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New 2021 Board Members

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Ms. Aliesa Adelman


        Aliesa Adelman is an Associate Principal at Wendel, serving as an Account Executive and Director of Sustainability. She serves as a client liaison and leader in developing new opportunities that focus on climate risk and resilience, energy efficiency, health and wellness, and sustainable development. Aliesa is a thought leader actively engaged in as an advisor on regional, state, and national climate initiatives.  Ms. Adelman received her Environmental Science degree from the University at Buffalo and MS from D’Youville College. She is a Certified Sustainable Development Professional, LEED BD+C Accredited Professional, Certified Carbon Reduction Manager, and Certified Fitwel Ambassador.

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Dr. Alexis Conway


          Dr. Conway holds a PhD degree in Science Education from the University at Buffalo. She is passionate about all aspects of STEM education, public engagement and outreach. She believes very strongly that STEM education should be available and accessible to all, regardless of socio-economic background. Dr. Conway works at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center in the “Flow and Image Cytometry” Shared Resource Laboratory (SRL). Alexis has also been an adjunct professor at the University at Buffalo as well as SUNY Buffalo State teaching research courses in education and in the Science in the Public program. She is also an excellent bench scientist with several publications to her name and is the lead on several collaborative projects both internal and with external industry partners.

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Ms. Terica Gadley

        Terica is an Administrative Vice President and for the last year a Product Owner in Digital within the Consumer, Business Banking & Marketing Division. Currently she is working on designing experiences and features for our Mobile and Online Banking customers. Terica earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Medaille College and her Master of Science degree in Information Management Systems from Syracuse University. She trained for her Six Sigma Black Belt at the University at Buffalo. She is an active member in the community, several resource groups and a leading member of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging initiatives throughout the organization. 

Executive Board



Dr. Joseph Zawicki, Associate Professor of Science Education, SUNY Buffalo State College


Vice President

Joanne Colmerauer, Dean of Arts & Sciences, SUNY Erie


Mary Holler, Chief Information Officer


David Wesolowski, CPA, Controller, North Forest Office Space

Board Members

  • Aliesa Adelman, Director of Sustainability, Wendel Companies

  • Lisa Brosnick, NYS Master Teacher Emeritus, SUNY Buffalo State

  • Dr. Alexis Conway, Dept. of Flow & Image Cytometry, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center

  • Ivy Diggs-Washington, M.A., Director of Workforce Development, Buffalo Urban League

  • Terica Gadley, Administrative Vice President, M&T Digital

  • Joan Geary, Sr. Program Development Manager, Linde Technology Center

  • Dr. Michael Jabot, Professor of Science Education, SUNY Fredonia

  • Susan Johnson, Esq., Director, Employee & Labor Relations, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center

  • Robin Selino, CPA, Arcara, Zucarelli, Lenda and Associates

  • Dr. Hank Stopinski, Superintendent, Royalton-Hartland Central School

  • Dr. Letitia Thomas, Director of STEM Diversity Programs, University at Buffalo


Emeritus Board Members 

  • Dr. Richard Hershberger, Chief Academic Officer, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center and Dean, Roswell Park Graduate Division, University at Buffalo Graduate School

  • Dr. Michelle Kavanaugh, Retired Superintendent of Schools


Ex-Officio Board Members

  • Dr. Gene Morse, PharmD, FCCP, BCPS, SUNY Buffalo Distinguished Professor – Pharmacy Practice (Medicine, Pediatrics); Co-Director SUNY Global Health Institute; Director, Center for Integrated Global Biomedical Sciences; Director, Translational Pharmacology Research Core; NYS Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences, University at Buffalo

  • Michael Weiner, President, and CEO, United Way of Buffalo & Erie County

  • Dr. Xiao-Ning Zhang, Director of Biochemistry Program, St. Bonaventure University

Executive Director

  • Simone Ragland, LMSW

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