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Niagara Honor Roll / Recognizing the accomplishments of Western New Yorkers

The Niagara County Community College Foundation has elected its 2013-2014 board of directors.

Kurt Schuler, controller of Niagara Sheets in North Tonawanda, was named chairman. A 1978 NCCC graduate, he joined the board in 2008. He has served as past vice chairman of the board and past chairman of its finance committee.

Jerald I. Wolfgang has been elected vice chairman. He is director of the Western New York Regional Education Center for Economic Development and has been on the board since 1993.

Other officers elected include: treasurer, David I. Karwick, senior vice president at Key Investment Services; secretary, F. Robert Sdao, an emeritus member of the board; members-at-large, William Bevacqua, retired, Sdao Furniture; David DiCamillo, DiCamillo Baking Co.; and Gina I. Virtuoso.

Michael J. Hooper, owner of Hooper Realty, was elected as a new director.

The following directors were re-elected to three-year terms: Ron Winkley, past board chairman; David Bonnevie, Dental Care Associates; Ann Briody Petock, Briody Health Care Facility; Vincent “Jimmy” Cancemi, Cancemi Furniture; Jack Kopczynski, Ascension Industries; James A. Mezhir, NCCC; Lester Robinson III, Northwoods Corp.; and Gary Siddall, Delphi.


The Auxiliary of Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center honored Nancy Gara at its second annual Sing Sisters Sing Celebrate Women’s Health fundraising event Wednesday at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute.

Gara, hospital director and a member of the foundation board of directors, was chairwoman of the Sing Sisters Sing event until her death in May.

She was a fierce advocate for women’s health issues and served as the “voice for those who had no voice” at the hospital for many years, according to Joseph A. Ruffolo, the hospital’s president and chief executive officer.

Gara was a 40-year veteran of the Niagara Frontier banking industry. Hired by Marine Midland Bank as a part-time teller in 1970, she rose through the ranks to become first vice president and branch manager of the HSBC Center branch. She oversaw all retail and community activities for the former Marine Midland Bank and HSBC while managing the head offices in Niagara Falls and Buffalo.

At the time of her death, Gara was vice president and manager of First Niagara’s Power City branch in Niagara Falls.

The event raises funds for women’s health services at the hospital and its satellite facilities across Niagara County. Proceeds from last year’s inaugural event supported the purchase of infant monitors for the hospital’s expanded women’s health OB/GYN unit.


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