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Vera house, Inc. Staff & Board



Executive Director
Angela M. Douglas • 315-425-0818 ext. 2212
E-mail Angela

Deputy Director
Colleen A. O'Brien, LMSW • 315-425-0818 ext. 2243
E-mail Colleen


Deputy Director of Operations 

Cindy Britz, MBA • 315-425-0818 ext. 2203
E-mail Cindy

Finance Director
Sherry Jones • 315-425-0818 ext. 2202
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Director of Advocacy 
Jolie Moran, MSW • 315-425-0818 ext. 2207
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Co-Director of Prevention Education
Loren Cunningham, MSW • 315-425-0818 ext. 2208
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Co-Director of Prevention Education
George Kilpatrick, MA • 315-425-0818 ext. 2254
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Campus Team Coordinator 
Chris Kosakowski, MSW • 315-425-0818 ext. 2220
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Co-Director of Clinical Services
Carrie Land-Steves, LMFT • 315-425-0818 ext. 2206
E-mail Carrie

Director of Shelter Services 
Cynthia Harris • 315-468-3260
E-mail Cynthia

Director of Development 
Benita Rodriguez • 315-425-0818 ext. 2216
E-mail Benita

Director of Marketing and Communications
For communications needs, please email Randi

Volunteer Program
E-mail the Volunteer Program

Alternatives Program Coordinator
Desiree Williams, MSW • 315-425-0818 ext. 2229
E-mail Desiree

Abuse in Later Life Program Director
Jenny Ackley, MSW • 315-425-0818 ext. 2245
E-mail Jenny

Vera House, Inc. Board of Directors

Marissa Saunders - President . Essential Conceptions Consulting; NIA Ministries Worldwide
James Branche - Vice President . United Radio
Darrell Buckingham - Vice President . CNY Community Foundation
Carolina Cordero Dyer - Treasurer . Goodwill of the Finger Lakes
Jalyn Clifford - Secretary . Syracuse Housing Authority

Kelly Besaw . Nascentia Health
Nakeia Chambers . SUNY Upstate Medical University
Benjamin-Ariel Charles

Otis Deluca . Hueber Breuer
Sarah Fitzgerald
John Huhtala .  JP Morgan Chase

Gregorio Jimenez . M&T Bank
Talina Jones 

Elizabeth Morgan . Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC
Patricia "Katie" McBride . City of Syracuse

Arriell Mussi . ExP Realty
Rebecca Ortiz . Syracuse University

Dawn Penson . Disability Advocate; Le Moyne College Student
Sheri Rodriguez . Excellus BlueCross BlueShield 
Ashlea Schad . Utica College

Shewa Shwani . Catholic Charities of Onondaga County; Le Moyne College; Malika Scarves; Raha Syracuse

John A. Cirando . Agency Counsel