Paul Avery
InfoTechWNY Secretary and business attorney - Bond, Schoeneck & King

Paul is a Member and business attorney at Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC, one of the largest full-service law firms in Upstate New York.  He assists businesses and not-for-profits in a broad range of business and transactional matters, including contract drafting and review, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate counseling.  He regularly works with clients in the manufacturing, retail, software, information technology, higher education and health care sectors.


Address Avant Building, Buffalo, NY 14202-2107
Phone 716-416-7012
Christine Carr
Executive Director - MISSION: IGNITE powered by Computers For Children, Inc.


MISSION:  To enhance educational opportunities and enrich lives through technology.

VISION:  The community’s leading technology resource for high-need populations and those that serve them.

Phone (716) 823-7248
Peter Cimino
InfoTechWNY Board Past Chairman | Chief Technology Officer - Buffalo Niagara Association of Realtors

Peter is the Chief Technology Officer for the Buffalo Niagara Association of Realtors. He has created several events for Real Estate Technology as well as been instrumental in shaping the Real Estate Industry using all technology available. He also owns his own Aerial Photography company called Buffalo Perspective, where he creates marketing videos to help in the sale of homes and create B-Roll footage to add to videos and commercials.

Address 200 John James Audubon Pkwy, Buffalo, NY 14228
Phone 716-636-9000
Nicholas Corcoran
InfoTechWNY Board Vice-Chair, BETAS Chair | Director of Applications - Rich Products Corporation

Nick Corcoran is the Director of Applications for Rich Products responsible for application delivery and maintenance for the US and Canada region.  With over 15 years of technology and leadership experience, Nick continues to be an active member in the Buffalo IT community.  He has also acted as an InfoTech WNY BETA award judge for the 2017 & 2018 awards.


Phone 716-878-8919
Mike Grimaldi
SVP of Technology - Zipari



Jeanne Hellert
InfoTechWNY Board Administrator - JEH Consulting

In 2012, Jeanne Hellert joined the InfoTech WNY team as administrator.  Jeanne is the owner of JEH Consulting, an association management company.  Aside from InfoTech WNY, Jeanne also manages the Buffalo Niagara Sales & Marketing Executives, the Buffalo Niagara Human Resource Association, the Buffalo Niagara chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners, and the Independent Insurance Agents Association of WNY.  

Address P.O. Box 1422, Buffalo, NY 14127
Phone 716-218-9671
Darrick Kristich
Founder/CEO - Sedara Security

Sedara offers customized information security management solutions. With superior protection and innovative technology, we can ensure that your company will be protected. We will work within your budget to maximize existing security or help you build security from the ground up to provide you peace of mind.

Phone 844.4.SEDARA ext.700
Jacquelyn Malcolm
CIO and VP of Enrollment, Marketing & Communications - Buffalo State College

Dr. Jacquelyn Malcolm has over 20 yeas of higher education experience including leadership roles in marketing and communications and experience supporting enrollment management and technology.  She leads Buffalo State College's technology, enrollment, marketing, and communications efforts. She earned a B.S. in business administration from Drexel University, an M.S. in project management from the George Washington University, and an Ed.D. in educational leadership from Delaware State University.

Address 1300 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14222
Sam Marrazzo
InfoTechWNY Board Chair | Chief Innovation Officer - Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus

Sam Marrazzo is the Chief Innovation Officer for the BNMC, responsible for driving innovation to the Buffalo Medical Campus. By embracing the entrepreneurial mindset of discovery leads the strategic innovation agenda, including an approach to use of emerging technologies and entrepreneurship
A driver for technology as a solution provider, offering dynamic leadership ability to re-envision business solutions and revolutionize technology deployment that achieves impactful change across the campus.  Marrazzo has a strategic role to help shape the BMNC’s future direction technology direction Marrazzo serves on the InfoTech Board and is involved in STEM-related activities & initiatives within the community. 

Phone 716-400-1895
Armand Morrison
vice president - emids

Armand Morrison has been involved in healthcare IT for over 20 years working with c-suite executives across the continuum of care to help leverage new technologies toward improving patient care and reducing cost.  Armand is currently on the executive board for the NYS chapter of Health Information Management Systems Society "HIMSS" , which is a global advisor and thought leader supporting the transformation of health through information and technology. In this role, Armand is co-chair if the IT Leadership committee and WNY chapter liaison and has coordinated multiple educational and networking events that bring together like minded individuals across the healthcare IT continuum with a focus on leveraging technology to improve patient outcomes, and reduce the cost of delivering care.

On the professional side, Armand is a Vice President with emids, a Nashville-based company specializing in healthcare IT consulting services and technology solutions. Some projects that Armand has been involved with include working with a regional health system select, implement, and bring live a new enterprise Epic EHR system; working with a large physician practice to improve their talent acquisition process through innovative technology solutions like robotic process automation (RPA) and launch several data marts and BI dashboards with a team of microstrategy developers; working with a large for profit health system outsource the management of their health IT interface systems.


