annual meeting October 7, the members of Buffalo ReUse elected a Board of
Directors to lead the organization through the next phase of its growth. Newly
elected members are Vincent Kuntz, Keith James, Alison Mueller, David Laguerre
and Daniel Ash. Michele Johnson, the only original member, was elected to her second two-year term.
Vincent Kuntz was elected Board President.
Kuntz said “We
wish to thank outgoing Board President Stephanie Simeon, Board Members Jessica
Biegaj, Katie Biggie, Darren Kempner, Kirstin Lowry Sommers, Adam Wilson and
Trevor Torcello for their dedicated service to our organization. We wish them
all the best in their future endeavors and expect to maintain a productive relationship
as we all work to improve neighborhoods in the City of Buffalo.”
announced at the meeting was the transition of Interim Executive Director
Harvey Garrett to a short-term consulting position. Alison Mueller, Board Secretary, said “Harvey’s analysis of
our financial situation was instrumental in securing a future for
ReUse. He gave his time and expertise to stabilize our financial
systems and community programs. We thank him for his service as we navigated through
a challenging period of our growth.”
of New Board Members:
Daniel is an
Information Security Specialist with experience in planning, deploying and
supporting information systems, including IT policy and compliance, as well as
audit and risk management. As a member of the Buffalo ReUse’s Board, Daniel’s
skills will further the development of its asset and risk management policies
and operations and also strengthen ReUse’s information security systems. As a longtime
customer and volunteer of ReUse, Daniel is committed and ready to serve the
organization’s mission, vision and values.
Keith is a
longtime resident of Buffalo’s East Side community and has spent many years
volunteering in public service for his community and the greater City of
Buffalo. Keith is also a Fire Fighter for the City of Buffalo. With Board of
Directors experience, Keith first became interested in ReUse because of its
concept and vision, which is to serve and strengthen an under-served community
Michele is a
founding Member of the organization and also an original member of the Board of
Directors for Buffalo ReUse. In addition to her longtime service and commitment
to Buffalo ReUse, Michele is also a co-founder of both the Mayor’s
Anti-Flipping Task Force and Broadway Fillmore Alive. She served as a Housing
Court Liaison in the Fillmore District, was Producer of the local documentary “Flipped”,
is a mother of four, and a longtime East Side resident.
Vince is a
building contractor, specializing in preservation, and as such, he has been
salvaging, reusing, and recycling building materials since the 1980′s. Vince is
also a certified Carpentry Instructor at the Construction Training Center of
WNY. A supporter of ReUse’s business and mission since its inception, Vince
looks forward to the challenge of making ReUse’s work even safer and more cost
effective in addition to helping ReUse grow its educational outreach programs
and training activities.
David is a
longtime resident of Buffalo’s East Side community. He has spent the majority
of his professional career working for one local company and has served in
several capacities, including maintenance, collections, billing, and accounts
receivable. David is looking forward to serving as a personal link between
Buffalo ReUse and the people and community ReUse serves.
Director of Merchant Supply Systems for a worldwide industrial gas and
equipment technology company and has served as an officer in the Air National
Guard. Having moved to Buffalo three years ago, Alison is excited by the
renewal underfoot in this city. As a volunteer for ReUse, she believes in its
mission and programs that offer opportunities and skill sets to those who might
not otherwise have an opportunity to learn them. Alison also looks forward to bringing
her corporate experience to ReUse, linking hands-on operations to defined
business goals and objectives.
There is no word yet on what ReUse founder Michael Gainer’s role will be.