Health Foundation promotes Quarantillo, Williams

Health Foundation for Western and Central New York President Ann F. Monroe announced Friday, June 10, 2016 that there will be two leadership changes at the Foundation, effective July 1, 2016.

Carol Quarantillo has been promoted to vice president of finance and administration. Kara Williams was named to serve as interim vice president of programs, replacing Amber Slichta who is leaving the foundation to become vice president of programs for the new Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation.

“Investing in and promoting current staff is a reflection of the strength of our team and their commitment to the work we do with our partners in the community to improve the health of young children in poverty and vulnerable older adults,” Monroe said.

Quarantillo came to the Health Foundation in 2013 as manager of finance and operations and was promoted to director of finance and operations in 2014.

As the Health Foundation considers new opportunities such as social impact investing to enhance its ability to address important issues, Quarantillo’s knowledge and skills have been and will continue to be invaluable, Monroe said.

Quarantillo previously served as the director of finance at Planned Parenthood of Western New York, overseeing the organization’s day-to-day financial operations.

Quarantillo earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Medaille College and a bachelor’s degree in business management from D’Youville College. She is a resident of Grand Island, NY.

Williams joined the Health Foundation as a program manager in 2010 in the Foundation’s Syracuse office, and was promoted to program officer in 2013 and senior program officer in 2015.

Williams’ brings to the position not only expertise in health promotion and children’s health, but a strong knowledge of and connection to the community, particularly in central New York, Monroe said.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Kara was the director of operations for the Onondaga County Health Department’s Bureau of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention.

She was a fellow of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s 2009 Ladder to Leadership: Developing the Next Generation of Community Health Leaders program and was honored with the San Diego County Public Health Champion Award in 2006.

Williams holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Vassar College and a Master of Public Health degree from San Diego State University. Williams is a resident of Dewitt, NY.

“Slichta will begin her new role at the Wilson Foundation in July, and while she will be sorely missed within our organization, we are delighted that someone with such a deep connection to Western New York will be filling such an important role in the new foundation,” Monroe said.