John Lynch Society

Lynch Society LogoAlumni, parents and friends who make leadership commitments to Niagara receive special recognition for their generosity by being named members of the John Lynch Society, the university’s leadership gift club.

The Inspiration

Father John J. Lynch was an Irish Vincentian priest who came to the United States in 1840 to do missionary work. In 1856, he was called upon to help select an appropriate site for a seminary to train priests in Western New York. Father Lynch’s efforts resulted in the founding of Our Lady of Angels, later to become Niagara University.

As the first fundraiser for the university, Father Lynch was able to secure the necessary monies to purchase the property at Monteagle Ridge. Later, when the mortgage came due, he found the additional dollars to assure the continuation of the school and the Vincentian tradition he held so dear. Niagara University recognizes the benefactors who follow in Father Lynch’s footsteps by including them in a society that bears his name.

Membership in the John Lynch Society

Gifts to the John Lynch Society must be received by May 31. All gifts made within the fiscal year are counted – including gifts to the Niagara Fund, endowment, and Purple & White, as well as matching gifts from employers. Lynch Society membership is based on giving at least $1,000 annually.

Our Most Valued Donors

As a member of the John Lynch Society, you can expect special communication about the status of the university, exclusive invitations to select campus and regional events, as well as year-round accountability regarding the use of your gift.

Niagara University would like to acknowledge the following current members of the Lynch Society:

Arizona Community Foundation

Athletic Department

Bank of America Charitable Gift Fund

Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, Inc.

BAV Services, Inc.

Benevity Community Impact Fund

BLT Advisory Services, LLC

BlueCross & BlueShield of Western New York

Bond, Schoeneck & King

Buffalo Rising

C&W Services

Carbon County Bar Association

Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP

Cassidy-CUNY Reducing Revocations Grant

Castellani Art Museum

Castellani Donation Box

Catholic Health

Cavanagh Family Charitable Fund

Certo Brothers Distributing Company

Chiampou, Travis, Besaw & Kershner, LLP

ComDoc - A Xerox Company

Community Connections of NY

Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

Community Foundation of Tampa Bay

Compu-Mail, LLC

Congregation of the Mission, Eastern Province

Dale and Ed Nelson Charitable Fund

Deloitte Foundation

Dominion Resources Services, Inc.

Dorothy M. Gillespie Foundation, Inc.

Elbers Landscape Service, Inc.

Ernst & Young Foundation

Ernst & Young Foundation

Famvin Homeless Alliance

Fidelity Charity Investments

Foliot Furniture

Freed Maxick CPAs

Friends of NU Theatre, Inc.

Galway Bay Foundation, Inc.

Gibson, McAskill & Crosby, LLP

Gray Line Niagara Falls-Buffalo

Harter Secrest & Emery, LLP

Hockeystickman Inc.

Hodgson Russ, LLP

Home Team Pub, Inc.

Independent Health Association, Inc.

J. Crew Group, Inc.

J.P. Morgan Charitable Giving Fund

Jacob and Jacob Asset Management

John P. Salamone Memorial Foundation

Kaleida Health

Kemp Financial Group

KeySource USA


L G & E Energy Foundation

Lancaster Medical


Liberty Mutual

Lincoln Moving and Storage of Buffalo, Inc.

Little Three Alumni Golf Canisius/Niagara/St. Bona

Lumsden & McCormick, LLP

M&T Bank

M&T Bank Charitable Foundation

Maid of the Mist Corporation

Merani Hotel Group

Metz Culinary Management

Modern Disposal Services, Inc.

Mollenberg-Betz, Inc.

Morgan Stanley Charitable Spending

Mother Cabrini Health Foundation

My Tomato Pie Inc.

National Christian Foundation

National Fuel Resources

National Grid

National Philanthropic Trust

New York State Health Foundation

Next Level Lax LLC

Niagara Falls Bridge Commission

Niagara Falls Country Club

Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center Foundation, Inc.

Niagara Falls National Heritage Area

Niagara Golf Partners LLC

Niagara Shares

Orr Group

Patriot Highlander, Inc.

