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Leadership begins with a vision.


From the earliest days of our organization, our services have been created to fulfill the vision of the communities that we serve, a tradition that carries on today through the guidance and oversight given by our Board of Trustees.

Supported by our professional staff, including James W. Coder, CEO and Carolyne DeFranco, President, the Board brings a wealth of experience, expertise and the varied perspectives of their lived lives.  

Dedicated, knowledgeable board members with a diverse range of skills and cultural experience are vital to fulfilling our mission of leading social change through advocacy, collaboration and service to children and families. And now more than ever, we need people at the highest level of agency leadership who can help prioritize, support, and invest in diversity, inclusion, equity and justice.

New View Alliance and its partnership agencies are committed to championing the principles of antiracism, justice, and equity. We welcome Board Members from diverse cultures and backgrounds, for all positions, who will uphold our values and contribute to our mission. Our goal to have a Board that is reflective of the communities we serve.

Whether it is sharing in efforts to help a child remain at home with their family, placing a child in a loving and stable home, or allowing youth to focus on healing in a residential setting, the rewards are genuine and meaningful.


*James Coder

CEO New View Alliance | CEO, New Directions Youth and Family Services 

*Carolyne DeFranco

President, New View Alliance | President & CEO, Gateway Longview 

Patricia O'Connor

Chief Financial Officer - Finance​


Daniel LoCicero
Vice President - Human Resources

Larry W. Perry

CISO/VP - Information Technology

Sara Oche
Vice President - Corporate Integrity, Privacy Officer

Karl Wiggins

Vice President - JEDI Strategy and Innovation

Board of Directors

*James Coder

CEO New View Alliance | CEO, New Directions Youth and Family Services 

Michael Ervin, Vice Chair

Director, Freed Maxick CPAs, P.C.

Peter Casilio​

PAT Construction Management Corp.

Roy Cunningham


Karen Lazik

Associate Vice President, Human Services
People Inc.

*Carolyne DeFranco

President, New View Alliance | President & CEO, Gateway Longview 

John A. Camardo, III, Secretary

Executive Pastor, The Chapel at CrossPoint

Tracy Meyer

Retired, Community Volunteer

Liz Kahn

Vice President, Marketing & Communications
People Inc.

Anthony Montagna, Chair

Vice President, Network Contract Mgmt.
Independent Health

Edward Arcara, Treasurer


Kevin Clark

Retired, Former Teacher at Lockport City Schools

Nancy Kasprzak-Whitmore

Retired, Former Credit Union President/CEO
Niagara County Federal Credit Union

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Board Recruitment

In addition to providing effective, meaningful guidance on the operation of a large organization, a vital part of the board’s mission is to lead social change through advocacy and collaboration, and to share power and decision making with the communities that we serve.

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