Board of Directors
Ange Fatta, Ph.D., Chair
Anthony B. Martino, Vice-Chair
James R. Biltekoff, Vice-Chair
Ted Walsh, Vice-Chair
David Zebro, Vice-Chair
William L. Joyce, Chair Emeritus
Thomas R. Beecher, Jr., Chair Emeritus
Matthew K. Enstice, President & CEO
Honorable Byron W. Brown, Mayor, City of Buffalo
Ruth D. Bryant, Fruit Belt Neighborhood Representative
Michael Cain, MD, Vice President for Health Sciences, and Dean, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University at Buffalo
David Carlson, Chair of the Board of Directors, Unyts
Phillip Catanese, Vice President of Corporate Relations, Buffalo News
Joseph J. Cozzo, President & CEO, Buffalo Hearing & Speech Center
Judith Feldman, Board Chair, Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute
Anne Gioia, Member of the Board of Directors, Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Candace S. Johnson, Ph.D., President & CEO Roswell Park Cancer Institute
John Koelmel, Chair of the Board of Directors, Kaleida Health
Jody L. Lomeo, President & CEO, Kaleida Health
John C. Notaro, MD, Chair, Primary Care Department, Buffalo Medical Group
Tammy Owen, President & CEO, Olmsted Center for Sight
Honorable Mark Poloncarz, Executive, County of Erie
Daniel J. Scully, CEO, Buffalo Medical Group
Mark J. Simon, President and CEO, Unyts
Edward Snell, Chief Executive Officer, Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute
Satish K. Tripathi, Ph.D., President, University at Buffalo
Angelo M. Fatta holds a BS in Chemistry from Canisius College, Buffalo New York (1966) and a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from Wayne State University (1970). He was a Postdoctoral Fellow at The Pennsylvania State University Center for Air Environment Studies (1970-71). From 1971 to 1976 he was a Forensic Analyst with the Erie County Central Police Services Crime Laboratory.
Ange was co-founder (1973) and CEO of ACTS Testing Labs, a global Consumer Products Quality Assurance company headquartered in Buffalo, with 700 employees in Hong Kong, Singapore, Lille (France), London, Toronto, Chicago and other locations worldwide. ACTS Testing Labs specialized in the testing, inspection and quality consultation of consumer products including toys, children’s products, apparel, health and beauty aids, and electronics. In 1998 the company was sold to a Paris based quality services organization.
In 2009, Ange founded ANSECO Group, a consumer products testing laboratory with locations in Buffalo and Hong Kong. ANSECO specialized in the compliance and quality testing of children’s products and promotional products. The company was sold in May, 2015.
From 2001 to 2006 Ange was co-founder and volunteer President of BuffLink, Inc. a not for profit, private sector initiative which promoted the creation of a regional life sciences economy for Western New York. He also served as a pro-bono Entrepreneurial Coach for several start-up companies and as Interim President of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus from 2001 to 2003.
Ange has held various volunteer leadership positions with not-for-profit groups in the region, most notably as Chair of the Board of Trustees of The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra from 2004 to 2008 where he led a successful $30 million capital campaign. Currently he is Vice-Chair of the Board and Co-Chair of the current capital campaign at the BPO. He was Chair of the Board of Trustees of the University at Buffalo Foundation from 2008 to 2012. Today he is a Trustee of the State University of New York (SUNY) where he sits as Chair of the Research and Economic Development Committee.
In addition Ange has served on a variety of other not-for-profit boards such as Cradle Beach Camp and the Canisius College Board of Trustees. Lastly, he is an officer of The Fatta Foundation, a charitable family foundation supporting the welfare and development of children in Western New York. He, his wife Carol and their two children live in Buffalo.
Anthony B. Martino is currently serving as the Vice-Chair of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.
With more than 37 years of experience in finance and public accounting, Martino is a retired partner of the Buffalo CPA firm Lumsden & McCormick, LLP. He began his career with Price Waterhouse, where he worked in the firm’s Buffalo and Washington, D.C., offices. Martino is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and the New York State Society of CPAs.
He served as the Director of Dormitory Authority of New York State since 2008 and as the Independent Director of Natural Health Trends Corp. from December 2005 to October 2007. Martino has also served in leadership and on several boards of Directors, including the regional board of Key Bank, Hauptman-Woodward Research Institute, Mount Calvary Cemetery, and Cradle Beach Camp.
Martino, a graduate of the University of Buffalo, currently is a member on the board and holds leadership positions for the Independent Health Association, Inc., University of Buffalo Foundation, Inc., CUBRC, Inc., Avariant, LLC, and the Kelly for Kids Foundation.
Mr. Martino resides in Buffalo with his wife Mary.