Paul J. and Martha N. Rees Charitable Trust

Perry's Ice Cream Company, Inc.

Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation

Planned Futures Financial Group, LLC

Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation

Raymond E. Kelley, Inc.

RJM Roofing Inc. dba. Blue Ox Roofing

Rosa Bente Lee Ostapenko Trust

Schwab Charitable Fund

Sevenson Environmental Service, Inc.

Sleep Insights Management Services, LLC

St. Thomas Aquinas College

Statler Foundation

Syracuse Business Center, Inc.

T. Rowe Price Program for Charitable Giving

Tara Laurie Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Blair Law Group, LLP

The Bonadio Group, LLP

The Central Association of the Miraculous Medal

The Children's Guild Foundation

The Dwyer Family Foundation, Inc.

The Foundation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo

The Hanover Insurance Group

The Taylor Family Foundation

Tops Markets, Inc.

Uniland Development Corporation

United Way of Greater Niagara

Upstate New York Transplant Services, Inc.

US Bancorp Investments, Inc.

USA Payroll

Verizon Foundation

Vincent and Harriet Palisano Foundation

Vincentian Community

Wegmans Food Markets, Inc.

WGRZ-TV Channel 2, Buffalo

Windsong Radiology Group

Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP

Dr. Alayne A. Mercier Adams, '59

Dr. Sylvio H. Albert, '53

George N. Alexiou, '80

Carl F. Ambuske, '69

Dr. Jerome C., '77, and Claudia Andres

Brian, '91, and Anna Intini Andrews



Amjad Aref

John J. Jr., '83, and Laura Ashley

Col. Robert M., '66, and Margaret Baldau Asiello, '67

Edward J., '74, and Linda Baehr

Thomas E. Baker

Michael W. Barber, '98

John S., '73, and Patricia Barsanti

Paul J. Barto, '75

Peter J. Barto Jr.

