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 since June, 2019. After a highly successful year as Marketing & Event Manager she transitioned into the role of Development Manager, focusing 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. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals WNY Chapter and Recording Secretary for the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus Rotary. 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 also advocates for the American Heart Association.

Jeffrey Davis, House and Grounds Manager

Jeff has worked at KGH for 17 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 also is a dedicated worker for his second shift job at Tripifoods. When Jeff isn’t keeping KGH looking its best or attending to repairs around campus, you can find him with his three kids, 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.

Rebecca Nason, Event & Marketing Associate
Rebecca joined the KGH team the week of Thanksgiving 2021 after 2.5 years with ConnectLife, coordinating blood drives and recruiting donors & 8 years with Amigone Funeral Home, Inc., as an administrative assistant. In her role as Event & Marketing Associate, she will focus on our signature events, Affaire of the Heart, Supper in the Street, Celebrity Golf Classic/Nine & Wine, along with our community & cause marketing initiatives such as seasonal flower sales and collaborations with local businesses and organizations. 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 2021 and is the first full-time Housekeeper KGH has had in our history. Everyone knows when Leslie has been through 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.

Damon L. Duncan, Jr., Weekend & Relief Coordinator

Damon started volunteering with KGH in March 2020. He currently works at Consolidated Maintenance Services on weekdays and on weekends you can find him greeting you at our front desk playing jazz music! In his free time, Damon enjoys creating his own music and swiping his TJ Maxx credit card around WNY.

Kevin Morgenstern, Weekend & Relief Coordinator

Kevin was born in Las Vegas, NV where he was raised and graduated high school. He moved to Buffalo in 2016 and immediately fell in love with the snow, the Buffalo Bills and all the friendly people. Some of his hobbies and interests include playing ice hockey, trail biking, coin collecting, poker and playing at the pool tables! Kevin also enjoys learning about history and watches the History Channel quite often. Since joining the KGH team in 2022, Kevin has enjoyed meeting some amazing and friendly people. Learning the rich and historical significance of the houses gave Kevin a pride sense in working at the facilities, along with the helpful and friendly staff that is second to none. Helping people in time of need is something he’s always strived for in a career, as Kevin was once in their place as a father of a young boy who passed from heart complications after many months of surgery and hospital stays. Working at KGH and interacting with the guests brings Kevin great confidence knowing he’s part of their journey and can be there for guests when they need it the most.

Left to right: Rebecca, Lynsey, Leslie, Marianne and Alex on National Wear Red Day 2022.

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