Board Members and staff

Olean Food Pantry Inc. Board Members


Cindy Hinz, President

Cindy Hinz is a native and current resident of Portville, NY. She is an associate professor of accounting and economics at Jamestown Community College and joined the OFP board in February 2011. Since that time, she has been an active volunteer at the Pantry during regular distribution hours. Cindy is also a board member and past president of the United Way of Cattaraugus County, a board member and chair of the finance committee of Canticle Farm, Inc., treasurer of Boy Scout Troop 631 of Portville, NY, and an active volunteer at her church parish.

John Sheehan, Vice President

John Sheehan executive director of the Seneca Salamanca Chamber of Commerce.

Ashlie Flanigan, Treasurer

Ashlie Flanigan is a certified public accountant who is employed at Buffamante Whipple Buttafaro, P.C.. She is a 2008 graduate of St. Bonaventure University. Ashlie currently resides in Olean, NY.

Pattie Barie, Secretary

Pattie Barie has been employed by Community Bank, N.A. for over 30 years. She was a former director of the Olean YMCA board from 1997-2006. She was awarded Olean YMCA’s Volunteer of the year in 1998. She is active in the Genesis Geranium sale.

Scott Brook

Scott Brook is the third generation President and Owner of Hedley Brook Insurance Agency. Dedicated to benefiting the community he has served on many boards and in 2010 graduated from Leadership Cattaraugus. Scott currently serves as president of the board.

Ryanne John

Ryanne John, born and raised in Cattaraugus County, is the Administrative Coordinator for Buffamante Whipple Buttafaro, P.C. She is an Alfred University graduate and a member of Leadership Cattaraugus. Ryanne has also been active in the community as a Little League coach and an Odyssey of the Mind judge.

Amy Maitland

Amy Maitland has worked for Cattaraugus Community Action for 27 years, and she is the Chief Operating Officer of Services. She attended University of Pittsburgh at Bradford for two years and graduated from Houghton College with a Bachelor of Science degree. She is a Certified Financial Social Worker and currently serves on the Olean Food Pantry Board of Directors.

Pastor Marie Meeks

Pastor Marie Meeks is the pastor of Bethany Lutheran Church in Olean. She began her ministry in June 2007, after graduating from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg. Pastor Marie has been involved with the Olean Food Pantry as a volunteer for 5 years. 

Tracy DeRose

 Tracy is a graduate of Fredonia State College and works as a Freelance Writer specializing in marketing and public relations.

Linda Witte

As a registered nurse Linda worked at the Olean General Hospital for 20 years before becoming mayor of Olean N.Y. in 2010. Linda volunteers regularly at the pantry and is a valued asset.

Food Pantry Co-Managers

Christie Brook

A graduate of Jamestown Community College and a 2015 Class graduate of Leadership Cattaraugus , Christie Brook began volunteering for the Olean food pantry In 2006. Her current focus is in a leadership position developing new educational opportunities for clients. She is a former board member of the Olean Food Pantry and the past Treasurer (2009-2015), sat on the Hunger Prevention and Nutrition Assistance Application Review board for the Food Bank of WNY and is now the Food Bank of WNY Agency Services Representative for Cattaraugus County.

D B Busan

DB Has lived in the Olean area, on and off, since 1977. She spent 5 years as the Youth Family Services Director at the Olean YMCA. She then worked at Cutco Corp holding a variety of positions, retiring in 2008. She has remained active with the Olean YMCA both as a fundraiser and program participant. She is also active in the Olean Theatre Workshop as an actor, singer, director and mentor to the youth program. She joined the Olean Food Pantry as Assistant Manager in 2013.