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BCAT
The Artspace Building
1221 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14209

Phone: 716-259-1680

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Our Staff

Amber M. Dixon
Amber M. DixonChief Executive Officer
Amber M. Dixon, a highly respected educator and administrator, joined the Buffalo Center for Arts & Technology after a successful career in K–12 education, including having served as the interim superintendent of Buffalo Public Schools. With her wealth of knowledge and experience in formal education and a prior career in industry, Ms. Dixon is able to lead BCAT in addressing the disconnect between training, education and the job market, and make real progress in our region’s workforce development goals. High school graduation rate improvement has been a focus of Ms. Dixon throughout her 21 years in the Buffalo Public Schools, making her role in providing this critical intervention with Buffalo’s youth a vital one.

A Buffalo native, Ms. Dixon holds degrees from Medaille College and SUNY at Buffalo. She is a board member of the Western New York Women’s Foundation and the Buffalo Promise Neighborhoods. Ms. Dixon served as co-chair of the Empire State Development Workforce Pipeline Committee and is a member of the Erie County Community Coordinating Council on Children and Families. Her son, Sean, an environmental attorney and advocate in New York City, is a proud graduate of Buffalo Public Schools.

Joyce Stilson
Joyce StilsonDevelopment Manager
Joyce Stilson is a graduate of University of Buffalo where she received her Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Arts In Humanities. Joyce brings with her a wide range of experience including development, administration and education. She joins the BCAT staff having been a Family Support Specialist for Say Yes Buffalo, Program Director for Musicians United for Superior Education (MUSE) and Director of Development for Alleyway Theatre. Additionally, Joyce has been a teaching artist in the discipline of Theatre throughout Western New York, creating arts integration programs for schools, after school programs and summer sessions and has been a three time member of the faculty of NYSCA’s Empire State Partnership Summer Seminar Conference. Joyce is an accomplished theatre artist having acted, directed or designed over a hundred full length and almost two hundred one act productions in Buffalo. Joyce has served, numerous times, as Marketing Chair for the annual celebration Curtain Up!, traveled as a representative of the State University of New York at Buffalo to Scotland to direct for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, is a two time recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts Artist award, has been a panelist for, as well as recipient of, an SOS grant (Special Opportunity Stipend) from New York Foundation For the Arts, and has served as a panelist for New York State Council on the Arts/Arts In Education program as well as NYSCA’s Theatre Program. She was honored with an Artvoice Arties award for Best Supporting Actress, Costume Design Outstanding Ensemble for BUFFALO QUICKIES and is a recipient of the 2001 Pathfinder award for excellence in education from Business First.
Deborah A. Porter
Deborah A. PorterAdult Careers Service Administrator
Deborah joined the Buffalo Center for Arts & Technology as Operations Manager and brings with her a breadth of experience that ranges from the private sector to the not-for-profit world.Career Pathways Manager and Communication Instructor for the adult workforce development program. Deborah spent 20 years in banking until dedicating her life to work that uplifts the community. Her many skills include motivating, coaching, organization, planning, networking, problem solving, marketing, social media, and teamwork – all of which are essential to the success of BCAT.

Care for her community earned Deborah the 2015 Buffalo Builders of Peace Award and the 2012 National Women’s History Award for community involvement, and the Volunteerism Award for reading to children at Buffalo Public School #90 in support of literacy. She has also worked to launch community outreach for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library and has served not-for-profits as a marketing and organizational support consultant. Deborah’s community outreach includes coaching adults and mentorship for youth in the Prevention, Access, Self-Empowerment and Support (PASS) Program and participation in the Family Voices Network Wraparound Process Initiative through the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration and Erie County Mental Health Department.

Her education and training include a B.S. in Business Management/Marketing; 2009 Leadership Buffalo graduate; Community Health Worker certificate; Cultural Competency certificate; and various administrative and leadership training. She is also on the Board of Directors at Families’ Child Advocacy Network serving as Vice Chair an agency that connects families and youth to community resources and recently invited to join the Advisory Council for the New York State Youth Mentoring Program in 2016.

Da’Von McCune
Da’Von McCuneYouth Coordinator
Born, raised and educated in Buffalo, Da’Von L. McCune received his BS in Accounting from the State University of New York at Buffalo (UB). Instead of taking the normal career path and joining an accounting firm, however, Da’Von wanted to give back to his community by working with youth.

Being a product of various after school programs such as Upward Bound and Beam, it was natural for Da’Von to return to after school programs as a staff member. His work at the 21st Century Learning Community Center at McKinley High School and Science Technology Enrichment Program (STEP) at UB provided opportunities to concentrate on helping youth succeed academically.

Da’Von became a GED® instructor for BPS Adult Education, teaching at-risk youth and adults. He creates a culture of academic achievement using self-responsibility and music as a foundation. Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology (BCAT) staff noticed his successful results and asked him to bring that same passion and forward-thinking to adults and youth at BCAT. Da’Von continues to pursue ways to change his community pursuing his Masters in Urban Planning at University at Buffalo.

Whittney Smith
Whittney SmithYouth Support Coordinator
Whittney Smith is a Schomburg Fellow from the University at Buffalo who believes in aiding in the advancement of the communities. She stands behind cultural enrichment for youth, promoting diversity, creating a welcoming space for learning and being a beacon for those who seek one. She is highly devoted to promoting youth empowerment, leadership, educational success and interpersonal growth. She has had extensive experience working with after school college prep programs. Her involvement in various roles such as intern, tutor, mentor and counselor have given her insight needed to build rewarding bonds with youth.

Whittney also has experience practicing play therapy with children ages five to seven. She finds great pleasure in aiding children in positive self-expression and communication with others. Taking part in peer mediations, offering one on one counseling sessions, facilitating skill building groups and organizing the implementation of educational presentations continues fill Whittney’s life with purpose.

Lindsay M. Gallson
Lindsay M. GallsonDevelopment Coordinator
Lindsay joined the Buffalo Center for Arts & Technology as Development Coordinator in 2016 and brings with her a breadth of experience in both development and fundraising. After graduating from the University at Buffalo with a BS in Business Administration, Lindsay joined a Williamsville based marketing firm specializing in promotional products. She then joined the WNY Women’s Foundation specializing in operations, finance and development for five years.

Born and raised in the Buffalo area, Lindsay cares deeply about her community and wants to assure it thrives for many future generations.