Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors consists of respected local professionals, UB faculty, staff and parents of center children. They are responsible for fiscal and policy matters pertaining to the UB Child Care Center and are organized into several subcommittees.

Each board member is expected to serve on two board committees; executive, audit, finance, leadership, MED (marketing, enrollment and development), personnel and program.

Elections for the Board of Directors positions are held annually in the Winter/Spring semester and appointed terms follows the calendar year.

You do not need to be a board member to serve on these committees; if you would like to be considered to serve on a committee please send an email to the board at

Board Members (2018)

Executive Board Members


Presides and prepares agendas for the board of directors meetings and executive committee meetings and serves as chief executive officer of the corporation.                                          

Brian Heyward (2018-2020)

Vice President for Educational Projects Development

PLS 3rd Learning


Oversees and monitors UBCCC's budget and advises the board on financial matters.


Holly Powell (2018-2020)

Human Resources Technician

U.S. Probation & Pretrial Services, WNY

Vice President

Presides in the absence of the president, works with other officers and committee members and carries out such duties and assignments as may be delegated by the president.


Elizabeth Haremza (2017-2019)

Senior Staff Assistant

Microbiology & Immunology, UB


Custodial of records, distributes and maintains the board's meeting minutes.


Heather Hagenbuch (2017-2019)


McNair Scholars Program, UB

Board Members


Jeffrey Balcom (2017-2019)

Administrative Vice President

M&T Bank

Elizabeth Bittar (2016-2018)

Special Education School Improvement Specialist

Erie 1 BOCES


Katherine Cich (2017-2019)

Director of Accreditation

Office of Graduate Medical Edu., UB

Anthony DiCerbo (2016-2018)

Senior Manager of Human Resources

Harlequin Distribution Center

Michael Forster (2018-2020)

Assistant Director of Utility Operations

Facilities Campus Operations, UB

Alex Foster (2018)

Freelance Artist & Designer

Alex Foster Design


Jason Goodman (2015-2018)


Gibson, McAskill & Crosby, LLP

Brian Hartmann (2016-2018)

Labor Relations Specialist

Erie 2 BOCES

Michael Lynch (2018-2020)

Clinical Assistant Professor

School of Social Work, UB

Carrie Racsumberger (2017-2019)

Program Administrator, Ob/Gyn Residency Training

University at Buffalo/Catholic Health System

Frederick Wuenschel (2018-2020)

Retired Consultant and Executive Coach

Former Director of Corning Incorporated


Committee Chairperson
Committee Description
Executive   Brian Heyward
Executive Committee consists of the President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary. The Executive Committee provides guidance and oversight of the directors between meetings of the Board.
Audit Jeff Balcom
The Audit Committee is responsible to review with the auditor the scope and planning of the audit prior to its commencement and upon completion, annually consider the performance and independence of the auditor, administer UBCCC’s Conflict of Interest Policy, collect the Annual Disclosure Statements from all Directors and from all prospective Directors prior to their election and administer the Whistle Blower Policy.  
Finance   Holly Powell

Finance Committee is responsible for overseeing the management of all operating and non-operating revenue of the center. The committee reviews the proposed budget and reports to the Board of Directors with its recommendations regarding the proposed budget as well as other financial decisions.

The committee typically meets the first Thursday of every month (9am) at North Campus (Capen Hall). It is currently developing business plans for any center investments or expansions (e.g. software upgrade, Annex B utilization). The committee is always looking to add volunteers with financial or accounting experience and good quality decision making skills supported by facts. If you are interested to volunteer for the finance committee, please contact committee chair or email

Leadership   Elizabeth Bittar

Leadership Development Committee is responsible for ongoing assessment of the strengths and limitations of the Board with respect to its composition and familiarity with the duties and obligations of a not-for-profit corporation Board. The committee is responsible of recruiting individuals for potential Board membership, organizing the annual election, implementing new Board member orientation procedures, and coordinating the training and development of all Board members.

If you are interested in applying to be a Board member, please contact committee chair or email

Marketing, Enrollment, Development (MED) Heather Hagenbuch

Marketing, Enrollment and Development (MED) Committee is responsible for establishing UBCCC marketing and enrollment management strategies and studying methods for increasing UBCCC’s ability to raise funds and for conducting fundraising activities.  

The MED committee is currently working on establishing UBCCC’s brand identity and increasing its web and social media presence, developing new fundraising ideas for UBCCC and ProCare integration into enrollment procedures. Volunteers with marketing, event planning, graphic design, communication and fundraising experience are always welcome. Please contact committee chair or email if you would like to participate in the MED committee’s projects.

Personnel   Jason Goodman
Personnel Committee is responsible for ensuring equitable compensation and benefits for employees, establishment and periodic review of personnel policies as well as developing and implementing an evaluation process for the directors. Personnel Committee is chaired by the Vice President of the board and consists of members of the Board.

Katherine Cich


Michael Forster (Facilities)

Program Committee is responsible for the establishment and periodic review of UBCCC’s policies, including but not limited to the child care programs, research activities, training programs, and all other such programmatic activities. The Committee will ensure that the principles that guide UBCCC’s programs and related activities are developmentally appropriate, individually based, and culturally sensitive.

The committee meets bimonthly at the South Campus Center. It is currently working on Creative Curriculum implementation and UBCCC allergy policy and is looking to add members with experience and skills in IT, development and early childhood. If you would like to volunteer in the Program Committee, please contact commitee chair or email


Board of Directors Meeting Dates

The UBCCC Board of Directors usually meets at UBCCC South Campus on every second Monday of each month:-

Fall 2018

  • August 13, 2018
  • September 10, 2018
  • October 8, 2018
  • November 12, 2018
  • December 10, 2018


Spring/Summer 2019

  • January 14, 2019
  • January/February - Annual Board of Directors Meeting (center-wide)
  • February 11, 2019
  • March 11, 2019
  • April 8, 2019
  • May 13, 2019
  • June 10, 2019
  • July 8, 2019


Board of Directors Application for Nomination

The Board fulfills the important role of guiding the organization. If you are interested in joining the UBCCC Board of Directors, please consider reviewing the Roles and Responsibilities of Board Members and the Board Service Commitment Pledge for a sense of what the position entails.

If you would like to serve on the Board of Directors, please email the board a completed application and resume/CV to or contact the Leadership committee chair if you have questions.  

Board of Directors Application Form (.pdf)

Annual Board of Directors Meeting