TEDxBuffalo is put on each year, from start to finish, by an all-volunteer team. Allow us to introduce ourselves: ALEX OPIEL Alex studied biophysics at the University at Buffalo and works as a scientist in the pharmaceutical industry. She enjoys right-brained hobbies – interior design, learning about social issues, making furniture, and giving tours at the Richardson Olmsted Campus. GINNY LEARY Ginny is a proud Rhode Islander who has called Buffalo home since 2013. She has a degree in Drama from Ithaca College, and loves applying her theater expertise to the Tedx event. She is passionate about the environment, as well as a lover of thrift stores, live concerts, Revolution Buffalo, trying new restaurants , riding her bike and TED Talks. Follow Ginny on her Instagram @zerowastebuffalo to learn more about her zero waste lifestyle! NICK GUY Nick writes about technology at The Wirecutter and is vice chair of B Team Buffalo. On Twitter, he’s @thenickguy. ANTHONY SANTAROSA Anthony was on the internet before the first browser was invented. Anyone remember Gopher? How about compiling the early releases of Mosaic on a Sun SPARCstation? Yeah, I was there. Somewhere in my basement there is a functional Mac Plus and a couple of Engineering degrees I picked up along the way. When I am not in front of a computer, I am either watching, playing or coaching hockey. I love all things TED. Keep your stick on the ice and try turning it off and on again before calling IT. MITCH MIRSKY Mitch is Principal and Founder of Black Lab Digital, a marketing consulting firm based in East Aurora, NY. Previously, Mitch held executive positions in Digital Marketing and Social Media for New Era Cap and Fisher-Price. A self admitted nerd, Mitch is a passionate advocate for the use of emerging technology as a way to improve lives. Follow Mitch @mitchmirsky PETER HERR Adam received his Bachelors of Science in Journalism Broadcast from The College at Brockport SUNY. Adam currently owns his own production company as well as working for thegeekiverse.com editing all of their videos. He has been planning and managing events since he was about 10 years old and this is his 5th year working on TEDxBuffalo. CHARLIE WERTZ Charlie is retired from teaching in the Computer Information Systems department at Buffalo State College. Prior to accepting this gig, he was a real person with a couple honest jobs in information technology. He is still trying to figure out what he wants to be when he grows up. GABRIELLA CARDUCCI Gabriella serves as the social media coordinator for La Galleria Event Venue. In her time away from work, she is an active volunteer through the Diocese of Buffalo and Vive La Casa: A Program of Jericho Road and has recently travelled to Thailand to teach English through Tree Top Country Eco Volunteer Foundation. She is thrilled to join the Buffalo TEDx Team in 2017! JON DYMOCK Jon is a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology with a degree in New Media Design. He’s currently an interaction designer in the Buffalo area; filling sketchbooks and designing digital interfaces for all sorts of devices. In his spare time he enjoys hiking, kayaking and playing with his dog, Sammy. He’s excited to be a member of the TEDx Buffalo team in 2017! KARRIE JONES As a longtime fan of TEDx, Karrie is happy to help bring the event to the Buffalo stage in 2017. Karrie is currently the K-12 Instructional Coach at Tapestry Charter School in Buffalo, NY. She holds her PhD from the University at Buffalo, Masters of Science degrees in Special Education, Educational Leadership and MBA from Niagara University. She is excited to have joined the TEDxBuffalo team this year. JENNIFER JONES Jennifer is proud to continue to tradition of bring TEDx event to the Buffalo stage. She currently serves at Committee on Special Education Chairperson in Buffalo Public Schools in Buffalo and has a deep interest in urban education and all things TEDxBuffalo. She earned her PhD from University at Buffalo in 2014 in Mathematics Education and holds an MS in Special Education, MS in School Leadership and an MBA in General Business. KEVIN PURDY Kevin Purdy is the founding organizer of TEDxBuffalo. He is a writer for The Wirecutter, a New York Times web publication, and a cofounder of CoworkBuffalo, a coworking space in downtown Buffalo. He enjoys fussy coffee, neurotic baking, and never leaving well enough alone. LAUREN MCGOWAN Lauren is a lifelong learner and longtime TED and TEDx lover. She has a bachelor’s in music education from SUNY Fredonia and a master’s in higher education administration from Buffalo State. By day she coordinates admissions for the School of Social Work at UB. In her spare time, she can be seen singing, dancing, and pretending to be other people on various stages across town. KEITH KRUMMEL Keith has been at this a while. His interests include life, the universe, and everything. Keith asks a lot of questions. Sometimes he even remembers the answers! JAMIE BOYD Jamie is delighted and honored to be in her second year as a member of the TEDxBuffalo team. She is a graduate of SUNY Fredonia with bachelor’s degrees in music (voice) and psychology. She is an active singer in the Buffalo area and has worked in a variety of different industries. Because of this, she continues her lifelong fascination with the psychology of human performance. She is a huge advocate of TED because she strongly believes that by learning together, collaborating and celebrating our our diversity, we can build stronger communities and a better world. Her cat, Lucy also thinks Jamie is the best cat-mom ever! PETER HERR Pete Herr — Teacher? Yes. Buffalo booster? Of course. Bills football addict? Yep. Sabres fan? Uh-huh. Chicken wing lover? Indeed. One who appreciates smart stuff? Oh yeah. What’s left? Production guy for TEDxBuffalo. Follow Pete on Twitter @peteherr. KRISTIN QUATTLEBAUM Kristin is a graduate from UB with a degree in Communication. A Florida native, Kristin considers herself a multipotentialite, lifelong learner, and a lover of tea, jukeboxes and animals. In her spare time, she enjoys local festivals, outdoor activities, Pilates, HIIT training, and any place serving heaven on a fork and sin in a glass. EMILY RYAN Emily is a proud Buffalonian excited to join the TEDx team this year. She has a dual degree in Community Mental Health and Nursing from the University at Buffalo. She has a lot of energy for community events, teaching fitness classes at Revolution Buffalo, and coaching soccer with Westside International. When not busy pursuing these hobbies she can be found eating donuts, sampling new IPA’s at local breweries, or making her own soap! MARILYN MOSER Marilyn is full of Buffalove no matter how far she may live from the city itself. Her background in Communications from The College at Brockport, has helped her be engaged in all types of new experiences. She has been working with events for 7 years ranging from small personal events to large festivals and career fairs. This is her first TEDx Buffalo, but she is very excited to be part of a great team and another new experience.