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Buffalo Society of Natural Sciences Appoints Six Board Members

BUFFALO, NY  – Today at its 160th annual meeting, the Buffalo Society of Natural Sciences (BSNS), which governs both the Buffalo Museum of Science and Tifft Nature Preserve, announced the appointment of six members to its Board of Managers for three-year terms and reelected two current members.

Voting members elected the following new members: Victoria Belniak, Vice President, Internal Audit and Corporate Compliance Chief Compliance and Privacy Officer at Kaleida Health; Matthew Frank, Assistant Vice President – Engineering Services at National Fuel Company; Cynthia Hoover, Vice President of Engineering at Linde; Austin V. Kelly, Managing Partner at The Black Oak Group, LLC; Saurin Propat, Chair of the Cancer Committee & Attending Surgeon at Erie County Medical Center; and Raymond C. Vaughan, Environmental Scientist/Professional Geologist.

Voting members re-elected current members Ralph Elbert to a second term and Cynthia A. Schwartz to a third term.

The Board of Managers elected the following board members to their positions on the board: David Busch (Chair); Steven A. Perrigo (Vice Chair); Onkham Rattanaphasouk (Treasurer); and Joseph Lombardo (Secretary).

The Society’s Board of Managers can be found at https://www.sciencebuff.org/about-us/.



Rooted in the belief that science creates opportunities and shapes our world, the Buffalo Museum of Science is a non-profit educational institution dedicated to providing relevant science programming to learners of all ages in the Buffalo Niagara region. Through interactive science studios and exhibits designed for multi-generational learning, the Museum showcases its extensive collection of more than 700,000 specimens and artifacts representing all facets of the natural world with an emphasis on Western New York. With a focus on raising the science literacy in the Buffalo Niagara area and beyond, the Museum offers hands-on workshops, camps, panel discussions, guided tours and enhance learning opportunities for its guests and community. Opened in 1929 in Buffalo’s Olmsted-designed Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, the Museum recently installed its eighth interactive science studio marking the completion of the Museum’s 9-year-long transformation of its guest experience. The Buffalo Museum of Science is governed by the Buffalo Society of Natural Sciences alongside Tifft Nature Preserve in South Buffalo, a 264-acre urban wetland preserve on reclaimed former industrial land. Learn more at www.sciencebuff.org.


Tifft Nature Preserve is a 264-acre urban wetland preserve and wildlife refuge on reclaimed former industrial land in South Buffalo’s Outer Harbor. A leader in environmental conservation and a regional birding destination, Tifft provides year-round outdoor recreation and educational programming for children and adults. Governed by the Buffalo Society of Natural Sciences alongside the Buffalo Museum of Science, the Preserve features five miles of beautiful trails, diverse habitats, boardwalks and a newly-renovated Herb & Jane Darling Environmental Education Center. For more information, please visit www.tifft.org.