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President's Council

Joggeshwar (Jogy) Das
Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness and Planning

As Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness and Planning, Joggeshwar (Jogy) Das provides leadership for assessment, planning, resources, and accreditation.

Prior to joining D’Youville, Das served as Associate Dean in the School of Education for the State University of New York at Oswego, helping the school achieve national recognition for teacher preparation programs improving upon college professional associations and national accreditation.

Prior to SUNY Oswego, Das spent 25 years at Ohio State University, serving in multiple positions including Assistant Director of Undergraduate Programs at the Fisher College of Business School, Director of Undergraduate and Graduate services, and Manager for Quality Data Reporting for the College of Education.

Das holds an ABD from Ohio State in Anthropology and has two master’s degrees, an MA in Anthropology from Ohio State University and an MSc from the University of Delhi along with a BSc in Anthropology from the University of Delhi.

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Jeremiah Grabowski
Dean of Online Learning

Jeremiah Grabowski joined D’Youville as the Dean of Online Learning in September 2017. At D'Youville, his primary responsibility is to expand the institution’s academic mission through online learning.

Prior to joining D’Youville, he held related online learning positions at the University at Buffalo and Trocaire College. His background is in instructional design, online education, educational technology, and faculty development.

In addition to his duties at D'Youville, he is an adjunct faculty member at the UB Graduate School of Education teaching courses in online pedagogy and instructional design. Jeremiah holds a PhD in Curriculum, Instruction, and the Science of Learning from the University at Buffalo. His research interests include examining how faculty can integrate gamification, which is the use of game design elements in non-game settings, into the design of online courses.

Jeremiah Grabowski

Benjamin Grant (BG)
Chief Student Affairs Officer

Benjamin Grant, best known as BG, is an innovative Student Affairs thought-leader, currently based in Buffalo, New York, with over seventeen years of experience across the spectrum of higher education.  Specializing in engaging, supporting, and challenging students and the implementation of “what if we…” ideas, BG has successfully implemented intentional culture shifts at three different institutions of higher education.

Having obtained his undergraduate degrees in Culinary Arts and Service Management from Paul Smith’s College and his master’s degree in College Student Personnel Administration from the State University of New York College at Buffalo, BG is currently working toward becoming a Doctor of Educational Leadership at D’Youville.

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Ona Halladay
Director of Athletics

Ona Halladay took over the role of Director of Intercollegiate Athletics in the fall of 2019, after previously serving as Associate Director of Athletics and Assistant Director of Athletics in her tenure at D'Youville. During her short time at the head of the department, Halladay has been instrumental in the 2020 rebranding of D'Youville Athletics from the Spartans to the Saints, as well as the athletic department's move from NCAA Division III to Division II and admittance into the East Coast Conference.

Halladay joined the D’Youville staff in August 2013, spending seven seasons as D’Youville's head softball coach in addition to roles such as senior woman administrator and compliance director.

Throughout her time at D'Youville, Halladay has assisted with the budget and finances for the department, has handled NCAA rules enforcement, and has worked with all coaches and department members in various ways.

Entering into the coaching ranks in 2010, Halladay joined the staff at St. Bonaventure where she was an assistant coach under long-time SBU head coach Mike Threehouse. Under Halladay’s direction, players were named to the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team and the Atlantic 10 All-Conference Team, and the team's home run total was ranked 17th in the country during the 2011 season. 

A 2010 graduate of SUNY Brockport with a bachelor of science in psychology, Halladay was a two-time All-SUNYAC softball selection as a member of the Golden Eagles. The native of Palmyra, New York began her collegiate career playing at St. John’s University for two seasons where she was a two-year letterwinner.

Halladay graduated from Canisius College in 2018 with her master's in sport administration.

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Nathan Marton
Vice President For Operations

As Vice President for Operations, Nathan Marton provides leadership and oversight in the areas of facilities management and capital planning, information technology, and campus safety.

Marton began his career as a structural engineer working for Cannon Design, an international multi-disciplinary building design and construction management firm. At Cannon, he transitioned to working on strategic marketing, business development, and project management for the company. After leaving Cannon, he served over eight years as the Director of Operations at Medaille College overseeing key operational aspects of the college, similar to his work here at D’Youville.

