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D’Youville Announces New Trustees

D’Youville Announces New Trustees

Buffalo, New York – May 21, 2020 – The D’Youville Board of Trustees announced the appointment of four new members to begin three-year terms this fall.

Carl J. Montante returns to the board after previously serving from 2000-2019. Montante founded Uniland Development Company in 1974 and built it into one of the largest developers and property owners in Western New York. As president and managing director of Uniland, he is responsible for overall commercial development and portfolio operations in the company’s Buffalo and Rochester offices, and has managed the development of nearly 14 million square feet of commercial, institutional and residential properties.

In addition to the D’Youville Board of Trustees, Montante is active in numerous nonprofit organizations in the Buffalo Niagara area, including The Bishops Council of the Laity, Invest Buffalo Niagara, and the Buffalo Niagara Partnership. He has served on the board of more than two dozen organizations including Key Bank, the Buffalo Club, the Kissing Bridge Corporation, and Western New York Graduate Medical Education; and has served as chair for the Catholic Health System, Canisius College, Canisius High School, and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. 

Montante’s wife, the former Carol Lyons, is a 1964 graduate of D’Youville. With the family’s support, the former Holy Angels School on D’Youville’s campus was renovated and named the Montante Family Library. 

Colin McMahon, MD, CPE, is president/CEO of Dimensions of Internal Medicine and Pediatric Care, a hospitalist group that also performs administrative duties for the entities they cover. He previously served for five years as vice president, chief medical officer, at Buffalo General Medical Center/Gates Vascular Institute (BGMC/GVI), the flagship hospital of the Kaleida Health System, where he focused on safety, quality, and education. McMahon was also medical director of hospital operation at BGMC/GVI, medical director of adult medicine at Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo (now John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital), and residency program director at the University at Buffalo School of Medicine. 

Rev. Msgr. Robert Zapfel, STD, is pastor of St. Leo the Great Church in Amherst, New York. He previously served as vice chancellor for the Diocese of Buffalo, an official of the Vatican congregation for Catholic education in Vatican City, and associate pastor at St. Peter’s Church in Lewiston, New York. Zapfel’s other leadership positions have included service on the board of directors for the Catholic Health System and Catholic Medical Partners, board of trustees for Hospice Buffalo, and member of the hospital ethics committee for the former Our Lady of Victory Hospital in Lackawanna.

Todd Potter joins the board as the newly elected president of the D’Youville Alumni Association. Potter founded The Law Office of Todd J. Potter, Jr. in 2017, concentrating in family law (custody, support, neglect), divorces and mediations, estate planning, business law, commercial and residential real estate transactions and general litigation. He is currently a member of the Kenmore Mercy Foundation Board of Directors and attorney coach to the Erie1 BOCES Mock Trial Team. He served on the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda UFSD Board of Education for three years and ran for Erie County Legislature in 2015.

In addition, the board renewed leadership terms. Jamel C. Perkins, global technology executive at Sodexo, will continue to serve as chair, with Joseph J. Cozzo, president/CEO and chair of the Buffalo Speech & Hearing Center, as vice chair, and Dolores Prezyna ’70, EdD ’14, clinical supervisor at the State University of New York at Fredonia, as secretary. The board has fiduciary oversight and sets policy for D’Youville.