New Development Director


Carrie Smith of Lancaster has been named development director for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, which has been answering the needs of Western New York’s poor since 1847.Smith will provide direction and tactical guidance for the development and enhancement of the society.

A graduate of Buffalo State College, Smith has worked with AmeriCorps programs locally and nationally, earning her a Congressional National Service award in 2006.

Most recently, she served with the Erie County Department of Senior Services as the coordinator of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, a Senior Corps program where she was named Volunteer Administrator of the Year by her peers in 2015.

“For over a decade, Carrie has been strengthening communities by securing physical and financial support to advocate for and improve upon the much-needed services here in Western New York,” said Mark Zirnheld, St. Vincent de Paul Chief executive officer and executive director. “We are looking forward to her continuing that advocacy for the society and those who benefit from our services.”

Smith also volunteers her skills and expertise to a multitude of local nonprofits, in particular the Perinatal Bereavement of Western New York, where she has served as the co-chair for the annual Walk to Remember for the past eight years.