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Current Board of Directors
Kathy Schwab- President 716-474-3219
Harry Beckous- Vice President,  509-879-3176
Rachel Ashcroft- Interim Treasurer, 716-870-5653

Donna Kibler- Secretary, 585-322-0693
Kim Bragg, 716-353-3854

Andrea Aldinger, 585-813-5130
Sandra Janes
, 716-912-6029
Doris Kirsch, 585-457-3315
Pat Standish,  585-943-7082
Carol Wittman,  585-344-1326

(585) 535-4065

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Kathy Schwab ~ President

 

Kathy joined the Charlotte House Board of Director's in 2017.

She currently lives in Strykersville with her husband Doug and

they have been married 35 years. One activity that they enjoy is

riding their side by side in Pennsylvania and New Hampshire,

they have even climbed Mt. Washington with it. Kathy has been

employed with Wyoming County for 40 years, 39 of them at the

Dept of Social Services. So, it is in her nature to help people no

matter the circumstances.

 

Having experienced the death of her father several years ago in a hospital setting, the concept of comfort care came to life for her in a personal way. She was asked to join the board and considers comfort care a great gift to give to someone in their final days.

 

Charlotte House is exactly what this community needs and Kathy is very proud of the compassionate service that Charlotte House provides for all of our residents and their families.

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Harry Beckous ~ Vice President

 

Harry Beckous was born and raised in Chicago and

currently resides in North Java. Harry has been Chief

Executive Officer of Cromwell Industries since 2002.

 

Harry serves on the Boards of both Holy Family Parish

and Charlotte House. As a member of the Charlotte House

Board of Directors since the doors opened, Harry is

referred to as our “go to person” for anything needed at the house. He has also been an intricate part of the Fundraising Committee.

 

Harry’s life is a life of giving and among his awards is the Washington State YMCA volunteer of the year.

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Donna Kibler ~ Secretary

 

Donna has been married to her husband Tom for 40 years and

they have been blessed with four kids and five grandbabies.

She lives on a farm that was once focused on dairy, but in

recent years has turned to crop farming and volunteers as a

family in the community. Donna has been employed in the

medical field for over 30- years, and currently as a medical

biller.

 

Donna joined Charlotte House in 2015, when her brother-in-law and Charlotte House founder, Tim Kibler asked her to join the board of directors. She has served as secretary of the board since that time and co-chair of the fundraising committee along with the Charlotte House Vice President, Harry Beckous. Donna is honored by the opportunity to watch the Charlotte House mission become a reality.

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Rachel Ashcroft ~ Treasurer

After experiencing a few losses within her family and seeing

how difficult it is to care for a dying family member, Rachel

was drawn to Charlotte House and the amazing services the

Organization provides. After joining the Board of Directors in

2019, Rachel’s primary focus has been on the financial side of

operating a not-for-profit organization as well as providing

support at fundraising events.

 

Rachel graduated from SUNY Brockport Magna Cum Laude in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. She is a Certified Public Accountant and has spent her entire career at Freed Maxick CPAs, PC, a top one hundred Accounting Firm. She is currently a Senior Manager within the Firm’s Auditing and Accounting Practice, specializing in the not for profit, healthcare, and employee benefit plan service areas. She is responsible for the overall planning, organization, supervision, and completion of audit engagements. Rachel is also involved with the Firm’s training programs, conducting training in various service areas.

 

Rachel lives in Sardinia, NY with her husband and two sons. In her spare time, Rachel enjoys coaching youth soccer, watching her sons race go-karts, and cheering on the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres.

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Sandy Janes

 

Sandy spent her childhood in Wethersfield and now lives in

North Java. She was married to her husband Bob for 41

years; he passed in 2021.

 

She attended college in Boston, Ma. And graduated with a

degree in Business and Marketing. After 41 years, Sandy

retired from the New York State Department of Corrections

where she worked in the Business Administrative offices. In her free time, she serves as Section Superintendent for the Home & Arts Department at the Wyoming County Fair. Sandy is currently Treasurer for Holy Family Parish.

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Kim Bragg


Kim has lived in Arcade since 1989 transplanted from

New Jersey where she grew up. Her biggest loves are

her two children Joe and Maggie.

She earned her B.S. in Communication from the

University of New Hampshire and maintains a strong,

regular connection with her UNH friends. She was the

Human Resources Manager for two Buffalo companies

and is one of the two founders of GenTech Scientific of

Arcade.

Kim has been a burger flipper, nanny, house cleaner, HR understudy, HR Manager, Business founder and company grower, and a volunteer. She currently works at Lime Lake Marine & RV and volunteers for Charlotte House in honor of her mom who passed away in 2015 and her dad in 2022.

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Andrea Aldinger

 

Andrea is currently the Director of the Wyoming County Office

for the Aging and the Youth Bureau. She is also the Early

Intervention Official and Pre-School Special Education Director.

Andrea is a graduate of Leadership Genesee and Leadership

Wyoming. She was chosen to participate in the Buffalo FBI

Citizens Academy and remains active. Currently Andrea is part

of the Community Health Foundations Health Leadership

Fellow Program and will graduate in September 2023.

 

Most recently Andrea was the Board Chair for the Wyoming County United Way and is now a part of the Regional Advisory Taskforce for the United Way of Greater Rochester and the Finger Lakes. She is the Board Chair for the Foundation for Community Care of Western New York (Homecare & Hospice) and a Corporate Board Member. Andrea is also the Board Chair for the Cattaraugus Wyoming Head Start, and the Wyoming County Business Education Council. As part of her work as a County Department Head she is on the Community Services Board of Wyoming County as well as the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Committee along with the Wyoming County Suicide Prevention Taskforce. She serves on Thiel Roundtable Group through the Community Health Foundation and is a member of The Charlotte House Comfort Care Board.

