Youth Board

The Erie County Youth Board is a citizen advisory panel. Board members are volunteers who advise the Youth Bureau on matters of positive youth development, delinquency prevention, and runaway and homeless youth. The Youth Bureau and Board work closely together to ensure that the best possible youth programs in Erie County are supported in their missions. Board members review and approve applications for state and county funding for services to youth. Together, they work with the Youth Bureau staff to make funding recommendations to the Erie County Executive and Legislature.

In order to ensure that the youth of Erie County are receiving the best programs available, board members attend meetings on the second Monday of the month. Board members are also encouraged to attend agency site visits. In addition to volunteers from the community, the Board is also made up of at least two youth volunteers from area schools. Furthermore, Liaisons to the Board are volunteers who attend Board meetings but who have no voting privileges. These members are selected for their experience and knowledge in youth matters and are a valuable resource to the Board.

For more information, or for anyone interested in becoming a member of the Erie County Youth Board, please send a letter of interest, current resume, and 2-3 references to Ben Hilligas, Youth Bureau Director, at

Board Members

Liza Acanfora

Kelly Blakely

Alan Carter-Fambo

David Caywood

Jeffrey Davis

Paul Denning

Veronica Golden

Melissa Jones

Charity Lulas

Susan Lumadue

Mitchell Nowakowski

Patrick Pidgeon

Brian Rochford

Kenny Simmons

Cord Stone

Director, Regional Education Center for Economic Development @ Ken-Ton UFSD

Principal Probation Officer @ Erie County Probation Department

Residential Social Worker @ Gateway Longview

Principal Law Clerk @ Hon. Christopher Burns, New York State Supreme Court

Honor Guard @ U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command

Retired Human Resources Executive

Social Worker @ Erie County Medical Center (ECMC)

Care Coordinator @ Hillside Children's Center

Program Manager, Bridges to Health @ Hillside Children's Center

Contract Monitor/HR Planner @ City of Buffalo, Office of Contract Administration

Legislative Aide @ Buffalo Common Council

Research Associate @ VIA Evaluation

Vice President, Relationship Manager @ First Niagara Bank

Pastor @ Cold Springs Bible Chapel; Chaplain @ ECDSS Secure Youth Detention Facility

Executive Director of Community Access Services of WNY @ The Evergreen Association 







Erie County Youth Board By-Laws