Valerie C. Nolan

Valerie C. Nolan

Director of Sponsored Programs and Foundation Relations

Office Location:
O’Shea Hall, Room 103B

Working collaboratively with senior university administrators and faculty, Nolan provides leadership and oversight of a comprehensive system for obtaining, managing and stewarding external grant support for institutional priorities and professorial research.

Nolan, over the course of her career, has secured in excess of $20 million in grants and in-kind contributions for clients from private foundations and federal, state and local governments.

Nolan possesses a bachelor’s degree in English from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Jill A.  Shuey

Jill A. Shuey

Assistant Director, Office of Sponsored Programs and Foundation Relations

Office Location:
O’Shea Hall, Room 103-B, Niagara University, N.Y. 14109

Jill has been with Niagara University since 2006 and is responsible for managing and coordinating post-award grant activity from all public and private funds for the university. As the inaugural executive director of Niagara University’s ReNU Niagara program for over six years, Jill was responsible for the administration and management of over $800,000 in both public and private grant funds. To sustain the work of ReNU, she fostered relationships with local government, foundation and business representatives as well as established positive partnerships with Niagara University administrators, faculty, students and community stakeholders.  

During her time as executive director of ReNU, Jill served on the boards of the Niagara Falls Main Street Business and Professional Association and Niagara Beautification Commission, as a member of the Niagara Falls Weed & Seed program steering committee and served on the Niagara County Food Policy Council. In 2011, Jill was honored to receive the Citizen Partner of the Year Award from the Niagara Falls Block Club Council and a Woman of Distinction Award from the YWCA of Niagara. She is also a graduate of NU’s Vincentian Mission Certificate program. Jill is currently serving on the Housing and Neighborhoods Working Team for One Region Forward planning initiative.

Jill has over 12 years of experience in volunteer management, citizen engagement, leadership development, community capacity building and multi-neighborhood planning. She has also received training in community building models including asset-based community development. Prior to her tenure with NU, Jill worked as a volunteer coordinator, a community organizer and as a neighborhood planning consultant.  Jill received her master of social work with a concentration in community organization and social administration from the University of Pittsburgh and her bachelor of social work from Valparaiso University. During her undergraduate studies, she also received a minor in urban studies.

Jill lives in the University Heights neighborhood of Buffalo, N.Y. with her husband and son. In her free time, she enjoys working to fix up her 1920’s arts and crafts home and is proud to have been recognized by “Buffalo in Bloom” for her front yard flower garden. During the summer, Jill and her family share in the joy of urban vegetable growing and bike trips to the farmers market.