Board Of Directors

Daniel P. Reininga

President and CEO, Lake Shore Savings Bank

Education: American Bankers Association Stonier National Graduate School of Banking, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania , Graduate Degree in Banking, 2010.
University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida; M.B.A., 1987. Allegheny College, Meadville, Pennsylvania; B.S. Economics, 1980

G.H. Graf Reality Corporation, Inc., Dunkirk, New York  — Chairman of the Board of Directors, January 2010-Present.

SUNY Fredonia College Foundation—Board of Directors

Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation—Board of Directors, Treasurer, Executive Committee, Investment Committee

Belaruse’s Children of Chernobyl—Vice President, Board of Directors

Chautauqua County Airport Commission— Board Member

Dunkirk Rotary Club—Past President 1999-2000

Michael P. Callahan

Director & Chief Financial Officer, Counsel Financial Services – Retired

Michael Callahan, a certified public accountant licensed in New York State, was Counsel Financial’s Chief Financial Officer. He has over 25 years of diversified experience assisting companies in the development, growth and structuring of business and financial operations. He has served as CEO, President and CFO of numerous public and privately held companies.

Mr. Callahan received a Masters in Business Administration from Monmouth University in 1980 and a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Fordham University in 1971.


Hon. Joseph S. Mattina, J.S.C. (Ret.)

In-house Special Counsel, Counsel Financial Services

Judge Joseph S. Mattina has served the Western New York legal community for more than 48 years, most notable through 40 years as a prominent jurist. He joined Counsel Financial upon his retirement from the bench in December 2003. He performs underwriting and audit services for Counsel Financial on a full-time basis.

Judge Mattina is a former NYS Surrogate Court Judge, NYS Supreme Court Justice, Erie County Judge, Buffalo City Court Judge and Erie County Assistant District Attorney. He has also been a faculty instructor at the National Judicial College for many years and an adjunct professor at the University at Buffalo for more than 30 years. He graduated from UB’s Law School in 1956.

Ryan Kagels

Chief Financial Officer, Counsel Financial Services

As Counsel Financial’s Chief Financial Officer, Ryan oversees all financial management and reporting for the company including investor relations, financial planning and analysis, budgeting, cash flow management and oversight of the accounting and risk management functions. Ryan has also been involved in deal structuring, diligence and negotiation with many of the company’s attorney clients.

With over 10 years of experience in specialty finance, he has been involved in the growth of the company since shortly after inception, previously working in various capacities, including as Vice President of Finance and Controller.

Ryan holds a dual-concentration MBA in Finance and Innovation Entrepreneurship from Northeastern University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Niagara University. He also has knowledge and experience in the quick-serve restaurant business, successfully franchising several restaurants in the Western New York region. In addition, Ryan serves as an advisor to many local start-up companies in the area.

Ryan lives in Clarence, NY with his wife and three daughters. He is very active in the community and is a recipient of the David Dichiara award for outstanding leadership and community involvement.

Eric Fiebelkorn

General Manager—Buffalo Office, Toshiba Business Solutions

Eric began his role as the Buffalo Marketplace Executive for Toshiba Business Solutions in 2006.  Prior to Toshiba, he managed Sprint Nextel’s WNY operations, spending five years with the organization.  During his time with Sprint Nextel, Eric was named to the President’s Council three times and was recognized as one of the top young managers in the country. He began his professional career as an entrepreneur, starting his commercial janitorial & construction services company,  He then sold that company in 2001 with over 100 employees. Eric attended the State University of New York College at Fredonia.

Eric is president of the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce, co-chair of the Grand Island School/Business Alliance, a board member of the March of Dimes, was an originating board member of the Miracle League of WNY and has involvement with several other local organizations including, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Buffalo Niagara Sales & Marketing Executives, among others.

Eric’s most recent achievement was successfully battling cancer. He was diagnosed with a very uncommon presentation of Stage 4 Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma in March of 2012.  After 5 months of a very aggressive chemotherapy regimen, Eric was told he was in remission on September 12, 2012.

Abraham S. Bartell, MD, MBA

Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist, Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital

Education: MD, State University of New York Downstate Medical School
Residencies: Brown University Combined Pediatric, Psychiatry, and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Program
Clinical Expertise: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; Pediatric Psycho-oncology; Pediatric Psychopharmacology

Dr. Bartell is a child and adolescent psychiatrist and a pediatrician with experience working with sick children and their families. Most recently, his work has focused on children, adolescents, and young adults who have cancer or who have been affected by cancer. His emphasis is on individual and family-focused psychological support. In addition, he is the psychiatric liaison to the Department of Pediatrics.

In addition to patient care and research, Dr. Bartell has an interest in and experience with graduate medical education. He is a child and adolescent psychiatry residency-training director.  Dr Bartell is a founding member of the National Association of Pediatric Psychiatry and Mt. Sinai School of Medicine’s Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Training Program for residents and fellows.

Dr. Bartell has served on the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry committee on education and training for several years. He currently serves on the Department of Psychiatry’s training committee that oversees the psychosomatic medicine fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering.

Brian L. Friedman, Esq.

