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Advisory Board

Advisory Board to the Department of Senior Services

As the Area Agency on Aging, the Erie County Department of Senior Services convenes a voluntary group of citizens who provide information, guidance, advice and support to assist in developing, coordinating and administering services to older persons.

The Advisory Board, which is mandated by the Older Americans Act, helps conducts annual public hearings, represent the interests of older persons and review and comment on community policies, programs and actions, which affect older persons. The Advisory Council is an important link between the community and the Department of Senior Services in communicating the needs and concerns of older adults.


Current members of the Advisory Board are:

Tonnalee Batchelor, Buffalo
Providencia Carrion, Buffalo
Bonnie DeGweck, East Aurora
Gerry Gadra, Lancaster
Rose Marie Hall, Chair, Buffalo
Georgia Henley, Vice Chair, Buffalo
Virginia Krebs, Springville
Deborah Quinones, Grand Island
William Schulz, Snyder
Leonard Sikora, Williamsville
Laurie Smith, East Aurora
Rebecca Soto, Buffalo
Donna Sundell, Eden
Richard Szczepanski, West Seneca
Sylvia Volk, Buffalo
Amy Ziegler, Hamburg


The Membership Committee is seeking qualified individuals to apply for membership.  To obtain an application or for more information, call 858-7532 or visit