NFHA Announces 2015 – 2016 Board Appointments

NFHA 2015-2016 Officers

Back Row: Stephanie W. Cowart, Executive Director, Frank Soda, Board Member, Jeff Paterson, Chairman, Owen T. Steed,Board Member Front Row: Cynthia A. Bianco, Vice Chairman,Vivian M. Watkins, Secretary and Carmelette M. Rotella,Board Member * Not in photo: Rev. Kevin Dobbs, Board Member

The Niagara Falls Housing Authority Board of Commissioners confirmed its 2015 – 2016 slate of officers at its annual meeting on May 12.

Jeffrey M. Paterson was appointed Chairman.  Paterson is the Executive Director of Niagara Cerebral Palsy.  He previously served as interim Executive Director and Director of Communication and Advancement for the Health Association of Niagara County, Inc. (HANCI).

Reappointed as officers were Vice Chairman Cynthia A. Bianco, Superintendent of the Niagara Falls City School Distric and Secretary Vivian M. Watkins, Community Leader and Spallino Towers Resident.

The following members continuing on the board include:

Owen T. Steed, Sr., Niagara County Legislator and Community Liaison, Niagara Falls Police Department

Carmelette M. Rotella, Retired Guidance Counselor, Niagara Falls City School District

Rev. Kevin Dobbs, Pastor, Christ Redemption Tabernacle Church

Frank A. Soda, Former City Councilman and Democratic Party Chairman, Standing American Commissioner at the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission

More about Paterson
While at HANCI, Paterson worked to expand access to home and community based services.  He played a key role in establishing Complete Senior Care, a Managed Long-Term Care Program serving frail elders.  Mr. Paterson also worked for three years as executive director of the Community Music School of Buffalo, where he established a music therapy practice for individuals with a variety of disabilities and diagnoses.  An award-winning professional communicator, Jeff is accredited in Public Relations (APR) and is a longtime faculty member in the SUNY Buffalo State Communication Department.  He earned a bachelor’s degree in communication studies from Canisius College and a master’s degree in pastoral ministry from Christ the King Seminary.  He has served on many volunteer boards and committees, and is proud to be a member of the Niagara Falls Housing Authority Board of Commissioners.  He is also a pastoral musician and active volunteer at St. John de LaSalle Roman Catholic Church in Niagara Falls.

About the Niagara Falls Housing Authority
The Niagara Falls Housing Authority operates affordable housing in the City of Niagara Falls. In existence for more than 70 years, the Niagara Falls Housing Authority is responsible for over 900 affordable housing opportunities. Our communities include: Packard Court, Beloved Community, Harry S. Jordan Gardens, Anthony Spallino Towers and Henry E. Wrobel Towers. In addition to safe, quality housing, the Niagara Falls Housing Authority is committed to removing as many obstacles as possible to empower individuals and families to reach their goals. Find out more at www.

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