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Leadership

Staff Leadership Team

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    JEFF PATERSON

    Chief Executive Officer
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    Jeff joined Empower in 2014 as the Chief Executive Officer. In his free time he enjoys spending time with family, playing music at his church, and collecting political memorabilia. He helps individuals live their best lives by keeping Empower strong as an organization so it has the capacity to do more, in more places, for more people.

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    DIANE BAEHRE

    Director of Program Operations and Quality Assurance Administration
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    Diane has been working in the developmental disability field since 1979 and joined the Empower team in 1999. She has a BA in Social Work/Human Services along with additional certifications and enjoys outdoor activities with her family. Diane helps individuals live their best lives by ensuring they are safe and free from neglect and abuse.

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    Rita Tweedie

    Chief Financial Officer
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    Rita has been with Empower since 1989. She is an avid golfer who enjoys reading and spending time with family. Rita helps individuals live their best lives by ensuring the agency’s financial stability so that they have the services they need.

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    Kristin Minervini

    Director of Human Resources
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    Kristin helps individuals live their best lives by treating everyone with respect and providing encouragement, support and feedback. Kristin joined Empower in 2009 with an AAS in Office Mgmt & Admin from ECC, BS in Business Administration from UB. She enjoys spending time with family, including her husband and dogs, and she is expecting her first child, a girl, in March.

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    Elizabeth Cardamone

    Director of Communication and Development
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    New to the team (and Western New York area), Elizabeth began her career at Empower in 2016. Outside of work, she enjoys hanging out with her husband and 3 kids, reading, gardening and shopping. Elizabeth helps individuals live their best lives by raising money and awareness about developmental disabilities.

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    Eric DesSoye

    Director of Managed Care Readiness
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    With a BA and a MA in Psychology, Eric has been in the developmental disability field since 1990 and has been with Empower since 1997. He enjoys spending time with his family, biking, traveling, and patronizing local eateries and cultural venues. Eric helps individuals live their best lives by empowering them to be happy, strong and independent.

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    William Krayss

    Director of Community Housing
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    Bill has been with Empower since 2000 and has an AA in Liberal Arts from NCCC and a BA in Human Services Management from SUNY Buffalo State. When not working, Bill likes to spend time with family, including his wife, 2 daughters and lots of pets, coach baseball and soccer, and watch wrestling. He helps individuals live their best lives by modeling a positive outlook and work habits, and always looking out for ways he can be helpful.

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    Kim Kiely

    Director of Job Training and Day Programs
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    Kim helps individuals live their best lives by being kind to everyone, including strangers, through random acts of kindness, and by providing job training and opportunities that help boost their self-esteem and reach their highest potential. She has been with Empower since 1990 and has been in the developmental disability field since 1979. When Kim is not working she enjoys spending time with her two beautiful daughters and two golden retrievers, camping, and taking family trips in the summer.

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    Sherri Kaminski

    Director of Empower Children’s Academy
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    Sherri has been with Empower since 1980 and has a MA in Communicative Disorders & Science and a Certificate in School Administration from SUNY Buffalo. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and Ragdoll kitty, Skye. Sherri helps individuals live their best lives by helping them to succeed.

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    Karen Smith

    Director of Community Health Programs
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    Karen is a Western New York native and has been with Empower since 2015. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family, working out, reading, and leading her daughter’s Girl Scout Troop. Karen helps individuals live their best lives through kindness and support.

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    Karen Korn

    Medicaid Service Coordination Supervisor
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    Karen has been with Empower since 2008 and has been in the developmental disability field since 1999. She has a BA in social work from the SUNY College at Buffalo and enjoys gardening, baking, and spending time outdoors and with her family, which includes her husband and teenage daughter. She helps individuals live their best lives by supporting their goals according to two quotes, “If you can imagine it, you can achieve it” and “Shoot for the moon, even if you miss you’ll end up among the stars”.  


Board of Directors

 

Patricia Wrobel, President

Assistant Dean for External Relations
Niagara University College of Education

Susan Kuznik, First Vice President

Director of Special Education
Niagara Falls City School District (Retired)

Daniel Vitch, Second Vice President

Community Advocate

Stanley Fera, Treasurer

Personal Banker
KeyBank LaSalle Branch

Russell J. Petrozzi, Corresponding Secretary

Owner
Capitol Cleaners

Patrice Wells, Recording Secretary

Senior Biopharmaceutical Representative Oncology
Amgen

Robert DiFrancesco, Imm. Past President

Principal
Niagara Catholic and Niagara Falls High Schools (ret.)

Lora Allen

Elections Commissioner
Niagara County Board of Elections

Ryan Boggs, PT, DPT, ITPT

Staff Physical Therapist
Advanced Care Physical Therapy

Kevin Burgess, LMSW

Clinic Supervisor Outpatient Behavior
Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center

Thomas J. Caserta, Esq.

Attorney-at-Law

Alice Kozen, PhD

Associate Professor of Education
Niagara University

Marcus Latham

Teacher
Niagara Falls City School District

Patricia Mulcahy

Teacher
Tonawanda City School District

Donald Napoleon

Owner
VSCO, Inc.

Ernest C. Palmer

Enrolled Agent/Tax Practitioner
Ernest Palmer, EA

Anthony L. Restaino, Esq.

Partner
Restaino Reddien, LLP

Richard Sawicki, DPM

Doctor of Podiatry