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 2018-2019 include:

Chair: Lee C. Wortham ‘79
Vice Chair: John R. Connolly ‘72
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
Global Head of Benefits
Bloomberg LP
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
Executive VP / Chief Financial Officer
Tecomet, Inc.
Wilmington, MA

KIMBERLY A. DETRASK ‘95
Treasurer for Europe, Middle East and Africa
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

RICHARD N. GILBERT, JR, MD ‘’84
Urologic Surgeon
WNY Urology Associates, LLC
Cheektowaga, 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. McNICHOLS, JR ’68, MSED ‘97
Retired Lieutenant Colonel
US Army
Buffalo, NY

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

ELLEN S. MUSIALOWSKI ‘08  ex officio
President of Alumni Association
Accounting Manager
Praxair, Inc.
Tonawanda, 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

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

MICHAEL J. TODARO
Executive VP, Mortgage & Consumer Lending
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