Tim Boling

Tim Boling

Tim is the CEO of Compeer International. Compeer facilitates non-clinical social emotional support through one-to-one volunteer relationships that are vital to an individuals’ mental health recovery.  Compeer is located in 52 locations in four countries and 8 states. He resides on the West Side of Buffalo and is the father of an adopted child with special needs.

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Julie Barber

Julie Barber has been working at People Inc. for the past 20 years and is the Clinical Vice President. Barber is a licensed clinical social worker and graduated from the University at Buffalo with her Masters in social work. Julie also serves as a board member for Recovery Options Made Easy. She has a passion for being of service to others and helping individuals get on the right path.

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Michael Cardus

Michael Cardus is an independent organizational development specialist and has been working with companies all around the world for the past 15 years. Cardus previously spent 10 years working with the Get Set grants doing organization development capacity building amongst WNY. Michael is an environmental activist and a proud father to two twins! Mike has a passion to increase advocacy, inclusion, and the voice of parents, guardians, and loved ones of those with I/DD. Michael’s son is diagnosed with cerebral palsy.

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John R. Drexelius, Jr. Esq.

John R. Drexelius, Jr. is an experienced attorney with a broad range of governmental, legal, political and administrative expertise. He has acquired over 32 years of governmental experience and has served as an Assistant County Attorney in Erie County, Assistant New York State Attorney General and counsel to several New York State Senators.

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Kristin Dudek

Kristin Dudek is a Certified Special Education Teacher and currently a Director of Pupil Personnel Services in the Salamanca City Central School District. She has over 22 years’ experience in various capacities of working with families and students with special needs from Birth to age 21 and beyond. She is also currently a stakeholder in Albany regarding upcoming Part 200 regulations.

Board - Joseph Gardella

Joseph Gardella, Jr., Ph.D.

Joseph Gardella is a parent of two children with special needs. Joe has recently retired after his dedicated career of 40 years as a SUNY distinguished professor in chemistry at the University at Buffalo. Over Joe’s career, he has worked with and helped the Seneca-Babcock Community along with many other community groups in need in the WNY area. Joe has also worked closely with international students, community members and leaders, and many others on various environmental projects.

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Donna Gonser

CPA Treasurer

Donna Gonser is the Director of Auditing and Accounting at Lumsden McCormick, LLP, where her primary client responsibility is management and oversight of services provided to exempt organizations and professional service corporations. She has specific expertise with charitable organizations, foundations, governmental agencies, public authorities and educational institutions, including colleges, universities and private and charter schools.

Harold N. Harden, Jr.

Harold N. Harden, Jr. is a New York State Certified School Counselor and Licensed Mental Health Counselor for Buffalo Public Schools at The Occupational Training Center #42. He teaches Social Development classes with an emphasis on Transitioning to Adulthood, coordinates student transition; serves as advisor to the Parent Involvement Group, and several committees/teams within the school. Harold assists students and their families to link with OPWDD, ACCES-VR, and a variety of related programs and services that benefit person with developmental disabilities. He is a father of a child with multiple disabilities.

Janice McKinnie

Janice McKinnie

Chair-Elect

Janice E. McKinnie serves as Executive Director for True Community Development Corporation the community development arm of True Bethel Baptist Church. She is instrumental in the creation of affordable housing and economic development on the East side of Buffalo.  She is committed to providing education and resources to assist families and individuals with special needs.

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Jason Petko

Jason Petko has been the Director of Education at the Beyond Learning Center since 2015. He is heavily involved with the preschool services, therapy delivery, CPSE evaluations, integrated and self-contained preschool, and school age services. He previously was a special education teacher for 7 years and an assistant principal and principal for 10 years for a private special education provider school. Jason has published work on how students interpret policy and also stands on the board for the 853 Coalition of Schools. Jason has a drive for bringing people together to solve problems.

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Bradford Watts

Chairperson

Bradford R. Watts, Community Relations Coordinator at People Inc. received a M.A. In Communication Theory from SUNY Buffalo State. He is passionate about service to the community. Mr. Watts serves on boards for The Buffalo Urban League, Housing Opportunities Made Equal, and is Community Council President of Buffalo Promise Neighborhoods. In his other service efforts; he is a part-time mentor to ESL students in the Buffalo Adult Education division as a mentor for Erie Community College, and serves as a NYS Chaplain through his church Dayspring Church of God of Prophecy in Buffalo. Brad is grandparent to children that received early intervention services.

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