Joe Peacock
VP of Engineering - ACV Auctions

Joe Peacock is the VP of Engineering at ACV Auctions, Buffalo's first unicorn startup with a private valuation of $1.5b. At ACV he has grown the technology team to over 75 engineers by pulling top-tier software engineers from across the nation. Prior to ACV Auctions, he was a Technical Program Manager at Facebook in Menlo Park where he focused on BLOB storage infrastructure and capacity planning for many of Facebook's products. Joe has always had a passion for hacking and working in startups. His first startup, Gradfly, was in the early cohort of companies that was accepted into z80 Labs. In addition, he has been part of organizing, growing, and sponsoring UB Hacking since 2013 that now has over 800 student attendees. Joe graduated with a B.S. in Computer Engineering from the University at Buffalo. 

Address 640 Ellicott St #321, Buffalo, NY 14203
Jennifer Rittling
INNOVATION ENGAGEMENT MANAGER - Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus

Jennifer is responsible for building relationships with universities, community, and local corporations to help create an innovation district in Buffalo.  She is  focused on empowering corporate innovation and helping  organizations develop creative solutions to challenging business problems.

Jennifer worked for 10 years in mortgage banking in Atlanta, GA before transitioning into talent acquisition and technical staffing program management where she spent 5 years managing national accounts.  Prior to joining the BNMC, she was an Account Executive, selling IT services and software development solutions.  In this role, she helped bring the Topcoder Open to Buffalo in 2017. 

Jennifer is a Virginia native and graduate of Mary Baldwin College.  She moved to Buffalo with her husband and two sons in 2009 after spending 12 years in Atlanta, GA. 

Phone 716-848-9839
Robert Ruocco
vice president, chief information officer - BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York

Robert Ruocco joined BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York in 2016 and is the company's vice president, chief information officer.

With more than 25 years of technology experience, Ruocco is responsible for establishing the health plan's technical vision and leading the company's technological development.

Prior to joining BlueCross BlueShield, Ruocco served as vice president, chief operating officer-information technology, for Healthfirst, a not-for-profit managed care organization serving close to 1.4 million members in the greater New York City area. In that role, he maximized performance and service delivery for information services, reducing administrative costs and transforming healthcare delivery for the company.

Ruocco earned a master's degree in science, information management from the Stevens Institute of Technology, a master’s degree in strategic management from Niagara University, and a bachelor's of science from William Paterson University of New Jersey.

He serves on the board of directors for the American Lung Associations Buffalo and Northeast Chapters, AAA of Western/Central NY, Mission Ignite powered by Computers for Children and the Computer and Science Engineering Advisory Board for the University at Buffalo. Ruocco serves as Treasurer and Former Chair of the BlueCross BlueShield CIO Roundtable.


Address 257 W. Genesee St., Buffalo, NY 14202
Craig Savage
Vice President | Senior Technical Recruiter - M&T Bank

Craig works in partnership with M&T Bank’s Technology Department as a consultative talent acquisition and business relationship professional. Tech-savvy, with a passion for securing top talent, solving problems, and exceeding expectations. With 10 years of experience as an Infotech member, Craig is excited to join the board in 2019. As a Buffalonian, he has a passion to act as an advocate and activist in the elevation and evolution of Buffalo’s technology community.

Phone 716-279-4405
Maggie Shea, CPA
InfotechWNY Board Treasurer and Partner - StaffBuffalo LLC

Maggie Shea, CPA is the Managing Partner of StaffBuffalo.  Maggie handles all Accounting, Operations, and Technology implementations, customizations, and trainings and she enjoys streamlining functions to make it easier for her staff members to give the best service to their clients.  Maggie serves in Accounting, Communications, and Technology capacities on various Boards within WNY and is an integral part of the community.  As the Treasurer of InfoTech WNY, Maggie is excited to blend her love for Technology and Accounting!


Phone 716-281-0164
Liz Sujka
Director of Marketing - Ronco

Liz has worked in the Buffalo technical community for over 20 years.  She began working in IT while in college.  As a graduate of Canisius College, Liz began her career in the helpdesk and steadily rose through the ranks into a Network Administrator at Delaware North.  Taking time off to have her 3 children, she developed and began teaching a music and movement class for the YMCA for preschool children.  Returning to work full time in 2008, she has held several positions within Ronco Communications including NOC Supervisor, Director of IT, and Director of Service Management.  Currently the Director of Marketing, Liz’s technical background has uniquely positioned her for success in this role.  She continues to innovate and bring her understanding of technology and it’s applications to continuously improve her organization.

Phone (716) 873-0760