Task Force

Help Make your Community Lead Safe

Lead poisoning is 100% preventable, and the Lead Safe Task Force is open to everyone. Join the Lead Safe Task Force to lend your voice to raising awareness and eliminating lead poisoning for our most vulnerable citizens.  Please contact Cara Matteliano, Senior Director, Policy and Strategic Partnerships at the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo at caram@cfgb.org or Anna Falicov, Deputy Executive Director at Home HeadQuarters, Inc. at annaf@homehq.org to learn how to get involved.

About The Lead Safe Task Force

The Buffalo and Erie County Lead Safe Task Force seeks to amplify the voices of parents with young children, increase the volume of grassroots engagement, and engage a broad array of stakeholders in making Buffalo lead-safe. Join parents, caregivers, nonprofit organizations, as well as faith-, neighborhood-, and community-based groups that serve families with young children who may be affected by lead poisoning. There are many opportunities to contribute your time and talent to protecting our children.

Participation in the Lead Safe Task Force is open to any individual and/or organization committed to preventing childhood lead poisoning in our community. The work of the Task Force is spread across three working groups.

Communications Work Group

The Communications Work Group promotes lead awareness in the community and develops strategies for reaching families with young children, landlords, and community members who can play a role in reducing lead poisoning. This group also works on marketing and outreach campaigns.

Community Engagement Work Group

The Community Engagement Work Group works to ensure lead poisoning prevention and intervention services meet community needs. They partner with residents and community-based organizations to amplify individual voices, elevate lived experiences, and co-create solutions to reduce lead poisoning.

System Improvements (Policy) Work Group

The System Improvements Work Group develops and strengthens the processes, policies, resources, and regulations needed to reduce lead exposure. Join us in learning more.

Members of the Lead Safe Task Force

Stephanie SimeonHeart of the City Neighborhood
Arthur WheatonThe IRL School- Cornell University
Aaron FigueroaCity of Buffalo
Cathy AmdurCity of Buffalo
Barry WeissRise and Run Solutions
Cara MattelianoCommunity Foundation for Greater Buffalo
Melanie DesiderioErie County
David Hahn BakerCommunity Member
Fallon BeecroftWNY Lead Resource Center
Franchelle HartOpen Buffalo
Henry NowakNYS Supreme Court
Isabel MurphyNYS Attorney General’s Office
Jennifer NalboneNYS Attorney General’s Office
Jessica Bauer WalkerCoNECT
John LipsitzLipsitz Ponterio
John O’BrienCommunity Member
Kelly SullivanLiveWell Erie
Kelly WoffordErie County Office of Health Equity
Kinzer PointerConcerned Clergy
Katarzyna KordasSUNY University at Buffalo
Lauren HowardBuffalo Sewer Authority
Lisa VahapogluUB Renews Institute
LuAnne BrownBuffalo Pre-Natal PeriNatal Network
Maribel CancelBuffalo Pre-Natal PeriNatal Network
Marixsa SanhchezBuffalo Pre-Natal PeriNatal Network
Melinda CameronWNY Lead Poisoning Prevention Center
Yvonne McCrayCity of Buffalo
Natasha MehtaBuffalo Public Schools
Marc HennigBeyond WNY/Lead 716
Michael WeiseErie County Office of Health Equity
Monica MilesSUNY University at Buffalo
Thomas MuscarellaErie County
Truc-Mai NguyenBuffalo Public Schools
Anna FalicovHome HeadQuarters
Nina ZeskyHome HeadQuarters
OJ McFoyBuffalo Water Authority
Patrick OmilianNYS Attorney General
Rachel BonsignoreLiftoff WNY
Sarah WootenPartnership for the Public Good
Trinetta AlsonThe Community Health Center for Greater Buffalo
Crystal MiddletonCity of Buffalo
Deirdre QuainCity of Buffalo

Benefits Of A Lead Safe Home For Children

Increased Academic Performance in School

Higher IQ

Increased Ability to Pay Attention

Healthy Growth and Development