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Alumni Association

For those who leave SUNY Niagara, but for whom SUNY Niagara never leaves.

General Information

The SUNY Niagara Alumni Association exists to help you stay connected to SUNY Niagara and to each other wherever you are in life. Whatever you’re seeking, whether it is a SUNY Niagara event, benefit, or career opportunity, we’ve got you covered!

Since 1987 when the SUNY Niagara Alumni Association was first created, we have dedicated ourselves to connecting alumni, students, and friends of the College in lifelong support of SUNY Niagara and each other. SUNY Niagara has had over 40,000 attendees and graduates; all are considered alumni. No matter what, we strive to stay connected with everyone.

We invite you to now meet our current SUNY Niagara Alumni Association Committee Members below. These members have continued to dedicate themselves to the success of SUNY Niagara and our Alumni Association. Committee members not only donate their time and efforts throughout the year by volunteering and attending our events, but also help us stay connected to other alumni, provide consistent feedback during meetings, and help us secure donations and sponsorship for various events.

SUNY Niagara Alumni Association

Current Members

Marty Drake

Marty Drake ’75


Professor/Counselor – Transfer/Articulation
SUNY Niagara

“Success has many definitions; failure has many explanations. At the end of the day, be relentless and involved in pursuing your goals.”

Wayne Barnett

Wayne Barnett '98

Manager, Thermal Business Development
Clearway Energy, Inc.

“It is important that I stay connected and involved with SUNY Niagara because I personally understand the impact the school has on individuals and the regional community. While in transition from Rochester after my freshman year, SUNY Niagara was an enriching educational environment that supported and encouraged a full time working adult with a young family.”

Dianne Bly

Dianne Bly ’10, ’06

Medical Policy and Analysis Coordinator

"I am honored to be able to continue to share the values, strength, and support within the SUNY Niagara community by way of promoting a spirit of unity and loyalty among former students and newer colleagues."

Dan Jackson

Dan Jackson ’99

Local Sales Manager
WIVB Channel 4

“It’s always been important for me stay connected and involved with SUNY Niagara so I could give back to the school that laid the path for me to a rewarding and successful career. I want to ensure that generations to come have that same opportunity.”

Sal Messina

Sal Messina ’73

IRS Agent

“There is an old Chinese proverb that captures the path of life, "The longest journey begins with a step". As a student and now as an alumnus of SUNY Niagara, a significant "step" for me has been and is SUNY Niagara!”

Ron Winter

Ron Winter ’74

Adjunct Professor
University at Buffalo Law School

"Working with colleagues to provide innovative events designed to bring SUNY Niagara alumni together is at the heart of why I donate my time to the Alumni Committee. We need to find a path to bring our talented alumni back to the College to assist our students and recent graduates."

Christina Cerrone Pecoraro

Christina Cerrone Pecoraro ’06

Account Clerk
Mark Cerrone, Inc.

“SUNY Niagara feels like home and is part of my family. Attending SUNY Niagara has been the best step I’ve made towards achieving success.”

Derek Pew

Derek Pew '17

Derek Pew ’17
Real Estate Agent
Keller Williams Realty, Inc.

"My time at SUNY Niagara is one that completely changed my life. Being a part of the Alumni Committee allows me to make sure I can help ensure that SUNY Niagara stays a place where students lives can be positively affected and changed"

Navaar Poole

Navaar Poole ’19

Student House Assistant Director
SUNY Niagara

“When I think about staying involved and connected to SUNY Niagara, I think of family. Over the last 4-years as a student and employee of the College, SUNY Niagara has become my second family. It is an incredible feeling to continue to be part of that culture.”

Denise Prohaska

Denise Prohaska

Admissions Counselor
SUNY Niagara

“I am dedicated to the continued vision and mission of SUNY Niagara. My continued involvement reflects my commitment to giving opportunities and supporting the success of both current and future students.”

Les Robinson III

Les Robinson III ’87

CLTC Long Term Care Planning Consultant
The Northwoods Corp.

“The SUNY Niagara Alumni Association and Committee is a great way to stay connected to a great college.”

Carrie Boye Roof

Carrie Boye Roof ’93

Boye Creative Group, LLC

“Staying connected and involved with SUNY Niagara (a wonderful, affordable, financial institution) is both important and nostalgic to me. I feel honored to be part of the Alumni Committee – and hope I can make a difference.”

Jill Faddoul ’98

“Having been at SUNY Niagara since 1996 as a student, alumni, volunteer and as an employee in various different areas of the college, has given me a sense of belonging on this campus and I have found passion in the work done here. I have made many friends, mentors and what I call family throughout my years here. I’m blessed and full of gratitude to be a part of the SUNY Niagara Community. SUNY Niagara is home to me.”

Interested in Becoming a Member?

Any person who received a degree or certificate from SUNY Niagara or who earned 50 or more credit hours is considered an alum and can apply! Here’s how:

  • Submit a bio or resume highlighting your education, career, and personal achievements
  • Submit a letter telling us why you’re interested in serving on our committee

Documents can be sent via email to or in the mail to:

SUNY Niagara Foundation/Alumni Office A-265
3111 Saunders Settlement Rd
Sanborn, NY 14132


SUNY Niagara Foundation, Inc.

Barbara DeSimone, Assistant Vice President of Institutional Advancement
3111 Saunders Settlement Rd.
Sanborn, NY 14132
Phone: 716-614-5904