Senior Management

Michael F. Melara
Executive Director

Michael MelaraMr. Melara has a BA from LeMoyne College and an MS from Chapman University.  He has over 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 $16 million agency, including resource development, budget planning and management, human resources management, public relations, and Board relationships.

 

Mark A. Clary
Associate Director
Child and Family Preservation Division

Mark ClaryMr. 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.

 

 

Christopher Curry
Associate Director
Community Integration and Self-Sufficiency Division

Chris CurryMr. 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
Associate Director
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.

 

 

Toni Maxwell
Associate Director
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.  

 

Tia R. Sales 
Associate Director 
Human Resources

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.

 

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.

 

Catherine J. Ormsby
Coordinator of Administrative Services 

Ms. Ormsby has over 12 years of experience in administrative services and has spent nearly all her professional career serving in not-for-profit organizations.  Prior to being appointed as Coordinator of Administrative Services at Catholic Charities, Ms. Ormsby served as the Administrative Assistant to the Vice President of Child and Family Services for Liberty Resources, Inc.  She is the assistant to the Executive Director and Associate Directors, the liaison for the Board of Directors, and the informational source for all administrative business, and is responsible for contract management and oversight of reception.