Our Staff

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Colleen Merced

Executive Director

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Erin Yeager- Bates

Deputy Director

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Wendy Lansing

Director of Finance

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Dana Walk

Development Coordinator

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Kacy Gardiner

Development Specialist

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Ally Latour

Director of Advocacy

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Samantha Ciciarelli

Victim Advocate

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Alyssa Pizio

CSEC Victim Advocate

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Derek Tefft

Director of Outreach & Education

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Lauren Penizotto

Coordinator of Outreach & Education

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Merideth Buza

Data Entry Specialist

Keianah Greene

Executive Assistant

Jada Huntt

Receptionist/Client Relations

Olivia Stroman

Anti-Trafficking Program Coordinator

Derrick Brill

Outreach & Education Specialist

Je'Lia Roberson-Saddler

Victim Advocate

Emmeline Stroman

CSEC Victim Advocate

Marissa Capers

Victim Advocate

Siquest Smith


Michelle Piediscalzo


Daphnie Harrison

Victim Advocate

Katie Ducharme

Outreach & Education Specialist

Our Board of Directors

The McMahon Ryan Child Advocacy Center is honored to have an active, engaged, volunteer Board of Directors, committed to achieving its mission of ending child abuse in our community.

John Harris – Past Board President, M&T Bank
William Kamery – Board President
Laura Serway – Vice President, Philanthropist
Lisa Kennedy – SRC Inc., Treasurer
Dr. Janice Bach – Upstate Medical University
Adam Brown – One Group
Rickey Brown – Good Life Youth Foundation
Christopher Caver – National Grid
Valerie Cushman – Movement Mortgage
Sheba Graham – Syracuse City School District
Jack Hoppenstedt – Onondaga County Probation Department
Tiffany Lloyd – The Allyn Foundation
Christian Lord – Morgan Stanley
James McKenna – Parsons-McKenna Construction Company
Andrea Meggesto – Syracuse City School District
Charlie Miller – The Post-Standard & Syracuse.Com
Mark Popp – Holowinski Wealth Advisory Group of Janney Montgomery Scott, LLC.
Andrew Sabbaghzadeh – The Salvation Army
Ryan Suser – Bousquet Holstein
Stephen Vasick – Mooney Marketing
Jarrett Woodfork – Onondaga County District Attorney’s Office