James Biltekoff graduated from Yale (1969, English Literature) and Harvard Business School (1972), and joined Bison Foods Company, a family-owned business manufacturing cultured dairy products. Following the sale of Bison Foods in 1983, Mr. Biltekoff led a number of start-up companies and turnaround situations in the United States and Canada as owner or CEO, including Elan Foods, Inc., Astro Dairy Products Ltd., and Alfresh Beverages Canada Corp.
In addition to serving on the Board of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, Mr. Biltekoff is immediate past Chairman of Hauptman-Woodward Institute, past chairman of the United Jewish Appeal, and a board member of the Jewish Federation of Greater Buffalo and the Community Foundation of Greater Buffalo. He is a past board member of the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Shaw Festival, the Buffalo chapter of AIPAC, and the Buffalo Convention Center Management Corporation.
Edward F. Walsh, Vice-Chair
Ted Walsh lives in Buffalo, New York, with his wife, Ginna Remington Walsh. They raised their two daughters, Liza and Ellie here, now married to Sean Keenan and Andrew Beasley. Ted and Ginna are also very proud grandparents to Avery, Haley, Grant, Addison and Colette. He is a graduate of Nichols School in 1972 and Williams College in 1976.
Ted serves Walsh Duffield Companies, Inc. as President and Chief Operating Officer. He sets the strategic direction of the firm and is one of the key leaders in establishing and strengthening partnerships between insurance carriers and clients. Walsh Duffield’s mission is to create solutions to keep its clients safe and well.
He is proud of the talented insurance colleagues at Walsh Duffield whose efforts have created the environment for the business to grow and thrive over its 156 year history. Today the company size places it in the top 2% of insurance agencies nationally. Walsh Duffield has offices in Buffalo, Medina, Rochester, and at the BNMC Innovation Center.
Through the years, Ted has been recognized for his many outstanding accomplishments for both his professional achievements and his dedication to serving the WNY community. In 2013 Ted received recognition as a Red Jacket Award winner from the Buffalo History Museum. In 2011, he was honored to be Canisius College’s Business Executive of the Year Award recipient, Goodwill Industries of WNY, Florence M. Conti Award recipient and Kaleida Health dedicated the Edward F. Walsh, Jr. Emergency Department at the Buffalo General Medical Center in his name. In 2008, Ted and Ginna Walsh were named the United Way Philanthropists of the Year by the Alexis de Tocqueville Society.
Ted has been an active community volunteer for over 39 years and has held leadership positions with over thirty health and human service organizations. He is fortunate to have been the Chair of the Board with Kaleida Health, United Way of Buffalo and Erie County, Goodwill Industries of WNY, Nichols School, and the Center for Hospice & Palliative Care. He is honored to serve as Treasurer of the John R. Oishei Foundation and as Chairperson of the Josephine Goodyear Foundation and Secretary of the Children’s Foundation of Erie County. He is excited to rejoin the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus Board.
David Zebro, Vice-Chair
Thomas R. Beecher, Jr., is counsel to the Buffalo, New York, law firm of Phillips Lytle LLP. He is also Chairman of Barrantys LLC, and Chair Emeritus of the Board of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. Mr. Beecher is former Chairman of the Board of Buffalo General Hospital, Kaleida Health, and Rand Capital Corporation. He is a founder and Director of the Buffalo Inner-City Scholarship Opportunity Network (BISON) Inc. He is on the Investment Committee of both the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo and D’Youville College.
Mr. Beecher has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Holy Cross College and a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law. He is the recipient of the Army Commendation Medal, Lawrence D. Jacobs MD award from the Multiple Sclerosis Society and Business First 125 Most Influential Western New York in 2012.
Mr. Beecher received the University of Buffalo Chancellor Charles P. Norton Medal (highest honor given by the University at Buffalo) on May 9, 2010. He was awarded the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa (D. Litt.) by Canisius College on May 19, 2010.
Mr. Beecher resides in Buffalo with his wife, Judy.
William L. Joyce has served as the Chair of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus Board of Directors since 2007.
With a B.S. degree in Economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, Joyce uses his business knowledge and experience to help guide executive leadership teams within organizations.
In addition to holding a number of board positions over a 5 year period for the Medical Campus, Joyce has been an active member in the community, serving on various boards including: the Kaleida Health Board of Directors, the University at Buffalo Foundation Board of Directors, the Buffalo Urban League Board of Directors, the Goodwill Industries of Western New York Board of Directors, the Millard Fillmore Hospital System Board of Directors, and the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County Board of Directors.
He was the principal and partner of Strategic Investments & Holdings, Inc. for nearly 20 years, and he aslo held a variety of management positions at Occidental Chemical and Nabisco Foods.
Joyce and his wife, Anne, of 39 years have one daughter. The Joyces reside in Snyder, NY.
Matthew Enstice is the President & CEO of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, Inc. In this role, he is leading a pioneering initiative to integrate health care services, life sciences, clean energy, and education in an effort to revitalize the city of Buffalo.
