Hospice & Palliative Care Buffalo – New Leadership & Board Members

Hospice & Palliative Care Buffalo has appointed an Executive Vice President of the Hospice Foundation, Vice President of Psychosocial Services, and two new Hospice Foundation board members.

Elizabeth Siderakis

has been appointed Executive Vice President of Hospice Foundation Siderakis comes to Hospice & Palliative Care Buffalo from University at Buffalo where she served for over sixteen years. Most recently, Siderakis was the Executive Director of Advancement for the College of Arts and Sciences. Prior to that, she served as the Director of Corporate Sponsorship and the Director of Development for the School of Architecture and Planning. Siderakis says, “I am overwhelmed by the extraordinary number of people who donate and volunteer their time on behalf of Hospice. I am thrilled to be a part of this great organization and I look forward to knowing this active community of supporters.”

Abigail Unger has been promoted to Vice President of Psychosocial Services, a newly created position at Hospice & Palliative Care Buffalo, unifying Social Work, Spiritual Care and Expressive Therapies, as well as Bereavement and Community Grief Support programs. Unger started at Hospice as a music therapist in 2004, and in a few short years, developed the most comprehensive, hospice-based Expressive Therapies team in the nation. In addition, she has led specialty services supporting children and young families while expanding community-based services. Unger states, “Our commitment to the depth and breadth of psychosocial care is central to our mission to provide whole-person care to our patients, their loved ones, and our community. I look forward to unifying and promoting our psychosocial efforts while enhancing our community partnerships and rededicating the Mary & Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Support Center for its intended purpose.”

Daniel T. Riordan has been appointed to the Hospice Foundation Board of Trustees. Riordan recently retired from Durez Corporation after 40 years of service in various positions. He is a graduate of Harvard Business School and Canisius College.



James Kramer has also been appointed to the foundation board. Kramer is president of Luminescent Systems Inc., a subsidiary of Astronics Corporation, headquartered in East Aurora, and an executive officer of Astronics. Kramer also serves on the Insyte Consulting Board of Directors and the Buffalo Seminary Board of Trustees.




Hospice & Palliative Care Buffalo (HPBC) provides care, support, advocacy and education to people in Erie County impacted by serious illness and loss. HPCB earned Hospice Honors Elite status for the past 3 years and is one of the largest and most respected hospice and palliative care programs in the nation, serving nearly 1,000 patients each day in homes, assisted living facilities, group and nursing homes, and the Mary & Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Hospice Inpatient Unit in Cheektowaga. HPCB affiliates include Hospice Buffalo, Home Connections (adult palliative care program), Essential Care for Children, Wilson Support Center, and the Hospice Foundation.