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Local Red Cross Welcomes Four New Members to Board of Directors

Eastern MA - Chapter News 27

John R. Yurtchuk, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the American Red Cross, Serving Erie & Niagara Counties is pleased to announce the appointment of four new members:

Donna M. Franasiak is a community volunteer who lives in Wheatfield with her husband Kenneth.

Joyce Ford Quick is a retired educator and community volunteer who lives with her husband Winford in East Amherst.

Bernadette T. Sloma is a community volunteer who lives in Youngstown with her husband Michael.

Derek B. Vanderlinde is an Assistant Vice President and Financial Advisor with Five Star Investment Services, and lives in Buffalo with his wife Danielle.

“I am very excited to have these four talented people serving on our Board of Directors,” Yurtchuk said. “Their energy and dedication to our mission and knowledge of the people and places we serve will allow them to join with our current Board members in leading the Red Cross into the future successfully.”

The 29 members of the Board of Directors meet on a regular basis, and provide leadership and support to the staff and volunteers of the American Red Cross, Serving Erie & Niagara Counties.


Chair: John R. Yurtchuk – Chairman & Owner: Calspan Corp.; President: Matrix Development Corp.

Vice Chair: Kristie Tokasz Kantor, J.D. – Support Magistrate: Family Court, Niagara County

Secretary: Murray G. Covello – V.P., Global Operations: Praxair, Inc.

Chair, Philanthropic Committee: Michael Osika – V.P. of Finance & Operations: Ethan Allen

Chair, Finance Comittee: Gerald F. Reger, CPA – Partner: Dopkins & Company, LLC

Officer At Large: Todd W. Brason – C.E.O.: WILLCARE, Inc.

Officer At Large: Gracelyn R. Tuoti


Hedwig M. Auletta – Partner: Damon Morey, LLP

Thomas M. Barney, Jr. – V.P., Finance: Delaware North

Anthony DiMino – Owner: DiMino’s Lewiston Tops Market

Gregory L. Ford – Owner: The Laundry Lounge

Donna M. Franasiak – Community Volunteer

Timothy J. Frank – V.P.: Inergex, Inc.

Elaine Greco – Owner: Brodo Restaurant

Brent A. Henderson – Director of Human Resources: Superior Group

John D. Hoffman – CEO: First Niagara Risk Management, Inc.

Jeremy C. Hudson - V.P.-Chief Compliance Officer/Portfolio Manager: Hudson Advisor Services, Inc.

Laurie Irish-Jones – CEO: Irish Welding Supply Corporation

Peter L. Krog II – COO/Director of Real Estate: The Krog Corporation

Ryan C. Martin – V.P./Private Equity: Summer Street Capital Partners

Ronald J. Papa – President & CEO: National Fire Adjustment Co., Inc.

John Pinski – Physician: Western New York Urology Associates, LLC

Joyce Ford Quick – Community Volunteer

Daryl Rasuli – Public Relations Counselor: Rasuli and Associates

Richard Schechter – General Counsel/Real Estate Broker: Pyramid Brokerage Company

Bernadette T. Sloma – Community Volunteer

Julia M. Spitz – Commercial Property Manager: Savarino Properties, LLC

Derek B. Vanderlinde – Assistant V.P & Financial Advisor, Five Star Investment Services

Jennifer Zivis – Administrator: Cancer Care of Western New York

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at