They are leaders in the medical, legal, business and not-for-profit sectors. Whatever fields they choose, our Griffins rank among the most influential. Congratulations to the Canisians who make up more than 15 percent of Business First’s annual Power 250 list for 2018. The list identifies the most influential leaders throughout Western New York.
The Power 250 list includes 39 members of the Canisius community, including alumni, honorary degree recipients and members of the college’s Board of Trustees. President John Hurley, Buffalo State President Katherine Conway-Turner and University at Buffalo President Satish Tripathi are the highest ranking local college presidents on the list.
The following members of the Canisius community were named to the Power 250:
#15 *Carl Montante ᾿64, HON ᾿04, president and managing director, Uniland
#29 Rhonda (Allen) Frederick MPA ᾿03, president and CEO, People Inc.
#31 Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker ᾿82, president and CEO, Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo
#33 Angelo Fatta ᾿66, PhD, president, Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus Corporation
#39 Kimberley Minkel-Shepard MBA ᾿96, executive director, Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority
#47 Michael Montante ᾿91, vice president, Uniland Development Corporation
#51 **David Nasca ᾿79, president and CEO, Evans Bancorp Inc.
#52 **John Hurley ᾿78, president, Canisius College
#54 Mark Sullivan ᾿92, MPA ᾿96, president and CEO, Catholic Health
#50 Michael Hughes ᾿94, chief of staff, senior vice president, Kaleida Health
#63 **Lawrence Vilardo ᾿77, U.S. District Judge, Western District of New York, U.S. District Court
#68 Allegra (Thompson) Jaros ᾿93, MBA ᾿96, president, John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital, vice president, Kaleida Health
#71 Dennis Walczyk ᾿74, CEO, Catholic Charities
#75 Patrick Gallivan ᾿82, senator, 59th district, New York State Senate
#93 Michael Edbauer MBA ᾿12, DO, president and CEO, Catholic Medical Partners, Catholic Health
#99 Rocco Termini ᾿72, president, Signature Development Buffalo LLC.
#109 Matthew Enstice MBA ᾿04, president and CEO, Buffalo Medical Campus
#114 William Maggio ᾿84, MBA ᾿93, CEO, The Jacobs Institute
#117 James Dentinger ᾿83, CEO, McGuire Development Group
#124 Susan O’Sullivan ᾿04, senior vice president, Western New York Operations, Ingram Micro Inc.
#126 Thomas Montante ᾿65, CEO, Montante Group LLC
#135 Terrence Connors ᾿68, founding partner, Connors LLC
#143 **Ron Raccuia ᾿90, president, AD PRO Sports
#144 *Robin Schimminger ᾿69, HON ᾿07, assemblyman, New York State 140th Assembly District
#151 James Basil ᾿85, president, Joe Basil Chevrolet
#155 Paul Kolkmeyer ᾿75, president and CEO, Priam Enterprises
#180 William Kresse MSEd ᾿98, principal, City Honors
#185 Joseph Emminger ᾿82, supervisor, Town of Tonawanda
*Received an honorary degree from Canisius College
**Member of the Canisius College Board of Trustees
#1 Jeremy Jacobs Sr. HON ᾿82, chair, Delaware North, owner, Boston Bruins
#15 Carl Montante ᾿64, HON ᾿04, president and managing director, Uniland
#17 Rev. Richard Malone HON ᾿13, bishop, Diocese of Buffalo
#36 JoAnn Falletta HON ᾿00, music director, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
#42 Robert Rich Jr. HON ᾿15, chair, Rich Products Corporation; president and CEO, Bison Baseball; chair, Cleveland Clinic Board of Directors
#66 L. Nelson Hopkins HON ᾿17, founder and chief scientific officer, The Jacobs Institute
#72 Thomas Beecher Jr. HON ᾿10, chair emeritus, Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus
#89 Donald Boswell HON ᾿12, president and CEO, Western New York Public Broadcasting Association
#118 Denise Roche HON ᾿92, chair, Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority
#144 Robin Schimminger ᾿69, HON ᾿07, assemblyman, New York State 140th Assembly district
#148 Robert Bennett HON ᾿09, former chancellor, New York State Board of Regents
#167 Paul Snyder HON ᾿71, chair, Snyder Corp.
Board of Trustees
#52 John Hurley ᾿78, president, Canisius College
#51 David Nasca ᾿79, president and CEO, Evans Bancorp Inc.
#143 Ron Raccuia ᾿90, president, AD PRO Sports
#63 Lawrence Vilardo ᾿77, U.S. District Judge, Western District of New York, U.S. District Court
*Please note: Some members of the Canisius community appear in more than one category but are counted only once for the purpose of our statistics.