Board of Directors

President - Sarah Fonzi

Sarah Fonzi is a local artist that has studied and worked in various cities around the world. She studied both Sculpture and Museum Studies at Savannah College of Arts and Design and has continued working in these fields for local non-profit organizations for the past 7 years.

Vice President - Russ Reinagel

Russ has a dual degree in Plumbing and Heating and electrical controls/instrumentation from Delhi State. He has owned and operated Royal Oaks Design and Remodeling for 27 years, specializing in kitchens, bathrooms and custom woodwork. He has owned and managed 30 residential units and is the current owner of Courts and More, a tennis court resurfacing company.

Secretary - Nadine Powell

Nadine works in Business Development at EWI (Buffalo Manufacturing Works). Prior to her work with EWI, she worked as
the Senior Director of Economic Development at Buffalo Niagara Partnership. She has a degree in International Business from D’Youville College and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from SUNY Buffalo.

Treasurer - Scott Cassety

Scott Cassety has 30+ years of experience in general business and financial management. He is owner and manager of Advanced Storage, Inc and has been extremely involved in the WNY entrepreneurial community through Launch NY, Buffalo Angels and WNYVA among other things. He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering and Economics and has past experience serving as treasurer in other non-profit organizations.

Member - Matt Lehner

Matt works for CoachMePlus. Matt volunteers on a regular basis for any tech-related programming.

Member - Lonnie Barlow

Lonnie works as Communications Director at PUSH Buffalo. In addition to his experience in social media and marketing, Lonnie is a practicing musician, runs the monthly Roc da Mic series at The Foundry and teaches for Young Audiences of WNY.

Member - David Stebbins

David Stebbins has many years of experience and education in Environmental Science, Environmental Design and City
and Regional Planning. He is currently the Executive Vice President for the Buffalo Urban Development Corporation and
teaches as an Assistant Professor at University of Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning.

Member - R. Maxwell Anderson

Max Anderson works as Director of Communications at Open Buffalo. Prior to Open Buffalo, he spent 10 yrs in the
newspaper industry. Anderson has a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and French as well as a master’s in
Magazine, Newspaper and Online Journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse

Member - Tamara Lewis

Tamara Z. Lewis is the Chief Administrative Officer for Erie County Chiropractic and a licensed mortuary scientist. She is also the Founder and CEO of The Zandra Grande, a business management consultant company that provides services to small businesses from medical practices to restaurants alike; moreover, she is the President of Zandra by Azariah's Innocence, LLC, a natural skin care product line with her 14 year old Founder and CEO daughter Zandra.