Before being placed at the helm of the CAI, my love for community development on the east side led me to college at Buffalo State University, where I pursued a degree in business education. My parents owned a community deli, which I worked in since I was 10 yrs old. I was very aware of the concerns in my community because I saw and dealt with many community concerns affecting different families for years. After which I worked various jobs, welding at Fedco Automotive for about 11 years, Nichter Construction as a laborer, I learned to finish concrete, drywall, frame work, etc. After being hurt on the job, I retired.
Never being able to sit still, I joined the board at Citizens Alliance Inc. as a board member some 20 years ago. Eventually, I resigned as a board member and became the Executive Director of the organization. I was called to continue the advocacy work of the CAI.
Today, I can say with certainty that the eastside is at the precipice of real and lasting change. CAI is committed to improving our neighborhoods one house at a time and one business at a time until we achieve our goal of providing affordable housing for low to moderate income families and fostering generational wealth for the people on the eastside of Buffalo.