Marton holds a bachelor’s in Architectural Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University and a master’s in Business Administration from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

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Ralph O. Mueller
Executive Vice President for Strategic Initiatives

Ralph Mueller is executive vice president for strategic initiatives and coordinates the planning and implementation of D’Youville’s mid- and long-range priorities across the President’s Council, Board of Trustees, faculty, and staff.

Dr. Mueller’s prior administrative positions in higher education included vice chancellor for academic affairs and provost at Purdue University Northwest (PNW) and dean of the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions at the University of Hartford. At PNW, he oversaw six colleges offering more than 70 undergraduate and graduate programs, started a Center for Faculty Development and Leadership, and developed the cross-disciplinary Center for Crime, Forensics, and Security Analysis. During his tenure at Hartford, he founded the Institute for Translational Research, developed anchor partnerships with the Hartford Public Schools and Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, and constituted the college’s first external advisory board.

Before pursing senior administrative roles, Mueller served as professor and chair of the Department of Educational Leadership at the George Washington University. He became a noted quantitative research methodologist and a frequently cited contributor to the applied statistics literature. In 2021, Professor Mueller and his colleagues were honored by the American Educational Research Association with the Award for Significant Contribution to Educational Measurement and Research Methodology. He earned baccalaureate and master’s degrees in mathematics from Elon University and Wake Forest University, and a PhD in educational research and evaluation from Virginia Tech. A native of Germany, he is a former Rotary Scholar and recipient of the 2017 Elon University Distinguished Alumni Award.

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Natalia F. Blank

Vice President for Academic affairs

As Vice President for Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer, Natalia Blank provides strategic leadership and administrative oversight in key academic areas, including educational operations, program development, resource allocations, as well as academic and faculty policies.

Blank received her B.Sc. in Chemistry from Nizhegorod State University (RUS) and Ph.D. from Dartmouth College (NH). Prior to joining D’Youville in July 2021, Blank served at Norwich University (VT) as a faculty member and in several administrative roles, including Associate Provost for Academic Affairs and Assessment.

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Board of Trustees (Officers)


Jamel C. Perkins

Joseph J. Cozzo
President/CEO and Chairman of Buffalo Speech & Hearing Center
Vice Chair

Dolores Prezyna EdD, '70, '14
Clinical Supervisor at SUNY Fredonia

Charles (CJ) Urlaub
President/ CEO, Mercy Hospital  

Dr. Lorrie Clemo
President, D'Youville College

Board of Trustees (Members)


John Amershadian (2012)
President & CEO, Hodgson Russ LLP

Robert Bennett (2016)
Chancellor Emeritus, NYSED

Joseph J. Cozzo (2017)
President/CEO and Chairman of Buffalo Speech & Hearing Center
Vice Chair

Gretchen Fierle (2015)

Vincent O. Hanley (2019)
Bond Schoeneck & King

Mary Hoffman (2015)
Director of Operations, Elderwood

Timothy Kane (2013)
Merrill Lynch/Kane, Fasanello Group

Sister Julia Lanigan (2018)
Grey Nun of Sacred Heart

Sister Mary McCarrick (2015)
Diocesan Director, Catholic Charities of Buffalo

Dale McKim, III (2012)
EVP/Chief Risk Officer, Evans Bank

Colin McMahon, MD, CPE 
President/CEO, Dimensions of Internal Medicine and Pediatric Care

Stephen Mercurio (2015)
President, The McGuire Group

Jamel Perkins (2011)

Dolores Prezyna( 2017)
Clinical Supervisor/ Student Teaching, Fredonia

Carl J. Montante
President & Managing Director, Uniland

Gary Quenneville (2013)
WNY District President, KeyBank

Blair Severn (2018)
Chairman, President and Managing Partner
Ontario, Canada

Charles (CJ) Urlaub (2012)
President/CEO, Mercy Hospital

Rev. Msgr. Robert Zapfel, STD
Pastor, St. Leo the Great Church

Trustees (Emeritus)

Paul D. Bauer (2009)
Andrew Dorn (2016)