Leadership Bios

Renee Hungerford | Executive Director / CEO

In 2020, Renee Hungerford joined the Community Action of Orleans and Genesee team to serve as Executive Director/CEO.  Renee, a native of Buffalo, has been a resident of Orleans county since the early 90s and has raised her family in that community.  She is a member and patron of the Batavia Concert band of Genesee county thus has strong ties and understanding of the communities served by Community Action of Orleans and Genesee.  Renee holds a Master’s Degree in Health Informatics and a Bachelor’s in Information Systems.  She is a graduate of the 12-month WOMEN Unlimited LEAD program for high potential women.  Renee has served in a broad range of leadership roles in the banking and healthcare industries.  She has always emphasized the importance of being part  “Part of the Solution”.  When she learned that the mission of Community Action of Orleans and Genesee is “To provide services, with dignity and respect, that help people become self-sufficient”, she knew this was the direction to take her career.

Carol Pietrzykowski | Director of Finance and Administration

Carol has always had a passion to help people and to help them to become self-sufficient.

A graduate of SUNY Brockport, a NYS licensed CPA and  several years’ work experience at 2 of the “Big Four” accounting firms has given Carol  the skills necessary to apply her passion through the role of Director of Finance at Community Action of Orleans and Genesee County.

Born in Batavia NY,  multiple places she  called home in between, Carol has now settled in Barre, NY.

Bonnie Malakie | Director of Children and Youth Services

Bonnie worked for Community Missions of the Niagara Frontier from 1977-1990 in various positions while ACL was in its formative years and conferences were held in the Catskills. During that time she served on the ACL Board and also was the conference chair. From 1990 until 2001 she continued to consult at Community Missions in Administration and Development while she also consulted for other non-profit agencies and as a Counselor.  During that time she served as the Mental Health Consultant for the Community Action Head Start Program. In September 2000, she took on the challenge of full-time Director of Children and Youth Services for Community Action of Orleans and Genesee. Her position currently involves planning, oversight, and evaluation of Head Start, Early Head Start, Child Care Resource and Referral services, a teen pregnancy prevention program and an after-school program and a new Early Head Start Child Care Partnership program. Much of her position includes grant writing, monitoring, evaluating, planning and managing staff and working with a consumer board in this large human service agency. Through her time with Community Missions and her current work Bonnie has seen tremendous changes in regulations, funding, staff requirements, etc.  She has taught at 2 Community Colleges, and presented numerous workshops (including many at ACL). She currently serves on the Genesee Community College Orleans Advisory Board and is a member of the Orleans County Community Services Board where she chairs the Mental Health subcommittee. Through many years and numerous changes, Bonnie still has a special place in her life and her heart for those involved with the mental health residential service system in New York (recipients, providers and families).

Annette Finch | Director of Community Services

Annette started at Community Action of Orleans & Genesee in December 1977.

She believe in the mission of Community Action and tries to install in her employees the value of helping people, the rewards are heart warming.

Carly Ward | Director of Planning and Operations

Carly Ward has been with Community Action of Orleans & Genesee for the past 5 years. She holds her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

She is also a graduate of Leadership Orleans Class of 2019.

Carly lives in Albion, New York with her son, Liam.

Melinda Cotter | Administrative Assistant

Melinda Cotter, has been an employee of Community Action of Orleans and Genesee Inc. since 2017. Melinda brings 20+ years of Administrative experience to the agency.

Melinda currently resides in Albion and has been a lifelong, born and raised resident of Orleans County.

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