Millennium Chief Clinical Integration Officer Michele Mercer, RN MSHA, was honored as one of Western New York’s outstanding “Women of Influence” in the category “Nonprofit Leadership.” Recognized by Buffalo Business First, along with presenting sponsors Lake Shore Savings Bank and Catholic Health, Michele joins a group of 26 honorees selected from 138 nominations. The 2018 “Women of Influence” were formally recognized Tues., Sept 18, 2018 at a luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo. (Please see the complete Business First “Women of Influence” announcement as follows:

Women of Influence Awards

Clasp hands with this year’s honorees – women from a multitude of arenas with their fingers on the pulse of success. Business First will present awards to area women who have made contributions to the community in 9 categories.

The 2018 winners are listed below in the following categories:

Behind the Scenes recognizes women who, though they may not have the big title or corner office, are a driving force behind the success of their employer.

Community Supporter recognizes women who go beyond the call to devote time, energy and resources to support their community.

Corporate Executive recognizes female executives who have made their mark in a large corporate environment.

Creativity recognizes women who solve problems in the office and enrich the lives and careers of others by sharing the benefits of experience and knowledge.

Entrepreneur honors women who are the chief executive, president or founder of a company or business venture that they helped start, build or significantly grow.

Family Business recognizes woman who are helping to create a legacy at their family-owned business or company.

Inspiration honors women leaders who, through their words, actions and attitude, inspire those who work with and around them.

Nonprofit Leadership honors women who display high energy and skill in a leadership role at a nonprofit institution or organization.

Public Policy recognizes female leaders who have made or are making a difference in government policies or laws that impact business and industry.

Lifetime Achievement Winner
Irene Snow, Buffalo Medical Group

Behind the Scenes
Melody Jason | Erie 1 BOCES
Tanya Moore | Charter School for Applied Technologies
Lisa Strock | The Martin Group
Laura Verbanic | Kenmore Mercy Hospital

Community Supporter
Curlane Jones-Brown | The SENSES Foundation
Lynn Wall | Special Spaces Buffalo

Corporate Executive
Jennifer Beckage | Phillips Lytle LLP
Jill Bond | Rich Products Corp.
Lisa Wardynski | Independent Health

Cyndi Burnett | SUNY Buffalo State

Mary Collins-Sanborn | Collins Advisors LLC
Jeanne Hellert | JEH Consulting
Rachel Jackson | Rachels Remedies LLC
Kathryn ODonnell | Botanicus Interior Landscaping

Family Business
Marjorie Bryen | Hard Manufacturing Co.
Lynn Kinsella | Aurora Theater and Popcorn Shop

Molly Anderson | UB Center for Leadership
Dawn Clabeaux | McAuley Residence, Catholic Health
Elizabeth Woike-Ganga | BestSelf Behavioral Health

Family, friends and  colleagues were on hand to recognize Millennium’s Michele Mercer as a member of the 2018 class of “Women of Influence.”

Nonprofit Leadership

Melinda Buckley | Our Lady of Victory Homes of Charity
Rema Hanash | United Way of Buffalo & Erie County
Denise Jones | The Resource Center
Michele Mercer | Millennium Collaborative Care
Karen Nicolson | Center for Elder Law & Justice

Public Policy
Anne McCaffrey | City of Lockport



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