The American Cancer Society, in a move to decentralize its management strategy across the country, has established its Upstate chapter headquarters in its 38-year-old John James Audubon Parkway office in Amherst.
“Because of the growth in Buffalo, we see this as an important charitable space and an opportunity to grow as well,” said Michael Crisona, who has led the Rochester office since 2014 and becomes the first executive director for the upstate chapter, which will continue to have senior managers in the Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Albany and Binghamton offices.
All 35 members of the upstate staff will stay put except Crisona, who will move to the Buffalo area to oversee the upstate efforts in a way that emphasizes more local control of the entire upstate region. JoAnna Jacob becomes senior manager of the six-member Buffalo staff.
The American Cancer Society is taking similar steps across 46 other regions nationally, Crisona said.
Crisona lives in Farmington. Before coming to the Cancer Society, he served as director of development for the Genesee Region of Special Olympics. He will be the liaison for the Upstate New York Board of Advisors and the region’s chief development officer.
James Henry, vice president of Foresters Financial, has been named chair for the Board of Advisors in Western New York. He will look to help recruit and mobilize volunteers to help meet the mission and fundraising goals in the region.
“The Cancer Society is staff light and volunteer driven,” Crisona said.
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