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

Jamila received her BA from Trinity College in Hartford, CT. She then graduated from SUNY at Buffalo Law School with her Juris Doctor. Some of her legal experience includes insurance defense, real property law, wills, trusts and estates. Currently, she is the Deputy Chief Clerk of Erie County Surrogate’s Court where she serves as an attorney and manager. Jamila is also an Associate Broker and a proud member of the Sokody Sales Team of HUNT Real Estate ERA. Jamila was inspired to become a board member because she believes wholeheartedly in the mission of the Foundry and loves the opportunities/resources offered to our community.

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 University.

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 - Andrew A. Schwartz

Mr. Schwartz is the Director of Marketing for the Ciminelli Real Estate Corporation. His professional and community activities include: Leadership Buffalo Essentials, Dale Carnegie Leadership Training & Skills For Success and a Board Member of the Sandy Beach Park Club. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Media Communications from Medaille College in Buffalo, NY. 

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 - Kevin Zanner

Kevin is a partner at Hurwitz & Fine, P.C. He leads the firm’s economic development practice group and is a member of the firm’s management team. Kevin is a Buffalo native and a graduate of SUNY Geneseo and the University at Buffalo Law School.