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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.


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.


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.


Board of Directors

Michael Moskal (Chair)

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

Jenna Kavanaugh
COO, Invest Buffalo Niagara

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

Ekua Mends-Aidoo
Chief Equity & Inclusion Officer, Evergreen Health

Scott Stenclik (Secretary)
President & CEO, Aleron Group

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

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

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

Renita DiStefano
Vice President of Information Technology/Chief Information Officer, Seneca Gaming Corporation

Advisory Board

Duane Conners
Co-Founder and Finance Director, TechBuffalo

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