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Commission Board Members

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George Scott

Chair

Former President of the Historic Colored Musician's Club, George brings enthusiastic leadership to the Commission. He is also the Anchor Representative of the Historic Colored Musician's Club. When  he isn't at the MSAAHCC, he is leading the George Scott Big Band.

 

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Lillie Wiley-Upshaw

Vice Chair

The proud mom to three teenagers, Lillie is the current Chair  and Anchor Representative of the Buffalo Niagara Freedom Station Coalition, the owners of the 175 year old Michigan Street Baptist Church. Under Lillie's leadership, the Church has has been listed on the Network to Freedom and received substantial funding to undergo much need restoration work. 

Before becoming involved in nonprofits, Lillie served  as the Vice Dean for Admissions at UB’s Law School for over 16 years and as the Vice Dean for Student Services. 

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Sharon Holley

Executive Committee Member

Sharon is the current Anchor Representative and President of the Michigan Street Preservation Corp which owns the Nash House Museum. She is responsible for interpreting and preserving the historical integrity of this Historic Landmark for the public, community and visitors. 

 

Sharon is a storyteller and retired Librarian who hails from High Springs, FL.  For 34 years she was employed by the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library. With her husband, Kenneth they own Zawadi Books at 1382 Jefferson Ave. They are parents of three daughters and six grandchildren.

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George Alexander

Treasurer 

George is the Commission's Treasurer. 

 

George is an Assistant Professor for Erie County Community College's Criminal Justice Program and is highly competent in all aspects of the criminal justice system. Experience includes knowledge in both probation and parole principles and practices, community and institutional corrections, reentry and rehabilitation of offenders, court policies and practices and the judicial decision making process. Well versed in adult and juvenile corrections and related issues.

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Sheila Brown

Executive Committee Member

Sheila Brown is the CEO of Vision Multi-Media and owner of WUFO 1080 AM radio.  She started as an entry-level saleswoman at WUFO in 1986, moving to sales manager and then to owner of Buffalo’s oldest black-owned radio station, becoming the first African-American female radio owner in Buffalo, NY. 

Sheila started the WUFO Black Radio History Collective in 2018 and serves as the Anchor Representative for that organization. 

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Dr. Lillian S. Williams

Education Committee Chair

Lillian S. Williams, PhD, is Associate Professor and former chair of the Department of African American Studies. Dr. Williams received the doctorate degree from the University at Buffalo. A specialist in United States social and urban history, Dr.  Williams’ research is in the areas of institutions, ethnicity, biography and women’s history. Her research includes the YMCA and the National Urban League; and Mary Burnett Talbert, an early twentieth-century reformer.

She is the author of Strangers in the Land of Paradise:  The Creation of an African American Community, Buffalo, New York, 1900-1940.

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Dr. Cynthia Conides

Governance Committee Chair

Cynthia A. Conides is Associate Professor of History and Director of Museum Studies at SUNY Buffalo State College. She received her Ph.D. from Columbia University in 2001., with specializations in the indigenous cultures of North, Central and South America, and sub-Saharan Africa.  From 2006 2010,


Dr. Conides served as executive director for the Buffalo History Museum through a partnership with the college. Her expertise in museum administration, curation, education, visitor experience and cultural tourism serves numerous local, national, and international cultural institutions.   

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Dorothy Hill

Board Member

Dorothy Hill is a long time board member of the Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor Commission. 

Ms. Hill was the long-time leader of the Langston Hughes Institute in Buffalo, and organization that  revolutionized access to the arts as a tool to improve social conditions.

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Anthony Johnson

Board Member

Anthony Johnson is an experienced executive with a strong track record of leadership across the healthcare sector. Anthony is the CEO Kodikaz Therapeutic Solutions, Inc., a gene therapy firm.  He is the former President/CEO of Empire Genomics, a pre-eminent oncology genomic molecular diagnostic company. Having lived and worked in Europe, South America and the USA Mr. Johnson brings an international perspective and diversity of domestic and international experiences to his work.

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Judge James McLeod

Board Member

Judge McLeod, the great nephew of educator Mary McLeod Bethune,  began his legal career by becoming the second African American attorney in Buffalo history to be hired as an associate attorney with a major law firm. Having worked as a defense attorney involved in major cases, he was selected by Supreme Court Justice Samuel L. Green to become the first African American -outside of New York City -to serve as a Confidential Law Clerk.

Staff

 
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Executive Director

Terry Alford, MOAL

Terry is the Executive Director of the Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor Commission. Under Alford’s leadership, the Commission has seen immeasurable growth. With his guidance, the Corridor has launched the process to formulate a Strategic Action Plan, developed new partnerships with community stakeholders, increased awareness on Corridor issues, and united the anchors in ways that have never been accomplished. 


Prior to his current role, Alford worked at Comprehensive Cancer Center’s  Office of Cancer Health Disparities Research as its Community Relations Coordinator. He is also active in several community groups including MANUP, Friends of the Columbia, and Preservation Buffalo Niagara. Alford has a Bachelors in Sociology from SUNY Buffalo State College and a MAOL from Medaille College. 

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Project Manager

Audrey Clark, MA

Audrey is the Project Manager for the Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor Commission. She manages and implements programs and events put on by the Commission in partnership with the Anchors. 

In addition to working at the Commission, she works for Gardens Buffalo Niagara where she loves to see beauty flourishing across the City. Prior to joining the Commission she worked for Niagara County Community College as their Art Gallery Coordinator. She holds a Master's degree in Museum Studies from Buffalo State College. 

In Memory 

 
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George Arthur

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