The BNMC is a self-sustaining social enterprise that serves as the umbrella organization of the anchor institutions that make up the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus located within the 120-acre campus bordering Allentown, the Fruit Belt and Downtown. We foster conversation and collaboration among our member institutions, our partners and the community to address critical issues impacting them, including entrepreneurship, energy, access and transportation, workforce and procurement, neighborhoods, and healthy communities, with the goal of increasing economic development and building a strong community
The BNMC is led by a dynamic team dedicated to creating innovative, sustainable environments. The team is built around the core value – do what you love, love what you do. Learn more about us, and let us know if you have any questions.
Empowering Ideas for Significance
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.
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 re-energizing 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, Buffalo Niagara Partnership, the Regional Council 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 with his family.
Contact Matt at firstname.lastname@example.org or 716.566.2315.
Kari Root Bonaro
Communicating Creates Progress
Kari joined the BNMC Inc. in August 2007. She leads the organization’s strategic communications, public relations, outreach, and media relations efforts for the BNMC and the Innovation Center, as well as handling special projects and government affairs.
Prior to moving back to Buffalo, Kari served as interim Director of Communications for New York University’s Child Study Center, where she worked to increase national public awareness and education of children’s mental health, market the Center’s clinical and research programs, and expand its national and local media coverage. She was previously a partner in the Washington, D.C.-based firm Polidais, where she provided media strategy, issues management, and legislative affairs services to clients in the fields of health care, science, and technological innovation. Prior to that, Kari was an associate at Burness Communications, providing communications consultation to non-profits focused on health policy and research, health care quality, children’s health, and the uninsured. She also managed public affairs for AcademyHealth, a not-for-profit international health policy and health services research center.
Kari holds a B.S. in Magazine Studies from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. She is currently on the advisory committee for the Buffalo Niagara Partnership 360 program. She lives in Elmwood Village with her husband, son, daughter & dog.
Contact Kari at email@example.com or 716.218.7157.
Enhancing Transportation Options
Jamie joined the BNMC in December of 2011 to help with planning and project management for the rapidly growing Medical Campus. Jamie primarily focuses on transportation initiatives and related capital projects for the Campus and surrounding community. He also works on other environment and community-oriented projects.
Jamie previously worked at the Urban Design Project where he aided in the creation of many local planning initiatives, including the Buffalo Green Code and the Richardson Olmsted Complex Master Plan. Jamie also has worked in the Office of the President at the University at Buffalo, where he helped develop UB2020’s Comprehensive Physical Plan, including planning for the expansion of UB facilities on the Medical Campus.
Jamie is from Buffalo, NY and currently resides in Allentown. He attended Hutch Tech High School where he specialized in architecture and engineering, and received a B.A. in Environmental Design and a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from the University at Buffalo’s School of Architecture and Planning.
Contact Jamie at firstname.lastname@example.org or 716.566.2316.
Leaving You With a Lasting Impression
Jennifer is the main of point of contact for the daily operations of the Innovation Center. After joining BNMC, Inc. in January 2011, Jennifer became depended upon for building, meeting, and tenant management, offering her organizational skills in an efficient way. She is committed to and known for leaving you with a lasting impression.
An integral team member of the BNMC, Inc., Jennifer helps to tell the story about the organization in a way that invites increased interest in the progress of the Medical Campus. In addition to managing the operational services, she also is responsible for payroll and human resource services for the BNMC, Inc., and will be working on the Innovation Center 2.
As the former Supervisor of Volunteer Services at Woman and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo where she worked for 13 years, Jennifer is well accustomed to servicing individuals in need of knowledge and resources. She is a Certified Administrator of Volunteer Services and an active member and past president of Western New York Chapter of Directors of Volunteers. She previously supervised nearly 650 volunteers at a 200-bed pediatric facility.
She is an active volunteer, often servicing organizations such as the Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. She resides in Buffalo.
Contact Jennifer at email@example.com or 716.218.7158.
Patrick J. Kilcullen
Creating Insight, Strategy, and Solutions
Pat joined the BNMC team as the Chief Financial Officer in January 2013, utilizing his expertise in finance, human resources, information technology, operations, business development, and entrepreneurism. Pat offers strategic accounting analysis and management to the team as bustling developments and investment activities increase on the Medical Campus.
