Power 125 Women

August 27, 2018



Members of the Canisius College community make up 17 percent of Business First’s Power 125 Women list for 2018. The list highlights the most influential women in the eight counties of Western New York.  Business First compiled these rankings and defined “power” by the level of influence a woman has at her company, in her city or county and the length of her career. Only women who live full-time in Western New York were considered.

Of the 125 named, three Canisius alumnae are in the top ten. Maureen Hurley, retired executive vice president and chief administrative officer, Rich Products Corp. and Canisius’ “first lady,” ranked number 92. Below is a complete listing of the Canisius community members who were honored:

Canisius alumnae:

#4 ‒ Rhonda Frederick MPA ᾽03, president and CEO, People Inc.

#5 – Kimberly Minkel ᾽96, executive director, Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority

#8 – Allegra Jaros ’93, MBA ᾽96, president, John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital, Kaleida Health

#11 – Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker ᾽82, president and CEO, Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

#23 – Susan O’Sullivan ᾽04, vice president, US Sales, Ingram Micro Inc.

#44 – Laura Zaepfel ᾽86, vice president for corporate relations, Uniland Development Co.

#47 – Norma Nowak ᾽79, PhD, executive director/founder and chief scientific officer, NYS Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics & Life Sciences/Empire Genomics LLC

#48 - Nancy Ware ᾽78, president, EduKids Inc.

#50 – Mary Roberts ᾽77, executive director, Martin House Restoration Corp.

#55 Mary Jean Jakubowski, MS ᾽73, director, Buffalo & Erie County Public Library

#57 – Jill Syracuse ᾽83, executive vice president, chief engagement and servicing officer, Independent Health

#84 ‒ Linda Dobmeier ’83, chair, Buffalo State College Council

#103 – Kathleen Grisanti ᾽82, president and medical director, Pediatric & Adolescent Urgent Care of Western New York

#104 – Nora Eberl ᾽92, co-owner and CFO, Eberl Iron Works Inc.

#105 – Anne Gioia ’71, HON ’97, co-founder, Roswell Park Alliance

#106 ‒ Margaret McCarthy MS ’87, PhD, vice president for academic affairs, Canisius College

#108 – Nadine Marrero ᾽99, director of planning, City of Buffalo

#111 ‒ Katherine Ragusa MS ᾽06, CEO, The Advantage Co.

Canisius honorary degree recipients:

#22 – JoAnn Falletta HON ’00, music director, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra

#36 – Denise Roche HON ’92, chair, Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority

#63 ‒ Mindy Rich HON ’15, vice chairman, president, Rich Products Corp., Rich Entertainment Group

#95 ‒ Lana Benatovich HON ᾽99, president, National Federation for Just Communities of WNY