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Catholic Charities of Buffalo Appoints Two Directors
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Catholic Charities of Buffalo Appoints Two Directors

Catholic Charities of Buffalo has appointed two new members to its leadership team. Meichle Latham has been named Director of School Based Services and Maria Picone has been named Director of the Family and Community Services Department, formerly known as the Metropolitan District Service Department.

Dennis Walczyk, Catholic Charities Chief Executive Officer, said, “We are pleased to promote Maria and Meichle to these leadership positions, and look forward to the expertise, passion, and energy they will bring to their new and increased responsibilities.”

As Director of School Based Services, Latham is responsible for overseeing the organization’s services currently delivered to Catholic, public and charter schools in Erie and Niagara counties. She also will establish and maintain connections with educational partners and work to expand services to schools not being served.

Latham has been with Catholic Charities since 1995 and worked as a Clinical Services Specialist and Administrative Supervisor in the Family and Community Services Department prior to becoming director. She is also an independent consultant at KenTon Family Support Center in the Kenmore-Tonawanda Union Free School District.

Latham holds a master’s degree in social work and bachelor’s degree in psychology both from University at Buffalo and conducts trainings and workshops regarding family services and domestic violence. She received her Be Fit Kids Instructor Certification and Personal Health Certification from Battle Works Inc., a Western New York company that provides comprehensive wellness management services and health education training programs.

Prior to becoming director of the Family and Community Services Department, Picone’s previous leadership positions within the department include Program Director for Multisystemic Therapy PINS Diversion, Program Coordinator and most recently Special Projects Coordinator, where she provided clinical and administrative oversight for all Multisystemic Therapy programs, School-Based Services and Trauma Training for the Family and Community Services Department.

She has been an Adjunct Professor at University at Buffalo’s School of Social Work since 2003.

Picone is a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), a fellow of the American Orthopsychiatric Association, a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and was an AAMFT Approved Supervisor. She was awarded the National Association of Social Workers (Western New York Chapter) Lifetime Achievement Award in Social Work and Bishop McNulty Award for Service to Youth and Young Adults in 2008 and 2009 respectively.

Picone received her master’s degree in Social Work from Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario, Canada and bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Buffalo State.

For 90 years, Catholic Charities has been making a difference for people of every faith and ethnicity in Western New York. Catholic Charities empowers children, families and seniors to achieve meaningful, healthy and productive lives. In all situations, Catholic Charities delivers support to meet immediate needs, and then assess its clients for other needs to ensure long-term success. It is the most comprehensive human service provider serving Western New York.  For the fifth consecutive year, Catholic Charities has attained the highest-possible rating (four stars) from Charity Navigator for sound fiscal management. Catholic Charities also receives highest ratings for quality of service provided and financial health/accountability as rated by the Council on Accreditation and Charity Navigator.

Check out Catholic Charities at ccwny.org, on Facebook at facebook.com/ccbuffalo and on Twitter at twitter.com/ccbuffalo.

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