Denise Bienko, AVP
Denise Paszkiewicz is vice president at People Inc., Western New York's leading non-profit human services agency. With an operating budget of $143 million and 3,500 employees, People Inc. has assisted individuals to achieve greater degrees of independence and productivity since 1971.
As vice president, Denise is responsible for overseeing corporate governance affairs, grants, long range planning, marketing, government relations, and family advisory functions. She also serves as executive director of the People Inc. Foundation. Denise joined People Inc. more than 20 years ago as an administrative coordinator and rose through the ranks to become vice president in 2014.
Active in the local community, Denise serves on the boards of Leadership Buffalo (2003 graduate) and the Museum of disABILITY History, and formerly served on the boards of Meals on Wheels Western New York and the Western New York Planned Giving Consortium. She is a trustee of the WNY Coalition of Pooled Trusts, advocate and appointed public official for New York State Surrogate Decision-Making Panel, founder of the International Policy Governance Symposium series and a founding board member of the International Policy Governance Association. She also serves on the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s Marketing Committee, is active with of the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Western New York, and serves as an ambassador for the Arthritis Foundation.
Denise received a master’s degree in professional leadership from St. Bonaventure University and a bachelor’s degree in organizational management from Houghton College. She is a charter graduate of the Policy Governance Academy in Atlanta and holds certificates in fundraising from Canisius College and planned giving from Indiana University’s School of Philanthropy. Denise is co-author of the Policy Governance Fieldbook and was selected as a reviewer for governance-related content for Jossey Bass Publishing’s non-profit division.
David J. Starkey, Esq.
Graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law. Former staff attorney with Center for Elder Law & Justice. Board member and Board Secretary of Center for Elder Law & Justice. Associate with the Law Office of Patricia A. George.
Cindy is an Associate Vice President at People Inc., providing oversight to contract based services including self-directed services, environmental modifications, and adaptive technology. Prior to joining People Inc., Cindy was the Director of Resource Development and Finance at Rivershore, Inc. in Niagara County.
Cindy received a Master’s of Business Administration from Niagara University and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Management of Information Science from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She also earned a Lean Professional Certification from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
Edward Robinson, Esq.
Edward C. Robinson is a member of Hurwitz & Fine, P. C., where his practice focuses on Elder Law, Estate Planning and Estate Administration. He received his B.A. degree (Cum Laude) from Hobart College in 1980 and his J.D. degree from SUNY at Buffalo in 1983. Mr. Robinson is a member of the New York State Bar Association (Elder Law and Trusts and Estates Sections), the Erie County Bar Association (Past Chair of Elder Law Committee; member of Practice and Procedure in Surrogate’s Court Committee), Estate Analysts of Western New York, Financial Planning Counselors of Western New York (President) and Financial Planning Association of WNY. He also serves as a director of the Center for Elder Law & Justice and the Western New York Coalition Pooled Trust.