Candidates Needed for the Healthy Buffalo Board of Directors!

(9/14/17) UPDATE:  Your new Healthy Buffalo directors are Mark Gross, Marcus Hervey, and Tony Pulvirenti.  Thanks to all six very qualified candidates for running.  We look forward to your involvement in the organization well into the future!

(9/13/17) UPDATE: Elections for the Healthy Buffalo Board of Directors will be this Wednesday at 8:30 pm.  Members must vote on three of the following six candidates to be selected for the board of directors:

Mark Gross: I have been involved with Healthy Buffalo since 2014 as a player in the Men’s Basketball league (winning 2 championships; 1 in the champions league and 1 in the NBCC A league) and have also attended the famous “Night at the Q” which was an amazing event. Outside of Healthy Buffalo, I graduated from Buffalo State College in 2013 with a Bachelors Degree in Social Work and Minor in Athletic Coaching, and from Canisius College in 2015 where I received a Masters Degree in School Counseling. I have been working in the Buffalo Public School District for 2 years as a guidance counselor, and as an assistant men’s coach for the Buffalo State Men’s Basketball team for the past 4 seasons.

Marcus Hervey: I like how Healthy Buffalo reaches out into the community. Giving back to the community and involvement is vital to its growth and strength. I feel as if my love for sports and the community paired with my professional background would make me a great asset to the board.

-Involved with Healthy Buffalo since 2009
-Played High School and Collegiate Basketball (Hilbert College)
-Currently employed by NYS Office of Mental Health (10 years)
-Currently serving in the US Air Force
-Combat Veteran (12 years)
-Medaille College Bachelors 2012 (History Edu)
-Community College of Air Force Associates (Knowledge Operations)
-Volunteer Work: PUSH Buffalo, Refugee Teen Empowerment

Tony Pulvirenti: I feel I can bring some added knowledge and creativity to Healthy Buffalo from my basketball and management experience. I have an extension network which could provide Healthy Buffalo opportunities to expand programming and create more events for all ages. I am hardworking and driven by nature and I’m always looking to improve myself, both as a man and as a Coach/Administrator. I hope to have your vote to join the prestigious Board of Directors with Healthy Buffalo!

– President/CEO, Empire Electric
– Boys’ Varsity Basketball Head Coach, Cardinal O’Hara High School
– New York State and USA Basketball Youth Development Coaching Certifications
– Director/Coach, Empire Basketball Club – Organize and manage youth & Adult leagues & tournaments since 2007
– First Aid, CPR/AED Certified
– Concussion Management Certification
– Basketball Coaches Association of New York Member
– Hoop Group Junior Elite & Top 100 Coach/Instructor
– Participant Healthy Buffalo Champions League, 30 & Over

Zachary Schenk:  I graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2015 with a BS in exercise science. During my time there, I was the Athletic Director for my fraternity. I also help fun a popular fundraiser involving most of the student organizations. We raised nearly $20,000 in just a few months for a student who suffered a spinal cord injury.

-University of Pittsburgh, Health and Physical Activity Dept., Bachelors of Science
-Daemen College, Doctor of Physical Therapy
-Strength and Conditioning Coach Canisius High School
Customer Sales Representative Southtowns Fitness Center Hamburg, NY
-Absolute Fitness and Wellness Personal Training Orchard Park, NY East Aurora, NY

Shannon Johnson:  I have been interested in joining an organization that coincides with my interests and passion and I feel that this would be an ideal fit. I am confident I can provide innovative ideas and insight to help impact the community in a positive nature. I would be willing to assist in volunteer activities throughout the year and I am sure I can attract a few sponsors with the colleagues and clients I interact with daily. From a far, I have watched how efficient and beneficial Healthy Buffalo has performed in the community and would love to be a part of such an endeavor.

-M&T Bank Compliance Specialist
-MEDAILLE COLLEGE, Master of Business Administration, Dec 2011
-MEDAILLE COLLEGE, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, December 2009
-Volunteer Grant Application Reviewer and Member of the Main Street Grant Design
-Advisory Committee for the Parkside Community Association
-Active Member of Erie Community College and Medaille College Alumni Associations

Charles Bascom:  I would like to express my interest in becoming a Board Member with Healthy Buffalo where I can use my skills and dedication to help your organization reach it objectives.  I recently moved back home to Buffalo after completing my Master’s degree at Coastal Carolina University.  Being a division I track and field athlete for the last 5 years one could imagine that exercise and personal health are an important aspect of my life.   During my M.B.A. program I sat and consulted for three different non-profit organizations to help them better meet their objectives within the community.  I have administrative, analytical, financial, marketing, fundraising, and excellent leadership skills that I would like to put to use for Healthy Buffalo.  I can help create and implement new projects and events that will help Healthy Buffalo continue to reach its mission and vision for the community.  Concurrently, I can help design and implement new marketing campaigns to help generate new donors and attract new sponsors.

– Coastal Carolina University, Master of Business Administration, (M.B.A.), GPA: 3.70
– Coastal Carolina University, B.S.B.A in Finance, GPA: 3.57
– Captain, CCU Division 1 Track & Field Team and Cross Country (2015-2017 seasons)
– Student Athlete Advisory Committee Representative
– Volunteer Youth Coach for the Myrtle Beach Track & Field Club (2016)
– Beta Gamma Sigma International Business Honor Society
– Volunteered as a Math and Reading Tutor at Pee Dee Elementary School
– Volunteer Assistant for University at Buffalo Track and Field Camps (2012-2013)


Join the Healthy Buffalo Board of Directors and do your part in helping us create a healthier and more vibrant community!

Healthy Buffalo is in need of a qualified candidate to join our board of directors.  We have so many great people involved with the organization, but we need some more people to get a little more involved.  If you would be interested in joining our team please forward your resume to along with a brief description of how you could contribute to Healthy Buffalo.  As a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization Healthy Buffalo is run by a volunteer board of directors.  As a director you are responsible for providing the organization with strategic guidance, helping roll out new programs, attracting sponsors and donations, and volunteering for community events.  Specifically we look for each director to do the following:

  • Attend regularly scheduled board meetings where you are able to provide valued strategic guidance.
  • Volunteer for periodic events throughout the year.
  • Attract at least one sponsor to Healthy Buffalo.
  • Run at least one event or function throughout the year.

Healthy Buffalo directors get early access to events and activities, first dibs on new HB gear, and are able to add an impressive resume-builder by being a part of the management team behind one of the community’s fastest growing non-profits.  For additional questions or inquiries please contact Chas at or Anthony at

Things to know before joining a board of directors:

Joining a board of directors is a very fulfilling experience, but does come with a legal and fiduciary responsibility to the organization among other things.  As a director you may be responsible to sign legal documents and have your name on certain financial disclosures and filings.  Before committing please make sure you are aware of your responsibilities.  Here are a few articles to check out for more information on joining a non-profit board of directors:


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