Seven local professionals join organization’s Board of Directors
Buffalo, New York—June 10, 2014 – Literacy New York Buffalo-Niagara is pleased to announce the most recent additions to the organization’s Board of Directors. Seven local professionals have joined the agency’s governing body and represent public and private industry in both Erie and Niagara Counties.
“We who serve on the board of directors come from different disciplines and cultural backgrounds, but we have a shared understanding of the links between literacy and employment opportunities, healthy lifestyles, and safe neighborhoods,” said Board Chairman Scott Sackett. “Erie and Niagara Counties are fortunate to have these community leaders dedicated to expanding literacy education for adult learners, school children, and non-native speakers of English.”
New Board members include:
KATHERINE ALEXANDER, ESQ.
City of North Tonawanda and Niagara County
Katherine Alexander is a native of Buffalo and a graduate of North Tonawanda High School, St. Lawrence University and Albany Law School. She is an attorney admitted in New York and currently serves as the Assistant City Attorney for North Tonawanda. She also serves as an Assistant County Attorney for the County of Niagara. Her passion for public service extends beyond her employment where she is a member of the Board of Trustees for the United Way of the Tonawandas. In her free time, she enjoys reading, running and relaxing with her family. Katherine lives in North Tonawanda.
Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman, LLP
Matt Chandler is the Marketing Director at Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman, LLP, a full-service law firm based in Buffalo. He is also an author and freelance writer. Previous to his current position, he was the editor of the Buffalo Law Journal, and has written for Buffalo’s Business First, WNY Family Magazine, Sports & Leisure Magazine, the Springville Journal, Artvoice, and Bee Group newspapers. His passion for writing is tied to his love of storytelling. He has written a number of children’s books, and his daughter thinks the fact that she can go visit her school library and check out her dad’s book is about the coolest thing in the world. He is currently working on an adult non-fiction biography as well as another non-fiction children’s book. Matt enjoys visiting schools in the Western New York area to share his passion for writing with students.
DONNA LOGHMANEE FELDMAN, MD, FACOG
Women’s Medicine of Niagara, PLLC
Donna Loghmanee Feldman is a native of Buffalo and graduate of the Nichols School, Oberlin College, the State University of New York at Buffalo and St. George’s University School of Medicine. She is a Board Certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist and a principal of Women’s Medicine of Niagara PLLC in Lewiston, New York. She also serves as Chief of Robotic Surgery and Co-Chair of the OB/GYN department at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center. She has dedicated her professional life to women’s health and her personal life to her family. She and her husband Matthew are raising a daughter and a son who continue to develop literacy in English, Spanish and Farsi and thrill their parents with their love of books. Her beliefs are founded in the principles of the Baha’i Faith which include universal education and the elimination of the extremes of wealth and poverty. In her free time, she enjoys tennis, skiing, reading books, and performing as a violinist in the Amherst Symphony.
Manager of Foundation Development
Martina Fern, a native of Kassel, Germany, has been a fundraising professional for 15 years. She is the Manager of Foundation Development of WNED|WBFO, the Buffalo/Toronto region’s public TV and radio stations. Her experience with major donors, annual and capital campaigns, foundations and underwriters enables her to develop and implement comprehensive fundraising strategies. She has a degree in English and political science, and her past volunteer experience includes tutoring students using the Laubach Method for literacy instruction. In her free time, she enjoys writing and traveling. Martina and her husband, Paul, live in Lewiston with their gaggle of pets.
KATHLEEN MCGRATH, PH.D.
Niagara University’s College of Education
Kathleen McGrath is an Assistant Professor in Niagara University’s College of Education, Department of Professional Studies, where she teaches graduate courses in primary and intermediate level literacy, diagnostic assessment and instruction, and children & adolescent literature. She is also the Faculty Director of the Family Literacy Center, responsible for the training of literacy specialist candidates in the Advanced Literacy Specialist program, as well as facilitating remedial reading programs for students, grades K-12. She taught both the primary and elementary grades in the Sweet Home School District from 1993-2006. In 1995, she directed the Preschool Program at the International School of Grenada. She also has worked in the clinical setting at the Center for Literacy and Reading Instruction, SUNY Buffalo and was responsible for the supervision of graduate level students during their clinical practicum. Kathleen McGrath received a Bachelor of Arts in English and Elementary Education from Niagara University and a Master of Arts in Literacy from SUNY at Buffalo. She completed her doctoral studies at SUNY at Buffalo and received her Doctor of Philosophy in Literacy Education. Current research has focused on family literacy, struggling readers, and teacher training in diagnostic assessment and clinical instruction.
COL. DONALD VINCENT MCGUIRE
Department of Defense /107th Airlift Wing
Mission Support Group Commander
Colonel Donald V. McGuire is the Mission Support Group Commander for the107th Airlift Wing, New York Air National Guard, Niagara Falls, New York. He oversees operations for the Civil Engineer, Security Forces, Force Support, Communications, and Logistics Readiness Squadrons. He served as the Senior Intelligence Officer from 2003 – 2006 and was the Comptroller Flight Commander for the 107 AW from 2006 – 2010 where he planned and directed all activities within the Comptroller functional area including budget, accounting and finance, entitlements pay, and quality assurance. Col. McGuire’s operational experience includes Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, Noble Eagle, Joint Forge/Endeavor, and Task Force Sandy. He has a Bachelor of Arts in English, a Master of Arts in English, and he completed the Post-Graduate Intelligence Program at the Joint Military Intelligence College, Washington, D.C. He is married with two children.
JASON O. PARKER
Buffalo State College
Diversity Program Coordinator
Jason Parker received his bachelor’s degree in recreation and leisure studies from Missouri State University and master’s degree in counseling from Missouri Baptist University. He served as the St. Louis Community College campus coordinator for the African American Male Initiative, a federally-funded program dedicated to recruiting and retaining African American male students. His work included community outreach to area middle and high schools to foster college pathways planning among minority students. He served on the boards of directors for the City Garden Montessori School and Midtown Community Services in St. Louis. He also served as a mentor for the St. Louis County Courts. He recently moved to Buffalo to fill the position of Diversity Program Coordinator at Buffalo State College. He is thrilled to be a part of the State University of New York environment and is enjoying discovering his new city and region.
Literacy New York Buffalo-Niagara, Inc. is a result of the 2012 merger of Literacy Volunteers of Buffalo and Erie County and Literacy Volunteers of Niagara County. It was a collaboration of two strong organizations, joining to further their missions, be more effective and impactful, and attain sustainability. The agency is proud to be the region’s sole provider of free, one-on-one adult literacy services, as well as children’s programs, and provides reading and English language learning to anyone committed to improving his or her skills.