Michael F. Melara
Mr. Melara has a BA from LeMoyne College and an MS from Chapman University. He has nearly 30 years of experience in not-for-profit and government work, including being a direct service provider, supervisor, and administrator. Prior to being appointed Executive Director of Catholic Charities, Mr. Melara spent four years as the Executive Director of Huntington Family Centers. In his current role, Mr. Melara is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of a $13 million agency, including resource development, budget planning and management, human resources management, public relations, and Board relationships.
Mark A. Clary
Child and Family Preservation Division
Mr. Clary earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Lycoming College in Williamsport, PA. Prior to coming to Catholic Charities, Mr. Clary worked for Onondaga County Children’s Protective Services. He began his career with Catholic Charities in 1980 as a Community Services Coordinator. He currently oversees numerous programs in the areas of parent education, child abuse prevention, mental health, specialized support services for families, and youth development.
Community Integration and Self-Sufficiency Division
Mr. Curry has a BA in history from Tulane University in New Orleans and an MA in Public Administration and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Health Services Management and Policy from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Mr. Curry began his career at Catholic Charities in 1996 as a full-time volunteer teen program coordinator. He now oversees numerous programs in the areas of emergency assistance services, homeless programs, housing services, elderly services, and refugee resettlement services.
T. Scott Kelso
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Kelso has a B.S. Degree in Administration of Justice from Southern Illinois University and has studied accounting at Richard Daley College and LeMoyne College. Mr. Kelso has 16 years of experience as a CFO in health care for both public and non-profit organizations. Prior to coming to Catholic Charities, he was CFO at Menorah Park. Mr. Kelso is responsible for all areas of the finance department, including financial statements, budgets, and presentation to the Finance Committee.
Director of Development and Public Relations
Ms. Maxwell earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and Economics from SUNY Empire State College. She attained Certified Fund Raising Executive status through CFRE International, the only internationally recognized baseline professional credential for philanthropic fundraising executives. Ms. Maxwell has over 20 years experience in not-for-profit management, and she previously held executive positions at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Community General Hospital, and Hospice of Central New York. She is responsible for the agency's marketing and fund development activities, corporate communications, community and government relations, and board development.
Candace E. Murray
Quality Improvement and Compliance Director
Ms. Murray possesses a BS from Saint Mary's College of California and an MSW from Syracuse University. She has not-for-profit administrative experience in program evaluation, quality assurance, community health planning, and corporate compliance. Prior to being appointed Quality Improvement and Compliance Director of Catholic Charities and Toomey Residential and Community Services, Ms. Murray served as the Senior Planner for Central New York Health Systems Agency and Program Evaluator for Liberty Resources, Inc. Ms. Murray is responsible for overseeing and monitoring all corporate compliance and quality improvement activities for Catholic Charities' and Toomey's programs.
Tia R. Sales
Ms. Sales has a BA from Ithaca College and an MBA from LeMoyne College. She has over 10 years of experience in Human Resource Management and is a Certified Professional of Human Resources (PHR). Prior to being appointed Associate Director Human Resources at Catholic Charities, Ms. Sales served as the Human Resources and Organizational Development Manager for Syracuse University Information Technology and Services. She is responsible for all areas of the Human Resources department including employee relations, organizational development, recruitment, benefits administration, and compliance with Federal and NYS employment laws and regulations.