Kimberley A. Minkel
Kimberley A. Minkel is the Executive Director
for the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority.
Formerly the Director of Health, Safety, and Environmental Quality.
Kimberley A. Minkel started at the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority in
October 2002, as its Director of Health, Safety, and Environmental Quality. She
earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Niagara University in 1988 and an MBA from
Canisius College in 1995.
As director of the Authority's HSEQ department, she worked to ensure the safety
and protection of its workers, riders, the public and the environment. She oversaw
the completion of an award winning $13.1 million environmental project for the Buffalo
Niagara International Airport that uses wetland treatment technology for treating
spent deicing fluid in storm water runoff. She has also co-authored several papers
dealing with innovative approaches for managing storm water runoff at airports.
The BNIA is the first airport in the United States to use such a process. This project
was awarded the Diamond Award in the Environmental Category by the NY branch of
the American Council of Engineering Companies and a very prestigious Honor Award
by the U.S. national ACEC.
She was unanimously selected by the NFTA’s Board of Commissioners to be its new
executive director December 28, 2010. As such, she oversees a workforce of approximately
1,550 dedicated employees, with an annual operating budget of $202.3 million.
The NFTA operates the Metro Bus and Rail system, which provides approximately 26
million passenger trips per year, the Buffalo and Niagara Falls International Airports
and the 1,033 slip Small Boat Harbor.
Under her leadership the NFTA earned a coveted Gold Standard award from the Transportation
Security Administration for the Authority’s overall high security standards and
practices based on a 2013 Baseline Assessment evaluation conducted by the TSA.
She is a member of various professional organizations, including the Buffalo Urban
Development Corporation’s Board of Directors, Niagara Military Affairs Commission
and B.U.I.L.D. She has previously served on the Board of Directors of the Peace
Bridge Authority, the City of Niagara Falls N.F.B. Development Corporation and is
a 2007 graduate of Leadership Buffalo.
Chief Financial Officer
John Cox is the Chief Financial Officer
for the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority where he is
currently responsible for the development and implementation of the NFTA’s strategic
plan relative to financial planning and management. He manages existing projects
and helps to execute new programs and processes, such as Enterprise Resource Management
and an environmental risk assessment.
Mr. Cox was Deputy Director of Finance / Accounting, for the City of Rochester,
NY for the past two years. Prior employment included Comptroller/Director of Finance,
City of Binghamton. He earned his bachelor's degree from Syracuse University and
a master's degree in accounting from Binghamton University.
David J. State
David J. State is General Counsel for the Niagara Frontier
Transportation Authority. As such, he is responsible for the
functions of the Authority’s legal and property management departments.
State was an assistant state attorney general prior to joining the NFTA in April
2011. Prior to that he was an administrative law judge with the New State Office
of Temporary Disability and a JAG Officer (Major) for the Trial Counsel, 42nd Infantry
He has previous experience as legal counsel to numerous boards and agencies including
the Buffalo Common Council, Preservation Board, Elevator Safety Review Board and
the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority.
An Iraq veteran, he served from May 2004 to Jan. 2006 when he was mobilized to active
duty in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and served with the Army Judge Advocate
General Corps in Iraq.
He is a graduate of Buffalo State College and SUNY at Buffalo Law School.
He holds faculty positions at the University of Buffalo where he teaches Urban Development
Law and Policy and at Erie Community College where he instructs on Business Law
I and II.
He and his family reside in Buffalo, NY.
Vicky-Marie J. Brunette
Deputy General Counsel
Vicky-Marie J. Brunette is Deputy General Counsel
for the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority where she focuses her litigation
practice on the defense of personal injury matters and is also chair of the Systems
Integrity Committee, which handles authority wide ethics and integrity issues. As
Deputy, she also provides legal advice, counsel and opinions to the Board of Commissioners,
Executive Director and Authority business centers in the areas of common carrier
law; transportation law; public authorities law; public officers law; wrongful death;
premises liability; motor vehicle accidents; No-Fault insurance and police professional
Ms. Brunette joined the NFTA in 1994. Since that time, she has successfully tried
numerous cases and has fully developed the litigation function of the Legal Department.
