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Our Vision

We imagine a vital, vibrant City of Buffalo that is a world leader in research, design, innovation, and entrepreneurship supporting a flourishing small business ecosystem that thrives on collaboration and community connections in an environment that fosters sustainability, health, and well-being.

Our Mission

At BNMC we plan, manage, and operate the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and its growing innovation district. We strive to create an innovation community for everyone seeking to start or grow their businesses in Western New York. In our community, entrepreneurs gather with businesses of all sizes and at all stages of development to forge connections, articulate ideas, and make dreams a reality. We convene and connect everyone, so that together, we can make meaningful change in individual lives, in our communities, and in our City.

We value new thinking, new ideas, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are at the core of all that we do.

Building community and integrating networks makes us who we are.

Sustainability, health, and well-being are driving forces in all that we undertake.

Our Team

Purnima Mohan
Purnima Mohan

COMMUNITY-FOCUSED PROGRAMMING FOR HEALTH &WELL-BEING

Purnima Mohan is the Health and Well-Being Program Manager at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus (BNMC). She is passionate about healthy living and embodies healthy eating and mindful living. She acts as a change agent to make the district and surrounding community a healthier place for all. She helps plan, develop, coordinate, and implement health and well-being programs. She works with internal team members and external partners for the department’s initiatives in Lifestyle Medicine, Corporate Wellness, Local Food Systems, and Community Health. She helps design, coordinate, and implement a comprehensive slate of programs for the campus community across the different dimensions of health and well-being.

Nadine Fronckowiak
Nadine Fronckowiak

Nadine is the Staff Accountant at BNMC responsible for various accounting functions.  She has worked as a Staff Accountant most of her career in a variety of industries including insurance, health care, and real estate. Outside of work, Nadine enjoys spending time with her family and her pets. 

Madison Mack
Madison Mack

Madison joined the BNMC team as Office Manager in February 2023. She graduated from Buffalo State University in December of 2021 with a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences, she majored in International Relations with a concentration in Peace and Conflict and minored in French and Painting. Madison was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. While attending Buffalo State, Madison was a Buffalo State Rowing Club team member and is now an Assistant Coach for the Buffalo State Rowing Club/ West Side Rowing Club. Madison is passionate about advocacy and during her time in college she joined the New York Public Interest Group after graduating, she interned at the Erie County Legislature office. 

Jean Rios
Jean Rios

Jean Carlos Rios is the Program Manager for IC Success at the BNMC. Jean graduated from Canisius College with a degree in Entrepreneurship and a minor in economics. Through relationship building and networking, he has managed to be a part of several great organizations like 43North, Mongoose Research, and Burner Fitness and developed skills as a Ux/Ui Designer. He was born and raised in La Isla de el Encanto, where family values were instilled from a young age and shaped his life. He lives an active lifestyle participating in several basketball leagues. With a passion for helping others, he looks to inspire and help people tap into their full potential.

Anthony Jurca
Anthony Jurca

Transportation Accounts Manager

Anthony joined the BNMC in December 2021 as the Transportation Accounts Manager responsible for managing customer accounts for BNMC’s transportation system. Prior to officially joining the BNMC team, Anthony lived in sunny San Diego, California working at a transportation company as the Transportation Manager. Outside work he enjoys playing hockey, and spending time with his wife, daughter, and his pets.

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Matt Enstice
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Matt Enstice
Chief Executive Officer
Empowering ideas for significance

Matt is the President and CEO of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, Inc., a pioneering organization that has become a powerful engine of revitalization in Buffalo. Matt is focused on the intersection of energy, entrepreneurship & technology, and how it will drive the new economy in Buffalo and beyond. Matt has led the non-profit organization since its formation in 2002 to address shared issues among Campus institutions. Today, Matt oversees a team focusing on diverse, interrelated initiatives designed to lift the entire community including those in transportation, access and safety; energy, entrepreneurship, health & active living, infrastructure, economic opportunity, and youth & education. Under Matt’s leadership, foundations, private enterprises, research labs, local community leaders, hospitals, and educational institutions are collaborating to create a model for re-energizing the city that has applications all over America. Prior to returning home to Buffalo, Matt worked in the entertainment industry in L.A. and New York, for Broadway Pictures and with Lorne Michaels at Saturday Night Live. He is currently active on the boards of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership and the Buffalo Renaissance Foundation. Matt also serves as a commission member on the U.S. Commission on Transportation Sector Efficiency, part of the Alliance to Save Energy; and on the Advisory Boards for Niagara University, Daemen College, and the School of Visual Arts Design for Social Innovation in New York City. Matt is married and lives in Buffalo with his family.

