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 and is a proud member of Leadership Orleans class of 2021.  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 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 became Community Action’s Head Start Director in September 2000 after acting as a Mental Health Consultant for 9 years. Since 2000 she developed the Early Head Start Program, Kendall and Albion UPK partnerships, and the Early Head Start Child Care Parnership Program. In 2007 her position was expanded to include the Child Care Resource and Referral Program, the ACT Program and any other youth programs. Bonnie has a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s degree in Counseling Education. Prior to Community Action, she was a Director and then a Consultant at Community Missions Inc. for 20 plus years (included development and operations of residential and rehab programs for adults/children with mental illness). Since being at Community Action Bonnie has become a very active member of Albion Rotary, is on the Orleans Community Services Board (chairs the Mental Health Sub-committee), is a member of GCC Orleans Advisory Board and is very involved in her church in Medina. Bonnie’s heart has always been in the non-profit sector, with a life commitment to serving children, youth and parents.

Annette Finch | Director of Resource Development and Public Relations

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

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

Katrina Chaffee | Director of Operations, Reporting, and Community Services

Katrina was born and raised in Orleans County. She began her journey at Community Action of Orleans and Genesee in 2013 serving as the Lead Teacher at Kendall UPK. In 2015, she became the manager of the Early Head Start – Child Care Partnership and helped to build the program from the ground up. She holds a master’s degree in Literacy, certified in 6 different areas of education. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Science, majoring in Health Science and Psychology.

Melinda Daniels | Executive Assistant

Melinda Daniels, Executive Assistant started her career with Community Action of Orleans and Genesee Inc. in 2017.  Melinda brings over 20 years of Administrative experience to the agency, and has always had passion to enhance people and our communities.  With strong family roots here, Albion has always been home.  Melinda currently resides in Albion with her husband.

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