Monica brings nearly 20 years of experience to her role as program officer, a position she has held since 2014.
Before joining the Health Foundation, Monica spent more than 14 years with the American Red Cross Serving Erie and Niagara Counties, beginning her tenure as coordinator of the Women’s HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care Initiative. She then served as the director of the HIV/AIDS Services Department and became the organization’s director of community programs in 2013. In that role, Monica was responsible for providing oversight for all Red Cross community programming in western New York, including the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute Regional Training Center, Women’s HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care Initiative, Chronic Disease Self-Management, Long Term Care Ombudsman and Senior Transportation programs.
Also active with HIV/AIDS education and prevention efforts in the community, she served as co-vice president of the Western New York Ryan White Care Network from 2000 to 2013 and was co-chair of the Emerging Issues Committee and Finance Subcommittee of the New York State HIV Prevention Planning Group from 2006-2010.
Monica received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the State University of New York College at Buffalo.
She and her wife live in Cheektowaga, New York with their dog Willow.