BNMC is a consortium of the region’s premier health care, life sciences research, and medical education institutions, all located on 120 acres in downtown Buffalo, New York. The BNMC is dedicated to the cultivation of a world-class medical campus for clinical care, research, education, and entrepreneurship.
Through Matt’s efforts, local neighborhood leaders, foundations, multi-national corporations, NGOs, research labs, hospitals, and educational institutions are collaborating to create a model for reenergizing the city that has application all over America.
Prior to returning home to Buffalo, Matt worked in the entertainment industry in L.A. and New York, for Broadway Pictures and with Lorne Michaels at Saturday Night Live.
Matt holds a B.A. in English from Hobart College and a Master of Business Administration from Canisius College.
He is currently active on the boards of the SAGE Global (Students for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship), Buffalo Renaissance Foundation, Amherst Chamber of Commerce, Elmwood Franklin School, and is on the Advisory Board for the School of Visual Arts Design for Social Innovation in New York City.
Matt is married and lives in Buffalo, NY with his family.
The Honorable Byron W. Brown is the Mayor of Buffalo, New York. He was reelected to a second four-year term as Mayor of New York’s second largest city following a landslide victory in September of 2009, extending his stay as the 58th Mayor of Buffalo.
Reelected as Mayor with over 60 percent of the vote, Mayor Brown continues to strengthen and expand the city’s economic development activities, improve the quality of life for all city residents, and emphasize greater accountability and efficiency in City Hall.
Since taking office, Mayor Brown has championed the renaissance that is taking place throughout Buffalo. His commitment to prudent and conservative budgeting has made Buffalo more competitive for investment, safer for residents and visitors, and fiscally stable. The latest sign of progress came recently when Moody’s Investors Service upgraded the city’s bond rating to A1, the highest in Buffalo’s history, citing Buffalo’s “stable outlook” and “significant improvement of the city’s financial operations”. At a time when other cities had their credit downgraded, Buffalo’s improved bond ratings have resulted in the city’s lowest interest rates ever, saving Buffalo approximately $1.6 million in borrowing costs.
Leading the City through one of its most difficult economic periods, Mayor Brown has also been able to provide property tax certainty to city taxpayers. This year, he preserved the 15% homeowner tax rate reduction achieved over the course of his administration, while offering businesses an additional 8.5% tax cut. With this decrease, commercial property tax rates will have decreased by nearly 25% since 2006.
Under Mayor Brown’s leadership, downtown Buffalo has experienced a surge of economic development, fueled by the rapidly growing Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, with nearly $1.5 billion in economic impact and one million annual patient visits. Mayor Brown has been a strong proponent of Buffalo’s revitalized waterfront, part of the $250 million Canal Side development project that attracted more than 400,000 residents and visitors in 2011. After reconfiguring the city’s economic development activities into the Office of Strategic Planning, he has championed bold projects that are transforming the city: the return of two-way traffic to downtown Main Street, the development of a new zoning code, and the development of new downtown housing, making downtown the fastest growing residential area in the city. Mayor Brown has also pushed for the enhancement and expansion of Buffalo’s great educational system of Colleges and Universities, complemented by a public school system that is being strengthened by a $1.3 billion investment in renovated buildings.
During Mayor Brown’s tenure, the following are among the companies that relocated their corporate headquarters to downtown Buffalo: New Era Cap Company; Labatt USA; BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York; First Niagara Bank. Other signs of Buffalo’s growth and revival include the completion of the new $140 million federal courthouse, the proposed construction of a new 96-room Marriott Courtyard Hotel, on-going redevelopment of the historic Statler City and Hotel Lafayette and the continued investment in Buffalo’s waterfront.
Complementing this economic development activity is the continuing decline in crime in the Queen City. Since January 2006, Buffalo has experienced a 16% reduction in overall crime, with the city’s homicide rate down 40% in 2011, the lowest level in more than a decade. Public Safety has been a focus of the Mayor from day one. His Zero Tolerance Law Enforcement initiative targeting quality of life crimes as a strategy to reduce crime overall continues to produce results. Targeting a variety of criminal actions, including gangs, illegal drugs and guns, the Buffalo Police Department’s Mobile Response Unit has contributed significantly to the City’s continuing reduction in crime. Mayor Brown has also overseen the installation of 125 surveillance cameras that are making a difference in various areas of the city in an effort to prevent and eliminate crime in commercial and residential neighborhoods. This activity coincides with the addition of 175 new Buffalo police officers and 161 firefighters, hired since 2006.
Mayor Brown has spearheaded and sponsored a number of neighborhood revitalization projects. Since 2006, the City has invested nearly $30 million to improve and beautify its park system. Mayor Brown also introduced a city-wide enhanced recycling program that has already dramatically increased the collection of recyclables, a huge stride in greening Buffalo.
