American Cancer Society’s Upstate NY Area Now Based in Buffalo, New Leaders Named

ROCHESTER, NY (July 31, 2017) – The American Cancer Society today announced that Buffalo will be headquarters for its newly formed Upstate NY area. Beginning on July 1, the Society’s office on John James Audubon Parkway in Amherst became home base for the non-profit’s work in Upstate NY communities stretching from Buffalo to Albany.

“The Society’s new operating model is designed to make the American Cancer Society the most relevant and powerfully impactful cancer fighting organization in the world,” said Anthony Marino, vice president, Community Development for the American Cancer Society. “We see opportunities in Western NY to impact the community’s cancer burden. Together, with our volunteers and supporters, we’re leading the fight for a world without cancer. There’s never been a better time for Western NY to invest in that vision.”

Michael Crisona has been named executive director, Community Development for the Upstate NY area and will oversee a team of 35 development professionals with a multimillion dollar revenue goal, corporate philanthropy, and individual giving. He will be the staff liaison to the Society’s Upstate New York Board of Advisors, and chief development officer for the area. Crisona will relocate to Buffalo from his home in Farmington, NY.

Prior to being named the senior-most executive for the area, Crisona served as the Society’s senior manager, Community Engagement, for the Rochester market. Before coming to the Society, he served as director of development for the Genesee Region of Special Olympics.

James Henry, vice president of Foresters Financial, has been named chair for the American Cancer Society’s Board of Advisors in Western NY and will be recruiting and mobilizing a team of volunteers to help the Society achieve their income and mission goals.

JoAnna Jacob has been named senior manager, Community Development, and is responsible for achieving revenue goals in Western NY. Jacobs will be based in the Amherst office. Prior to her new role, Jacob served the Society as senior manager, Community Engagement for the eight-county Western NY market.

The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of 2 million volunteers saving lives in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society’s efforts have contributed to a 25 percent decline in the cancer death rate in the U.S. since 1991, driven by less smoking, better treatments, and earlier detection. We’re finding cures as the nation’s largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings and more. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call us anytime, day or night, at (800) 227-2345 or visit


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