Mary Grace Hornung, '72, and Paul Bauer

James M. Beardsley

James M. III, '77, and Carol Bedard

Jeanne M. Beecher

John P., MS '81, and Kathleen Beilein

Kelly G., '83, and Kim Schindler Besaw, '83

Joan Fountaine, '68, and Gary Biggs

Dennis F., '74, and Jean Blake

David P., '67, and Mary Boergers

Mary C. Boldt, MBA '92

Col. Sara T. Breckenridge-Sproat, '87, and Col. David Sproat

Edward J., '78, and Deborah Skiff Brennan

Dr. Glen Brooks

Hubert J., '55, and Claire Manning Brown, '59

John D., '72, and Claire Burke

Thomas J.+ and Maureen Burns

Kenneth A., '61, and Patricia Byrne

Dr. Vincent Callanan and Cheryl Kemp Klass, '77

James D., '91, and Angela Campbell

Ronald R. Campbell, '66

Kevin P., '70, and Deolinda DeSousa Carey, '70

Rev. Michael J. Carroll, '73

W. Michael, '80, and Carol Moeller Cassell, '79

Alfred A. and Kathleen Castellani

Carla A. Castellani

Diane M. Castellani and Terrance Bromley

Dr. Daniel A. Sr. and Cynthia Castellani

Helen A. and T. Christopher Castellani, '77

James F. Castellani

Larry P. and Joan Castellani

Mark and Donna Castellani

Robert J. Castellani, '64

Nicholas M. Cecere, Sr. and Barbara Cerere

Dr. Ronald F., '67, and Arlene Cheff

Charles W., '76, and Sandra Whissel Chiampou, '76

Samual J., '63, and Marianne Civiletto

David and Jaclyn Cizek

Kevin J., '73, and Kathryn Hourihan Clarke, '73

Tammy Yacobucci, '90, and Dr. Kevin Cleary

Kathleen Clune

Robert J., '58, Hon. 12* and JoAnn Guardalibene Clune, '58

William and Lesley Collins

Mary J. Bobo, '76, and Joseph Colosi

Gerald M., '69, and Margaret Conboy

Jennifer Cooper

Rosemarie S. Selgas, '70, and John Cordes

Dr. Mario Cortellucci

Pietro Cortellucci

Rev. Msgr. Thomas E. Crane

Brian P., '67, Hon. 05, and Dr. Frances Stevralia Crosby, '67+

Joseph J. Crotty

Mary Ann Kumro, '55, and Col. George Crowe, '54

Leo D., '66, and Ann Crowley

Arthur W., '76, and Anne Crumlish

Debra S. Czyrny

Robert J., '66, and Judith Daino

Ellen J. Daly, '77

Peter J., '53, and Joan Damick

Jeffrey O., '74, and Maureen Hoag Dann, '74

Robert J., '83, and Nancy Dann

William J., '57, and Marilyn Darmody

Margaret Ranft, '77, and John Day

Michael W., '76, and Mary Bermel de la Montaigne, '75

Richard J., '66, and Sheila Degus

Mark, '98, and Jessica Carey DeMitry, '98

Robert and Gayle Perry Denning

Michael R., '85, and Suzanne Desmond

John D., '56, and Patti DeVincentis

Dolly Gay Dewey, '54

David J., '85, and Nancy McNulty DiBacco

David J., '64, and Monica Kadykowski DiCamillo, '63+

Daniel J., '85, and Janet Biondi DiPofi, '85

Rev. Michael L. Diskin, '70

Kathleen S. Sullivan, '81, and John Doerner

Mary R. Donnelly

Rev. Richard R. Donovan, '54

Dr. Brendan P., '82, and Colleen Colpoys Dowd, '82

Andrea Hudack Driscoll, '68

Martin and Corinna Driscoll

Sally and Giles Driscoll

Dr. Jean-Marc Droulers

Christine K. Remza, '90, and Mike Duffy

Dr. Robert C., '87, and Dr. Carolyn Dukarm

Robert J., '65, and Concetta Micale Dwyer, '65

Andrew M., '73, and Deborah Eassa

Richard S., '70, and Margaret Buttner Eckstein, '72

Michael W., '69, and Kathryn Kempf Edwards, '69

Dr. Irene J. Elia, '53

Robert B., '75, Hon. 06, and Lynda Engel

Walter J., '59, and Mary Jo Cofrancesco Engels, '61

Robert E., '77, and Catherine Farnham

Carmine A., '70, and Patricia Ferrara

Joseph L., '69, and Kathleen Ferreira

Frank A., '85, and Mary Fiannaca

David F. Finerson, '70

Joyce E. Fink

R D. Finn, '66

Mary A. Fitzpatrick*

Vincent D. Jr., '88, and Amanda Fibbe Flaherty, '87

Rev. Patrick S. Flanagan, '87

Thomas J., '81, and Susan Flannery

Dr. Marilynn P. Fleckenstein*

Dr. Robert E., '65* and Marilyn Chandler Ford

Pasquale, '73, and Cindy Formica

William H. Jr., '69, and Joanne Frank

Marc Freidus

Dr. Gregory L., '81, and Nancy French

Rocco J. Frenzilli III, '70, and Katherine Mercier III

Mary Meyer, '69, and Dr. Richard Froeb

Theresa and Raymond Funk

Michelle C.+ and Mark Gabriele, '84

William T., '61, Hon. 07, and Nancy Gacioch

