2016 - 2017 Board of Commissioners

NFHA 2015-2016 Officers

The Niagara Falls Housing Authority Board of Commissioners  


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

Reappointed as officers were Chairman Jeffery M. Paterson,
Executive Director of Niagara Cerebral Palsy,Vice Chairman Cynthia A. Bianco, Superintendent of the Niagara Falls City School District 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 Rev. Kevin Dobbs
* Not in above photo 


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

More about Jeffrey 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.