Assistant professor of oganizations and human resources in the School of Management at University at Buffalo
James Lemoine is an assistant professor of organizations and human resources in the School of Management at University at Buffalo, and a researcher and facilitator with the school’s Center for Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness. His research focuses on the intersections of organizational leadership and morality, and he has written for such outlets as the Harvard Business Review, the Journal of Applied Psychology and the Annals of the Academy of Management. His research has also been covered by most major business publications, including Forbes, Fast Company, Inc., Entrepreneur, and many others. He has earned several awards for his leadership research from the Academy of Management, the International Leadership Association, and the Southern Management Association. Beyond his research and teaching, he serves as a trustee of the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership, a regular volunteer at Buffalo’s Friends of Night People and a frequent player of pinball.
Owner & President of APA solutions
As one of the few brain-based certified Talent Coaches in the country, Joan has made it her mission to use her knowledge to prepare students for the demands of the next-generation workforce. Her years researching the disease of “IDK” (“I don’t know what I want to be”) has transpired into a model that all students should live by. She uses hard data and science to debunk employment norms by leveraging three-plus decades of analyzing data in the recruiting space, along with years spent in the on-demand learning experience platform arena. Joan defies traditional beliefs as it relates to the mindset of the workforce. Her passion is to coach students to work within the confines of the human brain’s natural abilities, rather than against them.
Clinical Associate Professor of Theatre & Dance at the University at Buffalo
Kerry Ring, Clinical Associate Professor at the University at Buffalo Theatre & Dance Department, earned her BFA in dance from the University of New Mexico and her MFA in choreography from Mills College in Oakland, California. She is “core ballet faculty” for Dance Master’s of America, certified in Hatha Yoga through the Temple of Kriya Yoga, and is Artistic Director of University at Buffalo’s pre-professional Zodiaque Dance Company.
Professor of Surgery and Program Director of Vascular Surgery Residency & Fellowship at the University at Buffalo
Dr. Linda Harris, MD, FACS is Professor of Surgery and previously Chief, Division Vascular Surgery for more than a decade at University at Buffalo, State University of New York. She is the program director for both the 5 + 2 traditional fellowships, as well as the 0 + 5 vascular residency for over 20 years. She completed her training at the University at Buffalo, State of New York in Vascular Surgery in 1995. Dr. Harris is nationally known for her work in the field of education, having served on the ACGME surgery review committee, the Vascular Surgery Milestone Project and as the President for the Association of Program Directors in Vascular Surgery. She has been a leader in the Eastern Vascular Society and the Society for Vascular Surgery as well.
Associate Professor Department of Theatre and Dance at the University at Buffalo
Melanie Aceto is a dancer, choreographer, educator, and researcher whose creative interests are in interdisciplinary solo and large group works. Melanie’s choreography has been performed internationally and nationally at notable venues including Jacob’s Pillow, in NYC at The Kitchen, the Studio Museum/Harlem, Ailey Citigroup Theater, The Duplex Cabaret, and in Buffalo, NY at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and the Burchfield Penney. Melanie created Choreographic Lineage, a web-based resource presenting the lineage of dance artists: www.choreographiclineage.buffalo.edu. Melanie earned her MFA in dance from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and is an Associate Professor at the University at Buffalo.
VP and CMIO of Kaleida Health and Professor of Pediatrics at the University at Buffalo
Dr. Winkelstein’s first Master’s degree was in Astronomy, after which he applied his computer and analytic skills to the financial industry as a “quant,” programming computer models to trade commodities. Finding this life less than fulfilling, he turned to medicine in order to get away from computers. It didn’t work. He now has over 20 years of experience in medical Informatics in a variety of settings. He currently serves as VP and CMIO of Kaleida Health, the largest healthcare provider in Western New York is immediate past president of the Kaleida Health Medical/Dental Staff and is a Professor of Pediatrics at the University at Buffalo.