martinoIn 2015, Oishei Board and staff said a very fond farewell to dedicated trustee Mary S. Martino. Mary was the Foundation’s first female Board Member and one of the longest serving, having dedicated 15 years of her life to the Foundation. She was instrumental in creating the Foundation’s first and subsequent strategic plans; always promoted and participated in site visits; and was an exceptional ambassador, representing Oishei at an endless number of community functions. When asked to participate in an activity, she never said no. She even accepted the position of Chair of the audit committee!

Mary traversed traditional and modern roles for women. She graduated from Michigan State University with a teaching degree in Home Economics, earned an MBA from Canisius, and also happens to be a first-class seamstress.

Her long history of community service roles included: executive director for development for the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo; director of advancement planning at Canisius College; executive director of the Arts Council in Buffalo and Erie County; chair of the Automobile Club of Western and Central New York; commissioner of the NFTA; and board member of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, WNY Public Broadcasting Association, Roswell Park Alliance and others.

Thank you, Mary, for sharing your expertise, energy and passion with us and the Western New York community.