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BNP Staff

Liz Benkovich

Buffalo Niagara Partnership

Vice President, Member Engagement & Development

Role: As a coach, manager, and mentor, the entire team and I work to inspire members to help them gain the full benefits of the Partnership allowing them to grow, thrive and to reach their full potential.

Michelle Braswell

Buffalo Niagara Partnership

Manager, Events & Programs

Role: In my role, I create, coordinate, and manage events and programs both virtually and in-person. I embrace the challenges of transitioning from event concept to execution.

Ann Brooker

Buffalo Niagara Partnership

Manager, Member Engagement

Role: As Manager of Member Engagement, I seek to collaborate with businesses and devise appropriate strategies for growth using our in-depth programs, services and regional connections. Through strong relationships, we will assist businesses with local and regional issues,  talent deficits and development goals for now and the future.

Karen Brown

Buffalo Niagara Partnership

Director, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Role: My role is a champion for developing and implementing programs/initiatives that promote a thriving, diverse, informed and equitable region.

Maura Cotter

Buffalo Niagara Partnership

Marketing Coordinator

Role: I work to communicate the value of the BNP to our members and region through marketing initiatives, increasing awareness of Partnership programs, opportunities, events, and resources.

Dottie Gallagher

Buffalo Niagara Partnership
President & CEO

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Anita Genovese

Buffalo Niagara Partnership

Vice President & CFO 

Role:  As Vice President & CFO, I am responsible for managing the budget, Human Resources, and Information Technology.

Stephen Grimm


Director, Marketing

Role: In my role, I oversee the brand and marketing strategy of the BNP to effectively empower our members through timely communication, strong brand presence, and new membership opportunities.

Kristine Hilsdorf

Buffalo Niagara Partnership

Manager, Government Affairs & Workforce Development

Role:  In my role at the BNP, I work to support workforce development programs and government affairs initiatives.

Charlene Janiga

Buffalo Niagara Partnership

Senior Coordinator, Marketing & Events

Role: As the Senior Coordinator, Marketing & Events, I handle all BNP event registration and provide support to our Marketing & Events team.

Grant Loomis

Buffalo Niagara Partnership

Vice President, Government Affairs & Economic Development

Role: As Vice President of Government Affairs & Economic Development, I am responsible for developing and advancing the BNP’s advocacy agenda.  With government experience at the federal, state and local level, I work to ensure government leaders and decision-makers know what is important to our members, and the policies we need to grow private sector investment and economic opportunity in Buffalo Niagara.

Nancy McNamara

Buffalo Niagara Partnership

Senior Manager, Member Engagement

Role: My role is to engage our members in the services and resources offered by the Partnership that offers them value and enable their businesses to thrive.

Seth Piccirillo

Buffalo Niagara Partnership

Director, Economic Development

Role: I help our members increase their competitiveness and ability to thrive in the local, national and international economy.

Maddilyn Schaus

Buffalo Niagara Partnership

Manager, Workforce Development

Role: In my role as the Manager of Workforce Development, I am responsible for establishing and maintaining relationships with a broad range of partners and stakeholders to advance the goals of our initiatives and assist employers with their workforce needs.

Denise Sobczyk

Buffalo Niagara Partnership

Accounting Coordinator

Role: As the Accounting Coordinator, I assist with accounts payable, data entry, and provide administrative support to accounting and member services.

Kathleen Sullivan

Buffalo Niagara Partnership

Executive Assistant

Role: As Executive Assistant to Dottie Gallagher, President & CEO, my role is to support the Senior Leadership Team. My focus is to work with all team members to engage them in the Partnership’s values every day.

Josh Veronica

Buffalo Niagara Partnership

Manager, Government Affairs & Economic Development

Role: I communicate with members about local, state, and federal legislation.

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