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Members of the Canisius College community make up nearly 20 percent of Business First’s Power 100 Women list for 2016. The list highlights the most influential women in the eight counties of Western New York. Business First compiled these rankings and defined “power” by the level of influence a woman has at her company, in her city or county, and the length of her career. Only women who live full time in Western New York were considered.

Of the 100 named, the Canisius community had four members in the Top 10 – three alumnae and one honorary degree recipient. Below is a complete listing of those members of the Canisius community who were honored:

Canisius alumni:

#6 – Rhonda Frederick MPA ’03, president and CEO, People Inc.

#8 – Kimberly Minkel ’96, executive director, NFTA

#10 – Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker ’82, president and CEO, Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

#17 – Allegra Jaros ’93, MBA ’96, president, Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo; vice president, Kaleida Health

#27 – Norma Nowak ’79, PhD, executive director, NYS Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences; founder and chief scientific officer, Empire Genomics LLC

#30 – Lisa Wilson ’91, executive sports editor, The Buffalo News

#41 – Laura Zaepfel ’86, vice president of corporate relations, Uniland Development Co.

#42 – Susan O’Sullivan ’04, vice president, advanced solutions, Cisco Business Unit, Ingram Micro U.S.

#50 – Mary Roberts ’77, executive director, Martin House Restoration Corp.

#51 – Jill Syracuse ’83, executive vice president and chief engagement and servicing officer, Independent Health

#75 – Linda Dobmeier ’83, chair, Buffalo State College Council; vice president, Dobmeier Janitorial Supplies, Inc.

#83 – Nancy LaTulip ’75, vice president, marketing/sales and small-business lending, Lake Shore Savings Bank

#87 – Nancy Ware ’78, president and CEO, EduKids Inc.

#89 – Anne Gioia ’71, HON ’97, co-founder and trustee, Roswell Park Alliance

Canisius honorary degree recipients:

#7 – JoAnn Falletta HON ’00, music director, BPO

#21 – Mindy Rich HON ’15, vice chair, Rich Products Corporation; president, Rich Entertainment Group

#23 – Donna Fernandes HON ’11, president and CEO, Zoological Society of Buffalo, Inc.

#55 – Denise Roche HON ’92, retired president, D’Youville College

Maureen Hurley, retired executive vice president and chief administrative officer for Rich Products Corp. – and Canisius’ “first lady” is ranked number 40.

Submitted by: College Communications