Mayor Brown’s career in public service is marked with many historic achievements. He was elected the first African-American Mayor of Buffalo. He served five years in the New York State Senate. Sworn in January 1, 2001, Mayor Brown also became the first African-American elected to the State Senate outside of New York City.
Mayor Brown was first elected to represent the Masten District on the Buffalo City Council in 1995. He has won dozens of awards during his decades of public service. While on the Council, Mayor Brown was called “bright, creative and hardworking,” in a Buffalo News survey and was recognized in 1989 Ebony Magazine as one of the “30 Leaders of the Future”.
Mayor Brown was recently named one of 13 members on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s New York Works Task Force. He also serves on the Governor’s Regional Economic Council. He was named one of 2012’s most influential people in Western New York by Buffalo Business First. Mayor Brown is a Silver Life Member of the NAACP.
Ruth D. Bryant represents the Historic Fruit Belt Neighborhood on the BNMC Board. She’s an alumni of the University at Buffalo, and is a retired Assistant Dean, School of Architecture and Planning, University at Buffalo.
Ruth was the first minority Chair of the Professional Staff Senate, the governing body of professional staff. She has served on numerous University and SUNY wide committees. She a graduate of Leadership Buffalo, ’93, and serves on several community boards: John R. Oishei Foundation, Forest Lawn Cemetery, Rental Assistant Corporation, and Housing Development Corporation. One of her passions in retirement is working with youth of color thru the Cultures of Giving Legacy Initiative, an endowment fund of The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo.
Ruth’s a resident of the Ellicott District, where she serves as Chair of the Willert Park Village Community Association.
Michael E. Cain, MD, serves as Dean of the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (effective November 1, 2006) and Vice President for Health Sciences (effective July 1, 2011) at the University at Buffalo. He also serves as Professor of Medicine and Professor of Biomedical Engineering.
A graduate of Gettysburg College, Cain received his medical degree from George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C. He completed his training in internal medicine at Barnes Hospital/Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. His postgraduate training in cardiovascular diseases included appointments as a research fellow and clinical cardiology fellow in the Cardiovascular Division at Washington University School of Medicine. He also served as a clinical/research fellow in the Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia.
Cain joined the Washington University School of Medicine faculty in 1981 as an assistant professor of medicine. He served (1981-1993) as the director of the Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Laboratory at Barnes Hospital/Washington University. He was promoted to associate professor in 1987. In 1993 he was promoted to professor of medicine and named the director of the Cardiovascular Division. He served as the Tobias and Hortense Lewin Professor of Medicine from 1994 to 2006 and as professor of biomedical engineering since 1999.
An internationally recognized cardiovascular physician-scientist, Dr. Cain specializes in cardiac electrophysiology, the examination of the heart’s electrical system. He is a translational researcher, clinician, educator, and accomplished administrator. His NIH-funded research has been directed at determining the electrophysiological and structural determinants of ventricular tachycardia and fibrillation in the setting of healed myocardial infarction or cardiomyopathy. He is certified as a diplomat by the American Board of Internal Medicine in internal medicine, cardiovascular diseases, and in clinical cardiac electrophysiology and pacing.
Cain is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association, and the Heart Rhythm Society. He is the past president of the Association of Professors of Cardiology, the Heart Rhythm Society, the Missouri Chapter of the American College of Cardiology, and the St. Louis Chapter of the American Heart Association. He is also the past chair of the Board of Directors of The Sarnoff Endowment for Cardiovascular Science.
Awards that he has received include the Distinguished Service Award from the Heart Rhythm Society, the Hans-Peter Kragenbuehl Memorial Award for Research in Cardiac Function from the International Academy of Cardiology, the American Heart Association’s Arthur E. Strauss Award, the Outstanding Researcher of the Year presented by the American Heart Association’s Missourian Award Executive Committee, the Spirit Award from the Sarnoff Cardiovascular Research Foundation, and the 2012 Resident/Fellow Achievement Award from Washington University School of Medicine.
David A. Carlson is President of Sentz-Carlson Agency, Inc., an independent insurance agency with offices in North Tonawanda. Mr. Carlson has been active in sight and hearing conversation, organ, tissue, and blood donation. He was past President of Buffalo Eye Bank and Research Society and has been an active board member of Unyts for 22 years. He currently serves as board chair of that organization. Mr. Carlson served on the Board of Directors of Allosource, a Denver, Colorado bone, tissue, and organ processing organization and currently sits on the board of Hearing Evaluation Services of WNY, Inc.
Mr. Carlson is a member of the Independent Insurance Agents Association of New York.
