Board of Directors

Vice President - Trina Burruss

Trina Burruss is a dynamic community leader, experienced banking professional, and a true Buffalo booster! Recently, Trina was named Regional Vice President and Community Relationship Officer of Northwest Bank. In her role, Trina develops relationships with community organizations, small businesses and local cultural groups to help Northwest reach the diverse group of communities that Northwest serves within the New York area.

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 - Jamila Lee

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 - 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 - 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 - Matt Lehner

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

Member - 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.

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.