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Like every great tech-based organization, TechBuffalo is powered by great people and great partners.

Sarah Tanbakuchi

President & Chief Executive Officer

An advocate for our region, Sarah joined TechBuffalo to continue spearheading efforts to elevate and promote homegrown tech talent in WNY and raise Buffalo-Niagara’s profile as a top destination for tech. Sarah has led large-scale operations in banking, including the launch of the M&T Tech Academy, served as an attorney, and is an active member of the community serving as a board member of several organizations.

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Cydney Johnson

Marketing and Outreach

Cydney’s extensive experience includes managing tech-focused marketing strategies for a variety of brands, working in recruitment for a higher education institution, and serving as a board member for a local opera nonprofit.

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Mary Ruelle

Higher Education Program Lead

Mary has eight years of education experience, six of those in the higher education sector. Her experience includes career services, academic advising, advancement, and student conduct. She also owns and operates Dolly Cakes Cakery, an online bakery in Buffalo.

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Cameron Smith

Finance & Operations Director

Cameron joins the team with eight years of non-profit professional experience focused specifically on finance and operations. Outside of work he is a member of the Seneca Street CDC Board of Directors and the Executive Committee for the Buffalo Rugby Club.

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DaMante’ Curry

Special Projects Coordinator

DaMante’ has experience in various industries from clinical trials research to large-scale data management. His experience has given him the opportunity to work within higher education,  nonprofit, and start-up organizations.

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Rachel Eastlack

Community Impact Program Lead

As a trained social worker, Rachel brings a trauma-informed and person-centered lens in hopes of further creating a diverse and equitable tech landscape within the Buffalo community. Outside of the office, Rachel spends time thrifting & curating vintage furniture for her passion project, At Home on Heath.

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Dylan Assil

Program Development Intern

Dylan is a rising Senior at UB’s School of Management, majoring in Business Administration, with a concentration in Marketing and Entrepreneurship. He holds the position of president at the UB Marketing Association. Outside of his studies, Dylan has a keen interest in music, often spending their free time writing about music and mixing tracks.

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Board of Directors

Michael Moskal (Chair)
CIO, CUBRC, Inc.

Christina Orsi (Vice Chair)
President, The John R. Oishei Foundation

Jenna Kavanaugh
Lead Representative, National Grid

Thomas P. Quinn (Treasurer)
CEO, WNY Impact Investment Fund

Scott Stenclik (Secretary)
President & CEO, Aleron Group

Michael Wisler
CIO, M&T Bank, 43North Chair

Randy Harris
Co-Founder, TechBuffalo
CEO, Lighthouse Technology Services

Ekua Mends-Aidoo
President & Principal Consultant, Clementine Gold Group

Renita DiStefano
President & CEO, Second Derivative, LLC

Eric Reich
Co-Founder of Campus Labs, Co-Chair of WNY REDC (Western New York Regional Economic Development Council)

Sallie Reid
Chief People Officer at ACV Auctions

Stephanie Peete
Director of Workforce Development, Say Yes

Kemper Lewis
Dean, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University at Buffalo

Founders

Duane Conners
Co-Founder, TechBuffalo
CEO, RPRT

Randy Harris
Co-Founder, TechBuffalo
CEO, Lighthouse Technology Services

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