Phil Catanese is the Vice President of Corporate Relations, for The Buffalo News. He is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with current customers within advertising circulation. Additionally, Phil’s role includes acquiring new customers in all areas of The Buffalo News, including our printing business (TBN Direct), online & print advertising, and circulation. Phil is also a strong community advocate for The News and sits on several boards and advisory groups for colleges and non-profits.
Phil started working at The Buffalo News in November 2000 as Director of Ad Sales. He then became Vice President of Retail Stores and now Vice President of Corporate Relations. His past professional experience working in the food industry wholesale and retail sales and operations for several supermarkets including, Peter J. Schmitt-Bells, Fleming Wholesale Foods, and Jubilee.
Phil received an Associated Degree from Bryant Stratton in West Seneca, NY.
Joseph J. Cozzo is the President and CEO of the Buffalo Hearing & Speech Center.
Cozzo’s has a master’s degree in Psychology, a master’s degree in Counseling, and is a graduate of Leadership Buffalo. He is also a NYS Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Nationally Certified Trauma Counselor. With over 35 years of experience, Cozzo’s expertise lies within the areas of child development and developmental issues, literacy, and the school related issues of at-risk students.
He is a highly regarded speaker and workshop leader, focusing on the areas of child development and developmental issues, treatment strategies for working with emotionally disturbed youth, school related issues of at-risk students, effective discipline and parenting, and diversity issues in counseling and therapy.
As a consultant for public schools, Cozzo is developing effective strategies for working with angry and aggressive youth, in addition to transforming classrooms into connection communities. He is an advocate for children’s rights and is a member of several local community not-for-profit Boards of Directors.
Judith Feldman, Board Chair, Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute
Judith Feldman, Founder of BIA Consulting Services, a woman-owned business that provides executive level technology strategic planning, interim CIO, technology road mapping, mentoring and vendor selection services. Feldman formerly served as Chief Information Officer at Independent Health and has held other key executive positions. She has a BS in Computer Science from SUNY Albany and an MS in Systems Management from the University of Southern California.
Ann D. Gioia is philanthropist, former teacher and a prominent fundraiser in the fight against cancer. She has garnered local and national attention for turning a personal tragedy into a crusade to save lives. Since losing her daughter, Katherine, to cancer in 1989, Ms. Gioia has helped energize the community to support Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Her creation, the Roswell Park Alliance, a not-for-profit foundation she co-founded with sister-in-law Donna Gioia, has grown into one of the most successful fundraising organizations in Western New York, raising millions for research and improving quality of life for patients. She also authored a book on cancer for children and their families entitled Bobo’s Just Fine. Ms. Gioia currently serves as secretary of the board of directors of the Roswell Park Alliance Foundation.
Ms. Gioia, who earned a bachelor’s degree from Canisius College, is also one of the college’s honorary degree recipients.
Ms. Gioia resides in Buffalo with her husband, Richard.
Dr. Candace S. Johnson joined the faculty of Roswell Park Cancer Institute in February 2002, and is currently President & CEO, the Wallace Family Chair in Translational Research, and Professor of Oncology.
From 1997-2002, Dr. Johnson served as Deputy Director of Basic Research at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, and Professor of Pharmacology and Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
Dr. Johnson earned her doctoral degree in Immunology from Ohio State University, Columbus, in 1977. From 1977 to 1981, she completed research and postdoctoral fellowships in Immunology/Cell Biology at the Michigan Cancer Foundation, Detroit.
Dr. Johnson’s research interests include translational research to facilitate the efficient application of promising laboratory findings in clinical studies; preclinical design and development of more effective therapeutic approaches to cancer using highly characterized tumor models; and mechanisms of vitamin D mediated antiproliferative effects either alone or in combination with other cytotoxic agents.
Dr. Johnson is a member of the National Institutes of Health Reviewers Reserve and has served as a member of the National Cancer Institute Review Group Subcommittee A Cancer Center (Parent Committee) and of the Experimental Therapeutics Study Section (2) for 2 terms. She also is a member of many professional and scientific societies, Senior Editor of Molecular Cancer Therapeutics, Associate Editor of Molecular and Cellular Differentiation, Oncology, and Molecular Pharmacology, and a member of the editorial board of Oncology Reports and Molecular Pharmacology.
Dr. Johnson has authored or coauthored nearly 200 journal publications, book chapters and abstracts, and has been issued patents on the “Use of Pretreatment Chemicals to Enhance Efficacy of Cytotoxic Agents” and “Endothelial Specific Targeting.”
John R. Koelmel is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of First Niagara Financial Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: FNFG), and its principal subsidiary First Niagara Bank, N.A. He joined First Niagara as its Chief Financial Officer in January of 2004, and was appointed to his position as President and CEO in December of 2006. He has served on the Buffalo, N.Y. company’s board of directors since 2007.
