Retired, University at Buffalo Law School
Kevin Crosby, Ph.D.
Partner, Full Circle Studios
Senior Vice President Finance & Business Development, Rich Products
Kofi Fynn-Aikins, Ph.D.
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Biology Department, Buffalo State College
Associate, Corporate and Business Law Practice, Hodgson Russ
Carole Smith Petro, Ph.D.
Retired, University at Buffalo
Jean C. Powers
Special Counsel, Jaeckle Fleischmann & Mugel, LLP
Assistant Professor Dept. Educational Policy and Leadership, University at Buffalo
Owner, Global Villages
Anne is Executive Director of Girls Education Collaborative. Public affairs and education have been at the heart of her career. In addition to GEC, Anne serves on the board of Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, an environmental advocacy group. She was Campaign Director for Alice Kryzan for Congress in 2008. Anne also was Executive Director of the Kakenya Center for Excellence, a girls school in Kenya.
Anne recently earned an Executive Masters of Public Administration from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Bowdoin College. She describes herself as “a Buffalo gal who is passionate about things that happen both here and beyond”. She has three grown children and enjoys canoe tripping (most of the time), kayaking, hiking, reading, doing new things and dancing with her husband.
Emily is Associate Director of Strategic Advancement of Girls Education Collaborative. Finding ways to give a voice to the voiceless has been a constant motivation in her life. From cleaning up garbage around the campus of a homeless shelter as a kid, to running a program for teens with cancer as a young adult, Emily finds true joy in helping people feel heard, and understood.
Emily has a Bachelor of Arts from Canisius College, where she studied Communication. She has worked as a producer for Rob Lucas in the Morning on WTSS STAR 102.5, a volunteer coordinator for Brian Moorman’s PUNT Foundation, program and event coordinator for Roswell Park Alliance Foundation, and event and fundraising manager for the American Cancer Society. When not at the office, her toddler, Jackson, takes up most of her free time, but she wouldn’t have it any other way!
Bob Berger is an emeritus professor at the University at Buffalo Law School. His research and teaching interests for the past 20 years have been in the area of environment and development, focusing most recently on renewable energy and climate change. Bob also directed the environment and development legal clinic in which he and students worked with non-profits and local governments on a number of projects in the domestic and international context. He has been an active participant or board member for many local and regional organizations focusing on renewable energy and climate change concerns.
Bob has a BA degree from Kenyon College and a JD from the University of Chicago. He has traveled throughout the world and recently spent three weeks in Tanzania, the highlight of which was a visit to the Kitenga school site.
Bob is excited to be a member of the GEC Board because he knows “that girls education is crucial to developing a sustainable world”. He believes GEC’s support for green projects incorporating renewable energy, “Can be an important model of how to successfully meld international educational and environmental priorities.”
Kevin Crosby is a Partner and Director of Education & Training Services for Full Circle Studios, a digital media company in Buffalo. He is also very active in Rotary International. Kevin is a member of the Buffalo Sunrise Rotary Club, serves as Director of Training for his Rotary District — which encompasses 70 clubs — and was selected to become the District Governor for the Rotary year 2015-16.
He is also Vice President of Marketing for the Niagara Frontier Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development.
Kevin received a Ph.D in Research and Evaluation in Instructional Communications from the University at Buffalo, and earned a bachelor’s in psychology from Wake Forest University. Kevin and his wife, Nancy, have four adult children and five grandchildren.
“I have two areas of special interest” regarding the GEC Kitenga project, Kevin says. “Working with my Rotary club to provide clean drinking water and sanitation facilities; and helping to bring information technology to the campus.”
Kofi is a Fishery Scientist responsible for jointly managing the Lake Erie and Lake Ontario ecosystems with federal, provincial and state agencies and nonprofit organizations. He is a strong advocate for environmental conservation and education, and he continues to work towards educating public school students, and the general public about conservation issues in the Great Lakes.
Kofi is currently the President of HOSIKIDS (Hope for Sisi’s Kids), a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting a rural school in Ghana. He’s also the Founder of the Great Lakes Experience, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting environmental education and conservation activities in Western New York.