Ms. Brunette earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from St. John Fisher College
in 1989 and a Juris Doctor from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 1994. She is
admitted to practice law in both state and federal courts in New York.
Ms. Brunette sits on the Board of the Defense Trial Lawyers Association and is a
member of the Erie County Bar Association, Women’s Bar Association of the State
of New York and Women Lawyers of Western New York. She is also a graduate of Leadership
Buffalo’s Class of 2008.
She resides in North Buffalo.
Director of Risk Management & Special Projects
Christine D’Aloise is the Director of Risk Management & Special
Projects for the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority. She is responsible for
protecting the financial assets of the NFTA against the adverse effects of accidental
losses; establishment of Authority wide risk management programs and procedures;
and determining whether to maintain or transfer risk exposures via contracts. Ms.
D’Aloise is responsible for oversight of the nine professionals within the Claims
Department and the Workers’ Compensation Department.
Prior to joining the NFTA, Ms. D’Aloise worked for Marine Midland Bank, N.A. as
a Senior Auditor. She joined the NFTA in 1992, as an Auditor, and was promoted to
Risk Manager in 1996 and subsequently to her present position as Director of Risk
Management & Special Projects.
Ms. D’Aloise received a Bachelor of Accounting degree from Niagara University in
1989 and a Master of Business Administration degree from Niagara University in 1995.
She is a member of the Risk Insurance Management Society and Public Risk Managers
During her tenure at the NFTA she has been part of the reorganization of the Risk
Management function. She has overseen the NFTA’s Enterprise Risk Management project,
Environmental Risk Assessment project and Business Continuity Plan development.
Director, Internal Audit & Corporate Compliance
Patrick J. Dalton is the Director, Internal Audit & Corporate Compliance for the
Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority where he is currently responsible for
the Internal Auditing function and various corporate compliance reporting requirements.
The Internal Audit Department is responsible for evaluating, documenting and testing
the NFTA's system of internal control and the reliability and operation of accounting
and other reporting systems. It checks for compliance with established policies,
plans, procedures, governmental laws and regulations, and reviews the soundness
and adequacy of the policies and procedures to accomplish their purpose at a reasonable
cost. It also verifies the existence of the Authority assets assuring proper safeguards
are maintained, identifies opportunities for improved operational performance, coordinates
the audit work with that of the external auditors, submits audit plans to the Audit
and Governance Committee for review and evaluates specific programs and performs
other special projects requested by management.
Prior to joining the NFTA, Mr. Dalton worked for Ernst & Young as an Audit Manager.
He is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in New York State. After leaving Ernst
& Young, he joined the NFTA in April 1992, as an Auditor I and was promoted to Auditor
III and subsequently to his present position as Director of Internal Audit.
Mr. Dalton received a Bachelor of Science (Cum Laude) in accounting from the State
University of New York at Buffalo. He is a member of and the former President of
the Association of Airport Internal Auditors and the Western New York Chapter of
the Institute of Internal Auditors. Mr. Dalton is an U.S. Air Force veteran and
resides in Hamburg, NY.
Chief Information Officer
Steven Duquette is the Chief Information Officer for the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority.
He is responsible for operations and strategic planning for all Information Technology throughout the Authority.
The Information Technology department manages hundreds of servers, operational systems and business applications within the Authority.
Mr. Duquette has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and a Master of Science in Software Engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
George W. Gast
Chief, NFTA Police
George W. Gast was appointed as the fourth Chief of Police
for the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority Police Department
on March 1, 2010. Gast began his law enforcement career in 1982 as a Patrol Officer
for the Willoughby (Ohio) Police Department. In 1984 Gast entered on duty with the
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as a Special Agent assigned to the Waterbury
Connecticut Resident Agency, New Haven Division. In 1986, Gast was selected from
the ranks of the FBI to become one of fifty Special Agents assigned to the Hostage
Rescue Team (HRT). The HRT is a full time national level tactical team prepared
to deploy to any location throughout the world to conduct a successful rescue of
United States citizens who may be held illegally by domestic criminals or international
In 1990 Gast was transferred to the Buffalo NY Office of the FBI where he served
as the SWAT Team Leader, Principal Firearms Instructor, and was tasked with investigating
organized crime, gangs, narcotics violations, bank robberies, and crimes against
children among other federal investigations. In 1997 Gast was named a Supervisory
Special Agent in the Buffalo NY FBI Field Office. In this capacity Gast was responsible
for the supervision of the Violent Crime Major Offender Squad, the Organized Crime/Drug
Squad and the Buffalo Violent Crime Career Criminal Task Force. Gast also served
as an FBI certified undercover agent and functioned in numerous undercover operations
throughout the United States. In November 2004, Gast retired from the FBI to accept
a position as the Assistant Federal Security Director for Law Enforcement for the
U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Gast resides in Buffalo, New York.