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Harmony Griffin
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Harmony Griffin

Facilities Site Manager

Harmony joined the BNMC team in October of 2020 as the Facilities Site Manager responsible for tenant operations and maintaining a safe and innovative working environment. Harmony takes great pride in working directly with tenants to help their business succeed and grow on campus. Prior to joining the BNMC, Harmony oversaw the research labs at 73 High Street, and was a Project Manager with Buffalo Biolabs. Harmony received his Bachelor’s degree from Fredonia State University and Project Management certification at the University of Buffalo. An active member of Buffalo’s thriving music scene, Harmony lives in the Parkside neighborhood with his wife, son, and rescue pooch.

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Jamie Hamann-Burney
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Jamie Hamann-Burney
Chief Strategy Officer

Jamie Hamann-Burney is a convener and partnership builder who provides executive leadership in the world of innovation districts, strategic planning, and transportation demand management.  He is currently the Chief Strategy Officer for BNMC. His work here is multifaceted:  He works with the BNMC team on both short and long-term strategic planning; on ensuring BNMC’s structure and operations support the fulfillment of the organization’s goals; and leads BNMC’s efforts related to master planning and management of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.  This includes infrastructure and real estate planning, placemaking and public space management, public safety, and oversight of the BNMC Transportation System, which has over 5,000 parking spaces and a robust transportation demand management program focused on improving access to healthy, sustainable, and inclusive transportation options. 

Jamie is from Buffalo, NY, and holds a master’s degree in Urban Planning and an undergraduate degree in Environmental Design from the University at Buffalo.  He is a Board Member of the City of Buffalo Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Board; Secretary of the Board of Directors for WNY Sustainable Business Roundtable; and President of the Board of Directors for Shared Mobility Inc., which works with communities throughout the country on the development of equitable shared mobility services.

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Trent Howell
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Trent Howell
Controller
Everyone counts!

Trent joined BNMC Inc. in June 2019 as a Staff Accountant, responsible for various accounting functions, including processing accounts payable invoices, entering journal entries, assisting in the monthly close process by completing reconciliations, and more. Prior to joining BNMC, Trent was a Staff Accountant at Mark I Adamchick, CPA & Associates, in Springville, NY where he gained experience in the field. He holds a Master of Science in Professional Accountancy from Daemen College, where he also worked as an IT Helpdesk Trainer, responding to technological issues, and training new staff. In his spare time, Trent enjoys golfing and riding motorcycles. Trent resides in Lancaster with his wife Tiffany

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Patrick Kielty
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Patrick Kielty
Operations Manager
Keeping systems working smoothly

Patrick joined the BNMC in January 2020 as the Operations Manager responsible for managing day to day operations of BNMC’s parking and transportation system, GOBNMC programs, event management and BNMC groundskeeping. Prior to officially joining the BNMC team, Patrick worked at Allpro Parking as the Operations Manager for the BNMC parking system, where he gained experience with the BNMC as well as grounds management and maintenance. Patrick is from Buffalo, NY and received a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Brockport. Outside work he does landscaping work and enjoys spending vacation time with his wife Kait.