Andrew J., '74, and Mary Galloway

Randall Gamby

Dr. John J. Garrett, '44

Eugene L., '54, and Frances Gazza

Joseph A., '71, and Patricia Genovese

Carol Gibbons

Thomas J. Gibbons, '72, and Linda Siple

Kevin R., '75, and Mary Stepien Gilman, '75

F. James, '70, and Judith Ginnane

Matthew L., '79, and Patricia Giuliano

Kenneth R. Glaser, '60

Christopher M., '85, and Michelle Blackley Glynn

James V., '57, Hon. 85, and Mary Gallagher Glynn

Harry Gong+

Karen Lyons, '77, and Stephen Goodman

Elizabeth A. Burke Goolsby, '69

Robert F. Gorman, '43

Hon. Jerome C., '58, and Janet Gorski

Simon+ and Anne Gray

Dr. John D., '69, and Carol Cole Greene, '69

William F., '70, and Dorothy Vogt Griffin, '70

Mary Jane C. Grajewski, '73, and Benton Gross

Dr. Roberta J. Guibord, '87

Samuel M., '70, and Cherie Gullo

William C. Habschied, '11

Hon. Charles J., '58, and Marion Hannigan

Edward L., '70, and Nancy Chatterton Harold, '73

Col. (Ret.) Kevin F., '67, and Julie Atwood Harrington

Col. (Ret.) Roy A., '75, and LTC (Ret) Sheila Howard Harris, '73

James S. Hart, '69

LT George E. Harvey, '68

Hon. James R., '61, and Shirley Harvey

Daniel C., '72, and Catherine Brinda Hauck, '72

Patricia Griffin, '79, and William Hayles

Ted P. Heim Sr., '57

Carol B. Bluey, '78, and Timothy Herder

Kevin M., '81, and Marguerite Dooley Hickey, '81

Francis L. Higman, '54

Sean T., '82, and Karen Higman

Robert and Elizabeth Hoak

John J. Holland Jr., '58*

Mary P. Palmeri Holland, '70

Kathleen B. Boyle, '72, and Andrew Holt

Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, '85, Hon. 07

Raymond W., '64, and Maureen Hopkins

Karen L. Siembida, '84, and David Howard

Antony C., '75, and Lucia Hui

Dr. Kathryn T. Hutchinson and Dr. Michael Majsak

Edward+ and Gayle Hutton

Thomas J. and Anne Castellani Incorvia

Robert P. Ingrasci Jr., '08

Pamela Ryan Jacobs Vogt

Dr. Carlos R., '79, and Diane Morasse Jaen, '80

Donald V., '64, and Doris Jellig

Christian Johnson

Eugene R., '80, and Denise Johnson

Robert E. Jordan, '65

Margaret M. Breier Joynt, '62

Dennis J., '72, and Carolyn Kachovec

Michael J., MS '60, and Aimee Rusinko Kakos

Joseph C., '07, and Sarah Gangarossa Kalil, '08

Col. J. Gregory Jr., '75, and Kendra Kaufmann

James T., '70, and Gerry Keefe

MAJ Mark J., '70, and Joyce Kelly

James L. Kenefick, '51

Wm. Lee Jr., '69, and Susan Kinnally

Joseph P. III, '70, and Susann Kirlin

Lawrence W., '85, and Susan Dolpp Klock, '85

Jeffrey D., '76, and Jane Denz Kney, '76

Mary Ellen Korndoerfer, '73

Richard J., '55, and Irene Kossmann

Martin A., '79, and Sandy Kroll

Elissa La Bagnara, '70

John J. and Patricia LaFalce

Carolyn L. Morris Lambert, '62

Jason Lammers+

Barbara L. Laughlin

Donald and Janice Laurie

Francis P., '55, Hon. 84, and Barbara Layden

Christopher M. and Leslie Zona Leardini, '99

Ronald J. Leone

Elizabeth A. Licata

Col. (Ret.) Martin R. Loftus, '57, and Mary Wallace Neville, '59

Marilyn C. Chrzanowski Lojek, MS '75

Sharon G. Ross, '64, and Richard Low

Michael B. Jr., '85, and Brenda Lynch

Catherine A. Lyons, '75

Bruce K. Mackie, '83

Ellen R. Maher, '72

Rev. James J. Maher+

Barbara A. Butry, '59,+ and Robert Malinowski

Dr. William J. III, '68, and Susan Whitaker Malone, '70

Benjamin C. III, '85, and Kara Mancuso

Rev. Kevin J. Mannara, '85

Sean Manning

Victor P. Jr., '67, and Patricia Davis Manning, '68

Michael F. Manzulli, '62

John E., '69, and Charlotte Markert

Joseph E. Marx, '82

James R. Jr., '81, and Sharon Coffey McConeghy

James D., '56, and Regina McConnell

Brian D., '79, and Kathy McDermott

John B. McDonald, '86

Gregory R., '70, and Allyson Cottier McGinn, '70

Kevin J., '70, and Ellen Buckley McGuinn, '70

Ed J. III, '81, and Amy McKeegan

William D., '66, and Kathy McKnight

John P., '65, and Kathryn McLane

William J., '49, and Bernice McLaughlin

Charles L. III, '70, and Virginia McNally

Donald J., '59* and Sandra McPhee

Gerald C. Mead Jr.