During his tenure as CEO, Mr. Koelmel has led First Niagara’s growth from an $8 billion savings institution with 119 branches in Upstate New York to what is now a top-25 regional commercial bank, which has more than $35 billion in assets and 430 branches in New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Massachusetts following its recent acquisition of HSBC branches in Upstate New York and Southern Connecticut.
Since the height of the financial crisis facing banks and other institutions, Mr. Koelmel consistently led and positioned First Niagara by fortifying its capital position; profitably growing the bank; expanding its footprint and franchise; investing in the communities it serves; and building a differentiating team and culture.
From 2008 through 2009, Mr. Koelmel led First Niagara through three highly successful follow-on stock offerings, raising nearly $1 billion in capital from the private sector to fuel the bank’s increased lending and growth. In December 2011, an additional $1 billion of new capital was raised in support of the then pending HSBC branch transaction.
In 2009, First Niagara initiated its expansion outside of Upstate New York and into Pennsylvania. It first entered Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania by acquiring 57 branches and $4 billion in deposits from National City Bank. The Bank then entered Eastern Pennsylvania, from Allentown to the Philadelphia suburbs, through the acquisition of Harleysville National Corporation, its 83 branches, more than $5 billion in assets and $4 billion in deposits. In April 2011, First Niagara completed its $1.5 billion merger with NewAlliance Bancshares, Inc., which stretched its geographic footprint into adjacent Connecticut and Massachusetts with 88 branches, nearly $9 billion in assets and more than $5 billion in deposits. And, in May 2012, the HSBC branch transaction was completed, which included 195 branches and $15 billion in deposits, across New York and Southern Connecticut.
Mr. Koelmel has been a regular banking industry commentator for some of the country’s major media outlets, having appeared on CNBC and routinely featured in national and trade publications such as The Wall Street Journal, CNNMoney, Bank Director, American Banker and Dow Jones Newswires.
Mr. Koelmel has been recognized by numerous organizations for his business acumen and innovative leadership. In 2012, he was named a “Citizen of the Year” by The Buffalo News; “Man of the Year” by The Buffalo Renaissance Foundation; and was named “Leader of the Year” by Leadership Niagara. In March 2011, he received the Buffalo Niagara Sales & Marketing Executives (BNSME) “2010 Executive of the Year” award; and in November 2010, he was recognized by the University at Buffalo School of Management as its “2010 Buffalo-Niagara Executive of the Year”. In 2009, Mr. Koelmel was named “Community Banker of the Year” by American Banker.
Mr. Koelmel began his professional career with KPMG LLP. During his 26 year career as a Certified Public Accountant, he served many banking and financial services clients, and was Managing Partner of KPMG’s Buffalo office and KPMG’s Upstate New York Business Unit, which included its Rochester, Syracuse and Albany offices.
Mr. Koelmel, 59, serves on several boards in addition to First Niagara’s, including the New York Power Authority, which he was elected Chairman in June 2012; Kaleida Health, where he also serves as Chairman; Great Lakes Health; Buffalo Arts and Technology Center (which he also chairs); the WNY Regional Economic Development Council; and the New York Bankers Association. Throughout his career, he has been actively involved with, and has had leadership roles in, numerous other community organizations in Buffalo and Western New York.
A native of the Buffalo area, Mr. Koelmel earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and accounting from the College of the Holy Cross in 1974. He and his wife, Marsha, live in East Amherst, New York with her three children, Tommy, Lauren and Caroline. Mr. Koelmel has two adult children, Jeffrey and Elizabeth.
Dr. John C. Notaro has been a member of the Buffalo Medical Group’s Department of Internal Medicine since 1995, and has served as chair of the Primary Care Department since January 2004. He was appointed BMG Associate Medical Director in 2005.
A Buffalo, NY, native, Dr. Notaro is a graduate of the University of Rochester where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry. He earned his medical degree at Albany Medical College, and did his residency in internal medicine at Albany Medical Center Hospital. Before joining the Buffalo Medical Group, Dr. Notaro spent four years in the United States Air Force Medical Corps at the former Griffiss Air Force Base in Rome, NY, from 1991-1995. He earned the rank of major while serving as a staff internist and Director of the Allergy and Immunology Clinic for the 416th Medical Group.
As a BMG physician leader, he spearheaded the organization’s participation in an international initiative, titled the “Idealized Design of Clinical Office Practice” (IDCOP). Conducted by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Boston, Mass., the project’s goal was to design office-based systems that make it possible to achieve better clinical outcomes.
Dr. Notaro served as chair of the BMG Quality Assurance Committee from January 1999 to December 2004, and was chair of the Group’s Board of Directors from September 2002 to December 2004.
He serves on the Board of Directors of Catholic Health and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. Licensed to practice medicine in New York State, he is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, and has been a Diplomate in Internal Medicine since 1992.
Dr. Notaro resides in Orchard Park, NY, with his wife, Nga Le, MD, and their three children.
