Board of Directors
Keith Fisher is a 1972 graduate of Hamburg High School and a graduate of Alfred University. Keith is President/CEO of The Fisher Group and has served on the foundation board since 2001 and since 2006 has been the President. He is currently President of the JESKAF Family Foundation, past President of the Niagara Business Associates and past Secretary of the Alfred Community Corporation.
Tyler Shaw is a 2013 Hamburg graduate. He received his finance degree from SUNY Fredonia in 2016. Tyler started his professional career with GCW Capital as a financial planning associate for five years. Tyler is now a sales partner at Range Marketing. Tyler is currently a member of the Hamburg Rotary Club, and is heavily involved with the Hamburg high school baseball program.
Jeffrey Leyonmark is owner and principal of G. A. Leyonmark Insurance, a full service risk management firm specializing in property and casualty insurance. Jeff is a 1984 graduate of Hamburg High School and holds a B.S. from Cornell University. Jeff is currently active in many Hamburg civic, church and volunteer organizations.”
Melissa Heavern is a 1996 graduate of Hamburg High. She has 18 years of experience at M & T Bank serving many managerial roles ranging from Assistant Vice President for Merchant Services and Inside Sales, to Senior Commercial Operations Manager to her current role as Group Vice President for the Commercial Service Management Team. Melissa holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Administration and Management from State University of New York College at Geneseo.
Roberta Bemiller is owner of RLB Coaching & Career Consulting, LLC which specializes in coaching and career transition services including resume writing and interview preparation. She also heads up the leadership division at Career Partners International Buffalo | Niagara where she is an Executive Coach and Leadership Development Consultant. Roberta is a 1979 graduate of Hamburg High School and received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from SUNY Fredonia and her MBA with a concentration in Human Resources Management from UB. She is also a certified professional coach through the Coach Training Alliance. In addition to the Hamburg Alumni Foundation, Roberta also serves on the Board of Directors for the Out of the Blue Foundation and was a former Director on the board of the Orchard Park Chamber of Commerce.
Patricia (Patti) Brunner Collins
Patricia (Patti) Brunner Collins is a 1982 Hamburg High School graduate and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree In Nursing from SUNY Brockport. A former member of the Hamburg School Board who served in the capacity for three terms, she was honored by the Erie County Association of School Boards by being presented The Laura M. Burns Advocacy For Children Award in 2014. Active in the community, she formerly served on the Hamburg Industrial Development Agency and is currently a member of the Parent Child Connection, Hamburg Central PTSA, Hamburg Agricultural Society and Victims of Pan Am Flight 103.
Tricia A Carr
Tricia A Carr is a 1981 graduate of Hamburg High School and a graduate from SUNY Buffalo State with a B.S. in Education/Mathematics in 1985 and a M.S. in education in 1989. Currently employed as a Mathematics Teacher for the Frontier Central School District and as the Treasurer for the Frontier Central Teachers’ Association.
Joseph M Gunning
Joseph M Gunning, is a 1986 Hamburg High School graduate. Joe holds a B.S. in Business Management from the State University College at Buffalo. Joe is an Independent Financial Advisor with Davis Financial, right here in Hamburg. He is extremely active in the community and serves on the following boards/committees: 1) President of the Hamburg Oktoberfest; 2) Serves on the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors (also Past Chairman of the Board); 3) Serves on the Hamburg Academy of Finance Board of Directors; 4) Serves on the Hamburg Schools Strategic Planning Committee; 4) and the Village Economic Committee and Steering Team.
Scott Obenshain is a 1980 Hamburg High School graduate. Graduated from Buffalo State with a B.S- Business Studies in 1984 and an MBA from Canisius College. Currently employed as a Hematology/Oncology/Consultant with Celgene Corporation.
Samantha Palisano is a 2008 Hamburg graduate. She received her B.S. in psychology from Stony Brook University in 2011, and an MBA from Canisius College in 2014. Samantha currently works for Kaleida Health as a practice manager at Buffalo General Medical Center/Gates Vascular Institute. In 2016 she graduated from the Leadership Buffalo Rising Leaders program, is currently a mentor for their Youth Leadership program, and sits on the board for the Canisius College MBA Alumni Association.
Matthew Pokigo is a 2001 Hamburg High School graduate and holds a B.S. in Accounting and M.S. in Global Business from Daemen College. Currently a Certified Government Auditing Professional, Matthew is employed as an Associate Internal Auditor with the NYS Unified Court System.
Annmarie is a 1977 graduate of Hamburg High School and study Business Administration at Hilbert College and Fredonia State . Annmarie has worked at Parkside Candy since 1982 and was part of the team that that saw it become a National Landmark. She is also a member of the University Height Business Association board and the president the past two years.
Paul J. Rich
Paul is a 1977 graduate of Hamburg High School and graduated from Geneseo State University in 1981. Paul is presently the Vice President of Business Development and Strategic Partnerships at Rich Products Corporation. He was inducted into the Geneseo State University Sports Hall of Fame in 1996 and was part of the inaugural Hamburg Alumni Wall of Fame class in 2010. Paul’s family, the Rich’s received the Distinguished Family Award in 2014. Paul was also inducted in 2019 for Team of Distinction as a member of the 1976 Football Team. Paul joined the Foundation Board in 2019.
Daniel T. Sawers
Daniel T. Sawers is a 1965 graduate of Hamburg High School. He is also a graduate of the University of Tennessee and the Thomas M. Cooley Law School. Dan is a founder of Sawers &Sackel, LLP, a law firm specializing in representation of employees injured in the course of their employment. A retired attorney, Dan joined the Board in 2017.
Kevin Tilley is a 1983 graduate of Hamburg High School and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Allegheny College. He is currently a National Account Manager with Multi-Color Corporation. Kevin is a 3rd generation Hamburg Alumni, and the proud father of 3 Hamburg Grads – Ryan ’09, Paige ’12 and Claire “15.