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Patrick Kilcullen
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Patrick Kilcullen
Chief Financial Officer
Creating insight, strategy and solutions

Pat joined the BNMC team as the Chief Financial Officer in January 2013, bringing his expertise in finance, human resources, information technology, operations, business development, and entrepreneurism to the BNMC’s operations. Pat offers strategic accounting analysis and management to the team as investment activity increases and the Medical Campus grows. Prior to joining the BNMC, he served as Vice President of Finance and Administration at Ciminelli Real Estate Corporation, where he oversaw the implementation of a leading real estate software suite and managed financial and tax reporting for nearly 120 real estate investment entities. Prior to that, he was the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer at the Albright Knox Art Gallery, overseeing accounting, finance, information technology, human resources, security and building operations. He previously served as Chief Financial Officer for a privately held pharmaceutical company where he was responsible for structuring debt and equity financing, research and development and product license agreements, and negotiations for and the sale of company subsidiaries. Pat is currently a member of the Board of NAIOP Upstate New York, the Martin House Finance Committee, and is a past Trustee and Board President for the Newfane Central School District, Board member of Lockport Ice and Sports Complex, Inc., and member of the Niagara University Accounting Advisory Board. He resides in Newfane, NY with his wife.

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Elizabeth Machnica
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Elizabeth Machnica
Director of Health & Well-Being
Community collaboration cultivates health

Beth Machnica, Director of Health and Well-Being at BNMC, leads the development and growth of various healthy eating, active living, and well-being initiatives on the Medical Campus and surrounding community. Beth develops strategies and programs to create and transform workplaces, community settings, and institutions into places of well-being. She has broad experience working in corporate wellness, community food access, public health research, social design, and food systems. Beth is committed to serving the community to advance policies, environments, and cultures that favorably shift human health outcomes and equity. Beth is a Registered Dietitian with Masters’ degrees in Public Health and Clinical Nutrition from the University at Buffalo.

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Sam Marrazzo
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Sam Marrazzo
Chief Innovation Officer
Digital Artisan

As Chief Innovation Officer of the BNMC, Sam Marrazzo is looking to the future. With a focus on driving economic opportunity to position local companies for future growth and attract young people to the area, Sam leads BNMC’s efforts to develop an innovative, reliable and secure information technology environment at BNMC and throughout the community. Sam develops innovation strategy and fosters collaboration with industry, education and start-ups to help local organizations prepare for, and capitalize on, current and future technologies. Sam is helping local companies re-think their business practices and cultures in order to optimize their positions in a fast changing world Sam has broad experience working in accounting and supply chain systems, logistics, sales, transportation and information technology and has worked at Fortune 200 companies including Praxair, Avnet, and McGraw Hill. His roles have included IT Management and Strategy, project management, architecture consulting and development practices. He has lectured on technology for UB and has been instrumental in attracting and organizing technology-focused events to the area including the 2017 TopCoder Open. He has a BA degree in Business Systems from Daemen College and an MBA from SUNY Buffalo School of Management and served in the United States Navy.

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Maria Morreale
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Maria Morreale
Director of Strategic Communications

Maria joined the BNMC in November of 2020. A graduate of the Marketing Institute of Ireland, she has been in the marketing and communications field for more than twenty five years and has held positions in a range of industries. Most recently, she was director of Communications at Buffalo’s Albright-Knox Art Gallery, a position she held for fifteen years, leading the museum through a number of branding and strategic communications initiatives. Since joining the BNMC, Maria has been leading a branding and redesign project that will prepare the organization for its next phase of development supporting the entrepreneurs, innovators, and creators that will spearhead the next wave of economic growth and development in Buffalo. Maria has served on several boards and committees, including the Marketing Committee for Visit Buffalo Niagara. In her spare time, she enjoys taking long walks with her family and their dog, Maisie.

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Kyria Stephens
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Kyria Stephens
Chief Network Officer
Healthy Communities Make Healthy Cities

Kyria is the Chief Network Officer at the BNMC and in this role, he connects people and businesses to resources, community, and one another. He facilitates growth by cultivating and connecting new communities while safeguarding diversity and inclusion. His goal is for the BNMC to become an example of diversity and inclusion practice for other businesses and organizations throughout Buffalo and across the country. Before joining the BNMC, Kyria was the district manager of Blue Wireless. He is a business owner and a hard-working volunteer for many organizations. Kyria is a Buffalo native where he attended City Honors School. He is a graduate of Buffalo State College. He resides in Buffalo with his wife and three children.

