Laura E. Hubbard is responsible for the oversight of strategic financial planning and analysis of resource use and development. Named vice president for finance and administration in early 2012, she oversees UB Business Services, Emergency Management, Human Resources, Internal Audit, Parking and Transportation Services, Policy and Operational Excellence, Office of Real Estate and Property Management, Resource Planning, Office of Sustainability, University Facilities, and University Police.
Parking and Transportation Services
106 Spaulding Quadrangle
Chris Austin leads and directs the operations, communications and future planning for UB’s office of Parking and Transportation Services. Chris has more than twenty years of progressive professional management and leadership experience in the parking and transportation industries. He leads a team that manages over 16,000 surface parking spaces across our three campuses, while providing transportation options that transport over 2.5 million passengers annually, providing attractive, sustainable alternatives to single occupant travel. He has a combined twelve years of service on the Board of Parking Directors for the City of Buffalo and New York State Parking Association, and is a Certified Administrator of Public Parking (CAPP).
Laura Barnum coordinates the university budget planning activities and serves as the principal liaison with all campus divisions during the annual budget process and long-term budget planning and forecasting activities. Since arriving at UB in 1996, Laura has held several positions including assistant director of finance in the Division of Athletics, director of business operations in 1998 and assistant athletics director of business operations in 2002. She has also served as Senior Woman Administrator in 2003. Her campus experience has enhanced her knowledge and perspective of UB.
Mark Coldren, as associate vice president for Human Resources (HR), shepherds the human resources’ mission at UB. Before Mark joined UB he was the chief Human Resources officer at Ithaca College for eight years with overall responsibility for all HR functions, working closely with the president and president’s council to focus on strategic direction for the institution. Mark has over 25 years of experience in HR. Previous to Ithaca, Mark worked at Syracuse University and had professional background and experience in software design, manufacturing and public education settings in human resources and learning, including overall HR strategic and functional responsibility, organizational development consulting, compensation systems, employee/labor relations and performance management. The scope of his responsibility includes HR for both the state and Research Foundation employees.
Beth Corry, as associate vice president for Business Services and controller, delivers innovative business solutions and services to UB through involvement in purchasing, payments, financial operations, printing, mail and Strategic Information Reporting Initiative (SIRI). Beth has over 18 years of higher education experience in progressively responsible management positions at the university, most recently as the Director of Financial Services where she demonstrated her leadership in accounting and financial reporting, cost analysis, cash management, compliance adherence and financial data security. Her wide range of experience includes knowledge of New York State, State University of New York (SUNY) and Research Foundation of SUNY financial practices, policies and financial systems. She maintains partnerships as a financial expert with various units such as Resource Planning, Research and Economic Development and Financial Advisory board.
Renee Filip is responsible for overseeing the deployment and development of business communications within the division and providing leadership and insight for the development and evaluation of the division’s three-year plans and other strategic planning efforts. As a chief confidant and support to the vice president, Renee's focus is on promoting and expanding the reach and impact of the Division of Finance and Administration’s key work, initiatives, and operations. As a senior-level business leader with over 26 years of experience in change management, implementing effective use of existing resources and aligning distinct missions, Renee Filip is recognized as an effective liaison and dynamic professional with a proven history of cross-functional leadership within business, academic and government sectors. Most recently, Renee previously served as Chief Operating Officer of UBMD Physicians’ Group, as Senior Director at the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, and as Chief of Staff and Executive for Government and Corporate Relations at Ciminelli Real Estate Corporation.
Kara Kearney-Saylor, as director of Internal Audit, will lead, develop and manage a strategic and comprehensive risk assessment and internal audit program that supports the university’s mission, plans and goals. She will lead the development of the university’s annual audit plan, serve as the university’s point of contact for all external audit activities and work actively with SUNY Audit and Enterprise Risk Management initiatives. Kara has served at Boston University since 2006 as Interim Director and co-chaired the Enterprise Risk Management Steering Committee and Information Security Committee. She previously served at Houghton Mifflin, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Ernst & Young in various audit and tax consultant roles. She is also a Certified Internal Auditor and has a Certification in Risk Management Assurance.
Susan Krzystofiak joined UB in 1994 after spending several years as a CPA working in public accounting. Since her arrival, she has held a number of positions in both Financial Services and Human Resources. Her new role is primarily directed toward Policy and Operational Excellence activity and draws heavily on those financial and human resource experiences. This Policy and Operational Excellence unit is responsible for populating and maintaining the policy library, working with campus units on records management, addressing FOIL requests, and coordinating unit administrative reviews. In addition to directing Policy and Operational Excellence, Susan also serves as an Ethics Officer and the campus Deputy Operations Manager for the Research Foundation.
In his role as the Chief Sustainability Officer, Ryan connects people across the university with information, innovation and tools to reduce UB’s carbon footprint and enhance quality of life by improving environmental stewardship, increasing economic efficiency and augmenting cultural values and awareness. He specifically works closely with university partners and employs an integrated campus-wide strategy that leverages the university’s operations, curriculum, external engagement and research to further UB’s sustainability efforts. Previously, Ryan has held positions at UB as Associate Vice President for Government and Community Relations and as Chief of Staff for external affairs. Prior to joining UB, Ryan worked in Washington, D.C. and New Hampshire, advocating for greater environmental protection and democratic participation.
Tonga Pham, as associate vice president for University Facilities, leads an organization whose mission is to maintain a safe, healthy and attractive campus environment by providing direct and advisory services in the design, construction and maintenance of the university’s new and existing facilities. Tonga, with over 20 years of experience in various management and technical positions, comes to UB from Ryerson University in Toronto where she monitored the management of the physical infrastructure of the university and ensured the functional, social and aesthetic aspects of the physical campus and its relationship to the community. As a business person, she has been responsible for managing both capital and operational budgets of increasing size and maintaining a four million square foot campus located in the urban center of Toronto.
Ronald Place is the Director of Real Estate and Property
Management (REPM) for UB. REPM is a new department established in
2014 and handles real estate transactions including new property
acquisition, leasing, state agreements, UB and partner downtown
property coordination. In 2006 Ron joined UB as Associate
Director of Space Planning and Management and was the Acting
Director of the Capital Planning Group from 2012 to 2014. He has
been actively involved in UB's master plans and the relocation of
the School of Medicine downtown.
Jay Roorbach coordinates planning for emergencies that affect university operations, organizing and leading the overall university response strategies when emergencies occur to ensure continuity of business services, instruction and research. He also provides emergency planning technical assistance to all organizations affiliated with UB and coordinates drills and exercises to validate emergency plans. Jay has over 20 years of experience in emergency management and preparedness, regulatory compliance and enforcement and hazardous materials management in the federal, state, military and civilian sectors. Jay served in the U.S. Army Chemical Corps for 13 prior to working at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in Washington, D.C., assisting states with the development of homeland security strategies. He also worked as a contractor for the U.S. departments of Transportation, Defense, and Justice, and for the Michigan State Police Emergency Management Division.
Chief Schoenle has been the Chief of Police for the University at Buffalo since 2006. As police chief, he is responsible for providing a full range of law enforcement services to create a safe, friendly and welcoming environment for students, visitors, faculty and staff. He joined UB from his position as Assistant Chief of Police for the City of Arlington, Texas, Police Department, where he served in 2005. Originally a Buffalo native, Chief Schoenle served with the City of Buffalo Police department from 1980 to 2000 and held the position of Director of Public Safety Training for Erie County Central Police Services from 2000 to 2005. He is a Police Accreditation Assessor for the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) and for the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services.