Board of Directors

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The ground-breaking science being done by HWI’s team never has been more obviously and ubiquitously valued than it has over the past 18 months. COVID-19 has impacted us all profoundly, and we realize our collective desired return to normalcy can only be fueled by research at unique places like the Hauptman-Woodward Institute and its passionate leaders. During a period of unprecedented challenge, we embarked on a bold new vision to bring Cryo-Electron Microscopy to the Institute. Generational investments were made in our facilities and equipment, world-class scientific and business development leadership were recruited and relocated to Buffalo, and local, regional, and global collaborations were and are being forged at an accelerating rate. Yet, we are just getting started! Please reach out to us at HWI – come take a closer look!

Best regards,

Samuel J. Russo, CPA
Lorraine Capital
HWI Board Chair

HWI Board of Directors

LaVonne Ansari, PhD

LaVonne Ansari, PhD

Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director, Community Health Center of Buffalo, Inc.

Christina Arthurs, Esq.

Christina Arthurs, Esq.

Lippes Mathias Wexler & Friedman.

Tricia Barrett

Tricia Barrett

Senior Vice President, Crowley Webb.

Stephen W. Bell

Stephen W. Bell

Partner, Steve Bell Communications.

Jill K. Bond, Esq.

Jill K. Bond, Esq.

Senior Vice President, Rich Products Corporation.

E. J. Burke

E. J. Burke

Co-President (retired)
Key Community Bank.

William J. Constantine

William J. Constantine

Managing Director, 19/19 Investment Counsel.

Frank H. Ewing Esq., CAMS

Frank H. Ewing Esq., CAMS

Chief Executive Officer
AML RightSource.

Artem Evdokimov, PhD

Artem Evdokimov, PhD

Vice President of Biochemistry & Biophysics
Silicon Therapeutics.

Mark J. Boyd

Mark J. Boyd

Chief of Staff
Hon. Crystal D. Peoples-Stokes
Majority Leader, NYS Assembly – 141st District

Daniel T. Gewirth, PhD

Daniel T. Gewirth, PhD

Principal Research Scientist,
Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute

Venu Govindaraju, PhD

Venu Govindaraju, PhD

Vice President for Research and Economic Development,
University at Buffalo 
SUNY Dist. Professor School of Engineering & Applied Sciences

Andrei Gudkov, PhD, DSci.

Andrei Gudkov, PhD, DSci.

Senior Vice President, Research Technology and Innovation
Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Richard Hamister

Richard Hamister

Senior Vice President
New York Region President
Northwest Bank.

Michele Heffernan, Esq.

Michele Heffernan, Esq.

John G. Horn, Esq.

John G. Horn, Esq.

Partner, Harter Secrest & Emery LLP.

Dan Magnuszewski

Dan Magnuszewski

Co-founder & CTO at ACV Auctions.

Brenda McDuffie

Brenda McDuffie

Past President and CEO of Buffalo Urban League.

Sean Moskal

Sean Moskal

Senior Vice President, Commercial banking, Key Bank.

Philip D. Nobel

Philip D. Nobel

Vice President,
Harry R. Defler Corp.

James Obletz

James Obletz

President Delaware North Sportservice.

Jeffrey Renzoni

Jeffrey Renzoni

Vice President & Human Resources Business Partner,
M&T Bank’s Human Resources Division.

Nena Rich

Nena Rich

Medical professional and community volunteer.

Edward H. Snell, PhD

Edward H. Snell, PhD

President and CEO
Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute.

Franca Trincia, CPA

Franca Trincia, CPA

CFO
Olmsted Center for Sight.

Emeritus Directors

  • Stuart H. Angert
  • Richard Aubrecht, PhD
  • Thomas R. Beecher, Jr.
  • Norbert A. Bennett, CPA
  • James R. Biltekoff
  • Constance S. Constantine
  • Judith A. Feldman
  • Christopher T. Greene, Esq.
  • Jane F. Griffin, PhD
  • L. Nelson Hopkins, III, MD
  • James R. Kanski, MD
  • Charles A. Martin, Jr.
  • Lewis D. McCauley
  • Thomas McMahon
  • Elizabeth S. Mitchell
  • Peter T. Ostrow, MD, PhD
  • Joseph A. Voelkl
  • Pamela Vogt
  • Albert J. Wright, III