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Adriana Viverette
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Adriana Viverette
Digital Communications Manager

Adriana A. Viverette the Digital Communications Manager in the BNMC’s Marketing & Communications Department. She develops and implements the digital strategies that support the mission and vision of the BNMC, amplifying our work in Buffalo and beyond. Adriana’s digital communications career began with her tenure at the Community Action Organization of Western New York where she served as the social media coordinator. She later advanced her career in digital communications and marketing working with clients like New Era Cap Company, Say Yes of Buffalo, Sirius XM, and several small businesses, charter schools, and higher education institutions where she also served as an adjunct professor teaching Digital Communications and Marketing. In addition to her career in digital communications and marketing, Adriana is a seasoned Journalist and Radio Broadcaster for local and national media outlets. Adriana is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, Leadership Buffalo Chair, Buffalo Association of Black Journalists. She is also a board member at PeacePrints of WNY and the Medaille College Alumni Board. Adriana holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Buffalo and an MBA with a concentration in Marketing from Medaille College.

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Juweria Dahir
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Juweria Dahir
Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Juweria Dahir is a dynamic leader in the world of innovation, entrepreneurship, and governance. She serves as the Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, where she oversees IC Success, and continues to drive economic and social impact through inclusive entrepreneurship. She supports entrepreneurs at all stages of their journey to launch, build and grow. Additionally, she is an Adjunct Professor of Business and Entrepreneurship at Daemen University, where she shares her expertise with the next generation of leaders.

With a background in business development, fundraising, and executive leadership, Juweria is a seasoned professional with a wealth of experience. She has successfully led many companies in her portfolio and has a proven track record of managing large teams effectively. Additionally, her passion for community engagement and connecting donors with mission-driven impact sets her apart, as she works tirelessly to foster a thriving local entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Prior to joining the business sector, Juweria spent 6 years in government, where she put her skills and expertise to work for the benefit of the community. As a City Planner and External Affairs Manager for the City of Buffalo, she served as a key advocate for policies that would help cities, neighborhoods, and businesses thrive. Juweria leveraged her background to work towards scaling government solutions, growing the workforce through economic development initiatives, and implementing neighborhood beautification and restoration projects.

Juweria holds a Masters from the School of Architecture and Planning at the University at Buffalo and has been recognized for her leadership and contributions to the Buffalo Niagara community. She is the recipient of several awards, including the 2022 Buffalo Business First IDEA Awards, the 2021 ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award, the 2021 LISC Community Builder Award, the 2019 Business First “30 Under 30” Award, and the 2015 Buffalo Urban League Young Professionals Community Engagement Award.

In her free time, Juweria leads H.E.A.L. International, a non-profit organization focused on women empowerment, economic development, and youth enrichment programs, where she works with disadvantaged communities to promote self-sufficiency. Juweria brings a unique blend of strategy, creativity, and is a skilled public speaker, community builder, and is fluent in four languages. With her passion for helping others, Juweria is dedicated to making Buffalo a better place for all residents.

Timeline

2002
2003
2005–2006
2007
2010
2011
2012
2011 – 2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2002

BNMC is Founded

Led by then-Mayor Masiello, UB, Kaleida Health. Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo Medical Group, and Hauptman-Woodward Institute, along with the city and Allentown and Fruit Belt neighborhoods, officially form the BNMC Inc. to support collaboration.

2003

Master Plan

The member institutions work together to create a master plan for their shared geography.

2005–2006

Collaboration

First Major collaboration leads to significant investment: Buffalo Life Sciences Complex open, housing HWI, UB’s NYS Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences, and Roswell Park’s Center for Genetics and Pharmacology.

2007

Award Winner

Awarded Program of the Year by the Northeaster Economic Developers Association

2010

New Buildings

New buildings open: the Thomas R. Beecher Jr. Innovation Center, and incubator to support growing companies, and the UB Gateway opens. The BNMC and the neighborhoods release “Four Neighborhoods, One Community,” an integrated planning effort based on the premise that as the Campus grows, so should the adjoining neighborhoods, designed to coordinate previous planning efforts and empower community members to speak with one voice.

