2017 Annual Meeting – January 31st

It is time to celebrate another year of exciting victories and developments at Clean Air.  Together, we have accomplished major steps towards a more health and equitable Western New York. Without the investment and work by members, and the belief in the power and possibility of organizing our communities – none of our work in 2016 could have been possible.

We invite you to join us at our Annual Meeting to celebrate these successes and prepare for another year of smart, grassroots organizing. Our membership from across the region will come together to learn from each other, and share successes and challenges over the past year.

Our 2017 member meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 31 from 5:30pm – 7:00pm at the United Way of Erie County at 742 Delaware in Buffalo.  Refreshments will be served.

Our annual meeting is open to all, however only dues paying members are eligible to vote on this year’s 2017 board of directors. If you are a member and have not yet received your ballot in the mail, please contact Rebecca at 716-852-3813 to check on the status of your membership.

All board members serve 3 year terms. Board members fulfill the following responsibilities:

  • To provide guidance and assistance in implementing the strategic goals and objectives of the organization
  • To evaluate the Executive Director
  • To participate actively on at least one board committee; events, personnel, finance or sustainability
  • To fundraise
  • To attend organizational events and membership meetings as able

Our 2017 Board of Director’s slate is as follows:

Sydney Brown is a humble servant of The Most High God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. She is community driven concentrating her efforts on addressing the economic, social and environmental injustices facing the Western New York area with a special emphasis on the East Side of Buffalo. A board member of the Black Chamber of Commerce of Western New York, Sydney is a team player dedicated to improving the economic well fare of her community with a focus on Black enterprises. She is a devoted board member of the Restore Our Community Coalition (ROCC) advocating for the restoration of the Humboldt Parkway. Sydney is also a loyal member of Clean Air: Organizing for Health and Justice. She enthusiastically aided in bringing Participatory Budgeting (PB) to Buffalo for the first time and with implementing the PB process.

Yvonne T. Stephens is an occupational health social worker and Outreach Coordinator for The Center for Occupational & Environmental Medicine at ECMC. A 2009 graduate of the University at Buffalo’s School of Social Work, Yvonne has used her degree to further her interests in community organizing, organizational development, and community birth work. Yvonne is also a therapist and facilitator for the Perinatal Mental Health Program at the Birthing Center of Buffalo. While earning her MBA in 2016 from Medaille, Yvonne began a community organizing coalition called “The 716 Coalition”, which focuses on engaging the community to take action against police brutality and racial disparity in Buffalo. In her free time, Yvonne enjoys spending time with her partner and her two year old son, EJ.

Jennifer Wrobel grew up in Niagara Falls, NY. She graduated from SUNY Geneseo with degrees in Organization & Interpersonal Communication and English Literature, then went on to receive her MBA from Niagara University. Jennifer currently works as a benefits analyst for Synacor, Inc., a publicly-traded technology company. Jennifer also loves to teach dance and spend time with her nephew.


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