Leadership Niagara

One Year that will Change your Life.

Changing the Way You View Leadership
in Western New York

Leadership Niagara is disrupting the business as usual approach to community leadership with an innovative and nationally recognized leadership development program.

With clients like CEO's, attorneys, military commanders, and PhD's coming from Buffalo, Niagara, and Ontario, you might wonder how this seemingly small nonprofit positioned itself and its graduates at the forefront of change and innovation in our bi-national region.. 

We transformed our 34 year old organization and created a successful model which brings together leadership and industry experts, intellectual capital, and powerful mentors to help individuals begin to think differently, make connections, and find deeper motivations to become better leaders.  

You are invited to join our 1800 alumni leaders and hundreds of organizations who have already trusted Leadership Niagara to inspire excellence and raise the bar for leadership development in Western New York.

Our Leadership Team

Liz Zulawski
President & CEO 

Noelle McCoy
     Program Manager 

Vermette, Ph.D.








Lead Facilitator


Leadership Niagara Board of Directors


Daniel R. Aikin, LN '10, LYNC '03
Communications Director
Senator Mike Ranzenhofer

1st Vice Chair

Dawn I. Gilliam

Chief Operating Officer


2nd Vice Chair

Chuck Bell, LN '06

Partner/ Vice President

H. Sicherman Community Development Studio


Lisa Lindamer

School Counselor

Niagara Wheatfield

High School


Diana Henry

Business Manager 

Niagara Gazette

Board Member

Sara Carella, LN '11

Director of Finance

Family & Children's Service of Niagara

Board Member

Robert M. Fagiani

VP/ Manager Lewiston Office


Board Member

Chris Carey

Niagara Operations Superintendent 

New York Power Authority

Board Member

Tod Kniazuk, LN '15

Advancement Officer

Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute

Board Member

Heather Lyon Ph.D., LN '14

Director of Elementary Education

Kenmore Tonawanda

UF School District





Board Member

Peter Robinson

NYS Court Sergeant

New York State Courts

Board Member

Joseph Steinmetz, Jr., LN '07

Orleans Niagara BOCES

Board Member

Anthony Suess, LN '11


Niagara County Sheriff's Office


Standing on the Shoulders of  Giants

Leadership Niagara was founded in 1984 through a collaboration with the Gannett Foundation, Niagara Falls Chamber of Commerce, Cornell University, Niagara Gazette, and the Niagara County Legislature. It was the first program of its kind in New York State. Thanks to all of our early pioneers and supporters: Wayne Jagow, Peter Wendel, David Greenfield, Annemarie Bettino, William Ross, Robert Kazeangin, Jerry Bream and many others for giving us a proud history and strong foundation to build on.