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