Niagara Gazette

October 21, 2013

IN BUSINESS: Dyster, Falls students joining Dream It, Do It opening ceremony

Staff reports
Niagara Gazette

Niagara Gazette — Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster, as well as City Administrator Donna Owens and students from Niagara Falls High School, will help open Thursday’s Dream It, Do It event at Erie Community College’s north campus.

The event is put on by the Buffalo Niagara Partnership and Dream It, Do It WNY to bring manufacturers and school districts together.

With many local manufacturers reporting a ‘moderate to severe’ shortage of qualified talent, the Dream It, Do It WNY organization is addressing the skills gap by collaborating manufacturers with schools to educate, engage, and employ the next generation of manufacturing talent.

At Thursday’s event, area manufacturers will bring creative, interactive displays as students from many Western New York school districts learn more about the companies, their products, people, and careers.  

Niagara Falls High School students will participate, and arrive at 10:30 a.m. and participate with Dyster and Owens in the ribbon cutting ceremony that takes place at 11:30 a.m.


Preservation Buffalo Niagara adds four trustees

Barbara Marchelos, Patrick Brown and Bob Drozdowski of Niagara Falls and Ramona Whitaker of Buffalo were recently added to the board of Preservation Buffalo Niagara.  

They were officially added to the board by a unanimous vote of the trustees at their August meeting.

Marchelos, a resident of Niagara Falls, is an active environmentalist and a retired teacher.  Over the last 30 years or so, she been involved with preservation projects in Niagara Falls including the attempt to save the Wintergarden and the Falls Chimney (an original built before the War of 1812). Previous society memberships include the UB Hayes Society and Brockport’s Gloria Matera Heritage Society.   

Brown is a certified public accountant and partner with Brown & Company of Niagara Falls. He most recently served as commissioner and chairman of the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission and is an active member of the community through service to many organizations. 

Drozdowski was born and raised in Niagara Falls, having graduated from Niagara Catholic High School and Niagara University, but after graduating lived in Southern California for 23 years with a successful career in executive level sales and sales management. Since returning to the area eight years ago, he has been involved in planning numerous local events including the St. Stan’s Polka Festival, the Niagara Falls Blues Festival, the Taste of Leadership Niagara and the Echo Art Fair.

From 2004 to 2007, Whitaker served as editor of Landmark Society of the Niagara Frontier’s newsletter. Her many awards and accomplishments include earning the Landmarker Award for Longstanding Service in 2006 and serving as chair for the committee that won a grant from Garden Walk Buffalo in 2013 to plant gardens in Tony Sisti Park.


Mount St. Mary’s Hospital welcomes Brown, Eugeni to board

Christopher H. Brown, CPA of Brown & Company, LLP, Certified Public Accountants, and Anthony L. Eugeni, senior partner at Damon Morey LLP, Attorneys at Law, have been appointed to the Board of Trustees of Mount St. Mary’s Hospital and Health Center. The appointments for three-year terms were announced by Carmen A. Granto, chair of the board.

Brown is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants and has been active in numerous community groups and organizations over the years. Most recently he has served as board chairman and current board member of Artpark & Company, Inc. Brown resides in Niagara Falls.

Eugeni is a member of Damon Morey’s Business and Corporate Department and is chair of the firm’s Finance Committee. He is very active in the Niagara Falls Boys’ and Girls’ Club, where he is president and a member of the club’s board of directors. He resides in the Town of Niagara.

Other members of the Board of Trustees include:  Dena Armstrong, treasurer/assistant vice president with Sevenson Environmental Services; William J. Bradberry;  Lloyd W. Brown, M.D., Exigence of Team Health; Donald J. Largo, Jr., M.D.;  Judith A. Maness, president and chief executive officer; Joseph McDonald, president and chief executive officer of Catholic Health Buffalo; Robert A. Minicucci, Sr., president of Health System Services; Sr. Kathleen Natwin, DC;  Sr. Marilyn Perkins, DC;  Robert J. Travis, CPA, of Chiampou Travis Besaw & Kershner, LLP, as vice chairman and treasurer; Michael L. Vitch, president/owner of Compu-Mail; and Deborah J. Winslow-Schraber, director of Human Resources, Canisius College. Robert Gadawski, M.D., president of the Medical Staff, is that group’s representative on the board; and Domonic F. Falsetti, M.D., is chief of staff.