Donald T. Jr., '70, and Mary Lou Meagher

Michael J., '69, and Nancy Mellon

Joseph A. and Mary Mihalich

William and Elizabeth Mihok

Richard G. Miles, '69

Thomas P., '76, and Lisa Mimnaugh

Robert A., '88, and Kristy Minicucci

Vincent A., '70, and Leslie Mirabito

Mary Helen+ and Michael Miskuly

Kathleen Monachino

John R. Monaco, '85

Larry A. and Mary Montani

Patrick A., '68, and Kathleen Barry Monti, '70

Thomas F. and Shirley Fitzpatrick Muraca, '74

Kathleen Cichy, '69, and Brian Mylod, '68

Carole Anne Best, MS '86, and Dr. Alexander Nakeff

Scott R., '02, and Dr. Amy Jakubowski Nash, '00

Dale M. Cavanaugh, '67, and Edward Nelson

Michael F. and Marcy Edmunds Newman

John G. Jr. and Leanne Nichols

Michael J., '88, and Carolyn Marcoux Nicholson, '91

Dennis E. Niland

Thomas M., '72, Hon. 09, and Patricia O'Brien

Doreen O'Connor

Alfonso R., '68, and Marianne Oddo

Thomas J. O'Donnell

Paul E. Jr., '81, and Julianne Grawehr O'Leary, '83

Rev. Vincent J. O'Malley, MA '80

Chester J. Jr., '70, and Karen Opalka

John E., '70, and Elizabeth Opel

Linus L. Ormsby Jr., MS '88

Salvatore A., '61, and Doreen Pace

Timothy J., '85, and Sally Palisano

Albert R. Paonessa III and Joanne Zucco-Paonessa III

LTC E. Gary, '70, and Rita Pasierb

Joel R. Patterson+

Matthew R. and Susan Paulus

Madonna M. Miller Pidgeon, '69

Dominic C., '70, and Sharon Pino

Alan D., '69, and Maryalice Purick Pole, '69

Mary M. Power

Arthur M. Powers, MA '57*

Dr. Gary D. and Carol Praetzel

Peter, '88, and Kate Prager

Lou A. Preziosi, '55*

Walter V., '63, and Judith Chiodo Ptasiuk, '64

Kathryn Rafter, '75, and Francey Beall

Edward J. Reagan, '83, and Karen Welch

Dr. Robert P. Jr., '89, and Christine Reeves

Maureen Mooney, '70, and Russell Reid

Joseph O., '70, and Sharon Reimels

Bryan D., '80, and Karen Richardson

Edward D., '71, and Julie Riedlinger

John A., '86, and Mary Rieger

William E., '55, and Sandy Riker

Darrell M. and Lynda Riley

Theresa Mazzone Roberts, '79

Kim M. Roche, '84

Col. Richard M., '52, and Kathleen Rodney

Jean McLees, '69, and Thomas Rollauer

Dr. Bonnie F. Rose

Christopher D., '82, and Mary Lawley Ross, '82

Thomas R., '70, and Donna Ruane

Richard F. Ruhl, '75

John P., '77, and Barbara Rumschik

George C. Jr., '72, and Joanne Lawless Ruotolo, '72

Deacon Michael C. Rupinen, '88

John M. Ruse, '69

Judith Quigley Ruse, '69

Vincent A., '68, and Joan Manning Russo

Mark J., '72, and Martha McGrann Ryan, '73

Sheri A. Ryan

Benedict A., '60, and Sharon Salamone

Russell J. Salvatore

Rita Granados, '70, and Gary Salvatore, '70

Dr. Michael Salvatori

John R., '75, Hon. 11, and Karen Glasser Sanderson, '75

Nicholas M., '70, and Barbara Wilkosz Santella, '70

Leonard M., '73, and Margaret Santoro

Maureen P. O'Connor, '81, and William Sawchuk

Dr. Frank and Dr. Kimberly Schlehr

