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.

Board of Directors


Dr. Michelle Kavanaugh, Retired Superintendent of Schools

Vice President for Programs

Joanne Colmerauer, Dean of Arts & Sciences, SUNY Erie


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


Susan Tapani, MBA, LSSGB, Vice President of Marketing, Consumer Deposits, M&T Bank


Melodie Baker, Director of Education, United Way of Buffalo & Erie County

Mark Casell, CEM, LEED AP, Operations Manager, Siemens Industry, Inc.

Lisa Coppola, Esq., Attorney at Law, The Coppola Firm

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

Carolyn Hoyt Stevens, Director of Development, The Park School of Buffalo

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

Dr. Lee Rosen, Executive Director-Cryonegenic Systems and Engineering R&D, Praxair, Inc.

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

David Wesolowski, CPA, Senior Tax Accountant, Lumsden & McCormick, LLP

Robin Wolfgang, Vice President Communications, Citibank N.A.

Emeritus Board Member

Dr. Rodney Doran, Professor Emeritus of Science Education, University at Buffalo

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



Vickie Mellody, Administrative Assistant

Scott Read, Director of Career Exploration Partnership

Advisory Board

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

  • Cheri Alvarez, MS,Chief Program Officer, Compeer of Greater Buffalo
  • William Andrews, President & Managing Director, Monofrax
  • Joseph Asselta, Managing Director, Citi
  • Ulla Bak, President, BAK USA
  • Sharon Belton-Cottman, Vice President, Buffalo Public Schools Board of Education
  • Robert Bennett, New York State Regents Chancellor Emeritus
  • Keith Blakely, President & CEO, Inventure, Inc.
  • 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
  • Judith Cranston, CEO, Girl Scouts of WNY
  • Russell Etzenhouser, CEO/Scout Executive of the Greater Niagara Frontier Council, Boy Scouts of America
  • Dr. Wayne Gall, Regional Entomologist, NYS Department of Health
  • Dr. Christine Givner, Dean of the College of Education, SUNY Fredonia
  • Heather Gresham, JD, Executive Director of the Workforce Investment Board, Buffalo & Erie
  • Dr. Steve Harvey, Executive Director, WNY Consortium of Higher Education
  • Dr. David Hilmey, Dean of Arts & Sciences, St. Bonaventure University
  • John Jakubowski, Workforce Development Consultant for Science, Technology & Advanced Manufacturing Park
  • Mary Jean Jakubowski, Library System Director, Buffalo & Erie County Public Library
  • Andrew KornackiChief of Public Affairs, Army Corps of Engineers
  • Carrie Kahn, Executive Dean of Workforce Development, Erie Community College
  • Kenneth Kujawa, Manager of Customer & Community Management, National Grid
  • Dr. Carmen Manella, Research Scientist at Wadsworth Center, NYS Department of Health
  • Dr. Gene Morse, Co-Director SUNY Global Health Institute, Director, UB Center for Integrated Global Health Sciences, Director, Translational Pharmacology Research Core (Hub Steward)
  • Dr. David O’Rourke, District Superintendent, Erie #2 BOCES
  • John Partsch, Regional Account Executive for Building Technologies, Siemens
  • Dr. Wendy PatersonDean of the School of Education, Buffalo State College
  • Dr. Suzanne Rosenblith, Dean, Graduate School of Education, University at Buffalo
  • Lynda Quick, Esq., District Superintendent, Cattaraugus-Allegany BOCES
  • Jean Schrader, Dean of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics at Jamestown Community College
  • Robin Selino, Senior Manager, CPA, CGMA, Arcara Zucarelli Lenda & Associates, CPA’s, PC
  • Dr. Mark Severson, Dean – School of Natural & Social Sciences, SUNY Buffalo State 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
  • Michael Weiner, President, United Way of Buffalo & Erie County
  • Jesse Wendell, Vice President, Wendel Companies
  • Marisa WigglesworthExecutive Director, Buffalo Museum of Science
  • Christine Wingo, Math Teacher & Engineer, Oracle Charter
  • Dr. John WilliamsDean of the School of Architecture, Management and Engineering Technology, SUNY Alfred State
  • William Zografos, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, CCAA, PK-12 Lead, CannonDesign


More than 800 members and 300 organizations representing PreK-12 Education, Higher Education, Business/Industry, Informal Learning Institutions, Government, Professional Organizations and Statewide/National STEM Resources are members of the WNY STEM Hub.

At this time, there is no cost to join: we ask for you to be like-minded, open to collaboration, and willing to network and share as we work together to advance STEAM learning in our five county region.

Members convene at our STEM Sessions, Learning Tours, and other programs. September to May. These gatherings provide our members with an opportunity to network, share best practices, and engage.

Please join us! Visit the Contact Us page.

You may also sponsor a STEM Session or our three annual Learning Tours. Your investment will be cited on the invitation (800+ impressions), in our social media, in ENews blasts to our membership, and you may play a role in the program, too. Interested? Email John Chichester, Relationship Manager at johnchichester.wnystem@gmail.com.