Our Champions

Champions of the cause.

Dr. Yvonne Minor-Ragan

Dr. Yvonne Minor-Ragan

is the former President of Buffalo Promise Neighborhood and Principal of Westminster Community Charter School. Dr. Ragan continues to provide her expertise by serving on the Westminster Foundation Board.

“I have come to appreciate the resilience and strength of women... On the one hand we are bold, brave and gutsy when need be, while on the other we are loving, empathetic and serve as rocks for others. Whatever the challenge, we meet it head on and fight the good fight.”

"I urge you to find what motivates and inspires you. Always remember that there's no limit to what a woman can accomplish, and that we lay the foundation for greatness for the generation that follows.”

Assemblymember Crystal Peoples-Stokes

Assemblymember Crystal Peoples-Stokes

Crystal Peoples-Stokes is the Majority Leader of the New York State Assembly. She represents District 141, the district in which our neighborhood sits. She is a strong advocate for diversity and human rights in our community.

Dr. Catherine Fisher Collins

Dr. Catherine Fisher Collins

Dr. Collins is a member of New York's Board of Regents. She is also an educator and author who focuses on the needs of underserved youth/women and individuals in our city.

Knowledge is power: read!

“With age and experience comes immeasurable insight and wisdom.  It is our responsibility as Women of Wisdom, to take the next generation under our wings and teach them to fly.  Take the time to be a mentor...”

Nancy Ware

Nancy Ware

Nancy Ware is the founder and President of EduKids Early Childhood Learning Centers, our partners in providing high-quality early childhood education at both of our Children's Academy locations. She is a pioneer of education for pre-school children in WNY.

Shelly Drake

Shelly Drake

Shelley Drake is the Regional President of M&T Bank for Western New York. She is a strong leader, role model, and mentor to rising female leaders today, and is active in the Buffalo community. 

"Being a mentor is a big commitment, but it’s also profoundly impactful, highly rewarding, and can change both mentor and mentee’s lives!”

Buffalo Promise Neighborhood

Buffalo Promise Neighborhood is a long-term collaboration between M&T Bank and its community to empower schools, students, and families. We understand that learning and opportunity are intrinsically connected, and that success is most meaningful when its shared by everyone.