Daemen College Announces High-Level Advisory Board

Board Comprising Prominent Regional Leaders to help Daemen Continue to play key role in WNY Economic, Academic, and Workforce Dialogue 


May 21, 2013



Contact: Mike Andrei

                Director-College Relations

                (716) 839-8472



Daemen College President Gary A. Olson announced on Monday the formation a new Community Advisory Board of public and private sector community leaders to help the College connect with those sectors and build effective partnerships in the Western New York region.


“This distinguished Board of regional experts will assist the College to identify and prioritize key issues, projects, and campus initiatives Daemen should pursue for the mutual benefit of everyone in the community,” Olson said. “Members of this non-partisan Board will play an important role in helping us accomplish that goal.”


President Olson pointed out that Daemen is a major economic engine in the region, contributing nearly $114 million and over 30,000 hours of volunteer service annually to Buffalo and all of Western New York.  This Advisory Board will help ensure that Daemen continues to be a key part of the economic, academic, and workforce development dialogue throughout the area.


Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown, a member of the Advisory Board, stated: “I am honored to be a part of Daemen’s new Community Advisory Board. Daemen is one of the great academic institutions in the Western New York community. Our colleges and universities inject millions of dollars into the Buffalo area economy. I thank President Olson for connecting the College to leaders throughout the region.”


Olson indicated that he hopes the Board will meet with him and other Daemen academic campus leaders regularly, to exchange ideas regarding the changing requirements of needs of the private sector; additional community service that the College can provide to the inner city of Buffalo; and new ways that the College can engage local town leaders in the Region. 


The Western New York leaders who have agreed to serve on the Daemen College Community Advisory Board are:


Scott Bieler - President, West Herr Auto Group

Kathy Lawley Best - Director of Organizational Development/Communications, Lawley Insurance

Byron W. Brown - Mayor, City of Buffalo, New York

Mark Chason - President, Chason Affinity Companies, LLC.

Dennis Elsenbeck - Regional Executive at National Grid 

Matthew K. Enstice - President and CEO, Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, Inc.
Gretchen Geitter - Vice President of Community Relations, Buffalo Bills, Inc.

Brian Higgins - Member of Congress, U.S. House of Representatives

Sharon Lochocki - Senior Vice President, Key Bank

Guy R. Marlette - Deputy Supervisor, Town of Amherst

Karen L. Merkel - Director Corporate Communications, National Fuel Gas Company

Jennifer J. Parker - Chief Executive Officer, Jackson Parker Communications, LLC.

Crystal D. Peoples-Stokes - Member, New York State Assembly District 141

Michael H. Ranzenhofer - State Senator, New York State Senate, 61st Senate District

Eric Reich - President and Co-Founder, Campus Labs

Joan C. Stovroff (Joni) - Owner, President, Stovroff and Taylor Realtors

Steve Swift  - Executive Vice President/Chief Financial Officer at HealthNow New York Inc.

Donald L. Trump - President & CEO, Roswell Park Cancer Institute

Rocco R. Termini - President, Signature Development Buffalo

Raymond Walter - Member, New York State Assembly, District 146

Dr. Barry A. Weinstein - Supervisor, Town of Amherst, New York

Jeffrey A. Wellington - Senior Vice President and President, M&T Bank-Buffalo Division

Jodi Wiechec - Director, Human Resources & Strategic Alignment at Perry's Ice Cream

Arthur G. Wingerter - President, Univera Healthcare

John Yurtchuk - Chairman, Calspan Corporation

Howard A. Zemsky - Managing Partner, Larkin Development Group

Co-Chair, Western New York Regional Economic Development Council



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