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Our Leadership

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Syracuse operates services and programs throughout all seven counties of the diocese. There are six primary administrative sub-divisions of the corporation that correspond to the counties, each having a local Director and Board of Directors. Oneida and Madison counties are combined under the same director and board.

Members of the Corporation

  • Bishop Robert J Cunningham

  • Msgr. Timothy S. ElmerVicar General

  • Michael F. Melara, Director

Corporate Board of Trustees

There are 21 trustees, three from each of the six area boards joined by the three Members of the Corporation.


  • Frances Lanigan, Chair

  • Marytheresa Balutis, Vice Chair

  • Michael Campbell, Treasurer

  • Carol Clarke, Secretary

Broome County Board of Directors

  • Susan Roessner

  • Rosemary Mirabito

  • Carl J. Speicher

Chenango County Board of Directors

  • Stephen G. Natoli

  • Sharon Wilson

  • Mike Paino

Cortland County Board of Directors

  • Carol Clarke

  • Annamaria Maniaci

  • Mary Ann Discenza  

Oneida/Madison Counties Board of Directors

  • Dennis Webster

  • William Nicholson

  • Marytheresa Balutis

Onondaga County Board of Directors

  • Michael Campbell

  • Julian Modesti

  • Patrick Taylor

Oswego County Board Of Directors

  • Frances Lanigan

  • Paul Foster

  • Stephanie Davis

Key Staff

  • Tony Conestabile, Corporate CFO & Oneida/Madison Catholic Charities CFO
  • Nancy Miller, Administrative Assistant, Diocese of Syracuse Catholic Charities
  • Paul Mayer, Compliance Consultant - Bonadio Associates