At Unyts, we have dedicated, local community members who serve on our hard-working Board of Directors, and we want you to get to know this all-star team! The Spotlight series will provide valuable insight into the experiences and expertise that each Board member brings in their service to Unyts.

Meet Anne Conable

Title and Organization: Manager of Community Engagement, Buffalo & Erie County Public Library

What do you do on a daily basis in your current role: I coordinate community-based programs, write grants and all kinds of copy for things, and work on events, exhibits, and special projects. I have the best job in the world!

Areas of Expertise: Logistics, fundraising, marketing, and connecting people.

Connection to Unyts: I first got to know Unyts in 2010 when I started booking Blood Drives here at the Downtown Library. My late husband was a liver transplant recipient who enjoyed 12 “extra” years thanks to someone’s generous gift, so I have first-hand knowledge of how important organ donation is. I support Unyts as a Board member, regular blood donor, and significant financial partner because of that and in his memory.

Why do you think the work of Unyts is important to the WNY community: I so appreciate how unique and “full service” Unyts is, an incredible, comprehensive resource for WNY.  It’s important for everyone in WNY to know about Unyts and what it does, and help however they can. While there is huge ongoing need for people to agree to be organ donors, something as effortless as donating blood is every bit as important. I think the Unyts message of supporting local hospitals and patients is extremely powerful, and the excellent staff makes all the difference.

Hometown: Alexander, NY

Current Residence: I love living in the Linwood-Delaware neighborhood in Buffalo!

Interesting Facts about You: My Dad was a Congressman who represented part of Rochester and westward to the Buffalo suburbs, so I had the great opportunity to grow up in the DC area. I was on “Jeopardy” once (no, I didn’t win) and spent a summer as an intern at the White House at the end of the Nixon era. My background is in non-profit arts management and I have a Master’s degree in Theatre History. I’m definitely a “Buffalo history geek.”

Family: One daughter, Sophie. My two sisters live in the WNY area and my brother Sam lives in FL. My household includes two dogs and a most beloved Siamese cat.

Activities and/or Vacation Spots You Enjoy During "Down Time": Visiting my daughter who lives in Southern CA and exploring that highly diverse state. Weekends at a friend’s cabin in Allegany County. I knit for a charity in OH that creates afghans for wounded military and homeless veterans. I love baking, trying new recipes and throwing dinner parties. I’m a huge old movie fan.

Music on Your iPod or CD Player: Always James Taylor, frequently Tony Bennett and Ray Charles; currently listening to the musical “Hamilton.”

Books on Your Nightstand: Inevitably non-fiction. But the irony of working at the Library is that I never have enough time to read.

Anything else interesting or unique that you would like to share: Serving on the Unyts Board has been a fascinating adventure into learning more about the highly complex organ donation field.  I am honored to have that opportunity.