Shari McDonough has been named chief professional officer of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo.
McDonough, who has worked 25 years with non-profit organizations across Western New York, succeeds Diane Rowe, who was the CPO for 19 years before retiring in February.
“Shari is an advocate for empowering youth and is truly passionate about making a difference in the lives of young people,” said Tom Rybarczyk, chief volunteer officer and chairman of the organization’s board of directors.
Most recently, McDonough served 11 years with Catholic Health; she began as executive director of St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation and then was executive director of Kenmore Mercy Hospital Foundation. She has led several successful capital campaigns and helped advance the mission of quality care in the region.
Before that, she was director of development for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and executive director of the March of Dimes of Rochester and its adjoining seven counties.
“I’m honored for the opportunity to join the Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo, and to have the opportunity to build upon a strong foundation of great people and programming for the youth and families we serve,” McDonough said in a statement.