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Vera House Announces 2022 Board Members and Officers

Vera House Announces 2022 Board Members and Officers

Vera House is pleased to share the Board of Directors unanimously elected nine new directors and the slate of officers for 2022.

The 2022 class of directors includes:

  • Kelly Besaw, Vice President, Housing Development and Funding, Nascentia Health
  • Benjamin-Ariel Charles
  • Gregorio Jimenez, Mortgage Loan Originator, M&T Bank
  • Elizabeth Lehmann, Associate, Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC
  • Roger Misso, University Program Director, National Security Innovation Network, Syracuse University
  • Arriell Mussi, Licensed Realtor, the Rich McCarron Team, ExP Realty
  • Dawn Penson, Disability Advocate; Sociology/Human Services Student, Class of 2022, Le Moyne College
  • Trista Rosen, Vice President Human Resources and Talent Acquisition, Raymour & Flanigan Furniture and Mattresses
  • Shewa Shwani, Community Health Outreach Worker/Assistant Coordinator, Catholic Charities of Onondaga County; STEP Coordinator, Le Moyne College; Founder/Independent Business Owner, Malika Scarves; Charity Organization Co-Founder, Raha Syracuse

The 2022 officers are:

  • President: Marissa Saunders, Founder and Consultant, Essential Conceptions Consulting; Founder, NIA Ministries
  • First Vice President: James Branche, Human Resources Manager, United Radio
  • Second Vice President: Darrell Buckingham, Program Officer, Strategic Initiatives, Central New York Community Foundation
  • Treasurer: Carolina Cordero Dyer, Chief Financial Officer, Goodwill of the Finger Lakes
  • Secretary: Jalyn Clifford, Human Resources Director, Syracuse Housing Authority


About Vera House

Vera House is a comprehensive domestic and sexual violence service agency providing shelter, advocacy, and counseling services for adults and children, as well as education and prevention programs and community coordination. To learn more, please visit