2020 honorees

At Leadership Buffalo, our core values define who we are as an organization and as a whole. The Values Awards Luncheon is Leadership Buffalo's annual signature fundraising event honoring leaders in the community that embody one of LB's four core values; Service, Inclusion, Diversity and Openness To Change.

SERVICE

Terry Bourgeois Empire State Ride
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DIVERSITY

Dorothy Siaw-Asamoah, (LB '16)
University at Buffalo School of Management 
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INCLUSION

Rita Hubbard-Robinson (LB '09)
NeuWater & Associates
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OPENNESS TO CHANGE
Amy Betros
St. Luke's Mission of Mercy
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COMMUNITY IMPACT
Dr. Howard Hitzel
BestSelf Behavioral Health, Inc.
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Celebrate

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Terry Bourgeois

As a volunteer, Terry has dedicated more than 20 years of his personal time to events that raise funds for cancer research and clinical trials at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. He became a member of the Volunteer Steering Team for the Ride for Roswell in 2004, he is a member of the Roswell Park Community Board and a member of the Executive Committee for the Roswell Community Alliance Board.  

Terry expanded his ongoing support for Roswell Park in 2014, when he founded the Empire State Ride – a seven-day, 540+ mile bike ride from New York City to Niagara Falls - as an additional way to raise funds for clinical trials and cancer research at Roswell Park.  In six short years, this event has grown from one rider to more than 250 people from 22 different states. More importantly, the Empire State Ride has raised more than $2.5 million and counting for cancer research since its inception, with 2019 serving as a banner year, bringing in donations that exceeded $1 million!

In addition to his volunteer work, Terry has been an employee of Linde (formally Praxair Inc.) for more than 24 years. During his tenure with the company, he has served in multiple roles including Operations, Engineering and most recently, Site Director for Linde’s Technology Center located in Tonawanda. Prior to his time with Linde, Terry served for 12 years in the U.S. Naval Submarine Service. His military service included tours on two fast attack submarines and teaching Naval Officers how to operate Nuclear Propulsion Systems. 

A native of Baldwin, N.D., Terry holds a bachelor’s degree in technical management from DeVry University and a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Medaille College. In 2019 and 2020, Terry was also named to Buffalo Business First’s Power 250 Listing, which includes the top 250 most influential people in Western New York.

Dorothy Siaw-Asamoah

Dorothy Siaw-Asamoah is a clinical assistant professor in the Organization and Human Resources Department at the University at Buffalo School of Management. As faculty director of Global Programs since 2018, Dorothy designs and implements high-impact programs that develop students' global and diversity mindset. She engages partners and alumni in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Europe and the U.S., fulfilling the school's commitment to training global citizens with diverse perspectives and experiences. In her role, she helps drive the school's global reach by establishing leadership development training programs in partner universities around the world, including Ghana, Kenya, Jamaica and Latvia. She also currently teaches the school's featured Honors Program. Prior to her current role, she served as the assistant faculty director of the award-winning LeaderCORE program for UB MBA students, developed and managed the school's Finance Academy for Master of Science in Finance students and was the assistant director of graduate student services in the School of Management.

As an expert facilitator for the UB Center for Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness, Dorothy conducts training in conflict dynamics, cultural communication, emotional intelligence and strengths-based leadership. She is a certified Gallup Strengths Coach, member of the National Association of International Educators (NAFSA), and certified practitioner for DiSC, MBTI, Workplace Big 5, FourSight and the Hogan Assessment. Previously, she worked at London Borough of Lambeth and Wandsworth in London, England before migrating to the United States in 1995.

Dorothy currently serves on the board of trustees for the UB School of Management Alumni Association, Hope for Sisi's Kids Foundation HOSIKIDS.org, New Covenant in Buffalo, Council of International Studies & Programs and contributes to events and committees of professional and social impact causes. Previously, she served as a board member for Child & Adolescent Treatment Services of Western New York and Medical Ethics Committee, Sisters of Charity Hospital.

Dorothy received a PhD in communication, as well as an MBA and bachelor's degree in business administration from the University at Buffalo. She is a fellow of the University Of Virginia & North American Primary Care Research Group and a proud graduate of Leadership Buffalo, Class Experience (2016).

Dorothy is passionate about diversity, global experiences and service to community. She lives in East Amherst, NY with her husband and three children.

Rita Hubbard-Robinson

Rita Hubbard-Robinson, the CEO of NeuWater & Associates, LLC, has been committed to the improvement of health and social determinants of health for over 30 years. Currently under contract with the African American Health Equity Taskforce, she is building the infrastructure of the newly formed community-based Buffalo Center for Health Equity. She is also, one of four Associate Directors of the recently launched UB Community Health Equity Research Institute. Rita is a pioneer in efforts to bring health equity strategies to the City of Buffalo through several important partnerships and collaborations with healthcare, national and local foundations, and government. She is the host of the Millennium Health Matters Radio Show, lead planner of the Healthy Corner Store Initiative, and visionary and developer of Project Rainfall, a food system social enterprise.

Rita Hubbard-Robinson has served in the position of Director of Institutional Advancement at the Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) Lifeline Foundation. She was the organizer of the Farmer's Market at Grider, a community outreach initiative focused on making fresh produce available to the community. She served as the first Great Lakes Health System of Western New York's community outreach team member from ECMC, which included, co-hosting the Great Lakes Health Radio Show. Highlights of Ms. Hubbard-Robinson work at ECMC also include: The coordination and development of Buffalo's first Mobile Mammography Coach, the establishment of the Erie County Medical Center's summer youth internship program - teaching Western New York high school youth the fundamentals of being successful in a healthcare workplace. She is the former Executive Director to the Commission on Citizens' Rights and Community Relations, charged with improving civil rights and community relations in the City of Buffalo through projects, taking complaints of discrimination and police misconduct, as well as, overseeing police training for the improvement of police/community relations. The successful organizer of five annual citywide Race and Reconciliation Conferences, Rita has worked with local and federal law enforcement, block clubs, community centers, schools, area colleges and the university. With her many years of experience in administration, Ms. Hubbard-Robinson has worked to develop various partnerships and programs that have enhanced community services in the Buffalo area.