Pat most recently served as Vice President of Finance and Administration at Ciminelli Real Estate Corporation, where he oversaw the implementation of a leading software suite for the real estate industry and managed financial and tax reporting for nearly 120 real estate investment entities. Prior to that, he was the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer at the Albright Knox Art Gallery, overseeing accounting, finance, information technology, human resources, security and building operations. He previously served as Chief Financial Officer for a privately held pharmaceutical company where he was responsible for structuring debt and equity financing, research and development and product license agreements, and negotiations for and the sale of company subsidiaries.
Pat received his B.B.A. in Accounting from Niagara University. He is a past member of the Niagara University Accounting Advisory Board and currently is a member of the Board for the Newfane Central School District and Lockport Ice and Sports Complex, Inc.
He resides in Newfane, NY with his wife and three children.
Contact Pat at firstname.lastname@example.org or 716.218.7154.
Mark M. McGovern
Creating a Sustainable Environment
Mark became the 5th BNMC staff member in June of 2006. Mark is responsible for day to day contract administration and contractor oversight on BNMC Projects including: the renovation of 73 High Street, Core and Shell renovation of 640 Ellicott Street, the construction of the Multi Modal Transportation Structure at 134 High Street, and the construction of Ellicott Park.
Often viewed internally as the staff person most grounded in the minutia of details, Mark occasionally is able to venture “outside the box” and advance the Medical Campus’ Green Initiative, such as the installation of a 141 panel 25 Kw solar array at the Innovation Center and deployment of 21 Electric Vehicle Charging Stations campus wide.
A lifelong resident of the Southern Tier, he previously worked for a large general contracting firm, the L.C. Whitford Co. Inc. of Wellsville, NY. As the Landscape Superintendent, he was responsible for the design and implementation of dozens of commercial landscape projects ranging from corporate offices in Alpharetta, GA to the RiverWalk Plaza in Wellsville, NY. Prior to joining the L.C. Whitford Company he worked for a Landscape Architect in Ithaca, NY.
Mark received his A.A.S. in Landscape Development from Alfred State College and has a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Alfred University. He is also a graduate of the University at Buffalo’s School of Architecture and Planning where he received his Master of Urban Planning. While at UB, he was a Graduate Assistant at the Institute for Local Governance and Regional Growth involved in research and analysis for the Institute’s Regional Knowledge Network as well as the application of Geographic Information Systems to various projects.
Mark lives in the City of Buffalo with his wife Amy, and daughters Lily and Bridgette. He is a Board Member of the Allentown Association and sits on the Board of Directors of the Arts Services Initiative. Mark enjoys biking to work, mixing it up in the kitchen, golf, and gardening.
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Reimagining Healthier Communities
Jonathan is the Healthy Communities Planner for BNMC. His primary focus is to build on the momentum and successes of the Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities initiative undertaken by BNMC and its partners in 2010 and developing a plan to strategically move this initiative forward. In addition, Jonathan contributes and collaborates on other projects that are focused on developing a healthier community on campus and in the surrounding communities.
Trained as an Urban Planner, Jonathan’s past work experience spans the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. As a student at UB, he co-authored Buffalo’s community gardens plan “Queen City Gardens” which led to a substantial increase in the number of gardens in the City. He also contributed to a plan for active transportation for youth called “Kid Corridors: Taking Steps to School”. In the non-profit world, Jonathan was a founder of a Canadian organization that incubated the Halton Fruit Tree Project which salvages over 10,000 lbs of organic fruit per year that otherwise would go to waste and redirects it to those most in need.
In the public sector, Jonathan has worked for two progressive cities on planning, transportation and public health initiatives. At the City of Edmonton, Jonathan worked on a dynamic project that led to the adoption of the City’s first food and urban agriculture strategy. At the City of Toronto he took part in the innovative Toronto Urban Fellows program that had him working across city departments on public health and transportation issues.
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Linking the Medical Campus to the Community
Ekua joined the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, Inc. in March 2011. Ekua is responsible for managing a wide-range of projects, including connecting the campus to the surrounding community, campus-wide wellness initiatives, workforce initiatives, and special events.
