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.
Tori Menneto, Events & Marketing Associate
Tori recently joined the KGH team this September after over 3 years with the Roswell Park Alliance Foundation focusing on donor stewardship and event planning, most specifically the Empire State Ride and the Ride for Roswell Extra Mile Club. In her role as Events & 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. In addition to spreading the word on our mission, she will work to grow our annual fund and create Kevin’s playbook to provide opportunities for new friends to help our guests. When she’s not working she enjoys spending time with her puppies, Chase & Melby. She loves reading books, listening to ABBA, and traveling. She’s been to 22 countries! Tori is originally from the Saratoga area and came to the University at Buffalo to study marketing & international business including a semester studying and interning in London.
Indira Ramaya, Resident Manager
Indira joined the KGH team over the summer moving from Pennsylvania after living in Maryland during her long career with the state government in behavioral health. As a licensed clinical alcohol and drug counselor, Indira has a lifetime of experience in mental health, addiction, psychotherapy treatment and group therapy. You will find her on campus in the evenings, usually helping to coordinate delicious dinners or offering to help the team decorate items for our fundraisers. As Resident Manager, Indira resides on campus to be available for emergency situations for our patients and ensures they receive a safe, comfortable and relaxing night sleep. When she’s not behind the desk entering guest information or checking in guests, you can find Indira walking at an incredibly fast pace as she does her rounds on campus doubling her role as our evening housekeeper. Her favorite color is purple and she loves fresh fruits and vegetables. Indira recently retired and began her quest to travel the world but when the pandemic hit, she wanted to do something meaningful to help others in a way her prior experience would find value and be closer to family nearby Buffalo.
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 recently worked in customer service & legal office work when she decided to pursue something with a greater purpose. As a former Emergency Medical Technician for Rural Metro and health care worker for over 15 years, she served as EMS support in search/rescue/recovery at The World Trade Center on 9/11. Leslie has a passion for hospitality which led her to KGH and has been taking online hospitality courses at ECornell for the past five years. .
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.