Committed to community health and development, Rita Hubbard-Robinson has been the co-chair of the "Let's Get Moving" Health Symposium, charged with educating the community about health, nutrition and fitness. She is the Chairperson of the Hamlin Park Community and Taxpayers' Association's Marketing Committee, focused on community development and homeowner advocacy. As a consultant for non-profit groups and as a diversity trainer, Ms. Hubbard-Robinson has facilitated workshops for organizations in transition and for those developing a healthy work environment. She has presented keynote addresses for various collegiate and community groups. She is the former Executive Director of Preventionfocus, the largest county substance abuse prevention agency; former Project Director of UB School, College University Partnership; former Project Director of UB Liberty Partnership program; former Director Urban Revitalization Task Force - NYS Assembly; Board Member and former Technical Consultant, Fruit Belt Task Force. Ms. Hubbard-Robinson has received various awards that include the 29th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award for Community Service, New Hope Baptist Church - 2019, 2018 Spotlight on Population Health (SoPHi) Awards, "Community Achievement Award", 2018 HOPE Buffalo, "Legacy Award", 2016 "Difference Maker" Award - 9th Annual Black Tie for Black History month event, 2014 Eva Doyle Woman's History Month 5th Annual Roses Award for Outstanding Women, the 2014 African American History Month Community Award - Love Alive Fellowship, the 2013 Zonta Club of Buffalo Outstanding Achievement Honor, 2012 City of Buffalo Black History Month Certificate of Achievement in Healthcare, 2011 Coalition of Black Trade Unionists Buffalo Chapter - Community Service Award, 2010 Unlimited Possibilities Overcoming Poverty Ministry, Inc. - Women's History Award, 2009 Buffalo Niagara Human Resources Association - Community Volunteer Award, 2009 Black Achievers in Industry Award, the Minority Bar Association of WNY, Inc. 2008 Community Service Award for her innovative ECMC Summer Youth Program, the 2008 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Social Justice Award from NYS Senator Antoine Thompson, the Professional Award in June 2004 from the Buffalo Chapter of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Clubs; and the 2000 Executive of the Year Award from the YWCA of Western New York. Rita Hubbard-Robinson is a member of the Leadership Buffalo Class of 2009.

An advocate for both communities and youth, Rita Hubbard-Robinson of NeuWater & Associates, LLC earned her juris doctor from UB School of Law and Jurisprudence and attended the University at Binghamton as an undergraduate. She is also the wife of 30+ years to Mark E. Robinson and the mother of two, Jason and Journée.

Amy Betros

Amy Betros grew up on Buffalo's West Side. Her parents owned a Lebanese bakery. When Amy grew up, she decided to open up her own restaurant.

Amy's Place became a popular gathering place for people seeking help and guidance. But a trip to Fatima, Portugal in 1992 would lead Betros to something even bigger.

The Bishop agreed to sell an East Side church and its buildings to Amy and Norm Paolini for $200,000. They opened St. Luke's Mission of Mercy in 1994 with a staff of just seven.

St. Luke's started to take people in. Before they knew it, they were feeding 400 to 600 people in the kitchen twice a day. They transformed the first floor of the former school into a mall where people can "shop" free of charge.

As Amy got to know her neighbors, another need came up. All of the Catholic schools on the East Side closed. So Amy started a home school. Then people started donating houses to St. Luke's. The mission now owns 23 homes.

As Buffalo is rising once again, we are grateful that we have leaders like Amy Betros who understand how many people are still struggling. Armed with missionaries, she attacks poverty with a gentle mercy and grace. She brings to us what our community is in need of most - love and mercy.

Dr. Howard Hitzel

Dr. Howard Hitzel is a licensed Psychologist and is the recently retired President/CEO of BestSelf Behavioral Health, Inc. in Buffalo, New York. BestSelf Behavioral Health is a nonprofit organization which provides comprehensive, family-oriented treatment and rehabilitation services to children, adolescents and adults with mental illnesses and/or substance use disorders.

BestSelf Behavioral Health is the product of a June 1, 2017 merger between the former Child and Adolescent Treatment Services and Lake Shore Behavioral Health. The organization employs more than 1000 staff and has an operating budget of approximately $74 million. BestSelf Behavioral Health is the largest community-based behavioral health organization serving children and adults of all ages in Western New York and served more than 32,000 individuals in 2019.

Dr. Hitzel earned his Doctor of Psychology degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Grove City College in Grove City, Pennsylvania. In addition to his clinical training, Dr. Hitzel holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Canisius College in Buffalo, New York.

Dr. Hitzel has worked as a clinician and administrator in public behavioral health organizations for more than 40 years, having worked in diverse settings including the Gowanda Psychiatric Center in Gowanda, NY; the University of Rochester Medical Center; and Attica Correctional Facility. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the New York State Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare. He Co-Chaired of the Board of Directors of the New York Care Coordination Program in Rochester, NY. He also served on the Boards of the Mental Health Advocates of Erie County and Housing Opportunities Made Equal. He was a member of the Board of Trustees of Medaille College in Buffalo and was the Board President of Value Network IPA, a New York State Behavioral Health Care Collaborative. Dr. Hitzel resides in Hamburg, New York with his wife Yvonne.