Board of Directors


Gary P. Hall, President

Gary Hall is the co-founder and Chairman of WTS, Inc. a global provider of sustainable solutions for by-product management. He has a B.A. in chemistry from the State University of New York College at Buffalo. Outside of leading WTS, Gary serves our community through several organizations. Gary is on the Board of Directors at the Niagara Falls Boys and Girls Club, is a Co-Founder of the Hanci Reading All Stars program, hosts the Lower Niagara Annual Steelhead Challenge fishing tournament to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and has provided two schools for children in Sierra Leone through Edunations.


James M. Wadsworth, Vice President

James Wadsworth is a Partner of the law firm Hodsgon Russ LLP. He received an A.B. from Princeton University and an LL.B. from Stanford University Law School. James is the Chair of the John R. Oishei Foundation and a member of the Board of Directors of Launch NY. Formerly, James served his community as the Commissioner and Vice Chairman of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, a member of the Board of Governors of the Shaw Festival Theatre, a director of the Albright Knox Art Gallery, a director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Society, a board member of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Buffalo, and a board member at the United Way of Erie County. 


Robert J. Travis, Treasurer

Robert Travis is a Partner with Chiampou Travis Besaw and Kershner and specializes in the supervision of audit, review, and tax services in the Western New York area. He holds a B.S. in accounting from Niagara University. Robert is a member of the Board of Directors and Treasurer of Catholic Health Systems, member of the Board of Trustees and Treasurer of Our Lady Peace Nursing Home, member of the Board of Directors and Treasurer for the Buffalo Sabres Alumni Association, and a member of the St. Peter's Parish Finance Committee.  


Brian J. Hall, Secretary

Brian Hall is a business teacher and the Dean of Students at Niagara Catholic Jr./Sr. High School. Brian received a B.S. in business administration from the University of Central Florida and an M.S. in education from Niagara University. As an active member of the Niagara County Community, Brian has twice served as the chairperson of the Niagara Falls Boys and Girls Club Annual Auction, volunteered as a youth basketball coach for Stella Niagara School and Niagara Catholic High School, and currently volunteers as the girls tennis coach for Niagara Catholic High School.


Michael Mistriner

Michael Mistriner is a Principal at Clark Patterson Lee and actively serves Western New York through various organizations. His project experience with highly complex sports facilities and ability to fast-track completion, while staying under budget have proven to be useful in his community involvement. Mike actively serves Western New York through various organizations, including the Aquarium of Niagara and Niagara County Community College.


Robert L. Bradley Jr.

Robert Bradley is the Niagara Falls City School District Principal at Gaskill Preparatory School. Robert's diverse work has spanned the last decade  and includes past roles as Assistant Principal at Niagara Falls High School, former School Board Member for the Niagara Falls City School District, and Guidance Counselor at Lockport Senior High School. He has an A.A. from Niagara County Community College, B.A. in Sociology from the State University of New York College at Buffalo, and an M.S. in education and school counseling from Niagara University. Robert gives back to his community by serving on the Board of Trustees for the Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center and was the former Executive Director of the Niagara Falls Boys and Girls Club.


Michael Gentile

Michael Gentile is the interim dean of the College of Hospitality and Tourism Management and an associate professor of sport management at Niagara University. He holds a J.D. from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, an M.A. in sport administration from Kent State University and a B.A. in history from John Carroll University.  He is a long-standing member of the Board of Directors of the Niagara Police Athletic League, has been president of both the Lewiston-Porter and Niagara-Orleans Boards of Education and has served in volunteer roles for both Opportunities Unlimited and the Niagara Chapter of the American Red Cross.  


Frank Mergl

Frank Mergl is a Vice President in the Business & Professional Banking division of M&T Bank. He received a BS in finance and an MBA from Canisius College. Frank is a 2006 graduate of Leadership Niagara and served on their board of directors from 2007-2014, his final two years as chairman. In 2015 he was honored as part of the inaugural class of Niagara County’s 12 Under 40. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Cornerstone Arena in Lockport, NY and is active on the alumni board of St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute in Kenmore, NY.



Julie Berrigan

Julie Berrigan is the Executive Director of the Mount St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation where she oversees operations and allocations of the $6M foundation.   She received a BS in communication studies from Hamilton College and a masters in communication and leadership with a nonprofit management focus from Canisius College. Julie is a 2016 graduate of Leadership Niagara, a 2012 graduate of Leadership Buffalo and completed the nonprofit management sessions run by Harvard Business School Club of Buffalo in 2008.  Julie currently serves on the board of directors of the Niagara USA Chamber and the Association of Fundraising Professionals, WNY Chapter where she co-chairs the mentoring program.  She has nearly 20 years of professional fundraising experience and previous served in leadership roles at Elmwood Franklin School, The Park School of Buffalo and Buffalo Hearing & Speech Center.