(WNY News Now) – Kathleen Flannery has been appointed as the executive director for the Upstate New York Chapters of the Alzheimer’s Association, overseeing Western New York, Rochester Finger Lakes Region, and Central New York Chapters, with a focus on strategic planning and mission delivery.
BUFFALO – Kathleen (Kate) Flannery, hailing from Syracuse, New York, has assumed the role of executive director for the Upstate New York Chapters of the Alzheimer’s Association. Her responsibilities encompass the strategic and operational functions of the Western New York, Rochester Finger Lakes Region, and Central New York Chapters. This vital role includes program delivery, fundraising, community engagement, government and private grant funding, media relations, and advancing the Association’s mission.
Flannery brings a wealth of experience to her new position. She previously held the position of executive director at Syracuse University’s Office of Community Engagement Planning, where she played an essential role in the university’s leadership team. Her dedication to community service was further demonstrated in her tenure as the director of mission outreach and education at Francis House, a community care home in Syracuse. Notably, she also served as the executive director for the Susan G. Komen organization, overseeing multiple affiliates across 49 New York counties and significantly expanding the “Race for the Cure.”
Christopher Smith, director for Region 12 of the Alzheimer’s Association, expressed confidence in Flannery, stating, “We really feel Kate is the ideal person for this role,” highlighting her background as a Licensed Social Worker and her fundraising acumen.
Flannery’s appointment is part of a broader leadership restructuring in Upstate New York, including the promotion of Amanda Nobrega to vice president of programs and Cathy Wilde to director of marketing and public relations for the Western New York, Rochester Finger Lakes Region, and Central New York Chapters.