Board of Trustees

The Canisius College Board of Trustees is the governing body of the college. It is comprised of thirty-five trustees of whom at least five are members of the Society of Jesus. Members are appointed to three-year terms. The full board meets four times per year and oversees, formulates, and recommends policy to the Canisius College president to ensure that the college fulfills its mission and purpose. As fiduciaries of the college, they are accountable for the academic quality, strategic planning, and fiscal well-being of the college.  The college's senior leadership team works closely with the board and serves as staff liaisons to the board’s committees.

Members of the Board of Trustees for 2019-2020 include:

Chair: Lee C. Wortham ‘79
Vice Chair: Nancy W. Ware ’78, MBA ‘85
Treasurer: Marco F. Benedetti, CPA
Secretary: Erica C. Sammarco ‘00


MARTIN J. BERARDI ‘79
CEO
Schutte Buffalo Hammermill 
Buffalo, NY

CATHERINE A. BOLZ ’85, MBA ‘89
Independent Consultant and Advisor 
New York, NY

REV. JOHN T. BUTLER, S.J.
VP for University Mission & Ministry
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA

REV. DAVID S. CIANCIMINO, SJ
President
Canisius High School
Buffalo, NY

JOHN R. CONNOLLY  ‘72
Emeritus

Executive VP / Chief Financial Officer
Tecomet, Inc.
Wilmington, MA

KIMBERLY A. DETRASK ‘95
EMEA CFO and Treasurer
State Street Bank and Trust
London, England

CHRISTOPHER P. DEVINE ’98 CPA
Chief Financial Officer
Pyramid Hotel Group
Boston, MA

THOMAS R. EMMERLING ‘75
Managing Partner
Dopkins & Company, LLP
Buffalo, NY 

REV. PHILIP A. FLORIO, S.J.
Provincial Assistant for Vocation Ministry
Maryland and USA Northeast Provinces of the Society of Jesus
New York, NY

REV. D. SCOTT HENDRICKSON, S.J.
Assistant Professor, Spanish
Graduate Program Director
Loyola University
Chicago, IL

JOHN J. HURLEY ‘78  ex officio
President
Canisius College
Buffalo, NY

STEPHEN F. JACKSON ’82, MBA ‘87
Partner, National Tax Dept, Intl Tax 
EY
New York, NY

CHRISTOPHER M. KELLY ‘83
Partner
Jones Day
Cleveland, OH

FRANCIS M. LAZARUS ’66 PhD
President Emeritus
University of Dallas
Ashburn, VA

MARK J. LEMA, MD PhD ‘71
Chair, Dept of Anesthesiology
Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Buffalo, NY

CHRISTOPHER F. MALOF, MBA ‘96
Managing Director
UBS Financial Services
Buffalo, NY

ROBERT H. MALONEY ‘71
Founder and Principal
Maloney Government Relations, LLC
Washington, DC

ANTHONY M. MASIELLO ’69 HON ‘96
President
Masiello, Martucci, Calabrese and Assoc.
Buffalo, NY

JAMES E. McNICHOLAS, JR ’68, MSED ‘97
Retired Lieutenant Colonel
US Army
Buffalo, NY

HON. ACEA M. MOSEY ‘92
Surrogate Judge
Erie County Surrogate Court
Buffalo, NY

DAVID J. NASCA ‘79
President/CEO
Evans Bank, NA
Hamburg, NY

REV. CYRIL P. OPEIL, S.J.
Associate Professor of Physics
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA

SUSAN M. POLVINO ’82 ex officio
President of the Alumni Association
Director, Research and Global Insights
Citi
Getzville, NY

MARYA J. PROPIS ‘91
SVP, Director of Distribution and Broker Partnerships
All Risks, Ltd
Hunt Valley, MD 

ANTHONY F. SHELLEY ‘84
Attorney
Miller & Chevalier
Washington, DC

REV. THOMAS R. SLON, S.J.
Rector
Canisius Jesuit Community 
Buffalo, NY

TIMOTHY T. TEVENS
Retired President and CEO
Columbus McKinnon Corporation
Buffalo, NY

MICHAEL J. TODARO
Executive VP, Enterprise Tranformation
M&T Bank
Buffalo, NY

REV. MICHAEL F. TUNNEY, S.J.
Rector
Fairfield Jesuit Community
Fairfield, CT

CYNTHIA E. VANCE
Partner
Jensen, Marks, Langer & Vance LLC
Buffalo, NY

REV. JEFFREY P. VON ARX, S.J.
Superior
LaFarge House
Cambridge, MA

NANCY W. WARE ’78, MBA ‘85
President
EduKids, Inc.
West Seneca, NY

LILLIE V. WILEY-UPSHAW ‘91
Former Vice Dean for Student Engagement and Inclusion
University at Buffalo Law School
Buffalo, NY

LEE C. WORTHAM ‘79
Chief Operating Officer and Partner
Barrantys, LLC
Buffalo, NY

LAURA A. ZAEPFEL ‘86
Vice President, Corporate Relations
Uniland Development Company
Amherst, NY