Institute Board

The Board, which has broad representation from the community and the university, provides guidance and direction to the Institute, advocates for the Institute at the community and university levels and assists the Institute in developing and maintaining relationships with stakeholders and residents across the community and the university.

Lt. Stacy Beauford MBA.

Stacy Lewis Beauford, MBA


Buffalo Police Department

Emmanuel Frimong Boamah, PhD

Assistant Professor of Urban and Regional Planning

University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning

Yu Ping-Chang, PhD

Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship

University at Buffalo School of Nursing

Lorraine Collins, PhD

Professor of Community Health and Health Behavior; Associate Dean for Research

University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions

Kim Connolly, JD, LLM

Professor of Law; Vice Dean for Advocacy and Experiential Learning

University at Buffalo School of Law

Ellen Grant, PhD, LCSW-R

Executive Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center

Larry Hawk, Jr., PhD

Professor; Coordinator of Research Advancement; Co -Director, Unit on Behavioral Health Research and Treatment

University at Buffalo Department of Psychology

Shaanta Murshid, PhD

Associate Professor; Interim Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

University at Buffalo School of Social Work

Rev. George Nicholas, MDiv

Convener; Senior Pastor

Buffalo Center for Health Equity; Lincoln Memorial United Methodist

Rev. Kinzer Pointer, MM

Greater Buffalo United Ministries, President

Pastor - Liberty Missionary Baptist Church

Raj Sharman, PhD

Professor, Management Science and Systems Department

University at Buffalo School of Management

Letitia Thomas, PhD

Assistant Dean for Diversity

University at Buffalo School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Kathleen Tornatore, PharmD

Professor of Pharmacy Practice

University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Thikriat Al-Jewair DDS, MS, FRCD(C)

Director of Advanced Education in Orthodontics

University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine