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Hearts Senior Leadership Team:

Nicholas Calandra

Chief Executive Officer & President

As President and CEO, Nick serves the Kingdom and community by working to resource Hearts’ existing and future programs while leading teams who serve in various parts of the ministry.

Favorite Passage: Colossians 3:17, “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.


Words from Nick:

“In part, the ministry at Hearts led me to my life changing relationship with Christ and I pray that we continue to create opportunities for everyone we serve to see and know Christ. It is truly amazing to see all God has done and is doing through Hearts. It is an honor to lead the organization and help steward the resources God provides.”

Jeff Friedman

Business Manager


Jeff’s role includes overseeing accounting, payroll and Human Resources.

Favorite Passage: Hebrews 12:2, “…endure the cross and scorn its shame because of the joy set before Him…”

Joe Lenhard

Donated Goods Manager


Joe is responsible for overseeing any goods that are donated to the ministry. His focus is making sure that the donated goods are being distributed and maximized for Hearts’ mission.

Favorite Passage: Jeremiah 29:11-13, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”

Skylar Shurr

Program Manager


Skylar oversees all of Hearts’ outreach programs which meet the immediate needs of the homeless and those in need. He is also responsible for coordinating volunteer opportunities to further the  mission of the ministry.

Favorite Passage: Philippians 2:3-4, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourself, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interest of others.”

Jolene Addeo

Retail Manager


Jolene’s focus is the Hearts Thrift Stores retail operation . Her role is making sure the sales floor has new items displayed daily while helping those in immediate need of clothing and household times whether you’re a man, woman or child.

Favorite Passage: Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

Hearts Administration Team:

Kelsey Jeff

Executive Assistant

Katelyn Moore

Marketing and Office Assistant

Antoinette McMyne

HR Coordinator & Recruiter

Catherine Edgerton

Administrative Assistant

Hearts Board Members:

Nicholas M. Calandra


Chief Executive Officer of Hearts
for the Homeless of WNY Inc.
and Hearts Foundation Inc.

Eric Johns

Chairman of the Board & Treasurer,
Founder & Pastor of Buffalo Dream Center

Joseph Hatch III

Corporate Secretary

David Norton


Richard Izzo