Back left to right: Damon, Leslie, Marianne and Alex
Front left to right: Rebecca, Lynsey and Betsy

Have you wondered who is behind the scenes at Kevin Guest House?

While our operations wouldn’t be possible without help from our amazing volunteers, meet our full-time, small but mighty team that makes patients and their families feel right at home.

 

Lynsey Weaver, Executive Director

Lynsey has been with KGH for over 6 years and worked on the medical campus for over 15 years including her time as the Ride For Roswell Director and working on cause marketing, corporate partnerships and a wide variety of Roswell Park Alliance Foundation events. Managing a team of six along with a rotating group of weekend relief coordinators, Lynsey was brought to KGH to embark on their first ever capital expansion, develop long term strategic plans and to build relationships with our hospital partners, community members and board of directors. Her and her husband, Brad, have two kids, Helena & Cameron, and a boxer, Knucky.  Just one of her volunteer efforts, she proudly bleeds orange organizing events for the Syracuse Alumni Club (1 of 21 alumni) with her family for more than 20 years. Lynsey loves to travel – she once spent two months backpacking through Europe after studying in France. She has a goal to visit to all seven continents in her lifetime.

Marianne Potratz, Development Manager

Marianne has been at KGH for almost a year and a half. After a highly successful year as Marketing and Event Manager she recently transitioned into KGH Development Manager to helps us continue our growth in new areas and focus our efforts on grants, campaigns & special projects, planned giving, endowments, donor relations including Kevin Garvey Society and our young professional Giving Hearts program, and stewardship events such as the Anniversary Celebration. She spent over 13 years in sales, marketing & business relations at Buffalo Spree & Gelia.  Amongst her many talents, she’s also known for having the most stylish outfits in the office. She has two dogs, Winnie and Molly, with her husband Seth who often is seen alongside volunteering at our events. Marianne and her family are often advocating & volunteering the American Heart Association and were recently honored at one of their events.

Jeffrey Davis, House and Grounds Manager

Jeff has worked at KGH for 16 years who until recently handled all maintenance & housekeeping of four properties on his own with the support of the many very LOYAL volunteers who come back because they have a fond appreciation and respect for his dedication to the cause. As House & Grounds Manager, he not only is responsible for the upkeep of these aging Victorian era buildings but in his expanded role is helping to ensure the safety & security of our staff and guests as well as troubleshooting technology issues. A man who often can’t sit still, Jeff was recently promoted to a manager & training role for his second shift job at FedEx. When Jeff isn’t keeping KGH looking its best or attending to repairs around campus, you can find him with his three kids, six chickens, fish, tortoises, dogs, fish and one cat. Jeff drives a Harley motorcycle and can always be found drinking coffee no matter what time of day.

Betsy Stone, House Manager and Volunteer Coordinator

Betsy has been at KGH for a year and a half and is often the unofficial “First Impression Manager” for KGH greeting each guest, visitor or volunteer with a warm smile and her always cheerful & positive outlook. Wearing many hats or colorful scarves, she is the first contact for our patients & caregivers, works directly with hospital partner referrals, maintains & enters our database & records, manages daily office operations & guest needs as well as the hundreds of volunteers who both support our house needs & special events. She LOVES all things fall: pumpkins, painting or carving, apples, and especially fall style. She is a proud cat lady of her two cats, Chauncy and Scout. Previously, Betsy worked at Second City and iO Improv Theater as a trainer, team builder, house manager, box office leader & event planner in Chicago before returning to her favorite hometown and  also spends her free time is a part of the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus alongside her mom.

Rebecca Nason, Event & Marketing Associate

Rebecca recently joined the KGH team the week of Thanksgiving 2021 after 2.5 years with ConnectLife, coordinating blood drives and recruiting donors and 8 years with Amigone Funeral Home, Inc., assisting with daily office duties. In her role as Event & Marketing Associate, she will focus on our signature events, Celebrity Golf Classic/Nine & Wine, Supper in the Street, Affaire of the Heart along with our community & cause marketing initiatives such as seasonal flower sales and our big 50th Anniversary Celebration. She’s such a big Buffalo Bills fan that she started our first Family in Focus: Football Fans event during the playoff run. In addition to spreading the word on our mission, she will work to grow our annual fund and social following, along with providing opportunities for new friends to help our guests. When she’s not working, Rebecca enjoys spending time with her chocolate lab, Hanna and her niece and nephews. She loves concerts, sporting events and hiking. Rebecca studied Business Administration at Medaille College, where she completed a year internship with Lynsey at The Ride for Roswell.

Leslie Wiesmore, Housekeeper

Leslie joined the KGH team in August and is the first full-time Housekeeper KGH has had in our history. Everyone knows when Leslie has been thru a room as she takes the upkeep, disinfection and cleanliness of our campus with the utmost respect for our patients & caregivers. Leslie likes to be called the “Keeper” of the Mansions. She also loves coffee and you will often find her cleaning with a coffee nearby. Leslie spend several years in EMS as a first responder where she developed her healthcare knowledge and compassion. She will always offer you a cup of coffee, a lending ear, and support to our guests. 

Alex Alexander, Weekend & Relief Coordinator

Alex first came to KGH as a Weekend Relief Coordinator in 2017, then became our Resident Manager until they got another full time position during the day that made it too difficult to do both, but has stayed on as one of our Weekend & Relief Coordinators. Alex is in charge of the campus over the weekend, morning and evening shifts, to ensure our guests safety, keep our campus clean as well as assist guests with any needs. Alex will often cover the office during holidays or weekdays to give Indira a well-deserved time off. Alex has served as an AmeriCorps volunteer, as a community advocate for a variety of issues, supported people as a counselor & workshop leaders and won prestigious technology awards including one from Apple & Google. They enjoys spending free time working on international coding projects.

We are looking forward to our other Weekend & Relief Coordinators – Diane Cosentino, Linda Falcone and Emma Balkin – returning to assist when they feel ready to jump back in.
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