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Vera House Foundation

Vera House Hall Area


It is the mission of the Vera House Foundation to ensure that the important work Vera House does today be there for those who need it long into the future.

The Vera House Foundation, Inc. is separately incorporated from Vera House, Inc. and was established in 1991 to ensure the long-term financial health of Vera House. Foundation-sponsored events include the annual White Ribbon Campaign & New Beginnings Gala. In addition to events, the Foundation engages individuals to secure contributions to the Foundation of Hope and The Faye Panasci Children's Fund. These funds provide an opportunity to endow our vital programs through multi-year contributions and planned gifts.

The Foundation welcomes gifts and contributions to sustain and expand the vital programs that have provided new beginnings for thousands of individuals who have sought shelter and healing when they walk through our doors. Initiatives the Foundation has recently supported include Workplace Sexual Harassment Prevention Traning and the implementation of the agency's strategic plan initiatives

We believe ensuring the future of Vera House is important. We hope you will, too.  Click HERE to read about ways to donate to the Vera House Foundation.

Vera House Foundation Trustees:

Elaina Wellstead • Chair • Change HVAC Marketing

Barbara Karper • 1st Vice-Chair • LeMoyne College

Julie Flack • 2nd Vice-Chair

Russell Sturtz • Treasurer • Solvay Bank

Jim King • Secretary • King + King Architects, LLP


James Borer 

Randi Bregman • Vera House, Inc.

Darrell Buckingham • CNY Community Foundation

Meagan Dean • McGivney, Kluger, Clark & Intoccia

Jodi DeAugustine • Disciplined Capital Management, LLC

Angela Douglas • Vera House, Inc.

Alexandra Gorski • Community Bank

Martin Hewitt • Fried Frank

Lynn Horowitch

Edward “Buster” Melvin II • Barclay Damon

Pierre Morrisseau • OneGroup

Gwendolyn Sanders • National Grid

Marissa Saunders • Essential Conceptions Consulting; NIA Ministries Worldwide

Yvonne Scott-Younis • Mohawk Global

Gloria Barbano Weyl • Realty USA

Monique Wright-Williams • Syracuse City School District

Charlie Beach • C. W. Beach Co.

Caroline Brust

Paul Dodd • Northwestern Mutual Financial Network

Patricia Numann, MD

Anne Ruffer • Mackenzie Hughes LLP