field and his integrity serves as the foundation for his care. 

Read More ➝

Dominic Lipome, MD

Staff Physician

Dr. Lipome joined Hospice Buffalo in 2008. Prior to joining Hospice, Dr. Lipome worked at Buffalo Medical Group, PC, as a hospitalist. Dr. Lipome is Board Eligible in hospice & palliative care medicine. 

Read More ➝

Fausat Oke, MD

Staff Physician

Dr. Oke was an attending physician in her native country of Nigeria. She completed an Internal Medicine residency in Brooklyn, NY, and recently graduated from the Hospice and Palliative Medicine fellowship, here in Western New York, after completing her training at Hospice & Palliative Care Buffalo.

Read More ➝

Tanya Orellana, MD

Staff Physician

Dr. Orellana is a graduate of the UB medical school and Internal Medicine residency programs, and completed a fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine in Queens, NY.

Read More ➝

Board Members

Board of Trustees

Nora K. McGuire

Chair

Vince J. Mancuso

Vice Chair

Ryan M. Zebro

Secretary & Foundation Chair

G. Richard Braen, MD

John L. D’Angelo

Paul Duggan, CFP

Michael Edbauer, DO

Vicki Feine

Thomas J. Foels, MD, MMM

Brendan Harrington

Huron O. Hill II, DDS

Cheryl A. Klass, RN

Joyce A. Markiewicz

Nancy H. Nielsen, MD, PhD

Tracey O'Connor

John D. Reinhold

Daniel T. Riordan

Robert J. Schreck, Esq.

Michael W. Laipple (Emeritus)

Jock Mitchell (Emeritus)

Foundation Board Members

Ryan M. Zebro

Chair & HPCB Secretary

Jane Mogavero

Vice Chair

Kevin K. Gluc, Esq.

Secretary

Paul Duggan, CFP

Ken Houseknecht

James Kramer

Linda Maggio

Vince J. Mancuso

HPCB Vice Chair

Catharine E. McGovern

Nora K. McGuire

HPCB Chair

Karen Merkel

Marcy J. Munson

Thomas A. Muraca

Mark Notarius

Brendan J. Rich, Esq.

Daniel T. Riordan

Michael F. Thompson

John A. Wabick

Maggie Wilson

David S. Zygaj

W. Lawrence Buck (Emeritus)

Mary M. Wilson (Emeritus)

Request a Speaker

Our leadership team is available to speak at specific engagements and events. We are happy to share our expertise and experiences to help others within the community learn about how hospice and palliative care services can enhance the lives of seriously ill patients and their families.