VP/Associate General Counsel, Pegasus Capital Advisors

Brian L. Friedman, Mikey’s oldest brother, has served on the Mikey’s Way Board of Directors since the Foundation’s inception in 2005. Brian is Vice President and Associate General Counsel of Pegasus Capital Advisors, a private alternative asset management firm with $1.7 in assets under management that provides strategic growth capital to middle-market companies focused on global resources scarcity, including energy, food, water and wellness.  Prior to that, he was a senior associate in the Mergers & Acquisitions group at the law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell. He graduated Cornell University with a degree in Chemistry in 2006 and Harvard Law School in 2009.


Michael Peters, CFP™ professional

Retirement Planning Specialist
Senior Vice-President, AXA Advisors, LLC

Co-Founder of The Blackoak Group, LLC and President of its Wealth Strategies Division


Jim Fleming

Sr. Account Executive at TP-Link USA

Jim has held leadership and management positions in small privately owned organizations up to the Fortune 100, bringing skills, experience and proven success in change management, process improvement, leading collaborative teams, managing major initiatives, generating business plans, owning sales and quotas for key accounts, customer engagement, and developing marketing plans. Having spent most of his career in a true business to business environment, Jim has been able to build strong relationships with customers and vendors to solve problems and drive mutually beneficial initiatives.

He has held a number of sales and technical certifications and been a member of several IT product and partner boards.

Jim currently resides in Buffalo with his wife and two daughters.

Lynne Thornton

Executive Director, Ingram Micro

Lynne has 25+ years’ experience in the IT industry, and is currently a Sr. Sales Director for Ingram Micro’s multi-billion dollar North American software licensing business. Lynne is responsible for developing and executing selling and operational strategies for 70+ vendors, currently leads 375+ associates in both North America and Manila, Philippines, and ensures that her teams deliver market-leading operational excellence and execution for Ingram Micro’s customer and vendor partners.

Prior to her current role, Lynne held various leadership roles including Sr. Director for Variable Compensation and Customer Service, and Sales Director roles leading SMB Sales, New Customer Recruitment and Public Sector segments. Lynne achieved Ingram Micro’s prestigious Martha Ingram Global Leadership Award in 2010, graduated from Ingram Micro’s Global General Manager program in 2013, and most recently became a 2015 graduate of Leadership Buffalo.

Lynne has a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the State University of New York College at Buffalo. In her free time, she is an active volunteer, assisting with marketing and fundraising for the Western New York Haiti Connection, is a coach for the Cancer Wellness Center and is an advocate for “Unbound”, supporting youths and families in need. Lynne is married to Bill Thornton and they have two sons, Sam and Gabriel.

Jillian Deck

Lippes, Mathias, Wexler, Friedman LLP, Buffalo New York


Banking, Finance, and Corporate Transactions Attorney

Jillian was a board member of Compeer West Inc, from 2009-2015.  She is also a volunteer at the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary School.

Adrian Zannin

Chief Technology Officer, PCA Group, Inc.

Adrian has been actively working with technology since 1978. His experience encompasses hardware repair, software development, local and wide area network technologies, including telephony and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP). Over the course of his career, he has worked with over a dozen platforms and programming languages.

Adrian has been a consultant for thirty years, starting off with a two-year engagement with Professional Support Services, Inc., and then continuing on with the founding of PC Assistance, Inc., now known as PCA Technology Group, Inc., more than twenty-eight years ago.

Frank Ewing, Esq.

Chief Executive Officer, AML Rightsource

Mr. Ewing serves as Chief Executive Officer of AML RightSource.  He is a licensed attorney and an anti-money laundering expert with over 15 years of combined professional experience in global consulting, banking, and law.  Mr. Ewing has extensive hands-on experience in the areas of anti-money laundering compliance, regulatory enforcement actions, regulatory affairs, internal audit, commercial litigation, corporate investigations, fraud, and risk management. Mr. Ewing earned his undergraduate degree at LeMoyne College in Syracuse, New York and his juris doctor at the University of Buffalo Law School.

Sam Russo

Operating Partner, Lorraine Capital

Sam is an entrepreneur and executive involved in a number of high-growth businesses.  In addition to investing in multiple early stage startup companies, he is also a co-founder LenderLogix, a growing technology company disrupting the residential mortgage industry.  Sam has operated several successful companies, playing key business development, financial, and operational leadership roles.  A native of Buffalo, he has enjoyed community involvement through the Canisius High School Alumni Board of Governors, Hasek’s Heroes, the Ride for Roswell, and Leadership Buffalo.

He has a B.S. in Accounting from Canisius College and is a licensed (inactive) CPA in the State of New York.

Special Adviser to the Board

Cindy Eller

Executive Director, Roswell Park Alliance Foundation
Vice President for Development, Roswell Park Cancer Institute

Cindy Eller joined the Roswell Park administrative team as the Director of Development in 1989. At that time, she led the effort to establish a public trust, the Roswell Park Alliance Foundation, as the designation beneficiary to manage and distribute all charitable dollars intending to benefit Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Now serving as Vice President for Development and as Executive Director for the Roswell Park Alliance Foundation, she has overseen the creation of a Development Program that has realized over $156 million to date and has an active annual donor base of 65,000 households.

Ms. Eller is an active Board member of the National Association of Cancer Center Development Officers (NACCDO). Most recently she served as Chair of NACCDO, from 2004- 2006. In this role, she also served as a leader in helping to create the National Cancer Research Alliance, a co-op of 12 major comprehensive cancer centers. The CRA will pursue national cause marketing corporate fundraising partnerships to raise funds for the cancer cause nationally.

Ms. Eller is also active in the local market, serving as an officer on the Executive Committee of the WNY Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.