WNY STEM is brought together through the help of dedicated, passionate individuals. In order to deliver our mission, we work hard to facilitate collaboration among business, education, community organizations, arts and cultural organizations, and government entities.

Board of Directors:

  • Dr. Joseph Zawicki

    Associate Professor of Science Education, SUNY Buffalo State (Board Chair for 2016)
    Term Expires December 31, 2019

  • Dr. Letitia Thomas

    Director of STEM Diversity Programs, UB (Secretary)
    Appointed by the Board to Fill an Unexpired Term until December 31, 2017

  • Dr. Michael Jabot

    Professor of Science Education, SUNY Fredonia
    Term Expires December 31, 2017

  • Dr. Michelle Kavanaugh

    Retired Superintendent of Schools (President and Acting Executive Director)
    Term Expires December 31, 2018

  • Dr. Richard Hershberger

    Chief Academic Officer, Roswell Park Cancer Institute and Dean, Roswell Park Graduate Division, University at Buffalo Graduate School
    Term Expires December 31, 2020

  • Mr. Gabriel Kiewek

    Vice-President of Global Procurement, Praxair
    Term Expires December 31, 2016

  • Mr. Mark Casell, CEM, LEED AP

    Service Account Executive. Siemens Industry, Inc.
    Term Expires December 31, 2016

  • Ms. Joanne Colmerauer

    Project Director for Transitions Program, ECC (Vice-President for Programs)
    Term Expires December 31, 2018

  • Ms. Liz Callahan

    Manager for Workforce Development, Buffalo Niagara Partnership
    Term Expires December 31, 2020

  • Ms. Robin Wolfgang

    VP Communications, Citi
    Term Expires December 31, 2017

  • Ms. Susan Tapani

    Vice President and Business & Planning Manager (Treasurer)
    Term Expires December 31, 2017


Emeritus Board Member:


The Hub Steward provides oversight, endorsement and in-kind resources to the WNY STEM Hub.

  • Gene D. Morse, Pharm.D., FCCP, BCPS

    SUNY Distinguished Professor – Pharmacy Practice (Medicine, Pediatrics), Co-Director SUNY Global Health Institute, Director, UB Center for Integrated Global Biomedical Sciences, Director, Translational Pharmacology Research Core, NYS Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences, University at Buffalo

Advisory Board:

The Advisory Board provides guidance and advocacy for the WNY STEM Hub.


There are over 500 members and 200 organizations across the following sectors:  PreK-12 Education, Higher Education, Business/Industry, Informal Learning Institutions, Government, Professional Organizations and Statewide/National STEM Resources. Program meetings occur monthly. Individuals interested in joining the WNY STEM Hub can visit the Contact Us page.

Group Leaders & Liaisons:

Active Groups are addressing infrastructure needs.

  • Bob Rogers, Ph.D.

    Professor of Mathematics at SUNY Fredonia and Past-President of Association for Math Teachers of NYS
    Speakers Bureau Ad Hoc Group Leader

  • Cherie Messore

    Independent Public Relations Consultant 
    Secretary of the WNY STEM Hub
    Public Relations Ad Hoc Group Leader

  • Dawn Vona

    Vice President for Enterprise Data Management, M&T Bank

  • Ina Ferguson

    Liaison for Buffalo Public Schools

  • Jackie Crisman, Ph.D.

    Coordinator of Biotechnology at Jamestown Community College
    Funding Ad Hoc Group Leader

  • Jim Guido

    Retired Physics Teacher
    Liaison for Partnerships

  • Kathaleen Burke

    Retired Master Science Teacher
    Designing a WNY STEM Trail – Action Team Co-Leader

  • Kathleen Murphy, Ed.M., MBA

    UB Women in STEM Co-Founder

  • Katy Duggan Hass

    Sustainability Coordinator & Educator, Modern Recycling
    Scaling Up Best Practices – Action Team Co-Leader

  • Mark Gallo, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor of Biology, Niagara University
    Designing a WNY STEM Trail – Action Team Co-Leader

  • Michelle Kavanaugh, Ed.D.

    Retired School Superintendent
    President and Acting Executive Director of the WNY STEM Hub
    Building on Existing Workforce & Economic Development Initiatives – Action Team Co-Leader

  • Mike Jabot, Ph.D.

    Professor of Science Ed, Curriculum & Instruction, SUNY Fredonia
    Board of Director member of the WNY STEM Hub
    Scaling Up Best Practices – Action Team Co-Leader

  • Mike LaManna

    User Experience Manager, Vice President for Digital Banking, M&T Bank
    Website Ad Hoc Group Leader

  • Nancy Sterman

    Director of Education for Young Audiences of WNY
    Liaison for Arts and Culture

  • Sandi George

    Science Teacher at Frontier Schools and Co-Chair of the Western Section of Science Teachers Association of NYS
    Calendar of Events Ad Hoc Group Leader

  • Sandra Small, Ph.D.

    Business Development Associate – Workforce Initiative, Center of Excellence
    Building on Existing Workforce & Economic Development Initiatives – Action Team Co-Leader


  • Phil Ortiz, Ph.D.

    SUNY Assistant Provost for Undergraduate and STEM Education, and Coordinator, Empire State STEM Learning Network

  • The Late Margaret Ashida

    Executive Director of STEMx

    Memorial Notice:  The WNY STEM Hub extends deepest condolences to the family and friends of Margaret Ashida who died suddenly during a trip to Indonesia.  Margaret was the Founding Executive Director of STEMx and, formerly, the Empire State STEM Learning Network.  She leaves a strong legacy of STEM advocacy and will inspire those who knew her to continue her good work.

    In honor of Margaret:

    • View informationabout Margaret, including her involvement in NYS STEM here.
    • Please click here to view a tribute to Margaret, submitted by Dr. Joe Zawicki.
    • Visit the memorial site for Margaret here.