• Jeff Jones, Executive Director 

    Jeff joined the 716 Ministries team in 2013, becoming our first Executive Director. On a day off you can find him spending time with his wife and kids.  His favorite thing about working here is "seeing the Kingdom of God physically changing lives and the landscape of the areas we serve."

  • John Mack, New to You Store Manager

    John is our fearless New to You Store Manager. He grew up in the Fruit Belt on Buffalo's East Side. Now he pastors a church in the heart of the East Side - Lost Sheep Ministries. John has a passion for mentoring and sharing God's love with those around him. 


  • Gary Overs, Project manager

    Gary is probably the only person you will meet without an email address or smartphone. Born and raised in the Buffalo area - Cheektowaga to be exact - Gary is the mastermind behind our housing projects and overseeing our volunteers. He even coined our favorite phrase; "Just show up and watch what God does."

  • Jason Bruce, Facilities Maintenance Manager 

    Jason grew up right here on the West Side of Buffalo. He knows the ins and outs of this end of the city and has been able to see first hand how far the city has come. On his day off you can find him riding his bike or working some more. 

  • Mary Braisted, Community Development Coordinator

    Mary was born and raised in Buffalo. Before joining the 7 team, Mary was living in Rwanda for one year as a global volunteer. This experience, following years of serving as a Youth Director at a church in Williamsville, deepened her understanding and appreciation of community and serving others. She is a mega fan of the TV series The Office, large breed dogs, and the outdoors. 

  • Daryl Boss, Facilities Maintenance

    Daryl grew up just outside of Buffalo in West Seneca, NY. Before joining the WSM team, we got to know Daryl as he spearheaded the projects for Love Buffalo annually. Now Daryl keeps our partners running as part of our skilled maintenance crew! He loves all things outdoors and spending time with his three kids on his day off.

  • Cory Connell, Facilities Maintenance

    Cory grew up in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina before heading north. He is a key part of our team, filling a hybrid position of both maintenance and janitorial. He is a key part of our Buffalo community as he hosts a Wednesday night fellowship/ dinner at his apartment weekly. 

  • Stephanie ford, Work Readiness COORDINATOR

    Stephanie was born in Toronto, Canada, grew up in Hungary and Kazakhstan, and now calls Buffalo NY home. She joined 716 Ministries in 2015. She loves reading, biking, exploring Buffalo’s waterfront, and spending time with friends.

  • Steve Johnson, Facilities Maintenance

    Steve is a Buffalo transplant from Indiana. While he is working with us, he is currently planting a church in North Buffalo - Anchor Church. On his day off you will find him with his family, exploring Buffalo, or preaching at his other job.


  • Bill Schwartzott, Facilities Maintenance

    Bill grew up in Hamburg New York. He joined our team in 2013 and has been a key part of our facilities crew ever since. On his day off you can find him with his wife, children & grandchildren. 

  • Kristy Tofflemire, Bookkeeper

    Kristy grew up in the "gorges" Ithaca, NY, but now calls Buffalo home. She is our official number cruncher. On her day off you can find her with her kids or enjoying the Finger Lakes in the summer. 

  • Marina Cull, Bump Marketing & communications Intern

    Originally from the Toronto area, Marina spent her teen years growing up in Princeton, New Jersey. After graduating from Houghton College in 2017 with degrees in International Development and Communication, she moved to Buffalo to start her year of service with us. In her free time, you'll find Marina planning her next trip abroad or grabbing coffee with friends.

Board of Directors

John Lee


Steve Schenk


Mark Herskind


Alan McCracken


Dave Eley


Dona Eley


Dave Fleischmann


Jeff Jones


Danny Nieves