Prior to joining the BNMC, Ekua worked as the Interim Coordinator for the Office of Citizen Participation and Information for the Division of Citizen Services for the City of Buffalo. During her time there, she was involved in managing the Mayor’s Livable Communities Grant Program and coordinating events for Block Clubs, Civic Associations, and residents of the City of Buffalo.
Ekua has received a B.S. in Exercise Science and Health and Wellness from the University at Buffalo and continues to pursue a Master’s in Health Services Administration from D’Youville College, completing her program in May 2012. Originally from Syracuse, NY, Ekua now resides in Buffalo and serves on the Board of Directors for the Allentown Association.
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Director of New Business Development
Vic Nole joined the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, Inc., in January 2014. He is responsible for helping to recruit new companies to Buffalo and for further developing the entrepreneurial ecosystem on the Campus. Vic also leads facilities management of BNMC Inc. properties, including the Innovation Center at 640 Ellicott Street and its nearly 100 tenant companies, the Innovation Center Annex at 847 Main Street, a life sciences incubator at 73 High Street, and BNMC’s co-working space, dig.
Vic is a life sciences industry executive with more than 20 years of operations, business management, and entrepreneurial experience. He honed his advanced leadership and general management skills as President of Invitrogen Corporation’s GIBCO cell culture products division, Vice President of Manufacturing Operations for Strategic Diagnostics, Inc., Vice President of Site Operations for Life Technologies Inc., and as General Manager and Chief Operating Officer for United Biochemicals.
For a ten year period beginning in 2004 Vic managed a private consulting business that focused on helping life science researchers and inventors to bring their products and technologies to market. During that time Vic either led or participated in several licensing, acquisition, and new business start-up projects. As an operations management expert, Vic also worked with several young companies to design operational infrastructure, and to implement efficient processes and systems.
Vic holds an MBA from Canisius College, and a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University at Buffalo. He is certified in Executive Operations Management from Cornell University, is certified in Incubation Management from the National Business Incubation Association (NBIA), and he regularly coaches entrepreneurs and students in the commercialization process.
Vic and his wife Barbara reside in downtown Buffalo.
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Improving Access to the BNMC
Bill joined the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, Inc. in August 2008. Bill is responsible for overseeing the BNMC’s existing parking and transportation system as well as improving and developing new transportation options to ensure access for patients, visitors and employees.
Bill has received a B.A. in Environmental Design and a Master’s in Urban Planning from the University at Buffalo (UB). Prior to joining the BNMC, Bill worked as a Research Assistant for the Urban Design Project at the UB School of Architecture and Planning. During this time, he was involved in a number of significant planning projects throughout Western New York, including the UB2020 Comprehensive Master Plan, the WNY Southtowns Scenic Byway Corridor Management Plan, the Orchard Park Economic Development Committee Strategy Plan, and the Buffalo Olmsted Parks 20 Year Restoration and Management Plan.
A lifelong resident of Western New York, Bill currently lives in Amherst with his wife Crystal and his children Alana and Adrian.
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Generating holistic energy solutions for tomorrow
Paul has led multiple energy services companies to become integral resources collaborating with utility companies, RTOs/ISOs, program participants, federal and state regulatory agencies, trade associations, economic development organizations, and affiliate service providers.
He has been deeply involved in the electricity industry and dynamic load management arena for a number of years. Paul was a founding member of a prominent third party provider of demand management resources and a key contributor to another. In both instances Paul was responsible for designing and implementing complex demand response / load management programs and related demand side management solutions both in new and existing markets.
A nationally recognized demand response subject area expert and active industry spokesperson Paul has addressed numerous groups regarding energy management including the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Demand Response Collaborative, the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), Sustainable Energy Ireland (SEI), Ireland and the European Energy Commission, Joint Research Center, Italy. He was one of 14 individuals invited by FERC to contribute in a panelist role during their technical conference on the development of a National Action Plan on Demand Management.
Paul currently serves as Chairman of the Peak Load Management Alliance (PLMA) and has served as a member of the Demand Response Committee for the Association of Energy Service Professionals.
Paul lives in Amherst with his wife and family.
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