Syracuse Home Foundation announces staff changes

Dave Horan, president of the Syracuse Home Foundation, recently announced two major staff changes within the Foundation. Audrey Gibbs has been appointed director of philanthropy and Kelly O'Neill-Rossi has been named director of development and marketing.

The restructuring plan will enable Gibbs to focus on major gifts and planned giving. She was the director of development and public relations at the Syracuse Home Foundation for the past 15 years. A graduate of Vermont/Norwich University at Montpelier, Vermont, she held positions in several local organizations including: director of annual giving at Crouse Hospital Foundation; director of major gifts and planned giving at the United Way of Central New York; and director of development at the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra.

Gibbs has resided in Baldwinsville for more than 20 years with her husband, John and two children. She is a former board member of the YMCA and has served on various committees and PTA's within the Baldwinsville School District. She also volunteers for Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and Association of Healthcare Professionals.

O'Neill-Rossi will focus on fundraising, community relations and marketing. She was previously the volunteer coordinator at Syracuse Home. Prior to that, she held positions in several local organizations including: director of development and public relations at Hope for Bereaved, Inc.; and associate director of the CNY Children's Miracle Network at Upstate Medical University Foundation. She holds a bachelor of science degree in communications from Brockport State College.

O'Neill-Rossi resides in Baldwinsville with her husband, Michael and three children. She is currently an advisory board member at Maureen's Hope Foundation and past vice president of Van Buren Elementary PTA. O'Neill-Rossi also volunteers her time as a development consultant to help small not-for-profit agencies assess their current development efforts and create new and innovative strategies for the future.

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