Catholic Schools Advisory Council

Faith in Tomorrow

The Diocese of Buffalo Catholic Schools Advisory Council is consultative to the bishop and to the Secretary for Catholic Education and Superintendent of Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Buffalo.  This collaborative body has consultative input, providing vision, advocacy and leadership which preserves and strengthens education in the diocese.   The council develops goals and objectives which enhance the quality of education in the diocese, and with the approval of the bishop, the council works on special projects with respect to Catholic schools in the diocese that are consistent with but not duplicative of those activities performed by the Department of Catholic Education or the diocesan Development Office, and in other areas assigned to the council by the bishop.

Dr. MichalakDarleen Michalak, Ph.D., Plan Administrator, NY44 Health Benefits Trust Plan, Buffalo, N.Y.

As Deputy Superintendent/Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Erie 1 BOCES, Dr. Michalak was instrumental in forming the NY44 Health Benefits Plan Trust in 2003 and served as a trustee for the organization from 2003 to 2007. She added to her responsibilities in 2007 when she became Plan Administrator/Ex Officio Trustee of the Health Trust, in addition to maintaining her role as Deputy Superintendent. In July 2010, Dr. Michalak retired from Erie 1 BOCES, but continues as the Plan Administrator for the NY44 Trust. 

Msgr. Thomas MaloneyRev. Msgr. Thomas Maloney, pastor, St. Amelia Parish, Tonawanda, N.Y.
Msgr. Maloney was ordained in 1968, following studies at the University of Louvain in Belgium. He served as chaplain at Madonna High School in Niagara Falls, Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart in Eggertsville, and St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute in Kenmore. Msgr. Maloney taught French at St. Mark’s School in Buffalo, and currently teaches Latin at St. Amelia School, Tonawanda, where he has been pastor since 1995.                                             

Nancy M. Blaschak, regional executive director of the American Red Cross, serving Erie and Niagara Counties

During her tenure, the Eden resident she successfully negotiated the mergers of several chapters in the regional group to streamline operations and provide improved community service.           

Nancy Pusatier, Group Vice President, M & T Bank, Buffalo, N.Y. 

Nancy holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the State University College at Buffalo and completed the graduate level certificate program from SUNY in Human Resources.  Nancy held board positions at Holy Angels Academy and the Buffalo Prenatal Perinatal Network.  She is a 2013 graduate of Leadership Buffalo Class of 2013.  Prior to joining M&T Bank, Nancy worked as the Director of Human Resources for the Kaleida Health’s Women and Children’s Hospital in Buffalo.  

Elizabeth C. Powers, founder of Liberty in America, Olean, N.Y.

Liberty in America provides Americans with education on the concepts of liberty and economics. A resident of Olean, Powers is on the board of Archbishop Walsh Academy, and has played a key role in the resurgence of Catholic education in the Southern Tier.            

William MarianiWilliam Mariani, Ed.D, vice-president of Administrative Services and External Relations, D'Youville College, Buffalo, N.Y.

Dr. Mariani has more than 20 years of progressive experience in higher education.  He is the former president of Erie Community College in Buffalo, the third largest and most administratively efficient multi-campus in New York's public community college system.  He has expertise in Middles States Accreditation Standards and Institutional Program Review and Assessment trends and issues. 

Dr. Althea PorterAlthea Porter, Ph.D., Director, Palisano Center for Academic Success, Trocaire College, Buffalo,  N.Y.

Dr. Porter is a member of Blessed Trinity Parish in Buffalo where she currently serves as a member of the Generations of Faith team. She also serves on the diocesan African American Commission. Dr. Porter also director of Transitional Studies and the Center for Academic Success at Trocaire College.

Rhonda RiedRhonda Ried, President, Cornerstone Research and Marketing, Inc., Amherst, N.Y.

Rhonda Ried is Founder and President of Cornerstone Research and Marketing, Inc., a full-service marketing research corporation, located in North Tonawanda, NY. Cornerstone Research and Marketing, Inc., established in 1989, is an internationally- recognized provider of research services for hundreds of local, national and international firms.  In 2007, Ms. Ried acquired Ruth Diamond Market Research, Inc., established in 1956, located in the Boulevard Mall in Amherst, N.Y.  

Sylvia ValentinSylvia Valentín, Ph.D., J.D., Associate Professor of Teacher Education, Niagara University, Niagara, N.Y.

Dr. Valentín is an associate professor of Early Childhood/Childhood Education at Niagara University. Her areas of expertise also include diversity issues, bilingual education and second language acquisition. Dr. Valentín also holds a law degree from the University at Buffalo.

Robert A. Richardson, chief operating officer of EB-5 New York State, Buffalo, N.Y.

EB-5 creates and offers EB-5 visa investment opportunities to qualified foreign investors which create jobs in New York State. Richardson has extensive experience in marketing and sales consulting.
Dr. Margaret C. McCarthy, professor in the Department of Graduate Education and Leadership, Canisius College, Buffalo, N.Y.

Dr. McCarthy has been extensively published in leading academic periodicals, and is the past dean of the School of Education Services at Canisius.
James JaroszJames Jarosz, M& T Bank Group Vice President, responsible for the Retail Administration department, Buffalo, N.Y.

Graduate of Canisius College (BS Finance, MBA Finance/Marketing), Stephen M. Ross School of Business, Michigan University Senior Management Leadership Program.  St. Mary (Swormville) parishioner, active volunteer for United Way of Buffalo, Boy Scouts and Opportunities Unlimited Foundation.

James FregeletteJames Fregelette, executive director of Finance and Information Systems for Erie 1 BOCES

Member, Board of Directors for the New York State Association of School Business Officials and is the Secretary of the School and Municipal Energy Cooperative. He holds a Bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering and a Masters in Education from the University of Buffalo. He also has completed a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Educational Administration at the State University College at Buffalo.

Robert Scott

Robert T. Scott, AFSC, president, St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute, Tonawanda, N.Y.

Mr. Scott has more than four decades of service at St. Joseph's Collegiate institute, serving initially as a religion and social studies teacher, then as vice principal for Student Affairs, principal, and now president.  In addition, he has served on the Board of Regents at Canisius College and is board member at NativityMiguel Middle School of Buffalo and Christian Brothers Academy in Syracuse.  Mr. Scott is also a member of the Mission Education Council of the Christian Brothers' District of Eastern North America.  He was awarded Letters of Affiliation as a member of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools in 2001.

Diocesan Staff (Ex-officio members)

Most Reverend Richard J. Malone
Bishop of Buffalo 



Msgr. David SlubeckyRev. Msgr. David Slubecky
Vicar General/Moderator of the Curia
Catholic Schools Advisory Council Chair
Diocese of Buffalo


Carol KostyniakCarol Kostyniak
Secretary for Catholic Education 
Diocese of Buffalo

Sister Carol CiminoSister Carol Cimino, SSJ, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Catholic Schools
Diocese of Buffalo

Richard SuchanRichard Suchan, CEBS
Executive Director
Foundation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo 


Steven TimmelSteven Timmel
Executive Director of Financial Administration 
Diocese of Buffalo





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