Tammy Owen was named President & CEO of Olmsted Center for Sight in March, 2013. She most recently served as chief operating officer of the Buffalo General Medical Center/Gates Vascular Institute.
Ms. Owen began her career with Kaleida in 1990. She was promoted several times thoughout her 22 year tenure including positions as vice president, ambulatory and rehabilitation serices; vice president, strategic planning and network development; vice president, physician services; president, DeGraff Memorial Hospital; and president, Millard Fillmore Gates Hospital.
In addition, Owen led the integration of Millard Fillmore Gates, Buffalo General Medical Center and Gates Vascular Institute, and was instrumental in removing DeGraff Memorial from the Berger Commission’s list of hospitals targeted for closure in 2007.
She earned both her Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in physical therapy degrees from the University at Buffalo. Owen also received a Master of Science in sports medicine and a Bachelor of Science in physical education from Springfreld College in Springfield, Massachusetts. She also attended the executive leadership training program at the Harvard Business School.
An active member of the Buffalo area community, Owen has served on numerous boards of directors and has taught as an adjunct faculty member at both University at Buffalo and Daemen College. Her professional accomplishments include being named to both the Top 50 Healthcare Executives and Women of Influence listings by Buffalo Business First.
In January 2012, County Executive Mark Poloncarz was sworn in as Erie County’s eighth county executive. Since taking office, the county executive has worked to change the culture of Erie County government and restore it to its core mission; providing the programs and services that residents and taxpayers demand as effectively and efficiently as possible. He also believes that it is his role to promote job creation and economic development in Erie County and, as such, has made it a top priority of his administration.
Mark C. Poloncarz is Erie County’s eighth County Executive.
Mark grew up with his parents and two brothers in the blue-collar steel town of Lackawanna. His parents, Charles, a retired steelworker from Bethlehem Steel Corp., and Janice, a nurse from Mercy Hospital, taught him the value of hard work, being frugal and community from a young age.
After graduating from Lackawanna Senior High School in 1985, Mark went on to gain his undergraduate degree from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo and then later attended University of Toledo’s College of Law, graduating in 1997.
Passing the New York State Bar exam on his first attempt, Mark chose to move back home to Western New York where he practiced corporate and finance law in Buffalo with the firms of Watson Bennett LLP and Kavinoky Cook LLP. His legal practice included representing individuals, businesses, both large and small, and local governmental authorities during complex public and private mixed finance transactions.
During the height of the “Red-Green” fiscal crisis in 2005, Mark was elected as Erie County Comptroller. As Comptroller, he worked to root out waste, fraud and abuse of the taxpayers’ dollars while creating a more efficient Comptroller’s Office and restoring fiscal stability to Erie County’s government.
As the taxpayer’s watchdog, one of Mark’s first actions was to strengthen the office’s Audit Division and shape it into an Inspector General-style organization that stops and prevents waste, fraud and abuse of county tax dollars. After taking office, Mark conducted more than 50 major audits and reviews of Erie County’s departments, which have identified more than $30 million in cost savings. For these efforts, Mark’s Audit Division was awarded a prestigious Bronze Knighton Award in 2007 by the Association of Local Government Auditors—the first ever received by any municipal government auditor in New York State.
Additionally, under Mark’s watch, Erie County’s credit ratings from the three major rating institutions (Moody’s Investment Services, Standard and Poor’s Financial Services LLC and Fitch Ratings) have increased a total of 10 steps from all “B’s” to now all “A’s,” while the state-appointed control board has downgraded in status from “control” to “advisory.”
Since taking office as Erie County Executive in January 2012, Mark has worked to change the culture of Erie County government. Mark believes that government is not a business and it should not be run like one. While a business is concerned with maximizing its profits to benefit a select few, a government is concerned with the welfare of those it represents. Government exists to take on precisely those tasks that the private sector can’t or won’t.
County government serves an important role and Mark is working to return it to its core mission: provide the programs and services that residents and taxpayers demand as effectively and efficiently as possible. In his first 100 days he has worked to do that by restoring vital programs like rodent control and the day care subsidy, both of which leverage state and federal resources to provide an exceptional value to the community.
Additionally, Mark believes promoting job creation and economic development should be a top priority of his administration and has made real progress. As such, he has begun to working with his partners in state government to reform a local IDA system run amok with the expressed goal to make these agencies accountable to the taxpayers, whose dollars they hand out, for fostering real job creation and economic growth rather than simply relocating existing businesses. Additionally, he promised to work to not only bring in new business from other parts of the country but also, for the first time, finally focus on leveraging our strategic international border to attract business from Canada. And immediately, his administration has begun to build a relationship with our Canadian friends that goes beyond simply being shoppers in our malls to truly investing in our community.
