Tara Kennedy, Chairman

Born and raised in Buffalo, Tara has spent her entire life active within the community. She is a long-time employee at Ingram Micro, Inc. and graduated with her BA in Business Administration (2014) and Masters in Organizational Leadership (2016) from Medaille College. She is excited to be a part of the B Team and looks forward to the opportunity to bring her passion for volunteering and raising civic awareness to the community.

Contact Tara at tara@bteambuffalo.com

Sara Vernon, Vice-Chair

Originally from Saratoga Springs, NY, Sara is a grassroots organizer, passionate women’s rights advocate, and Buffalo booster. After graduating from Buffalo State College in 2011 with a BA in anthropology, Sara enrolled in her first AmeriCorps VISTA term with the Serve New York VISTA Program. As a three term VISTA alumna, Sara comes to the B Team with a strong capacity building skill base and dedication to volunteerism. Her current position is as a Grassroots/Vox Organizer with Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York, in which she engages a large network of supporters and volunteers and inspires them to advance reproductive justice. Sara first came to the B Team in her final year of AmeriCorps to coordinate a service project at a community garden, and looks forward to engaging her adopted hometown in service.

Contact Sara at sara@bteambuffalo.com

Alana Eaton, Secretary

Alana lives in Amherst. She graduated from SUNY Geneseo in 2006 with a degree in Childhood Education and Special Education and earned her Ed.M. in Childhood Education from the University at Buffalo. Alana taught special education for a few years in NYC before returning to her hometown. She now works as a program coordinator for The Summit Center, a non-profit that serves individuals and families facing developmental, social, and behavioral challenges. Alana is thrilled to be back in Buffalo during this wonderful period of growth and is excited to dedicate her efforts to serving the city and its residents.

Contact Alana at alana@bteambuffalo.com

Angela Vacanti, Treasurer

Angela is a Western New York native who currently resides in North Tonawanda. She graduated from Daemen College with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Master of Science in Professional Accountancy and went on to earn her CPA designation in February 2017. Angela is a member of the Lumsden McCormick tax department where she works with businesses and individuals on tax compliance issues and is chair of the firm’s Making A Difference committee. Angela is excited to serve on the B Team Board of Directors and dedicate her passion for volunteering to the Buffalo community.

Contact Angela at angela@bteambuffalo.com

Tony Astran

Tony is a native of Western New York and lives in Orchard Park with his wife, son, and dog. He works at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center as public information specialist for the New York State Smokers’ Quitline. Tony has served on the boards of Brush Up Buffalo and Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Buffalo Niagara Chapter, including the role of Chapter President in 2014. He earned a master’s degree in public administration (M.P.A.) from SUNY Buffalo State and a bachelor’s degree in communication from Loyola University Chicago. Tony has aspirations to help develop and manage a miniature version of Chicago’s Navy Pier on Buffalo’s Outer Harbor, and to be a mayor of a small town in his later years. He is proud to have been one of B Team Buffalo’s first volunteers at the National Buffalo Wing Festival in 2008, and is even more excited to be serving on B Team’s board.

Contact Tony at tony@bteambuffalo.com

Vanessa Gruber

Vanessa currently resides in North Buffalo with her dogs, Mitch and Myles. Vanessa was born and raised in Buffalo, NY and is a graduate of Buffalo State College with her B.A. in Public Communications and has her graduate degree in Organizational Leadership from Medaille College. She is currently employed as an Associate Marketing Manager at Rich Products on the New Platform Accelerator Team. She is excited to participate in B Team Buffalo’s efforts to better our community and support local organizations.

Contact Vanessa at vanessa@bteambuffalo.com

Jack McCauley

Jack is originally from Long Island, NY but has been living in Buffalo since 2007 with his wife and his boxer Bongo. Jack got his bachelors degree in finance from the University at Buffalo and currently runs a financial firm in Orchard Park, NY, he has been in the Financial industry for 5 years. Jack has been a Regional Director for BNI, currently serves on the board of directors at Junior Achievement of WNY and has served on the board of the Junior Chamber of commerce. Jack is currently enrolled in the Leadership Buffalo rising stars class of 2018. Jack is extremely excited to work on the board of the B Team and looks forward to the opportunity to help grow and share the sense of pride the City of Buffalo is known for, he is eager to help make a direct impact on the city he has grown to love so much.

Contact Jack at jack@bteambuffalo.com

Joanna Panasiewicz

Joanna is a native Buffalonian who enjoys fixing up her 1910 colonial home in Kenmore. She has held a passion for local history since her first job with the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library where she learned about Buffalo’s triumphant past and has actively promoted our region’s assets ever since. She graduated with a B.S. in Biology from Canisius College and is currently Watershed Coordinator working for the Erie County Department of Environment and Planning. In addition to her strong desire to enhance Buffalo and the region by protecting its natural assets, she is an avid supporter of active community involvement.

Contact Joanna at joanna@bteambuffalo.com

Liz Reaves

Liz is a native of Elmira, NY but raised in Depew, NY. She and her meows Tuna, Gordon, and Goopers call the Westside home now. She is a graduate of D’Youville College with a B.A. in History and a Masters in Secondary Education. Liz enjoys her free time by volunteering with various organizations throughout Buffalo, traveling, reading, crafting and performing stand up comedy. She’s beyond excited to be a part of the B Team board and to continue engaging Buffalo communities through volunteering.

Contact Liz at liz@bteambuffalo.com

Jason Tennant

Jason moved to Buffalo 5 years ago after growing up in Syracuse. After earning a degree in Radiologic Technology, he has worked as a CAT Scan Technologist, Radiologic Technologist, and currently works at the Gates Vascular Institute as an Electrophysiology Technologist. Very career driven, Jason has been interested in helping the community as well as patients at work. He believes joining the board at B Team Buffalo will give him the opportunity to do so. Jason enjoys numerous sports such as basketball, football, golf, tennis, and soccer in his free time.

Contact Jason at jason@bteambuffalo.com

Denny Yeh

Denny was born in Rochester and moved to Buffalo in 2012 for graduate school. He has a Master’s degree in Global Business is currently working as a relationship banker with Fiserv. Aside from volunteering with B Team, you may see him in other events as he is actively involved in several other organizations ranging from the arts to assisting veterans. Denny likes to travel, watch movies, and run. He has completed 2 full marathons and has several more full marathons lined up.

Contact Denny at denny@bteambuffalo.com