 

Andrea lives in Attica, NY and has been married to Tom for 33 years and is the mother of two grown children Tyler and Tristan.

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Doris Kirsch

Doris was born and raised on a dairy farm in the Town of

Sheldon as one of seven children born to Walter and Hattie

Becker. She married Bill Kirsch in 1965, but he sadly passed

away in 2014. Doris and Bill did not have any children however,

she is proud of her 24 nieces & nephews, 44 great nieces &

nephews and 15 great great nieces & nephews (more to come!).

Many of them were together recently to help celebrate a

milestone birthday.

 

Doris received her education at St. Cecilia's (Sheldon), Attica Central and SUNY Brockport. Upon graduation from college, she began a teaching career (Secondary Social Studies) at Holland Central. Doris spent the next 33 years in that position until her retirement in 1998. In 1991 a spinal injury resulted in becoming a wheelchair user and subsequent advocate for accessibility concerns. She enjoys reading, cross stitching, cooking, baseball (Dodgers) and spending time with family and friends.

Since retirement Doris has remained active in a variety of professional, political, historical and community organizations.

 

One of her most rewarding roles is serving as a member of the Charlotte House Board of Directors. About 5 years ago, after a visit with a friend who was a resident of an area Comfort Care House, she knew that she wanted to get involved with the opening and continuation of Charlotte House. Doris remains exceptionally proud and inspired by the success of this much needed compassionate end-of-life service in our rural setting. She considers it an honor to serve with the dedicated volunteers, board members, staff, and the community at large. Being part of the comfort and care given to each resident and his/her family brings great satisfaction to this endeavor.

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Pat Standish

Pat was born in North Java and has lived in the same home in

Strykersville for the last 55 years. Her husband Tom has passed

but she enjoys time spent with her children Kris and Troy, and

her five grandchildren. When not working or painting, Pat

enjoys working in her gardens, traveling with friends, and

volunteering in her community.

 

Pat recently retired as founder and coordinator Angel Action and Community Action Angels NY after 25 years. In this position she developed programs and provided technical assistance and capacity building training to 57 Community Action Agencies and 37 New American Opportunity Centers across New York State. In recent years Pat co-authored and illustrated a series of eight storybooks focused on improving the social and emotional wellness in children. The latest, now in eleven languages, to identify developmental milestones in children birth to five born to non-English speaking families.

 

Pat is currently working as a consultant for non-profit organizations. She is a graduate of Bryant and Stratton and a Cornell University certified teacher of Family Development and FDC for Leaders and has served on a number of boards including founding member of Community Action for Wyoming County, New York State Community Action Association, New York State Family Development Association, New York Connects, United Way, SPCA and founding member of Charlotte House Comfort Care. Among her awards are the NYS Senate Woman of Distinction, Pi State, NYS Delta Kappa Gamma Friends of Education Award, NYS Leadership Award, Leadership Wyoming Alumnae Leader Award, National CAP Jayne Thomas Award and named Buffalo/Western New York Business First, Woman of Influence.

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Carol Wittman

 

Carol resides in Honeoye, NY. (Finger Lake Region) having

moved from Batavia in 2022. She is a graduate of Notre Dame

High School and Genesee Community College. Carol is a

member of St. Mary’s Church where she serves as a Sunday

Mass greeter and volunteers at the church’s clothes closet

which provides clothing free to families in and around the area.

 

Carol’s career spanned from working as a stenographer at Genesee County Probation Department to a Customer Service Rep at Farm Credit East in Batavia. She took 12 years off to raise her family and eventually retired in 2015. She is the mother of two daughters, Holly who is married to Michael Stoddard and resides in town of Richmond and Jennifer, who is engaged and residing in San Antonio, Texas.

Carol’s path of involvement as a Charlotte House board member was by a different route than most others. Her late husband, Dennis was the second resident at Charlotte House in March 2020. At the time Holly and Jennifer and Carol knew very little about a Comfort Care home but upon Dennis’ arrival that all changed. The staff and volunteers greeted the entire family with open arms. The love, care and compassion given to their family was beyond what I could imagine.

 

After Dennis’ passing, Carol still made trips to Charlotte House (drop off a donation or two) and applied to become a member of the board. She was welcomed by the Board in the fall of 2020 and having personally experienced Comfort Care, she brings a unique perspective on issues/concerns. Even though time has passed, Carol still tears up when she talks to others about Charlotte House. It will always be close and dear to her entire family.

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What can you and your family can expect when coming to the Charlotte House?

 

A team of individuals all working together with you and your family to create an atmosphere of all the best parts of being home. Our staff and volunteers are here to assist you as much or as little as you are personally comfortable with. In our experience, the more the family is involved the family members are, the more at home a resident will feel. We realize that every family dynamic is different and working together we will create a plan that works best.

Charlotte House is a comfort care home located in Wyoming County for individuals who are terminally ill and wish to live in comfort, receive quality care and support from staff, family and trained volunteers.

Comfort Care homes all work on the same model: end-of-life care at no cost to the resident or family.

A hospice or certified nursing agency supports the care with nursing, social work, chaplain and aide visits. Each home operates independently and determines who best matches the parameters of the services offered.

When Charlotte House accepts a resident from a hospital or nursing home, all information regarding residents will be provided from the discharge agency. When residents are coming in from a home, a Charlotte House representative will visit the home to assess the potential resident.    

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