Our Board of Directors is comprised of progressive leaders from various aspects of our community. Our board members include entrepreneurs, military veterans, business association members, youth volunteers and community activists. These individuals bring a wealth of knowledge, commitment and integrity to our organization.
Our Board members are responsible for envisioning the present and future needs of our community, and focusing the direction of our organization to help meet and exceed those needs.
William Hartzell, Veterans Liaison
AMVETS Medallion Post #13
NYS Department of Labor
Jon has been an community activist for many years in the City of Buffalo. He is a graduate of the University at Buffalo, with a Master of Science Degree in Public Relations Management. Jon has also served as a member of the Erie County Democratic Committee and volunteered his time to many campaign efforts.
Board of Directors
James "Jimbo" McDonald, Vice President
Northtowns Boys & Girls Clubs
Jimbo defines the term "community servant." As a young civic leader, he serves on the board of almost every organization in the Riverside and Black Rock neighborhoods, including Riverside Business Association, Twenty-First Ward Independence Day Parade Association, Black Rock Riverside Neighborhood Housing Services and Spotlight Tonawanda Street. He also volunteers for many other local organizations including the Black Rock-Riverside Emergency Food Pantry. Most recently Jimbo has joined the Erie County Community Coordinating Council on Families and Children. He has dedicated himself to improving the lives of our local youth through over 20 years of service with the Northtowns Boys & Girls Clubs. Jimbo has been recognized numerous times in the past for his tireless and selfless efforts for the betterment of his community, most recently being named as the 2016 C. I. Lanich Work Horse Award honoree by the Riverside Business Association.
Our Advisory Board is an invaluable asset to our organization. While they may not serve on the Board of Directors, this group supports the organization through guidance, volunteer work, networking, donations and other fundraising activities. Our Advisory Board members have strong community ties, and consist of local small business owners, entrepreneurs, banking and retail representatives, business association members and community activists. These individuals bring a wealth of knowledge, commitment and integrity to our organization.
George A. Fitzpatrick, President
Internal Revenue Service & Northtowns Boys & Girls Clubs
A career public servant, currently working as an International Revenue Officer for the IRS, George was recognized with a Distinguished Government Service Award in 2011. He is also a product of his community, growing up as a member of the Town Boys & Girls Club, and he is still involved with the organization today, as a Youth Development Professional and Alumni Coordinator. A lifelong city of Buffalo resident and a graduate of McKinley High School, George also earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from SUNY Empire State College. A veteran of the United States Navy, George served as an Intelligence Specialist, earning a Flag Letter of Commendation in 2002. When he stopped serving his country, he started serving his community through organizations such as the Buffalo Club 49ers and the Erie County Democratic Committee, where he volunteered on various local campaigns at the City, County and State levels. George is the founder of the River Rock Community Coalition, a community leader and a father of two beautiful children, daughter Gabriella Rose and son Caleb Kennedy. Most recently, George was named as a Business First "40 Under 40" honoree in recognition of his community efforts.
Debbie Lombardo, Secretary (Interim Treasurer)
Black Rock Riverside Neighborhood Housing Services
Through her job, Debbie serves as a coordinator for most of the community organizations throughout the Riverside and Black Rock neighborhoods. She is the current President of the Riverside Business Association, as well as the current reigning "Mayor of Towpath." Debbie has also founded and serves as the President of the Spotlight Tonawanda Street organization, which along with the RRCC, aims to revitalize the Tonawanda Street Business District. Debbie is truly a dedicated community servant, in both her personal and professional life.
Kenneth J. Phillips
Kenneth is a lifelong resident of the city of Buffalo and a graduate of Grover Cleveland High School. He attended the Northeast Technical Institute, where he earned a Construction Technology Degree. With hard work, Kenneth transformed this education into a small landscaping and contracting business, Riverview LC, which he has been the successful owner/operator of for over fifteen years. Kenneth also gives back to his community, volunteering as a youth hockey coach for the Cheektowaga Warriors. He also volunteers as a coach for the "Skate for the Cure" charity event which benefits Juvenile Diabetes. Kenneth has served on the Erie County Democratic Committee and has previously run for a seat in the Common Council.
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