The CNY Diaper Bank is a 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2016 by a small group of dedicated moms with diverse backgrounds who share a common cause. Central New York Diaper Bank Inc. is a member of the National Diaper Bank Network.
Michela Hugo is a former elementary school teacher and now full-time mom to three children. She first became aware of diaper need at the national level and decided to look at how the issue was being dealt with locally. After surveying local human service organizations, she found that there was tremendous need and that none of the existing agencies were able to effectively deal with it due to lack of resources. She decided to start a diaper bank and recruited a few like-minded moms to help. Michela has served on parent boards and volunteers often at her children’s schools.
Peggy Liuzzi is a grandmother with three grown daughters and three grandchildren. She started her career at Plymouth Day Care in 1971, then spent 27 years at Child Care Solutions where she served as Executive Director for 22 years. Liuzzi has worked more than 40 years in early care and education. She received the Social Justice Leadership Award for Early Childhood Education from the Association for Communities Transforming Syracuse and was named a 2010 Woman of Distinction by the New York State Senate and 2011 Champion for Children by the New York State Association for the Education of Young Children. She is currently on the Board of the Early Care & Learning Council and is a managing partner for the Literacy Coalition of Onondaga County.
Kate Canada is a mom to two daughters and also the Program Coordinator for the Maxwell Program in Citizenship and Civic Engagement at SU. Prior to her appointment at the Maxwell School, Kate worked in a variety of roles at non-profit advocacy organizations including Planned Parenthood of Maryland, Rhode Island Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) and U.S. PIRG. Kate currently serves as Historian of the William Smith College Alumnae Association and is a board member of both the Rhode Island Public Interest Research Group Education Fund and Environment Rhode Island.