Dan Cross-Viola

Dan Cross-Viola

Director of Extended Learning and Quality Improvement

Dan Cross-Viola began his career at Say Yes as the Family Support Specialist at PS #156 Frederick Law Olmsted. For the past ten years, Dan has worked with children and youth of all ages, backgrounds, and ability levels to help them reach their full potential and achieve their dreams.

Prior to joining Say Yes Buffalo, Dan coordinated the Stages of Life Empowerment Program at Native American Community Services. In this capacity, he was responsible for the overall performance of a teen pregnancy prevention program operating in Erie and Niagara Counties, including the development and implementation of health and wellness programming for 10-21 year olds. Before his time at Native American Community Services, Dan worked for four years in the Out-of-School Time Programs at Association House of Chicago. During this time, he worked with 6-18 year olds to plan and lead academic, life skills, health and wellness, service learning, and sports programming.

Dan earned his Masters of Education with a concentration in Youth Development from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2011. He earned his Bachelor of Arts with majors in History and Spanish from the University at Buffalo in 2005.

Contact Dan at [email protected] or 716-247-5310, ext. 217.

Leadership Team

Betsy Behrend is the Senior Director for Operations and Communications.

Dan Cross-Viola is the Director of Extended Learning and Quality Improvement.

Laura DeLuca is the Chief Financial Officer.

David Rust is the Chief Executive Officer and founding Executive Director.

Collin Gehl is the Director of Human Resources.

Christopher J. Lee is Data Director serving in a joint position with Say Yes Buffalo and Buffalo Public Schools.

Amanda Paul is Senior Director of School-Based Services. She can be reached at [email protected] and at 716-468-0043.

Tanya Staples is the Senior Director of Community Schools.

Our Team

Becca Bass serves as both a Family Support Specialist and Grant Writing and Management Specialist for Say Yes Buffalo. In her role as a Family Support Specialist, she works directly…

Christine Waikiki is South/West Zone Leader.

Ariel Peters is Community Schools Specialist.

Jamien Eutsey is Interim Youth Sports Management Supervisor.

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