Also, Mark believes that for his administration to be successful, it must be guided by partnership rather than partisanship, and that our best can only come by elevating cooperation over conflict. That means working with partners in the community and across every level of government. Whether that’s working with the Legislature Majority and Minority to expedite the approval for the County’s 2012 capital program in order to begin construction projects across Erie County sooner than they have been in years, or coordinating an historic effort among all of the County’s 44 municipalities to submit a joint application to create one of the state’s first land banks and finally address our growing vacant property problem.
The Poloncarz administration believes it is the public’s right to know the process of governmental decision-making and it is an expressed goal of his administration to create a more open and transparent Erie County government. This effort started immediately in fighting to restore cuts to the independent Comptroller’s Office and in issuing Executive Orders in the public eye rather than internal memos. Since then, Mark has streamlined the process for public access to government records (through FOIL) by email, and are now working to create a system that will archive all County contracts in the public view.
Daniel J. Scully has served as Chief Executive Officer of the Buffalo Medical Group, PC, in Buffalo, NY, since February 1995, and is responsible for the strategic and operational direction of the largest private practice multi-specialty medical group in New York State. An accomplished attorney, certified public accountant and certified medical practice executive, he has more than 25 years experience in law, business and financial management.
Under Mr. Scully’s leadership over the last 17 years, the number of BMG physicians has increased by 50 percent, and the organization expanded its locations from nine to 23, thereby enhancing patient access to the Group’s programs and services.
In recent years, he has led Buffalo Medical Group’s implementation of the most advanced and sophisticated electronic medical records system in Western New York.
Among his other significant accomplishments was the installation of a new practice management system, laboratory management system, electronic medical record, radiology management system, and transcription system that improved the operational workflow in physician offices. He also implemented a successful after hours care program, now called BMG Extended Care, which has improved patient access to care after normal business hours.
A native of Buffalo, NY, Mr. Scully received a Juris Doctor at the University at Buffalo, and also is a graduate of Canisius College where he earned a bachelor of science in Accounting.
He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, and a member of the P2 Collaborative of Western New York, Inc., a group of health care leaders whose role is to identify community assets and target them to address community health problems and issues.
He also is a member of the Leadership Buffalo Class of 1996, and has served on the St. Francis Foundation Board of Trustees, the Upstate New York Transplant Services Inc. Board of Directors, and the Amherst Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
Mark Simon has been President and CEO of Unyts since 1998. Unyts is WNY’s only organ, eye, tissue and community blood center. Unyts is a not-for-profit serving the eight counties of Western New York and is part of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. Mark has been responsible for implementing the mission, vision and core values of Unyts to increase awareness of donation. Under the leadership of Mark Simon, Unyts has grown from an organization of 20 employees to well over 200.
Mark has developed collaborative relationships with SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine, Kaleida Health, WNY Health Care Proxy Coalition and hospitals across the region, helping them save millions of dollars on blood related products. Today, Unyts supplies over 60% of the WNY community with blood products. While Mark Simon has been President and CEO of Unyts, WNY has grown to have one of the highest consent rates for organ donation in the entire country.
Mark came to Unyts with over 13 years of experience in the not-for-profit arena, working for three local hospitals and a medical association. Mark is a board member and past chair of several transplant related councils and organizations. Mark Simon graduated with a BS in Accounting from the University at Buffalo School of Management. In his spare time, he coaches basketball at St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute.
Dr. Edward Snell has been the Chief Executive Officer of Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute Inc. since December 1, 2014. Dr. Snell worked as a Senior Research Scientist at HWI for eight years. He has served as collaborator on the $25 million BioXFEL Science and Technology Center grant from the National Science Foundation, a joint project with the University at Buffalo. Dr. Snell serves in leadership positions with the American Crystallographic Association,
An internationally distinguished researcher and transformative higher education leader, Satish K. Tripathi, PhD, was appointed the 15th president of the University at Buffalo on April 18, 2011.
Tripathi, who served as UB’s provost and executive vice president for academic affairs from 2004-11, has led the university in achieving significant growth in research activity, enhanced student quality and diversity, and an expanded international presence. As president, he is committed to building on this strong foundation, moving UB into the highest ranks of the nation’s leading research universities.
Tripathi served as dean of the Bourns College of Engineering at the University of California-Riverside from 1997-2004. Previously, he spent 19 years as a professor of computer science at the University of Maryland, and held visiting professorships at the University of Paris-Sud in France and the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany.
The first international-born president in UB’s history, he graduated at the top of his class from Banaras Hindu University in India and holds a doctorate in computer science from the University of Toronto, as well as three master’s degrees—one in computer science from the University of Toronto and two in statistics from the University of Alberta and Banaras Hindu University. A fellow of the IEEE and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, he was awarded the honorary doctorate of science from the Indian Institute of Information Technology, Allahabad, the university’s highest degree. An active community leader, he was appointed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo as co-chair of the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council.