WNY STEM Hub Leadership

WNY STEM Hub’s volunteer board reflects our broad, cross-sector membership, and provides governance and strategic direction, along with passion and enthusiasm for STEM learning. Many members listed below help to build a strong organization with the goal to help grow STEM education in Western New York.

Our Leadership Team is made up of the Board of Directors, Executive Director, Executive Board, Board Members, Consultants, and an Advisory Board. View the members of our Leadership Team below.

If you are interested in joining our Leadership Team, please visit the Contact Us page of our website.



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, Vice President & Chief Information Officer, Integer


David Wesolowski, CPA, Controller, North Forest Office Space

Board Members

  • Lisa Brosnick, Computer Technology Teacher, Salamanca City Central School District
  • Ivy Diggs-Washington, M.A., Director of Workforce Development, Buffalo Urban League
  • Joan Geary, Sr. Program Development Manager, Linde Technology Center
  • Dr. Richard Hershberger, Chief Academic Officer, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center and Dean, Roswell Park Graduate Division, University at Buffalo Graduate School
  • Dr. Michael Jabot, Professor of Science Education, SUNY Fredonia
  • Susan Johnson, Director, Employee & Labor Relations, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Dr. Hank Stopinski, Superintendent, Royalton-Hartland Central School
  • Robin Selino, CPA, Arcara, Zucarelli, Lenda and Associates
  • Dr. Letitia Thomas, Director of STEM Diversity Programs, University at Buffalo

Emeritus Board Members 

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


  • Jeffery Arnold: Program Director, Take Flight; Quality Partner
  • Douglas Borzynski: Program Director, Energize Your Future
  • Bobbi DelBello: Director of Programs
  • Tracy Diina: Communications & Media Specialist
  • Kelly Flicinski: Marketing Specialist
  • Vickie Mellody: Administrative Assistant
  • Scott Read: Program Director, Career Exploration Partnerships

Advisory Board

Thank you to these community members who provide guidance and advocacy for the WNY STEM Hub.

  • Aliesa Adelman, Associate Principal & Director of Sustainability, Wendel Companies
  • Cheri Alvarez, MS,Chief Program Officer, Compeer of Greater Buffalo
  • William Andrews, President & Managing Director, Monofrax
  • Sharon Belton-Cottman, Board President, Buffalo Public Schools Board of Education
  • Robert Bennett, New York State Regents Chancellor Emeritus
  • Nick Canaple, Engineer, MOOG, Inc.
  • Christine Carr, Executive Director of Computers for Children
  • Dr. Craig Clark, Vice President for Economic Development, SUNY Alfred State
  • Peter Coleman, Executive Director, Buffalo-Niagara Manufacturing Alliance
  • Terri Gadley, VP of Technology, M&T Bank
  • Dr. Wayne Gall, Regional Entomologist, NYS Department of Health
  • Dr. Christine Givner, Dean of the College of Education, SUNY Fredonia
  • Heather Gresham, Esq., SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Director Talent Acquisition, BlueCross BlueShield of WNY/BlueShield of Northeastern NY
  • Dr. David Hilmey, Dean of Arts & Sciences, St. Bonaventure University
  • Christine E.B. Howard, President & Owner, E.B. Howard Consulting
  • John Jakubowski, Workforce Development Consultant for Science, Technology & Advanced Manufacturing Park
  • Andrew Kornacki, Chief of Public Affairs, Army Corps of Engineers
  • Kenneth Kujawa, Regional Manager, National Grid
  • Ricky Luthra, Associate, Rupp, Baase, Pfalzgraf, Cunningham Attorneys
  • Dr. Gene Morse, Co-Director SUNY Global Health Institute, Director, UB Center for Integrated Global Health Sciences, Director, Translational Pharmacology Research Core (Hub Steward)
  • Derek Mosher, CISA, Vice President & IT Audit Manager, M&T Bank
  • Dr. David O’Rourke, District Superintendent, Erie #2 BOCES
  • John Partsch, Market Lead, K-12, Siemens
  • Dr. Wendy Paterson, Dean of the School of Education, Buffalo State College
  • Dawn Peters, Assistant Deputy Director, Central Library Services, Buffalo & Erie County Public Library
  • Dr. Suzanne Rosenblith, Dean, Graduate School of Education, University at Buffalo
  • Jean Schrader, Dean of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics at Jamestown Community College
  • John E. Shinn, Director, United Steelworkers, District 4
  • John Ticco, Executive Vice President, Campus Construction, Inc.
  • Todd Tranum, President, Manufacturing Association of the Southern Tier; President/CEO of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce; President/CEO of Dream It! Do It! WNY
  • Keith Vona, Partner, Richmond Vona Law Firm
  • Michael Weiner, President, United Way of Buffalo & Erie County
  • Marisa Wigglesworth, Executive Director, Buffalo Museum of Science
  • Alison Wilcox, CEO, Girl Scouts of WNY
  • Dr. John Williams, Dean of the School of Architecture, Management and Engineering Technology, SUNY Alfred State
  • William Zografos, AIA, NCARB, LEED-AP, CDT, CCAA, Sr. Program Manager, Savarino Companies