Jennifer O. D'Andrea-Terreri
President & FounderJennifer is a military brat, having grown up at Marine Corps base Camp Lejeune, so it’s easy to see where her passion for working with veterans and families stems from. Through her personal experiences, servicing the military and veteran population in her profession, and strong desire to help others, Jennifer understands the needs of veterans and military families and as a result, founded the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit S.E.R.V. Niagara in 2012.
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Additionally, Jennifer is a liaison in the Lockport City Treatment Courts, Niagara County Veterans Court, and she speaks on social issues such as substance abuse, domestic violence and the effects on children and families. She is a member of the American Bar Association, Judges & Police Executives Conference of Niagara County, NYSDRA (New York State Dispute Resolution Association), serves on the board of NIMAC (Niagara Military Affairs Council), and served on Congressman Chris Collins’ Veteran Advisory Board.
Jennifer has most recently been honored with the 2017 Family Programs Recognition & Youth Development Award presented by the New York National Guard, the 2016 Unsung Hero Award presented by the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, a 2015 Congressional Medal of Honor Citizen Honors Finalist in the Service Act category, and was presented the 2014 Community Support Award sponsored by the Lockport Business Association.
Thomas A. Beilein
Vice PresidentThomas A. Beilein was appointed chairman of the Commission of Correction by Gov. David Paterson and unanimously confirmed by the New York State Senate on Aug. 8, 2008. Chairman Beilein holds the distinction of being the only former sheriff in the history of the commission to serve as chair. His experience as the Niagara County Sheriff from 1994 to 2008 – which includes running a jail with an average daily population of 450 – is unique in the annals of commission history.
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Chairman Beilein comes to Albany with a wealth of law enforcement and administrative experience. He has worked as a correction officer, road patrol officer, investigator and administrator.
A Vietnam War veteran and recipient of the Army Commendation Medal for Outstanding Service, Beilein served as a medic in Germany, Vietnam and at Fort Knox, Ky. for four years before his honorable discharge in 1968. Shortly thereafter, he began what would be a 40-year career in law enforcement when he was appointed a deputy with the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputy Beilein worked as a correction officer in the jail and on the road patrol until he was transferred to the Niagara County Drug Task Force in 1976. He was reassigned to the Criminal Investigation Bureau in 1984, promoted to senior investigator in 1986 and promoted again to chief investigator in 1988. In 1990, he was again promoted, this time to inspector, with responsibilities including the Criminal Bureau, the Welfare Fraud Bureau, Juvenile Aid and the Drug Task Force.
In 1993, he was elected sheriff. As sheriff, Beilein led a 340-member full service law enforcement agency responsible for public safety in a region of 270 square miles, emergency services, correctional services and civil law enforcement services. Sheriff Beilein was re-elected three times and held the position for 14 years.
Chairman Beilein attended Niagara County Community College. He also has comprehensive and specialized training and experience in all aspects of law enforcement including major case management, criminal investigations, drug investigations, juvenile aid, welfare fraud, victims assistance, domestic violence, correctional management and police administration.
The chairman is a married father of four and grandfather of seven. He has been a member of the New York State Sheriffs’Association, National Sheriff’s Association, International Association of Chiefs of Police, American Jail Association and American Correctional Association. In 2000, then-Sheriff Beilein was ecognized as “Leader of the Year” by Leadership Niagara.
TreasurerSteve Briggs’ family has a long history of military service which led to his service in the United States Navy. He is a proud Navy veteran who received his honorable discharge in 1992 and continues to serve by providing assistance to veterans in need.
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Steve is currently vice president of sales at Dynabrade, Inc. and has over 20 years of experience in sales and marketing. He has an MBA from University at Buffalo and a B.S. from Canisius College. Steve was a member of the VFW along with his father for 17 years and is honored to be a board member of S.E.R.V. Niagara. He is also a member of World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara (WTCBN) and the Alumni Association at University at Buffalo School of Management.
Patrick A. Williams
SecretaryPatrick Williams was born and raised in Niagara Falls, N.Y. He graduated from LaSalle Senior High School. Soon after graduation in 1970, Pat joined the New York Air National Guard located at the Niagara Falls Air Base and retired as a full-time active duty security police operations and training supervisor after 26 years of service as a master sergeant in 1998. In 1985, he became a Niagara County Sheriff’s marine deputy and remained there until 2017.
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During Pat’s employment at the sheriff’s office, he routinely taught the Drug Abuse Resistance and Education (D.A.R.E.) program for 21 years. He was also the advisor for the Law Enforcement Explorers Post for many years. After his retirement from the Air National Guard he accepted a position as a loss prevention manager for Sears Holdings Corporation, leaving there after 15 years.
Pat still works very closely with “Kids Escaping Drugs” in Hamburg and works with a project called “Operation Drug Free” which meets quarterly with young people that have been found with marijuana. Presently, Pat is employed by the Town of Niagara Police Department and routinely works the Town Justice Court.
Camille A. Sarkees, Esq.
Legal CounselCamille is an attorney with the law offices of Roscetti & DeCastro, P.C. in Niagara Falls, New York. Camille received her Bachelor of Science in both public relations and marketing management from Syracuse University, graduating magna cum laude in 2010.