Kofi earned his doctorate degree in Ecology from the University of California. He also has a master of science degree from the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse, and a bachelor of science degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Kofi has travelled extensively throughout the US and the world, and he loves to travel with his wife to exotic places, and especially to visit and enjoy wildlife in natural areas. He’s also an avid tennis player, a runner, and he coached youth soccer for 26 years.
Carole Smith Petro is a founding member and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Girls Education Collaborative. Other current volunteer roles include service as a member of the Alison DesForges Memorial Committee, dedicated to promoting Alison’s human rights legacy; as a representative of the Darwin D. Martin House Corporation on the Board of Directors of the Frank Lloyd Wright Fontana Boathouse; and as a member of Buffalo Sunrise Rotary.
Carole’s career as a senior administrator at the University at Buffalo spanned more than 35 years, until her retirement two years ago. Among her roles at UB were Chief of Staff to President Steven B. Sample, Associate Vice President for University Communications, General Manager of WBFO, and Associate Dean of the Collegiate System. She also taught in UB’s Graduate School of Education as an adjunct faculty member.
Carole holds a Certificate in Educational Management from Harvard University, a Ph. D. and M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology from the University at Buffalo, and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Chatham University. Her professional and personal travels have taken her to five continents, most recently to visit the partners of the Girls Education Collaborative in northwestern Tanzania. She is the mother of three daughters and a grandmother of nine.
“The work of the Girls Education Collaborative has been both inspiring and invigorating, and we welcome all to join us in advancing the human rights of girls wherever they need our support,” Smith said.
Jean Powers is a partner in the law firm Jaeckle Fleischmann & Mugel in Buffalo. Her specialty is real estate law. She is a Director of the University at Buffalo Foundation, and is past chair and an emeritus member of the Trocaire College Board of Trustees. She has recently served as president of the Buffalo Niagara Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners and is an emeritus member of the Dean’s Advisory Council for the University at Buffalo Law School.
Jean earned her law degree from the UB Law School, and received bachelor’s and master’s degrees at St. John’s University. She is also interested in travel, reading, attending sports events and theater, and spending time with family.
Jean on the GEC’s mission: “As a former teacher, I appreciate that education is critical to transforming lives and that the education of girls is particularly pivotal in sustaining families and entire communities.”
Georgia Dachille is the Senior Vice President of Finance and Business Development at Rich Products. In the 25 years Georgia has worked at Rich’s, she has held various positions within the finance department. In her current role, she provides financial oversight of Rich’s five food group regions focusing on financial reporting, analysis, forecasting and overall business support. Georgia also oversees the International Marketing team, New Platform Acceleration team and global initiatives related to core product categories and growth channels. Prior to working at Rich’s, Georgia worked at Ernst & Young as a senior auditor.
She is a graduate of Canisius College where she received both a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and her Master of Business Administration degree.
Georgia is excited to join the GEC board and said, “I’m a big believer in education as a means to lift people from poverty and allow the world to benefit from the talents of people who do not have the opportunity to pursue education to the degree they would like.” She said that “this is especially true for girls in many developing countries who do not receive formal schooling or only receive schooling for a few years at a young age,” and that knowledge provides her with even more motivation to make a difference.
Cristin is an Associate at the law firm of Hodgson Russ LLP, where she practices corporate and securities law. Cristin received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Rochester and a master’s degree from the University at Buffalo. She earned her law degree from SUNY Buffalo Law School, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Buffalo Law Review. Cristin is currently a member of the SUNY Buffalo Law School GOLD Group Board of Directors.
Cristin is excited to join the GEC Board. She says, “I know how important education is in empowering girls and allowing them to choose their own future. I’m proud to be a part of an organization that is working to bring education and opportunity to girls in such a powerful way.”
Corrie Stone-Johnson is an Associate Professor in Educational Leadership and Policy in the Graduate School of Education at the University at Buffalo. Her work focuses on issues of school culture, examining both the types of leadership that foster strong relationships as well as factors that impinge on the way relationships and shared cultures develop. Prior to becoming a professor, Corrie taught middle school Language Arts in New York City through the Teach for America program.
Corrie has a BA in English from Tufts University, a MA in Curriculum and Teaching from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from Boston College.
Corrie lives with her husband and two children in the Elmwood Village. She enjoys exploring the city with her family and finding new ways to become involved in all of the wonderful changes happening in and around Buffalo.
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