Joseph R., '83, and Debora Schum

Anthony J. IV, '00, and Sara Novak Scioli

Patrick J. Sgroi

Rosemary Gibbons, '70, and Dr. Yogesh Shah

Joseph O. Jr., '79, and Mary Kathryn Shanahan

P. Gary Jr., '85, and Diana Shank

Thomas F., '72, and Arlyne Hertz Shannon, '73

William F., '70, and Mary Shannon

William P., '74, and Claudia Zink Shannon, '74

Kathleen H. Hillman Simmons, '82

John V. Jr., '78, and Kristy Simon

Jean M. Reiss, '69, and William Slody

Dr. Frederick P., '69, and Esther Smith

Hon. Martin E., '67, and Mary Kleinhans Smith, '68

Col. Paul F., '57, and Carole Somerville

Hatice Erbas Sorkunlu

Peter J., '68, and Patricia Petrina Spinelli, '69

Jane Squier

Glen and Tricia Stein

James J. Steinway, '58*

Dr. Thomas C., '64, and Sharon Lutz Stevens, '66

Abigail J. Stillman

Wendy L. Stone+

Paul J. and Meg Stoyan

Dr. John B., '59+ and Albertine Maurice Stranges, '80

Alice M. Sulik, '52

Lynn K. Haefner Sullivan, '65

Rocco Sr., '77, and Deborah Rindo Surace, '79

George T., '82, and Cathy Sweeney

Monica E. Cerina, '59, and Dr. John Sweeney

Robert D. Sweeney, '72, Hon. 06, and Elizabeth Powell

Thomas P. Tallman

Ben R., '81, and Kathleen Coman Tarantino, '80

Patricia H. Taylor

Thomas F., '85, and Joanne Taylor

Michael and Nicole Tevlin

Edward F., '75, and Sherry Thaney

Dr. Joan E. Thornton, '80

James A., '68, and Linda Heckel Tiani, '70

Brian F. Toohey, '66, and M. Elizabeth Monihan

Anne P. Towey

Randall P., '81, and Kathleen Renzo Traugott, '81

Robert J., '77, and Judy Travis

Charles Trickett

Rev. Joseph C. Trinka, '56*

Martha E. Morgan, '88, and Anthony Troia

Jim A., '65, and Salli Tuozzolo

Eugene J. Tylenda, '50

Rosalie Fink Tyrrell-Puccio, '68, and Luis Puccio

Christopher A. and Lisa Van De Mark

Dr. John F., '75, and Donna Van Schaick

Roger F. VanDyke, '89, and Jane Kelly

Ann M. Henry Venuto, '64

Dr. Mario J. Violante III

John R., '70, and Christine Vitale

Michael L., '83, and Janice Vitch

Franklin K. Wald, '76

Dr. Francis J. II, '65, and Patricia Waller

Rev. Msgr. James E. Wall, '59

Charles J. Walsh Jr., '66

John F. Walsh, '43*

Kathleen Walsh and Gene Bernstein

LTC (Ret) Richard J. Walsh, '58

Lisa L. Raab and Raymond Wardynski

Edward M., '76, and Kathleen Hooley Warnke, '77

Robert T. Waters, '70

Dr. Sharon Onevelo Watkinson, '66+

Robert G., '71, and Maureen Grant Wellner, '71

Diane M. Murphy, '82, and Ben Wells

Eileen C. Whalen, '77, and Robert Heilig

Dr. Judith A. Skurski Willard, '70

Lisa V. Williams+

BG Robert J. Winzinger Sr., '66

Charles E. Wright Sr., '62

Steven L. Yellen, '70

Michael D., '86, and Dr. Mary Hettler Young, '86

Robert L. Zajac, '80

Matthew J. Zaremba, '20

Dr. John F., '69, and Donna Zdrojewski

Tom W., '86, and Coleen Zeng

Joseph Zielinski

Jeffrey and Robyn Zimmer

Donald F., '60, and Gail Zorn

Todd J., '95, and Mindy Zyra