2011

Space & Efficiency

Installed 21 electric vehicle charging stations across the Campus. The park along Ellicott & Virginia Streets is completed, a $6.5M streetscape project designed to cultivate a sense of place and purposeful collisions across the Medical Campus.

2012

Award Winning

Received the Americas Award from the Alliance to Save Energy and the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance AND the Outstanding Research/Science Park Award from the Association of University Research Parks.

2011 – 2013

Development & Expansion

Gates Vascular Institute and UB’s Clinical and Translational Research Center, including UB Biosciences Incubator and the Jacobs Institute, open as a joint development effort of Kaleida Health & UB. Kaleida’s HighPointe opens. UB’s Arthur O. Eve Educational Opportunity Center opens. Garage with 2,200 parking spaces added

2014

Cultivating Start-Up Culture

Dig opens, offering start-up resources, coworking and event space. Implementation of Start-Up NY program increases number of private sector companies on the Medical Campus. 43 North, NYS’s business idea competition, and Z80 Labs, a technology incubator, move into the Innovation Center, adding even more entrepreneurs to this growing hotspot.

2015

The Epicenter

Local media highlights: “The BNMC is a hotbed of new construction” and “the Innovation Center is the region’s entrepreneurial epicenter.” Innovation Center Annex opens, housing Buffalo Manufacturing Works and expansion space for ZeptoMetrix.

2016

Gateway to Medical Campus

Roswell Park’s Clinical Sciences Center opens. A renovated Allen Street/Medical Campus NFTA station opens as a gateway via transit to the Medical Campus. Conventus, a medical office building that will connect the new Medical School to the new Children’s Hospital, opens with two growing biotech companies, AMRI and Athenex, as its first tenants.

2017

Connecting

Construction continues on UB’s Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, Kaleida’s Oishei Children’s Hospital, and a new 1800 car parking garage. Construction begins on the Allen Street Extension, a $4.5M project improving connectivity between Allentown, the Medical Campus, and the Fruit Belt neighborhood.

Board Members

Thomas R. Beecher Jr.
BNMC BOD Chair Emeritus

Barrantys LLC

James Biltekoff
BNMC BOD Vice chair & Audit committee chair

James Blitekoff LLC

Matthew K. Enstice
BNMC President & ceo

Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus

Candace Johnson
BNMC BOD Secretary

Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center

William Joyce
BNMC BOD Chair Emeritus

James H. Cummings Foundation Inc.

Patrick Kilcullen
BNMC CFO

Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus

Anthony B. Martino
BNMC BOD Vice Chair, Treasurer & Finance Committee Chair (Community Wide Representative)

Hunterview LLC

Tamara B. Owens
BNMC BOD Audit Committee

Visually Impaired Advancement WNY

Daniel J. Scully
BNMC BOD Audit Committee

Buffalo Medical Group

Edward F. Walsh Jr.
BNMC BOD Chairman

Walsh Duffield Insurance

David Zebro
BNMC BOD Chair Emeritus

Strategic Investments & Holdings Inc.

Allison Brashear

University at Buffalo

Byron Brown

City of Buffalo

Joseph Cozzo

Buffalo Hearing and Speech Center

Richard A. Grimm III

Magavern, Magavern & Grimm LLP

Beth DelGenio

University at Buffalo

Connie Ervin

NEERV Development LLC

Ellen Grant

City of Buffalo

Laura E. Hubbard

University at Buffalo

Martha Lamparelli

Visually Impaired Advancement WNY

Gary Crosby

Kaleida Health

William Panzica

Buffalo Hearing & Speech

Don Boyd

Kaleida Health

John C. Notaro

Buffalo Medical Group

Mark Poloncarz

County of Erie

Darius Pridgen

City of Buffalo

James D. Reynolds

Ross Eye Institute

Samuel J. Russo

Lorraine Capital

Mark J. Simon

ConnectLife

Edward Snell, Ph.D.

Hauptman-Woodward Institute

Satish Tripathi

University at Buffalo

Jonathan White

Allentown Association

Elizabeth Woike-Ganga

Best Self Behavioral Health

Ellen Bieler

Best Self Behavioral Health