Our Team

Christel Brown


Christel aids in the daily operations of the Center, such as data collection and reporting, event registration and administrative support for the Executive Director, she is the first to welcome clients, listen to their needs and guide them to their next step.

Connie Campanaro

Advisory Group: Master

Connie is perfectly credentialed to support those larger over $1 Million businesses that may feel alone at the top but still want to develop and stay fresh as a business.

Lisa Churakos

E Network Niagara

Lisa started her entrepreneurial journey at a young age running a family owned restaurant in Niagara Falls. She entered the Tech field, starting off as a data entry clerk for a retail analytics software company, quickly realizing tech was her passion.

Nakiea Cook

COVID Recovery Task Force

Nakiea S. Cook is the Founder of NC Accounting & Consulting Solutions (M/WBE Certified NYS & NYC) where she provides consulting services for bookkeeping, tax preparation and planning, accounting advisory services, and training.

LaToya Fonville

Advisory Group: Launch

Within the Advisory Groups LaToya helps our clients within their first year of business and launching ideas phase.

Heather Jason

Assistant Director

Heather works with the Executive Director to research funding opportunities, ensure grant compliance, maintain financial records and assist in strategic business planning and analysis.

Samantha Long

COVID-19 Business Recovery Administrative Associate

Samantha aids in the daily operations of our COVID-19 business recovery programming.

Elisabeth Marino

COVID Recovery Task Force

Elisabeth Marino has worked in sales for over 35 years. Her work as a sales rep, manager, director, and vice president of several sales organizations has earned her local and national awards in sales excellence, commercialization, team building, gross sales numbers, and more.

Jessica Marinelli

COVID Recovery Task Force

Jessica Marinelli is an articulate speaker and savvy strategist adept at working with organizations of every size and growth stage, from entrepreneurial startups to Fortune 500 companies, to help achieve marketing and business goals.

LaTashia Martin

Advisory Group: Elevate
COVID Recovery Task Force

LaTashia  Martin has a passion for coaching busy professionals and small business owners to discover their authentic selves.  She uses her 16 years of experience to provide the environments, resources and tools a professional needs  to be their authentic self.

Rahim Melon

Graduate Assistant

Rahim aids in the daily operations of our marketing and advertising department. In addition to being part of the standard daily procedures.

Christie Nelson

COVID Recovery Task Force
Business Development Specialist

Christie R Nelson, MBA has been serving the Western New York and New York City Area for over 20 years. She is the President and CEO of New Dominion Enterprises Inc, a real estate sales, development, property management and consulting firm that focuses on building wealth through real estate education, particularly for historically disadvantaged individuals and business owners.

Nicholle Overkamp

Advisory Group: Grow

Nicholle Overkamp, MBA is a financial planner and retirement planning specialist. Nicholle is also the founder of PowHERhouse Money Coaching, which is for women entrepreneurs. She’s been in the financial services industry for over 10 years.

Crystal Rodriguez, Esq.

COVID Recovery Task Force

Crystal Rodriguez-Dabney is a dynamic diversity, equity and inclusion professional as well as an attorney. She specializes in helping women and minority owned businesses get the legal part right by making everything Crystal Clear (pun intended)!

Lynn Rybak

Ignite Session / E-Network

Lynn guides business owners/ professionals to communicate their message within the group as well as in the business community by teaching the skills of effective networking, refining their branding message and practicing sales techniques.

Sara Vescio

Executive Director

Sara leads the Center with a vision to create connections and collaborations that support economic opportunities, and programs that drive business growth, for women through all stages of business ownership.

Royce Woods

COVID Recovery Task Force
Access to Capital

Royce Woods moved to Buffalo in 2016.  A Pittsburgh native, Royce helps entrepreneurs and real estate developers secure the financing they need to accomplish their goals.

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