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She graduated from the University at Buffalo Law School in 2013, where she served as associate editor of the Buffalo Journal of Gender, Law, and Social Policy. Camille was admitted to the New York State Bar in January 2014.
Van L. Vohland, II
Board MemberVan is a major in the United States Air Force and currently serves as the operations officer for the 914th Security Forces Squadron at Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station (NFARS). He is responsible for directing all law enforcement and force protection activities for over 2,000 military, civilian and government contract personnel. He leads 40 active duty reservists, 20 Air Force civilians, and 61 traditional reserve security forces in the protection of $1.2 billion in assets, and is responsible for the protection of distinguished visitors and the physical security of priority aircraft transiting the installation.
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In addition, he is the key liaison officer to all federal, state, local and Canadian law enforcement agencies in the Niagara Frontier region. Van has served in a variety of positions and statuses during his Air Force career and has deployed to Southwest Asia in support of Operations Desert Storm and Enduring Freedom.
Prior to receiving his commission in the military, Van’s professional career began in the high tech industry at InFocus Systems, Inc. He later transitioned to US Bank where he got started in operational management and also worked for Wachovia where he excelled in the financial industry further developing his management skills and maximizing financial opportunities. Despite his love of the financial industry, Van decided that he wanted to serve his country and further pursue his career aspirations in the U.S. Air Force.
Van is a lifetime member of the Reserve Officers Association, a member of the Canadian American Law Enforcement Organization, and dually serves on the board of directors for not-for-profit organization Kids Breaking Free Foundation, Inc. Van received his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and after some military moves is now residing in Western New York. He is a member of Checkers AC running club where he enjoys some running but is most passionate about being a member of the Ionraic Triathlon Club and being a competitive triathlete. Van is the proud father of three wonderful children.
Kristen M. Neubauer
Board Member & Housing CommitteeKristen M. Neubauer is retired from the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office where she served for 21 years. During her service at the sheriff’s office she worked as a road patrol deputy, investigator in the Criminal Division and was then promoted to the rank of captain. During the last eight years of her service at the rank of captain, she supervised the Criminal Division, Crime Scene Division, Victims Advocacy Division and the Welfare Fraud Division.
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During her time working in law enforcement she attended multiple professional national and international training conferences. As an investigator she specialized in crimes against children and personal crimes against adults. She attended the F.B.I. National Academy in 2003 and remains involved with the organization, having served on the local board of governors and currently serving at the committee level.
An Army Reserve veteran, she trained and served for 12 years as a medical specialist with the 914th/365th Military Hospital. Serving in active duty during Desert Shield/Storm in the country of Oman.
Her community involvement includes participation on multiple boards of directors and organizations, to include the following: Leadership Niagara, WNY NCMEC – National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, CAIP – Child Abuse Intervention Project of Niagara County, SART – Sexual Assault Response Team, Family & Children Services of Niagara, FBINAA NY/Eastern Canada Chapter and Stop Traffic – Multi-National Initiative Against Human Trafficking.
She is a current member or has been a member in the past of Habitat for Humanity, Literacy Volunteers of Niagara County, LEEDA – Law Enforcement Executive Development, NAWLEE – National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives, CALEO – Canadian American Law Enforcement Organization, NYWLE – New York Women in Law Enforcement and the FBINAA – FBI National Academy Associates and Leadership Niagara Mentor Committee and Development Committee.
In 2011 she was awarded the Women In Law Enforcement Award by the Eight Judicial District of New York, Gender and Rachial Fairness Committee. In 2015 she was recognized by Buffalo Business First with the Women of Influence Award and in 2017 she was given the Distinguished Alumni Award by Leadership Niagara.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in liberal sciences and a master’s degree in organizational leadership.
She is currently employed in the field of corporate security and is an adjunct professor at Medaille College in their criminal justice and homeland security curriculum.
Christopher G. Butler
Board MemberChris Butler is a veteran service officer at the Niagara County Veteran Service Agency. Prior to this, he was a special education teacher at Health Sciences Charter School and later with at the Gersh Experience, where he went on to become the director of life and social skills.
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Chris received his bachelor’s degree from SUNY Brockport in conjunction with Hertford College at Oxford, U.K. He received his master’s degree in secondary education from Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester. He currently volunteers with numerous veterans agencies including The Veterans One Stop Center of WNY and Warrior House. He is also an active member of the Wilson Conservation Club.
Committee MemberNed Librock is president emeritus/advisor to the board of directors of Dynabrade, Inc., a global supplier and manufacturer of power tools and accessories headquartered in Clarence, N.Y. Prior to this, he was the vice president of sales and marketing for Columbus McKinnon, a publicly traded global manufacturer of lifting equipment headquartered in Amherst, N.Y.
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Ned received his bachelor’s degree from Buffalo State and his master’s degree from University at Buffalo. He currently serves on two boards within the Industrial industry, and has extensive experience serving on not-for-profit boards with various industry associations.
Ned is also president of Catching Dreams LLC, a business he founded to take veterans and children fishing. He is a United States Coast Guard-licensed captain and a licensed New York state fishing guide and is officially endorsed by S.E.R.V. Niagara and Carly’s Club from Roswell Park Institute. Ned is a Western New York native living in Pendleton, N.Y.
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