Thomas George PE
Director, Public Transit
Tom George is the Director, Public Transit for the
Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority where he
provides overall direction for NFTA Metro business group including public transportation
administration, operations, maintenance and financial planning and administration
Mr. George was previously the Executive Director of the Niagara International Transportation
Technology Coalition providing overall leadership and management responsibilities
for the multi-agency international coalition of transportation entities in Western
New York and Southern Ontario. NITTEC is a transportation management organization
that provides technology and collaborative services to enhance the safety and efficiency
of travel and the movement of goods and services throughout the region.
Mr. George’s professional career includes over twenty years of working in transportation
consulting on both the international and regional levels. Tom’s previous experience
in design, construction and management for many modes of transportation includes
public transportation, intelligent transportation systems, and many aspects of surface
transportation including highway, facility and traffic systems.
He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Continental One and is an active
member of many professional affiliations including the Transportation Research Board
of the National Academy of Sciences, Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE)
and Intelligent Transportation Society of New York. Tom is also currently serving
as a member of the Board of Directors for ITS-NY.
Mr. George is a Licensed New York State Professional Engineer with a Bachelor of
Science degree from Michigan Technological University in Civil Engineering. He resides
in Akron, New York.
C. Douglas Hartmayer
Director, Public Affairs
C. Douglas Hartmayer is the Director of Public Affairs and
Public Information Officer for the Niagara Frontier Transportation
Authority (NFTA) where he provides support with public relations, advertising, communications,
graphic production, Web site support, community relations, and marketing materials.
Mr. Hartmayer is responsible for the distribution of information to the media, community,
and also within the Authority. He requests interviews, organizes communication campaigns,
and oversees the publishing of the in-house publication, The Transporter, for employees
and community stakeholders.
As Public Information Officer, Mr. Hartmayer has prepared, responded, and supervised
the organization in events such as terrorist attacks and Metro bus, train, and airplane
He currently serves on the Board of Director for the Buffalo Niagara Convention
& Visitors Bureau. Mr. Hartmayer has been honored with the Buffalo Sertoma Club
Man of the Year Award, Goodwill Industries of WNY President’s Award, National Conference
of Community & Justice Brotherhood Award for Outstanding Citizenship in Business,
NYS Association of Certified Football Officials Merit Award, Section VI football
Official of the Year Award, the Michael J. Perry Referee of the Year Award and has
been inducted into the Cardinal O’Hara High School Distinguished Alumni Hall of
Mr. Hartmayer attended Memphis State University. He served in the United States
Navy, where he earned a Presidential Service Medal. He resides in Clarence, New
Director, Human Resources
Acting Director, Engineering and Property
John Schaefer is the Acting Director of the Engineering
Department for the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA).
Director of Aviation
William R. Vanecek is the Director of Aviation for the
Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) where he
oversees all business and operational facets of both the Buffalo Niagara International
Airport (BNIA) and the Niagara Falls International Airport (NFIA). Mr. Vanecek supervises
a team of 190 airport professionals.
Prior to joining the NFTA, Mr. Vanecek received his Certified Public Accountant
license in New York State and worked for Price Waterhouse. After leaving Price Waterhouse,
he worked for AMR Corp in Dallas, TX where he served as the Vice President of Finance
for Simmons Airlines, American Eagle’s largest regional air carrier.
Mr. Vanecek received a Bachelor of Science in both Accounting and Finance from the
State University of New York at Buffalo and also received a MBA from the University
of Texas at Arlington. He resides in Lancaster, NY.