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Niagara SPCA names new officers, board members

WHEATFIELD – A new slate of officers and two new board members have been announced by the SPCA of Niagara.

In a meeting last week, the board chose Michelle D. Madigan, who had been its secretary, as the new board president, replacing Bryan Barish, who served one year. Madigan is controller of EGW Personnel Staffing.

AnnLouise Carosella, a longtime SPCA volunteer, was named vice president, replacing Niagara Falls Police Officer David Bower. David A. Urban, an accountant, was chosen as treasurer for the second consecutive year.

Debra L. Korpolinski, who was just elected to the board May 29, was chosen as secretary, and Niagara County risk management director Jennifer R. Pitarresi, another newly elected member, was named to the executive committee.

Karen Karsten, board chairwoman of the Seneca Gaming Corp., lost in the May 29 election but returned to the board June 5, when she was appointed to replace Lockport Police Chief Lawrence M. Eggert, who resigned.

In a follow-up report last month, the Erie County officials noted the Niagara facility had made great strides in the last 16 months.

Re-elected to board seats May 29 were veterinarian Susan Persico and Polla Milligan, a grant writer for the Food Bank of Western New York. Milligan had been appointed early this year to replace Pamela Bruns, who resigned.

With the expiration of the one-year terms won last year by Rachel Stepian, Kristen Strobel and Kathy Lamont, who did not run for re-election, and the departure of Stephanie Ortel, the board has set its size at 11, down from the 15 members chosen in the 2012 election.