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 2021-2022 include:

Chair: Martin J. Berardi '79
Vice Chair: David J. Nasca '79
Treasurer: Timothy P. Balkin '81, 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

JERRY G. CANADA, JR ‘86
President
Harris Healthcare Group
Niagara Falls, NY

NELSON D. CIVELLO ‘67
Former President of the Fixed Income
Capital Markets Group of Dain Rauscher, Inc.
Former Director, Golden Griffin Fund, LLC
Retired Professor of Finance, Canisius College
Buffalo, NY

JOHN R. CONNOLLY ‘72
Emeritus
Retired Executive Vice President & CFO
Tecomet, Inc.
Naples, FL

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

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

NORA EBERL PLIZGA ‘92
Co-Owner/CFO
Eberl Iron Works, Inc.
Buffalo, NY

REV. PHILIP A. FLORIO, S.J.
Provincial Assistant for Vocation
US East Province of the Society of Jesus
New York, NY

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

STEPHEN F. JACKSON ’82, MBA ‘87
Retired Partner
Ernst & Young LLP
New York, NY

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

REV. GERALD THOMAS KRETTEK, S.J.
Visiting Associate Professor
Loyola University Chicago
Chicago, IL

ANTHONY M. KROESE ’14 ex officio
President of Alumni Association
Attorney
Goldberg Segalla LLP
Williamsville, NY

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

MARK J. LEMA, MD PhD ‘71
Chair 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

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

CINDY L. ODOM ’90, MS
Chief Community Impact Officer
Community Foundation for Greater Buff.
Buffalo, NY

MARGARET W. PAROSKI ’76, MD, MMM
President and CEO
Catholic Medical Partners
Buffalo, NY

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


VINCENT GILBERT ROUX ’90, MBA
Sr. VP & Global Head of Corp. Develop.
Broadridge Financial Solutions
Lake Success, NY

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

CYNTHIA L. SKRZYCKI ’76, MS
Senior Lecturer, English Department
University of Pittsburgh (Emerita)
Pittsburgh, PA

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

ANTHONY B. SPADA, JR ’80, MBA ‘87
President-Chief Executive Officer
AAA Western & Central New York
Williamsville, NY

TIMOTHY T. TEVENS
Retired President & CEO
Columbus McKinnon Corporation
Managing Director, T Cubed Enterprise, LLC
University Park, FL

JOYSON C. THOMAS ‘03
Chief Financial Officer
WhiteHorse Finance, Inc.
New Hyde Park, NY

MICHAEL J. TODARO
Executive VP and Chief Risk Officer
M&T Bank
Buffalo, NY

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

NANCY W. WARE ’78, MBA ’85
Emerita
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

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