A new advisory board of local business, religious and educational leaders has been formed to help the 55 elementary schools operated by the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo.
"One of the board's most important initial tasks will be to review the current strategic plan for the schools," said Carol Kostyniak, secretary for Catholic education, who convened the board earlier this month on behalf of Bishop Edward U. Kmiec. The board's next meeting is March 26.
In addition to Bishop Kmiec and Kostyniak, board members include Monsignor Thomas Maloney of St. Amelia's Church; Darleen Michalak, deputy superintendent of Erie 1 BOCES; Sister Denise Roche, president of D'Youville College; Monsignor David Slubecky, the diocesan vicar general; Rhonda Reid, president of Cornerstone Research & Marketing; and Paul Fields, retired Canisius College graduate program administrator.
Also Paul Wietig, assistant professor at the University at Buffalo; Rosemary Henry, diocesan superintendent of schools; Paul D. Bauer, president of the board of the BISON Fund; Cynthia M. Shore, an assistant dean at UB; Sylvia Valentin, associate professor at Niagara University; attorney Joseph A. Stoeckl of Kennedy, Stoeckl & Martin; David Kersten, executive director of the Foundation for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo; Steven Timmel, executive director of financial administration; and Kevin Keenan, director of communications.