Our Directors:

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Mark Laurrie


Mr. Mark Laurrie has been an educator in the Niagara Falls City School District for the past 32 years. He has served in a variety of capacities during that time including In-School Suspension Room Monitor, Teacher of Grade 3, Teacher of Special Education, Dean of Students, Assistant Principal of two schools, Principal of two schools, Chief Educational Administrator of the 2,500 student Niagara Falls High School, and Deputy Superintendent.

Mr. Laurrie is currently the Superintendent of Schools of the Niagara Falls City School District.

Mr. Laurrie has received numerous awards and recognitions including Educator of the Year from the Niagara Area Chamber of Commerce, one of the Forty under Forty Rising Leaders in Western New York from the Business First publication, and a Spirit of Niagara Award from the Boys and Girls Club of Niagara, Inc., Kiwanis Leadership Award, Empower Person of the Year, Niagara University Educator of the Year, to name only a few.

He is a life-long resident of Niagara Falls where he resides with his wife Laura, and their three children.


Cynthia Bianco

As a retired Niagara Falls City School District Superintendent, Cynthia has served the District as an English teacher, Library Media Specialist, Teacher on Special Assignment, Assistant to the Superintendent, Deputy Superintendent, and Interim Superintendent before being appointed as Superintendent of Schools. She is very active in the community and serves on a number of Boards including Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center and the Niagara Falls Housing Authority. In addition, Cynthia has received numerous awards for leadership, educational excellence, and community service.

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Tom Lowe


Tom Lowe is Director of IMPACT/ReNU at Niagara University. Born and raised in Niagara County, Lowe graduated from Fredonia State University in 2009 with a B.A. in English and a minor in Arts Administration.

In addition to his full-time role with Niagara University, Lowe is also engaged in many other Niagara Falls organizations and efforts, largely on a volunteer basis. He is currently the Chair of the Niagara Beautification Commission, Vice President for LiveNF – and organization that works to inspire and evoke community pride, and a board member for the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area and the Niagara Falls Education Foundation.


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Vincent James “Jim” Cancemi

Mr. Cancemi is retired from the Niagara Falls City School District, having taught Special Education for 25 years. During his tenure, he was the Director of the Child Find Project. In addition, he continues to own and operate Cancemi Furniture, which he has done for 30 years. Mr. Cancemi is currently a member of the YMCA First Century Club; is a member of the Board of Directors, Niagara Falls Boys & Girls Club Alumni; the Niagara County Community College Foundation. He belongs to many professional organizations and has been the recipient of numerous awards for community service.


Robert DiFrancesco

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Bob’s career took 44 years to complete: Thirty-four years with the Niagara Falls City School District (retiring in 2003 as Principal at Niagara Falls High School). His last ten years were served as principal of his Alma Mater, Niagara Catholic High School (Bishop Duffy High School in 1965). He has been blessed to have a great career being part of a local profession that helped to develop our greatest local resource–our children.


 Brittany DePietro


Brittany was born and raised in Niagara Falls and is a Niagara Catholic graduate. She earned a B.A. in Sociology and Psychology, with a minor in Statistics at Niagara University, and then went on to complete a Master’s degree in School Counseling. During her time in the School Counseling program, Brittany worked as an intern for several schools, ending with a year-long internship at Harry F. Abate Elementary school. She still resides in Niagara Falls and is currently employed as the Institute Coordinator for the Rev. Joseph L. Levesque Institute for Civic Engagement at Niagara University.

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Kyle Heath

Kyle is a graduate of Lewiston Porter High School, NCCC and Buffalo State College with an International Business Degree 2004. He has extensive sales experience, focusing in finance and retail banking. Currently employed with Key Bank as a Relationship Manager at Military Road office in Niagara Falls NY. Kyle enjoys time spent with family, outdoors fishing, hiking and just plain relaxing at his cottage.

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Barbara Iannarelli

Barbara was born and raised in Niagara Falls, New York and graduated from Niagara Falls High School in 1965. She spent her career in education as a teacher, supervisor and principal in the Niagara Falls City School District. She currently is an assistant professor at Niagara University. She has received several awards and has served on many community boards.

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Arthur “Art” Jocoy Jr.

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Art is a husband, father of two and local businessman who got involved in the community at an early age and even more so in the past five years. Born and raised in Niagara Falls and graduate from LaSalle High School in 1986. He is a second generation business owner and a member of the Niagara Falls Board of Education since 2009. Art’s hobbies include boating, fishing, motorcycling, snowmobiling, auto racing and spending time with his children just “tinkering” around.

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Robert Kazeangin, Jr.

Bob currently is employed with the Niagara Falls Public Library. Born and raised in Niagara Falls. A former member and President of the Niagara Falls Board of Education. He currently sits on the Board of Directors United Way of Greater Niagara, Health Association of Niagara County, Niagara Falls Public Library, and Oakwood Cemetery . Bob also adds fiscal oversight as a member of the Audit Committee for the Niagara Falls City School District.

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Joseph Ruffolo

Mr. Ruffolo graduated from Niagara University in 1978 with a degree in business administration. He received a master’s in health administration from Trinity University and completed the executive education program at Harvard University.

Joseph A. Ruffolo’s first job in the healthcare industry was at Memorial, where as a teenager he was hired as a dishwasher. He worked as an accounting supervisor at Memorial from 1976-1979. Mr. Ruffolo spent the next 20 years of his careers with Buffalo hospitals, beginning with a four year stint as controller and assistant administrator for fiscal and general operations at Sheehan Memorial Hospital. Mr. Ruffolo serves on a variety of Boards and community organizations. Mr. Ruffolo resides in Lewiston with his wife Teresa. They have two children and one grandchild.

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Ezra P. Scott, Jr.

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Ezra P. Scott Jr. was born and raised in Niagara Falls, NY and graduated from Niagara Catholic High School. He has earned a B.A. in Sociology, and then went on to graduate from the WNY School of Real Estate. 2010-2012 Ezra worked as a youth division aide 3 at Finger Lakes Residential Center. In 2013 Ezra began working as a substitute teacher for the Niagara Falls Board of Education and also became a facilitator for the NFHA STYA (Successfully Transitioning Youth To Adolescence) Initiative. Ezra is a NYS 2013 NYS Golden Gloves boxing champion.

Owen Steed

Owen is a single parent of one son. Owen works as a community liaison for the Niagara Falls Police Department. He is currently serving as Niagara County Legislator for the 4th District. Owen has received several awards for his community service.

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Jason Zona

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Jason is in his first term as Niagara County Legislator 5th District. He also serves as Captain for the Niagara Falls Fire Department with 10 yrs on the job. Jason has a BS Business Admin SUNY Buffalo St (2008), NYS Fire Instructor, & Past President IAEP Local 394. Jason has worked with Twin City Ambulance for 12 years as a NYS Paramedic. Jason also has NYS Fire Officer’s designation. A devoted family man and community leader, Jason has lived in Niagara Falls his entire life.

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Angelo Massaro

Mr. Massaro is a local attorney practicing law in both public and private sectors. Mr. Massaro concentrates his practice primarily in representing the School District as well as in the areas of labor, construction, corporate and real estate law. He is a graduate of Conisius College and the State University of New York at Buffalo, Law School and practices under the name of Hovey & Massaro.

Mr. Massaro was instrumental in the formation of the Niagara Falls Education Foundation, Inc. and has since its inception served as its legal advisor.



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