Diane joined the Health Foundation as program officer in 2016, and was promoted to vice president of programs in 2018.
In this position, she provides leadership, management and oversight for all program-related activities of the Foundation. Diane also builds relationships and partnerships with policymakers, funders and intermediaries to advance the Foundation’s goal that all New Yorkers will have access to quality, affordable care by 2027.
As program officer, she was responsible for overall strategic direction and grantmaking for the Foundation’s older adult programs and initiatives. In 2016 Diane launched “Aging by Design”, a four-year initiative in which the Foundation brings community-based organizations and older adults together to develop programs and interventions to improve the health of older adults through a process known as human-centered design. She also led the initiative to partner with the New York State Office for the Aging to expand the Aging Mastery Program throughout western New York.
Formerly coordinator of Neighborhood Services for the Erie County Department of Senior Services, Diane led the Department’s efforts to coordinate the delivery of Older American Act services through a network of public and non-profit agencies. Her key responsibilities included overseeing departmental planning activities, service system development, identification of new resources to improve and expand services to Erie County’s older adults and contributing to advocacy efforts. Diane was responsible for bringing a number of new programs forward during her time with the Department, including Ready Set Home which puts needed services in place for frail elders and the disabled after a hospital stay.
She earned a Ph.D. in political science from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and is a graduate of the Health Foundation’s Health Leadership Fellows program.
Diane lives in South Buffalo with her husband, Daniel.
Areas of Expertise
Aging and Older Adults